Donation

Dear CMS Families,

As you have seen from Dr. Hunter’s emails, the school district has been pleased to provide food to those in need during these difficult times.

As of right now, USDA is not subsidizing this program. While they cannot accept food donations, fiscal donations are very welcome.

Please click here if you would like to make a donation.

Thank you so much for your support.


Announcements for Week of April 5

I am a former Peabody parent, and I am on a team that started a fundraising campaign to buy meals from local restaurants to bring to the medical staff working on the front lines at Emerson Hospital. I would love your help getting the word out to the Concord community. Any donation, big or small, $10 or $100, will help a local restaurant and a member of the Hospital’s staff at a time when both are struggling. The link is attached below, and it is a go fund me page called

“Fuel the Fight – Concord”.

Thank you for any support you can give this effort. -Karen Bates


During the week of April 6 – 10, CMS will be having its first ever virtual spirit week!

The week is designed to help us connect while we continue to learn and work from home. Email pictures and videos to iheartCMS@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on CMS social media. We look forward to seeing your spirit!

  • Monday – SECRET LIFE OF PETS, take a image of you/your family with your favorite pet.
  • Tuesday – TAKE IT OUTSIDE, walk, play, sit – anything outside (weather permitting? stay six feet apart).
  • Wednesday – WHAT ARE YOU READING?, picture of what you are reading in your favorite reading nook.
  • Thursday – MUSIC THROWBACK, listen to music from every decade, what is your favorite and why?
  • Friday – GAME DAY, play a favorite board game or try something new. Snap a pic of what you do.

Perhaps you are tired of eating at home, and are craving some food from your favorite restaurants?  The options are to order take out, OR, try making from recipes at home!
https://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/slideshow/classic-american-recipes
https://www.thespruceeats.com/quick-and-easy-chinese-recipes-for-beginners-4118330
https://www.thespruceeats.com/quick-and-easy-mexican-dishes-4118914
https://www.thekitchn.com/easy-beginner-italian-recipes-267057


Exercising for parents and children is really great to offset the doldrums during this time:

Good yoga sites for kids
https://awakeandmindful.com/best-kids-yoga-videos-on-youtube/

The Beede Center is offering group classes online beginning April 6th.  Take a look!
http://www.beedecenter.com/1307/new-Online-Group-Exercise
http://www.beedecenter.com/1306/new-Personal-Training-Tips
http://www.beedecenter.com/1305/new-Staying-Active


What is going on in Concord and how do you stay connected?
Just take a look at:
Polly Meyer and Debbie Gilmore’s Living Concord website:
https://www.livingconcord.com
or
Concord Patch
https://patch.com/massachusetts/concord
or
Concord’s town website
https://concordma.gov
or
Concord’s Wicked Local
https://concord.wickedlocal.com


You can still shop local businesses
Look at the list of open business on the Chamber of Commerce website, which has the continually updated status on whether open or not.  
https://concordchamberofcommerce.org


f interested in gardening, here is a growing calendar for our area:
https://ag.umass.edu/sites/ag.umass.edu/files/fact-sheets/pdf/vegetable_planting_chart_1%20%281%29.pdf


There is always time for a good book,
https://www.concordbookshop.com/localauthors
http://concordlibrary.org


Spiritwear
Baseball hats, Under Armour t-shirts, and magnets are available in our online store. Shop here and items will be delivered to the schools for pick up by you or your child.  https://cmsptg.org/shop/


THANK YOU!!!

We would like to thank all the medical staff, first responders, grocery store workers and the countless other people who are making a difference, working long hours and so much more, so we can get through this time of crisis.  There are not enough words to express the gratitude we have for all that you are doing and sacrifices you are making for the good of everyone.


April Vacation Ideas

April Vacation is upon us in a couple of weeks, and perhaps staying at home right now just doesn’t seem like the most exciting option.  But, we have to be creative, and see what else there is around that we have not thought of!

Some initial thoughts are:

Travel to the space station and read tips on living in a confined space is really like! (and contemplate the career of an astronaut)
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/an-astronaut-s-tips-for-living-in-space-or-anywhere

Travel in the immediate area to Boston or Cambridge….
Get some take out, find an outdoor space with lots of room for a picnic away from other people and ants, OR bring it back home):
https://boston.eater.com/2020/3/16/21182169/delivery-takeout-boston-covid-19-march-april-2020
https://www.nbcboston.com/news/coronavirus/social-distancing-in-boston-what-to-do/2093951/


Announcements for Week of March 29

March 31-April 3 are days A,B,C (April Fool’s Day), D and E

Baseball hats, Under Armour t-shirts, and magnets are available in our online store. Shop here and items will be delivered to the schools for pick up by you or your child. 
https://cmsptg.org/shop/


Things to Do During the Extended Absence from School

It’s time to start gardening, and what better way to greet spring than with your own fresh vegetables (or flowers.) The following is a growing calendar for our area:
https://ag.umass.edu/sites/ag.umass.edu/files/fact-sheets/pdf/vegetable_planting_chart_1%20%281%29.pdf


Learn a disco dance called the Hustle in a video from the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqwFL_0Y_Zk


Getting outside and learning about the flora and fauna of our local area
Try this app called Seek, which identifies the nature around you: (Lots of fun on a family walk)…and if you are not sure where to walk, Concord, Carlisle and the surrounding areas have more places than you can probably walk in a year.
https://concordma.gov/734/Trail-Maps-Guides
https://www.carlislema.gov/562/Trail-Maps


Patriot’s Day is coming up
…and if the parade and other events don’t happen, you can still take a walk and follow the path of those who fought for our precious freedoms.  Read up on the history and see why we don’t want to take them for granted.
http:// https://historyofmassachusetts.org/massachusetts-american-revolution/
https://historyofmassachusetts.org/concord-massachusetts-history/
https://www.nps.gov/mima/planyourvisit/upload/MIMA%20Park%20Map.pdf
https://concordma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/19388/Concord-Center-Historic-Sites-Map


The Concord Public Library 
although closed as well, has an amazing array of resources to enjoy, and you don’t have to go to the library.  You can check out a book on Hoopla, learn a language, read on a multitude of subjects geared toward middle-schoolers, and so much more:
https://www.minlib.net/online-resources/concord


Parents and children can brush up on their local authors of which there are plenty to choose from…
The Concord Bookshop has a list on their website, or you can check books out online on the Concord Library’s website:
https://www.concordbookshop.com/localauthors
http://concordlibrary.org


You can still shop local businesses by calling ahead for what you need, pay over the phone, and then pick up your items curbside.  Look at the list of open business on the Chamber of Commerce website, which has the continually updated status on whether open or not.  
https://concordchamberofcommerce.org


There is lots of time to cook together,

Afternoon tea is the perfect break,  pick me up AND staves off everyone’s appetite until dinner is ready!  

Afternoon Tea:
https://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/meals-and-courses/afternoon-tea
http://www.irishcultureandcustoms.com/2Kitch/aTeaTime.html
https://www.visitwales.com/things-do/food-drink/welsh-food
https://must-see-scotland.com/scottish-scone-recipe


Exercising for parents and children is really great to offset the doldrums during this time:

Good yoga sites for kids

https://awakeandmindful.com/best-kids-yoga-videos-on-youtube/


THANK YOU!!!
Another big thank you to Justin and all of the teachers, administrators, custodial staff and everyone else who is working on meeting the needs of the students and their families!  We are very appreciative of all your hard work in keeping them on track and providing some structure to their day.


Announcements for Week of March 22

March 23-27 are days B, C, D, E and F Days

Baseball hats, Under Armour t-shirts, and magnets are available in our online store. Shop here and items will be delivered to the schools for pick up by you or your child. 


Things to Do During the Extended Absence from School

Listen to uplifting and beautiful music…
and we will start locally with Mara Bonde, parent of Marina and Elle,  in one of her past performances with the Boston Musical Theater (singing Amapola, a duet with Christian Figueroa).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AifeFlhjJw&fbclid=IwAR3kY0pXJxhislKnylU0v0t-j4NN09j-iaj6B_KEetBWts0ozBotHnpWPPY

Getting outside and learning about the flora and fauna of our local area
Try this app called Seek, which identifies the nature around you: (Lots of fun on a family walk) …and if you are not sure where to walk, Concord, Carlisle and the surrounding areas have more places than you can probably walk in a year.
https://concordma.gov/734/Trail-Maps-Guides
https://www.carlislema.gov/562/Trail-Maps

Patriot’s Day is coming up
…and if the parade and other events don’t happen, you can still take a walk and follow the path of those who fought for our precious freedoms.  Read up on the history and see why we don’t want to take them for granted.
http:// https://historyofmassachusetts.org/massachusetts-american-revolution/
https://historyofmassachusetts.org/concord-massachusetts-history/
https://www.nps.gov/mima/planyourvisit/upload/MIMA%20Park%20Map.pdf
https://concordma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/19388/Concord-Center-Historic-Sites-Map

The Concord Public Library 
although closed as well, has an amazing array of resources to enjoy, and you don’t have to go to the library.  You can check out a book on Hoopla, learn a language, read on a multitude of subjects geared toward middle-schoolers, and so much more:
https://www.minlib.net/online-resources/concord

Parents and children can brush up on their local authors of which there are plenty to choose from…
The Concord Bookshop has a list on their website, or you can check books out online on the Concord Library’s website:
https://www.concordbookshop.com/localauthors
http://concordlibrary.org

You can still shop local businesses by calling ahead for what you need, pay over the phone, and then pick up your items curbside.  Look at the list of open business on the Chamber of Commerce website, which has the continually updated status on whether open or not.  
https://concordchamberofcommerce.org

There is lots of time to cook together,
Here are some fun ideas from other parts of the country to add some variety to the menu:

The South:
https://www.southernliving.com/dinner/family-dinner-ideas-2017

California:
https://www.saveur.com/best-california-recipes/

The Midwest:
https://www.thedailymeal.com/cook/dishes-only-found-midwest-gallery/slide-8

Brownies which are easy and delicious:
https://cafedelites.com/worlds-best-fudgiest-brownies/ 

Exercising for parents and children is really great to offset the doldrums during this time:

Good yoga sites for kids

https://awakeandmindful.com/best-kids-yoga-videos-on-youtube/ 


THANK YOU!!!
Another big thank you to Justin and all of the teachers, administrators, custodial staff and everyone else who is working on meeting the needs of the students and their families!  We are in uncharted waters and they are steadying the ship.


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

All grades:   
We are attempting to post Trimester 2 Report Card grades early next week. An exact day and time will be emailed to all families and students by Monday. We are experiencing some problems with ASPEN but hope that won’t disrupt the plan to share these grades with families. Important note: While Trimester 2 is over, we are NOT going to start Trimester 3 electives for 7th/8th grade and 6th grade enrichment until we better understand how long we will be out of school. We will reassess for the week of March 30th.

For the long term planning of middle school activitiesCMS 2020 Spring Dates for CMS Families

YEARBOOK SALES have begun! Please order your yearbook by Friday, April 3 to receive the early bird price of $25.  The price will increase to $30 after April 3. Order online only at: Coffee Pond select “Concord Middle School” and use order password:  cms1920. Order Deadline: April 10. We are not ordering any extra books, so please make sure to get your order in.  Any questions please email tscalzi@concordps.org.


Upcoming Events

All grades: 
Some after school clubs will start again (virtually) beginning next week (week of March 23). A list of clubs will be shared by Monday.

Student Council will have a chance LIVE to ask questions of Dr. Hunter about the extended school closure. This meeting with Dr. Hunter will happen Wednesday, March 25th at 2:45p.m. — the regular student council meeting time. A Google Form that students can submit to a member of Student Council to ask a question will be available to all students in the coming days. Student Council will also discuss the 10K Student Idea Challenge at this LIVE virtual meeting. The meeting will be recorded and available for all students after it happens. 




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