CMS Thursday Notice

September 14, 2023

Concord Magnet School K-8

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

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Important Dates!

Thursday, September 14: Back to School Night, 6:00-7:30 pm

Thursday, September 14: FUN RUN REGISTRATION OPENS!

Tuesday, September 19: PTA Meeting, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, September 20: CMS Night at Mr. Frosty's, 6:00-9:00 pm

Monday, September 25: Yom Kippur, School Holiday

Friday, September 29: FUN RUN!

Friday, September 29: All School Meeting, Taikoza Hot Performance, 2:00 pm

Saturday, September 30: Homecoming Picnic, 1:00-3:00 pm

Monday, October 9: Indigenous Peoples Day, School Holiday

Tuesday, October 10: Professional Day for Staff, No School for Students

Saturday, October 14: CMS Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Monday, October 23: 2-Hour Early Dismissal, 1:30 pm


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Back-to-School Night Tonight!

Hope you can join us tonight! Meet your teachers, explore the classroom, hear about plans for the year ahead!

Back-to-School Night Classroom Visitation Schedule:

6:30-7:05pm - Grades K, 1, 2 and 6, 7, 8

7:05-7:35pm - Grades 3, 4, 5

Also tonight, several stations will be set up in our cafeteria from 6:00-7:30 pm. Please take some time to stop in. Our stations include:

  • CMS Arts Team/Specialists
  • School-Based Health Center at Ponus Ridge
  • After the Bell & CMS Scholars Programs
  • New Addition: Maestro FS, a local company, is donating back packs packed with basic items – notebooks, markers etc. Three or four Maestro employees will join us this evening to hand out backpacks to parents/children who stop by their station table for information and to register. They plan to take photos of their employees distributing backpacks for their newsletter. Of course, parents may choose to opt out of photos.

CMS Back-to-School Night activities conclude at 7:35pm.

New Vegan Options in Cafeteria!

Chartwell's is now offering vegan lunch options. These include vegan nuggets, burgers, and tacos. These items must be preordered. Please let your classroom teacher know if and when you would like to order one of these options for your child.

Save the Date!

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CMS Spirtwear!

The PTA is excited to announce that our online CMS store is now open. For 2 weeks only (September 14-21), we are offering our CMS family a discount on our Spirit Wear! Check out our awesome selection of CMS Tee's (short and long sleeve), Sweatshirts and more!

If you place an order by September 21, it will be delivered on September 27 and go home in your child's backpack that night. If your child is not in school that day, your order will be available for pick up at the Homecoming Picnic on Saturday, September 30.

To view the merchandise and/or place an order, please click on the "CMS Spiritwear" button below.

Please Note: A PDF order form will be included in today's ParentSquare post with the Thursday Notice. You should be able to download and print the pdf file. Send your order to school with payment of exact cash or check.

All proceeds go to the CMS PTA! Thank you for your support!

CMS Fun Run!

CMS Fun Run 2023!


The CMS Fun Run is an amazing event -- it not only supports fitness, it also boosts team spirit and raises funds!

Help the CMS PTA reach our fundraising goal of $25,000 by supporting your Concord Magnet School student(s) during our Fun Run!

Each classroom works as a team to earn prizes - our per-classroom goal is $1,500.

Daily prizes are awarded to the class that raises the most in the days leading up to Fun Run. The top three student earners by the end of the fundraiser will win Amazon gift cards.

Register your child for FREE and share their fundraising link with friends and family! All CMS students will participate in our Fun Run on Friday, September 29 and have a chance to play in our inflatable obstacle course.

Please click on the "CMS Fun Run Registration" button below for details.

Upcoming PTA Events!

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CMS Night at Mr. Frosty's!!

Join us at Mr. Frosty's on Wednesday, September 20 from 6:00-9:00 pm. The CMS PTA will receive a percentage of all proceeds! Bring your family and friends!!

Join Us At the Homecoming Picnic!

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What Does the CMS PTA Do? (What doesn't it do!)

  • Field Trips & Wish Lists: Classroom activities & teacher supplies, field trips, off-site transportation, Middle School overnight trips.
  • Fundraising: Fun Run, Spring Auction, CMS Spirit Wear, Give Back Dinner Nights, Cookie Kits, Holiday Cards, Coin Challenge, and more!
  • Fun-Raising: Homecoming Picnic, Halloween Happening, Valentine's Day, Parents Night Out, Family Game Night, and more!

If you would like to learn more about the CMS PTA, please come to the first PTA Meeting of the school year on Tuesday, September 19 at 7:00 pm! Everyone is welcome! Learn about the benefits of joining and how you can make a positive difference. Weather permitting, the meeting will be held on the playground so if you don't have childcare, bring the kids!

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From Mr. Nunes, CMS Band & Orchestra Teacher

Hello CMS Families!

5th grade and Upper School Band and Orchestra lessons will begin on Monday, September 11. I will do my best to get the schedules out to everyone ASAP. Next week I will be measuring 3rd graders for their instruments and will be sending information for 4th grade band. 3rd and 4th grade lessons will begin on Tuesday, September 19. If you have not signed your child up for band or orchestra, please do so by tomorrow, Friday September 8.

3rd grade sign up link:

4th grade sign up link:

5th through 8th grade sign up link:

Community Events & Activities

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Friday Night Lights!

As a feeder school to Brien McMahon, CMS students have been invited to attend the football game on Friday, September 22. Students in attendance are invited to run on the field with the BMHS team, stand with the team during the National Anthem and take a picture with their mascot. Find ticket information by scanning the QR code above.

Yoga with Ms. Katy!

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Covid Guidelines

Due to inquiries regarding NPS Covid guidelines, Nurse Libby would like to share the following information:

If a student is symptomatic and tests positive for COVID the student should remain home for five days. With symptomatic students the first day of symptoms is day zero. After day five the student may return to school as long as they have had improving symptoms and have been fever free without an antipyretic for 24 hours/no vomiting/diarrhea. When the student returns to school the student should wear a mask for five days.

If a student is asymptomatic and tests positive for COVID the student should remain home for five days. The day of testing is zero. After day five the student may return to school as long as they don't have any symptoms that would keep them home per typical sick guidelines. When the student returns to school the student should wear a mask for five days.

No one is required to test, provide proof of testing, and mask adherence is primarily based on the honor system.

Please refer to the latest NPS Covid guidelines below.

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Concord Magnet Contact Info

Concord Magnet School K-8

21 Hunters Lane

Norwalk, CT 06850

Main Office: (203) 899-2840

Fax: (203) 899-2844


Principal: Medard Thomas

Assistant Principal: Jennifer Scanlan

Administrator Assistant: Susan Mathews

School Nurse: Elizabeth Connolly

Social Worker: Elisa Campisi

Parent Coordinator & Communications: Terry Lakin

Bilingual Parent Liaison: Erick Rivera

All CMS K-8 staff members may be reached by email. NPS emails consist of the person's last name and first initial

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.