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Week of: May 9th 2022

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Message from Mrs. Gilbert & Mr. Ramalho

Hello South Row Community,

Happy Mother's Day to all of our Mothers out there, we hope you enjoy a joyous and restful weekend. We also want to send out a BIG thank you to anyone and everyone who helped with our Teacher Appreciation luncheon today. It was an incredible event and yet another demonstration of our strong and caring South Row community.

Math MCAS will be the week of May 9th for our 3rd and 4th graders.

Our Movement challenge continues and the competition is on! Students have logged over 42,000 movement minutes since we started. Grade 3 is in the lead with 12, 690 minutes. Grade 4 is in second with 11,145 minutes.

We will be hosting an additional Walk to School Day next week. Our numbers were a little low due to the weather. Additionally, we had a highly successful Fitness for Cure event this past week. Thank you to all who attended, volunteered, and/or donated. With our collaborative efforts with Center School we raised over $3,666.00 for St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Thank you to the Chelmsford Fire Department for joining us for High Five Friday!


Terri and Jayson

Week at a Glance

MONDAY - 5.9.22

  • MCAS Math - Grade 4
  • PTO Board Meeting, 6:30pm, Virtual
  • PTO Meeting, 7:00pm, Virtual - Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. You can also dial in using your phone.
    United States: +1 (224) 501-3412 Access Code: 537-313-373 Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

TUESDAY - 5.10.22

  • MCAS Math - Grade 4

WEDNESDAY - 5.11.22

  • Happy School Nurses Day - Thank you Nurse Shannon Vandevoordt!
  • Massachusetts Walk to School Day ~ Take 2!
  • Pool Testing
  • MCAS Math - Grade 3

THURSDAY- 5.12.22

  • MCAS Math - Grade 3

FRIDAY - 5.13.22

  • MCAS Math (make ups) - Grade 3 and 4 (some makeups could continue through next week)
  • Chelmsford/South Row Spirit Day
  • K-2 Fire Safety Program
  • PTO Food Truck & Basket Raffle, 4:30-7:30pm, South Row

Reminders/ Updates

Movement Challenge: This challenge will run through May 20th. The competition is already fierce!! Thank you for your support!

FUN Volunteer Opportunities: Please carefully read information below regarding volunteering for some end of the year events. These events are not possible without the support of our parent community. Thank you for considering!

Looking ahead - K-3 families: Please save your car dismissal numbers cards for next school year. At the end of the school year, please be sure you put them in a safe place. Your children will have the same number for their entire elementary career. New cards will be given to the incoming kindergarten families each year. Numbers will NOT be reprinted for current South Row students/families currently in grades K-3 unless you reach out to the main office staff in the Fall.

Interested in being a substitute in the CPS?: Are you or someone you know interested in being a substitute in the Chelmsford Public Schools? Visit school spring to learn more about the position and for the direct link to apply. Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Association of Chelmsford A-cappella Event: Our two CHS high school groups are hosting performances (Acapocalypse) with several other area groups on 5/13 and 5/14 at 7-10:30 at the PAC. Tickets can be purchased at the following website. (

Looking ahead...

  • Ellis Island Simulation, Grade 4, Friday, May 20th
  • Yoga Whole School Enrichment Program (during PE), Week of May 23rd
  • Kindergarten Screening, Monday May 23rd and Tuesday, May 24th
  • Grade 3 Engineering Day, Wednesday, May 25th
  • South Row Art Show, Thursday, May 26th, 6-8pm, South Row
  • Authors Day, Wednesday, June 1st, more info coming
  • Fit Fest, June 2nd (rain date June 3rd), more info coming
  • PTO Movie Night, Friday, June 3rd, 6:45pm, ticket event - flyer coming home soon!
  • Kindergarten Musicals, June 6th for Rigby and Sbordy at 2:15pm - more info to follow
  • Kindergarten Musicals, June 7th for Dossin and Patriquin at 2:15pm - more info to follow
  • Grade 4 Field Day, June 10th (rain date June 13th)
  • Tentative Move Up Day for K-3 Students, June 14th
  • Grade 4 Moving on Ceremony (Tentative), June 16th at 9:30am

Nurses Corner

Dear South Row Families,

Covid Exposures Reminders:

If your student is fully vaccinated and is exposed to a Covid positive individual, and they do not have symptoms, they do not need to quarantine. Testing on day 5 from exposure is strongly encouraged regardless of symptoms. If your student is exposed and they are not vaccinated, they must quarantine at home for 5 days (exposure date is day 0). They may return to school on day 6, with a mask for days 6-10. Please let me know if your student has been exposed to a Covid positive individual.

At Home Test Kits:

If you would like to sign up for free Covid Tests to be sent home biweekly from the school, please click this link: Student and Staff Opt In/Register for At Home Antigen Testing Program

If you signed up for At Home Testing and/or Pool Testing but would like to opt out, please email me at

Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.


Nurse V.

Walk to School Day - Take 2!

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Volunteer Opportunities

Grade 3 Engineering Day

3rd Grade Engineering Day: After a 2 year hiatus our 3rd Grade Engineering Day is back in person! This fun event allows our students the hands-on opportunity to put into practice some of the science concepts they've learned this year. We have organized 4 fun activities for the students to participate in during the day with their class. At the end of the day, the whole grade will come together in the cafe for a fun demonstration all together. Each session will open with a brief review of the topic/concept and then a hands on activity for the students to work on with their classmates.

We need parent volunteers to help guide and facilitate the sessions as well as the grade level demonstration. No engineering or science background needed! Please see the sign-up genius link below for information and to sign-up to volunteer or email Denille Ruth All volunteers need a CORI on file.

Art Show!

Be on the lookout for additional volunteer opportunities for this event next week!

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Author's Day Information ~ Volunteer Link will be shared soon!

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K-4 Fit Fest Volunteer Information

Message from Mrs. Brown, Physical Education Teacher

Dear Parent or Guardian,

South Row will be having our annual all school Fit Festival! The event will be held on Thursday, June 2nd with a rain date on Friday, June 3rd. Volunteers are needed to make this day a great success. Please consider signing up to help run a station. The fit fest times are below. I ask volunteers to show up 15 minutes before the starting time so I have time to explain the stations.


  • 9:15 – 10:00 am

1st & 2nd Grade

  • 9:30 – 11:00 am

3rd & 4th Grade

  • 1:35 – 3:05 pm

We are using to organize Fit Fest. If you would like to help, please sign up at one of the following links under the appropriate grade level. The links will have more information on what being a volunteer means at our event.

There are three EASY steps to sign up!

1. Click or enter the event link {Listed below}

2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account)

3. Sign up! Choose your spots - You will receive automated confirmation and reminders.

Please sign up for Kindergarten Field Day - Volunteer!

Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:

Please sign up for 1st & 2nd Grade Field Day - Volunteer!

Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:

Please sign up for 3rd & 4th Grade Field Day -Volunteer!

Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:

Thank you for taking the time to volunteer for the South Row Fit Fest!

Please note that all volunteers must complete a CORI form before the event. These forms can be picked up in the main office. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at any time.


Rebecca Brown, Physical Education


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PTO Corner

May PTO Meeting

Please note that our May PTO meeting has been moved to Monday, May 9th. We will be voting on the proposed Bylaw amendments as well as electing next year's officers. The slate that is nominated for election is as follows:

Co-Presidents - Denille Ruth and Liz Haugner

Vice President - Ashley Cakounes

Secretary - Fofe Vasquez

Treasurer - Kate Fredette

As always, the meeting link and related documents will be posted to our meetings page as soon as they are available. We hope to see you there!

Basket Raffle and Friday the 13th Takeback

No doubt you have heard your kids talking about the amazing towering baskets lining the front hallway. Presale raffle tickets were sent home in backpacks this week, and you can see the baskets in person and purchase tickets during the Friday the 13th Takeback event on Friday, May 13th, 4:30-7:30. We will have food trucks, a photo booth, and fun on the playground.

Staff Appreciation Lunch

Thank you in advance to everyone who has signed up to help with the staff appreciation lunch. This one really takes the whole village! The staff is being spoiled today as they deserve to be! The lunch committee has done an amazing job transforming the gym into a festive space. Pictures coming soon!

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Save the date! Movie Night at South Row - Friday June 3rd - Flyers will be sent home soon!!

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Pretzel Kids Yoga Week coming soon for all K-4 students!

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Food Services

South Row's April Fun Video

South Row's April Fun Video 2022


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

Pride Shout Outs

Learning at South Row!

Student Council Readers

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May the 4th be with you...

From the Art Room! =)

Fitness for Cure

High Five Friday with the Chelmsford Fire Department

Movin' in May School Wide Challenge

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Care Solace - Are you in need of support?

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Contact the Main Office Staff