Harrington SPOOKY Happenings
October 31, 2021
Happy Halloween Harrington Families
I hope everyone was able to remain dry this past week after the incredible Nor' Easter that came through our area since Wednesday, my thoughts are with the families on the Cape that are still without power. It looks like families that trick or treat are going to have a perfect night to do so, the weather will be unseasonably warm and it will be dry this evening. Please be safe while you are out tonight! IN regards to trick or treating, I will ask that you ensure that your student does not bring candy into school tomorrow for their snack. We have many allergies in the building and we do not want to risk anyone's health by bringing in candy that someone may be allergic to. I appreciate your support regarding this.
This past Friday we held our Annual Costume for a Cause. It was so amazing seeing the students AND staff participate in this event and fundraiser. By my observations, Marvel Super Heroes seemed to be the theme this year! The event raised $790, that the school will contribute to the St. Judes Pediatric Cancer Research Fund. It was a wonderful day on Friday, the normalcy of this simple event gave us all an opportunity to forget about the past years struggles and challenges if even for this one day.
I also have some wonderful news, on Friday our playground shade structure was installed, with shade itself being installed in the Spring! This will make our playground even better by providing a picnic table and much needed shade during those intense sunny days of the upcoming Spring and Summer.
The Chelmsford Public Library held it’s Spooky Story Celebration Friday afternoon via Zoom and we had 4 students win for writing a story!
- Bella King of Mrs. Bakanowsky’s class
- Jay Thakkar of Mr. Wurtzler’s class
- Jocelyn Yu of Mrs. Graham’s class
- Connor Doyon of Mr. Kuffert’s class
This is something the elementary libraries encourage students to participate in. Stories are written on their own time and turned in to the public library, where judges read them and determine a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner by grade level.
REMINDER - Mask Help: If possible send your child’s mask in on a breakaway lanyard as many students are losing their masks out at recess.
REMINDER - Lost and found… Lost and found is getting full. If your child has lost items please encourage them to check the lost and found. It is located outside of the café. On both conference days we will lay out the items in lost and found so families to check to see if any of the items belong to them. After conferences are over we will be donating the items not claimed.
Please remember that this Tuesday, November 2nd is a Full Day PD day for the district. There will not be school on this day.
As always, thank you for your continued support of our Harrington community. Please reach out to me or Karen with any questions or concerns as always.
Once again, remember to…"Push through your day, Smile, Be Happy, Stay Positive!"
Be safe! Stay well!
Rob & Karen
School Counselor Information from Ms.Albert
Families in need of assistance for the holidays should reach out to our school counselor, Lindsay Albert, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A few local Chelmsford community programs generously provide help for the holidays and Lindsay Albert can help coordinate this with any family in need.
Secret Santa (due 11/8) forms are attached below. Paper copies are available in the main office at Harrington. Rob Asselin and Karen Grabowski can sign any forms that require a staff member signature. Please note the individual deadlines since as they are approaching soon.
- Has begun
- The testing will begin at 9:30am, once per week, and if they have signed up for Pooled testing.
- Pooled testing is for symptom free individuals who have signed consent to participate.
- If your child has had COVID in the last 90 days, they are not eligible to participate in Pooled testing, but may join in AFTER the 90-day mark has passed.
Attesting to Wellness
- PLEASE- if your child is not feeling well, keep them home and they can return when they are symptom free and feeling better! We need your help to keep our students and staff so that we can have a safe learning environment for all.
- We have seen too many cases where individuals were not feeling well and have been in school and then subsequently tested positive for the COVID virus.
- This is in turn has impacted many students and staff in the classroom.
- We are requesting families to complete a wellness check on their child each morning prior to coming to school.
- Staff members are asked to assess for wellness prior to coming to school.
- It is also important to note, the district is following protocols from the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE), with input from the MA. Department of Publlic Health (DPH), as well as from input from the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP).
- Our school-based protocols differ from community-based protocols.
- For example, if a vaccinated student is identified as a close contact to a positive case in school, the vaccinated close contact is exempt from quarantine and testing response protocols.
- In the school setting, a vaccinated close contact would be required to monitor for symptoms for 10 days and if feeling well may attend school, where masks are required.
- The school has many mitigation strategies in place to decrease the spread of the virus and the exposure is not considered as high a risk as an outside of school exposure.
- In the community, because it is a higher risk exposure, if a vaccinated close contact is exposed to a positive individual, the Chelmsford Board of Health would recommend the vaccinated close contact be tested on day 3-5, wear a mask until they receive a negative covid test and may attend activities as long as they are feeling well.
Test and Stay:
- If a student is exposed to a positive case in school, they may participate in Test and Stay, as long as consent has been received prior to the exposure.
- DESE released the Test and Stay protocol for districts for this statewide testing program.
- Students are strongly encouraged to utilize this protocol option to minimize the amount of time they are out of school due to a COVID exposure.
- This initiative is intended for asymptomatic close contacts due to a school exposure with confirmed COVID-19.
- This program will allow for students to stay in school if they receive a rapid antigen test (Binax NOW) each school day (5 -7 days) and test negative and remain symptom free.
- If an individual has an exposure in the community setting, they are not eligible for Test and Stay and must follow the traditional quarantine protocol. For example, an exposure at Dance class, Chelmsford Youth Hockey, Pop Warner Cheerleading, Book Club, Pottery Class..etc-must follow the guidelines for an outside exposure which includes the at home quarantine protocol.
- Consent for Test and Stay must be received by the school a minimum of three days prior to an exposure to be eligible for participation.
- A vaccinated close contact is exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols and therefore would not participate in Test and Stay
Close Contact Notification Letters:
- We understand there has been some confusion surrounding notification of close contacts.
- As a district, we are notifying parents/guardians when there is a positive case in the classroom.
- Teachers are keeping seating assignments so that we can identify close contacts and determine if any students were within 6 feet of the positive case while indoors for 15 minutes or more.
- Lastly, in addition to not sending your child to school if they are not feeling well, we need your help in reinforcing with your child, the importance of wearing their mask properly in school.
- The mask mandate from DESE requires all students in K-12 wear a mask, unless there is a medical exemption that has been documented by a health care provider.
- Masking is a critical measure to contain the spread of COVID-19! Masks must completely cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of the face without gaps.
Thank you for working together to ensure a healthy school environment for all!
Let's Stay Connected!
Our next PTO meeting is this Wednesday, November 3 at 6:30pm In the Harrington library and online. Please watch for the link to join on our Facebook page!
Harrington's Glow Run is November 6th 4:00-6:00 PM. Glow items, food, t-shirt and games are included AND T-Mobile has added amazing items to our swag bags! Deadline to sign up is Tuesday, November 2nd. Register here:
Hi families, we are very fortunate to have a Harrington parent, Dr. Molly Rawding, host our first book group on 'Table Talk Math'. Please watch Molly's quick video to learn
We hope you join us!