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 


PTG Announcements for Week of March 21

“Paint Night” Social Event for CMS Parents – Thursday April 8 at 6:30pm
Please join us for an evening of art with friends!  Grab your favorite beverage, hang out with some fun folks and let your creativity flow.

This live, on-line event will be led remotely by a professional artist instructor, so you can participate from the comfort of your own home to create a beautiful piece of art.  All skill levels welcome – you will be amazed at what you can do!

An art kit containing your canvas, paints and everything else you will need will be provided prior to the event date.

And the price?  Well, that’s up to you.  The basic admission fee of $30 covers the PTG’s costs to host this event.  If you are able to chip in a little more, we would greatly appreciate it!  A registration link and instructions will follow in the next couple of days – stay tuned.


Picture Days Rescheduled
Picture days at CMS have been rescheduled to May 10 (A-K), May 11 (L-Z) and May 12 (fully remote).  All portrait sittings will be conducted outdoors.


No School This Friday
A reminder that Friday, March 26th will be a professional day for staff, with no school for students.  Enjoy the long weekend, kids!


THANK YOU!!!
Big thanks to school psychologist Matt Cadigan, Principal Cameron and school counselors Jennifer Moran and Katie Grotenstein for joining us at our March PTG meeting this past Friday.  Together they answered many important questions and provided valuable advice for the upcoming April transition to a changed learning environment and schedule.  Much appreciated!


Upcoming Events

  • March 24 – Trimester 2 Ends
  • March 25 – Trimester 3 Begins
  • March 25  – School Advisory Council (School Council) Meeting, 4pm 
  • March 26 – Professional Day (No School for Students)
  • March 31 – Extended End-of-day homeBASE
  • March 31 – CMS Building Committee Town of Concord Forum, 7pm
  • April 1 – Principal’s Webinar Series on April 26 School Changes, 4pm (Students – Fully In-Person), 7pm (Parents – Fully In-Person) and 7:45pm (Parents and Students – Fully Remote)
  • April 2 – Last day CMS Spring Sports & Club Sign-Up
  • April 2 – Trimester 2 Report Card Grades Posted to Aspen
  • April 8 – Paint Night Parents’ Social Event, 6:30pm

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 March 7

March 19 PTG Meeting to Host Q&A with CMS Guidance Department

CMS school psychologist Matt Cadigan, along with school counselors Jenn Moran and Katie Grotenstein, will join our next PTG meeting for a discussion and Q&A on student and family wellbeing and parenting during the pandemic.  Please send your questions in advance to PTG Co-presidents Kristin Martines and Anna Travias at cmsptgpresidents@gmail.com.  We will also welcome your questions during the talk through the Zoom chat feature. 

The meeting will be held via Zoom at 10:15am on Friday March 19.  A link to join the meeting will be sent out closer to that day. 


No School March 8th
A reminder that Monday, March 8th will be a professional day for staff, with no school for students.  Enjoy the long weekend, kids!


Homework-Free Weekend Coming Up
This coming weekend is another homework-free one at CMS, thanks to the Challenge Success Team of students, parents and teachers.


Your PTG Dollars at Work – Special Event for Faculty and Staff
To show our continued appreciation to the CMS faculty and staff, last month the PTG organized a virtual cooking class for them by WECO Hospitality.  WECO chef and founder, Gavin Lambert, is a former CMS Student!  Many thanks to Ashley Anderson and the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Committee for creating this fun experience for our amazing staff! For more info on WECO or to sign up to receive their weekly menu by email, click here.


Save the Date!  Paint Night for CMS Parents Coming on April 8
The CMS PTG is pleased to announce a social event for parents coming soon.  Please join us for Paint Night on Thursday April 8 – grab your favorite beverage, hang out with some fun folks and let your creativity flow!  This live, on-line event will be led by a professional artist instructor.  An art kit containing your canvas and everything else you will need will be provided prior to the event date.  Further event details to come in the next edition of this newsletter.


CMS PTG Announcements: Publication Frequency
The publication schedule for this newsletter will continue to be bi-weekly for the rest of the winter.


THANK YOU!!!

Kudos to our CMS students for the wonderful job they have been doing since September of adhering to the school’s COVID protocols and restrictions.  Your efforts have made in-person school possible and sustainable!


Upcoming Events

  • March 8 – Professional Day (No School for Students)
  • March 12-14 –  Homework-Free Weekend
  • March 17 – Extended End-of-day homeBASE
  • March 19 – CMS PTG Meeting, 10:15am
  • March 24 – Trimester 2 ends
  • March 25 – Trimester 3 begins
  • March 25  – School Advisory Council (School Council) Meeting, 4pm 
  • March 26 – Professional Day (No School for Students)
  • March 31 – Extended End-of-day homeBASE
  • April 2 – Trimester 2 Report Card grades posted to Aspen
  • April 8 – Paint Night Parents’ Social Event

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. 


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