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Hosted by the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council.
Please join Ruth Grube, Director of Student Services, and Superintendent Laurie Hunter on Thursday, 29th October from 7:00 pm to hear how Special Education services are being provided in the hybrid and remote models.  Everyone will have the opportunity to ask questions during the event, but if you already have specific questions for Ruth or Laurie, please submit them via email to concordsepac@gmail.com

If you are unable to attend, the event will be recorded and posted to the District website and also on www.concordsepac.org
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 964 3445 1513
Passcode: 893161

Concord Ed Fund
Support our Teachers and Schools & Give Thanks!  Please join The Concord Education Fund for its new event –  The 2020 Apple Challenge!   Get out your sneakers, bikes or wheels and complete a 5- Mile  Hike | Bike | Roll | Stroll on November 13-15th.  Families can register for $100 (up to  6 family members) to participate.  Please register at:  www.concordedfund.orgFamilies will receive a “swag bag” filled with goodies and an apple lawn sign.  All proceeds go to support our teachers and schools through the Concord Education Fund (CEF).  CEF recently funded Zoom subscriptions for our schools and will be purchasing additional bike racks and bike repair stations for each school campus.  Help us plant the SEEDS of future academic and emotional success of our students by supporting the wonderful teachers, staff and administrators who are at the CORE of our kids’ education!  Join the Apple Challenge today!

School District COVID Data Dashboard
This past week’s COVID data for the school district has been posted.  There was no transmission of the virus within the schools as a result of the 5 recent cases through last week.    
School District COVID Data   

No Snow Days for 2020-2021
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education officially approved remote learning days in lieu of snow day cancellations.

Honest Conversations on Tough Topics by WIQH Radio
The radio station is hosting special programming related to cultural competency, equity, anti-racism, and cancer awareness through authentic conversations between students and faculty.  The programs are available on the WIQH website if you are not able to listen to the broadcasts.  

Concord Association of Music Parents meeting October 22 and band/orchestra/chorus merchandise! 
The Concord Association of Music Parents (Concord AMP) is a parent group that supports the music performance 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 Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 pm, via Zoom or phone; Click here for link.

We are also selling band, orchestra and chorus t-shirts, sweatshirts and face masks!  Place your orders here for t-shirts and sweatshirts (order deadline November 8th).  We have other merchandise available anytime including specialized face masks, pop sockets, stickers, and car magnets:  Order here.

Free School Lunches
The Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle High School have received approval from the state to participate in the free school meal program supported by the USDA.  This allows us to supply free meals for all students from October 15th, 2020 through June 30th, 2021. We are very excited to be able to offer this service at no cost to our community.

Upcoming Seminars by the Center for Parents and Teachers
A Conversation with Dr. Anthony Rao: Securing Our Human Agency in Times of Crisis and Disruption

Held virtually on Wednesday, October 21, 2020  at 7:30 PM – In this informal conversation with nationally-known child psychologist and author Dr. Anthony Rao, we will discuss specific strategies on how parents can employ agency to help themselves, their families and their communities during these difficult times. Dr. Rao’s 7 basic principles can help you take action to stay grounded, balanced and healthy.  Register by Oct 20 here:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-talk-with-special-guest-dr-anthony-rao-securing-our-human-agency-tickets-113920735988 .  A small donation of any size is requested. You will receive a meeting invitation the day before the event.

Parenting Adolescents During the Pandemic: Challenges and Opportunities
Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7:30PM. Free and open to all!
Parents of adolescents always have a lot on their minds.  As the pandemic continues, please join Dr. Rachel Kramer for a webinar to discuss helpful strategies and reassuring ideas for parenting adolescents during this challenging time.  Parents may submit questions to Dr. Kramer ahead of time through her website at https://www.drrachelkramer.com/ .  Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 752030

“How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk”: A Six-part Series for Parents of Children Ages 4 – 9
These sessions are offered in an online, interactive setting with a small group of 10-12 parents for 6 consecutive Tuesday evenings (Nov 10, 17, 24, Dec 1, 8, 15) from 7:30 to 8:30 PM.  For more information and registration details please email the Center for Parents and Teachers at cpt@concordps.org and type “How To Talk Series” in the subject line of your email.  Please let us know the age(s) of your child(ren) in the email.

Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord 
(IMSCC) is celebrating 40 Years of Music in our Community!  Festivities will be online through the end of 2020 with weekly performances by IMSCC faculty and student guest artists. Please join us! Click here to hear a new performance each week by our talented faculty and students.

Fall music lessons are still enrolling – click here to submit an inquiry form to start the enrollment process. Click here for more about registering for lessons.

On September 30, the Joint School Committees approved revisions to the 2020-2021 school calendar for the months of November and December.  Included in these dates are conference days for the elementary and middle schools.  Also included are professional days for staff since we did not implement all of the days made available with the Commissioner’s reduction of the school year to 170 student days.  Click here to access School Calendar Updates for November and December.

Unconscious Bias:  Interrupting the Cycle Part II  Adult and Community Education Begins Oct 14
This was a popular series run by our Adult and Community Education Program for adults to examine unconscious bias, understand how to have conversations with others around this topic, and learn tools to use in our daily lives to counteract this.  More information is found here: 

Concord Carlisle Adult & Community Ed is offering  Locking down for the fun of it! A great fit for middle schoolers!
Looking to connect hands-on learning to big ideas? Students will access foundational design learning by creating their own Escape Room style lock codes. Escape room design is a fundamentally social process which taps design principles such as deduction, induction, design space, feedback loops, and more. Students will focus on practice as they explore examples and design their own lock code from start to finish. The course will require purchase of a programmable lock after the first session ($10 to $15) and optional purchase of other materials. Instructors: Open Door Education; offered through Concord Carlisle Adult & Community Ed. Fridays 10/2, 10/9 and 10/16, 3-4 pm. Fee: $100. More info and to register: www.concordcarlisleace.org or 978-318-1432. 

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.


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

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.  

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

Sign up for School Committee News!
Interested in knowing more about what the School Committees do?  Want to hear the latest updates on school budgets and informational events?  Sign up for the “School Committee News” Subscriber List.  We’ll send periodic updates with meeting dates and agendas, minutes, event announcements, and the School Committee Report.  Click here to sign up: http://www.concordps.org/school_committee_subscriber_list/
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