Community News 10/25/2018

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October is Dyslexia Awareness Month!

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 contact Carly Manion at

Early Voting Schedule

Early voting has started in Concord. Head over to the Town House Hearing Room, 22 Monument Square to cast your vote.

Dates and Times

Mon, October 22 8:30 am 4:30 pm
Tue, October 23 8:30 am 4:30 pm
Wed, October 24 8:30 am 4:30 pm
Thu, October 25 8:30 am 7:00 pm
Fri, October 26 8:30 am 4:30 pm
Sat, October 27 10:00 am 2:00 pm
Mon, October 29 8:30 am 4:30 pm
Tue, October 30 8:30 am 4:30 pm
Wed, October 31 8:30 am 4:30 pm
Thu, November 1 8:30 am 4:30 pm
Fri, November 2 7:00 am 4:30 pm

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All the best!
The Concord School Committee and Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee

Don’t miss A COMMUNITY SPORTS EQUIPMENT SALE hosted by The Fenn School. ALL ARE WELCOME! – Nov. 3rd, 9:00 -12:00

A wide selection of gently used sports equipment for the entire family, including lacrosse, baseball, hockey, soccer, football, and ski equipment. Representatives from Hardy’s Ski Emporium will be on hand offering a large assortment of NEW skis, boots and poles at low pre-season prices.

Gym doors open promptly at 9:00 am. Come early for the best selection!

Celebrating our 50th year of The Sports Sale-hosted by the Fenn School, 516 Monument Street, Concord, MA.

CEF Friday Night Pub Trivia! – Nov. 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.


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

Silent Auction and Masquerade Concert – Oct. 30

Concord Middle School’s 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:

An Empowerment Workshop for Mothers and Daughters, Ages 8 to 12 – Nov. 4

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

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!


Concord Promise

Concord Promise unites parents with a promise to delay giving their child a smartphone until at least 8th grade and is committed to education opportunities for all parents. Supported by recent research regarding the impact of smartphones on developing brains, our hope is that, together, we can make a change and give our kids the gift of a hands-free, heads-up childhood. Even if you have checked out our site previously, please visit again as we have added many new resources to educate all parents (even if your child already has a smartphone) and kids on the risks and responsibilities of smartphone use. We will also add more events this fall, including community conversations and forums to discuss the challenges of raising kids during the digital age. To learn more, click here:


Music Lessons with IMSCC – Fall Session is underway, please join us!

IMSCC offers one-on-one music lessons with professional musicians and educators. We have lessons for a wide variety of band and orchestra instruments as well as piano, guitar, ukulele and voice. Lessons take place after school and evenings and are conveniently located at CCHS, Sanborn, and the Carlisle school campus. Tuition for lessons starting mid-semester will be prorated. More information about IMSCC, including faculty bios, tuition rates and more, can be found at

Please visit to fill out a lesson inquiry form, or download a printable form at We will follow up within a day or two and put you in touch with a teacher to set up a lesson schedule.

Questions? Please contact Debbie Levine at, 978-341-2490 ext. 7653.

6 and Under Girls’ Soccer at Teamworks

Are you looking for an indoor soccer league for your 4.9 to 6 year old girls? Teamworks in Acton is starting a 4 vs 4, Ages 6 & Under “Girl’s Only” soccer league on Sunday mornings starting on 10/28 that runs for 7 weeks.

The cost is $525 per team per session. Games are 45 minutes and could be at 8am, 9, and or 10am; times vary every week.

If you are interested it is ideal to pull together your own team made up of 6 to 8 players along with your own coach and contact Christine Bennett for more information and or to register at


Monday, November 12 at 9:30 am. For more information visit the Lynn Woods Cross-Country website at

CCYH Learn to Play Hockey

The CCYH Learn to Skate and Mosquitos (Learn to Play Hockey) programs are now open for registration. Both programs are held at the Middlesex School in Concord from mid November through the end of February. Learn to Skate sessions are held Saturday mornings and Mosquitos sessions are held Saturday and Sunday mornings. Please visit for more information and to register.