Concord Academy Petoskey News

September 2021

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Welcome back to school! We can’t tell you how much joy it brings us all to be back in school with your children. We are very excited about getting to work with each of your children this year!

I would like to take a moment to thank everyone for their flexibility, patience, and understanding. We remain committed to the safety of those in our building while providing access to in-person, high-quality instruction to all of our students.

Please feel free to contact me anytime by email at

"Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be." ~Rita Pierson

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Important Upcoming Dates:

  • September 7: 1st Day of School, 8:00 - 3:10 pm for ALL students
  • September 15: 1st Library Day for DK-5 students
  • September 13 - October 1: NWEA Testing*
  • October 1 - Picture Day*

*More information can be found below.

To find the most up-to-date information, please click on the button below to check out our school calendar.


Communication has never been more important during these uncertain times and the fastest way for you to receive school news (i.e. snow days, schedule changes, special events, etc.) is to sign up for REMIND.

Updates can be delivered to your email or via text, sign up by following the steps below.

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  • capk5 (Elementary),
  • cap68 (Middle School), and/or
  • cap912 (High School)

Wednesdays Are For Pizza!

Pizza day is back! Wednesdays, beginning September 15th, students can order pizza for $1 per slice. Choices are pepperoni, ham, or cheese and bottles of water that are also available for $1. Orders are placed with students' teachers by 8:15 am. Proceeds benefit the Concord Band Program.
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Picture Day!

Picture Day will be Friday, October 1st! You can order using the forms that were sent home OR at with our Picture Day ID: EVTVQBZ4Z.

We look forward to seeing your smiles!

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Every year our students take the NWEA MAP Growth Benchmark Assessment and this year is no different. Our DK-8 students, whether you are F2F or OL, will take these assessments.

We give students MAP Growth tests to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in Reading and Math.

MAP Growth tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This results in a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level.

Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it’s easy for teachers to identify students with similar scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, and then plan instruction accordingly.

Following testing periods, your child’s teacher will share a report showing your child’s growth, which you can review with your child’s teacher for more insight.

We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about the MAP Growth test, you may visit:

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Our MS-HS students would deeply appreciate donations of:

  • tissues,
  • paper plates,
  • paper cups, and
  • disposable silverware

Thank you so much!

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My name is Joelle Drader and I will be serving as your part-time school counselor this year! I am very excited to be back in the Concord family as my 3 children attended Concord.

I will be working to support students, staff, and families through weekly social-emotional lessons and skills, college and career readiness work, and assist in helping families with resources. Your elementary students will see me on the playground and MS/HS during advisory time. Students may also check in with me during the day if they need a break or if they need help solving a problem with school, friends, or home.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out in any way. I look forward to meeting everyone!

Joelle L. Drader MD, MA, LPC

Professional School Counselor

231-439-6800 x1019

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays am

I am attaching 2 forms that will also be coming home in Monday folders for our elementary students:

  1. Request for Manna backpack food
  2. Request for clothing assistance

Food Backpack Program

Any student who needs it is now eligible to be a recipient of the “Food 4 Kids” Backpack program. Once the program is implemented, he/she/they would be eligible to receive a backpack of non-perishable food every Thursday. If you wish for your child to participate, please complete below. There is no cost associated to this program. If you choose to participate, please sign below and return this letter to the school.
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Introducing the Char-Em Wellness Program

The Char-Em Wellness Program is a new resource at Concord this year. The Program offers school-based behavioral health therapy by a licensed, master-level therapist. Services include offering individual and group therapy to help students with a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, grief/loss, anger management, social skills, attention, and school performance issues, and well as giving support for difficulties with adjustment to stressors students may be facing. Family support, therapy, and parent education are also available.

Christine Carpenter, LMSW, is our school-based therapist. Christine has over 25 years of experience working with children, teens, and their families. She will be at Concord on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Students can be referred by their family, teachers, staff, primary care providers or refer themselves. Parental permission must be given for therapy to be provided, unless the student is 14 years old, then permission is preferred. This service is provided at no cost to families, although insurance companies will be billed.

Please call Christine at 231-439-6800 with any questions or if you are interested in your student being seen.

(The Char-Em Wellness Program is operated by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan in collaboration with the Char-Em Intermediate School District with major from Michigan Health Endowment Fund, the Michigan Department of Community Health and Education and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration.)

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Brain Break

Last year, Mrs. Way came up with a creative alternative that features our staff and students in lieu of our Friday get-togethers in the octagon.

You can even nominate a student of the week. Student of the week nominees are our students that demonstrate the following character traits from the Creed: honest, unselfish, generous, kind, forgiving, considerate, and respectful.

Check out the Episodes by clicking on the link below.

Our Mission

We will provide an inspiring and challenging K-12 educational environment conducive to the development of critical and creative thinking through the integration of the fine arts into the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEAM), utilizing project based instruction and multi-age experiences.

Concord Family Association News

Trunk or Treat!

Where: Concord’s front grassy area

Who: Concord families

When: Friday, October 29th 1pm-3pm

Character Dress Up Day is a Concord tradition! Students are encouraged to come to school dressed as a character from a book. A new tradition we’d like to continue is to have a “Character Dress Up Day” Trunk or Treat experience for our students DK-12! We are looking for Concord families to decorate their trunk and pass out goodies. Please click the link to sign up to be part of this fun day!

Questions? Can’t be there for the event but you would like to donate? Email Mr. DeSimone

Board of Directors

Concord Academy Petoskey Needs You! We are currently looking for anyone interested in joining our Board. Please see the flyer below for more information or contact the Board of Directors President, Jessica McGuiness at

Community Programs and Services

Boyne Area Gymnastics

BAG will be starting its Fall session soon. Both gymnastics and dance classes will be offered. Classes are for ages 18 months through high school. To register or for more info, please contact us a 231-582-9787 or