Center Community Chat

November 14, 2021

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Dear Center Families,


If you opened up the COVID dashboard this week, you will see that Center school was hit hard with positive cases. Eleven students tested positive resulting in many close contacts. Fortunately, many families continue to sign students up for test and stay and I urge you to do this same if you have not already. Those students who were signed up did not have to miss any days of school, those who were not missed between 4-7 days. In order to participate you must have signed up at least 3 days prior to your student being identified as a close contact. Students may be identified as close contacts repeatedly so again, please consider signing up for test and stay. The link is below and will remain in the Chat until further notice for your convenience.


Masks

Please have your child wear a clean mask to school everyday, send in an extra clean mask, and ensure they fit snugly over their nose. If the mask fits improperly staff will provide a surgical mask for them.


Mittens

and hats...Mr. Woodman and Ms. Fulreaders' Moms have been busy knitting mittens to keep Center students hands warm this winter. We also wash hats and mittens left in the lost and found and give them to students who may have lost or forgotten theirs at home. So, if your child comes home with either, no need to return them.


Dress for success for recess as the weather gets colder

Just a reminder that students will go out for recess as long as the temperature is 20 degrees (real feel) or above. Please be sure to send students in with jackets, hats and mittens each day. Also, they should have snow pants and boots if they wish to play in the snow.


A reminder that on Thursday, November 18th students will be dismissed at 11:45 so teachers may conduct conferences with caretakers. Please check the lost and found when you come in.


Hope to see many of you at the CSPTO meeting on Wednesday. Have a good week.


Warm regards,

Dianna and Donna

Dress for a Cause

Tuesday, November 23 is Student Council's Dress For A Cause. Students may bring in a dollar (or more) to wear either light purple or gold in support of childhood cancer research and treatment. Donations will be sent to Tufts Children's Hospital.

Good Things

Lots of classes earned celebrations this week

Cozy Campout in Ms. Remicks

COVID Vaccine Clinic for 5-11 year olds

The COVID Vaccine Clinic will be offered to all students ages 5 years to 11years old on Friday November 19, 2021. Remedium Pharmacy will be on site at McCarthy Middle School (Cafeteria) at 250 North Rd on Friday November 19, 2021 from 3:00pm-7:00pm. The clinic is open to all Chelmsford residents ages 5 years to 11 years old!


An appointment will be made on November 19, 2021 for the 2nd dose COVID Vaccine Clinic to be held Friday December 10, 2021 from 3:00pm-7:00pm at McCarthy Middle School Cafeteria.


To register, please go to the website at Remedium Pharmacy at www.remediumrx.net

Here are the steps to sign up:


  1. Go to www.RemediumRx.net
  2. Click the red button in the middle of the page that reads "Chelmsford Schools Student (Ages 5-11) COVID Vaccine Clinic".
  3. This will bring you to a screen that has Chelmsford. If you have more than one child, please register and sign consent for each child.
  4. Enter the Access code. The Access Code is Chelmsford
  5. Select the appointment time slot and click submit and sign up at the bottom of the page.
  6. Enter your child's demographic information and Click Sign up Now.
  7. Please note:
  • A parent/guardian must accompany their child to the vaccine clinic.
  • Please bring a copy of your insurance card, however no child will be denied a vaccine for lack of insurance.
  • It is recommended that individuals hydrate on the day of the vaccine!
  • Students will be observed for 15 minutes after the vaccine is administered.
  • It is helpful to have your child wear a short sleeve shirt!

  • We strongly encourage all eligible individuals to receive the vaccine- thank you for helping keep our school community safe!!!!

CSPTO Pulse

Students caught showing their PRIDE

Currently Reading & Follow Up Activity to Celebrate Center's Diversity and Each Students' Identity

The Name Jar by: Yangsook Choi

Being a new student in any school is difficult, and even harder when you have immigrated to a new country and others can't pronounce your name. Unhei is worried about fitting in with American children and tells classmates she will pick a new name...or will she? This story helps celebrate diversity in our country while honoring Unhei's Korean traditions.


Following the read aloud, I lead a rich discussion about diversity and identity at Center School with 2 fourth grade classes (other classes to follow), then allowed students to respond with a writing activity to celebrate their individuality. The follow-up activity will proudly be displayed in our cafeteria & hallway for all to see. Grade level book read alouds and activities will be completed with all grade levels throughout the year, facilitated by Mrs. Omobono & Mrs. Fulreader.

Upcoming Events


November:

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

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

  • Monday, November 22: Picture retakes

  • Tuesday, November 23: Dress for a cause, wear purple or gold to support childhood cancer research

  • 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


DECEMBER

  • Wednesday, December 1: Half day - conferences

  • Thursday, December 2: School Council, 4-5

  • Monday, December 6: Patriots Spirit Day- Go Pats!!

  • Wednesday, December 15: Grades available online for parents Grades 1-4

  • Wednesday, December 22: Festive /Ugly Sweater Day

  • Friday, December 24: Start of December recess. (Dec 24 - Jan 3

Standards base report cards

With the first term report card and parent-teacher conferences approaching for students in grades 1-4, we wanted to provide you with some information for Standards Based Report Cards, as this year may be the first time some parents are seeing this type of report card. For our kindergarten families, although you will not receive your child’s first report card until January, we felt it important to begin to share this information with you.


A Standards Based Report Card provides important information to help parents and guardians better understand their child’s progress in school towards meeting the expected end of year standards. These report cards list the standards and report the performance the student exhibits. There are four performance levels that teachers use in order to provide parents with feedback on progress on the standards. Classroom teachers are using multiple measures to assess your child’s performance. By the end of each year, parents should clearly see the progress the student is making in school.


For additional information, please visit out Standards-Based Report Cards page at http://www.chelmsford.k12.ma.us/Page/1299. This webpage includes all information about Standards-Based Report Cards, including sample report cards for all levels

Report cards are available on the Aspen X2 parent portal and will continue to be reported on Aspen X2 in in future terms in an electronic format only. We encourage you to go onto X2 and retrieve your child’s report card electronically each term.


Please do not hesitate to reach out, should you have any questions.

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