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Donate items to the Concord PTGs! Drop off items in the white collection boxes outside of each Concord Public School. Click to View/Print PDF Flyer.

NEW - Sign up for School Committee News! Interested in knowing more about what The Concord School Committee and Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committees do? Want to hear the latest updates on school budgets and informational events? Sign up for the "School Committee News" Subscriber List. We’ll send periodic updates with meeting dates and agendas, minutes, event announcements, and the School Committee Report. Click here to sign up: To reach the School Committees, email or

NEW - October is Dyslexia Awareness Month! Does your child have a diagnosis of dyslexia? Do you have a struggling reader and don't know where to turn? The main branch of the Concord Library is hosting a display about dyslexia for the month of October. This is a great place to find information and resources on dyslexia. The display contains fact sheets about dyslexia, resources for where to look for help, and suggested reading lists. The display in the rotunda has a display of adult/parenting books, and the smaller display in the children's room has books for kids. The Concord library also hosts "Read to Luna the Dog" for children on the first Tuesday of every month. Luna is a great listener, and this may be a great opportunity for your child to build confidence in his/her oral reading skills. Children can register via the library's website. If you have questions on the displays or need more info, you can email Carly Manion at

NEW - A Taste of Girl Scouts—Alcott Kindergarten girls and their families are invited to experience a Girl Scout Meeting. Who is coming: Kindergarten girls and their parents (siblings welcome). When: Monday October 22nd from 3:45-4:15 pm after school. Where: The Scout House, 74 Walden St, Concord in the basement room. Hosted by: 4th grade Alcott Troop #69021. Please join us to see how you can get your family involved in Girl Scouts. We are hoping to get a Daisy Kindergarten troop started at Alcott as it is the only school in town without one. We hope to see you there. If you can’t make the meeting but still want to be involved, please email

Concord Conservatory Offers Free Trial Lesson Week—Whether you’re a child or an adult, individual instruction is the most effective way to make significant progress in musical skills.  Students ages 4 - adult can sign-up for a free trial private lesson on the instrument of their choice. Explore your musical options by signing up for a free trial lesson at the Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) for the week of October 15th through October 20th.  The trial lessons are available for — banjo, bass, cello, clarinet, flute, guitar, mandolin, piano, saxophone, trumpet, violin, viola, and voice. If you choose to sign-up for a trial lesson, that lesson slot will be your lesson time for the semester. View the trial lesson open>>

Concord Youth Theatre (CYT) is pleased to announce an upcoming fundraising event. Please join us on Saturday evening October 20 for “A Toast to CYT,” an exclusive wine and beer tasting event to support CYT’s programs! Starting at 7PM in Union Hall at 27 School Street in Carlisle center, tastings of fine wine and craft beer from around the globe will be available, provided by West Concord Wine & Spirits. All of the unique vintages offered will be available for purchase in time for the holidays! The evening will also feature a silent auction. Tickets are $20 and are available at or in person at West Concord Wine and Spirits, 1216 Main Street, Concord. This event is open to the public, 21 or over only please! Union Hall is part of the First Religious Society in Carlisle and free parking is available along School Street and in the Carlisle School parking lot on School Street.

Concord Carlisle Community Drive for Cradles to Crayons: It's time to clean out the kids' closets for donations to Cradles to Crayons! Items Needed: Gently Used Children's Clothing: All sizes, infant to 20 (or appropriate clothing for kids in adult size S - M). Please no holes, stains, etc. Socks, underwear, PJs must be new. Children's Shoes: Sneakers, sandals, boots -- items children would wear to school (i.e., no cleats or sport/dance footwear). Please rubber-band. Toys and Baby Items: Gently used, must have all pieces and instructions please. No stuffed animals or ride-on toys. Baby Equipment: Especially strollers and car seats (within five years old only). Books: Board books, picture books, easy readers, early chapter books, young adult books, foreign language books. Gently used, no tears, writing, etc. No family, religious, or holiday books. Please see items C2C can/cannot accept.  Drop Off: The C2C Collection Bin is located at the Concord District Court, 305 Walden Street, Concord.  Please bring all donations by October 27 latest. If you have larger items that meet donation guidelines, but won't fit in the bin, please do not leave them outside. Ideally, you could bring them to Nashoba Brooks School on October 28 between 12-1pm. (200 Strawberry Hill Road, Concord). Or, contact Karen Graziani at and we can try to make other arrangements. Thank you!

NEW - COME AND MEET JESSICA MURPHY, OUR SPECIAL EDUCATION DIRECTOR AND MARIELLE WINTERSTEEN, OUR SPECIAL EDUCATION OUT OF DISTRICT COORDINATOR 11/1 Hosted by the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council. Would you like to learn more about out of district placements? Do you think it would help to meet other parents and caregivers in a similar position? Please join Marielle Wintersteen and Jessica Murphy, to learn about the role and responsibilities of the Out of District Coordinator and to get some answers to Frequently Asked Questions When: Thursday, November 1st  2018 from 12:30 - 2:00 pm Where: Conference Room 1, Ripley Building, Meriam Road. We would ask you to please keep your questions general in nature and not talk specifically about your child in this setting. If you already have a question you would like to ask Marielle, please submit it by 25th October to Any questions submitted to SEPAC in this way will be given to the Special Education team anonymously and addressed within the presentation. For planning purposes, please RSVP via Eventbrite at our website

NEW - Silent Auction and Masquerade Concert in support of Concord Middle School’s Wind Ensemble!  The CMS Wind Ensemble is holding an online auction at throughout October, ending with a free costumed concert on October 30 at 7 p.m. at Sanborn Building, Concord Middle School, Old Marlboro Rd. The CMS Wind Ensemble is a by-invitation group of young musicians in grades 6-8 who rehearse after school. Music Director Mr. Christopher Noce has arranged an amazing travel and performance opportunity to New York, in April 2019. This trip will include a clinic by the renowned Dr. Boonshaft and a performance on the plaza at Lincoln Center. Many have generously donated incredible items so that we can make this trip affordable for all the families involved with Wind Ensemble. You can find event and auction information at: Click here to view/print flyer.

An Empowerment Workshop for Mothers and Daughters, Ages 8 to 12:  In its 11th year, GirlPower! Has been guiding girls to find their unique voices through creative movement, discussion, journaling, art and nature.  This year, mothers and daughter are invited to learn about each other through activities designed to build confidence, self-advocacy and self-care.  Girls and moms will find new ways to connect to each other and find community with other mothers and daughters.  The GirlPower! Experience provides a safe, nurturing and supportive environment to explore, relax and renew. Date: Sunday, November 4th, 2018, Time: 1:00 am - 5:00 pm, Location: Steinberg Wellness Center for Mind & Body, 310 Baker Ave., West Concord, Cost: $110 for mother-daughter pair, includes program, supplies and snacks, Register: or call 978-287-3777

The Massachusetts Elementary School Cross-Country Championships is for runners of all abilities 11/12! on the 15th fairway of the Gannon Golf Course in Lynn, MA. Click here for registration form PDF - due by 11/5! For more information, please visit Lynn Parks and Recreation. Print/View flyer PDF File.

NEW - CEF Friday Night Pub Trivia 11/30! Join us for a night of fun, friends and trivia Friday November 30th at Waxy’s Pub in Lexington. Click here to register and/or learn more about the Concord Education Fund's support of CPS/CCHS teachers and students. 

Third Grade BookEaters at the Main Library! Meeting the 3rd Wednesday of each month @ 4-5pm. Let’s share our favorite books(old & new). Plus games, crafts, and food! Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord, MA. For more information: visit or (978)318-3358.

Announcing Auditions for Concord Youth Theatre's Second Stage Company -  Schoolhouse Rock Live! - For Students in Grades 6-8: Second Stage Company is open to young people grades 6 – 8. This company performs plays that are literature based and age appropriate for all. Second Stage rehearses twice a week on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm – 8pm culminating in one weekend of performances in January. Tech week rehearsals are scheduled for 4 additional days the week before opening night. Participation in this program is by audition and tuition is $450. Please go to to sign up for an audition. Please call 978-371-1482 or email us at with any questions.

The Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston is recruiting children 8 or 10 years old to participate in a research study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This is a longitudinal study that follows children over a period of 3 consecutive years. Our goal is to improve understanding of learning in children. The study consists of 1 in-person visit (about 2.5 hours) per year for 3 years (weekdays/weekends). During this visit, children play several games on the computer and complete several language/memory tasks. The lab visit includes safe and noninvasive EEG recording. The day after the visit, kids complete a quick follow-up task from a home/library computer. Payment is $60 per year. We provide free all day parking at the Navy Yard. Please email us or call us at (617) 643-4821 if you are interested or if you have any questions. More information can be found at:

Learn how to Irish Dance! Inishfree Massachusetts provides Irish Dance instruction to boys and girls ages 4+ with new classes in Concord. From beginners to champions, students learn and practice the basics of this traditional art form and sport, including posture, foot placement, and musical awareness, in a friendly and supportive environment. Classes take place on Tuesdays from 1:30-2:30 at Starfish Dance & Yoga in West Concord, and Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 at 51 Walden. For more information or to register, visit or email Meghan Danaher at

Concord Recreation is proud to offer year round programs for kids of all ages and abilities.  Classes for the fall/winter will start as soon as 9/12 and will include:  Ice Skating, Art Programs with the Umbrella Art Center, Soccer, Basketball, Golf, Yoga, Guard up Swordsmanship, Tennis, Tae Kwon Do, Adaptive Aquatics (including a swim team), And more! To see a full listing of the classes offered this fall/winter in our brochure, please click here. Questions? We are here to help! Please call Concord Recreation at 978-287-1050.  Financial Assistance is available to residents that qualify.

Parent-child playgroups at Ripley – registration open!  Parent Toddler Program (ages 12-24 months as of Sept. 2018). Classes meet Thursdays from 9:30-11:00 September 13th to December 6th, 2018. 12 classes - $165. Parent Preschool Program (ages 24-36 months as of Sept. 2018). Two programs in one: playgroup for children, parent group for moms and dads. Classes meet Fridays from 9:30-11:30 September 14th to December 14th, 2018 (no class on 11/9). 12 classes $355. For more information go to or call Ingrid Wheeler 978-369-7597. To register please see the website or call 978-318-1432. Click to print/view flyer.

Register for Art Classes this Fall at The Umbrella Community Arts Center! Explore and discover your artistic skills at The Umbrella this Fall! We offer classes and workshops in painting, drawing, woodworking, sewing, collage and more! Registration is open for just a few more weeks, so make sure to check in and register for your next class!

New Roots Offerings, Guitar Classes, and Jams at the Concord Conservatory of Music—More classes and new jams this year at CCM! The Group Guitar classes for kids and teens provide a fun and social experience. While playing with a group of friends, students learn about the fretboard, note reading, basic theory, proper technique, chords, scales, and more. Classes are available in guitar, banjo, fiddling, and bluegrass for kids and adults. It’s not all acoustic music at CCM though. Your aspiring rock stars can join the Rock Lab, where they will be placed with kids of similar age and ability to form a band. They’ll rehearse and explore group dynamics, song choices, and soloing. Reserve your spot and to learn more about CCM’s offerings and concert series visit, email, or call (978) 369-0010. The Concord Conservatory of Music is the area’s nonprofit community music school, located at 1317 Main Street in the West Concord Union Church. Financial assistance is available.

Did you know that Concord Recreation offers a variety of adult group exercise classes during the school day? For more than 25 years, Concord Recreation has been host to over 30 group exercise programs a season serving more than 800 participants a year!  Classes run early in the morning, during “parent hours” and in the evening assuring that you can always get  your exercise in.  Most classes run for 10-12 weeks meeting one time per week for one hour.  Facilities are located at the Hunt Recreation Center and at our new facility in West Concord, 55 Church Street and at times, at the Beede Swim and Fitness Center.  Drop ins welcome for $15 per class, otherwise, prices vary based on Beede Center membership and number of weeks/class. To see the upcoming SCHEDULE, click here. Interested in registering, have questions or want to try a class? Please call 978-287-1050.

The Concord Promise - An exciting initiative has started in Concord called the Concord Promise ( It is modeled after the national Wait Until 8th campaign which encourages parents to delay giving smartphones to children until at least 8th grade. Due to recent information that is being published on the negative impact that smartphones have on developing brains we are hoping, as a town and as a school, we can begin to make a change. The Promise’s objective is to reduce, if not eliminate, the social pressure to have a smartphone. Our goal is to make smartphone use by our kids the exception, not the rule. The Concord Promise is also a community-base support platform that provides resources to educate parents and kids on the risks and responsibilities of smartphone use. Down the road, we hope to use the Concord Promise for more community conversations and forums to discuss the challenges of raising kids during the digital age. To learn more about the Concord Promise, and to join, please visit

The documentary, Generation Zapped, now available on DVD! In less than a generation, cell phones and the Internet have revolutionized virtually every aspect of our lives, transforming how we work, socialize and communicate. But what are the health consequences of this invisible convenience? Generation Zapped investigates the dangers of daily exposure to wireless technologies – including the devastating effects on our health from infertility to cancer – and suggests ways to reduce overexposure. Generation Zapped is also available on these digital platforms: iTunes, Amazon, GP, Vimeo, Vudu, FandangoNow, Xbox, Steam.