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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. STACK'S FOURTH GRADE CLASS!!!!! GO JACKETS!! FEAR THE STING!! #ONEHIVE!!!
Mrs. Stack's Fourth Graders


Congratulations to Senior Jacelyn Hutchins who was named the Rotary Club Student Leader of the Month for March! She was recognized at their breakfast meeting on Tuesday, March 16th.
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Decision Day is just around the corner for the class of 2021. Seniors please check your email for an 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 ( 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.

Attention Class of 2021: Please check the Class of 2021 Google Classroom for scholarship opportunities. Reminder that local scholarships are due March 22nd and must be turned into Mrs. Otto or placed in an envelope with your name on it to be placed in her mailbox. There are many to apply for.


There will be a golf meeting in the HS Library Friday, March 19 at 2:30 AND Monday, March 22 at 2:30 for any HS boys that are interested in golfing this spring.

First practice will be April 5 at Concord Hills from 3-4:30. Please make arrangements to be picked up on time, bring your clubs if you have them, and you MUST have a physical on file or bring it to the first practice.

Any questions email Mr. Bauman

Next Week's Sports Schedule

Weekly Sports Schedule--Concord Community Schools

Week of March 22, 2021

Monday, March 22nd

MS Boys Basketball v. Jonesville HOME 5:00 pm

Girls BB Districts at Concord: Quincy v. Reading 7:00 pm

Tuesday, March 23rd

JV/Varsity Boys Basketball at Vandercook Lake 6:00 pm

Wednesday, March 24th

Girls BB Districts at Concord:

Homer v. Union City 5:30 pm

Winner of Monday v. Concord 7:00 pm

Thursday, March 25th

Boys BB Districts at Hanover-Horton

  • Concord v. Homer 5:30 pm

  • Lumen Christi v. HH 7:00 pm

Friday, March 26th

Girls BB Districts at Concord: District Finals at 7:00 pm

Saturday, March 27th

Boys BB District at HH: District Finals 7:00 pm


As a K-8 building, our teachers have truly embraced the need to provide students with a space to explore and hone their self-management and self-regulation skills during this school year, but we were lacking the tangible tools to really assist students in de-escalating independently.

Earlier this year we wrote, and were awarded, a Youth Mental Health Grant from the Jackson Community Foundation entitled, "Emotional Identification & Self-Management Tools for Our Hive." The check is in the mail (so nothing has been purchased yet), but the grant will be utilized to develop and purchase 10 mobile (cart-based) and grade-level specific Reset Areas for our students. These carts would allow each grade level to have access to a range of tools and resources geared specifically toward the students in that room; for example, a Kindergarten Cart may have a hands-on Worry Monster (a toy whose purpose is to “eat worries” expressed by the student) to help younger students manage stress related to being away from home, while an Eighth Grade Cart may have a book of journaling prompts to help older students write about their stress related to an upcoming test.

We are very excited to bring these tools to Concord so that we can teach our students to self-manage big emotions more effectively!

Elementary and Middle School SEL Corner

Our awesome Elementary Jackets did an impressive job learning about humility this week and will move on to forgiveness next week. Our fantastic Middle Schoolers will also be continuing their focus on "I can manage and resolve conflicts peacefully."
Daily Announcements Google Slides 1
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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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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!


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


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.


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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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

3/12 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