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Will we have an opportunity to meet our child’s teacher before the school year begins?

The teachers do not officially return to school until August 26. This day is filled with staff and team meetings so the staff do not have the opportunity to meet with parents.

Thoreau staff in grades 3, 4 and 5 will be holding Ready, Set, Goal meetings with the parents this fall. Sign up sheets for times will be available at the school-wide registration in August.

Teachers in grades K, 1 and 2 will contact you regarding conference plans for the school year. 

Where do we go on the first day of school?

Children should stay on the playground in front of the school. Volunteers will have signs with teachers’ names on them so that students and parents know where to go. Classroom teachers will come outside to get the children. The children will be assisted by other Thoreau staff so that they find their new teacher. We encourage parents to say their good-byes to the children at this time.

Children who want breakfast will be escorted by their classroom teacher to one of the three stations. They will be taken to their new classrooms by Thoreau staff and will eat in the classroom Breakfast is served from 8:25-8:45.

Children may bring food items from home for breakfast. Items will be limited to cereal, fruit or juice. Snack items such as candy or soda will not be allowed. 

My child rides a bus to school. Who will meet him/her at the school bus drop-off and get them to where they need to be on the first day and first week?

Children who ride the bus will be met by Thoreau staff and directed to remain on the playground. All Thoreau staff have been assigned specific tasks during the first week so that all students are provided the necessary assistance.

We strongly encourage families to have their child ride the bus on the first day of school so that we can get accurate students numbers for each route. We want to make certain that our projected student numbers are accurate and that no bus is over capacity. 

Will the bus driver know where my child is to get off the bus after school? My child may not know where to get off the bus during the first week of school. Will the bus driver help my child during the first week of school?

All Thoreau buses have an attendant on the bus in addition to the bus driver. A list of students and their addresses have been given to the bus company prior to the first day of classes. We encourage parents of primary age children to put a note card or a label on their child’s clothing since we have found that some young children do not know their address and are hesitant to provide their name to the driver or attendant.

It is also helpful to have the child ride the bus in the morning of the first day of school so that they can see where they get on and off. In addition, we strongly encourage parents to be waiting at the bus stop for their child at the end of the day. 

My child has food allergies. How does the school handle food allergy issues? Is a nurse always present with access to medications? Is there an action plan to avoid an emergency and in case of emergency?

Thoreau has had a number of children with food allergies. We can provide a number of different interventions that are based on the needs of a specific child. Some children require an emergency health care plan which is written by the school nurse and distributed to the Thoreau staff.

Please contact the Thoreau school nurse, Lori Ysen, at 204-6944 prior to the start of the school year to discuss any specific health concerns.

There is generally a nurse or a nursing assistant at Thoreau whenever the children are present. All medications are stored and administered in the Health Office. 

When do I get a school supply list and when are the supplies to reach the classroom: 

The school supply list has been sent home in the last report card envelope. New families are given a copy when they enroll their child. In addition, many local stores also have a copy on display. Additional copies are available in the school office.

Children should bring their supplies to school on the first day or students in grades 3, 4 and 5 can bring them to their Ready, Set Goal Conference.

We also have school supplies that have been donated by various groups. If your child needs school supplies, please contact the Thoreau social worker at 204-6942 for assistance. 

We have just moved to Thoreau and want to register our child. What do we do?

Parents can enroll their child for the 2019-2020 school year at the Thoreau office. Staff is available until June 14 from 7:30-3:30 p.m. After that time, please call 204-6942 to make an appointment or go to the Doyle Administration Building at 545 West Dayton Street to register your child. 

Where can I get additional information about Thoreau?

The school handbook will be able to provide answers to most questions. The school newsletter, The Oakleaf, will also be a valuable source of information as the year progresses. We are also constantly updating the new school website so current information is readily available to parents.