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Week of: November 8th, 2021

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Message from Mrs. Gilbert, Principal

Hello South Row Families!

On Friday, we successfully completed our first ALICE drill. Staff and students are to be commended for their response. Thank you to the Chelmsford Police Department and Chelmsford Fire Department for their support with these drills.

High Five Friday was re-scheduled to November 12th. We appreciate CPD's collaboration and continued support of our students and community.

We celebrate Veterans Day on Thursday November 11th. If you or one of your loved ones has served or is currently serving we want to thank you for your service! There will be no school on Veterans Day. Additionally, we will be collecting candy for Treats for Troops. Please consider donating. You can find more information about this below.

We also had Walk to School day on Wednesday November 3rd. Thank you for your participation! It was a great turn out. We look forward to our next one December 1st, for more information see below.



Week at a Glance

MONDAY (11.8.21)

  • No events

TUESDAY (11.9.21)

  • Facilities Visioning Input Session, 6-8pm, Elks (more information below)

WEDNESDAY (11.10.21)

  • Pool Testing

Thursday (11.11.21)

  • No School - Veterans Day

Friday (11.12.21)

  • High Five Friday (re-scheduled)
  • Favorite Book Character Spirit Day

Looking ahead

  • Upcoming Half Days: 11/18 and 12/1 for Parent Conferences. Students dismissed at 11:45am on both days. Thank you for making the time to connect with your child(ren)'s teacher. Your partnership and support is appreciated.

  • Thanksgiving Break: There will be an early release day (11:45am) on Wednesday, November 24th and also no school on Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th.

Upcoming Spirit Days

  • Favorite Book Character Spirit Day- Friday, November 12th
  • Chelmsford/South Row Spirit Day - Friday, November 19th
  • Kindness Matters Day - Monday, December 6th
  • Chelmsford/South Row Spirit Day - Friday, December 10th
  • Silly Sock Spirit Day - Thursday, December 23rd

Monthly Kind Act

November: Veterans Day Letter Writing: Classes will be writing letters for Veterans to show their appreciation as this month's kind act!

Treats for Troops: Soldiers’ Angels Treats for Troops is a Halloween candy collection program. Families with too much candy after Halloween can donate excess candy to support our troops. Please send all donations to the main office. All donated candy will be shipped to Soldiers' Angels in San Antonio, Texas. We will be collecting candy through November 19th.

December: Clothing Donation. More information will be provided.

Reminders/ Updates for the Week

School Visionary Input Session: Please review the flyer below in Home Link on the school visionary input sessions taking place at the district level. The next one is this Tuesday, November 9th at 6:00pm at the ELKS in Chelmsford. We encourage community members to attend and share your insight.

International Festival Planning Committee: We are looking for anyone interested in planning an International Festival for sometime in the Spring. If you would like to get involved on any level please reach out to or

Jacket/Sweatshirt Reminder: As we get deeper in the fall and the winter months are fast approaching, we want to remind all families to please monitor the weather to ensure your child is prepared for outdoor recess and snack breaks. We recommend that students bring a sweatshirt and/or jacket to school daily to be sure they are prepared.

Parent/Teacher Conferences: Parents have the option of either attending conferences in-person OR remotely using a Google meet. The teacher will send a Google meet link to any parent choosing to meet remotely. Parents should join the Google meet using their child’s credentials to work best in our system.

Walk to School, December 1st: For more information: walktoschooldec2021

Library Volunteers: If you would be interested in volunteering in our school library please reach out to Maria Hamm

Pool Testing/Test and Stay: If you are interested in opting into either of these testing protocols please click on this link to complete the consent form: LINK

New Blacktop Activities: Thank you Maureen Stone for coordinating the planning and painting of our new blacktop activities near our playground area!! Click on this link to view videos that demonstrate how to play the games.

Nurses Corner

Dear South Row Families,

Covid Vaccination for students:

Children ages 5-11 are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine!!!

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was authorized by the CDC for use in children ages 5-11 on November 2, 2021. Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective. We encourage you to vaccinate your child to protect against the COVID-19 virus and to help keep our school community safe. Parents can schedule appointments through their child’s health care provider, and appointments at additional sites are available on

For individuals who are unable to use VaxFinder, or have difficulty accessing the internet, the COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line is available by calling 211. When you vaccinate your child, please send in a copy of the vaccination document(s) or their immunization record to me via email or with your child to school.

When to keep your student home from school:

Please keep your child home if they have been within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more of a person who has tested positive for Covid 19. This applies up to two days prior to symptom onset of the positive individual OR two days prior to the positive test if no symptoms were present.

If your child has a fever, new cough (meaning the health office does not have documentation of current asthma, tic, or other reason for cough) , loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath/ difficulty breathing, or muscle aches please keep them home and consult their pediatrician or urgent care. These are “stand alone symptoms” meaning if your child has ONE of these symptoms they need either a negative Covid test or a note from a doctor stating they may return to school.

Symptoms such as headache, nasal congestion/runny nose, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, or fatigue alone do not require a covid test or doctor’s note to return to school. If your student has two symptoms from this list then you must contact a doctor for a covid test or note. For example if your child has diarrhea and vomiting, you must consult a doctor and provide documentation before they can return to school.

Have a great weekend!

~ Nurse V.

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December 1st, 2021 - Walk to School Day!

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Holiday Assistance - If you are in need of help please see the attached brochures

Chelmsford Special Education Parent Advisory Council

November 2nd, 2021 School Committee Meeting

School Committee: October 19, 2021

PTO Corner

Fruit Sale Fundraiser

For the month of November, we will be running a fruit sale through Florida Indian River Groves. Fruit will be shipped within 24 hours of being picked and will arrive at its destination in just a couple of days from the time of ordering. To order online, visit and use our school ID code, which is 1026389.

Here is a sample Facebook post one of our parents wrote that you can fill in with your kid(s)'s name(s) use yourself if you like. Thanks, Liz Haugner, for letting us share your post!

Fall/Winter is peak citrus season down in Florida and _______'s school found a fundraiser that will bring this yummy fruit directly to your doorstep! So you will be helping her school, boosting your immune system with all the Vitamin C, AND you don't even have to live near us or leave your house!!!!!

Navel oranges, grapefruit, AND mandarins plus some apples and pears in some! And they come in packages appropriate for gifting which I know many of my family appreciates getting 'consumable gifts' because it doesn't add more clutter to the house.

You can choose a Thanksgiving delivery or a Christmas one so you don't even have to worry about having "too much" because you can share it with your family!

_________ thanks you in advance for the support. Just visit and enter school ID 1026389 to support the South Row Elementary PTO.

Playground Painting

Thanks to 3 parent volunteers and 3 volunteers from Chelmsford High School, we painted Mirror Me, Four Square, and two sets of hopscotch on the playground for the kids to enjoy. The kids have already been making good use of the games.

PTO Meeting Recording

Unfortunately, there was a glitch with the meeting recording, so we do not have one to share. If you missed the meeting and would like an admin report, please contact Mrs. Gilbert or Mr. Ramalho. If you have any questions about anything PTO related, please reach out to

School Visioning Session #2 - 11-9-21

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Food Services

October Fun Video! =)

October Fun Video


Please send photos to Mr. Ramalho ( to be featured in our Home Link newsletter!

New Playground Additions!

Kindness Matters!

Grade Level Meetings

Walk to School Day!

South Row Artists

Color Day in Grade 1!

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Contact the Main Office Staff