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Concord Community Schools Newsletter

CONCORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FIGHT SONG CHALLENGE

To build spirit and pride in our elementary school, the K-5 staff took on the challenge to teach and perform our fight song. The videos are all in and they are amazing!!! We will share a new fight song video weekly, This week is MRS. LAMB'S FOURTH GRADE CLASS!!!!! GO JACKETS!! FEAR THE STING!! #ONEHIVE!!!
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SENIOR REMINDERS

Decision Day is just around the corner for the class of 2021. Seniors please check your email from Mrs. Otto. In the email is a survey that she needs filled out so she can plan for your Decision Day.

Senior & Baby photos are due Thursday, March 25th. Mrs. Osterhout will need a wallet size professional pictures sent digitally by email or USB. We would prefer the pose to be that of a traditional head and shoulders shot without props, words or logos. Please inform the photography studio of these requirements.

For your Baby photo, a digital copy can be emailed to Mr. Couling (brian.couling@concordschools.net) or a physical image can be brought in to Mr. Couling to be scanned and uploaded.

For more detailed information, please see your school email regarding senior photo requirements.

COVID-19 IMPACT UPDATE

As we head into the spring, we are still dealing with the impact of COVID-19. The situation is fluid and ever-changing, but we felt it was important to provide an update on the current status.


We were incredibly thankful to partner with Henry Ford Allegiance Health to get a big portion of our staff vaccinated. Our district has recently dodged any quarantines due to onsite COVID-19 exposure. We are still seeing quarantines due to student and staff exposure off-site, but the county has seen a decline in the COVID-19 positivity test rate. I receive a weekly email from the Jackson County Health Department with information on the number of reported cases in the village and township, whole school district, surrounding districts, and the whole county. If the county-wide positivity case rate is under 5% we will be looking at increasing building capacity, opening things like the library for student use with strict protocol, and developing plans for some major events using current MDHHS order guidance documents. Until last week, the positivity rate was under 5%, so the high school was bringing small groups of students back into the building four days a week.


Unfortunately, last week the positivity rate was at 6%. We have paused increasing building capacity, and we have put a pause on announcing the updated plans for prom until after Spring Break. Our hope is that we will have MDHHS guidelines for prom and graduation early in April, so with monitoring the numbers and updated guidance we know that we will be able to share a plan that does our best to make sure our juniors and seniors have an amazing prom experience that is safe and does not jeopardize other important events like graduation, senior awards, and spring sports.



Additionally, the increase in COVID-19 cases across the state connected to athletics has led the MDHHS to issue an order requiring all athletic programs (youth, club, MHSAA) to antigen test student-athletes from ages 13-19. The testing will begin after spring break and will occur weekly. Athletes will have three forms to return to their coach in order for the district to conduct the testing. If a family chooses to opt-out of the testing, the athlete cannot participate in spring sports until the MDHHS order is changed.


As with anything connected to COVID-19, things are subject to change. We will always do our best to keep students and safe staff while ensuring they have those experiences that are so critical to their development. These are not always easy decisions to make because they all involve risk. It is often which risk are you willing to take. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to any one of our offices for more information.

HONORING A FORMER YELLOWJACKET

It is with a heavy heart that many of us remembered a former colleague, friend, mentor, and teacher this week, Mr. Jason Fritz. We were alerted on Wednesday that Mr. Fritz had tragically passed away due to injuries he had suffered as a result of a motorcycle injury. Mr. Fritiz served for many years, on two different occasions, as our band and music director; he was a man full of passion and vigor. His zest for music and the success of our students was incredible and he touched countless lives. He is loved by many and will be greatly missed. Mr. Fritz was currently serving as the band director in Comstock, Michigan.
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MARCH IS READING MONTH HAS COME TO A CLOSE

March is reading month has come to a close. The elementary school easily met their minutes read goal and last night Mr. Arbuckle slept in a tent in our vestibule. Many great prizes were awarded thanks to generous support from our PTO and there was a lot of great reading today around the campfire. Thank you to everyone - parents, students, and staff that made this a great event!!!

THE TOP MIDDLE SCHOOL READERS ARE....

Emma Burbo
Avery Arbuckle
Lucy Otto
Paige Morris
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THE TOP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL READERS ARE...

Gage Thurman

Hunter Watts

Hagen Stimer

Liam Reynolds

Quinton Andrews

Piper Morrill

Stella Williams

Raegan Arbuckle

Jayceon Funderburg

Braxton Miller

Evelyn Frazer

Hayden Ammon

Marley Thurman

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Elementary and Middle School SEL Corner

This week our Elementary School students learned more about what forgiveness truly means (remember: think about showing forgiveness to someone as an action that actually helps YOU- when you forgive, you are allowing yourself to move on and not dwell on something negative). In the Middle School our students wrapped up a focus on resolving conflicts peacefully.


Heading into the week after Spring Break all of our K-8 students will be moving into our last Learning Area-- Responsible Decision Making. To learn more about making responsible decisions our Elementary School students will first learn about accountability, while our Middle School students focus on, "I can make ethical and safe decisions."

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CONCORD YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL

Registration for the Concord Youth Baseball and Softball League is now open. See the form below for more information. Deadlines are fast approaching.
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MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARBOOK INFORMATION

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SUMMER PROGRAMS AVAILABLE OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT

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REPEATED UPDATES AND REMINDERS SECTION

KINDERGARTEN ROUND UP

Kindergarten Roundup is quickly approaching and we can’t wait to welcome our newest YellowJackets to our Hive! Here is some important information for parents and caregivers:

  1. There will be a Virtual Parent Meeting held on Wednesday, April 14th, at 6:00 PM via Zoom; here is the meeting link. During the meeting, we will cover the enrollment process and what important documents to bring. Our fantastic Kindergarten staff will attend the virtual meeting as well so they can answer any questions you have.

  2. Roundup Day is scheduled for Wednesday, May 12th, from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. If you are interested in enrolling a new YellowJacket student, please schedule an appointment time by calling Alison Breitenbach at the Elementary Office (517-524-6650).

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PRESCHOOL, LATCHKEY, AND SUMMER CAMP OFFERED AT CONCORD COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

ABC Academy Concord Location is offering Preschool, Latchkey, and Summer Camp programs at Concord Community Schools! Below you can find all of the information about ABC Academy and the programs they are offering.

Full and Half Day Preschool for children ages 2 1/2 years old to 4 years old.

State-Funded Free GSRP Preschool for Children 4 years of age.

Before and After School Latchkey Programs

Summer Camp Program for ages 2 1/2 to 12 years of age.

Music and Yoga Enrichment programs

S.T.E.M. Curriculum and Technology

Security Access Doors

Electronic Parent Communication Systems

Please contact Cyndi Laeder, Program Director at cynthial@abcacademyjackson.com, or by phone at 517-740-0167 If you would like more information or are interested in enrolling your child in our high-quality programs.

Visit our website for more information and virtual tours of our centers at www.abcacademyjackson.com

ABC Academy- A great place for your child to grow, learn and succeed!

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Elementary and Middle School Facebook Page

Have you liked the Elementary/Middle School Facebook Page?


If you have not yet, this week is a great time to start. The Elementary and Middle School use the Facebook page to post many updates and announcements. This Friday was the first-ever Facebook live-streamed morning announcements. Don't miss the news - like the page today.


https://www.facebook.com/Concord-ElementaryMiddle-School-593772624020990/

Upcoming Events

3/26- 4/2 Spring Break - No School for Students and Staff

4/14 Kindergarten RoundUp Parent Meeting at 6:00 pm via zoom

5/12 Kindergarten RoundUp from 9 am -6 pm appointment scheduled in advance after the parent meeting

5/31 Memorial Day - No School for Students and Staff

6/10 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - Half Day