Center Community Chat

November 6, 2022

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Dear Center Community,

Another action packed week at Center. Hope you all were able to get out and enjoy this balmy fall weather.

Center Cares

Dear Center Families,

As we approach the holiday season the Center Cares program at Center School is accepting gift card donations to help our families that need some extra support. Gift cards in $20-$25 increments (or any amount) from Target or Walmart would be most welcome! If you are able to make a donation, gift cards will be accepted at the front office.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and care.

Warm regards,

Ms. Lallas, Center School Counselor

Center Chirps:

  • Please make sure your children are dressed appropriately as the cooler fall air arrives. We do not keep a large surplus of warm clothing, so we recommend that they wear layers so they are prepared. Remember our motto: "When in doubt send them out."

Have a great week.

Warm Regards,

Dianna and Donna

Congratulation bus #23, 19, 15 & 8 winners!

Congratulations to these students who showed their PRIDE by being ready and safe during our bus push weeks! Bus #15 scored the most points the first week and there was a tie between buses #23 and #19 the second week. As bus #8 students have been on these buses, they are also winners. Students will enjoy an extra recess on Monday during the following times:

1:30-1:50 - Bus #8 and Bus #15

2:00-2:20 - Bus #23

2:30-2:50- Bus #19

ALICE Drills

During the week of November 7th - November 10th we will practice our first ALICE drill of the school year. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. This is a research based, options-based protocol that is non-sequential to respond to a dangerous individual at school.

After we conduct the drill, we will send a communication to inform you when it has occurred. Should you have any questions about ALICE or about this drill, either leading up to the drill or after you have been able to debrief with your child, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Secret Santa Support

Dear Families,

Need help for the holidays? Please fill out the form in the link below and mail it to the address provided by November 12th

Robin Knox

Notes from the nurse

Please press the link below for information regarding prevention of respiratory illnessnesses.

Standards baseD report cARDS

With the first term report card and parent-teacher conferences approaching for students in grades 1-4, we wanted to provide you with some information for Standards Based Report Cards, as this year may be the first time some parents are seeing this type of report card. For our kindergarten families, although you will not receive your child’s first report card until January, we felt it important to begin to share this information with you.

A Standards Based Report Card provides important information to help parents and guardians better understand their child’s progress in school towards meeting the expected end of year standards. These report cards list the standards and report the performance the student exhibits. There are four performance levels that teachers use in order to provide parents with feedback on progress on the standards. Classroom teachers are using multiple measures to assess your child’s performance. By the end of each year, parents should clearly see the progress the student is making in school.

For additional information, please visit out Standards-Based Report Cards page at This webpage includes all information about Standards-Based Report Cards, including sample report cards for all levels

Report cards are available on the Aspen X2 parent portal and will continue to be reported on Aspen X2 in in future terms in an electronic format only. We encourage you to go onto X2 and retrieve your child’s report card electronically each term.

Please do not hesitate to reach out, should you have any questions.

Good Things

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Center School Paper Bag Parade

Inspiring Young writers- thank you CSPto for sponsoring Author Lowe's visit

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Center School winners of the Spooky Story Contest!

Each year the Chelmsford Public Library sponsors a Spooky Story Contest. We spend time discussing the event in library classes and the students can decide if they want to participate. This year we had many students submit their stories. Nice work Center School writers!

I am happy to share that we had three student winners this year who were celebrated at the Chelmsford Public Library during their Spooky Story Celebration.

Kindergarten, 3rd place winner

The Werewolf by Kolton Fallier

Grade 1, 2nd place winner

The Chase by Colton Geoffroy

Grade 4, 3rd place winner

The Doll, by Lucy Thornton

Thank you to the Center School students who participated and congratulations to the winners!

Well done!

Mrs. Engdahl

Enjoying the beautiful fall weather

Grade two team getting into some pumpkin fun

Center Students Showing their PRIDE

This 2nd grade student showed their PRIDE and earned a chance to read to third grade friends.

Have You Checked the Lost and Found???

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Upcoming Events!


  • Monday, November 7: Let Your Kind Shine Spirit Day

  • Tuesday, November 8: No School (Full day Professional Day)

  • Friday, November 11: No School (Veteran’s Day)

  • Wednesday, November 16: CSPTO meeting, 7 PM in the library

  • Thursday, November 17: Half Day (Elementary only- conferences)

  • Friday, November 18: Chelmsford Pride Spirit Day

  • Thursday, November 24: No School (Thanksgiving)

  • Friday, November 25: No School

  • Tuesday, November 29: Term 1 (Gr 1-4) End of Marking Period

Notes from the Nurse

Center Elementary will remain in compliance with M.G.L c 71 s 57, which requires annual growth screen measurements ( height and weight) for grades 1 and 4. This confidential screening will start in November. Parents and/or legal guardians who wish to omit this screening should contact the health office by the end of October with the request.

Thank you,

Kathy Rossman BSN RN


Materials and recording from ADHD/ Executive Functioning Presentation

A message from Cindy Goldrich:

Thank you for coming to my presentation, Top Ten Strategies for Parenting Children and Teens with ADHD/Executive Function Challenges©.

Here is a handout of the presentation slides.

Top Ten Strategies

Here is a link to the handout mentioned during the talk.

How Bumpy is Your Ride?

This article talks about the value of movement in helping kids pay attention:
Can You Just Sit Still and Pay Attention?

Here is the recording:

Passcode: Z%3b?Q3k


Dear Parents and Families --

In order to better estimate the demand for lunches on half days, CPS Nutrition is launching online lunch ordering for HALF DAYS ONLY, beginning Monday, Oct. 17.

2022-23 CPS Half Day/Early Release dates

  • Tuesday, 10/18
  • Thursday, 11/17 (elementary only)
  • Wednesday, 11/23 (early release day)
  • Wednesday, 12/7
  • Tuesday, 1/10
  • Wednesday, 2/8
  • Thursday, 3/2
  • Thursday, 4/13

For the Tuessday, Oct. 18 half day, orders must be made by Monday, October 17th by 10 a.m.

Set Up Your Account Now

Directions to set up your account and order:

  1. URL Link:
  2. Sign up now: Email, create password.
  3. School District: Chelmsford Public Schools
  4. Student ID: This can be found on x2- Child’s student ID number
  5. Last Name: (You can also search and add siblings/family members at this time). Once this is completed, student’s name should appear on page.

How to order meals

  1. School Menu-select online lunch ordering (all schools)
  2. Scroll to week of half day/early release date (top right of page)
  3. Find date, select meal option
  4. Add item to cart/Select Add to order
  5. Click on shopping cart icon at top right of page
  6. Click Check out
  7. Select pick up location: Elementary pick up location classroom. Middle/high school pick up location cafeteria.
  8. Place order

Lunch payment instructions

Dear Chelmsford School Community,

As you all know we have changed from Send Money to School to Higher Standards Family Portal for our online deposits. The following is how to set up an account if you have not already done so.

Login to

  1. Click My Account
  2. Enter Username and password
  3. Submit


  1. If you do not have a username set up and register your username and select pass phrase

To add a student:

  1. Click Add Person
  2. Enter ID #
  3. Enter First Name
  4. Enter Last Name
  5. Submit

To make a deposit:

  1. Click Deposit
  2. Add Amount you want to deposit
  3. Click check out
  4. Click where it says credit card
  5. Enter Credit Card information and address information
  6. Click Pay
  7. When payment is approved you will get a green bar at the top of the screen saying it was successful.

Any questions or concerns please contact:

Nancy Antolini, Chelmsford Schools Nutrition Director

978-251-5111 x5642 |

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Chelmsford SEPAC

Are you looking for more information about special education services?
Need support in understanding your child's basic rights and the laws that support them?
Looking for parent training on navigating the special education system or supporting your child?
Join the SEPAC. See a link to the SEPAC website below.

CPS calendar

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