Concord Community Schools Newsletter
CONFERENCE AND REGIONAL CHAMPIONS
The boys' team was also pretty incredible. They put it all on the line and won both the Regional Meet and the Big 8 Conference Meet. They qualified as a team for the state competition and had individuals finish in the top spots in almost every single event. The team is very excited about the State Meet Saturday, June 5th in Hudsonville. #ONEHIVE #FEARTHESTING #SHATTEREXPECTATIONS
STUDENT LEADERS SHATETR EXPECTATIONS BY GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY!
FOURTH GRADE WAX MUSEUM
SECOND GRADE ANIMAL MUSEUM
MIDDLE SCHOOL REMINDERS
OTHER IMPORTANT DATES
Graduation Rehearsal - Wednesday, June 2nd at 8:30 am in HS GymGraduation- Sunday, June 6th at 1:00 pm
5th Grade Graduation is Thursday, June 3 at 6 pm via zoom
Monday, June 7th – EL return
Tuesday, June 8th – MS AND HS return
Wednesday June 9th – 8-10am EL & MS drive & drop online return, 10-2 HS drive & drop online & more return
Thursday, June 10th – 8-10 am remaining HS returns
BAND IS BACK IN BUSINESS!
FROM THE EYES OF AN OBSERVER
As we move into the summer, I am stuck with a bittersweet feeling. There is so much to celebrate, but it is hard to see the kids grow up and leave us for the next 12 weeks. I am blessed and fortunate to be the superintendent of such an amazing school with the most fabulous students, staff, and families. It is hard to put into words why I can say that without hesitation because the reality is good schools are everywhere. BUT - I am reminded why I do not hesitate to say we shatter expectation when I get emails like the one below - Concord is #ONEHIVE
I am a fan of Concord. I attended the band concert on Tuesday, May 25th, and was amazed at the quality of sound and the show of commitment by the students and director. Excitement by Mr. Specht and the students was undeniable. . .and contagious. We left smiling.
I attended the Big 8 Track Invitational on Wednesday night. There was so much excitement and laughter from the athletes who were finished with their event but still there supporting their teammates. At the end of one of the girls' races, I watched one of our Concord Seniors finish and then walk back down the line to put her arm around a freshmen runner in support--"Classy, I thought, and so like our Seniors to do." Near the end of the event, which was between 8:30 p.m. and 9, I looked across the field while the girls were running their 3200, and I saw this: Parents and family members cheering enthusiastically; I saw Concord athletes still there, running to different places on along the track to cheer on the Concord athletes who were competing; I saw the Varsity Football coach; I saw the Varsity Girls' Basketball coach along with the Varsity Track coach and several assistant coaches--all there supporting Concord students.
And it just made me feel proud to be part of a community that really IS a community.
ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL SEL CORNER
As you may have already heard, we are done with new ES Trait of the Week traits and MS Good Human Skills Challenge Activities for the year (awesome job, Jackets!). So, for the remainder of the year, we will be posting weekly feedback questions for students on the K-8 Morning Announcements about the Traits we've explored, and self-care suggestions on Fridays.
To kick off your weekend, here's a self-care recommendation to try:
SUMMER PROGRAM OPPORTUNTIES
High School and Middle School Credit Recovery: This program is offered to our students that failed to earn credit in one or more of their courses this year. Eligible students were invited to enroll in the program via a letter sent home from the building office. This is a three-week opportunity to continue learning on-site with a teacher. Bussing and meals are available.
Kids Read Now (KRN): Elementary Students … KRN books are on the way
Kids Read Now has started to mail books to students' homes. Books may take 10-14 business days to arrive, but we have seen many arriving much sooner. Each student will receive nine books this summer. If families have any questions, please direct them to the KRN team. They will have support available all summer long!
KRN Phone Number: 877-536-0130
Link for families to update information: https://portal.kidsreadnow.org/
We are also mailing each family our Parent Guide as an extra engagement piece for the program. Click here to view the online version.
K-8 Summer Learning Camps: We were excited to find out this week that we will be able to offer our K-8 students the chance to register for a free camp experience provided by one of our organization partners. Details of this opportunity will be sent home early next week. Please be watching the backpack, email, and text notifications as registration will open and close quickly. We know the notice will be short and the turnaround fast, which we were hoping to avoid, but we did not want to miss the opportunity altogether as our families have done so much for us this year. STAY TUNED!!
CURRENT 6TH AND 7TH GRADE STUDENTS: WASHINGTON DC TRIP REMINDER
yyou are able to sign your child up for the Washington DC trip for a few more months, this Sunday is the deadline to receive the Earlybird discount to save 50 dollars. If interested, please click the link below. Don't forget to enter the discount code of Earlybird. The earlier you sign up, the lower the monthly payment will be.
REPEATED UPDATES AND REMINDERS SECTION
CHILD TAX CREDIT INFORMATION
Child Tax Credit
As a part of pandemic relief, there is a new Child Tax Credit that is worth $3,000 per year, per child ages 6-17 and $3,600 per year, per child under 6 years old for families making $150k/year or less. In addition, this includes families with no income at all (for which the “regular” tax credit is not available).
These funds will be paid out in regular payments directly to families. However, for families to be eligible, they MUST file their 2020 taxes. This is designed specifically to address child poverty and is expected to lower childhood poverty by at least 45%.
Please share this information widely with families participating in your programs.
Families may be eligible for $50 per month off of their high-speed internet. Please widely share the link below!
CHANGING TRAFFIC PATTERNS
We were told we will be able to use the high school entrance for the remainder of the year. There will be a day in the coming future where the pavers put down a layer of topcoat asphalt. When that occurs we will do our best to notify our families as that will change traffic patterns again. If anything changes, we will do our best to make sure you know.
NOMINATE YOUR TEACHER FOR TEACHER APPRECIATION MONTH!!!
CONCORD IS GRATEFUL FOR THEIR TEACHERS!! The work our teachers have done this year has really been incredible, and we are very thankful for them! Therefore, we are sharing two different ways you could help us honor them.
You could nominate your teacher for the Shaheen and WILX Teacher Appreciation Contest
Calling parents & students! Recognize & celebrate your AMAZING teachers in our community by nominating them for the Shaheen & WILX Teacher Appreciation contest between 5/1/21 and 5/20/21! Enter by emailing your teacher’s name, school and how they’ve inspired you to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If selected, they could win a pizza party for the entire staff of their school ($500 max). Two teachers/schools will be randomly selected to win. Some entries will be featured on Studio 10 & News 10. Click HERE for official rules and terms.
You could also nominate your teacher for JACKSON MAGAZINES TOP TEACHER AWARD
Parents and students: Jackson Magazine is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Top Teacher. If you know a teacher that is an outstanding leader, is dedicated to students, and has gone above and beyond to help students and parents, especially during the pandemic, please visit their website at www.jacksonmagazine.com, go to the events tab, and select Top Teachers. The due date for 2022 nominations is October 15, 2021.
MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARBOOK INFORMATION
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.
5/31 Memorial Day - No School for Students and Staff
6/10 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - Half Day