Concord Magnet Thursday Notice

November 17, 2022

Concord Magnet School K-8

A wonderful place where we all learn and grow . . .

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Important Dates

Friday, November 18: Thanksgiving ASM, 9:30 am

Saturday, November 19: Pie/Cookie Dough Order Pick Up, 11:30-12:30

Tuesday, November 22: PTA General Meeting, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, November 23: 2-Hour Early Dismissal (1:25pm)

November 24-27: Thanksgiving Recess

December 6-21: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, December 8: 90-MINUTE EARLY DISMISSAL, 1:55 pm

Thursday, December 15: 90-MINUTE EARLY DISMISSAL, 1:55 pm

Thursday, December 15: Conference Night, 6:00-8:00 pm

Friday, December 23: 2-HOUR EARLY DISMISSAL, 1:25 pm


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Thanksgiving All School Meeting

Thanksgiving ASM - 9:30 am in the cafeteria

Tomorrow's Thanksgiving All School Meeting will feature shares by both Kindergartens, Ms. Dana's 3rd Grade, Mrs. Lake's 5th Grade
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Special Notes on Pie & Cookie Dough Pick Up

  • Pie and Cookie Pick up is Saturday, November 19, 11:30-12:30 pm.
  • Please use the “pick-up line” (where you drop off/pick up your kids) to pick up your pies.
  • Any orders that have not been picked up by 12:30 will be donated to Person-to-Person in S. Norwalk. (As orders are delivered frozen, we are not able to store left over items.)
  • Contact Valerie at with questions.

CMS Turkey Trot is Cancelled!

Due to lack of participation, we are forced to cancel the CMS Turkey Trot. Thank you Mallory Moyer for your efforts in organizing this event. Hopefully next year we will be able to continue this CMS tradition.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held from December 6 through December 21. Parents be on the lookout for communications from classroom teachers in the next few weeks.

Special Notes:

  • 90-Minute Early Dismissal on Thursday, December 8. 1:55 pm Dismissal.
  • 90-Minute Early Dismissal on Thursday, December 15. 1:55 pm Dismissal.
  • Conference Night is Thursday, December 15, 6:00-8:00 pm.

Attention 5th Grade Families:

Middle School Choice Survey

Hello 5th Grade Families!

Many of you have filled out your Middle School Choice forms, but for those of you who have not done so yet, please have these filled out and submitted by November 23 (at the latest). If you are planning to enter into the MS choice lottery there is an additional, official application that needs to be filled out and submitted by November 23.

***Even if your child does not plan to attend CMS in 6th grade, you still need to fill out the form and submit it by November 23.***

As a reminder CMS 5th graders have the choice between 2 feeder middle schools (that they will automatically be accepted into); CMS or your neighborhood middle school. If you are choosing one of those middle schools, then you indicate "yes" when answering the question "Do I want my feeder middle school?" Then click next (to section 2) and you indicate which feeder middle school choice you want (CMS or neighborhood school). You can only pick one, then submit.

If you are choosing to enter the lottery, you would say "no" to the question "do I want my feeder school?" and then move on to the next section (section 3) and indicate which MS choices you want and submit. I will then send you the official application to be filled out and submitted. If you need help with this process, I am available to assist you.

Parents will be notified on Dec 16th about the lottery results. If your child enters the lottery and is NOT picked for one of their choice schools, they will automatically be placed to attend their feeder middle school. At that point I will reach out to you to find out if you want your child placed at CMS or your neighborhood school.

MS Choice Process Information:

MS Choice form link that MUST be submitted by a parent:

Please reach out with any questions or concerns

Lindsay Frankum
CMS K-8 School Counselor

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Attention CMS 8th Grade Families!

Attention all 8th grade students and families! Norwalk Public Schools will be hosting its second annual High School Choice Fair on Tuesday, November 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Community Room at the Center for Global Studies.

Come learn more about the district's four high schools and the exciting academies, programs, and pathways each one has to offer.

More details about this year’s High School Choice process will be forthcoming.

Parent Volunteers Needed!

Mr. Duff is looking for parent volunteers to assist with organizing the school library. Please reach out to Mr. Duff at: if you would like to help.

Books, eBooks and Audiobooks!!

Did you know that CMS students have access to eBooks, Audiobooks, and Research Resources at school and home?

Use the link below for information on the various programs available and how to access them. Mr. Duff recommends the SORA eBook/Audiobook app.


PTA General Meeting

The next PTA General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 22 at 7:00 pm.

Do-It-Yourself Cookie Decorating Kits!

The PTA is selling to-go cookie decorating kits to help fundraise for field trip busses. Each cookie decorating kit includes six vanilla sugar cookies in three different shapes (snowflake, mitten and sweater), four colored royal icing piping bags in winter white, peppermint green, icy blue, and frosty purple, and two winter sprinkle packets. Pre-orders open today, November 10th and will continue until Monday, December 5th. Each cookie decorating kit costs $25.00. You can pay via PayPal to @columbusmagnetschool or send a check into the school in an envelope addressed to the CMS PTA. All payments need to be received by Monday, December 5th.

The to-go cookie decorating kits will arrive on Friday, December 9th. You can choose to have the kit sent home in your child's backpack that day or pick up the kit at the school from 3:45-4:30. All cookie decorating kits are prepared by Ashley Granata at Bright Butter Baking Company.

To reserve a kit here is the link to the order form:

CMS Magnet For Sale! Only 40 Left!

The PTA is selling magnets with the school's logo to help fundraise for field trip busses. Get yours today by filling out the Google Form below!

The magnets are $8 each. You can pay via PayPal to @columbusmagnetschool or send a check into the school in an envelope addressed to CMS PTA. They are perfect for the refrigerator, file cabinet or vehicle! The magnet measures 3 1/2 inches. After payment is received, the magnet will be sent home in an envelope with your child.

Souvenir Glasses!

The PTA is selling the leftover 16 oz. pint glasses from our recent PTO event at 314 Beer Garden. Each glass is $15. Supply is limited. If you are interested in purchasing one, please email Tory Ferrara at and either PayPal @columbusmagnetschool or send a check into school addressed to the CMS PTA.

Join the CMS PTA!

The Concord Magnet School PTA is asking for your support and is inviting you to join the PTA! A Family Membership is $10.00. As a PTA member, you have voting rights which will impact how PTA money is spent on your children and what programs the CMS PTA supports.

YOU MUST PAY THE MEMBERSHIP FEES TO BE AN OFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE PTA. Pay $10 through Pay Pal to @columbusmagnetschool or send a check into school for $10 addressed to CMS PTA in an envelope labeled CMS PTA.

Here is the Google Form for joining the PTA.

NPS Family Center Events

Family Fun Night at The Family Center!

Looking for a fun and interactive evening to express thanks this holiday! Parents and students will create adorable Thanksgiving greeting cards for friends and family.

Elementary school students only

Date: Thursday, November 17th

Time: 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Location: NPS Family Center, 1 Park Street, Norwalk

Registration: QR code or email

Refreshments and snacks will be served.
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Today's Background Art

Miss Sue's 4th Grade Reading group read a book about Smile Artist, Bren Batacian. Bren would leave one of his paintings along with a note, "This painting is yours if you promise to smile at random people more often."

The 4th graders thought this was a great idea and wanted to share Bren's message to everyone at CMS K-8. Our background features one of the students' amazing drawings.

CMS on Facebook

There are 3 Facebook pages for Concord Magnet School K-8.

"Concord Magnet School K-8" is our public page.

"CMS Parents Group" is a closed group open only to CMS parents. You will be asked a few questions before being approved, but it's only to ensure our members are CMS parents.

"CMS - en Espanol Group" is for our Spanish-speaking parents.