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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

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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


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)


December Events Calendar

Sunday, December 13th, 2015, 1:00p.m.: Thoreau K-5 Holiday Concert and Fundraiser at Barnes and Noble West

Friday, December 18th, 2015: Sparkle Day! (and last day of school before winter break)

Monday, 12/21/15 through Friday, 1/1/16NO SCHOOL (winter break)


Holiday Music Performance and Book Fundraiser at Barnes and Noble

Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 13 at 1pmAll students K-5 are invited to participate in the annual holiday music performance at Barnes and Noble bookstore (located at 7433 Mineral Point Road, behind West Towne Mall.) Please arrive approximately 15 minutes early. For every purchase made at Barnes and Nobles that entire day, 10-15% will go back to our school! It's a great time to get some shopping done and enjoy the smiling faces of our children.  There will be some fun activities for the kids offered after the concert as well. Thoreau may also be hosting a wrap station this year to raise some extra money. Please contact if you love to wrap and would like to volunteer to wrap for an hour between 11-6. (Official sign up coming soon!) If you would like to attend but need transportation please contact by Thursday, December 10th and the PTO can help make arrangements.


Jason's Deli Fundraiser Tomorrow Night


The fundraising night for Jason’s Deli this year for Thoreau Elementary will be tomorrow Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 5:00pm-10:00pm. PLEASE RSVP HERE if you might come. Jason’s Deli is located at 7349 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI  53717 (behind West Towne Mall.) It’s a really easy way to raise money for the PTO. Simply buy your meal during the hours above, drop the receipt in the box by the register and Jason’s Deli gives Thoreau PTO 15% of the proceeds. Please click on the following link for more information and to sign up. JASON’S DELI GROUPRAISE