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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. LEHMAN'S SECOND GRADE CLASS!!!!! GO JACKETS!! FEAR THE STING!! #ONEHIVE!!!
Mrs. Lehman's Second Graders


Wednesday, March 10th, Concord High School hosted the 2021 Snowcoming event. During halftime of the game, these incredible seniors were recognized and celebrated. The accolades that these students have racked up are so impressive. The 2021 king and queen were also announced. Congratulations Sam Helmbreck and Rilee Neeley!!!
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Senior & Baby photos are due Thursday, March 25th. Mrs. Osterhout will need 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: Local Scholarships are due before spring break. Find the link to all of the local scholarships in the Class of 2021 Google classroom created by Mrs. Otto.


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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Next Week's Sports Schedule

The Wednesday & Thursday games are TBD. I am currently looking for an opponent and it may not be played or played on a different day or site. This schedule is subject to change.

Weekly Sports Schedule--Concord Community Schools

Week of March 15, 2021

Monday, March 15th

MS Boys Basketball v. Union City HOME 5:00 pm

Tuesday, March 16th

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

Wednesday, March 17th

MS Boys Basketball at Homer 5:00 pm

JV/Varsity Boys Basketball v. TBD HOME 5:30/7:00 pm

Thursday, March 18th

JV/Varsity Girls Basketball v. TBD HOME 5:30/7:00 pm

Friday, March 19th

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

Saturday, March 20th

MS Boys Basketball v. Bronson HOME 10:00 am

HS Competitive Cheer at Districts (@VCL) 10:00 am

Elementary and Middle School SEL Corner

After wrapping up a focus on appreciation this week, our Elementary School students will begin learning about humility on Monday-- a HUGE trait to begin to learn about and understand. If you like to help teach your student(s) about humility, please see the definition we will be sharing on the Monday Announcements:

Imagine you are playing football at recess with your friends and someone scores a touchdown- after scoring the point they throw the ball to a teammate, smile, and say thank you to people who are congratulating them. Then, another person scores a touchdown and immediately begins running around the field while holding the football, yelling ‘I’m the best!’ and pointing at themselves. One of these people is being humble and grateful, while the other is being arrogant and boastful.

It’s good to be confident in yourself and always strive to be the best you can be… yet, truly successful people strive to not only be their best, but show greatness in how they celebrate their talents! Being humble (or showing humility) is about being modest and respectful while also celebrating successes in a non-boastful manner. This can be a hard trait to learn, but don’t worry- we are all going to work on it together this week!

Our Middle School students will also be transitioning their Good Human Skills Focus Area to: Demonstrate an ability to prevent, manage, and resolve conflict with others. “I can manage and resolve conflicts peacefully." If you'd like to support your Middle School student(s) and their SEL learning, the Good Human Skills slide decks/challenges can be accessed through their Intervention Google Classroom.

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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