Center Community Chat

October 16, 2021

Dear Center Families,

Picture day and reading, no better combination! It was so fun to see students in their finest on Thursday. This is always a special day at elementary schools and it was wonderful to have students engaging in this time honored tradition again.

A reminder that Tuesday is a half-day for all students as staff will be engaged in professional development. No lunch with be served and students will be dismissed at 11:45 AM.

Staff Updates

Please welcome Ellen Day to Center in the role of paraprofessional. Ms. Day may be a familiar face as she worked in Chelmsford as a teacher at Harrington previously.

Sadly, Judith Gladius Richerd has resigned from her paraprofessional position. We wish her the best and hope she will be able to rejoin our community at some point.

Test and Stay

If you have not already done so, please consider signing up for the Test and Stay program. This allows students to remain at school when they have been identified as a close contact at school. You complete the initial form below and are then connected to a state form for test and stay. Your student is only eligible for test and stay if you sign up prior to your student being identified as a close contact. The link is below.

Warm regards,

Dianna and Donna


Students caught showing their PRIDE

Look at Ms. McConnell's students showing whole body listening!

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Bus#19 showed their PRIDE by being respectful, ready and safe while waiting for a bus to take them home.

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Currently Reading

One of These Is Not Like the Others

Author, Barney Saltzberg uses kid friendly language and adorable illustrations to teach a familiar concept to our young learners. One of These Is Not Like the Others helps teach diversity, acceptance and inclusivity in a simple, engaging format!

Our first grade students were treated to a read aloud, and a great discussion about appreciating differences led by Ms. Omobono.

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Upcoming Events


  • Tuesday, October 19: Half Day - Professional day

  • Wednesday, October 20: Celtics Spirit Day

  • Friday, October 29: Paperbag parade 9:30-10:00

  • Saturday, October 30: Trunk or Treat, 11:00- 1:00


  • Dining to Donate - TBD

  • Monday, November 1: Be Kind - Wear Kind

  • Tuesday, November 2: No School - Full Professional day

  • Saturday, November 6: Recycle Day at Central Office, 9-12- check time

  • Thursday, November 11: No School - Veteran's Day

  • Friday, November 12: Spirit wear day

  • Wednesday, November 17: PTO meeting at Center Library, 7 PM

  • Thursday, November 18: Half Day - Elementary only - Patriot's Spirit Day- Go Pats!

  • Monday, November 22: Picture retakes

  • Wednesday, November 24: Staff meeting, 8-8:45 AM, library, future locations to be determined

  • Wednesday, November 24: Early Release - Thanksgiving break

  • Thursday and Friday, November 25 & 26: No School - Thanksgiving break

  • Tuesday, November 30: End of Marking period Grades 1-4

Resources and Information

Student Consent Form: Weekly COVID-19 Pool Testing and/or Test and Stay Protocol

Parents are encouraged to provide consent for their child to participate in weekly COVID-19 pooltesting and the Test and Stay protocol. Pool testing and the Test and Stay protocol are key mitigation strategies as we work to provide a healthy and safe learning environment for students and staff in the Chelmsford Public Schools. You may consent for your child to participate in either or both programs.

If a parent elects not to have their child participate in the Test and Stay Program, the child must follow the traditional COVID-19 test and quarantine protocols if identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 positive case. Pool testing is strongly encouraged and recommended for unvaccinated individuals. Participation in the Test and Stay Program can significantly limit the amount of time your student will miss school if they are identified as a close contact. Please complete a separate form for each child that attends Chelmsford Public Schools.

A signed consent is required for both the Pool Testing and Test and Stay Programs. If a parent would like their child to participate in only 1 program (Pool Testing OR Test and Stay), please select and designate only 1 option from the consent form below. Chelmsford Public Schools are not currently offering symptomatic testing. The symptomatic testing option is included in this consent link, however, is not available in our district.

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