Recommended Events for New Families

August & September 2015

Monday, August 31st, 8:159am – Thoreau School Open House:  This is your first chance for everyone to meet your child’s new teacher and see their classroom.  All teachers are in their rooms during this time to greet students and their families.  This is also a good time for your child to familiarize themselves with the walk from the front door to their classroom and to take a look around the school.

Monday, August 31st, 910:30am – Kindergarten and 1st Grade Playdate:   This is a very informal gathering, held just after the open house on the “upper playground”.  (There are two playgrounds behind the school building at Thoreau – this is the one at the top of the hill.)  All kindergarten and first grade families are invited and siblings of all ages are welcome.

Various dates in August/September – Classroom Playdates:  Some classes will schedule a playdate around the beginning of the school year to let the kids and their families get to know each other.  This is more typical in the lower grades.  Please contact your room parent for more info.

Tuesday, September 1st, 9:30am – Meet the Principal/Q&A Session for New Families:  Thoreau School Principal Angel Charles, PTG Co-Presidents Trish Siefer and Betsy Martel, PTG Vice President Deb Antonangeli and New Family Support Coordinator Kimber Lynn Drake will be in the cafeteria to welcome parents/guardians of families new to Thoreau, answer questions and share helpful tools and tips while your kids are in their exciting first day of school.  Younger siblings welcome.

Friday, September 4th9am – Welcome Back Coffee:  The first all-grade parent gathering of the year hosted by the PTG, this is a great opportunity to meet the PTG leadership and committee chairs, learn what we do for your kids and hear about ways you can get involved with this fun group of volunteers.  All are welcome, including younger siblings.  Held in the cafeteria.

Wednesday, September 9th, 9:30am – Principal Coffee: This is the first in a series of regular meetings hosted by Principal Angel Charles to update parents/guardians on what is new at the school, hear comments, address concerns and answer questions. Held in the conference room across the hall from the cafeteria entrance.

Wednesday, September 16th9am – Kindergarten/1st Grade Coffee:  Get to know other parents of kindergarten and 1st grade students at this informal social gathering while the kids are in school.  Young children are welcome.  Held at the Siefer home at 1405 Main Street in West Concord.

Thursday, September 17th, 10:45–11:15am – PALs Information Meeting:  This is an info session for those considering volunteering for the Parents at Lunch program (more information on this and our other PTG programs will be in the electronic info packet distributed at the start of the school year).  Whether you are planning to volunteer or not, this is also your opportunity to meet Thoreau’s team of noon aides.  These are the staff members who supervise your children during lunch in the cafeteria and at lunch recess on the playground.  Held in the cafeteria.

Sunday, September 20th, 3–5pm – Ice Cream Social:  The entire Thoreau community turns out for this weekend event to sample some yummy, locally-made ice cream, make new friends and catch up with old ones.  Held in the upper and lower playgrounds at Thoreau.

Wednesday, September 30th, 6:30pm – Back to School Night:  This informative grownups-only evening gives you a chance to hear in-depth information about the curriculum and school day directly from your child’s teacher.  You will also meet many of the support and tutoring staff members as well as the faculty who teach the various “specials” such as art, music, library and gym.  Held in the auditorium and classrooms.


In addition to the above Thoreau-specific events, the Concord Family Network (CFN) is hosting a free Popsicle Party for Incoming Kindergarteners on Wednesday, August 26th, 3:30 – 5pm at the Alcott Elementary School playground.  This is a town-wide event that includes kindergarten families from all three Concord elementary schools, not just Thoreau.  More information on this event can be found on the CFN website at