Thoreau Elementary PTO

Fall Greenspace Work Day - Saturday 10/8 - 10am- 12pm

If you have time to spare on Saturday 10/8, between 10-12pm (even 30min-1hr), come help our Thoreau Greenspace team finish up some final garden work for the season. Parents (and kids!) will mostly be planting, weeding and putting our veggie garden to bed. No experience necessary. We will have tools and gloves to share. If interested, just show up at school!

Next PTO Meeting - Tuesday 10/11 - 6:30-8pm

Join us in the school library to talk about upcoming events!

Tico Trot - Friday 10/28 - Save the Date!

Mark your calendars to cheer on our students at this fun event! Family and friends can sponsor students with a flat amount or per-lap pledges. This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, but no pledges are required to run. Students run laps with their classmates with music and fun facilitated by our awesome volunteers. It's MC'd by Thoreau Parent, Jonathan Suttin from Triple M 105.5 , and is a lot of fun for our whole school community! Keep an eye out in your student’s backpack for a kickoff packet all about the Tico Trot (can be seen here in English, Spanish and Arabic). An overview of the event and information about how you will be able to support the fundraiser is outlined in the packet. If you have any questions, contact Shana at We would again like to thank all of our sponsors and contributors to the event.

(Photo credit: Paper Antler)

Complete your Volunteer Training:

This training is required of all volunteers (community and family) and non-MMSD personnel who come into school buildings and work with students. Volunteering in other ways with the PTO (back-end organizing, day-of special events, etc.) does not require this training. However, things like attending field trips, other in-class opportunities and/or recess volunteering will require you to be Level 2 certified. This includes completing the following:

  1. Application in Volunteer Tracker

  2. Background check (automatically performed as a part of your application)

  3. COVID-19 vaccination verification

  4. Required training modules (currently three - Learning Forward Together, Covid-19 Health & Safety, Building Safety Protocols)

Please note training is available asynchronously (recorded), and only needs to be completed once. MMSD is committed to anti-racist practices, equity, inclusion, and upholding our core beliefs. These trainings are in alignment with that vision, and it's important for volunteers to have a shared understanding. MMSD places a high value on safety and well-being; these training modules are important for the safety and well-being of students, staff, and volunteers. The objectives of the trainings are: COVID-19 health practices; safety and security protocols; and grounding in MMSD anti-racist mission/vision, identity and relationships, and strategies.