PTG Announcements for Week of May 2

Your PTG Dollars at Work

Representing all CMS families, the PTG Staff Appreciation Committee recently sent these lovely floral arrangements for Administrative Professionals’ Day to each of the three CMS administrative assistants: Debra Bordonaro, Vanessa Moran and Valerie Young.  Many thanks to our generous donor families whose contributions to our annual appeal helped make this possible.


CMS Family Fun Night – Friday May 7th at **7pm** (note change of time)

Save the date for an evening of family fun, courtesy of the CMS Student Council!  On Friday May 7th, the council will present magician and comedian Ben Zabin, performing up-close tricks that will amaze and delight your whole family.  Admission is free, and the show will be presented via Zoom video-conference.  A link to the virtual performance will be distributed as the date approaches.   


No School Monday!

Just a reminder that Monday May 3rd is a professional development day for CMS and CCHS – no school for grade 6-12 students.


Anxiety and Stress vs. Resilience:  Bestselling Author to Speak to Concord Families May 5th at 7:30pm

In collaboration with the Center for Parents and Teachers, the CCHS Parents Association is bringing renowned author Dr. Lisa Damour to our community on May 5th at 7:30 PM.  Dr. Damour’s two bestselling books, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls, are “must read” titles for anyone parenting a tween or teenage girl.  Dr. Damour will speak about managing anxiety and stress and building resilience in young people.  Click here for details and a link to join the discussion via Zoom.


THANK YOU!!!

Much gratitude goes to our wonderful CMS school nurses, Meg Jensen and Mary Jenkinson, for truly going above and beyond in this extraordinary year, and most recently for stepping up to manage pooled testing every week on top of an already incredible workload.  You are amazing!

To CMS families:  May 6 is Nurse Appreciation Day and May 12 is National School Nurse Appreciation Day.  Here is a prime opportunity to send your words of support and thanks directly to Nurse Meg Jensen (Peabody, mjensen@concordps.org) and/or Nurse Mary Jenkinson (Sanborn, mjenkinson@concordps.org )


Upcoming Events

  • May 3 – Professional development day for CMS & CCHS, no school for students grades 6-12
  • May 3-7 – Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 5 – Dr. Lisa Damour presentation, 7:30pm
  • May 7 – CMS Family Fun Night, 7pm
  • May 10 – Deadline to order CMS yearbooks
  • May 10 – Deadline to order school photos (add’l fee to order after this date)
  • May 10 – School picture day for in-person students A-K, 8:45am
  • May 11 – School picture day for in-person students L-Z, 8:45am
  • May 12 – National School Nurse Appreciation Day
  • May 12 – School picture day for all-remote students, 2:15pm
  • May 17-19 – MCAS testing at CMS
  • May 21 – PTG meeting, 10:15am
  • May 21 – 6th grade social at Peabody, 6pm
  • May 21 – 7th grade social at Sanborn, 6pm
  • May 24-27 – Student Council Spirit Week
  • May 28-31 – Challenge Success Homework-Free Weekend
  • May 28 – Professional development day, no school for students
  • May 31 – Memorial Day holiday, no school

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 Spring dates.

Order your CMS Yearbook Now – Deadline May 10th
Order online only at:  Coffee Pond  select “Order Yearbooks” and use order password:  cms21  
Order Deadline: May 10, 2021.  Price: $30.
We are not ordering any extra books, so please make sure to get your order in ASAP.  Please email cmsyearbook@concordps.org with any questions.

PTG Announcements for Week of April 25

Who Wouldn’t Feel Appreciated with THIS in Front of Them?

This Vietnamese noodle salad (with choice of chicken or tofu) will greet teachers and staff at lunch on a day during teacher appreciation week, served outdoors by the Moyzilla catering experience on wheels.  Korean BBQ sandwiches and individually-wrapped almond and chocolate chip cookies will also be offered, all courtesy of the CMS PTG Staff Appreciation Committee.

But they can’t do this without your help!  Please consider treating a teacher or two to lunch during appreciation week by making a $25 donation (or other amount of your choice) towards this special event.

Treat a Teacher Now


CMS Family Entertainment Night – Friday May 7th at 5pm

Save the date for an evening of family fun, courtesy of the CMS Student Council!  On Friday May 7th, the council will present magician and comedian Alan Hudson, performing up-close tricks that will amaze and delight your whole family.  Alan’s performing credits include “Britain’s Got Talent,” “The Next Great Magician” and “Penn & Teller: Fool Us”.  Admission is free and the show will be presented via Zoom video-conference.  A link to the virtual performance will be distributed as the date approaches.   


No Homework All Week!

The first week of the return to fully in-person learning (week of April 26th) will be a no-homework week.


Another Professional Day Coming Up

Monday May 3rd is a professional development day for CMS and CCHS – no school for grade 6-12 students.


Planning Continues for Grade Level Socials – Save the Date

Mark your calendars for our spring grade-level socials!  These outdoor events will feature games and music for students on the following dates:

  • 6th grade – Friday May 21st at 6pm at Peabody
  • 7th grade – Friday May 21st at 6pm at Sanborn
  • 8th grade – Friday June 11th at 6:30pm at Sanborn

Anxiety and Stress vs. Resilience:  Bestselling Author to Speak to Concord Families May 5th at 7:30pm

In collaboration with the Center for Parents and Teachers, the CCHS Parents Association is bringing renowned author Dr. Lisa Damour to our community on May 5th at 7:30 PM.  Dr. Damour’s two bestselling books, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls, are “must read” titles for anyone parenting a tween or teenage girl.  Dr. Damour will speak about managing anxiety and stress and building resilience in young people.  Click here for details and a link to join the discussion via Zoom.


8th Grade Parents Wanted for Next Year’s Freshman Class Reps

If you are an 8th grade parent, please consider becoming a Class of 2025 Representative for the CCHS Parents Association (PA) this fall.  Class representative duties include providing parent support for class government activities and PA events, recruiting volunteers, arranging parent socials to connect families, communicating class-specific news to families via Facebook, representing the class at monthly PA meetings and being a resource for parent questions.This is a rare opportunity to become a class rep because they typically stay on in their role for all four years of high school.  If you are interested, get in on the ground floor now.  Contact Karen Smith, President of the CCHS PA (president@cchspa.org) to learn more or to sign up.


THANK YOU!!!

As we start our new school schedule, we are grateful to many people for enabling this transition.

First, major kudos to our team of school custodians who spent all of April break preparing the buildings for the students’ return to fully in-person school on Monday.  They performed a deep clean, set up rooms in their new configurations and handled a host of other tasks.  Our gratitude goes to custodians Bozak, Noke, Beyer, Lowney, Wallen and Hardy.  

Second, huge thanks to Principal Cameron and the CMS administrative team for their important planning efforts that make it possible to double the number of students on campus while still keeping everyone safe.

Finally, a big thumbs up to the parents and students who gave their time this past Friday to help assemble the school’s new recess equipment.  Your efforts will bring joy to student life at CMS every day.


Upcoming Events

  • April 26 – Most students come back full return, five days a week
  • April 27 – Spring Sports & spring clubs start after school
  • May 3 – May 7 Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 3 – Professional Development Day, no school for students

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 Spring dates.


PTG Announcements for Week of April 11

PTG Meeting This Friday

Our next CMS PTG meeting will be held this Friday, April 16th at 10:15am via Zoom video-conference.  Please join us – all are welcome!  A reminder email with a link to the Zoom call will follow closer to the day of the meeting.


CMS Families Discover Their Artistic Talent at Paint Night
Our first-ever Paint Night last Thursday was a lot of fun!  Our instructor Katerina led us, step by step, through the process of mixing our colors and applying the layers of paint to our canvases.  In the end, we each had our own painting of a lovely water lily.


Grade Level Socials Announced
Student social events have returned to CMS!!  Planning is underway for outdoor socials, separated by grade level, with games and music this spring.  The 6th and 7th grade socials will both be on Friday May 21st at 6pm (each at their own CMS building) and the 8th grade social will be on Friday June 11th at 6:30pm at Sanborn.  More details to come, but meanwhile mark your calendars!


Your PTG Dollars at Work
Students and families owe a lot to our hard-working district and CMS leadership.  The CMS staff appreciation committee recently expressed our gratitude by presenting them with gift certificates for delicious meals prepared by the professional chefs of WECO Hospitality.  These certificates went to Dr. Laurie Hunter, Jared Stanton, Kristen Herbert, Justin Cameron, Tyler Steffey and Olive Bradford.  A big thank you to our CMS donor families whose generous contributions to the annual appeal helped to make this possible.


Treat a Teacher to Korean BBQ and Show the Love with FOOD!
If someone gave you THIS for lunch…you’d feel appreciated, wouldn’t you? This delicious Korean BBQ chicken is one of several offerings on the menu for our upcoming special catering experience for the hard-working team at CMS during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3-7).  But we can’t do this without your help!  Due to COVID constraints this year, instead of accepting food donations for our faculty luncheon we are asking for your financial support.  Please consider a $25 donation (or any amount you choose) for this special event.  Click below to make your gift and show the love! Treat a Teacher Now

Mark Your Calendars for Picture Day
Picture days at CMS have been rescheduled to May 10 (A-K), May 11 (L-Z) and May 12 (fully remote), with a retake day TBD.  All portrait sittings will be conducted outdoors. Photos taken on these days should be available in time to be included in the CMS yearbook.

8th Grade Parents Wanted for Next Year’s Freshman Class Reps
If you are an 8th grade parent, please consider becoming a Class of 2025 Representative for the CCHS Parents Association (PA) this fall.  Class representative duties include:

  • Recruiting parent volunteers to assist on various PA and student activities
  • Providing parent support for class government activities throughout the year
  • Arranging parent socials to connect families (coffees, MNO, potlucks, cocktail parties)
  • Creating and promoting a class-specific Facebook page during freshman year and updating it throughout the 4 years with class specific activities, student activities and deadlines.
  • Writing a welcome introduction letter to the class parents & guardians
  • Attending PA monthly meetings and giving updates of upcoming class parent events
  • Staying connected with parents throughout the 4 years, offering support and answers to questions

This is a rare opportunity to become a class rep because they typically stay on in their role for all four years of high school.  If you are interested, get in on the ground floor now.  Contact Karen Smith, President of the CCHS PA (president@cchspa.org) to learn more or to sign up.


CMS PTG Announcements Returns to Weekly Publication
After temporarily switching to bi-weekly publication for the winter, this newsletter has now resumed its traditional distribution schedule for the remainder of the spring (weekly, excluding school vacation weeks).


THANK YOU!!!
Kudos to Anna Travias and her assistants Jennie Garofalo and Kimber Lynn Drake for coordinating a fun Paint Night – our first parent social event of the year.

A big thank you to our friends in the local business community for their help with last month’s spring flower staff appreciation project.  Taylor Shaw of Shaw Landscaping in Acton, MA helped source the tulips and Michael LaCorcia of Colonial Gardens helped with some of the finishing touches.  Connect with Shaw Landscaping at https://www.linkedin.com/in/taylor-shaw-175200203/ and follow Colonial Gardens at www.colonialgardensflorist.com or on Instagram and facebook at colonialgardens.


Upcoming Events

  • April 13 – Joint School Committee, 6pm
  • April 14 – Orientation and building tours for students who are new to in-person, 2pm – 4:30pm
  • April 16 – PTG Meeting, 10:15am
  • April 17 – April 25 – April School vacation
  • April 21 – Administrative Professionals Day
  • April 26 – Most students come back full return, five days a week
  • April 27 – Spring Sports & spring clubs start after school
  • May 3 – May 7 Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 3 – Professional Development Day, no school for students

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 Spring dates.

CMS Yearbook Early Bird Price Expires April 16 – Order Now
Please order your yearbook by Friday, April 16th to receive the early bird price of $20.  The price will increase to $30 after April 16. 
Order online only at:  Coffee Pond  select “Concord Middle School” and use order password:  cms21  
Order Deadline: May 10, 2021. 
We are not ordering any extra books, so please make sure to get your order in ASAP.  Please email cmsyearbook@concordps.org with any questions.

PTG Announcements for Week of April 4

Show the Love for Teacher Appreciation Week…with FOOD!
It has been a long-standing tradition for the CMS PTG to show our admiration for the school’s faculty by hosting staff lunch events throughout the school year.  In this very different year, however, we need to recreate a traditional staff appreciation lunch in a safe and different way.  The solution?  Moyzilla Asian Cuisine on Wheels!  

To celebrate the hard-working team at CMS, the PTG Faculty and Staff Appreciation Committee will be bringing in a special catering experience by Moyzilla during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3-7).  But they can’t do this without your help!  

This year, instead of accepting food donations, we are asking for your financial support.  Please consider a $25 donation (or any amount you see fit) for this special event.  Click here to make your gift and show the love!


Last Chance to Sign Up for Paint Night Adult Social – Thursday April 8 at 6:30pm
Forgot to sign up for Paint Night?  The registration link will be active for just a few more hours – click here now!

An art kit containing your canvas, paints and everything else you will need will be provided prior to the event date.  The basic admission fee of $30 almost covers the PTG’s costs to host this event.  If you are able to chip in a little more, we would greatly appreciate it!


Your PTG Dollars at Work
The Staff Appreciation Committee, led by committee member Amy Tenenbaum, celebrated our wonderful teachers and staff at the end of March with a fantastic spring flair.  Her gorgeous displays of tulip bulbs greeted faculty and staff at the doors to each school building as they arrived in the morning.  Each staff member was invited to take a pot of tulips to enjoy in their classroom or at home.  Many thanks to our donor families whose generous support made this project possible.


Homework Free Again!
April 9-11 is a homework-free weekend at CMS, thanks to the Challenge Success Team of students, parents and teachers.


A Message from the CCHS Parents Association (PA)
The Concord-Carlisle High School Parents Association (CHSPA) would like to welcome parents of CMS 8th graders to the CCHS community. The CCHSPA  is looking for volunteers for the 2021-2022 school year! Join the Executive Board, Chair or join a Committee, become a Class Representative, plan or volunteer for events. There are opportunities to get involved at every level and to fit any schedule or interest, whether you have one hour or 10, and as was proven this year, many jobs can be done from home! Visit their website,  cchspa.org, for more information or check out this folder for detailed descriptions of each position:  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1mieLM8fRiZKeiwbKuqaETuCElhDujQZR?usp=sharing.
Nominations for the Executive Board will be voted on during the CCHSPA meeting on May 5. All are welcome! The Zoom link will be posted on  cchspa.org 5 days before the meeting. For more information, questions, or if you’re ready to throw your name into the hat, please contact the CCHSPA president, Karen Smith,  president@cchspa.org. (More information coming about a Q&A night for soon-to-be CCHS parents too.)


CMS PTG Announcements Returns to Weekly Publication
After temporarily switching to bi-weekly publication for the winter, this newsletter is now resuming its traditional distribution schedule for the remainder of the spring (weekly, excluding school vacation weeks).


THANK YOU!!!
A huge round of applause to Amy Tenenbaum for her amazing work on the latest staff appreciation project.  Her displays of spring tulips did a beautiful job of showing faculty and staff that they are greatly valued and admired.  Thank you Amy!!


Upcoming Events

  • April 7 – CMS Building Committee Town of Concord Community Forum. 7pm
  • April 8 – Paint Night Parents’ Social Event, 6:30pm
  • April 9 – 11 – Challenge Success/No Homework/Technology Weekend
  • April 13 – Joint School Committee, 6pm
  • April 14 – Orientation and building tours for students who are new to in-person, 2pm – 4:30pm
  • April 16 – PTG Meeting, 10:15am
  • April 17 – April 25 – April School vacation
  • April 21 – Administrative Professionals Day
  • April 26 – Most students come back full return, five days a week
  • April 27 – Spring Sports & spring clubs start after school
  • May 3 – May 7 Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 3 – Professional Development Day, no school for students

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 Spring dates.

Yearbook Sales Are Happening Now!
Please order your yearbook by Friday, April 16th to receive the early bird price of $20.  The price will increase to $30 after April 16. 
Order online only at:  Coffee Pond  select “Concord Middle School” and use order password:  cms21  
Order Deadline: May 10, 2021. 
We are not ordering any extra books, so please make sure to get your order in ASAP.  Please email cmsyearbook@concordps.org with any questions 


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!

Weekly Announcements

The CMS PTG sends out Weekly Announcements on Sundays. If you are not receiving them, please click the link below to sign up:

CMS PTG Weekly Email Sign Up

Our Mailing Address

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