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News from Superintendent Laurie Hunter
The Joint School Committees will meet on Tuesday at 5 pm.  The agenda is posted here:  Agenda – Joint School Committees
Challenge Success posted Summer Activity Ideas at: Summer Activity Ideas
Challenge Success also posted a thought starter for a conversation with your child about the remote learning experience and the impact of the pandemic.  As I listened, it seemed to be a very important conversation to both hear about the emotions of this year and help to prepare for the unpredictability of the fall.  Conversation with students about remote learning

There will be a one day food drive for non-perishable items on Monday, June 22 between 10am- 4pm at the CCHS loading dock. Please use this grocery items checklist to see the type of items we can add to our bags in the coming weeks. We will continue to accept financial donations through our PayPal page and utilize those funds to purchase items through our vendors and local producers. 
 

Dr. Hunter’s emails 
Mr. Cameron’s emails 

An updated list of middle school event dates 

Resources for Concord families who may be experiencing a hardship 
Resources for Boston area families who who may be experiencing a hardship 

Please utilize the National PTA web page which has a vast amount of resources for parents: https://www.pta.org/home/family-resources/coronavirus-information


Got kids? We’ve got summer programs! CCACE is offering a wide variety of classes for elementary through high school, to keep your kids and family active all summer long. Yoga, chess, writing, book groups, language, music, college prep – whatever your passion, we’ve got a class! Check out the full list here: CC Summer Programs. Register online. Need more info? Email us at ace@concordps.org.


CONCORD FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY FAMILY EVENT 

The Library invites everyone to join the ConcordReads online reading program. Register at: https://concordlibrary.beanstack.org/reader365

The Concord Free Public Library invites the whole community to come together and enjoy the pleasure of listening to different members of our community read a book. Concord Town Manager Stephen Crane, Superintendent Dr. Laurie Hunter, Police Officer Tia Manchuso, and other members of our community will participate.

“Beginning today, May 17, we’ll feature a surprise guest each evening who will read a chapter from The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy.  Written by Jeanne Birdsall, this book was inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and as such is very appropriate for the Concord community. It tells the story of four sisters and their friendships and adventures with a local boy while vacationing in the Berkshire Mountains. The Penderwicks won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

Hear a chapter read out loud on Facebook Premiere on the Library’s Facebook page every evening at 5 p.m. If you can’t make the Premiere – no worries! The videos will be permanently available on the Library’s Facebook page after the premiere. WIQH, the local radio station, will broadcast the daily readings at 7 p.m. Minuteman Media Network will broadcast the daily readings at 8 p.m. 

#ConcordReadsAloud is an initiative to engage the Concord community around reading. As part of this effort, the Library invites everyone to join the ConcordReads online reading program. Register at: https://concordlibrary.beanstack.org/reader365


Parent Support for Remote Learning Phase 3 (May 11 – June 18)
Presentation made at the Tuesday, May 5 Parent Remote Learning Phase 3 Webinar
Video of the Tuesday, May 5 Parent Remote Learning Phase 3 Webinar
Google Form Parents can ask questions about Remote Learning Phase 3 Webinar


Concord Recreation Departments Summer Opportunity for 8th Graders:
This program combines work, recreation and employment training for youth entering grade nine. Participants will assist Camp Three Rivers Counselors in a camp setting which is both supervised and supportive. The Workreation program offers two weekly workshops including team building, safety training, first aid and communication skills.

Enrollment is limited to four weeks per participant.  The Workreation Director will make the final decision regarding the applicants participation and placement in the program. For more information, please look at:  http://www.concordrec.com/187/Workreation-Entering-Grades-9


A Reminder from the Food Service Team:

It has been our pleasure to provide food to those who need it during these difficult times.  We continue to provide bagged breakfasts and lunches centrally for the community at our Concord-Carlisle High School for PICK-UP ONLY.

We are asking that students/families arrive between 8:30 am-11 am and line up in their cars. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING. One of our attendants will ask you to pop your trunk or rear door and an attendant from our staff will place a bag in your vehicle and if needed close the door once placed inside.

This is in service to the community and open to anyone who is need during this closure.  We are not able to accept food donations but fiscal donations are welcome.  An electronic link is now available on the food service web site at:  https://www.concordps.org/food-and-nutrition-services/

Please answer this survey so we know how many meals to prepare.  Please note, this survey is ANONYMOUS.

https://forms.gle/1XpASLaWurmQUg6x7


Resources during the shutdown:

All grades and parents: 
Dr. Hunter has made available a district-wide Q&A that answers even long term questions like what may happen to April vacation and when is the last day of school in June. Please note: These answers may change and are often decided by the State, not the district. Here is that Q&A: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JV8b4EngUIAVnVJht3dwZzgmu3WK5N2TEXe5oS9Acao/edit

Dr. Hunter’s emails 
Mr. Cameron’s emails 
An updated list of middle school event dates 
Resources for Concord families who may be experiencing a hardship 
Resources for Boston area families who who may be experiencing a hardship 

Please utilize the National PTA web page which has a vast amount of resources for parents: https://www.pta.org/home/family-resources/coronavirus-information

Center for Parents and Teachers
“Teens, Tweens, and Quarantines” presented by Jon Mattleman, a very humorous and insightful parenting education presenter.
Below is the schedule of such talks for next week that parents can join (all free).  
5/19 — 6:30 p.m.
https://event.webinarjam.com/register/11/vo21lsr  
5:20 — 6:30 p.m.
https://event.webinarjam.com/register/19/9pxyksn 
5/21 — 4:00 p.m.
 https://event.webinarjam.com/register/17/2o5w3s5 
5/21 — 7:00 p.m.
https://event.webinarjam.com/register/16/y176vfp  

“Missed Moments: Helping Families Cope with Disappointment,”  Wednesday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m.
Please join Dr. Rachel Kramer for a live webinar where she can address your concerns. Can’t join live?  There are links to all of the recorded webinars on Dr. Kramer’s website – www.drrachelkramer.com
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81670871399?pwd=T2hIc2NVSnVNUFlDNEtIS1NGYVZiUT09
Password: 703069

 Massachusetts Health Council is offering an interactive online program,  Wednesday, May 20 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.- presented by Dr. Lester Hartman, MD, MPH and David Martin, CEO of the Massachusetts Health Council, to  discuss the risks of vaping in relation to covid-19.  Learn more and pre-register at:  https://mahealthcouncil.org/?

Also, please check out the link to the article “E-Cigarettes Can be a Risk Factor for Covid-19”, from The Bedford Citizen, listed below.   Embedded in the article is a link to a very informative webinar by Dr. Marisa Silveri on “Teen Vaping Today”.  Dr. SIlveri is a prominent neuroscientist who ran this session as part of our tri-town coalition (in a collaboration with the Concord, Carlisle and Bedford Health Depts and the Center for Parents and Teachers).  
https://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/2020/04/e-cigarettes-can-be-a-risk-factor-for-covid-19/

Please learn more about our programs (and find a link to let us know topics of workshops that would be of support to you during this stressful time) at www.centerforparentsandteachers.org


Building Update
CMS Educational Vision Unveiled at Community Forum  
For questions, reach out to the Building Committee (msbc@concordps.org) or Communications Chair Heather Bout (hbout.sc@gmail.com) at any time.  


Summer School at Alcott
By now you should have been notified by Nancy Boutin (nboutin@concordps.org), or Tyler Steffey (tsteffey@concordps.org), if your son/daughter is recommended for summer school. This year’s Summer school will run starting Monday, July 6 – Friday, July 24, from 9 AM – 12 PM. All students PreK – 8 will be located at Alcott Elementary School (93 Laurel St, Concord, MA 01742).


Concord Recreation Departments Summer Opportunity for 8th Graders:

This program combines work, recreation and employment training for youth entering grade nine. Participants will assist Camp Three Rivers Counselors in a camp setting which is both supervised and supportive. The Workreation program offers two weekly workshops including team building, safety training, first aid and communication skills.

Enrollment is limited to four weeks per participant.  The Workreation Director will make the final decision regarding the applicants participation and placement in the program. For more information, please look at:  http://www.concordrec.com/187/Workreation-Entering-Grades-9

Kids need camp more than ever this summer and Concord Recreation is ready to deliver!
As of now, summer camps will run June 29-August 14 and we will work closely with the Board of Health to follow all CDC recommended guidelines as those guidelines become available. New this year, we are welcoming customers to reserve a space at camp for your child with a deposit of $75 each week! Camp balances will be due two weeks prior to the camp start date and email reminders will go out to remind you to pay your balance online. We are in this together and hope this deposit feature will help ease your mind as you consider joining us for camp this year. If camp should be cancelled or delayed or if your situation changes after you’ve registered, refunds will be processed with no cancellation fee. To register for camp worry free, visit this link: https://concordrec.myrec.com/info/activities/default.aspx?CategoryID=1547&type=activities

Questions? Email ConcordRec@concordma.gov. Think summer!


SEPAC JANUARY NEWSLETTER 
This month’s SEPAC Newsletter contains information about the ‘Basic Rights: Understanding your IEP’ workshop we are co-hosting on Tuesday, February 11th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  

We also have exciting news about a collaboration with the CCHS Theatre Department where we are organizing and sponsoring a sensory friendly performance this spring!


Music lessons with IMSCC

IMSCC Music Lessons – new mini-session in May and June
Are you missing your band or orchestra practice at school, or singing in the chorus? Don’t let your instrument gather dust while you wait for school to open again – keep up your skills with some music lessons! IMSCC is accepting new students to join us for a mini-session that starts after vacation. All ages are welcome, including adults. Our instructors are currently giving lessons online; lessons will be made available in person if schools are able to open again in May or June. Please visit http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/instrumental-music-school to learn about lesson rates, faculty and more. To begin the enrollment process please submit an inquiry at https://ccace.asapconnected.com/#PrivateLessons. Questions? Please email Debbie Levine.

IMSCC’s Summer Music Classes, Ensembles and Workshops
Sign up now for summer music classes with IMSCC – there’s something for every musician! Join an ensemble – choose from Summer Band/Jazz Band/Orchestra, Trombone Choir, Percussion Ensemble, and Chamber Music. Classes include Bassoon Reed-making Workshops, Trumpet Workshop, and two new classes where students can improve performance and audition skills. Details and registration at http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/chamber-music-group-classes/
Summer private music lessons will start enrolling in April. Winter/Spring lesson registration is ongoing, students can start any time and tuition is prorated. For more information about IMSCC lessons please visit http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/instrumental-music-school.
Questions? Contact Debbie Levine at dlevine@concordcarlisle.org, 978-318-1400 ext. 7653.

IMSCC Summer Lessons and new Online ClassesRegistration is open for summer music lessons! We will be holding lessons online and will transition to in-person lessons if it is deemed safe. Enroll in lessons for any or all of the nine weeks of our summer session, June 22 through August 21. Spring mini-session is going on now – new enrollments still welcome. Send in a lesson inquiry for either session. 


The Concord Association of Music Parents
 
The Concord Association of Music Parents (Concord AMP) is a newly-formed parent group that supports the music performance ensemble programs (band, orchestra and chorus) in the Concord elementary and middle schools.  Membership includes all parents and guardians of students in these programs.  Concord AMP’s mission is to support the music performance ensembles through fundraising, advocacy for music education, and community engagement with the goal of ensuring access to music education and an enriching musical performance experience for all children.
 
Please join the Concord AMP email list so Concord AMP can communicate with you about upcoming activities and events, by signing up here.
 
To learn more about Concord AMP, go to www.concordamp.org or email concordamp@gmail.com.
 

 
CCYH Learn to Skate and Mosquitos
 
The CCYH Learn to Skate and Mosquitos (Learn to Play Hockey) programs are now open for registration. Both programs are held at the Middlesex School in Concord from November 2 through the end of February. Learn to Skate sessions are held Saturday mornings and  Mosquitos sessions are held Saturday and Sunday mornings.
 
The CCYH Hot Shots program is also open for registration. Hot Shots is an in-house non-checking ice hockey program open to boys and girls 8-15 yrs old.  Practices and games are held at the Middlesex School rink in Concord beginning in November. Please visit www.ccyh.org for more information and to register for any of these programs.
 

Sign up for METCO Famiy Friends

Families in Boston, Concord, and Carlisle have the opportunity to work together to build family friend relationships where the spirit is one of cooperating, and sharing; rather than, of guest and host. By volunteering to be part of the METCO Family Friends program (MFF), the Concord family will play an integral part in helping to communicate district information regarding school meetings and social events during the transition to a new community for a Boston family. Boston families not only provide Concord families with a new link to the city, but also offer a diverse set of cultural and life experiences to share. Play dates are an essential part of the METCO Family Friends Program. Play dates are private events between students and families of Boston, Concord and Carlisle. Just like if students (and families) got together on the weekends or vacation breaks. Families coordinate activities themselves for their kids which can range from hanging out at a friends house, parks, or more structured activities like, community events in and around Concord or in Boston. Staff do not play a part in what activity families choose to do. Additionally, 2-3 times per year, activities for families are hosted. Past activities have included: apple picking in the Fall, bowling in the winter, an ice cream social in June, a Sunday afternoon at the Franklin Park Zoo, ice skating, Sky zone and Treetop Adventures. Please click to indicate your interest. Thank you!
CMS MFF Coordinators: Tanika Williams and Bridget Neale-Paris


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As always, please reach out with feedback or questions at any time. All the best!
The Concord School Committee and Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee