Concord Magnet Thursday Notice

September 29, 2022

Concord Magnet School K-8

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

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Important Dates

Wednesday, October 5: Yom Kippur, School Holiday

*Monday, October 10: Indigenous People Day, School Holiday

Sunday, October 16: CMS Hispanic Heritage Celebration, 12:00-3:00 pm

Monday, October 17: Staff Professional Day, No School for Students

Friday, October 21: CMS Halloween Happening, details to follow

Monday, October 31: 2-Hour Early Dismissal, Staff Professional Development

Thursday, November 3: Parents Night Out, 7:00-9:00 pm

Tuesday, November 8: Election Day - No School for Students

Friday, November 11: Veterans Day - School Holiday

*Please Note: Indigenous People Day on Monday, October 10 is a school holiday. School is closed.

Early Dismissals

You might have noticed that this year's calendar contains several early dismissals. Many of these dates are before holidays, others are during conference time. The 2-hour early dismissals on Mondays are for staff professional development.

The staff professional development early dismissals dates are:

  • Monday, October 31
  • Monday, January 30
  • Monday, March 27
  • Monday, April 24
  • Monday, May 15

On these days, school will be dismissed at 1:25 pm. The AFB program remains open on these days as well as other early dismissal days. The AFB will only close in the case of early dismissal due to inclement weather or other emergency closings.

Our Garden is Growing!

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H.O.T. Schools is Back!

Concord Magnet is proud to announce that we are HOT again!

Back in 2000, CMS was named a HOT (Higher Order Thinking) School by the CT Commission on the Arts. This program provided us with extensive professional development, art residencies, and grant money. The program eventually closed but CMS has continued using the HOT strategies including strong arts, art integration and democratic practice.

Arts for Learning Connecticut is excited to have re-launched Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools. HOT Schools is a whole-school, deep impact, teaching and learning program designed to enrich school culture, expand teacher practice, and improve student engagement through a variety of arts learning strategies. Grounded in Social and Emotional Learning, Culturally Responsive Teaching, and Multiple Intelligence Theory, this program utilizes a skilled roster of teaching artists to provide professional development, arts-integrated residences, workshops, and performances in K-12 schools across the state.

Last Friday our students were treated to an acrobatic performance by HOT artist Li Liu. In the future, HOT artists will work with grade-level teachers to enhance the curriculum through arts integration.

Student Emergency Contact Information & More

If you did not attend last week's CMS Back to School Night, the items listed below were sent home with your child.

  • Student information as listed in PowerSchool (review, correct, if necessary, and sign)
  • Directory/Media Release Form (include child's name and sign)
  • Telecommunications/Internet: Acceptable Use Policy (include child's name and sign)

Please complete and return this information to your classroom teacher ASAP.

Save the Date!

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Introducing . . .

Lindsay Frankum, School Counselor

Hello CMS Families!

I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to you all. I am the School Counselor at Concord Magnet School K-8, as well as Jefferson Elementary School. This year I will be assisting with teaching your children social and emotional learning skills that they need to excel in school and throughout life, as well as supporting them and their teachers in these areas. I am excited to be working with your children. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me via email, phone, or Class Dojo.

Charles Duff, Media Specialist

Hello all! I am so happy to be here at CMS!

I have been a Media Specialist for about ten years and have worked in all grade levels K-12. Previous to coming to CMS, I was a Media Specialist in Danbury for eight years. I enjoy reading as much I enjoy working with technology. My speciality is filmmaking. I have a one year old daughter and I am a big New York Yankees fan!

Please schedule time to see me on the "Teacher/Class Signup" tab above.

Reminder 5th Grade Parents!

Please remember to email Mr. Thomas at regarding your intentions for next year. Mr. T would like to start planning for programs, trips and various educational experiences.

PTA News!

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Parents Night Out!

The CMS PTA is holding a Parents Night Out fundraiser on November 3, 2022 at 314 Beer Garden in SoNo! Please RSVP using the google doc link below and then submit payment to the PTA via check or PayPal. If you have any questions, please feel free to message Sarah McIntee at

SAVE The Date!

The CMS Halloween Happening is Friday, October 21. Look for more information coming home soon.

Parent Volunteers Needed!

The CMS PTA is looking to rebuild our PTA committees this year and lots and lots of help is needed! Our PTA has a full schedule of activities planned this year and volunteers are needed to help oversee these activities and the fundraisers that support these events as well as field trips and enrichment. Thank you to all who already volunteered!

Please check out the Google Form below and consider volunteering.

CMS Fundraising Committee


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.

All New CMS Spiritwear!

Below is the link for this school year’s Spirit Wear Store! Families will purchase directly from the link and the clothing items will be sent to their homes. New options will be added periodically. Please check sizing charts and material information attached to each item. There is a large amount of youth and adult items, please check the product name to see if it is a youth or adult product. If there are any questions, please email Tory Ferrara at

If you are interested in volunteering and/or running the Spiritwear Store please go to the google form below:


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.

Reminder: School is closed on Wednesday, October 5 in observance of Yom Kippur.