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Concord Community Schools Newsletter


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. ROTH'S FIRST CLASS!!!!! GO JACKETS!! FEAR THE STING!! #ONEHIVE!!!
Mrs. Roth's First Graders


In response to the current pandemic, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) are working on a new P-EBT program for the current 2020-2021 school year. The program will provide food benefits to help families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals through the Federal School Breakfast or National School Lunch Programs. If you are not currently approved for free or reduced-price meals and feel you may qualify, please fill out a new application at

Applications can be filled out at any time throughout the remainder of the year if your household income decreases or your household size increases.

The State of Michigan will automatically add the benefits to SNAP cards or mail a card to the address on file at the school. To prevent any delays, please make sure the school has your current address. No further action is required if your student is already approved for free or reduced-price meals.

If you have any questions regarding P-EBT, please contact the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services at 1-833-905-0028. The local school does not administer the P-EBT program.

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This month K-8 we are celebrating reading. Every day presents a new feature and you can find out more by reading the article and calendar below. In true Reading Month spirit, Mrs. Hotchkin's class celebrated all things, Seuss, today with their Green Eggs and Ham Feast. They made hats, read books, and chowed on some Green Eggs. It was quite the sight, but the kids said the eggs were amazing! In fact, Dallas said, "The eggs were green and so good!".


All ticket sales will be online and money WILL NOT be collected at the door. Tickets will go on sale at 12:00 pm on the day before each game for family and friends of players (4-tickets per participant). A recent change in the MDHHS guidelines has increased the capacity of the event to 375. Coaches and players will NO LONGER receive an access code that will allow you to purchase tickets. Tickets will sell out at 375 tickets at HS Gym and 100 at MS Gym. Tickets are $5, plus handling costs. To purchase a ticket, you will go to, click buy tickets, and search for Concord and the event will pop up.

When you enter the event, you will need to simply show our ticket person your ticket on your smartphone. For those that do not have a smartphone, we will have a printed record of those that purchased tickets. There are no passes at this time, other than game workers that are helping at the event and Concord staff that has a player on the team. This will allow an opportunity for more fans to attend basketball games and allow us to keep track for contact tracing purposes.

Thank you for your patience!

Matt Lehman, Concord AD

Next Week's Sports Schedule

Weekly Sports Schedule--Concord Community Schools

Week of March 8, 2021

Monday, March 8th

MS Boys Basketball at Springport 5:00 pm

JV/Varsity Boys Basketball at Homer 5:30/7:00 pm

HS Competitive Cheer at Concord Jamboree HOME 7:30 pm

Tuesday, March 9th

JV/Varsity Girls Basketball at Homer 5:30/7:00 pm

Wednesday, March 10th

MS Boys Basketball v. Quincy HOME 5:00 pm

JV/Varsity Boys Basketball v. Reading HOME 5:30/7:00 pm (Snowcoming)

Thursday, March 11th

JV/Varsity Girls Basketball at Union City 5:30/7:00 pm

Friday, March 12th

JV/Varsity Boys Basketball at Union City 5:30/7:00 pm

Saturday, March 13th

MS Boys Basketball v. Reading HOME 9:00 am

HS Competitive Cheer at Bronson Inv. 10:00 am

JV/Varsity Girls Basketball at Reading 1:00/2:30 pm


Despite the disruption that COVID-19 has been in our lives, there are so many things to be thankful for and one of them is an amazing group of teachers and kids that roll with the punches. Unfortunately, our fifth-grade students were not able to attend camp in the traditional fashion this year, but that did not slow them down!! They brought the camp to school!!!

After a stretch of virtual learning, the fifth graders returned to a surprise day of camp-filled activities. The students made salsa, played tic-tac-toe, made boondoggle key chains, acted, and generally enjoyed the company of others. The rooms were decorated to a T and the kids were able to bond and be together. The memories will be different, but they will be memories that these students will have all the way through graduation and beyond. I am so thankful they can roll with the punches and that Mrs. Arbuckle and Mrs. Cook made sure our kids had the space to enjoy each other!!

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Elementary and Middle School SEL Corner

This week both our Elementary and Middle School took a step back this week and focused on self-care.

Next week our K-8 students will continue to fine-tune their Relationship Skills. Our CES students will start exploring a new Trait of the Week on Monday (appreciation) while our Middle School students focus on, "I have positive relationships with others by using my communication and social skills.”

Daily Announcements 3.5.21



March is Reading Month activities begin Monday, March 1st. Our theme will be “Read S’More at Camp Read-A-Lot” as we celebrate throughout the month with fun dress-up days, weekly prize drawings, special visitors and more.

Children are encouraged to read at home, with a daily goal of 15 minutes for kindergarten-2nd grade, and a daily goal of 20 minutes for 3rd-5th grade. Minutes may include your child reading to self or to others, or you reading aloud to your child. Keep track of minutes on the reading log for all reading done at home, and return it to school each Thursday beginning March 4 for a chance to win some awesome prizes each week. Students meeting the minimum weekly goal will receive one ticket for the weekly prize drawing. Students doubling the goal will receive an extra ticket. The more they read, the more chances they have to win!

Here is the calendar and reading log

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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, 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

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


Spring Sports will begin for baseball, softball, boys' golf, and high school track on Monday, March 22nd. If you are currently playing a winter sport, it will begin when your season is completed. The middle school track will begin on Monday, April 5th. If you have any questions, email the athletic department or coach. Make sure you have a physical on file if you haven't played a sport this school year.


Middle school boys basketball practice will resume on Monday, March 1st at 3:00. The first game will be Monday, March 8th. Players must have their grades up! Schedule:


The district is working to support our families that are struggling with the internet at home. Whether it is spotty service or limited data, sometimes in Concord, we just do not have good access to the internet.

The installation of WiFi antennas on the outside of both the ES/MS and HS buildings has been completed. We now have WIFI PARKING LOTS!!!! Families can access free WiFi 24 - 7 in almost every spot in both parking lots and the ES/MS drive and drop loop. We are beyond excited about the completion of the project. We will continue to look for ways to support our families and this is a big step to making digital more accessible for everyone.

Additionally, the Jackson District Library offers access to WiFi and computers. The WiFi is available outside the library 24-7. Computers and the internet can be accessed anytime during open hours

Monday and Wednesday 10-6

Tuesday and Friday 1-6
Saturday 10-2

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.

Upcoming Events

3/3 Parent-Teacher Conferences

3/8 Professional Development - No School for Students

3/12 End of the 3rd Quarter

3/24 Local Scholarships Due to Mrs. Otto

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 parent meeting

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