Center Community Chat

October 31, 2021

A big thank you to our PTO for bringing author, Natasha Lowe, to Center and purchasing a book for our 3rd grade students!

Dear Center Families,

If a picture speaks a thousand words, get ready for the longest update ever! Such a treat to start our Friday with the Paperbag parade. Getting back to some normalcy by having families here to share in this tradition was wonderful. Fall festivities abounded at Center this week. Thanks to those who were able to volunteer in classrooms.

We are sad the weather didn't cooperate for our Trunk or Treat and will be sure to try again next year, and have a plan B should it need to be rescheduled.

A belated thank you for the apple bar surprise for staff last week. You always make us feel so appreciated. Thanks again for the special treat.

Test and Stay

If you have not already done so, please consider signing up for the Test and Stay program. This allows students to remain at school when they have been identified as a close contact at school. You complete the initial form below and are then connected to a state form for test and stay. Your student is only eligible for test and stay if you sign up prior to your student being identified as a close contact. The link is below.

District Facilities Assessment and Planning

Anyone who has visited Center recently can see that space is at a premium. As enrollment continues to increase, the district is exploring options to meet our needs. Please attend the district meetings regarding this important topic if you are able. The next one is November 9th at 6PM at the Elks Lodge.


  • If you are dropping off your student in the morning, students need to be in school by 8:59. Any students being dropped off after 8:59 (excluding busses) will be marked tardy.
  • Please remember to send your child/children to school with coats as the weather is changing.

Please be reminded that there is no school on Tuesday for professional development. Have a good week.

Warm regards,

Dianna and Donna


Students caught showing their PRIDE

Meet your new student council members

On Thursday, our first Center School Student Council meeting was held! Students collected and examined surveys from their peers about spirit days and fundraising ideas. They voted for November 5th's spirit day (to be announced next week!). Congratulations to these 4th grade leaders (from left): Kate Dwyer, Andrew Migala, Logan Benjamin, Isabella Schaufus, Amelya Delaney, Anne Strobel, Mia Conlin, Punita Dash, Josiah George, and Ethan George. We can't wait to see what you come up with next!

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Fabulous Fall Fun at Center

Paperbag Parade was a big hit with all

Teachers getting into the action as well

Check out the bones in 1K

And the haunted house math in 2P-C

Glow in the Dark Math in 4S

Upcoming Events


  • Dining to Donate - TBD

  • Monday, November 1: Be Kind - Wear Kind

  • Tuesday, November 2: No School - Full Professional day

  • Thursday, November 4: School Council Meeting 4-5PM

  • Friday, November 5: Backwards Spirit Day

  • Saturday, November 6: Recycle Day at Central Office, 9-12- check time

  • Tuesday, November 9: Facilities Assessment and Planning Mtg- Elks Lodge, 6 PM

  • Thursday, November 11: No School - Veteran's Day

  • Friday, November 12: Spirit wear day

  • Wednesday, November 17: PTO meeting at Center Library, 7 PM

  • Thursday, November 18: Half Day - Elementary only - Patriot's Spirit Day- Go Pats!

  • Monday, November 22: Picture retakes

  • Wednesday, November 24: Early Release - Thanksgiving break

  • Thursday and Friday, November 25 & 26: No School - Thanksgiving break

  • Tuesday, November 30: End of Marking period Grades 1-4


  • Wednesday, December 1: Half day - Professional Day

  • Thursday, December 2: School Council, 4-5

  • Monday, December 6: Patriots Spirit Day- Go Pats!!

  • Wednesday, December 15: Grades available online for parents Grades 1-4

  • Friday, December 24: Start of December recess. (Dec 24 - Jan 3

Resources and Information

Student Consent Form: Weekly COVID-19 Pool Testing and/or Test and Stay Protocol

Parents are encouraged to provide consent for their child to participate in weekly COVID-19 pooltesting and the Test and Stay protocol. Pool testing and the Test and Stay protocol are key mitigation strategies as we work to provide a healthy and safe learning environment for students and staff in the Chelmsford Public Schools. You may consent for your child to participate in either or both programs.

If a parent elects not to have their child participate in the Test and Stay Program, the child must follow the traditional COVID-19 test and quarantine protocols if identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 positive case. Pool testing is strongly encouraged and recommended for unvaccinated individuals. Participation in the Test and Stay Program can significantly limit the amount of time your student will miss school if they are identified as a close contact. Please complete a separate form for each child that attends Chelmsford Public Schools.

A signed consent is required for both the Pool Testing and Test and Stay Programs. If a parent would like their child to participate in only 1 program (Pool Testing OR Test and Stay), please select and designate only 1 option from the consent form below. Chelmsford Public Schools are not currently offering symptomatic testing. The symptomatic testing option is included in this consent link, however, is not available in our district.

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