PTG Announcements for Week of November 29

Congratulations to our Big 6 Summer Readers!

A big thumbs up to the CMS students who went the extra mile with the CMS summer reading program this year!  The following students read not just one of the “Big 6” titles, as required, but ALL SIX of them!  The students were publicly recognized in a meeting of the School Committee on November 17.  Each student also received a gift certificate to the Concord Bookshop in celebration of their achievement, jointly funded by CMS administration and the PTG.  Thank you for your generous donations that helped make it possible!    Kudos to…

Iko A
Rachel A
Hanna B
Caroline B
Flora B L
Geffen B
Zoe B
Maisy B
Holly B
Lucy B
Lola C
Madeleine C
Amir C
Cassie C
 
Caroline C
Paul C
Teddy C
Deonte C
Sofie D
Tianna F
Sofia F
Lucia F
Gracie G
Andrew G
Lincoln G
Theresa G
Katie H
Aiden H
 
Brooke H
Will K
Abby K
Amelia L
Isaac L
Roman L
Abigail M
Molly M
Kate M
Cassidy M
Evelyn M
Reese P
Adrien P
Erika R
 
Delaney R
Theo R
Presley R
Finn R
Madeline S
Tyler S
Mena S
Mark T
Ryan V
Layli W
Anna W
Megan W
Felicity Z
 

Calendar Clarification
In addition to the half days listed on the district-wide calendar approved by the school committee, December 2nd and February 3rd will also be half days at the middle school.  Click here for the bell schedule.


Fully Remote Students:  Did You Get Your Directory?
To all fully remote students:  if you did not pick up your copy of this year’s student directory at the November materials pickup day, please send an email to news@cmsptg.org by Tuesday, December 1st.  We will set one out labeled with your name at the December 2nd materials pickup day.


Thanks!
Big thanks to Deizy Mendes, Jennie Garofalo and the CMS PTG Staff Appreciation Committee for putting together the November thank-you card campaign for CMS employees.  We are always grateful to the staff, but your leadership in helping us express our gratitude in a coordinated and impactful way made a huge difference!


Upcoming Events

  • December 1 – Joint school committee meeting
  • December 2 – Half day, click here for bell schedule
  • December 2 – Remote student materials pick-up day, 3-6pm
  • December 4 – End of first trimester
  • December 11 – Professional development day (no classes)
  • December 11-13 – CMS homework-free weekend
  • December 14 – Report cards published via Aspen
  • December 15 – CMS parent/teacher conference day (no classes)
  • December 23 – Maroon and Gold Day (half day schedule)
  • December 24 – January 3 – Winter break

From the CMS Daily Announcements

The following items have been collected from the CMS Daily Announcements pagefor your convenience. Please direct any questions to Vanessa Moran.

Please click here for a list of Fall and Early Winter Dates. 


PTG Announcements for Week of November 22

Last Call for Staff Thank-You Notes!In this season of giving thanks, it’s not too late to show our gratitude to our fantastic CMS faculty and staff.

Even if your favorite people were “taken” when you visited the sign-up sheet, you can still write a note to them!  Any staff member would be thrilled to receive multiple notes, especially including ones from the kids, so please write as many as you’d like.

If you have not yet turned in your handwritten notes, please bring them to either Peabody or Sanborn on Monday or Tuesday at morning drop-off time. Baskets will be placed outside of both buildings to collect them.

If you can’t remember who you signed up for, please refer to the online sign-up sheet here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4cacac23a0f85-thank1

Many medical experts say that expressing gratitude is good for your health, so grab a pen and a card and join us!


Happy Thanksgiving
The PTG’s board of directors wishes all CMS families a happy, peaceful and safe Thanksgiving.  This year’s celebration may not be what we are accustomed to, but there is still much to be grateful for.  Enjoy!


Thanks for the Thanks!

Many thanks to all of you who have written notes of gratitude to our amazing CMS faculty and staff this past week.  Your efforts will help to ensure that they feel our appreciation, even from afar, and that no employee will be left out in this special time of giving thanks.


Upcoming Events

  • November 23 – Online scheduler opens to book parent teacher conferences
  • November 25 – Half day, click here for bell schedule
  • November 26-29 – Thanksgiving break and CMS homework-free weekend!
  • December 1 – Joint school committee meeting
  • December 2 – Remote student materials pick-up day, 3-6pm
  • December 4 – End of first trimester
  • December 11 – Professional development day (no classes)
  • December 11-13 – CMS homework-free weekend
  • December 14 – Report cards published via Aspen
  • December 15 – CMS parent/teacher conference day (no classes)
  • December 23 – Maroon and Gold Day (half day schedule)
  • December 24 – January 3 – Winter break

From the CMS Daily Announcements

The following items have been collected from the CMS Daily Announcements pagefor your convenience. Please direct any questions to Vanessa Moran.

Scheduling For Parent/Teacher Conferences Begins Monday
This coming Monday, November 23rd at 7pm the online scheduler opens for parents to schedule their Zoom teacher conference for either December 15 or December 16. Please be ready for an email from the school on Monday at 7pm.

Wednesday Half Day, Different Bell Schedule
This Wednesday (November 25th, the day before Thanksgiving) is a remote half day bell schedule. There is no school Thursday and Friday.  Be sure to use the modified half day schedule (click here), not the regular Wednesday bell schedule.

Please click here for a list of Fall and Early Winter Dates. 


PTG Announcements for Week of November 15

PTG Meeting This Friday
The next PTG meeting will be held this Friday November 20 at 10:15 am via Zoom video-conference.  Please join us – all are welcome!  

A reminder email with an agenda and a link to the Zoom call will follow closer to the day of the meeting. If you have any ideas for safely-distant student social events or guest speakers/activities for student assemblies, we’d love to hear them!


No School Tomorrow!
The kids won’t be getting any snow days this year, but they WILL get a few days off for the teachers’ extra professional development days.  The next one is tomorrow, November 16.  No classes, neither in-person nor remote.


Staff Appreciation Thank-You Note Project
The Staff Appreciation Committee needs your help to ensure that every teacher and staff member receives a well-deserved expression of appreciation this month. Handwritten notes are due Friday November 20.  Please click here for complete details and to sign up – many slots still available!


Student Directory Distribution Completed, Extras Available
The PTG has supplied one copy of our new student directory to each CMS household at no charge.  Thank you for your generous donations that helped make this possible!  If you would like an additional copy, extras will be available soon via the CMS PTG’s web store at cmsptg.org ($5 per copy, click on the “shop” link in the top navigation bar).
  
Distribution of CMS student directories to your youngest child’s homeBASE teacher was completed last week for in-person students.  Copies for fully-remote students were part of the November 4 materials pickup day.  If your remote student did not pick one up, please send an email to news@cmsptg.org by November 28 and we will set one out for them at the December materials pickup day.  If your in-person student has not received one, please check with their homeBASE teacher.

Check out a new feature in this year’s book, the “parent/guardian name finder,” to help you find those adults whose last names don’t match their child’s.  It’s on pages 10 and 11, just before the student contact info listings.  Thanks to Carol Harris of the Thoreau School directory committee for the idea!


THANK YOU!!!
Our gratitude goes to the Concord Education Fund for its recent donation of bike racks and workstations to CMS and the elementary schools, totaling $16,500.  All will be put to good use!


Upcoming Events

  • November 16-  Professional Day- NO CLASSES
  • November 16 – Center for Parents and Teachers Program
  • November 17 – School Committee Meeting
  • November 18 – Minuteman Parent Information Session (#2 of 2), 7pm
  • November 20 – PTG Meeting, 10:15am
  • November 25-  Half Day, click here for bell schedule
  • November 26 and 27- Thanksgiving Break (and homework-free weekend!)
  • December 15 – CMS Conferences

From the CMS Daily Announcements

The following items have been collected from the CMS Daily Announcements pagefor your convenience. Please direct any questions to Vanessa Moran

Please click here for a list of Fall and Early Winter Dates. 

PTG Announcements for Week of November 8

Help Show Our Gratitude for CMS Teachers and Staff

Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and what better way to show appreciation for our dedicated staff than with a handwritten note! We’re always sending texts or emails these days, so taking the time to put pen to paper instead in a message of gratitude is very meaningful.

We would be grateful if you and your child(ren) would visit our SignUpGenius page (see link below) and select a member of our team to write a few words expressing your thanks.  Please feel free to choose more than one of our staff if you would like – we highly encourage it!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D4CACAC23A0F85-thank1

Using a simple note card, index card or whatever you have available at home, write a NOTE OF THANKS to a faculty member. We ask that they be returned by Friday 11/20/2020.  Please deposit them for distribution in the designated dropbox (a lovely basket) which will be located in the front office. Remote only students/families can mail cards to the school or drop them off at the front office.

It’s heartwarming to know that despite any trials and tribulations going on in the outside world, we can always depend on our school to continue to not only educate, but also support our children.  

Thank you in advance for your contribution(s). 
Your CMS PTG Staff Appreciation Committee


Sometimes Gray Days are a GOOD Thing!
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard shows both Concord and Carlisle moving from a “green” incidence rate back to our former (and better) “gray” rating for the 2-week period ending Wednesday, Nov 4.  Thanks for your diligence in helping to stop the spread and keep the schools open – it makes a difference!


Student Directory Shows Off New Features
Distribution of CMS student directories started last Wednesday and continues throughout this week via your youngest child’s homeBASE teacher.  A new feature in this year’s book is the “parent/guardian name finder” to help you find those adults whose last names don’t match their child’s.  Check it out on pages 10 and 11, just before the student contact info listings.


Use Your Online Whole Foods Purchases to Benefit the PTG
Buying online from Whole Foods can create cash for the PTG if you do it through Amazon Smile.  Just point your browser to smile.amazon.com and make sure to choose the CMS PTG as your charity before shopping.  Amazon will make a donation to the PTG at no additional cost to you.  Thank you!


THANK YOU!!!
We are grateful for the adults who help our kids transition safely between cars/buses and the school buildings every day at drop-off and dismissal.  Rain or shine, in the heat and the bitter cold, these helpers are there without fail, including our principal, assistant principals, custodians and other staff with assistance from the Concord Police Department.


Upcoming Events

  • November 9 – CMS Principal Coffee
  • November 11- Veteran’s Day- NO CLASSES
  • November 16-  Professional Day- NO CLASSES
  • November 18th – Minuteman Parent Information Session (#2 of 2), 7pm
  • November 20 – PTG Meeting, 10:15am
  • November 25-  Half Day, click here for bell schedule
  • November 26 and 27- Thanksgiving Break (and homework-free weekend!)
  • December 15 – CMS Conferences

From the CMS Daily Announcements

The following items have been collected from the CMS Daily Announcements pagefor your convenience. Please direct any questions to Vanessa Moran

Monday, November 8, 7pm CMS Principal Coffee – Zoom link here.

Please click here for a list of Fall and Early Winter Dates. 


Donate to the PTG

The PTG relies exclusively on parent contributions to support our students. We will spend approximately $100/per child annually, however, donations of all amounts are greatly appreciated!

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Our Mailing Address

Concord Middle School
ATTN: PTG
835 Old Marlboro Road
Concord, MA 01742