Center Community Chat

October 10, 2022

Dear Center Community,

It was wonderful to have the community together for our ice cream social. It was a huge success both in respect to having an opportunity to connect and as a fundraiser for the enrichment programs that the CSPTO provides. It was just another example of how Center staff and families partner to meet the needs of our students. A HUGE thank you to all the volunteers who planned the event, scooped, served, set up, cleaned up, and sold or bought tickets, and everyone who attended the festivities.

Save the date for our next big event, Trunk or Treat, on Saturday, October 22nd.

Volunteers Needed

We are in need of 2-4 parents to laminate materials for staff throughout the year. We will provide the training. Hours for this are flexible, any hours from 8-4PM. Please let Ms. O'Hearn know if you would like to be trained to support Center staff.

Center Chirps:

  • Don't forget picture day is on Friday. Always fun to see students smiles!
  • Our first school council meeting is on Thursday from 4-5. These meetings are open to the public even if you are not on the committee.

Have a great week.

Warm Regards,

Dianna and Donna

Notes From the Nurse- LICE information

This notice is a reminder to please check your child’s head today and regularly for head lice. Head lice are not a health hazard but once identified, should be treated quickly since they reproduce rapidly.

Lice, like ticks and mosquitoes, bite and feed on the scalp which can cause itching.

Lice may appear as nits (tiny white dots in the hair that do not brush off like dandruff, but rather stick to the underside of the hair shaft) or may appear as an adult louse (approx.

1-2mm long, hide close to the scalp). Lice are spread by head to head contact and crawl quickly; they do not jump or hop. An important practice is to avoid sharing personal items such as combs, brushes, hair elastics, headbands, hats, and pillows, especially at sleepovers. Be sure that family members and close friends check their heads as well, as most incidences occur from social gatherings outside of school. Having head lice is not related to uncleanliness and can happen to anyone at any time.

If you find lice, keep your child home and treat with an over the counter product your pediatrician recommends. Follow directions carefully. Nit removal is the best way to avoid re-infestation. Check hair /scalp in ¼ inch sections over child’s head.

Re-shampoo in 7-10days as directed. Wash bedding, hats and stuffed animals, then place in the dyer on high/hot setting for at least 30 minutes. You also may place stuffed animals in a plastic bag, tie tightly and store for two weeks. Vacuum your home well, especially carpets, couches and car head rests. You must notify the school nurse so that

1. If live lice are noted during school, the nurse will contact the parent/guardian and dismiss the student with an informational letter.

2. The nurse will identify any siblings and assess them, or will notify other nurses in the Chelmsford School district if a sibling attends their school.

Note that a student will not be dismissed if nits are noted, but treatment must be performed before returning to school. Students will be cleared to return for school when no live lice are present and a shampoo has been performed at home with an over the counter head lice product. Students who have been treated must first report to the school nurse prior to the start of the school day and then for periodic rechecks while treatment continues.

Please contact your School Nurse with questions.

Good Things

Extended Day Fun

4C and 2K enjoyed the beautiful fall day by reading outside with their book buddies

Center students showing their pride

Upcoming Events


  • Thursday, October 13: School Council Meeting, 4-5PM

  • Friday, October 14: School Picture Day

  • Tuesday, October 18: Half day/Professional day

  • Friday, October 21: CPS spirit wear day

  • Saturday, October 22: Trunk or Treat,1-3 PM (Rain date October 29)

  • Thursday, October 27, 7-8 PM Top Ten Strategies parent presentation - virtual

  • Monday, October 31: Kindergarten Paper Bag Parade


  • Thursday, November 3: School Council Meeting 4:00 - 5:00pm

  • Saturday, November 5, Recycling Day, 8-12

  • 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

Volunteer Opportunity at CHS

The Chelmsford High School Ecology Club is in need of parent volunteers who could come to the high school during student lunches (11:20-12:47) and help guide students to throw uneaten food scraps in the compost bin, instead of in the trash. The high school recently started the composting program this September. Parent volunteers would help prevent contamination of the compost by guiding students to the right bin.

Interested parents please contact Ecology Club advisor, Somi Chowdhury, .Parents can even directly sign up using the google sheet shared below:


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 |

Flu Clinics

The Flu is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs caused by influenza viruses that are constantly changing. Flu causes mild to severe illness. Each year there are flu hospital stays and deaths. The flu vaccine can make an influenza infection milder and reduces the risk of hospitalizations. It also helps prevent the spread of flu to family and friends.

Chelmsford Health Department is offering two flu clinics. You may sign up on the link below.

Wed October 13th 2022 3:30- 7:00pm at the Senior Center 75 Groton Rd, North Chelmsford, MA 01863

Tues October 18th, 2022, 3:30-7:00 Pm

Chelmsford Town Hall. 50 Billerica Rd, Chelmsford, MA 01824

Sign up

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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.

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