PTG Announcements for Week of October 25

Spirit Week is Here!  October 26-30
Students can show their school spirit and have fun with their friends with 5 special theme days this week, created by the CMS Student Council.   

  • Monday:  homeBASE day
    Dress in the theme chosen by your homeBASE last week.  If you don’t remember your theme, check in with your teacher, your classmates or Google classroom!
  • Tuesday:  Favorites Day
    Dress or decorate to represent your favorite sport, team, music genre or artist
  • Wednesday:  Virtual Background Day
    Choose a virtual background for all-remote Wednesday!  Just keep it fun, school-appropriate and not too distracting, please.
  • Thursday:  Pajama Day
    A traditional favorite – stay in your PJs, whether at home or at in-person school (but school-appropriate either way)
  • Friday:  Black ‘N Orange/Halloween Day
    Go all out with black and orange or wear your school-appropriate Halloween costume, whether at home or at in-person school. No masks other than COVID masks, please.

Student Directory Cover Art Contest Results
Congratulations to 6th grader Alyssa Drake for winning the cover art contest! Her art piece below, including kids from each of our seven school teams, will be featured on the cover of this year’s student directory.


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!!!
A big “thumbs up” to the CMS building sub-committee of the COVID task force, for all their hard work over the summer to design the excellent campus systems that are now enabling our kids to learn safely.  Your efforts are paying off for all of us.


Upcoming Events

  • October 26 – October 30 – CMS Student Council Spirit Week
  • November 5 – Minuteman High School 8th Grade Parent Info Session
  • November 11- Veteran’s Day- NO CLASSES
  • November 16-  Professional Day- NO CLASSES
  • November 25-  Early Release All School
  • November 26 and 27- Thanksgiving 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

The middle school PTG and Student Council is sponsoring a t-shirt design contest! Click here for the presentation.  Submissions due by November 3rd.

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


PTG Announcements for Week of October 18

2nd Flu Shot Clinic This Saturday, October 24

Did you miss getting flu shots for your kids this past Saturday?  Not to worry, CVS will be holding another flu shot clinic at CCHS this Saturday, October 24th.  The clinic is for Concord and Carlisle public school students ages 9 and up.  Times are TBD, so watch your email inbox this week for further details. 

This year, Massachusetts students ages 6 months and older from preschool/childcare through college must have a flu shot administered by December 31st, regardless of whether they are learning remotely or in person.  There are very few exceptions.  Please send documentation of your child’s completed immunization to their school nurse.  For details please visit the state website here.


We Love our Teachers and Staff!

Your PTG dollars are at work:  to show our appreciation for our dedicated teachers and staff and to help keep them safe, the PTG gave each of them a gift bag containing a special CMS face mask, a handwritten note and some sweet treats.  Thank you for your donations to the PTG that made this possible.


School Calendar Clarification

This academic year, extra professional development days for teachers and staff have been added to the school calendar, with more to be added as the year goes on.  For students, there is NO SCHOOL on any professional development day, regardless of whether your child would be remote or in person on that day of the week.


THANK YOU!!!
Our gratitude goes to all the CMS kids and families who have diligently completed a 14-day quarantine this school year to help ensure that illness doesn’t spread through our schools.  Your great teamwork shows that we can all get through this together!


Upcoming Events

  • Wed October 21 – Raising the Bar Episode 3 (Time TBD)
  • Thurs October 22 7:00 pm – Concord Association of Music Parents Meeting
  • Mon October 26 – Fri October 30 – CMS Student Council Spirit Week
  • Thurs November 5 – Minuteman High School 8th Grade Parent Info Session

From the CMS Daily Announcements

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

Early release this Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

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


PTG Announcements for Week of October 11

Calling all Student Artists! 
Put Your Artwork on the Cover of This Year’s Student Directory

This week the PTG is holding a student art contest to find the image that will adorn the cover of our new student directory.  The theme of your piece can be anything related to Concord or CMS.  Submissions are due by midnight on Sunday Oct 18and can be turned in via email at news@cmsptg.org or on paper (send email for instructions on paper submissions).  Images should be 5”x5” in full color, grayscale or black and white.


Your PTG Dollars at Work
To help kids show their school spirit while staying safe, the PTG has given each student a custom-imprinted CMS face mask.  The masks were distributed this past week.  If your child didn’t receive one, they can get one this coming week from their homeBASE teacher.


PTG meeting this Friday October 16 at 10:15 am
Please join us for our October PTG meeting.  Planned discussion topics include recently completed projects, committee work in progress and updates from the principal and the METCO program.  Please bring any ideas you may have for safely-distant student social events and guest speakers/activities for student assemblies.  Or feel free to just listen in!  A reminder email with links to a full agenda and the Zoom video-call will follow closer to the day of the meeting.


Amazon Prime Day Purchases Can Turn Into $$ for the PTG
Just in time for the Amazon Prime Days on Oct 13-14, please designate the CMS PTG as your charity in the Amazon Smile program, in which Amazon will donate a portion of your spending to the charity of your choice.  Here’s how:  

  • Log into your Amazon account via smile.amazon.com (make sure to include the “smile” in the url)
  • Under the “Your Account” menu choose “Your AmazonSmile”  
  • Click the button to choose or change your charity
  • Perform a search on Concord Middle School PTG and hit the “Select” button next to our organization name.  Be careful to select the “PTG” listed in Concord MA, not the “PTO” one in Concord, NC.  
  • Make sure to visit the smile version of the site whenever you shop with Amazon so that your purchases are included in the program.  

Thank you for participating!


THANK YOU!!!

Much gratitude to Susan Rask from the Concord Board of Health, Trish McGean (Contact Tracer Extraordinaire!) and Laurie Hunter for your decisive and thorough action in response to any positive COVID cases, at all times of the day and night.  Your diligent work helps to avert spread of the virus through the schools and allows in-person learning to remain a viable option.

Upcoming Events

  • October 16 – PTG meeting, 10:15am via Zoom (link to be published later this week)

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

Reminder:  Monday is a holiday and Tuesday is a Professional Development Day in the district. Please click here for a list of Fall and Early Winter Dates. 


PTG Announcements for Week of October 4

Thanks to your continued diligence, the school district experienced zero new positive COVID cases this past week. Kudos to all for helping to stop the spread!
School District COVID Data Dashboard 
Town COVID Data Dashboard


After-School Clubs Are In Full Swing!
One of the many awesome things about CMS is its rich offering of after-school clubs and activities, even in this unusual year.  Click here to see what’s running now or starting up soon.  Some are running in-person, some via Zoom and some both ways.  New clubs start up throughout the year, so check back often or watch the daily announcements for updates.

Be a Part of the Solution:  Volunteer With the CMS PTG!
This fall, we still need volunteers for our committees to help with student assemblies, teacher/staff appreciation projects and fundraising.  Click here to see a listing of volunteer opportunities with signup sheets for each one.  Many thanks to those of you who have already raised a hand to help out.

Got Something to Say to the CMS Community?  Post It Here!
The CMS PTG newsletter includes news content about middle school and school district activities, events, philanthropy projects and the like.  If you have a news item within this scope, feel free to submit it to cmsannouncements@gmail.com.


THANK YOU!!!

A big shoutout to the CMS faculty and leadership team for organizing two top-notch virtual Back to School nights on September 24th and 30th.  Both evenings were nicely coordinated with lots of good information.  Well done!


Upcoming Events

  • October 16 – PTG meeting, 10:15am via Zoom (link to be published next week)

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, October 5th is B Day.


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