September 2023

September 25, 2023 |

Thoreau Families, I hope this newsletter finds you well and filled with excitement, as we embark on a new school year together. We’re thrilled to share that our first days at Thoreau have been nothing short of spectacular! The enthusiasm and positive energy that our students and staff have brought to the classrooms and hallways are truly remarkable. From the moment the school doors opened, it was clear that everyone was eager to learn, grow, and create lasting memories. Our students were very busy reconnecting with friends and staff after a fun-filled vacation. Laughter and smiles have been a constant

Thoreau Monthly – March 2023

March 10, 2023 |

I can’t believe it is March already!  Last weekend’s weather aside, spring is right around the corner!  On behalf of the faculty and staff, I would like to express our gratitude for the delicious Taco Tuesday staff appreciation luncheon. The Book Fair is in full swing and our students are thoroughly enjoying browsing and shopping the wide selection of new and used books. Warm thanks to all of our wonderful parent volunteers for your time and for making this event possible. In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to let you know how much I appreciate the support

Thoreau Monthly – December 2022

December 12, 2022 |

On behalf of the faculty and staff I would like to express our gratitude to the PTG, and our parent community at large, for your partnership so far this year! It has been so wonderful to see the return of volunteers, mystery readers, and to simply see parents stopping into the main office and getting the chance to reconnect. Wishing you all a relaxing winter break and a happy and healthy new year! Reminder: Elementary Safety Drills Webinar Tomorrow Please join Detectives Cara Paladino and Derek Rodriguez, Concord Police Department School Resource Officers (SRO), and the Concord Schools’ district leaders for a

Thoreau Monthly – November 2022

November 14, 2022 |

It finally feels like fall is here! It is hard to believe we are only 7 school days away from Thanksgiving break but this time of year is always busy here at Thoreau. Please take a moment to read about some exciting upcoming events below. PTG-sponsored Food Drive: The Food Drive for Open Table begins this week! For those that aren’t familiar with Open Table, it is a local non-profit with a mission to address hunger by providing healthy food in a welcoming environment that respects the dignity and diversity of those served. We will collect items from Monday 11/14

Thoreau Monthly – October 2022

October 11, 2022 |

Partnership with Therapy Dogs International: We are very excited to announce that Thoreau will be piloting a therapy dog program this year! Lester Alloway, our canine friend, has completed an extensive training program and is certified by Therapy Dogs International. Lester and his handler Evy will be visiting our school for roughly an hour each week on Fridays. Nurse Sequeira will be reviewing student health records to ensure compliance with allergy plans and to identify students who are allergic to pet dander. Our plan is to have Lester visit every classroom throughout the year and homeroom teachers will be in

February 10, 2022

February 11, 2022 |

Elementary Progress Reports:  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 February 18th. 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 saved as .pdf files if you wish. To access the portal, login from the Parent menu of your child’s school website. A link to request a password reset can also be found at this website or email If you have not already done

December 13, 2021

December 13, 2021 |

On behalf of the faculty and staff I would like to express our gratitude to the PTG, and our parent community, for the wonderful Winter Staff Appreciation event last week. The delicious baked goods and barista were such a treat, thank you!  I hope you all have a relaxing vacation and a happy and healthy new year. Recess in Winter: We go outside each and every day, unless we have a frigid wind chill or it is raining. Please send your child dressed to play outside.  If we have snow on the ground, your child will need to wear snow pants and boots

November 8th

November 10, 2021 |

Friday, November 12th, will be a half day for students for Thoreau only. After dismissal, staff will assist teachers moving into the modular classrooms with set up. We will use the afternoon of November 10th and the holiday on November 11th to pack and move the classrooms. Thank you for your support as we navigate, what we hope, will be the last phase of this process. Turkey Trot: Although modified from previous years, we are thrilled to be running the Turkey Trot the week before Thanksgiving Break! This year we will be running to support Open Table and each grade

October 6th

October 8, 2021 |

Fall is in the air!  We have enjoyed a wonderful first month of school and have been very busy settling back into routines and building community with our students.  Wishing you all a great month! Thoreau Bike-to-School Day: Friday, October 15 Rain or shine Save the date! This voluntary event is supported by the Concord Police Department, the Concord Public Schools and SRTS (Safe Routes to School). More detailed information regarding logistics will be forthcoming next week. Fall COVID Updates: We are thrilled to resume pooled testing this week and adding our Test and Stay program to our protocol for

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