District & Community News

Middle School Building Committee Coffees
In preparation for the Special Town Meeting on January 20th, the Middle School Building Committee is holding three more informational meetings via Zoom video-conference to ensure that every Concordian who wants to explore the details of the CMS building project has the opportunity to do so prior to voting.  Access the meetings using the links below.

Jan 12 – 11:00 AM
https://concordps.zoom.us/j/91341884727?pwd=Z0VpdmhkN3hXTEtkQ3k0RWE2NFlDUT09
Meeting ID: 913 4188 4727
Passcode: 313351
Find your local dial-in number: https://concordps.zoom.us/u/abqiDEuXex

Jan 13 – 7:00 PM
https://concordps.zoom.us/j/97886216289?pwd=NkRHTlkxN1R0dkJIUVZvVjJ4OUVyZz09
Meeting ID: 978 8621 6289
Passcode: 548756
Find your local dial-in number: https://concordps.zoom.us/u/aJan8IKpB

Jan 19 – 1:00 PM 
https://concordps.zoom.us/j/97524959103?pwd=QS96UWlzTVVSVUxBZW1ITWFDbWN1dz09
Meeting ID: 975 2495 9103
Passcode: 422564
Find your local number: https://concordps.zoom.us/u/adi7uk5xNd

January 21st Celebration to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A message from Andrew Nyamekye, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Saturday, January 15th marks Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 93rd birthday. In partnership with Bedford Public Schools METCO Director/DEI Coordinator Akil Mondesir, our school communities will honor Dr. King’s life and legacy with a virtual event on Friday, January 21, 2022, at 6:30 pm on Zoom. Our keynote speaker is Ron Jones, an Emmy Award winner and Executive Director/Artistic Principal of Dialogues on Diversity. Mr. Jones will present a performance lecture titled: MLK and the Strength of Shared Dreams. Through live character portrayal and video, MLK and the Strength of Shared Dreams depict how MLK’s “Poor Peoples Campaign” was a turning point in intersectional advocacy. Please click here to RSVP and to receive a Zoom link in advance. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Nyamekye, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Updated School District COVID DashboardClick here for the most recent school district COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).

Updated State COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent state-wide COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).


CMS Social Studies Teacher to Lead Q&A at Anti-Racism Discussion Group Meeting
The Concord Middle School social studies department’s very own Joe Meyer will be a featured guest at the next meeting of the Communities Organizing Against Racism (COAR) discussion group on Monday, December 13th at 7:30pm (on Zoom).  The December meeting will focus on the concept of intersectionality.

COAR was founded by Thoreau parents looking to share experiences, learn, take action, and engage in courageous conversations about race with each other and with our children. COAR offers a monthly learning and discussion group open to all. Visit coaraction.org to learn more, or send an email to coarcommunity@gmail.com.

Last Days to Bid, Bid, Bid to Support Music Programs in Concord Grades 4-8!
Do you see braces in your child’s future? Would you love to try out the Thoreau Club or the Beede Center as a new year’s resolution? Want to get away for a ski weekend or a night at the Bruins so close you can see the fire in their eyes? The Concord Association of Music Parents (Concord AMP) has launched its annual online auction at www.concordamp.org/auction. We are especially thrilled that Heart Orthodontics in West Concord, has donated a complete orthodontic treatment (value $6800)! Please support our student musicians in chorus, band, orchestra, honors choir, jazz bands and wind ensemble, and bid high and bid often, until Friday December 17!

IMSCC Music Lessons
The Winter/Spring session of music lessons with IMSCC begins in January! Enrollment is now open. All levels and all ages are welcome, including adults. Expert instruction is available for all band and orchestra instruments, voice, guitar, ukulele, electric bass, and piano. This year families have a choice of in-person or remote instruction. In-person lessons are located at CCHS and the Carlisle public school campus and follow school district music protocols for COVID safety.  Click here to request lessons, or here for more information about IMSCC. Questions? email Debbie Levine.

Updated School District COVID DashboardClick here for the most recent school district COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).

Updated State COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent state-wide COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).


CMS Social Studies Teacher to Lead Q&A at Anti-Racism Discussion Group Meeting
The Concord Middle School social studies department’s very own Joe Meyer will be a featured guest at the next meeting of the Communities Organizing Against Racism (COAR) discussion group on Monday, December 13th at 7:30pm (on Zoom).  The December meeting will focus on the concept of intersectionality.

COAR was founded by Thoreau parents looking to share experiences, learn, take action, and engage in courageous conversations about race with each other and with our children. COAR offers a monthly learning and discussion group open to all. Visit coaraction.org to learn more, or send an email to coarcommunity@gmail.com.
 

Concord AMP Auction to Support CPS Music Programs
The Concord Association of Music Parents (Concord AMP) has launched its annual online auction at www.concordamp.org/auction. Concord AMP is a parent-led volunteer organization that raises money to support the music performing programs in the Concord Public Schools. The auction includes homemade treats, exclusive gifts, and sought-after services. We are especially thrilled that Heart Orthodontics, located on Main Street in West Concord, has donated a complete orthodontic treatment (value $6800). Other items include a stay at the Black Bear Lodge in Waterville Valley, NH, Boston Bruins tickets, bread from Nashoba Brook Bakery, Thoreau Club family membership, Beede Center family membership, Radius Ensemble tickets, homemade pies, face masks, music lessons, and more. Please bid and support our student musicians!  The auction runs through December 17.

Sustainability in the New Middle School Building
Join the Middle School Building Committee and a panel of sustainability experts to discuss Sustainability in the new building design on Wednesday December 8, 7:00pm at the CMS Peabody Building.   Our three panelists include Matt Root, sustainable design professional and Sustainability Subcommittee Chair on the Middle School Building Committee; Martine Dion, Sustainable Design Director at SMMA; and Jake Swenson, Chair of Concord’s Climate Action Advisory Board (CAAB).  

As this event will be in person at Peabody, masks will be required for all attendees.

IMSCC Music Lessons
The Winter/Spring session of music lessons with IMSCC begins in January! Enrollment opens on December 6. All levels and all ages are welcome, including adults. Expert instruction is available for all band and orchestra instruments, voice, guitar, ukulele, electric bass, and piano. This year families have a choice of in-person or remote instruction. In-person lessons are located at CCHS and the Carlisle public school campus and follow school district music protocols for COVID safety.  Click here to request lessons, or here for more information about IMSCC. Questions? email Debbie Levine.

Updated School District COVID DashboardClick here for the most recent school district COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).

Updated State COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent state-wide COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).


Concord AMP Auction to support the music programs!
The Concord Association of Music Parents (Concord AMP) has launched its annual online auction at www.concordamp.org/auction. Concord AMP is a parent-led volunteer organization that raises money to support the music performing programs in the Concord Public Schools. The auction includes homemade treats, exclusive gifts, and sought-after services. We are especially thrilled that Heart Orthodontics, located on Main Street in West Concord, has donated a complete orthodontic treatment (value $6800). Other items include a stay at the Black Bear Lodge in Waterville Valley, NH, Boston Bruins tickets, bread from Nashoba Brook Bakery, Thoreau Club family membership, Beede Center family membership, Radius Ensemble tickets, homemade pies, face masks, music lessons, and more. Please bid and support our student musicians!  The auction runs through December 17.

Updated School District COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent school district COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).

Updated State COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent state-wide COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).


Concord AMP Auction to support the music programs!
The Concord Association of Music Parents (Concord AMP) has launched its annual online auction at www.concordamp.org/auction. Concord AMP is a parent-led volunteer organization that raises money to support the music performing programs in the Concord Public Schools. The auction includes homemade treats, exclusive gifts, and sought-after services. We are especially thrilled that Heart Orthodontics, located on Main Street in West Concord, has donated a complete orthodontic treatment (value $6800). Other items include a stay at the Black Bear Lodge in Waterville Valley, NH, Boston Bruins tickets, bread from Nashoba Brook Bakery, Thoreau Club family membership, Beede Center family membership, Radius Ensemble tickets, homemade pies, face masks, music lessons, and more. Please bid and support our student musicians!  The auction runs through December 17.

Updated School District COVID DashboardClick here for the most recent school district COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).

Updated State COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent state-wide COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).


SEPAC Discussion Tonight:  Accessibility in the New Middle School Building
The Concord and Concord-Carlisle Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) invites all to our next meeting, November 15 at 7:30pm on Zoom.  Dr. Laurie Hunter and Justin Cameron, CMS principal, will be joining us to present on the plans for the new middle school building.  Come hear about the impact on the education of our children and plans for accessibility.  Bring your comments and questions!
 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81574578365?pwd=cXVXMnd6MzBvK1owWmdETDFObFZkUT09
Meeting ID: 815 7457 8365
Passcode: i9bVXP

Follow the Middle School Building Committee on Social Media
The Concord Middle School Building Committee’s work is progressing at a rapid clip in preparation for the special town meeting in January.  Follow them on Twitter or Instagram for timely updates on the project timeline and where to learn more. 

Twitter: @cmsbcinconcord ( https://twitter.com/CMSBCinConcord)
Instagram: @cmsbcinconcord ( https://www.instagram.com/cmsbcinconcord/)Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord (IMSCC)
IMSCC’s Music Lessons are up and running and enrollment is ongoing for the fall session! New students can start lessons at any time; all levels and all ages are welcome, including adults. Instructors are available for all band and orchestra instruments, voice, guitar, ukulele, electric bass, and piano.  This fall families have a choice of in-person or remote lessons. In-person lessons are located at CCHS and the Carlisle public school campus, and follow school district music protocols for Covid safety. Click here to request lessons, or here for more information about IMSCC. Questions? email Debbie Levine.Registration for the Winter/Spring session starting in January starts up next month! 

Updated School District COVID DashboardClick here for the most recent school district COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).

Updated State COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent state-wide COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).


SEPAC Discussion:  Accessibility in the New Middle School Building
The Concord and Concord-Carlisle Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) invites all to our next meeting, November 15 at 7:30pm on Zoom.  Dr. Laurie Hunter and Justin Cameron, CMS principal, will be joining us to present on the plans for the new middle school building.  Come hear about the impact on the education of our children and plans for accessibility.  Bring your comments and questions!
 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81574578365?pwd=cXVXMnd6MzBvK1owWmdETDFObFZkUT09
Meeting ID: 815 7457 8365
Passcode: i9bVXP
  
School Committee Coffee to be Held in Boston
Please join the Concord and Concord Carlisle School committees for coffee with informal discussion, Q&A and updates on topics including DEI, Special Education and the CMS Building Project.  Our November 13 coffee will be held at 12:00pm at the new headquarters of Metco Inc at 11 Roxbury St., Roxbury (masks required).  If you would like to submit a question in advance please send it via email to this link.  We look forward to meeting with you!
 
Virtual Workshop: Special Education Eligibility
Our districts’ Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) invites you to attend a free virtual workshop for parents and professionals.
 
Basic Rights: Evaluation and Eligibility
Wednesday November 10, 7:00-9:00pm
 
Register Here: https://fcsn-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvdeCqqjgsG9aDupT1X2gJz_b7ws_6qVpj
 
This workshop provides an introduction to the complex special education laws and procedures. Topics covered include:

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Massachusetts Laws 
  • Evaluations and Referrals 
  • The Team Meeting 
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP) and 504 Plans 
  • Effective Progress 
  • Transition 
  • Review of Important Timelines 
  • Strategies for Success
  • …and more

Updated School District COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent school district COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).

Updated State COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent state-wide COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).


Virtual Workshop: Special Education Eligibility
Our districts’ Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) invites you to attend a free virtual workshop for parents and professionals.
Basic Rights: Evaluation and Eligibility
Wednesday November 10, 7:00-9:00pm 

Register here: https://fcsn-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvdeCqqjgsG9aDupT1X2gJz_b7ws_6qVpj

This workshop provides an introduction to the complex special education laws and procedures. Topics covered include:

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Massachusetts Laws 
  • Evaluations and Referrals 
  • The Team Meeting 
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP) and 504 Plans 
  • Effective Progress 
  • Transition 
  • Review of Important Timelines 
  • Strategies for Success
  • …and more!

School Committee Coffee Rescheduled
The school committee’s in-person coffee planned for Wednesday October 27th has been rescheduled to Tuesday November 2nd.  Please join the Concord and Concord Carlisle School committees for informal discussion, Q&A and updates in DEI, Special Education and the CMS Building Project.  If you would like to submit a question in advance please send it via email to this link.  

Below are the dates and locations of the remaining coffees. The gathering at the Concord library will be held outside so please dress warmly.  Our November coffee will be held at the new headquarters of Metco Inc in Boston (masks required).  We look forward to meeting with you!

  • Tuesday November 2nd – Concord Public Library lawn (main building), 9:15am
  • Saturday November 13th – Metco Inc, 11 Roxbury St., Roxbury, 12:00 pm

Last Call to Register for the Apple Challenge
The Concord Education Fund (CEF) invites you to join the Apple Challenge, a virtual 5 mile Hike/Bike/Roll/Stroll fundraising event on the weekend of November 5th – 7th. Register  here or via their  website.

The CEF is a nonprofit organization formed to support the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle High School.  It has funded many projects to benefit our students, including bike racks at all school buildings, mindfulness training at all grade levels and the STEAM lab at Ripley Updated School District COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent school district COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).

Updated State COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent state-wide COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).


Brain Health Bootcamp – Wednesday October 27 @ 7 pm
An invitation from the CCHS Parents Association’s speaker series:  Join us as we reimagine mental health in Just 30 Minutes!  The Brain Health Bootcamp is catalyzing an important movement in mental health – it’s replacing the term “mental health” with “brain health.” Come and learn how physical and treatable these conditions are and help to destigmatize mental/brain health conditions. Click here to register.  For more on the Brain Health Bootcamp program and the Chase Bjork Foundation click here.

Middle School Building Project Forum – Thursday October 28th @ 7pm
The schematic design for the new middle school building is being unveiled!  Come to the next Community Forum via Zoom on Thursday, October 28th at 7pm to see the plans, ask questions and hear answers.  Click here for the agenda and click below to attend via Zoom.
https://concordps.zoom.us/j/9310513203%204?pwd=YVA3S2NLSzdFRC9STE1UaUFoM%20zNDQT09
Passcode: 667724

School Committee IN-PERSON Coffees
Please join the Concord and Concord Carlisle School committees for in person coffees and discussion.  Our fall coffees will provide updates in DEI, Special Education and the CMS Building Project.  These coffees are meant to be informal in nature and we welcome the opportunity for questions and for you to engage with the school committee informally.    If you would like to submit a question in advance please send it via email to this link.  

Below are the dates and locations of the coffees. The two coffees in Concord will be held outside so please dress warmly.  Our November coffee will be held at the new headquarters of Metco Inc in Boston (masks required).  We look forward to meeting with you!

  • Wednesday October 27th – Concord Public Library lawn, 9:15am
  • Saturday October 30th – CCHS parking lot tent near cafeteria, 9:15 am
  • Saturday November 13th – Metco Inc, 11 Roxbury St., Roxbury, 12:00 pm

CMS and CCHS Student Opportunity: Create a Piece for the Family Trees Exhibition (Last Session Today)
CMS and CCHS students are invited to create a tree for the Concord Museum’s annual Family Trees celebration.  The design will be inspired by the book Let’s Taco About How Great You Are by Bob Holt. 

Decorations for the tree are being made during three crafting sessions in the Concord Main Library’s lower level meeting room.  The library will provide snacks plus all craft materials.  Drop in – no registration required.  The last session is on Monday, Oct 25 at 4 pm.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Last Roundtable Discussion Wednesday
The last scheduled roundtable discussion meeting on diversity, equity and inclusion is happening this Wednesday, October 27th.  All interested families are welcome to click here to RSVP to attend.

Please also complete this short survey to help us be effective at acknowledging religious and cultural holidays that are observed by all of our families.  Click here to view the school district’s policy on cultural and religious accommodations.

Concord Education Fund’s Apple Challenge – November 5th-7th
The Concord Education Fund (CEF) invites you to join the Apple Challenge, a virtual 5 mile Hike/Bike/Roll/Stroll fundraising event on the weekend of November 5th – 7th. Register here or via their website.

The CEF is a nonprofit organization formed to support the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle High School.  It has funded many projects to benefit our students, including bike racks at all school buildings, mindfulness training at all grade levels and the STEAM lab at Ripley. Updated School District COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent school district COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).

Updated State COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent state-wide COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).


Middle School School Building Committee Seeks Survey Input
Here’s your last chance to get your two cents in via the Middle School Building Committee’s town-wide survey.  Please open the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/surveycms. The Building Committee is at a pivotal point in the design planning, and they need our feedback. The 12-question survey addresses design, function, and project cost and will be available through Monday, April 5th.  Please take a few minutes to fill it out, and also forward it to friends and any Concord organizations or groups that you’re a part of.  The building committee particularly needs help reaching residents who do not receive the school district emails, so forwarding to neighborhood or other distribution groups is very helpful.  Take the SURVEY, and Pass it On!

Virtual Workshop: Special Education Eligibility
Our districts’ Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) invites you to attend a free virtual workshop for parents and professionals.
Basic Rights: Evaluation and Eligibility
Wednesday November 10, 7:00-9:00pm 

Register here: https://fcsn-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvdeCqqjgsG9aDupT1X2gJz_b7ws_6qVpj

This workshop provides an introduction to the complex special education laws and procedures. Topics covered include:

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Massachusetts Laws 
  • Evaluations and Referrals 
  • The Team Meeting 
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP) and 504 Plans 
  • Effective Progress 
  • Transition 
  • Review of Important Timelines 
  • Strategies for Success
  • …and more!

School Committee Coffee Rescheduled
The school committee’s in-person coffee planned for Wednesday October 27th has been rescheduled to Tuesday November 2nd.  Please join the Concord and Concord Carlisle School committees for informal discussion, Q&A and updates in DEI, Special Education and the CMS Building Project.  If you would like to submit a question in advance please send it via email to this link.  

Below are the dates and locations of the remaining coffees. The gathering at the Concord library will be held outside so please dress warmly.  Our November coffee will be held at the new headquarters of Metco Inc in Boston (masks required).  We look forward to meeting with you!

  • Tuesday November 2nd – Concord Public Library lawn (main building), 9:15am
  • Saturday November 13th – Metco Inc, 11 Roxbury St., Roxbury, 12:00 pm

Last Call to Register for the Apple Challenge
The Concord Education Fund (CEF) invites you to join the Apple Challenge, a virtual 5 mile Hike/Bike/Roll/Stroll fundraising event on the weekend of November 5th – 7th. Register  here or via their  website.

The CEF is a nonprofit organization formed to support the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle High School.  It has funded many projects to benefit our students, including bike racks at all school buildings, mindfulness training at all grade levels and the STEAM lab at Ripley Updated School District COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent school district COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).

Updated State COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent state-wide COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).


Brain Health Bootcamp – Wednesday October 27 @ 7 pm
An invitation from the CCHS Parents Association’s speaker series:  Join us as we reimagine mental health in Just 30 Minutes!  The Brain Health Bootcamp is catalyzing an important movement in mental health – it’s replacing the term “mental health” with “brain health.” Come and learn how physical and treatable these conditions are and help to destigmatize mental/brain health conditions. Click here to register.  For more on the Brain Health Bootcamp program and the Chase Bjork Foundation click here.

Middle School Building Project Forum – Thursday October 28th @ 7pm
The schematic design for the new middle school building is being unveiled!  Come to the next Community Forum via Zoom on Thursday, October 28th at 7pm to see the plans, ask questions and hear answers.  Click here for the agenda and click below to attend via Zoom.
https://concordps.zoom.us/j/9310513203%204?pwd=YVA3S2NLSzdFRC9STE1UaUFoM%20zNDQT09
Passcode: 667724

School Committee IN-PERSON Coffees
Please join the Concord and Concord Carlisle School committees for in person coffees and discussion.  Our fall coffees will provide updates in DEI, Special Education and the CMS Building Project.  These coffees are meant to be informal in nature and we welcome the opportunity for questions and for you to engage with the school committee informally.    If you would like to submit a question in advance please send it via email to this link.  

Below are the dates and locations of the coffees. The two coffees in Concord will be held outside so please dress warmly.  Our November coffee will be held at the new headquarters of Metco Inc in Boston (masks required).  We look forward to meeting with you!

  • Wednesday October 27th – Concord Public Library lawn, 9:15am
  • Saturday October 30th – CCHS parking lot tent near cafeteria, 9:15 am
  • Saturday November 13th – Metco Inc, 11 Roxbury St., Roxbury, 12:00 pm

CMS and CCHS Student Opportunity: Create a Piece for the Family Trees Exhibition (Last Session Today)
CMS and CCHS students are invited to create a tree for the Concord Museum’s annual Family Trees celebration.  The design will be inspired by the book Let’s Taco About How Great You Are by Bob Holt. 

Decorations for the tree are being made during three crafting sessions in the Concord Main Library’s lower level meeting room.  The library will provide snacks plus all craft materials.  Drop in – no registration required.  The last session is on Monday, Oct 25 at 4 pm.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Last Roundtable Discussion Wednesday
The last scheduled roundtable discussion meeting on diversity, equity and inclusion is happening this Wednesday, October 27th.  All interested families are welcome to click here to RSVP to attend.

Please also complete this short survey to help us be effective at acknowledging religious and cultural holidays that are observed by all of our families.  Click here to view the school district’s policy on cultural and religious accommodations.

Concord Education Fund’s Apple Challenge – November 5th-7th
The Concord Education Fund (CEF) invites you to join the Apple Challenge, a virtual 5 mile Hike/Bike/Roll/Stroll fundraising event on the weekend of November 5th – 7th. Register here or via their website.

The CEF is a nonprofit organization formed to support the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle High School.  It has funded many projects to benefit our students, including bike racks at all school buildings, mindfulness training at all grade levels and the STEAM lab at Ripley. Updated School District COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent school district COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).

Updated State COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent state-wide COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).


Middle School School Building Committee Seeks Survey Input
Here’s your last chance to get your two cents in via the Middle School Building Committee’s town-wide survey.  Please open the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/surveycms. The Building Committee is at a pivotal point in the design planning, and they need our feedback. The 12-question survey addresses design, function, and project cost and will be available through Monday, April 5th.  Please take a few minutes to fill it out, and also forward it to friends and any Concord organizations or groups that you’re a part of.  The building committee particularly needs help reaching residents who do not receive the school district emails, so forwarding to neighborhood or other distribution groups is very helpful.  Take the SURVEY, and Pass it On!


CMS and CCHS Student Opportunity: Create a Piece for the Family Trees Exhibition
CMS and CCHS students are invited to create a tree for the Concord Museum’s annual Family Trees celebration.  The design will be inspired by the book Let’s Taco About How Great You Are by Bob Holt. 

Decorations for the tree will be made during three crafting sessions in the Concord Main Library’s lower level meeting room.  The library will provide snacks plus all craft materials.  Drop in – no registration required.  Students are welcome to attend any or all of the following sessions:  Monday, October 18 at 4 pm, Wednesday, October 20 at 1 pm, Monday, Oct 25 at 4 pm.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Reminders
Please  complete this short survey to help us be effective at acknowledging religious and cultural holidays that are observed by all of our families.  Click here to view the school district’s policy on cultural and religious accommodations.

Roundtable discussion meetings on diversity, equity and inclusion continue this month on Wednesday October 20th (educators and staff), Thursday October 21st (families of color) and Wednesday, October 27th (all interested families).  Click here to RSVP to attend.

Follow the Middle School Building Committee on Social Media
The Concord Middle School Building Committee’s work is progressing at a rapid clip in preparation for the special town meeting in January.  Follow them on Twitter or Instagram for timely updates on the project timeline and where to learn more.  In the future they will also share some exciting renderings of the proposed building!

Twitter: @cmsbcinconcord (https://twitter.com/CMSBCinConcord)
Instagram: @cmsbcinconcord (https://www.instagram.com/cmsbcinconcord/

Updated School District COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent school district COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).

Updated State COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent state-wide COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).


Band, Chorus & Orchestra Merchandise For Sale Through Oct 19
Show your music spirit! Order your band, chorus and orchestra merchandise online today from the Concord Association of Music Parents. The store closes October 19 and merchandise will arrive 3-4 weeks after that.   Email Elisabeth Winterkorn with any questions at ebwinterk@gmail.com.  Click here to order now!

Follow the Middle School Building Committee on Social Media
The Concord Middle School Building Committee’s work is progressing at a rapid clip in preparation for the special town meeting in January.  Follow them on Twitter or Instagram for timely updates on the project timeline and where to learn more.  In the future they will also share some exciting renderings of the proposed building!

Twitter: @cmsbcinconcord (https://twitter.com/CMSBCinConcord)
Instagram: @cmsbcinconcord (https://www.instagram.com/cmsbcinconcord/)

Concord Education Fund’s Apple Challenge – November 5th-7th
The Concord Education Fund is proud to invite you to join the Apple Challenge, a virtual 5 mile Hike | Bike | Roll | Stroll fundraising event the weekend of November 5th – 7th. Register here or via their website .

The CEF is a nonprofit organization formed to support the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle High School.  It has funded many projects to benefit our students, including bike racks at all school buildings, mindfulness training at all grade levels and the STEAM lab at Ripley.

Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) Coffee/Meet Up
Please join SEPAC parents/guardians for a casual coffee and conversation meet up at Rideout playground under the covered picnic tables.  October 13th at 9:30.   SEPAC is a volunteer organization of parents and guardians of students on IEPs and other interested individuals from Concord, Carlisle or Boston. We provide representation, information, resources, input and support to our community, school districts and school committees.  Any interested individuals, whether or not their children are receiving special education, are welcome and encouraged to join the SEPAC and participate in our meetings, events, and activities.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Reminders
Please complete this short survey to help us be effective at acknowledging religious and cultural holidays that are observed by all of our families.  Click here to view the school district’s policy on cultural and religious accommodations.

Roundtable discussion meetings on diversity, equity and inclusion continue this month on Wednesday October 20th (educators and staff), Thursday October 21st (families of color) and Wednesday, October 27th (all interested families).  Click here to RSVP to attend.

Updated School District COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent school district COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).

Updated State COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent state-wide COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).


Updated School District COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent school district COVID dashboard (updated daily).

Updated State COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent state-wide COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).

IMSCC Music Lessons are in full swing! New students are welcome to start up any time. We have expert, experienced instructors for all band and orchestra instruments, plus piano, voice, guitar, and ukulele. IMSCC gives you a choice of in-person or remote lessons for all ages and levels of musicians, beginners through adults. In-person lessons are located at CCHS and the Carlisle public school campus and follow school district music protocols for Covid safety. Click here to request lessons, or here for more information about IMSCC. Questions? email Debbie Levine.

Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) Coffee/Meet Up
Please join SEPAC parents/guardians for a casual coffee and conversation meet up.  We will meet at Rideout playground under the covered picnic tables.  October 13th at 9:30.   SEPAC is a volunteer organization of parents and guardians of students on IEPs and other interested individuals from Concord, Carlisle or Boston. We provide representation, information, resources, and support to our community and input and support on special education matters to our school districts and school committees.  Any interested individuals, whether or not their children are receiving special education, are welcome and encouraged to join the SEPAC and participate in our meetings, events, and activities.

Modeling Safe Driving for Your Preteen Child – Course by CCACE 
Good drivers are made, not born. Long before their first driving lesson, preteens are watching parents’ every move behind the wheel, learning behaviors that will define their own driving habits. Behaviors such as speed, distraction and aggression increase the chances of crashing, especially for inexperienced teen drivers. In this hour, we’ll discuss how to recognize our own problematic driving behaviors and share ideas of how to modify parental driving to set the best example, ultimately keeping our teen drivers and others on the road safe.  Wednesday, October 6th at 7 pm, $10.  Click here to register.


Updated School District COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent school district COVID dashboard (updated daily).

Updated State COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent state-wide COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).

Middle School Building Committee Update:  Schematic Design
The building committee is making much progress on the Schematic Design phase of the project.  Please click here for the full update on work completed, next steps and future schedule.

Concord Association of Music Parents meeting September 29 at 8:00pm
The Concord Association of Music Parents (Concord AMP) is a parent group that supports the music ensemble programs (band, orchestra and chorus) in the Concord elementary and middle schools, through advocacy for music education, fundraising and community engagement.  We are a group for all parents and guardians of students in these programs, and we’d love to meet you!  Please join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, September 29 at 8:00 pm, via Zoom or phone; a link can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11CWVoWnRU2E6h9MHT6w33U3vhJPKbNW2E9Z6JfjVVEc/edit?usp=sharing

Concord-Carlisle Youth Basketball:  Registration Deadline October 3
Tryout registration for the CCYB 2021-2022 travel basketball season will be closing on October 3.  The program is open to boys and girls in Grades 4 – 8 looking for a competitive playing experience with other local towns.  On-site registration is not available, so please register today!  More details can be found at the CCYB website at http://ccybasketball.org.


Updated School District COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent school district COVID dashboard (updated daily).

Updated State COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent state-wide COVID dashboard (updated each weekday).

Concord Association of Music Parents meeting September 29 at 8:00pm
The Concord Association of Music Parents (Concord AMP) is a parent group that supports the music ensemble programs (band, orchestra and chorus) in the Concord elementary and middle schools, through advocacy for music education, fundraising and community engagement.  We are a group for all parents and guardians of students in these programs, and we’d love to meet you!  Please join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, September 29 at 8:00 pm, via Zoom or phone; a link can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11CWVoWnRU2E6h9MHT6w33U3vhJPKbNW2E9Z6JfjVVEc/edit?usp=sharing

Middle School Building Committee Update:  Schematic Design
The building committee is making much progress on the Schematic Design phase of the project.  Please click here for the full update on work completed, next steps and future schedule.  The committee will be holding its next community forum on Thursday, September 23 at 12:00pm via Zoom.  The public is invited to hear the latest updates on the Schematic Design phase, as well as to share feedback before plans are finalized for estimating.  

Click below to join the Zoom videoconference:  
https://concordps.zoom.us/j/96703616065?pwd=N3pVbHA2c29nd2pORnB2WUI4bU9CZz09
Passcode: 110013

September 20th Select Board Meeting to Focus on New Middle School Building
The Select Board invites citizens to an upcoming brainstorming session to explore potential revenue offsets to the cost of the new Middle School.  The session will be held at 6:30 PM on Monday September 20, 2021 on zoom. Details can be found in the agenda.

Potential alternative revenues will provide a much-needed offset to the large debt service obligation that the Town will be asked to approve in the coming months.  These revenue sources may include such things as solar panels revenue, grants, user fees, sale proceeds from town/school assets, and savings from operations. 


Updated School District COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent school district COVID dashboard (updated 9/11/2021).

Updated State COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent state-wide COVID dashboard (updated 9/9/2021)

Special Education Parents Advisory Council Meeting – September 13
Please join the Concord Public/Concord-Carlisle Regional Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC) for our first meeting of the 2021-22 school year.  We’d love to hear about your ideas for priorities, events, and concerns for this year.  All are welcome.

The meeting will be held via Zoom video-conference on September 13, 2021 at 07:30 PM Eastern Time.  Click below to join us:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84963740730?pwd=QVdtdVZnbHJnbWFRK3hwTkNKbWNpZz09
Meeting ID: 849 6374 0730
Passcode: U911NF

Youth Basketball Registration and Tryouts
Concord-Carlisle Youth Basketball has opened registration for the 2021-2022 travel basketball season to boys and girls in Grades 4 – 8.  Early bird registration is open until 9/19 and tryouts will take place from October 13-15.  More details can be found at the CCYB website at http://ccybasketball.org.  


Updated School District COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent school district COVID dashboard (updated 9/4/2021).

Updated State COVID Dashboard
Click here for the most recent state-wide COVID dashboard (updated 9/2/2021)

Special Education Parents Advisory Council Meeting – September 13
Please join the Concord Public/Concord-Carlisle Regional Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC) for our first meeting of the 2021-22 school year.  We’d love to hear about your ideas for priorities, events, and concerns for this year.  All are welcome.

The meeting will be held via Zoom video-conference on September 13, 2021 at 07:30 PM Eastern Time.  Click below to join us:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84963740730?pwd=QVdtdVZnbHJnbWFRK3hwTkNKbWNpZz09
Meeting ID: 849 6374 0730
Passcode: U911NF

Youth Basketball Registration and Tryouts
Concord-Carlisle Youth Basketball has opened registration for the 2021-2022 travel basketball season to boys and girls in Grades 4 – 8.  Early bird registration is open until 9/19 and tryouts will take place from October 13-15.  More details can be found at the CCYB website at http://ccybasketball.org.  


New School Calendar Published
The 2021-2022 school year calendar has been finalized and approved by the school committee.  Click here to view it.  Wednesdays will remain early release days at the elementary schools and middle school while the high school will return to full days in order to meet state requirements for learning time.


View district & community news from the 2020-2021 school year