Concord Magnet Thursday Notice

November 10, 2022

Concord Magnet School K-8

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

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Important Dates

Friday, November 11: Veterans Day - School Holiday

Monday, November 14: Pathways Zoom Meeting for 6th & 7th Grade Parents, 6:30 pm

Tuesday, November 15: Governance Council Meeting, 6:30 pm

Wednesday, November 17: CMS Family Night Out at Coals

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

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

Sunday, November 20: CMS Turkey Trot, 2:00-4:00 pm

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

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

November 24-27: Thanksgiving Recess

Reminder: School is closed tomorrow, November 11, 2022 in honor of Veterans Day.

Veterans Day Reminder:

Ms. Murray would like to remind all students who are singing at City Hall on Veterans Day to be there by 9:30 am. Don't forget to wear red, white, and/or blue!
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Salute to Veterans

At 3:00 pm this afternoon, CMS students gathered in the courtyard and in classrooms to listen to Mr. Nunes, CMS Strings & Band teacher, play Taps. Following a moment of silence, CMS students sang "On Veterans Day."

Attention 5th Grade Families:

Middle School Choice Survey

Earlier this week all CMS 5th Grade families received an email with information and a link to the Norwalk's Middle School Choice Survey. This survey is asking whether your child plans on attending their feeder middle school next year. CMS students receive priority to remain at CMS but MUST complete the survey to be granted priority. CMS students also have the option to select their home district middle school as their feeder school. If you select CMS or your district feeder school and submit, you are done. There is no need to complete a lottery application.

If, when completing the survey, you indicate that you would like to choose another middle school option, you will then need to complete a lottery application to go into the Middle School Choice Lottery.

Please use the link below to access the Middle School Choice Survey.

A Message for 5th Grade Families:

Hello 5th Grade Families,

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you have in regard to the initial MS choice form. If you are choosing your feeder school and have no questions, just make sure you submit the form and you are good to go.

If you choose a non-feeder middle school on the initial form you have received and submit, I will reach out to you over the next couple weeks to set up a phone or in-person meeting to help you with the final step of filling out the MS choice application.

Since I am split between 2 schools, the best way to reach me quickly and easily is by email:

~Lindsay Frankum

CMS K-8 School Counselor

CMS 6th & 7th Grade Parents!

This year our 6th and 7th graders will be choosing a pathway based on the courses we offer here at CMS. Carol Wiltshire-Toth will be sharing with parents about the different choices and will be on hand to answer any questions.

Jennifer Scanlan is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Career Pathways for 6th and 7th Graders Parent Meeting

Time: Nov 14, 2022 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 311 364 7004

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A Special Visitor from Djibouti, Africa!

On Monday, November 7, CMS second graders were treated to a special remote visit from Sergeant Major McFate of the U.S. Army. Sergeant Major McFate is the father of Sofia McFate in Mrs. Blanco's class. Katie McFate, Sofia's mom, read a book to the children about the military and shared a few of their special mementos. The students then viewed a recorded message by Sergeant Major McFate from Djibouti, Africa. He told the students about his work in Africa. Over the past 8 months, the army has been building relationships and friendships with the people of Africa. In addition, they have vaccinated herds of animals, built libraries, trained local militaries and helped to improve the lives of people there. Sofia then shared a special map of Africa her family created. As a countdown to when dad comes home, Sofia and her brother Noah color in one African country each week. Djibouti will be final country to color in. They will leave it for their dad to color when he gets home!

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.

Save the Date!

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CMS Turkey Trot!

It’s that time of the year for the CMS Turkey Trot on Sunday November 20, 2022 from 2:00-4:00 pm. Join us for some pre-Thanksgiving fun - races, games, a hand turkey wall, and lots of fun!

Please bring a shelf-stable food or pantry item to donate.

Fill out the link below to sign up. The cost is $5 a family. πŸ¦ƒπŸŒˆπŸ¦ƒπŸŒˆ

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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.

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.