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Week of: December 13th, 2021

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Message from Mrs. Gilbert, Principal

Hello South Row Families!

Thank you to everyone for you participation in conferences. Report cards will be available on December 15th. We look forward to our first Therapy Dog visit on Tuesday December 14th as well as some other fun events this month.

Enjoy your weekend!



Week at a Glance

MONDAY (12.13.21)

  • No events

TUESDAY (12.14.21)

  • Therapy Dogs visit South Row (see more information below).

WEDNESDAY (12.15.21)

  • Pool Testing

  • Grades Available via X2 for Grades 1-4 (see directions below)

  • Student Council Meeting (Tice/Duncan) @12:30pm

Thursday (12.16.21)

  • Grade 1 Enrichment Program (Habitat Explorers) - Virtual
  • Student Council Meeting (Driscoll/Mathews) @12:30pm

Friday (12.17.21)

  • No events

Looking ahead

  • December Vacation: There will be NO SCHOOL for December recess December 24th through January 2nd. School will re-open on Monday, January 3rd, 2022.

Upcoming Spirit Days

  • Silly Sock Spirit Day - Thursday, December 23rd

Monthly Kind Act

December: We will be facilitating a clothing donation to the Wish Project. Please click on the link to view the flyer to learn more. We hope you will participate if you are able.

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Reminders/ Updates for the Week

Therapy Dogs: We are excited to share that Therapy Dogs will be visiting South Row School this week. We have created a schedule for all students/staff to engage with the therapy dogs throughout the year. For this months visit the therapy dogs will be visiting Mrs. Driscoll, Ms. Dossin, Mrs. Abbott, Ms. D'Amico, and Mrs. Vasquez classes. We are excited for the therapy dogs to visit South Row as we continue to support our students' social/emotional wellbeing.

Should you have additional questions or if you want to communicate an allergy that your child may have to the school please contact Nurse Vandevoordt directly at or by phone at 978-251-5177 ext. 2.

Directions to View Report Cards on X2: Please click on this link to view how to access report cards on X2.

Elks Pick Up: Just a friendly reminder for families who coordinated holiday gifts with the Chelmsford Elks: Pick up for the holiday gifts is Saturday, December 18th between 8:30 am - 11:30 am. The Chelmsford Elks is located at 300 Littleton Rd, Chelmsford, MA 01824. Please go to the back door for pick up only.

Jacket/Sweatshirt Reminder: As we get deeper in the fall and the winter months are fast approaching, we want to remind all families to please monitor the weather to ensure your child is prepared for outdoor recess and snack breaks. We recommend that students bring a sweatshirt and/or jacket to school daily to be sure they are prepared.

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

Student Council Meeting: This Wednesday and Thursday we will be hosting our December Student Council Meetings. We will be discussing student jobs/projects in detail. Students are encouraged to review the student council google classroom for important updates prior to the meeting.

Nurses Corner

Dear South Row Families,

Flu Vaccines

Flu vaccines are not required for the 2021-2022 school year. If your student(s) has been vaccinated feel free to send documentation to me via email or in your child’s backpack.

Covid Vaccination:

I have been receiving some questions regarding vaccination and how it affects test and stay and pooled testing. If your student has received the Covid vaccine or is fully vaccinated, they are welcome to continue to participate in weekly pooled testing. Once they are fully vaccinated ( 2 weeks after the second dose) they will be exempt from testing and quarantine protocols. This means that if your fully vaccinated student is identified as a close contact inside or outside of school they will not be required to quarantine or test (including test and stay) in order to stay in school. If your student becomes symptomatic during the 14 days after exposure, they should stay home from school and seek an outside PCR or Molecular Covid test.

3rd Grade Physicals

All third grade students are required to submit a physical for the current school year. The physical should be dated from January 2021 or later. You may send the documentation to me via email or send the paper copy to school with your student.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.

Thank you,

Nurse V.

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December 7th, 2021 School Committee Meeting

School Committee: December 7, 2021

PTO Corner

Fruit Sale Fundraiser

Our fruit sale through Florida Indian River Groves has been extended through this Sunday, 12/12! We know there are some of you who forgot to order, and we don't want you to miss out. To order online, visit and use our school ID code, which is 1026389.

Holiday Decorations Map

Thank you to those who have signed up for our holiday decorations map! You can access the map by visiting If your house is decorated but you forgot to sign up for the map, email to be added. Happy viewing!

Staff Appreciation Cookie "Swap"

This time of year, the PTO does a cookie swap for the staff where we ask parents to bake items and we lay out a lovely spread in the teachers lounge for the staff to help themselves to throughout the day. We are asking that parents sign up to bake cookies, brownies, or some other treat, and drop them at school during school hours or in the bin at 171 Mill Road after hours. Items can be dropped off on either December 15th or 16th, and we will have the treats out for the staff on the 17th.

Please sign up to bring treats at

Recess Equipment

One of the things the PTO raises funds for is recess equipment for the school. Balls pop and get lost, chalk gets used up, and indoor recess games lose parts in the normal course of play, so we replenish some of the equipment each year. This year, the recess aides needed a new equipment cart (the old one was missing a wheel!), which took a big piece of our recess budget, so we have collected a wish list from the recess aides and teachers for both outdoor and indoor recess, and put together an Amazon wishlist in case anyone would like to donate a toy or game.

Please see the list at if you would like to help out with recess equipment and games. Thanks in advance for your support!

Bookmark Kits for Classrooms

With the close-packed nature of shopping at our traditional Holiday Shop and the number of parent volunteers it requires coming into the school, this was not the year to resume the shop as we had hoped it would be. However, we wanted to keep a piece of that alive for the students, and have provided kits to each classroom so that the kids can make a thumbprint art bookmark to bring home either as a gift for someone or to use in their own reading. Watch for the bookmarks in the next couple of weeks!

Food Services

November Fun Video - Enjoy!

SR November Fun Video

Check out this video featuring our grade 3 students during an enrichment program!

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

Pride Shout Outs

Kindness Day!

Grade 1 PE!

Grade 2 Music!

Amazing art!

Grade 2 Science Fun!

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