Our new website is up and running. Please check it out to find out about news and events, contacts and how to volunteer at school.


We invite you to join us and become involved with your children's classrooms and the many exciting programs offered at Thoreau.

General Meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of every month. All meetings are 6:30-8:00pm in the Thoreau Elementary Library. Childcare, Spanish translation, and transportation are available.

Feel free to email us at thoreaupto@gmail.com for more information.

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Scholastic Book Fair and Share Your Story Night

All Thoreau students and families are invited to participate in the Share Your Story Night and Scholastic Book Fair which will take place on Thursday, October 13th, 2016 from 6:30pm-8:00pm at Thoreau Elementary School! Students and their families will start out in their classrooms, where the teachers will help them with prompts to share their family's story. Our family stories will be combined into classroom books we all can share and enjoy.


There will be food carts in the back parking lot with several options for dinner!Every family at school will get a dinner voucher. Come hungry! Donations will be graciously accepted to ensure that we are able to provide meals for all of our families.


The Scholastic Book Fair will be set up in the Library this Wednesday and Thursday from 3:15pm-4:15pm and Thursday from 6:30pm-8pm. Bring your gift lists, shop ahead for the holidays, and support Thoreau while you’re shopping! Can’t come to the Scholastic Book Fair, but want to order books? CLICK HEREto check out the book fair online! All books will be shipped to Thoreau Elementary for free. Shop through October 20th!


Want to help out at this awesome event? WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! CLICK HERE to help with the Scholastic Book Fair and the Used Book Fair. Contact ThoreauPTO@gmail.com for more information. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday… and reading your family story!


New Website Coming Soon

The Thoreau PTO will be launching a new website soon with some different bells and whistles that we hope will make keeping in touch and signing up for volunteer opportunities easier.  We'll be sure to let you know when its ready and we hope you will login and check it out.


Back To School Picnic -- Tuesday, 30 Aug

Thoreau School invites you to our Welcome Back Picnic!!

Tuesday, August 30 from 4:30-7:00 pm

4:30-6:00 Find out your child's teacher and meet them! Drop off your school supplies. Take a family photo.

6:00-7:00 Enjoy the picnic and meet other Thoreau families! (Please bring a blanket along to sit on.)

We hope to see you on the 30th!


May PTO Meeting

Thoreau Elementary PTO Meeting will take place tonight (10 May) from 6:30pm-8:00pm in the Thoreau LMC. Principal Costello and Social Worker Liz Sorge will present on the end of the year MAP data from grades 3-5 as well as class placement procedures. There will also be an end of the year wrap-up and feedback session. CLICK HERE for the agenda. Hope to see you there!


May Events Calendar

Tuesday, May 10th, 6:30pm-8:00pm: PTO Meeting in Thoreau Library

Saturday, May 14th, 7:00am-1:00pmThoreau Garage and Bake Sale

Friday, May 20th9:00am4/5 Spring Strings and Music Concert in Thoreau


Thursday, May 26th, 6:30pm-8:00pm: Incoming Kindergarten Family Night

Friday, May 27th (TBA): Thoreau Fun Run

Monday, May 30th: NO SCHOOL (MEMORIAL DAY)

Thursday, June 2nd, 6:30pm-8:00pm: Ice cream Social at Marlborough Park

Thursday, June 9th, 2:15pm: 5th Grade Graduation in Thoreau Gym


April Events Calendar

Friday, April 1st: Career Day at Thoreau Elementary

Friday, April 8th, 9:00a.m.-9:30a.m.: K-1 Spring Concert at Thoreau Gym

Thursday, April 14th, 6:30p.m.-8:00p.m.: Thoreau Talent Show at


Friday, April 15thNO SCHOOL (Professional Development Day)

Thursday, April 21st, 6:30p.m.-8:00p.m.: Circles of Support Family Night at

                                                                           Thoreau Elementary

Friday, April 22nd: EARLY RELEASE (11:35a.m.) – Staff Development


Changes for Tonight's PTO Meeting

Dear Thoreau Parents and Staff, 

   Due to scheduling conflicts for our guest speakers, the PTO meeting about 5th grade transition to Cherokee Middle School, originally planned for next week, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 12, 2016, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., in the Thoreau LMC.  We apologize for any inconvenience.
   The PTO meeting on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 (6:30-8:00 p.m., in the Thoreau LMC) will feature a special guest speaker, Gail Prasad, from UW-Madison, who will head up Thoreau’s new pilot program which incorporates multilingualism and multiculturalism.  She will present an overview of the writing unit that K/1 classes will be doing that highlights the multiple languages spoken in our classrooms, ending with a published book for each child.
We look forward to seeing you at the PTO meeting tonight!

February PTO Meeting --- "Love Thoreau"

The next PTO Meeting will be held Tuesday, February 9th from 6:30pm-8:00pm at Thoreau in the LMC. The theme is LOVE THOREAU! We will share a meal, talk about volunteer opportunities and have an open forum to discuss ideas and input from all parents and teachers. Have an idea you think the PTO should implement? Come and have your voice heard! The PTO will provide sandwiches to everyone in attendance as a THANK YOU for all of the hard work you do for Thoreau! The activities, events and Thoreau community would not exist without YOU! Feel free to bring a side dish or a dessert to pass but it is not necessary, we are just excited to see you! As always, childcare will be provided. Need a ride? Call Amy in the office at 608-204-6940 and she can help arrange it.


Fundraiser for new Risers 


The risers currently used for Ms. Whalley’s wonderful music programs are about 40 years old and need to be replaced. A Go Fund Me to raise money to put towards a new set of risers has been started by a group of Thoreau parents. The new risers will have back rails for safety and hopefully last another 40 years. Please CLICK HERE for more details or to donate! Feel free to share the link with others. If you have questions about this project please contact Tiffany Mack at tiffanymack1@gmail.com.


February Events Calendar


Tuesday, February 9t h6:30p.m. – 8:00p.m.: PTO Meeting in Thoreau LMC

Tuesday, February 16th, 5:00p.m.-10:00p.m.: Jason’s Deli Fundraiser

                       (located at 7349 Mineral Point Road, behind West Towne Mall)