5th Grade Events

There are many 5th Grade traditions, events, and celebrations at Thoreau which are run by the 5th Grade Committee, staff, and parent volunteers. For more information, updates or to volunteer (we need a lot of help!) please see the 5th Grade Events wiki.

5th Grade Plays

These long standing Thoreau traditions are run by Mr. Lemaire. Each play includes an evening show for parents and two school assemblies the following day for students. 5th graders receive audition information in advance (there are main roles, choruses, and stage crew) and rehearsal schedules.

  • “Monster Madness” (October)
  • “A Christmas Carol” (December)
  • Play #3 (TBA each year in the spring)

Winter Solstice Procession (December)

This is a lovely and solemn tradition to celebrate the Solstice and recognize the coming of lighter days. During school the 5th graders process through the darkened school halls wearing black and white and carry an array of beautiful lanterns. It is an opportunity for the 5th graders to really give “shining” examples of their best selves to the younger students. Teachers send more information as it nears.

Class T-Shirts (available January) a favorite memento!

  • T-shirts include signatures of all 5th grade students (they are collected during school, no need for you to do anything).
  • Shirts are ordered for each child and distributed at school during class. Students may wear them with pride!

Service Day (Tuesday, May 1st)

Thoreau 5th grade students will stay at school, eat a bag lunch from home in the cafeteria and then participate in one of several community service projects designed to provide a fun experience giving back time and talents to non-profit organizations in the community.

  • Details and Transportation will be communicated closer to the date.
  • Students will be done and ready for pick-up at Thoreau at 4 p.m.

End of Year Celebrations

Below is a basic outline of what to expect. The Committee Chair will update the wiki site with dates and information as available.

Arts Night (late May/early June)

The evening begins with the Art Retrospective. Students, accompanied by their parents, stroll the hallways of Thoreau viewing artwork that each 5th grader prepared for this event. The Art Retrospective is our chance to celebrate the artistic talent of our students and to observe the growth that students have achieved over the years. Every student is able to select art pieces created from their entire elementary school experience. (Note: you will be asked to provide these pieces – save one or a few each year!) The evening concludes with the Arts Night Concert in the auditorium featuring the Thoreau Chorus, Band, and

Kimball Farm (June 5th)

Buses will leave from Thoreau around 12:00pm and return no later than 6pm (times are estimated). No money or lunch is required. The 5th Graders will get a BBQ lunch and ice cream. Activities will include unlimited mini-golf, 1 large bucket of golf balls for the driving range, 2 bumper boat rides, 2 bumper car rides, and $5.00 in arcade tokens.

Celebration Day

A presentation and slide show will be held in the Thoreau Auditorium at 10:30 a.m. Parents are invited. This event is typically held on the second to last day of school. This event is tentatively scheduled for June 20th.


A slideshow of pictures of students will be shown at the Fifth Grade Celebration Day. We will ask parents to contribute photos (from Thoreau classes and events only please). Photos should not contain siblings or students from other schools. For best quality, please send in the actual size photo and indicate the names of the students in the photos. Someone from the 5th grade events committee will email parents with formatting and deadline criteria. Please send us any pictures you have taken over the years, old and new.


Each 5th grade student will have the chance to create their own yearbook page. After the page is submitted to the Committee, the child’s kindergarten and 5th grade school photos will be added (if the student did not attend kindergarten at Thoreau, please submit a K photo as well). The Committee will also request a baby picture of each student. The Yearbook will also include Class (group) pictures through the 6 years of elementary school, as well as candids, usually taken by parent volunteers during lunch recess in the spring. Yearbooks are typically distributed on the second to last day of school and an autograph session is held on the last day of school.