MCAS is Cancelled and More

April 10, 2020

Dear Families:

We were just notified that all of the MCAS tests in grades 3 through 10 are cancelled for this spring.  The Commissioner of Education will provide further guidance about the grade 10 test requirement for graduation.

Sesame Street is airing Elmo on Tuesday evening as he has a virtual playdate to help the youngest of children with social distancing:

For older kids (and adults), there can be a grieving process to what we are or might be missing- especially the Class of 2020 or others at a major milestone.  This article reflects on supporting kids through the grief:

We are preparing to host a virtual talent show for all students on Friday, April 24.  Watch for more information while thinking about what act you might enter!

We met with Emerson Hospital today and the Concord town leadership as to how the schools might support the hospital during the next few weeks that could be very challenging.

The Center for Parents and Teachers has two events scheduled for next week.  The details are below.




“Supporting Positive Sibling Relationships” Wed, April 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM

Please join Dr. Rachel Kramer for a live webinar. In this hour Dr. Kramer will give an overview of the topic as well as answer questions you can pose in the Q&A.  Can’t attend?  Check her website afterward for a recording at

To join in, Please click the link below:

Password: 592603

“Designing a Family Media Plan” Wed, April 15, 7:30 to 9 PM online

Offered in collaboration with Turning Life On, learn how to design a Family Media Plan that will work for your family. The first piece of advice given parents is to have a concise, flexible and working Family Media Plan.
This presentation will include practical strategies you can use today to engage your family in designing and implementing a family media plan.  Downloads will be offered that you can use to uncover your family’s values and a template you can use to create a family media plan based on those values.
The seminar is free but space is limited.  To pre-register go to

The folks at Turning Life On will send you the event link to the zoom platform a day or so beforehand.