Thoreau Elementary PTO

Join us for the next PTO meeting on Tuesday, May 14th @7pm

In-person - Thoreau Library

Staff Appreciation Week

Sunday 5/5
3-430pm: Sidewalk chalk & decorations at school

Monday 5/6
Handmade pictures, drawings, and notes for teachers, specials teachers and support staff

Tuesday 5/7
Pick-me-ups: teacher lounge snacks & beverages

Wednesday 5/8

Thursday 5/9
Treat yourself: massage, yoga, gifts

Friday 5/10
Dress like a teacher & celebration lunch

How you can help:

Family Science Night

Join fellow Thoreau families in the gym to learn from area science groups, labs and organizations!

HUGE THANKS to Ellen Bechtol for her idea and leadership to put this on!! We are looking for volunteers to help with set-up, clean-up and directing families. If you are able to help that night, please email her at

Spring Park Meetup

Save the date! Our Spring Park Meetup will be on Tuesday, April 30 at Marlborough Park from 4:30-6:30pm. (Rain date May 2.) If you would like to help facilitate the event, please email

Green Space Opportunities 

We need volunteers to help get Thoreau's new garden up and growing! Please email Katie Moore if you're interested in helping. Dates/times TBD based on weather and availability. 

Garden Bed Soil

When: Week of April 1

Time: After school/evening

What: Finish moving the last of the soil into the beds

Raspberry Planting

When: Week of April 8 or 15

Time: After school/evening

What:  Dig holes and plant raspberry canes

Nakoma Park Tree Planting Work Day

When : Saturday, May 4th

Time: TBD

What:  We will be working with the Madison Parks to plant over 100 new native trees and shrubs to replace the invasive ones that were removed this winter.  

Thank you Steph Judge and Katie Moore for your leadership and organizing! 

Talent Show

Thank you to the brave performers and supportive families who came out for this year's talent show! And special thanks to Shana for organizing this amazing event!!

What a Night!

Thank you to everyone who came to and helped out at this year's  school dance! And special thanks to Julie & Ben Fox-Tenorio, Cherish Orozco and Principal Jensen for all of their hard work organizing!!


A reference of current PTO Board and committee roles can be found here.  Have an idea of something you want to lead or questions about getting involved? please email PTO Co-President, Cherish.


Thoreau has three school staff supervisors in the cafeteria; teachers and other staff are outside supervising recess.  AND we would love more volunteers to help us out.  It is a great time to see your children and support our school community.  

Please sign up through this SignUp Genius.  We will have two slots available for each lunch/recess slot each day.  The hour and 5 minute slots are for BOTH lunch and recess.  If you are unable to make it to the slot you signed up for,  no worries.  You can ask a fellow parent from Thoreau to cover, or sign up another time.  


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