May 6

May 6, 2021 |

On behalf of the entire Thoreau Staff, I would like to thank the PTG and our parent community for the fabulous Teacher Appreciation events this week! From the sidewalk notes and art to the fun raffles and ice cream truck, you made the staff feel like VIPS. We are grateful to have such an appreciative, generous, group of parents and families. Pooled Testing: All of our tests were negative this week! MCAS Testing Schedule: This year students in grades 3-5 will be participating in an abbreviated administration of our state-wide assessments.  Students in grades 3 and 4 will be taking one

April 1

March 31, 2021 |

Happy spring!  We have been busy planning for the transition from a half day hybrid model to a full day in-person model on April 5, 2021.  Our current safety practices, including maintaining 6ft. of social distance, reducing traffic throughout the building, wearing masks and contactless drop off/pick up will remain the same. What follows is information I hope you find helpful as we enter into this next phase of our reopening.  As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have additional questions. Devices: Laptops, iPads and chargers should be returned to school on April 5th.  Once we return to

March 12

March 12, 2021 |

It’s hard to fathom that, nearly one year ago today, school and life as we knew it was about to change so dramatically. While none of us could have imagined the impact that COVID would have on our students, ourselves or the way in which we do business, I couldn’t be more proud of the way in which the entire Thoreau community has persevered and supported one another along the way. Thank you!  Spring of 2021 Reminder: Per the Governor’s announcement last week, and state-approved mandate, the Concord Public Schools plan to return elementary students to full in-person learning on April

February 5

February 5, 2021 |

I hope your children enjoyed our first authentic snow day of the year.  It’s hard to believe that we are officially halfway through the 20-21 school year!  I would like to wish all Thoreau families a wonderful, healthy and relaxing winter vacation (2/15-2/19). Elementary Progress Reports:  Classroom progress reports will be published through the Aspen Portal in the Published Reports section on the front page of the portal by 4:00 PM on Thursday February 11th. If you have multiple children attending Concord Public Schools or Concord-Carlisle High School, each child’s name will appear next to any available reports. Reports can be downloaded and

December 16

December 16, 2020 |

Inclement Weather Expected Tomorrow: Should the storm make in-person school unsafe, Dr. Hunter will notify the community via the traditional means that school will be fully remote for the day.  The schedule will consist of synchronous instruction from 9:00 AM-12:25 PM and special subjects will be held as usual (synchronous and asynchronous) in the afternoon. In the event of a remote snow day, teachers will be communicating specific instructions to families via email.  Special education and related services will occur, to the greatest extent possible, according to tomorrow’s regular schedule.  TEAM meetings scheduled to occur tomorrow will take place as

December 1

December 1, 2020 |

Thoreau Monthly: December 2020 I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing Thanksgiving recess. Thanks to the generosity of the Thoreau community, we were able to donate 40+ boxes of comfort food staples to Open Table in honor of our 2020 retirees!  Today marks the 52nd day that we have been open and, as I’ve said before, we wouldn’t be here without your support so thank you! Wednesday, December 2nd: On the afternoon of December 2nd, all staff will be attending district-wide professional development.  Specialists who usually zoom on Wednesday afternoons will be unavailable due to their participation in these training

November 3

November 3, 2020 |

The Thoreau Monthly:  November As we planned to reopen this summer, I never dreamed we would still be open on November 3rd!  I am grateful for your support, the positivity and the vigilance of our entire school community in adhering to the guidelines we have set forth, and I remind myself on a daily basis that every day we are open is a gift. Thank you! Mini-Spirit Week and “Turkey Trot”: Between November 6th and November 25th, join the Thoreau School community by running or walking one mile as you are able to for our virtual Turkey Trot! You could run

October 1

September 30, 2020 |

Dear Thoreau Families, All things considered, our students and staff have had an excellent start to the school year.   I can’t tell you how wonderful it has been to be reunited with our students and all of you.  As we continue to refine and adjust our routines and troubleshoot issues as they arise, I wanted to share a few updates with you and thank you for your continued partnership and support. Upcoming Events: Please find the updated school calendar here. 10/12 Columbus Day, No School 10/13  Professional Day, No School 10/16  PTG Meeting, 9:30 AM 10/16-23  Virtual Book Fair Devices: We

September 4

September 6, 2020 |

Happy Labor Day Weekend!  We have been hard at work preparing to welcome our students back and, before the long weekend officially begins, I wanted to share a few key pieces of information about our first week of school with all of you. First Day Tuesday, September 8th, is our first day of school and will be virtual.  At 9:30 AM I will be hosting a webinar to welcome students back to school.  Please use this link to join:  https://concordps.zoom.us/j/98615553471?pwd=MTl5ZzBEZlZGY28wNWo1bE14aGhRUT09 Passcode: 317692 Homeroom teachers will be hosting welcome sessions where they will share tours of their classrooms, provide information about drop

September 1

September 2, 2020 |

September 1, 2020 Dear Thoreau Families, It is hard to believe that September is already here!  Staff returned to school last week and have been hard at work preparing classrooms for receiving students again.  There is a spirit of genuine excitement building up throughout the school.  Although we know it will be challenging, we are all incredibly excited to be reopening in a few short days! This email includes important information about class placement, the Thoreau Reopening Handbook, laptops for remote instruction, and the reopening forum for parents.   Class Placements: Class placements will be posted to the Aspen Parent