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Announcements for Week of April 26

Welcome back from vacation!
April 27 to May 1 are Days C,D,E,F AND A

Mr. Rivenburgh has sent this video of the Honors Choir singing “The Cuckoo.”  Thanks, and what a nice way to start the week!!

 2 – The Cuckoo.mov


CMS families, 

Hope this email finds you healthy and strong coming out of our spring recess. In an effort to reengage students first thing tomorrow morning, we invite students, families, and middle school staff to an empowering and motivational live assembly — “School is Not Closed for the School Year” — emanating from an empty Sanborn auditorium at Concord Middle School tomorrow, Monday April 27th, at 8am. 

In an effort to make this virtual assembly as secure as possible, I will send the link tomorrow at approximately 7:45am to students, families, faculty and staff. 

Justin  


THANK YOU!!!

Thanks to all who make the world a better place!


CMS Daily Announcements page


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


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/


Interesting Things to Do

During this time of, we do have an opportunity to recalibrate.  We can do things we might not have gotten to for years, and one thing we can take this time to do is something very special now and in the future.   This would be the time to have your kids interview you, you interview your kids, you and/or your kids interview family members for a comprehensive biography.  We all have family trees, perhaps, but what about filling it in with things you never knew about each other.  Here is just one of many websites with starter questions.  
And, a personal suggestion is to get those family recipes written down!
http://oralhistory.library.ucla.edu/familyHistory.html
 

Perhaps we might be saturated with virtual things, but….

There are live safaris that you can just leave on your television, so you can live parallel lives with the African animals for the day.  AND, the rangers will answer your questions as if you are on a real safari.  
https://www.andbeyond.com/bringing-africa-home/wildwatch-live/
https://wildearth.tv/safarilive/

Interaction in the community is still possible with:
Reasons to Be Cheerful who is selling ice cream 
through their grab and go window.  Take a look at their website to confirm hours.  Right now, the hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
https://www.cheerful-reasons.com/#home

Working out via the Beede Center
http://www.beedecenter.com/1306/new-Personal-Training-Tips

The Emerson Umbrella has a lot of virtual offerings:
https://theumbrellaarts.org/program/em3050-30-activities-50-days

Local stores that really can use your business:

If you looking for any book that is used or out of print, The Barrow Bookstore, is great at finding them. It is worth checking them out before looking online.

If you are getting more adventurous in your cooking and need cooking utensils and supplies, Kitchen Outfitters in Acton is a wonderful place to call.  They can help you select what equipment you need for your recipe, and they have curbside pickup!
https://www.kitchen-outfitters.com

Here is a list compiled by MIT’s activity center that should have something for everyone!

K-12 EducationBig Apple CircusS.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) activities for families. Each week, the Big Apple Circus will post a different circus activity for kids to participate in. Learn balancing tricks!
 Boston Children’s Museum Great learning resources & stay at home activities.
 Boston Public Library. Virtual resources, with a Boston Public Library e-card,  include a free Ancestry Library; weekly Creative Kids Challenge (from epic fort building to crawly creatures), Online Educational Learning Tools (preparing young ones for Kindergarten with Miss Humblebee’s Academy, to online eBooks for teen with the TeenBookCloud) & more.
 Cambridge Science Festival. Great online resources for famiies including CPL STEAM Vault and the Sounds of CSF Spotify playlist!
 Discovery Museum. Incredible online resource list for families including fun learning activities, interactive and at-home resources offered by museums, organizations, and other creators around the world. From tinfoil ferries to the largest pool of jello & more.
 Full STEAM Ahead. MIT’s new Full STEAM Ahead Site offers a great new set of tools for K-12 learning, offering science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics based instructional materials to find innovative solutions to the challenges of learning at a distance. A collaboration between different labs at MIT including The Education ArcadeMIT Open Learning, and the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL).
 Lowell Spinners’ Family Fun Activities. Including Canaligator coloring pages, Home Run Reading Program; design your own jersey, & more.
 Mass Audubon Society: Nature at Home Nature videos, family activities, spring birds & more with Nature at Home.
 Museum of Science.  STEM family activities at the Museum of Science including Engineering Fun at Home, Developing Pre-K problem solvers, Stem for Families, and more now online at MOSfromHome!
 New England Aquarium‘s new at-home resource page!
 PBS. PBS and WGBH Boston have partnered to support distance learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning on Monday, March 30, Public media WORLD Channel from WGBH will provide a daily, five-hour (12noon-5pm) At-Home Learning Service, for students in grades 6-12, to PBS stations nationwide. WORLD will offer programs on science, history and English language arts, and include related learning resources from PBS LearningMedia, a free online service of thousands of educational resources.
 Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.  #PEMfromHome. Take a deep dive into the virtualized collections, read the stories and explore. Enjoy creative projects for children and families. Visit the museum’s extensive blog. Listen to the latest PEMcast Podcast, and explore their archives here! You can even browse the Peabody Essex Museum shop and receive free shipping with code FREESHIP at checkout.
 Puppet ShowplaceTreeples, a live-action short film & puppetry adventure, now available online through Puppet Showplace ConnectTreeples helps kids know they can be brave and strong in the face of the unknown. Plus check out the Gottabees family activities; Wonder Spark Projects; Paper Heart Projects; Make a Monkey craft; and explore the Center for Puppetry Arts. Great resource for families.
 Red Sox. Check out Red Sox Home Fun for fun and educational family activities like coloring pages, puzzles, STEM worksheets, comic books, & the Summer Slugger learning experience!
 Stop Breathe ThinkMeditation for kids ages 5-10. 
 Stuck at Home: 100s of Activities and Resources for Kids. Amazing resourcewith many creative activities for kids and families  WGBH Distance Learning Center. The WGBH Distance Learning Center offers great learning activities for children K-12.
 YouTube’s Learn@HomeLearn@Home highlights educational YouTube channels that students (preschoolers ages 5+ and kids 13 & older) can watch at home.
In partnership with Khan AcademyDiscovery EducationCool SchoolPBS KidsSesame Street & others.
Movies and MuseumsBrattle Theater. The Brattle is curating lists of their favorite movies within a theme each week. Visit their virtual programs listing for movie ideas, and information on where and how to stream them!
 Boston Children’s Museum Great learning resources & stay at home activities.
 Boston Public Library. Virtual resources, with a Boston Public Library e-card,  include a free Ancestry Library; weekly Creative Kids Challenge (from epic fort building to crawly creatures), Online Educational Learning Tools (preparing young ones for Kindergarten with Miss Humblebee’s Academy, to online eBooks for teen with the TeenBookCloud) & more.
 Butterfly Place. Visit the Butterfly Place virtually and take a look at all their various butterflies!
 Concord Museum. Explore the Concord Museum virtually with History at Home.
 Harvard Museum of Natural HistoryLecture videos, and exhibits with videos: Sea Creatures in GlassGlass FlowersRomer Hall of Vertebrate PaleontologyEarth and Planetary Sciences Gallery.
 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Explore the ISG with an amazing virtual tour. Check out a behind-the-scenes Gardner Greenhouse Tour and choreographers-in-residence El Jaleo performance.
 List Visual Arts Center. Let’s you connect with the museum at home. The List also has a wonderful collection of artist’s videos and forum discussions.
 Museum of Fine Arts. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts virtually with curatorial insights, lectures, demonstrations of musical instruments at the MFA, conservation at the MFA, playlists and more.
 Museum of Science. STEM family activities at the Museum of Science including Engineering Fun at Home, Developing Pre-K problem solvers, Stem for Families, and more now online at MOSfromHome!
 New England Aquarium. Visit the aquarium online. Watch the lecture series to learn more about the ocean. Take a virtual dive into their Indo-Pacific coral reef! New: the aquarium’s at-home resource page.
 Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.  #PEMfromHome. Take a deep dive into the virtualized collections, read the stories and explore. Enjoy creative projects for children and families. Visit the museum’s extensive blog. Listen to the latest PEMcast Podcast, and explore their archives here! You can even browse the Peabody Essex Museum shop and receive free shipping with code FREESHIP at checkout.
 Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology. Harvard University, Cambridge. Explore and enjoy the online collection.
 USS Constitution. Explore the USS Constitution virtually! Daily virtual tours at 1pm on Facebook Live, plus educational resources, LEGO Ship Shape Competition, meet a historic sailor from “Old Ironsides”, and more.
Music and StageAmerican Repertory Theater Explore the Archives, with videos, photos, and write-ups from past performances.
 Arts Emerson. Explore new worlds from your home with A.R.T.’s Together Apart, giving audiences access to high-quality archival videos and unique opportunities to hear from the artists behind them.
 Boston Athenaeum. Paintings and sculptures online.
 Boch Center– Arts Heal ~ inspiring music/song/performances from the Boch Center: Boston Children’s Chorus singing “Rise Up;” & more
 Boston Ballet Stay connected with the Boston Ballet online for rehearsal clips from Carmen, music from the Boston Ballet Orchestra, and how their dancers are staying in shape at home.
 Boston Lyric Opera:  Experience Norma, Sun, March 29, 3pm. Free on demand audio streaming on the BLO and WCRB Classical Radio websites. Accessible for the next month.
Take a virtual walking tour of the history of opera in Boston.
 Boston Philharmonic Orchestra Virtual music from the BPO
 Boston Symphony Orchestra BSO at Home: Self-produced videos from BSO musicians and conductors, daily curated audio offerings, and BSO HomeSchoolwith BSO musicians providing educational offerings in support of at-home learning. 
 BSO: Concert for Our City.  A video stream of BSO’s Concert for our Cityperformance. Available through May 20, 2020.
 Celebrity Series of Boston Watch virtual performances, playlists, livestreams, & more at home.
 Club Passim The club is working on putting together a collection of artists’ performances to share with their audience as a part of the KEEP YOUR DISTANCE FEST, and is collecting for an Artist Relief Fund to support their partner artists during this tough time.
 Global Arts Live Concert highlghts from the 2019-20 Season; and additional virtual performances. Plus, a special virtual music festival.
 Huntington Theatre Company. Connect to Huntington @Home for online performances, distance learning, messages from artists, or sign up for entertaining phone calls from staff!
 New Hampshire Theatre Project. Connect Express Learn online!
 Red Sox OrganistJosh Kantor brings joy virtually: listen to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and other favorites!
 The Revels. #RevelsConnect Music Series every Sunday at 4 pm on Facebook Live!
 Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Portsmouth, NH. Performances on Crowdcast for $1 or whatever support you like to offer. Upcoming events include Jazz Dance class on April 23rd, Friday Night Cabarets this April 24th and coming Fridays.
SpecialArnold Arboretum. Online Plant & Garden Highlights
 Boston Celtics. Revisit Classic Celtics games, Marcus Smart’s highlights, Larry Bird’s Greatness, & more.
 Central Square Live. Yoga, dancing, & more with Central Square Live from home!
 Clover Food Lab/Cooking DemonstrationsYou Tube cooking demonstrations from Chef Ayr include Bread Making and other cooking delights with common staples from the pantry. New episodes every week!
 Gyms and Yoga Studios. A list of Boston gyms and yoga studios doing online workout streams. Planet Fitness also does virtual workouts every day at 7 pm.
 Mass AudubonExplore Nature at Home!
 MIT@2:50 Join the worldwide MIT Family and the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics in a moment of contemplative, relaxing breathing at 2:50 pm EDT everyday. at250.mit.edu provides a link to join the MIT Community every day to de-stress.
 Mount Auburn Cemetary. Explore Mount Auburn Cemetary virtually with their online collections database and watch a contemplative Satigatha concert.
 Nantucket Daffodil Festival: Virtual Photo Gallery of Nantucket’s breathtaking Daffodil Festival, plus growing and caring for daffodils, delicious picnic food and more.
 New England Revolution. Stay Home with the Pros and exercise with NE Revolution winger, Tajon Buchanon. Check out a Far Post Podcast with Diego Fagundez.
 The Paint Bar. Weekend Paint Bar paint parties on Zoom!
 Six Flags New England. Explore the rides at Six Flags online and check out their virtual rides videos like Batman.
 
FROM AROUND THE WORLD: Virtual Resources
Movies and MuseumsAquarium and Zoo Livestreams. CBS article listing aquarium, zoo, and nature livestreams; plus more!
 The Cornell Lab: All About Birds. Online birds and bird watching from The Cornell Lab.
 Disney Family Singalong. Join Belle, Buzz Lightyear & others for a Disney Family Singalong as they sing songs from Disney classics including Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story, Moana, Frozen and High School Musical & others. The nationwide singalong features celebrities and their families taking on their favorite Disney tunes from their own homes.
 Explore.orgLive cams from around the world: elephants, gorillas, pandas, Nasa Space cam, & more!
 Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Check out their new learning-at-home resources
 Google: Google Maps of museums around the world offering virtual tours. Explore the Hidden Worlds of National Parks!
 National Museum of Natural HistoryVirtual Tour
 SmithsonianScanned 3D Models
 Other Smithsonian MuseumsVirtual Tours
 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival’s short films– all free and online
 Virtual Museum Exhibits. PBS Article on virtual museum exhibits
Music and StageThe 24 HR. Plays. Watch plays created and produced in 24 hours.
 Andrea Bocelli Music for Hope Concert. Amazing, peaceful concert sung solo at Italy’s Duomo di Milano.
 AXS TV‘s LIVE Streaming Concert Hub, featuring new live music every day.
 Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra.  Join the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra for virtual performances in their Digital Concert Hall. Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th Birthday!
 Broadway Direct. Broadway stas share their talents from home. Enjoy!
 Broadway Themed Activities to Do at Home. Hands-on theatre activities include Broadway costumes to make at home; Put on Your Own Show; Try Your Hand at Broadway Make-up; Bake Broadway-Themed Snacks & more.  Great creative fun for all.
 Create to Connect. Fun creative challenges to do at home.
 iHeart Living Room Concert for America. Popular artists perform from home to provide a virtual concert.
 iHeart Midnight Concert Series. Every weekday at midnight, on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio app, the series, which includes pop, country, alternative, and more, features iconic performances from Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, Green Day, & more. Weekly lineups posted on iHeartRadio’s Twitter at 12pm ET every day.
 National Geographic TVWatch shows like The Incredible Dr. Pol.
 NPR. List of live virtual concerts.
 One World:  Together at HomeStream online now. A global special in support of the fight against COVID-19, One World: Together At Home will show unity among all people who are affected by COVID-19, as well as celebrating and supporting the brave frontline health care workers around the world. Curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga, performances include Alanis Morissette, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Elton John, FINNEAS, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Lang Lang, Lizzo, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder & more.
 Operas.
Staatsoper Unter Den Linden
Opera National de Paris
MET Opera
Vienna State Opera
 The Show Must Go OnWatch a different Andrew Lloyd Webber favorite every weekend! Shows are available on youtube starting at 2 pm Friday (EDT) for 48 hours. Lloyd Webber is the composer of seeral musicals including CatsThe Phantom of the Opera, and Jesus Christ Superstar.
 Stay at Home Music Festival. An online music festival and events calendar offering a source of peace and calm through a variety of musical performances.
 #songsofcomfort. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma calls for sharing songs of comfort online.