School Activities

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 runs from 7:00-9:00 and includes a brief presentation from the PTG and the Principal. For more information, contact the Room Parent Coordinator.

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. For more information, contact Before and After School Programs.

Bingo Night: Compete against your friends, your family and other grades for a night of fun, pizza, ice cream fun prizes! Hosted and sponsored by the PTG. For more information, contact the Bingo Night Coordinator.

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 three 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. For more information, contact the Book Fair Committee.

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. For more information, contact the Cake Walk Committee.

Family Math Night: An evening of fun math games for all students. For more information, contact the Math Night Coordinator.

Field Day: The Thoreau students are treated to a fun day of games, athletics and activities at the end of the year. For more information, contact the Field Day Committee.

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. For more information, contact the Hobby Fair Coordinator.

Ice Cream Social: The Ice Cream Social is the first gathering of the school year, usually held on the first Sunday afternoon (2 –4 pm.) after school starts. It is open and free for all families and staff. For more information, contact the Social Commitee.

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. The Year End Family BBQ takes place immediately following the race with BBQ food, ice cream and entertainment. For more information contact the Road Race Coordinator.

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. For more information, contact the Spelling Bee Coordinator.

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. For more information, contact the Turkey Trot Coordinator.