PTG Announcements for Week of September 27

7th/8th Grade Back to School Night is This Week!
7th and 8th grade parents and guardians are invited to meet their child’s teachers at a virtual Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 30 from 6:30 to 8pm via Zoom videoconference.  Mark your calendars!  Further information to come from Principal Cameron as the event gets closer.  


Introducing Your PTG Board of Directors for the 2020-2021 School Year
Each year brings a new board of directors to your PTG, and this year’s officers are eager to find new ways to enrich the CMS experience for everyone in these unusual times.  If you have questions, suggestions, concerns or comments, feel free to direct them to the following volunteer officers.


Seeking People to Brainstorm About Student Assemblies
Interested in helping find ways to add some fun events or activities to the kids’ school days?  Bring your brainstorming power to the student assembly committee!  The PTG will be helping to organize and fund portions of several student assemblies during the year. Your help on this committee can make them memorable and impactful for your child and their fellow CMS students.  Click here to join this committee and/or sign up for other volunteer projects.


Did you update your contact information in Aspen recently?  Want those changes to get into this year’s student directory?
Family contact information has been downloaded from Aspen to publish this year’s CMS student directory.  If you updated your information on or after September 21, please let us know at news@cmsptg.org so that we can ensure the changes make it into the directory.  To be listed, please make sure that the field in Aspen called “Use Student/Family Info in PTG Directory” is marked YES for each child.


Future PTG Meetings
Your PTG meets on the third Friday of each month (2nd Friday in February) to discuss upcoming student events and projects, and to hear updates from CMS and district administration.  Please join us to bring your ideas, or just to listen in!  Meetings will be held via Zoom videoconference at 10:15am on these dates:

  • October 16
  • November 20
  • December 18
  • January 15
  • February 12
  • March 19
  • April 16
  • May 21
  • June TBD

Picture Day Postponed
Our annual student portrait day has been postponed from its usual September timing to late April or early May of 2021.  Photograph packages will be distributed before the end of the school year.


THANK YOU!!!

Kudos and much appreciation to our CMS students and their families for doing such a good job of following our building safety protocols to help avoid the transmission of illness.  Without this, in-person school would not be possible.  Go team!


Upcoming Events

  • September 30 – 7th/8th grade Back to School Night, 6:30pm via Zoom
  • October 16 – PTG meeting, 10:15am via Zoom

From the CMS Daily Announcements

The following items have been collected from the CMS Daily Announcements pagefor your convenience. Please direct any questions to Vanessa Moran.
 

All fall sports started last Thursday!  Most fall sports have a Google Classroom or students should be on the coach’s email list. It is there you find important information such as: What day you are practicing, what equipment you bring and where to place that equipment during the school day, where you are meeting the coach and students practicing that day. One of the only things that the Daily Announcements shares in terms of updates to Fall Sports is when they are cancelled due to poor weather. All other information will come directly from the coaches in their preferred way of communicating. 
 

PTG Announcements for Week of September 21

How do you want your information to appear in this year’s student directory?
Family contact information will be downloaded very soon from Aspen to publish this year’s CMS student directory.  To ensure that your family’s listings will be correct in the printed directory, please do these three things:

  1. Log into Aspen and check your contact information in each child’s record ASAP
  2. Make sure that the field in Aspen called “Use Student/Family Info in PTG Directory” is marked YES
  3. If you make changes to the data in Aspen, please let us know at news@cmsptg.org so that we can ensure the changes make it into the directory.

6th Grade Back to School Night is This Week!
6th grade parents and guardians are invited to meet their child’s teachers at a virtual Back to School Night on Thursday, September 24 from 6:30 to 8pm via Zoom videoconference.  Mark your calendars!  Further information to come from Principal Cameron as the event gets closer.  The 7th/8th grade night will be held next week.

Welcome from Your New CMS PTG Co-Presidents
The new Co-Presidents of your CMS Parent Teacher Group (PTG), Anna Travias and Kristin Martines, offered a welcome and their perspective on the year ahead in our first newsletter.  If you missed it last week, you can still read it here.

Picture Day Postponed
Our annual student portrait day has been postponed from its usual September timing to late April or early May of 2021.  Photograph packages will be distributed before the end of the school year.

After-School Clubs
Even in this strange year, CMS is proud to offer a rich selection of after-school clubs and activities for its students.  If you missed last week’s Club Expo, it’s not too late to participate.  Here’s how:

  1. Check out the list of after-school clubs and a description of each here
  2. Watch the CMS Daily Announcements for information on how to sign up and when/where/how each club will meet.  Not all clubs start at the beginning of the year, so there is always something cool coming up.

We Need YOU!
The CMS PTG is a volunteer-run group that relies on parents and guardians to help us operate.  We are grateful to those who have already raised a hand to volunteer.  We are still looking for a few people to work on teacher/staff appreciation projects, producing this weekly newsletter, fundraising and student assemblies throughout the year.  Click here to see a listing of volunteer projects with signup sheets for each one.

Future PTG Meetings
Your PTG meets on the third Friday of each month (2nd Friday in February) to discuss upcoming student events and projects, and to hear updates from CMS and district administration.  In this unusual year, we are especially interested in fresh ideas on ways to enrich the CMS experience for students and their families.  Please join us to brainstorm, or just to listen in!  All meetings will be held virtually this year, with a link to the Zoom teleconference shared via this newsletter in the days before each meeting.

The PTG has been happy to partner with CMS administration to bring a special guest speaker to the assembly on the first day of school and to provide each family with complimentary student planners. 
We hope your students were inspired and entertained by our opening day speaker.  Student planners were distributed during homeBASE on September 10 to ensure everyone received one. We thank you for the financial contributions to the PTG that have made this possible!


THANK YOU!!!

A huge thanks to our district and CMS administration for their professional and swift response to a student COVID case last week.  Many thanks also to the CMS custodial staff for their tireless work to ensure that our school buildings were properly cleaned to be safe for students and staff to return this week.


Upcoming Events

  • September 24 – 6th grade Back to School Night, 6:30pm via Zoom
  • September 30 – 7th/8th grade Back to School Night, 6:30pm via Zoom
  • October 16 – PTG meeting, 10:15am via Zoom

The CMS PTG relies exclusively on parent contributions to support our students. We typically spend $100 per student, but we appreciate each and every donation, no matter how big or small!
We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization
Your donation is 100% tax-deductible. We are also eligible for company matches.


Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!

Dear Concord Middle School Families,

It’s official !!  Summer vacation has come to an end and we are embarking on the 2020-2021 school year. Whether you have a new student entering our school or you’ve been with us for many years, the CMS Parent Teacher Group (PTG) would like to welcome you all into our special community.

Although this is not how we all imagined our return to school to be, please be assured that our PTG executive board officers have been busy over the summer, planning for the year and searching for ways to support our amazing staff, students and CMS community.  Our virtual activities for this unprecedented year are sure to be engaging and fun, and will keep us feeling like the tight-knit community we are.   

Although this year will look different, our goals remain unchanged: to support our school and to enrich our children’s education. We help provide programs and experiences that positively impact our students and staff and inspire them to achieve great things! In addition, we hope to leave a legacy by thoughtfully using the money that we all work together to raise.

We cannot do this alone! We invite you to become active in our PTG by taking one or more of these three steps:

  1. Attend our virtual meetings, held on the 3rd Friday of each month at 10:15am.  Our first meeting is scheduled for Friday Sept 18, with a Zoom link to be sent out as the date gets closer.
  2. Consider volunteering to help out with a PTG event or project.  Right now, we urgently need someone to help coordinate publication of our annual student directory, plus a few people to work on teacher appreciation projects, fundraising, spirit wear and student assemblies throughout the year.  Other opportunities are available all year long.  Click here to see a listing of volunteer projects with signup sheets for each one.
  3. Consider supporting us with a financial donation made at the CMS PTG website.  The PTG relies exclusively on parent donations to fund our events, student enrichment programs and faculty support projects. 

With your ongoing support, our PTG can continue to provide funds for student assemblies, back to school welcome gifts, student planners, complimentary school directories and much more!  In the meantime, keep an eye out for our weekly newsletter or reach out to us via email at cmsptginfo@gmail.com  or  cmsptgpresidents@gmail.com with any questions. 

CMS is a special school with a long history of success, and we are happy that you are part of it.  We look forward to meeting all of you and having a great year together! 

Best Regards,
Anna Travias and Kristin Martines
CMS PTG Presidents 2020-2021


Final Announcements for 2019-2020 School Year

As the school year closes behind us, we would like to thank all of you for your continued support of our CMS community. Through the generosity of your time and donations, the PTG was able to support our school, lift up our teachers, bring joy to students and recognize our graduating 8th graders. We are so appreciative of all you have done to help make those things happen.
 
Thank you to everyone who contributed their time, talents and donations and to all who chaired committees and ran events, including: Kristen Avini, Cathy Batsford, Zoila Comeau, Ying Dong, Tracey Doull, Kimber Lynn Drake, Hannah Fingerle, Cheryl Flynn, Shelley Growney, Marieke Herrero, Paula Hill, Jessica Hsu, Jessica Lambert, Carla Macy, Nathalie McCarthy, Martha McKennitt, Kristine Millet, Adriana Nunez, Carolyn Schweitzer, Mary Tambor and Amy Tenenbaum.
 
Thank you to Justin and all his staff for not missing a single beat during the unprecedented closure of school. 
 
Most especially, we’d like thank our amazing PTG Board, without whom none of this could have happened: Terri Bono, Dorina Enes, Cheryl Kirkman and Erica Wright.
 
We wish the best for our rising 9th graders and continued successes for our CMS family. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for a wonderful year.
 
Amy Lima & Anna Travias
CMS PTG co-presidents


Congratulations to our graduating 8th Graders! In lieu of the 8th Grade Dinner Dance which was sadly cancelled, the PTG was happy to provide each student with a custom beach towel as a keepsake of their time at CMS.


Thanks to your generous donations for Teacher Appreciation Week, we were able to give all CMS staff these custom mugs filled with chocolates.


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The PTG relies exclusively on parent contributions to support our students. We will spend approximately $100/per child annually, however, donations of all amounts are greatly appreciated!

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835 Old Marlboro Road
Concord, MA 01742