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Week of: January 10th, 2021

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Message from Mrs. Gilbert, Principal

Hello Families,

Welcome back! We are excited to have students return to school and continue all the good work that happens at South Row.

We kindly ask families to continue the caution and diligence they have shown with regards to monitoring symptoms and communicating with the school. Your efforts combined with our attention to health and safety at school have enabled our students to continue with their academics with minimal disruptions. We truly appreciate it! Additionally, please take the time to carefully review the Nurses Corner this week.

This coming week kicks off our Math Fact challenge. You will find more information about this below. We will also be hosting another High Five Friday with the Chelmsford Police Department on Friday January 14th.

We are also excited to announce that as a school we have reached enough PRIDE tickets for our first whole school reward. This reward was revealed this week and will be a whole school door decorating challenge focused around PRIDE and respect, responsibility, and safety (our school rules at South Row). The students are already so excited to decorate!


Week at a Glance

MONDAY (1.10.22)

  • Kindness Matters Day - students are encouraged to wear kindness shirts and engage in kind acts
  • International Festival Planning Committee Meeting, 5:00pm, virtual Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (571) 317-3122 Access Code: 678-898-469 New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:
  • School Council Meeting (canceled in lieu of parent discussion night)
  • 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 (669) 224-3412 Access Code: 138-342-285 New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

TUESDAY (1.11.22)

  • Half Day - Teacher Professional Development

Reminders for Early Release Days:

  • Students are dismissed at 11:45am
  • Car dismissals should adhere to the following times
  1. Last names A-G- 11:40-11:45am
  2. Last names H-N- 11:45-11:50am
  3. Last names O-Z- 11:50-11:55am
    • Please communicate any changes to your child's dismissal plans to their respective teacher, Mrs. O'Neill ( and Mrs. Sepe ( Be sure to also discuss with your child.
    • NO Lunch is served
    • Students will either have specials or recess (rotates every half day).
    • Snack time may be adjusted and/or not occur depending on your child(ren)'s schedule.
    • Extended Day will be open until 6:00pm. Please provide your child a lunch.

WEDNESDAY (1.12.22)

  • Pool Testing

Thursday (1.13.22)

Friday (1.14.22)

  • Chelmsford/South Row Spirit Day

Looking ahead

  • MLK Day, No School- Monday, January 17th
  • Therapy Dogs Visit (Mathews, Patriquin, Bullock, Hodgkins, Sanborn), Tuesday, January 18th
  • Kindergarten Registration (for Rising Kindergarten families): Wednesday, January 26th and Thursday, January 27th 9:00am-6:00pm. Be on the lookout for scheduling appointments at Central Office in the coming weeks.

Reminders/ Updates for the Week

Door Decorating Challenge: As a schoolwide reward for reaching our mid-year goal with Pride Tickets, we are hosting a month long Door Decorating Challenge. Students and teachers will work together to come up with a plan based around the theme of PRIDE. We encourage classes to be as creative as they like. If you are interested in donating materials to be used for decorating please contact your child's teacher directly.

Math Fact Challenge: On Monday, January 10th we are kicking off our Math Fact Challenge. This schoolwide challenge is similar to the Reading challenge we hosted in the Fall. Each student will be sent home with one sheet of snowflakes. One snowflake should be filled out and sent back each time the student practices their Math facts for 10 minutes. Students can get additional snowflake sheets as needed. The grade level that achieves the most minutes by February 4th will get a prize. Thank you for supporting your student with this schoolwide challenge!!

Parent Discussion Night: We will be hosting our annual Parent Discussion Night on Thursday January 13th from 7 - 8. At this time we are planning to hold it in person, but will make final decision by Monday January 10th. We will communicate any changes with families. We hope you will consider attending. We have a variety of presenters that will cover topics like anxiety and mindfulness. Please see the flyer with details about this evening in this issue below.

PTO and International Festival Meetings: As indicated above in the week at a glance, both of these two meetings will be virtual this month on the GOTO Meeting platform.

Health Updates: In addition to carefully reading the Nurses Corner below, please review the four points below as well.

  • Masks: Please remind your student about the importance of wearing their mask over their nose, especially with the recent trends. We also kindly ask families to consider packing multiple masks in your child's backpack if possible. Should your child be in need of a mask, our Nurse always has extra.

  • 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

  • Lunch: Please join us in reminding your child(ren) to focus on eating as they arrive in the lunchroom. Our recess aide teams/staff will be asking/reminding students to re-mask when they finish eating. We of course want our students to chat/socialize but are kindly asking the focus at the beginning of lunch to be on eating. Staff will continue to monitor and support students in the lunchroom in an effort to support the health and safety of all students and staff. Thanks for your continued partnership.

4th Grade Student Council Update: Our student council members are already working hard to make a positive impact in the building. Here are some updates!

  • Many students are engaged in safety patrol, kindergarten helpers, have developed posters for our kind act/spirit days, and many student council leaders are interested and signed up to guest read in classes.
  • We also have a group of students working to develop ways to get more students involved in grade level meetings.
  • The group has voted on two additional spirit days!
  • For students who are interested in being a guest reader we will share the classroom they are visiting, date, and time in the coming weeks. These reading sessions can take place virtually and in-person (following health protocols). Dates will range from the end of January through May.
  • If your child is unsure of their job and/or has any questions, please have them reach out to Mr. Ramalho.
  • Information on student council shirts will be shared with parents/students soon!
  • Students in Mrs. Duncan and Mrs. Tice's Student Council Cohort next meeting will be Monday, January 24th at 12:30pm
  • Students in Mrs. Mathews and Mrs. Driscoll's Student Council Cohort next meeting will be Wednesday, January 26th at 12:30pm.

Science Fair: The 2022 Science Fair sponsored by the South Row School Council will be held virtually this year (similar to last). Please click on this link to review information on the fair. We are looking forward to seeing the amazing projects that our students produce.

Upcoming Spirit Days

  • Update: We will be changing our spirit day on Friday, January 28th from Pajama Day to SPORTS DAY. Students are encouraged to wear their favorite sports team jersey, or a jersey from a sports/activity they participate in. This change was voted on by the 4th Grade Student Council and was changed as we just recently had a PJ day.

Monthly Kind Act

January: The Kindness Challenge Week ( 1.24.22-1.28.22) - more info coming soon!


Dear Families of Students Participating in Choralfest,

On behalf of the CPS music faculty, I want to express how much we are looking forward to hosting Choralfest 2022. We want to support the participation of as many students as possible in this special event. To that end, as we consider the high rates of absences that we are currently experiencing across the district, we are postponing the Choralfest festival originally scheduled on next Saturday (January 15, 2022). The new date for this event is Saturday, March 19, 2022. Your child's music teacher will contact you as the date gets closer with details about the schedule for the day.

We feel that this change is truly in the best interest of our young musicians, and we appreciate your understanding as we continue to strive to engage students in safe, high-quality musical experiences this year.

I look forward to working with these students alongside our music teachers on March 19!

Warm regards,

Christy Whittlesey, Ph.D.
PK-12 Fine Arts Coordinator
Chelmsford Public Schools

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Twitter: @ChristyWhittles


Nurses Corner

Dear South Row Families,

I know a lot has changed recently. Here’s what is new:

If your student is fully vaccinated or signed up for Test and Stay and they are identified as a school based close contact, you will receive an email notification only. We will no longer be sending out notifications of positive cases that did not enter the building during the infectious period.

  • At this time, full vaccinated students and staff are exempt from testing and quarantine protocols for any exposure: school based, community, or household.

  • Fully vaccinated students are not eligible for Test and Stay.

  • Test and Stay students will be tested every morning before school for 5 days following the exposure, the day of exposure counts as day 1.

  • You should continue to monitor your student(s) for symptoms and keep them home if they are sick.

  • Students who have tested positive for Covid within 90 days of a new exposure are also exempt from testing and quarantine protocols.

  • The Health Office can now accept home Covid Test results. If your student tests positive, it is in your best interest to confirm the result so that it is reported to the department of public health.

  • Our protocols have changed for individuals who test positive for Covid and people who are identified as close contacts. See below.

Individuals who test positive for Covid can now return on day 6. See protocol A below. During lunch, all students are advised to put their masks back on when they are finished eating.

If an individual tests positive for Covid they should follow protocol A:

Duration: Self-isolation for COVID-19 positive cases is a minimum of 5 days after symptom onset or after positive PCR or antigen test, if asymptomatic.

Return to school: After 5 days and once they have:

o Been without fever for 24 hours (and without taking fever-reducing medications); and

o Experienced improvement in other symptoms; and

o Following the 5-day isolation period, individuals must mask for 5 additional days when around others.

Note: Return to school should be based on time and symptom resolution. Repeat testing prior to return is not recommended.

***If an individual is a close contact outside of school they are not eligible for Test and Stay. Test and stay is only for unvaccinated in school exposures.***

Individuals who are signed up for Test and Stay and have experienced an in school exposure will follow protocol B1:

Duration of Test and Stay: 5 days from the date of school exposure

Return to School: Close contacts can remain in school and do not have to quarantine, as long as they:

o Are asymptomatic

o Wear masks in school at all times, other than when eating or drinking. When these individuals cannot be masked (i.e., when eating or drinking) they should maintain 3 feet of distance from other individuals to the extent feasible.

o Take a rapid antigen test (e.g., BinaxNOW) on each school day and receive a negative result. When the 5 days from date of exposure includes weekends or holidays, individuals should quarantine on weekends, and if they remain asymptomatic, upon return to school be tested immediately. If the individual remains negative, they can stay in school.

o Conduct active monitoring for symptoms through day 10, and self-isolate at home if symptoms develop.

Note: If an individual has symptoms at the time they are designated as a close contact or develops symptoms during the Test and Stay period or the 10 days following initial exposure, they should follow the protocol for symptomatic individuals (Protocol C). If an individual tests positive at any time, they should follow the protocol for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 (Protocol A).

If an individual has an outside exposure or they have an in school exposure and are not signed up for test and stay they will follow protocol B2:

Duration: Quarantine is at least 5 days from the date of school exposure

Return to School: After 5 days, returning on day 6, provided that they:

o Remain asymptomatic

o Conduct active monitoring for symptoms through day 10, self-isolate if symptoms develop, and adhere to strict mask use for an additional 5 days

o For those exposed, it is strongly recommended to test at day 5 after the exposure with a PCR or antigen test; a home test will be accepted but is not the preferred method.

Note: If an individual has symptoms at the time they are designated as a close contact or within the 5 days following initial exposure, they follow the protocol for symptomatic individuals (Protocol C). If an individual tests positive at any time, they follow the protocol for individuals who test positive for COVID-19

If an individual has symptoms from the Covid -19 Symptom List they follow protocol


Duration: Dependent on symptom resolution

Return to School: Individuals may return to school after they:

o Have received a negative PCR or antigen test result for COVID-19. An antigen test may be self-administered and does not need to be proctored or performed by a healthcare professional. Note: So long as the individual is not a close contact, if a medical professional makes an alternative diagnosis for the COVID-19-like symptoms, the individual may use this recommendation (e.g., for influenza or strep pharyngitis) in lieu of a PCR test or antigen test.

o Have improvement in symptoms

o Have been without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.

Note: If the symptomatic individual was a close contact to an in school exposure and they are not exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols, after symptoms resolve and they receive a negative PCR test, they should follow Protocol B-1 for Test and Stay.

oIf family or individual chooses not to participate in Test and Stay, they follow Protocol B-2.

Individuals who have symptoms but prefer not to test will follow protocol C-2:

Duration: Isolation is at least 5 days from symptom onset

Return to School: After 5 days, returning on day 6, assuming they:

o Have improvement in symptoms

o Have been without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.

COVID-19 symptoms list:

Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

New loss of taste or smell

Muscle aches or body aches

• Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)

• Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms

• Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms

• Headache when in combination with other symptoms

• Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms

• Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms

I know this is a lot of information. I apologize for that, but it is all important! Please bookmark or save this link so that you can refer to it later as needed.

Feel free to reach out to me with questions or concerns. I am doing my best to promptly respond to emails and messages. If I do not respond to your email within 24 hours, please call me at the school. 978-251-5177 Option 2.


Nurse V.

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Parent Discussion Night Flyer - January 13th

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Click on this link to provide us feedback for discussion night...

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PTO Corner

PTO Meeting

Please join us virtually for our next PTO meeting on Monday, January 10 at 7:00 PM. Please note that there will be no in-person component of the meeting this month. You can get the agenda, budget report, and last meeting's minutes on the Meetings page of our website.

January PTO Meeting - 1.10.22
Mon, Jan 10, 2022 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (669) 224-3412
Access Code: 138-342-285
New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

4th Grade Shirt Orders/Activity Fees

If you are the parent of a 4th grader, please be sure that you have submitted your shirt order, as we will need to place the order for shirts soon in order to have them in time for the 4th grade group picture to be taken for the memory book. Paper order forms were sent home, or you can place your order online here.

Ongoing Fundraisers

This is a friendly reminder that we have three ongoing fundraisers that you can easily participate in that earn money for the PTO through purchases you are already making, at no additional cost to you!

* Amazon Smile - a portion of your purchases from Amazon come back to the PTO. See how to turn on Smile your Amazon app here, or access Amazon through every time you shop.

* Mabel's Labels - Mention South Row PTO in the comments of your order

* Box Tops for Education - Download the Box Tops app and scan receipts in seconds. View a tutorial here.

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Food Services


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

Ramp Challenge in Science w/ Mrs. Stagnone's class!

STEM in Action!

Grade 4 Enrichment

Some PJ Day Fun!

Art Fun!

Indoor Recess in Ms. Sanborn's class!

Pride Shout Outs

So Much PRIDE in 1D (Mrs. Bullock's class!)

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Pride Ticket Reward revealed - Door Decorating Challenge!

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Winter Walking Tips from Chelmsford Municipal Safety

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Contact the Main Office Staff