Welcome to the Thoreau School community! Whether you are new to Concord or a long-time resident who is only new to Thoreau, the PTG is here to help smooth your transition into the school.
Here’s what to do:
- Get registered
Once you have established your Concord address, registering your child at Thoreau School is pretty simple. Stop by the school office or call (978) 341-2490, extension 3100 to get started.
- Get informed
We know that getting to know a new school involves more than just making friends and meeting new people. You probably have a lot of questions on logistical items such as school bus schedules, understanding Thoreau’s lunch offerings, what supplies to buy and a host of other things. Click here for answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions from new families (updated 8/24/17). This will provide you with the “nuts and bolts” of the school that you might find helpful as you start your first year at Thoreau. For answers to any additional questions you may have, please join our on-line forum for Thoreau’s new families at Yahoo Groups. Here you can connect with other new families, post comments or questions and receive responses from myself and/or other members. To this group I will also post occasional updates throughout the year with tips geared toward new families.To join, either send an email with your name and child(ren)’s name(s) and grade(s) to email@example.com or click on the “Join Group” button at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/thoreau_new_families/info. Joining via the website with a yahoo username and password gives you access to view past group messages as well as send and receive new ones.
- Get to know us
We would love to meet you! At the beginning of the school year there are many opportunities to meet the school faculty and to make contact with other Thoreau families both in and out of your children’s grade levels. Click here to see events recommended for new families from now through the end of September 2017. Once your child has been assigned to a classroom, we encourage you to also seek out your “room parents.” These are parents/guardians of your child’s classmates who have volunteered to be a contact person for classroom-specific items and an assistant to the teacher for non-curriculum tasks. A room parent’s duties vary from class to class, but they typically coordinate things such as field trip chaperones, end-of-year teacher gifts, class playdates at the beginning of the school year and other class social gatherings. They and your child’s teacher are great resources for classroom-related questions.
- Get involved!
By being active in the Thoreau PTG, you can familiarize yourself with Thoreau School and be a positive part of your child’s educational experience at the same time. There are many opportunities to help out at levels to suit any schedule. Whether you are available during the school day or only on weekends…once a week, once a month or once a year…there is a role for you. Come to our Welcome Back Coffee on Friday September 8th at 9am to learn more, and check out our volunteer web page too!
We are glad that you have joined us in this wonderful place. Welcome again!
Kimber Lynn Drake
Chairperson, New Family Support
Thoreau School Parent-Teacher Group