Updates April 24 2022

April 24, 2022

Dear Families:

I hope you had a wonderful vacation week!  We are excited to return and experience all that the end of the school year brings.

In the Spotlight

This week’s updates highlight a number of our partnerships with the community to bring rich experiences for families, students, and the community at large.  It is among our greatest pleasures for the school and community to be a rich, thriving network of support and opportunity.  Please see below for the variety of upcoming events.

Cooler Concord Climate Festival 

  • Date

April 30th 2022, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

  • Venue

Concord Free Public Library, Main Branch, Front Lawn, Concord, MA

Join neighbors and friends for a day of fun, education, and entertainment celebrating how each of us has the power to help stop climate change.

The Cooler Concord Climate Festival will feature art, food, information, and activities for children, youth, and adults.

Learn, connect, celebrate and take action! Gather inspiration for practical climate actions you can incorporate into your everyday life, and connect with groups working collectively to build a healthier, safer, more sustainable community. The time for action is now!

Cohosted with the CCHS Green Team & Mothers Out Front.

Rain Date: Saturday, May7th


My Friend Abe: A Holocaust Survivor’s Story

On Wednesday, April 27th from 7 pm—8:15 pm at Willard Elementary School, Mr. Steve Goldberg, a Holocaust Historian will visit Concord to present his life’s work: My Friend Abe: A Holocaust Survivor’s Story. 

Abe’s powerful story of survival during the Holocaust saw him taken from his family in Poland at age 13. For nearly 50 years, Abe did not speak about what happened to him. In the last decade of his life, Abe finally did start telling his story to more than 10,000 people across North Carolina. Though it was painful, Abe kept on telling his story because he felt the world had to know what happened to him, and what can happen when hate and dehumanization go unchecked. Abe sadly passed away in January of 2020 at the age of 91. Before Abe’s passing, he asked Steve to continue telling his story of survival. 

1) Attached is the event flyer. You may click on the flyer or use this google form to RSVP to the event.

2) Mr. Goldberg has provided has made the following resources available to us in preparation for his presentation. Please take a couple of minutes to access these resources.

– A four-page synopsis in advance of the presentation on Abe’s life.


Three short videos:

– A 2-minute clip from local media here of Abe, and his family visiting a Holocaust museum.

– This 45-second clip of Abe introducing himself.

– 5-minute video from Mr. Goldberg, so you can understand some context about the Holocaust.


We are very fortunate that Mr. Goldberg will be presenting Abe’s story of survival to our school community, as we observe the Jewish Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah, April 27th—28th). Many thanks to Concord parent Robin Grace, for connecting us to Mr. Goldberg. We look forward to seeing you on April 27th at Willard Elementary School (185 Powder Mill Rd, Concord, MA 01742) beginning at 7 pm. There will be light refreshments before (starting at 6:30pm) and after the presentation.

Partners in Rhyme


Mental Health Priority


As mentioned, among our greatest priorities is the mental wellness of all students.  Two recent articles continue to highlight the acute needs of our young people nationally.  We see the same patterns locally and within our schools.

From The Atlantic: Why American Teens Are So Sad

From The New York Times: ‘It’s Life or Death’: The Mental Health Crisis Among U.S. Teens

The partnership with families in these efforts is essential.  Sharing information and a common understanding is a foundation for those partnerships.   We encourage you to use articles like these as tools for conversation and communication in your home.


We remind you to antigen test at-home tomorrow morning.  If you would like to participate but haven’t enrolled, please use this student opt-in form.   We are still gathering case numbers from last week.  Our case counts are kept current on the COVID Dashboard.


Welcome back!  Have a great start to the week.