Center Community Chat

November 13, 2022

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Dear Center Community,

We hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend, and took the time to remember and thank all those who have, and or continue to serve our country!

Staff Updates

Please welcome, Jessica Pooley who will be joining Center as a math interventionist beginning November 14th.

Sadly, Dr. Julia Sollenberger has resigned her position as school psychologist effective November 14th. Please see her message below:

Dear Center students, staff, and families,

It is with great sadness that I'm announcing I will be leaving Center School. While the decision to leave this amazing community has been extremely difficult, it has been necessary due to current circumstances.

I feel extremely lucky to have worked with all of you over the past five years. It has been an honor and a privilege getting to know all of the incredible students, families, and staff members at Center, and I will miss you all dearly. My heart is full of memories of the students here that will stay with me forever, and I wish all of the Center community the very best for a bright and joyful future.

With heartfelt gratitude,

Dr. Julia

A Message from Student Council:

Next Friday we will have a Harry Potter Spirit Day! If you enjoy the Harry Potter books or movies, dress as any character you like! For safety, please leave pointy wands at home.

We can’t wait to see you dressed up on Friday, November 18!

Center Cares

Dear Center Families,

As we approach the holiday season the Center Cares program at Center School is accepting gift card donations to help our families that need some extra support. Gift cards in $20-$25 increments (or any amount) from Target or Walmart would be most welcome! If you are able to make a donation, gift cards will be accepted at the front office.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and care.

Warm regards,

Ms. Lallas, Center School Counselor

Center Chirps:

  • A reminder that Thursday is a half day of school for all elementary and middle school students. Please make your teachers aware of any changes to your dismissal plans.
  • Please be sure to check the lost and found if you are coming in for conferences this week.

Have a good week.

Warm Regards,

Dianna and Donna

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Extended Day students at the Center Elementary School created cards Veteran's Day cards to honor family members at the school and their very own custodian, Mr. Woodman! Mr. Woodman was very touched when students presented him with the cards. The students were all so amazing and so appreciative of our veterans.

Another way to support Center School enrichment programs


Your Amazon shopping can now help support Center School! Here’s how:

1) enroll in Amazon Smile:

2) add Center School PTO Inc as your charity: (or find us here!)

3) start your shopping at, or shop in the mobile app AFTER you activate AmazonSmile in your settings

Questions? Email us at

Good Things

More Fall Fun

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Notes from the nurse

Please press the link below for information regarding prevention of respiratory illnessnesses.

Standards baseD 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 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.

Have You Checked the Lost and Found???

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Upcoming Events!


  • Thursday, November 17: Half Day (Elementary only- conferences)

  • Friday, November 18: Chelmsford Pride Spirit Day/ or Harry Potter Spirit Day

  • Wednesday, November 23: Half-Day all students

  • Thursday, November 24: No School (Thanksgiving)

  • Friday, November 25: No School

  • Tuesday, November 29: Term 1 (Gr 1-4) End of Marking Period


  • Friday, December 2: Retake Pictures

  • Wednesday, December 7: Half day (Professional day)

  • Winter Gift Room, December 12 - 16

  • Wednesday, December 14: Term 1 Gr 1-4) Grades available online

  • Friday, December 16: Chelmsford Pride Spirit Day

  • Mon - Fri, December 26 - 30: December recess


Materials and recording from ADHD/ Executive Functioning Presentation

A message from Cindy Goldrich:

Thank you for coming to my presentation, Top Ten Strategies for Parenting Children and Teens with ADHD/Executive Function Challenges©.

Here is a handout of the presentation slides.

Top Ten Strategies

Here is a link to the handout mentioned during the talk.

How Bumpy is Your Ride?

This article talks about the value of movement in helping kids pay attention:
Can You Just Sit Still and Pay Attention?

Here is the recording:

Passcode: Z%3b?Q3k

Secret Santa Support

Dear Families,

Need help for the holidays? Please fill out the form in the link below and mail it to the address provided by November 12th

Robin Knox


Dear Parents and Families --

In order to better estimate the demand for lunches on half days, CPS Nutrition is launching online lunch ordering for HALF DAYS ONLY, beginning Monday, Oct. 17.

2022-23 CPS Half Day/Early Release dates

  • Tuesday, 10/18
  • Thursday, 11/17 (elementary only)
  • Wednesday, 11/23 (early release day)
  • Wednesday, 12/7
  • Tuesday, 1/10
  • Wednesday, 2/8
  • Thursday, 3/2
  • Thursday, 4/13

For the Tuessday, Oct. 18 half day, orders must be made by Monday, October 17th by 10 a.m.

Set Up Your Account Now

Directions to set up your account and order:

  1. URL Link:
  2. Sign up now: Email, create password.
  3. School District: Chelmsford Public Schools
  4. Student ID: This can be found on x2- Child’s student ID number
  5. Last Name: (You can also search and add siblings/family members at this time). Once this is completed, student’s name should appear on page.

How to order meals

  1. School Menu-select online lunch ordering (all schools)
  2. Scroll to week of half day/early release date (top right of page)
  3. Find date, select meal option
  4. Add item to cart/Select Add to order
  5. Click on shopping cart icon at top right of page
  6. Click Check out
  7. Select pick up location: Elementary pick up location classroom. Middle/high school pick up location cafeteria.
  8. Place order

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 |

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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.

CPS calendar

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