Center Community Chat

March 6, 2022

Dear Center Community,

It was so nice to see students smiling and masked faces following the break. Masking is now optional both in school and on the school bus.

Please continue to be respectful of individual choices in respect to masking. The social story created by Byam counselor, Lyndsay O'Neil, in the resources section below, is a great resource to read with your student and continue the discussion about this.

This week we initiated our cafeteria PRIDE contest. Grade levels are asked to maintain a voice volume of 1 or 2 and pick up around their seating area in the cafeteria. They have an opportunity to earn 10 points a day for showing expected behavior. The grade level that gets the highest points earns an extra recess. Please ask your student how they are doing.

ALICE drill

This week we will be conducting an ALICE drill. 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. We have collaborated with the Chelmsford Police and Fire Departments on this drill to ensure we are engaging students and staff in a developmentally appropriate experience.

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.

Staff Updates:

Congratulations to the Muse/Stys family who welcomed baby Jackson to their family. We hope to share news about who will be covering for her next week.

K-12 Youth Art Month Exhibit at the Chelmsford Public Library

Please plan a visit the Chelmsford Public Library through the month of March to view the amazing artwork on display and celebrate Youth Art Month. You can see the program for the exhibit HERE.

Special thanks to all Chelmsford art teachers who selected and prepared pieces for this special event!

Warm regards,

Dianna and Donna

Good Things

Students caught showing their PRIDE

Upcoming Events


  • Thursday, March 3: School Council, 4-5

  • Monday, March 7: “Let Your Kind Shine” spirit day.

  • Tuesday, March 8: End of Marking Period Grades 1-4

  • Wednesday, March 9: Gr K Enrichment - Discovery Museum

  • Thursday, March 10: Gr K Enrichment - Discovery Museum

  • Friday, March 11: Musician and Artists Spirit Day

  • Friday, March 11: Grade 1 Enrichment, Author Brian Lies - 9:10 - 12:50pm

  • Wednesday, March 16: Therapy Dog Visit 9-11

  • Wednesday, March 16: PTO meeting at Center Library, 7 PM

  • Friday, March 18: Center/Chelmsford PRIDE spirit day

  • Friday, March 18: Deadline for posting grades Grades 1-4

  • Saturday, March 19: Choral Fest at CHS

  • Monday, March 21: Down Syndrome Awareness Day

  • Wednesday, March 23: Grades available online for parents Grades 1-4


  • Friday, April 1: Fitness for a Cure, 7:55 AM, Center School Gym

  • Saturday April 2: World Autism Awareness Day- celebrated on Monday, April 4th

  • April 4-8: Assistant Principal Appreciation Week

  • Tuesday, April 5: Half Day - Professional day

  • Tuesday, April 5: Lunch and Recess Aids meet w/ Admin 9:15 - 10:15

  • Wednesday, April 6: Paraprofessional Appreciation Day

  • Monday, April 11: Gr 4 ELA MCAS - Session 1

  • Tuesday, April 12: Gr 4 ELA MCAS - Session 2

  • Wednesday, April 13: Gr 3 ELA MCAS - Session 1

  • Thursday, April 14: Gr 3 ELA MCAS - Session 2

  • Friday, April 15: No school - Good Friday

  • Monday - Friday, April 18 - 22: April recess

  • Friday, April 22: Earth Day

  • Wednesday, April 27: Administrative Assistant Day

Resources and Information