PTG Announcements for Week of September 13

CMS Student Directory: 
Your Child’s Artwork on the Cover, Your Business Ad Inside!

Cover Art Contest
Calling all student artists!  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 clearly related to Concord or CMS.  Submissions are due by midnight on Thursday September 23 and can be turned in via email at or on paper (send email for instructions on paper submissions).  Please send your student’s name and grade with their artwork, but not placed in the image itself.  Images should be 5 1/2” x 5 1/2” at 300dpi, in grayscale or black and white.  Computer-generated art or hi-res scans are ok (no photographs of paper art please).

Advertising Opportunity
Calling all Concord business owners!  The PTG invites you to place an advertisement in this year’s CMS student directory.  By advertising with us, your message supports the CMS PTG while reaching more than 500 Concord households to promote your business within your community.  Click here to place your ad today!

Pricing and specifications: 
Full page (7.5”w x 10”h) – $400
Half page (7.5”w x 4.75”h) – $225
jpg image files
max file size 100MB
all artwork in grayscale

Introducing Your PTG Board of Directors for the 2021-2022 School Year
Each year brings a new board of directors to your PTG, and this year’s volunteers are eager to find new ways to enrich the CMS experience for all.  If you have questions, suggestions, concerns or comments, feel free to direct them to the following volunteer board members.

  • Co-Presidents
    Kristin Martines and Deb Antonangeli –
  • Vice President of Communications
    Kimber Lynn Z. Drake –
  • Treasurer
    Liz Nadzo –
  • Secretary
    Jennie Garofalo –
  • Fundraising Committee Chairperson
    Carolyn Schweitzer –
  • Staff Appreciation Committee Chairperson
    Susannah Benner –

Volunteer Opportunities Are BACK – We Need YOU!!
After 18 months with no parent access to the school buildings, in-person volunteering opportunities have finally returned to CMS!  The PTG needs your help with a few upcoming events.  Please click on any event name below to sign up.  Please direct any questions on volunteering for the PTG to Deb Antonangeli at

  • Picture Day (at Peabody or Sanborn)
    Monday, September 20th, 8:15am – 2:30pm
    Help guide students through the school photo process
  • 7th/8th Grade Fall Social (at Sanborn)
    Friday, September 24th, 3:30-5:00pm or 5:00-6:30pm
    Help with setup and checking students in OR with clean up and checking students out
  • 6th Grade Fall Social (at Peabody)
    Friday, October 1st, 3:30-5:00pm or 5:00-6:30pm
    Help with setup and checking students in OR with clean up and checking students out

Is Your CORI Up to Date?
All parent/guardian volunteers who work with students must complete a “CORI” criminal record check.  This is done by visiting either CMS building, filling out a form and presenting a photo ID at least three days before your first volunteer shift.  Only CORI checks performed for the Concord Public Schools within the last three years are valid at CMS.

How Do You Want Your Information to Appear in This Year’s Student Directory?
The CMS student directory is published using contact information downloaded from the Aspen student information system.  To ensure that your family’s listings will be correct in the printed directory, please do these three things by Wednesday, September 15:

  1. Log into Aspen and check the following information in each child’s record
    – Student home phone (this one is only displayed in the online demographic verification form)
    – Parent/guardian name
    –  Parent/guardian cell phone numbers
    – Student home address
    – Parent/guardian primary email addresses
  2. Make sure that the field in Aspen called “Use Student/Family Info in PTG Directory” is marked YES
  3. If you make changes to the data in Aspen, please let us know at (or by replying to this email) so that we can ensure the changes make it into the directory.

Please Participate in the PTG’s Annual Appeal Fundraiser
With the new school year comes a new crop of exciting events, projects and programs to enrich the CMS experience for your child.  Please consider supporting these efforts with a donation to the CMS PTG’s annual appeal.  Our recommended amount is $100 per student but a gift of any size is greatly appreciated, and the PTG qualifies for additional support through employer matching gift programs.  Your donations will help fund student social events, teacher appreciation projects, guest speakers at student assemblies, Field Day and much more.  Please click here to participate now.

Picture Day – Monday September 20
Mark your calendars for picture day!  Portraits of all students will be taken at school on Monday, September 20th.  Click here for ordering information and see the daily announcements for other details.  Don’t forget to order ahead of time to save on handling fees!

Your PTG Dollars at Work
The PTG was pleased to collaborate with CMS administration to bring guest speaker Jessica Lahey to a student assembly on the first day of school and to a webinar presentation for parents that evening.  We hope you and your students found her talks on how to handle and grow from failure inspiring, informative and entertaining.  If you missed her evening talk, it is now available as a podcast by clicking here.  Many thanks to the CMS families whose generous donations made these events possible.

Upcoming Events

  • September 13 – 6th Grade Laptop distribution
  • September 13 – Many after school clubs and fall intramurals start
  • September 14 – Virtual Club Expo 3:30pm
  • September 16 – Extended homeBASE
  • September 20 – Picture day for all grades
  • September 23 – 6th grade Back to School Night (virtual), 6:30pm – 8pm
  • September 24 – 7th & 8th grade social at Sanborn (outdoors), 4pm – 6pm
  • September 30 – Extended homeBASE
  • September 30 – 7th/8th grade Back to School Night (virtual), 6:30pm – 8pm
  • October 1 – 6th grade social at Peabody (outdoors), 4pm – 6pm
  • October 6 – Half day for students (PM professional development for faculty)
  • October 8-12 – Challenge Success No-Homework Weekend
  • October 11 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day – no school
  • October 14 – Extended homeBASE
  • October 27- 1st trimester progress reports posted to Aspen

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.

Link to the CMS After School Expo & Fair (Sport and Clubs)

Please click here to view a list of Fall dates.