District & Community News

CCHS Girls Soccer Team and Summer Soccer Program
Do you have a rising 9th grader who is interested in trying out for the CCHS girls soccer team, and in particular, participating in the Summer Soccer program?  If so, please send an email to Marc Girolimetti at msgiro@gmail.com so that you can be added to the mailing list.

8th grade parents – the CCHS Parents Association needs you!
Volunteer opportunities with the CCHS PA exist at every level of participation, whether you have just an hour available or all year. Open positions for the 2022-2023 school year include Vice President, Directory Coordinator, Annual Appeal/Fundraising Chair, Event Coordinator, and Class of 2026 Class Reps. Learn more at cchspa.org. Feel free to reach out to Kara Lyons at president@cchspa.org with any questions. We can’t wait to see you next year!

Seeking Middle School Liaison to Special Ed Advisory Council
Concord Public Schools/Concord-Carlisle Regional School District (SEPAC) is looking for a parent/caregiver of a student on an IEP or 504 to serve as the middle school liaison to SEPAC for the 2022/23 school year. You would serve as a connection between the SEPAC board and the middle school community, helping to facilitate information flow. It is not a large commitment. You would be welcome to attend SEPAC board meetings but not expected to attend. Please reach out to Sarah Bettencourt, SEPAC Membership Chair at bettencourt.sarah@gmail.com for more information. Thank you!

IMSCC Music Lessons – Summer and Fall enrollment!
Summer lessons are enrolling now and will begin the week of June 22. Summer lessons are flexible – choose just one or two lessons or all ten weeks. To begin the enrollment process, submit a lesson inquiry here

Summer is a great time to get together and play music for fun! Join one of IMSCC’s ensembles this summer: 
Trombone Choir with Alexei Doohovskoy, Trumpet Workshop with Dr. Ryan Noe, and Summer Band with Chris Noce and Kevin Maier.

Fall lesson enrollment is also underway.  New students can begin the enrollment process by submitting a lesson inquiry here.  Information about IMSCC lessons can be found at http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/instrumental-music-school

Questions? email Debbie Levine at dlevine@concordcarlisle.org.

IMSCC’s June Student Showcase 
This spring we are sharing some of the exciting music happening at IMSCC, including performances by CMS 8th graders Alexandre Hus-Shao on viola and Gabe McCauley on clarinet!  The showcase also includes CMS 7th graders Theresa Green on piano and Agata Podolska on violin. You can hear this month’s featured student performances on our website here

The Concord Education Fund’s Annual Teacher Appreciation Appeal
Looking for an end-of-the-year gift for your child’s teacher that doesn’t require baking, potting, shopping or wrapping?  The Concord Education Fund (CEF) Teacher Appreciation Appeal lets you make a donation in the name of one or more of your child’s favorite teachers. It’s the perfect way to send a devoted teacher a special shout-out that not only shows your appreciation, but directly contributes to the excellent education our children are receiving.

  • Appropriate. CEF donations comply with new public education policies and laws that strictly limit gifts to teachers. 
  • Efficient. It only takes a few minutes to make an online donation in the name of teachers or staff members whom you’d like to recognize.
  • Thoughtful. Every recognized teacher receives a thank you note acknowledging your family’s special gift.
  • Savvy. Donations to the CEF are tax deductible.
  • & Creative. CEF donations help fund exciting new learning initiatives, programs and curricula that are beyond the scope of the public school budget.

To date CEF has awarded almost three million dollars in grants that have enriched every area of Concord-Carlisle education at every grade level — from Active Boards, iPads and digital microscopes to stop-action movie making, science podcasts and teen mentoring.

So, in a lot less time than it takes to bake cookies or pick daisies, you can show your appreciation to any teacher who has made a positive impact on your child’s education, and show your commitment to all of the Concord-Carlisle teachers who are eager to offer students an extraordinary educational experience.

Learn more about the many grants made possible by community support of the CEF at concordedfund.org.

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).


This Sunday!!  Race Amity Day Potluck Picnic – June 12th at 1pm
The Race Amity Day planning committee for Concord is excited to host a potluck lunch and games at the Alcott Elementary School on Sunday, June 12th at 1:00 pm. All families and citizens of the town are encouraged to help celebrate the beauty and diversity of our town and school district, in observance of Amity Day as proclaimed by the Governor of Massachusetts.

Please click here for more information on the event, to RSVP and to sign up to bring food, non-alcoholic beverages or games.  Please click here to volunteer to help with setup and/or cleanup for the event.

To learn more about what Race Amity Day is, click here

8th grade parents – the CCHS Parents Association needs you!
Volunteer opportunities with the CCHS PA exist at every level of participation, whether you have just an hour available or all year. Open positions for the 2022-2023 school year include Vice President, Directory Coordinator, Annual Appeal/Fundraising Chair, Event Coordinator, and Class of 2026 Class Representatives. Learn more at cchspa.org. Feel free to reach out to Kara Lyons at president@cchspa.org with any questions. We can’t wait to see you next year!

Seeking Middle School Liaison to Special Education Parent Advisory Council
Concord/Concord-Carlisle regional School District (SEPAC) is looking for a parent/caregiver of a student on an IEP or 504 to serve as the middle school liaison to SEPAC for the 2022/23 school year. You would serve as a connection between the SEPAC Board and the middle school community-helping to facilitate information flow. It is not a large commitment. You would be welcome to attend SEPAC Board meetings but not expected to attend. Please reach out to Sarah Bettencourt, SEPAC Membership chair at bettencourt.sarah@gmail.com for more information. Thank you!

The Concord Education Fund’s Annual Teacher Appreciation Appeal
Looking for an end-of-the-year gift for your child’s teacher that doesn’t require baking, potting, shopping or wrapping?  The Concord Education Fund (CEF) Teacher Appreciation Appeal lets you make a donation in the name of one or more of your child’s favorite teachers. It’s the perfect way to send a devoted teacher a special shout-out that not only shows your appreciation, but directly contributes to the excellent education our children are receiving.

  • Appropriate. CEF donations comply with new public education policies and laws that strictly limit gifts to teachers. 
  • Efficient. It only takes a few minutes to make an online donation in the name of teachers or staff members whom you’d like to recognize.
  • Thoughtful. Every recognized teacher receives a thank you note acknowledging your family’s special gift.
  • Savvy. Donations to the CEF are tax deductible.
  • & Creative. CEF donations help fund exciting new learning initiatives, programs and curricula that are beyond the scope of the public school budget.

To date CEF has awarded almost three million dollars in grants that have enriched every area of Concord-Carlisle education at every grade level — from Active Boards, iPads and digital microscopes to stop-action movie making, science podcasts and teen mentoring.

So, in a lot less time than it takes to bake cookies or pick daisies, you can show your appreciation to any teacher who has made a positive impact on your child’s education, and show your commitment to all of the Concord-Carlisle teachers who are eager to offer students an extraordinary educational experience.

Learn more about the many grants made possible by community support of the CEF at concordedfund.org.

IMSCC Music Lessons – Summer and Fall enrollment!
Summer lessons are enrolling now and will begin the week of June 22. Summer lessons are flexible – choose just one or two lessons or all ten weeks. To begin the enrollment process, submit a lesson inquiry here

Summer is a great time to get together and play music for fun! Join one of IMSCC’s ensembles this summer: Trombone Choir with Alexei Doohovskoy, Trumpet Workshop with Dr. Ryan Noe, and Summer Band with Chris Noce and Kevin Maier.

Information about IMSCC lessons at http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/instrumental-music-school

Fall lesson enrollment is coming soon.  New students can begin the enrollment process by submitting a lesson inquiry here starting June 7.

Questions? email Debbie Levine at dlevine@concordcarlisle.org.

IMSCC’s June Student Showcase
This spring we are sharing some of the exciting music happening at IMSCC, including performances by CMS 8th graders Alexandre Hus-Shao on viola and Gabe McCauley on clarinet! You can hear this month’s featured student performances on our website here

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).


The Concord Education Fund’s Annual Teacher Appreciation Appeal
Looking for an end-of-the-year gift for your child’s teacher that doesn’t require baking, potting, shopping or wrapping?  The Concord Education Fund (CEF) Teacher Appreciation Appeal lets you make a donation in the name of one or more of your child’s favorite teachers. It’s the perfect way to send a devoted teacher a special shout-out that not only shows your appreciation, but directly contributes to the excellent education our children are receiving.

  • Appropriate. CEF donations comply with new public education policies and laws that strictly limit gifts to teachers. 
  • Efficient. It only takes a few minutes to make an online donation in the name of teachers or staff members whom you’d like to recognize.
  • Thoughtful. Every recognized teacher receives a thank you note acknowledging your family’s special gift.
  • Savvy. Donations to the CEF are tax deductible.
  • & Creative. CEF donations help fund exciting new learning initiatives, programs and curricula that are beyond the scope of the public school budget.

To date CEF has awarded almost three million dollars in grants that have enriched every area of Concord-Carlisle education at every grade level — from Active Boards, iPads and digital microscopes to stop-action movie making, science podcasts and teen mentoring.

So, in a lot less time than it takes to bake cookies or pick daisies, you can show your appreciation to any teacher who has made a positive impact on your child’s education, and show your commitment to all of the Concord-Carlisle teachers who are eager to offer students an extraordinary educational experience.

Take some time to learn more about the many grants made possible by community support of the CEF at concordedfund.org.

OPERATION CELEBRATION!
To celebrate this year’s graduates and promote both community and school spirit, the Concord Education Fund will again be launching Operation Celebration!  Celebrate a CCHS senior by purchasing an 18-inch gold foil balloon imprinted with “Congratulations CCHS Grad!”  Balloons are $20 each and will be delivered to the graduate’s home the day before graduation accompanied by a personalized note.  Deliveries are only to Concord and Carlisle addresses.  Balloons ordered for students living in Boston and other towns will be distributed to the students at school.  To order balloons, go to:  concordedfund.org

For questions, please email Trish Siefer at:  thesiefers@gmail.com

Race Amity Day Potluck Event on Sunday, June 12th at 1pm
The Race Amity Day planning committee for Concord is excited to host a potluck lunch and games at the Alcott Elementary School on Sunday, June 12th at 1:00 pm. All families and citizens of the town are encouraged to help celebrate the beauty and diversity of our town and school district, in observance of Amity Day as proclaimed by the Governor of Massachusetts.

Please click here for more information on the event, to RSVP and to sign up to bring food, non-alcoholic beverages or games.  Please click here by May 20th to volunteer to help with setup and/or cleanup for the event.

To learn more about what Race Amity Day is, click here

Honoring Sally Quinn Reed at Her Retirement From CPT
The Center for Parents and Teachers has dissolved but its’ mission and work will continue as a part of Concord Carlisle Adult and Community Education. Sally has been CPT’s Executive Director for 18 years, bringing parents and teachers remarkable expert-lead programs for ongoing and new challenges that face our children and families. Whether you know Sally or not, you or  your children have been recipients of the incredible programming & resources she has brought to Concord & Carlisle. Please submit a thank you message (with your name) to Sally Quinn Reed for her work with Center for Parents and Teachers. These notes you submit will be printed and put into a book that will be presented to her upon her retirement in early June. Deadline to submit is June 2. Thank you!

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).


Race Amity Day Potluck Event on Sunday, June 12th at 1pm
The Race Amity Day planning committee for Concord is excited to host a potluck lunch and games at the Alcott Elementary School on Sunday, June 12th at 1:00 pm. All families and citizens of the town are encouraged to help celebrate the beauty and diversity of our town and school district, in observance of Amity Day as proclaimed by the Governor of Massachusetts.

Please click here for more information on the event, to RSVP and to sign up to bring food, non-alcoholic beverages or games.  Please click here by May 20th to volunteer to help with setup and/or cleanup for the event.

To learn more about what Race Amity Day is, click here

SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) Coffee Chat
Please come join SEPAC members for Coffee and conversation on Tuesday, May 24th at 9:15am.  This is a great place to ask questions and to learn from other family’s experiences. 

Rideout Playground Picnic Pavilion
Laws Brook Road, Concord

OPERATION CELEBRATION!
To celebrate this year’s graduates and promote both community and school spirit, the Concord Education Fund will again be launching Operation Celebration!  Celebrate a CCHS senior by purchasing an 18-inch gold foil balloon imprinted with “Congratulations CCHS Grad!”  Balloons are $20 each and will be delivered to the graduate’s home the day before graduation accompanied by a personalized note.  Deliveries are only to Concord and Carlisle addresses.  Balloons ordered for students living in Boston and other towns will be distributed to the students at school.  
To order balloons, go to:  concordedfund.org

For questions, please email Trish Siefer at:  thesiefers@gmail.com

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).


TONIGHT:  Presentation by Concord Educators on our Literacy
Multi-Tiered System of Support
Ever wonder how struggling students get their learning needs met in our schools?  Or what assessments are given to monitor our educational program?  Or how dyslexia in students is addressed?  Learn about all of these things and more at a virtual presentation on Monday, May 16, 2022,  7 PM – 8 PM.  Presented by nine members of CPS faculty with time for Q&A at the end.
Zoom Login Link
Meeting ID: 928 2622 5340
Passcode: 704908

Click here for a preview of our slides: 
MTSS Literacy Presentation 2022
Related presentations you may be interested in:
CPS Elementary Literacy
Cultural Competency in Literature 21-22
MTSS Math Presentation 2022

Race Amity Day Potluck Event on Sunday, June 12th at 1pm
The Race Amity Day planning committee for Concord is excited to host a potluck lunch and games at the Alcott Elementary School on Sunday, June 12th at 1:00 pm. All families and citizens of the town are encouraged to help celebrate the beauty and diversity of our town and school district, in observance of Amity Day as proclaimed by the Governor of Massachusetts.

Please click here for more information on the event, to RSVP and to sign up to bring food, non-alcoholic beverages or games.  Please click here by May 20th to volunteer to help with setup and/or cleanup for the event.

To learn more about what Race Amity Day is, click here

Adult ELL Classes – Concord Carlisle Adult and Community Education
We are excited to announce that CCACE will be offering English Language Learner (ELL) classes for adults beginning this summer!  Our pilot class will run for 6 Tuesday and Thursday evenings, July 12th – August 18th from 7-8:30 pm at CCHS. Tuition is $245 and includes all materials. Scholarships are available. For more information and to start an application, visit www.concordcarlisleace.org/adult-ell/.

Registration Now Open for the Concord Police Dept’s Summer Youth Academy
The Concord Police Department is excited to offer a Summer Youth Academy for students entering 6th grade-9th grade. A Youth Academy is a great opportunity for students to gain basic knowledge of the police department while having fun with their peers. Topics will include Criminal and Constitutional Law, Patrol Procedure, CPR and First Aid, Dispatch Communications, Criminal Investigations, Defensive Tactics and more.  There will be field trips off campus, such as a visit to the State Police Horse Barn, with busing provided by Concord Public School Transportation.

The Academy will run July 11-15 from 8:30am to 3pm at the Concord Police Station, 219 Walden St.  There is no tuition fee for attendance and spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis. To apply for a spot, download and fill in this registration form and send it in via email to Sergeant Tia Manchuso at tmanchuso@concordma.gov.  If you have any questions feel free to reach out to Sergeant Manchuso at tmanchuso@concordma.gov or Officer Derek Rodriguez at drodriguez@concordma.gov.

Music lessons with IMSCC

Summer enrollment is open! IMSCC has a flexible summer lesson schedule to work around family vacation plans – sign up for as few as one or two lessons, or join up for all ten weeks. In-person and remote lessons are available this summer and start the week of June 21. New and returning students can start the summer enrollment process by filling out a lesson inquiry form. Spring lessons are underway and new students are welcome to join any time. 

To submit a lesson inquiry: https://ccace.asapconnected.com/#PrivateLessons

More about IMSCC: http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/instrumental-music-school

Questions? Email Debbie Levine at dlevine@concordcarlisle.org

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).


METCO Family Friends Picnic – May 14th at Franklin Park
The METCO Family Friends Program is pleased to host a year-end picnic at Franklin Park on May 14th from 1-3 pm.  Come and enjoy food, games, and laughter with your K-12 METCO Family Friends!  Click here for more information and to RSVP and/or volunteer.

Registration Now Open for the Concord Police Dept’s Summer Youth Academy
The Concord Police Department is excited to offer a Summer Youth Academy for students entering 6th grade-9th grade. A Youth Academy is a great opportunity for students to gain basic knowledge of the police department while having fun with their peers. Topics will include Criminal and Constitutional Law, Patrol Procedure, CPR and First Aid, Dispatch Communications, Criminal Investigations, Defensive Tactics and more.  There will be field trips off campus, such as a visit to the State Police Horse Barn, with busing provided by Concord Public School Transportation.

The Academy will run July 11-15 from 8:30am to 3pm at the Concord Police Station, 219 Walden St.  There is no tuition fee for attendance and spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis. To apply for a spot, download and fill in this registration form and send it in via email to Sergeant Tia Manchuso at tmanchuso@concordma.gov.  If you have any questions feel free to reach out to Sergeant Manchuso at tmanchuso@concordma.gov or Officer Derek Rodriguez at drodriguez@concordma.gov.

Concord Education Fund’s Spring Barn Party – Bluegrass and BBQ in the Barn!
Saturday, May 14th 7-10pm @ Nashoba Brooks School
Please join the Concord Education Fund in supporting our teachers, administrators and schools as we celebrate their hard work to provide innovative programs for our children!   Enjoy the night, coming together in person with special Bluegrass music, delicious barbecue food, and cold drinks in the gorgeous, new Sureau Family Discovery Barn at Nashoba Brooks School, 200 Strawberry Hill Road in Concord.  We will be highlighting some of the exciting new grants that the Ed Fund will be supporting this year.   We hope that you can join us – we look forward to seeing you!  Tickets are $50 each at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/bbq-and-bluegrass-at-the-barn-tickets-307634120937?fbclid=IwAR0XeIOZvuLY3VcI5FOTx7tlsAuAuzskFDXmnlzfNrkLuKh0tE8oO9oaKEg

THOREAU ROAD RACE: Mark your calendars for May 15th!!
Are you looking for a fun and competitive community event that benefits Thoreau Elementary School?  Are you ready to test your fitness?  Do you need an outlet for your kid’s weekend energy? Whatever your reason, mark your calendars for May 15th and join us for the revival of the Thoreau Road Race after a 2-year deep, dark hiatus!

We will have an open 5k (9 am) and a kid’s race (10 am), with all proceeds benefiting the Thoreau Elementary School. For additional information and to sign up for this outstanding event, please visit our website here: https://runsignup.com/Race/MA/Concord/ThoreauRoadRace.  We hope you can join us!!

Music lessons with IMSCC

Summer enrollment is open! IMSCC has a flexible summer lesson schedule to work around family vacation plans – sign up for as few as one or two lessons, or join up for all ten weeks. In-person and remote lessons are available this summer and start the week of June 21. New and returning students can start the summer enrollment process by filling out a lesson inquiry form. Spring lessons are underway and new students are welcome to join any time. 

To submit a lesson inquiry: https://ccace.asapconnected.com/#PrivateLessons

More about IMSCC: http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/instrumental-music-school

Questions? Email Debbie Levine at dlevine@concordcarlisle.org

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).


Crafting Minds Literacy Talk – Tuesday May 3 @ 7pm
Please join the Concord SEPAC for a literacy presentation with Sarah Gannon from Crafting Minds via zoom.  The session will include information on how the brain learns to read, screening guidelines, early reading assessments, and the essential components of reading instruction followed by Q&A.  Tuesday, May 3 from 7:00-8:30pm.  Zoom link:  https://tinyurl.com/2p8fzmtf

Concord Education Fund’s Spring Barn Party – Bluegrass and BBQ in the Barn!
Saturday, May 14th 7-10pm @ Nashoba Brooks School
Please join the Concord Education Fund in supporting our teachers, administrators and schools as we celebrate their hard work to provide innovative programs for our children!   Enjoy the night, coming together in person with special Bluegrass music, delicious barbecue food, and cold drinks in the gorgeous, new Sureau Family Discovery Barn at Nashoba Brooks School, 200 Strawberry Hill Road in Concord.  We will be highlighting some of the exciting new grants that the Ed Fund will be supporting this year.   We hope that you can join us – we look forward to seeing you!  Tickets are $50 each at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/bbq-and-bluegrass-at-the-barn-tickets-307634120937?fbclid=IwAR0XeIOZvuLY3VcI5FOTx7tlsAuAuzskFDXmnlzfNrkLuKh0tE8oO9oaKEg

THOREAU ROAD RACE: Mark your calendars for May 15th!!
Are you looking for a fun and competitive community event that benefits Thoreau Elementary School?  Are you ready to test your fitness?  Do you need an outlet for your kid’s weekend energy? Whatever your reason, mark your calendars for May 15th and join us for the revival of the Thoreau Road Race after a 2-year deep, dark hiatus!

We will have an open 5k (9 am) and a kid’s race (10 am), with all proceeds benefiting the Thoreau Elementary School. For additional information and to sign up for this outstanding event, please visit our website here: https://runsignup.com/Race/MA/Concord/ThoreauRoadRace.  We hope you can join us!!

Music lessons with IMSCC

Summer enrollment is open! IMSCC has a flexible summer lesson schedule to work around family vacation plans – sign up for as few as one or two lessons, or join up for all ten weeks. In-person and remote lessons are available this summer and start the week of June 21. New and returning students can start the summer enrollment process by filling out a lesson inquiry form. Spring lessons are underway and new students are welcome to join any time. 

To submit a lesson inquiry: https://ccace.asapconnected.com/#PrivateLessons

More about IMSCC: http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/instrumental-music-school

Questions? Email Debbie Levine at dlevine@concordcarlisle.org

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 Cooler Climate Festival Art Display
This exhibit is open to kids of all ages and all levels of art experience, with the main goal being to encourage them to learn a bit about climate change and have fun exploring art in nature. Submissions can be made of any medium but preferably 8×11 size, and can be submitted to a drop-off box in the Concord Main Library throughout the month of April right up until the day of the festival (April 30th). You can choose to follow or be inspired by any of the following prompts:

  1. Why should we care about climate change?
  2. Paint a story on the effects of climate change or pollution.
  3. What makes you think of nature?
  4. What do you want your climate commitment to be?

To learn more about the Cooler Climate Festival in general, head to https://www.coolerconcord.org/events/354  
 
My Friend Abe: A Holocaust Survivor’s Story
On April 27th from 7 pm—8 pm at Willard Elementary School (185 Powder Mill Rd, Concord, MA 01742), Mr. Steve Goldberg, a Holocaust Historian will visit Concord to present his life’s work, My Friend Abe: A Holocaust Survivor’s Story. We are very fortunate that Mr. Goldberg will be presenting Abe’s story of survival to our school community, as we observe Jewish Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) on April 27th—28th. Click here to learn more and to RSVP.

Concord for Ukraine
A  group of concerned Concord citizens has come together to raise money and provide medical equipment to those on the frontlines in Ukraine through a Boston-based organization called Ukraine Forward
 
It’s simple: Citizens purchase medical supplies through a carefully cultivated and monitored Amazon WishList or donate directly at Ukraine Forward.  The supplies are collected at Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church in Jamaica Plain where packages are boxed and shipped via Air Poland for distribution by Ukrainian volunteer university students in Lviv. Already this organization has supplied nearly $400,000 in needed medical supplies directly to Ukrainian soldiers and citizen fighters. This war is devastating and senseless. We hope you will join us in this effort.
 
To help spread the word, please share this with your friends and sign up to host a lawn sign here.

Adult ELL Classes – Concord Carlisle Adult and Community Education
We are excited to announce that CCACE will be offering English Language Learner (ELL) classes for adults beginning this summer! 
 
Our pilot class will run for 6 Tuesday and Thursday evenings, July 12th – August 18th from 7-8:30 pm at CCHS. The tuition for this program is $245 and includes all materials. Scholarships are available. 
 
For more information and to start an application, students can visit www.concordcarlisleace.org/adult-ell/.

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).


CMS METCO Family Friends Spring Event
April 6, 2-4pm at Roller Kingdom, Hudson
Please reach out to your METCO/Concord buddy and join us for an afternoon of roller skating, laser tag and karaoke. 

All expenses and food will be covered by the METCO Family Friends program.  Bus transportation for everyone will be provided from Sanborn at dismissal.  The bus will return to Sanborn at 4:30 to drop off Concord buddies then proceed to Franklin Park to drop off Boston students. 

All are welcome to come! Please RSVP to Tanikaw261@gmail.com.

Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC):  5th Annual Appreciation Awards 
Spring is here and so are the Appreciation Awards!   Is there a teacher, tutor, counselor, aide, administrator or any other school staff member who has made a difference this year?

The Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) invites families from Concord, Carlisle and Boston with a child on an IEP or 504 Plan to honor a special person (or persons) with a SEPAC Appreciation Award.

In our 5th year, the SEPAC Appreciation Awards offer families the opportunity to reflect on the school year and to recognize staff members in our districts who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to support our students.  Please complete a submission form via the link below to let us know about your special person!

Submissions for the SEPAC Appreciation Awards open on March 21st and close on April 8th.  We plan to hold an event in May to announce and applaud our honorees.  Details to follow.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdSsS695rDo83qDfUG65kPGl9VrMu3BKGiKqY6-q2GckT1_7Q/viewform

Questions?   Reach us at appreciationawards@gmail.com.

Concord for Ukraine
A  group of concerned Concord citizens has come together to raise money and provide medical equipment to those on the frontlines in Ukraine through a Boston-based organization called Ukraine Forward. 

It’s simple: Citizens purchase medical supplies through a carefully cultivated and monitored Amazon Wish List or donate directly at the Ukraine Forward website.  The supplies are collected at Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church in Jamaica Plain where packages are boxed and shipped via Air Poland for distribution by Ukrainian volunteer university students in Lviv. Already this organization has supplied nearly $400,000 in needed medical supplies directly to Ukrainian soldiers and citizen fighters. This war is devastating and senseless. We hope you will join us in this effort.

To help spread the word, please share this with your friends and sign up to host a lawn sign here.

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).


CMS METCO Family Friends Spring Event
April 6, 2-4pm at Roller Kingdom, Hudson
Please reach out to your METCO/Concord buddy and join us for an afternoon of roller skating, laser tag and karaoke. 

All expenses and food will be covered by the METCO Family Friends program.  Bus transportation for everyone will be provided from Sanborn at dismissal.  The bus will return to Sanborn at 4:30 to drop off Concord buddies then proceed to Franklin Park to drop off Boston students. 

All are welcome to come! Please RSVP to Tanikaw261@gmail.com.

TONIGHT!  Executive Functioning Workshop with Sarah Ward, M.S. CCC/SLP:  
Powerful Strategies to Help Children Develop Independent Executive Function Skills

Teach children to manage their time, space, and materials (and keep their emotions in check)!
Monday, March 28, 7:00pm on Zoom
Presented by Concord Public & Concord-Carlisle Regional SEPAC.

Do you have a child who struggles to manage their time and their stuff? Dealing with homework battles? You don’t want to miss this workshop with executive function expert Sarah Ward. You’ll leave with actionable and practical strategies to help at school and home. Mark your calendar today!

Executive function skills refer to the mental skills we use to pay attention, to organize and plan tasks and materials, to start tasks and stay focused on them, to manage emotions and be flexible, and to keep track of what we are doing. These skills can impact students at home, school, and in social situations.

In this practical strategies seminar, parents and professionals will develop a solid understanding of what the executive function skills are and how they impact a student’s academic and personal performance.

Space is limited so register soon: https://www.nspac.org/Registration2

Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord (IMSCC):
March Student Showcase to Feature CMS Students

This spring we are sharing some of the exciting music happening at IMSCC, including performances by Concord Middle School students Agata Podolska and Theresa Green! You can hear this month’s featured student performances on our website here

Interested in starting music lessons? Click here to request lessons, or click here to learn more about IMSCC. Lessons can start any time. Look for information on our website next month about summer music lessons. – Debbie Levine, IMSCC Program Coordinator 978-318-1400 ext. 7653

Updated School District COVID Dashboard
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Updated State COVID Dashboard
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Executive Functioning Workshop with Sara Ward, M.S. CCC/SLP:  
Powerful Strategies to Help Children Develop Independent Executive Function Skills

Teach children to manage their time, space, and materials (and keep their emotions in check)!
Monday, March 28, 7:00pm on Zoom
Presented by Concord Public & Concord-Carlisle Regional SEPAC.

Do you have a child who struggles to manage their time and their stuff? Dealing with homework battles? You don’t want to miss this workshop with executive function expert Sarah Ward. You’ll leave with actionable and practical strategies to help at school and home. Mark your calendar today!

Executive function skills refer to the mental skills we use to pay attention, to organize and plan tasks and materials, to start tasks and stay focused on them, to manage emotions and be flexible, and to keep track of what we are doing. These skills can impact students at home, school, and in social situations.

In this practical strategies seminar, parents and professionals will develop a solid understanding of what the executive function skills are and how they impact a student’s academic and personal performance.

Space is limited so register soon: https://www.nspac.org/Registration2

Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord (IMSCC):
March Student Showcase to Feature CMS Students

This spring we are sharing some of the exciting music happening at IMSCC, including performances by Concord Middle School students Agata Podolska and Theresa Green! You can hear this month’s featured student performances on our website here

Interested in starting music lessons? Click here to request lessons, or click here to learn more about IMSCC. Lessons can start any time. Look for information on our website next month about summer music lessons.

Debbie Levine, IMSCC Program Coordinator
978-318-1400 ext. 7653

Fun Family Activity: Learn to Make Whoopie Pies!  
Saturday, 3/26, 10-11:30 am
Join Adrienne Dunne in learning how to make these hand-held sandwiches made of cake and stuffed with fluffy whipped icing. You’ll learn the traditional as well as some fun-flavored fillings. This class is online so you can do it from the comfort of your own kitchen. Ingredient and kitchen tool lists will be sent a few days ahead. Offered through Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education (CCACE).  Fee is $39 and you can register at https://ccace.asapconnected.com/?org=4701#CourseID=266327

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

Updated State COVID Dashboard
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Building Committee Reconvenes for Design Development Phase
The Middle School Building Committee is getting back to business!  With continued thanks for Concord’s support of the building project, the committee reconvened earlier this month to embark on the next phase of the project.  The latest report is linked here.  

Updated School District COVID Dashboard
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Updated State COVID Dashboard
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Get to Know the Special Education Coordinators
Join SEPAC for a chance to meet and talk with the team chair from each school.  Learn about their position and how they can help you and your child.  They will often be running your IEP meetings so this is great time to connect and ask questions about their role.  February 16, 10:30-11:30 w/Laura Brande – Sanborn & Peabody
 Access the zoom links when posted on the SEPAC website or facebook page: https://concordsepac.org/

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

Updated State COVID Dashboard
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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).


Music Lessons with the Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord
The winter-spring session of music lessons at IMSCC starts this month! We welcome new students of all ages and all levels, including adults. Expert instructors are available for all band and orchestra instruments as well as voice, guitar, ukulele, electric bass, and piano. 

During this time 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 at dlevine@concordcarlisle.org. We look forward to working with you! 

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

Updated State COVID Dashboard
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Concord Middle School Building Committee “Coffee”
In preparation for the special town meeting on January 20th, the Middle School Building Committee is holding one more informational meeting via Zoom video-conference to ensure that every Concordian who wants to learn more about the CMS building project has the opportunity to do so prior to voting.  Access the meeting using the link below.

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.

Music Lessons with the Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord
The winter-spring session of music lessons at IMSCC starts this month! We welcome new students of all ages and all levels, including adults. Expert instructors are available for all band and orchestra instruments as well as voice, guitar, ukulele, electric bass, and piano. 

During this time 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 at dlevine@concordcarlisle.org. We look forward to working with you!

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).


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
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Updated State COVID Dashboard
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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
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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
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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
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Updated State COVID Dashboard
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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
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Updated State COVID Dashboard
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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
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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
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Updated State COVID Dashboard
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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
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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.


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