March 2019

March 1, 2019 |

I hope you had an enjoyable February Break! YouTubeKids/YouTube/Whatsapp Alert and Tips: While online fads are nothing new, we have become aware of a recent viral phenomenon that is gaining attention from students and wanted to provide you with information you might find helpful should the topic arise. It has been alleged that videos on YouTubeKids, YouTube and Whatsapp have been hacked and that disturbing images and content are interrupting videos. While it is similar in nature to many other online sensations, this particular fad has sparked conversations among children about engaging in risky behavior and hurting themselves. We wanted

February 2019

February 1, 2019 |

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 this afternoon. 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. With the exception of specialized reports (Special Education or English Language Learner), reports will no longer be mailed. To access the portal, login from the Parent menu of your child’s school website. (A link to request

November 2018

November 19, 2018 |

Turkey Trot:  Wednesday, November 21 st: One of our most beloved school traditions is only a few weeks away! We are thrilled to be hosting our 29th Annual Turkey Trot on Wednesday, November 21st from 11:10 AM-12:00 PM. The Turkey Trot is a non-competitive fun run, which begins with a pep rally in the gym at 11:10 (for safety reason, the rally is for students and staff only) and ends with the students chasing “Tom the Turkey” through the Thoreau school neighborhood, which will begin at 11:30. Please contact Nurse Mosher if your student requires accommodations for this event. Parents are invited to show their support for

October 2018

October 30, 2018 |

The Thoreau Monthly: October 2018 From Mrs. Charles As a friendly reminder, we do not allow Halloween costumes at Thoreau and we do not celebrate with candy/treats. Instead, we will enjoy the annual Monster Madness play performed by our own 5th  grade students! Turkey Trot:  Wednesday, November 21 st One of our most beloved school traditions is only a few weeks away! We are thrilled to be hosting our 29th Annual Turkey Trot on Wednesday, November 21st. The Turkey Trot is a non-competitive fun run, which begins with a pep rally in the gym at 11:10 (for safety reason, the rally is for students and staff only)

September 2018

September 27, 2018 |

Happy fall! Although we had an unusually rainy first month of school, we are off to a wonderful and smooth start to the year. With Halloween approaching, I would like to let our new families know that we do not allow costumes at Thoreau. Instead, we spend the Friday before Halloween, enjoying the annual Monster Madness play performed by our own 5th grade students! Safety Drills: This month, we will begin the first of many of our emergency preparedness drills. In collaboration with our School Resource Officer, Detective Scott Camilleri, our students and staff will begin practicing the following components

July 2018

August 9, 2018 |

I hope you are enjoying a fun-filled summer vacation! Class placements were posted in the Aspen portal. If you have forgotten your Aspen account credentials or your account is locked, please email parentportal@concordps.org during business hours to have it reset.  For the privacy of all Thoreau students, please note that you will only see the placement for your child and not the roster for the class.   In addition to placements, you will also find a recommended, but not required, list of school supplies for each grade level in the portal. Before we officially begin the new school year, I would like to invite

April 2018

April 4, 2018 |

After a snowy start to this week, I am looking forward to the return of warmer weather and wish you all a very happy spring! Parent/Guardian Input on Placement: The deadline for parents/guardians to share any information they wish to be considered regarding placement is Monday May 4. Letters should be sent to the main office or emailed to Mrs. Charles at acharles@concordps.org and should include specific information related to your child such as areas of concern for learning or observations of the type of classroom environment you feel would best suit your child’s needs. Requests for specific teachers should

January 2018

January 12, 2018 |

Happy New Year! Absence Reporting: Please report all absences/illnesses to the school office before the start of the school day via our new attendance form posted on our school website: https://thoreau.concordps.org/report- attendance-form/. The absence phone line is no longer in service. Elementary Progress Reports: On or around February 2nd , classroom progress reports will be published through the Aspen Portal in the Published Reports section on the front page of the portal. 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 2017

December 12, 2017 |

Absence Reporting: Please report all absences/illnesses to the school office before the start of the school day via our new attendance form posted on our school website: https://thoreau.concordps.org/report-attendance-form/ Elementary Progress Reports: On or around February 2nd, classroom progress reports will be published through the Aspen Portal in the Published Reports section on the front page of the portal. 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. With the exception of specialized reports (Special Education or

November 2017

November 8, 2017 |

With Appreciation: Congratulations to the cast and crew of Monster Madness!  Warm thanks to Mr. Lemaire and Mrs. Swain and for all they put into preparing for our 5th grade students for such a wonderful performance.  Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered their time behind the scenes.  Bravo! Middle School Sponsored Coats for Kids: Concord Middle School’s Coats for Kids needs the elementary schools’ help in collecting coats for Anton’s Cleaners Annual Coats for Kids Drive. We are accepting all winter coats – kids, adults, and babies – that are in good wearable condition. We cannot accept vests, hats,