PTG Programs

We always need more volunteers! To find the contact for a specific program click here. To find our immediate volunteer needs click here.

Adult Social: The Adult Social is a night of music, fun and friendship coordinated by the Social Committee. All Thoreau parents are invited to this adults-only gathering.

Art Room: Art Room Volunteers assist the Art teacher as directed with your child’s class. Often it is helping the children with their projects, helping them clean up and preparing materials.

Auction: The Thoreau Auction is a fun-filled fundraiser and is a combination adult social and auction. In the past we have held the event at the Concord Elks on a Friday evening in late January.

Back to School Night: This is a night for parents only to visit their child’s classroom(s) and to meet the teachers. Each teacher gives a brief overview of the goals and expectations in his/her classroom. The evening typically runs from 7:00-9:00 and includes a brief presentation from the PTG and the Principal.

Before/After School Programs: Many before and after school programs are offered to students. Led by teachers, parents, and community members there are always a variety of activities to choose from. Some examples of past programs include Fuzzy Felt, Bird Watching, Before School Fit Club, Yoga, Robotics, and Karate.

Bingo Night: Compete against your friends, your family and other grades for a night of fun, pizza, and prizes!

Book Fair: This major annual fundraiser and community event gives students and their families the chance to purchase new and used books, a percentage of which supports Thoreau’s annual fundraising efforts. Families can also purchase books to donate to the main library or to classrooms through the Wish List, which contains book titles requested by Thoreau staff. Usually held in October, the Book Fair is open to families one evening for Family Night, and during school days for classroom visits (parents are also welcome with their children’s classrooms). Both new and used books are sold at the fair. Used books are donated by Thoreau families one or two weeks prior to the fair, and unsold used books are donated to charity.

Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) Family Concerts:Families may purchase tickets to attend a Boston Symphony Youth concert held on a Saturday in Symphony Hall, Boston.

Box Tops for Education: Every family can participate in this fund-raiser. Each General Mills product contains a box top coupon, which can be removed and turned in for cash. A collection box/envelope is also located in the Fowler Library so the entire community can participate.

Cake Walk: The Cake Walk is a Thoreau tradition that provides fun for the entire family. Part of the event is a carnival, part is a cake decorating contest and then of course, the cake walk –a distant relative of musical chairs where the person on the number drawn when the music stops, wins a cake.

Childrens Program Committee: Each year, a large portion of the PTG budget funds a series of enrichment programs for students. Examples of these programs include: a visiting author/illustrator demonstrating the craft of writing a children’s book; a group of musicians performing multicultural music and including the children in a tribal music event; Mother Goose visiting the kindergarten classrooms in full costume reading her classic poems; an actress performing with multi-media presentation a significant moment and character in history; and a naturalist working with a class outside on school grounds to identify flora and fauna. To view this year’s programs click here.

Communications Committee: The communications committee works together to create clear and consistent messaging through announcements, website, calendar, message board, press/photo releases, Facebook, and any other means of communication to the families at Thoreau and the community at large.

Field Day: Thoreau students are treated to a fun day of games, athletics and activities at the end of the year.

Geography Quest: The Quest is a non-competitive family-oriented educational activity for the town of Concord. This is a good opportunity for working parents to connect with their children on a school function.

Gift Books: The PTG buys a selection of books at discount for the Thoreau School Library’s Gift Book Program and then sells them at retail –the profit goes to purchase additional library books. Parents can choose to buy a book from this Gift Books Collection and donate the book in honor of someone special, to celebrate a birthday, to remember a loved one, to thank a teacher, etc. Parents can also donate books to the library that they have purchased elsewhere.

Grounds For Learning: Grounds for Learning is Thoreau School’s outdoor classroom. It encompasses native woodland and restored field habitat and is used by teachers and their classes for all kinds of outdoor experiences. This space can be available to students at recess time if there are parent volunteers to provide supervision.

Health Office: Health office volunteers help the Thoreau School nurse conduct lice screenings several times during the year.

Hobby/Collection Fair: The Fair provides an opportunity for students in the Fourth and Fifth Grades to share their hobbies or collections with teachers, classmates, and parents. The Fair takes place on a Monday evening when it is open to families and also during school on Tuesday for classroom visits.

Halloween Costume Sale: The Halloween Costume sale is a great way to recycle your child’s old costumes while supporting the PTG. The PTG collects donated old costumes which are in great condition and then resells them to the community.

Ice Cream Social: The Ice Cream Social is the first gathering of the school year, usually held on the first Saturday or Sunday afternoon after school starts. It is free for all Thoreau families and staff.

Kindergarten Orientation: Each spring the incoming Kindergarten students come to Thoreau School with their parents to experience a classroom, meet the staff and new friends, take a school bus ride while the parents attend an information session in preparation for the fall.

Lego Club: The Lego club provides students with the opportunity to create Lego projects and explore Legos with their peers.

Library Volunteers: Library volunteers help children locate books and material and assist with shelving books and checking books in and out of the library.

Math Night: Parent volunteers work together with parents at the other elementary schools in Concord to create a fun evening of math activities for kids and families.

METCO: Cooperating families from Concord furnish a vital link by acting as a resource for Boston families and providing a “home away from home”on late-bus and other days.

New Family Support: New Family Support provides outreach to all new families at Thoreau. Each new family is contacted in late August to provide information regarding life at Thoreau. A New Family Coffee is held in September. Outreach is provided throughout the year to help enfold new families into the Thoreau Community.

Open Table: Open Table is a community service where a hot meal is served every Thursday evening in Concord Center for any one who needs a meal. Groceries are also available to be taken home. The school PTG sponsors a food and paper bag collection for the Open Table twice in the school year.

PALs: PAL (Parents-At-Lunch) volunteers provide support and assistance to students and cafeteria staff during the lunch period. Being a PAL volunteer is a great way to see your child and help out during this important part of the day. It also gives you a chance to see first hand the food offerings and cafeteria social dynamics.

Road Race: The annual Thoreau Family Road Race is a 1 mile Fun Run for the kids, along with a 5K for kids and adults. There is face painting, bouncy houses, and food. Come to race or cheer on your friends!

Room Parents: Room parents coordinate with the classroom teacher and with the PTG to see what parent help is needed throughout the year in the classroom and in partnership with other volunteer committees.

Rubiks Cube Club: The Rubik’s Cube club provides children with the opportunity to enhance their skills, while playing with other children of all skill levels.

School Directory / Email List: The Thoreau School Directory provides the names, addresses, telephone numbers and parent names and email addresses of each Thoreau student by classroom. The directory also provides Room Parent names and important school telephone numbers.

School Committee/Finance Observers: The School Committee and Finance Committee Observers help to keep the Thoreau community abreast of important issues and lets us know when lobbying efforts are needed. The Observers monitor the monthly school and finance committee meetings and report back to the PTG at PTG meetings or via written report.

School Pictures: These are the classic school pictures of the children and their classes. The pictures will be taken during the school day in September or October, outside if the weather permits.

Service Learning Committee: The Service Learning Committee will coordinate, organize, and execute community service opportunities within the Thoreau School. They work in conjunction with staff and school leadership when appropriate.

Social Committee: The social committee is responsible for planning and executing events for the social enjoyment of the Thoreau community. These events include the ice cream social, adult social, and new family welcome gathering.

Spelling Bee: This is a wonderful school event that depends on parents to happen. The students can choose to participate in this scholastic competition. The third and fourth grades compete in teams of three and are encouraged to have themes and costumes. The fifth graders compete individually. The winner of the fifth grade Bee goes on to represent Thoreau School at the Lowell Sun Spelling Bee. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the 5th grade bee make up the team for Thoreau at the Concord Ed Fund spelling bee in November.

Staff Appreciation Committee: The Staff Appreciation Committee plans and executes events and opportunities to recognize staff including monthly staff breakfasts, staff appreciation week events, bus driver/crossing guard event, and the end of the year staff luncheon.

Thoreau Announcements: The Thoreau Announcements is a weekly publication produced by the PTG. It provides current communication about important dates, activities, fundraisers, and general information of interest to the Thoreau community.

Thoreau Health and Wellness Committee: The Thoreau Health and Wellness committee to represents the health and wellness concerns of the Thoreau community to staff and leadership of the school. They will work in conjunction with staff/school leadership to implement strategies, develop policy, and create opportunities that address areas of concern as they arise.

Thoreauly Green Committee: Thoreauly Green works with staff, students and families to create awareness and respect for the environment.

Turkey Trot: This morning of fun encourages fitness before the Thanksgiving break when we all eat until we burst. The entire school runs (or walks) through the neighborhood on a prearranged course.