Harrington Happenings

January 29, 2023

Happy Sunday Harrington Families

Happy NFL Championship Sunday!! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend so far, and was able to enjoy the relatively mild weather. Seems Winter will be returning in full strength as the week progresses with some single digit numbers by the end of the week. You can expect students to go outside for recess as long as the real feel temperature is 22 degrees. Knowing this, I cannot say enough the importance of the proper cold weather clothing for being outside. We still had students in sweatshirts this past week, I must remind everyone that I will keep students indoors if they are not properly dressed to be in the cold weather, so please ensure that your student(s) comes to school prepared.

Early in the week I send a connectEd home regarding dropping off of students if you drop off daily. Please DO NOT release your student before you are given the okay from the staff Members per in the area. This is a safety precaution with the expectation that we follow the process.


Please remember that if you are changing the way in which your student will be dismissed on a particular day please send in a note with your student, or call the main office. Teachers will follow the consistent plans of that day unless there is notification from a parent/guardian to them directly. Students can be confused on dismissal plans which causes extensive confusion and a delay in the dismissal process. Again, please send in a note or call the office if you change the way your student will be getting home on any particular day.

Thank you for your continued support of Harrington. We are an inclusive community, a special community, a community that will continue to support each other.

Please ensure that you are receiving all communications from the school and that your contact information is up to date. If at any time you have changed your contact information, please let the school know so we can update our systems.

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

MCAS Dates for Spring 2023

This year's MCAS Dates will be the following:

MCAS - ELA: April 10-13

MCAS - Math: May 15-18

Please plan accordingly any vacations or planned absences around these dates.

From Nurse Shevaun

HEALTH SCREENINGS January 30th, 31st, and February 1st

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health requires students to be screened at certain intervals. In elementary school, your child will be screened for:

  • Hearing: Grades *K, 1, 2, 3
  • Vision with stereopsis testing: Grades *K, 1, 2, 3
  • Visual acuity: Grade 4
  • Height/Weight: Grades 1, 4

*Kindergarten: Upon entering kindergarten, the parent/guardian is required to submit a recent physical with a completed vision and hearing screening. If we have documentation from within the previous 12 months that your child has passed a vision and hearing screening, an additional screening is not necessary. If your kindergarten child is missing a hearing or vision screening, it will be done at school.

Please make sure your student brings or wears their prescribed eyeglasses at school for their vision screening.

If you choose to have your child opt out of any of these screenings, you may send a written request to exclude him/her from participating to assinis@chelmsford.k12.ma.us, or you may call the health office.

Thank you and stay well!

Nurse Shevaun

Let's Stay Connected!

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As one more friendly reminder, all completed calendar raffle entry slips and money are due back this Monday, January 30 in the labeled manila envelope. Thank you for your hard work to ensure our fundraiser is a success!

Remember to sign up for the Riverhawks game but one get one free tickets on February 4th! Flyer below.

Join us for a great grown ups night out event. February 11 movie night at Harrington. Please see the flyer attached and signs up will be sent out this week!

Money raised will go towards playground enhancements and whole school rewards! Keep up the great work!

February 4th join us at the Riverhawks game. Flyer below. Tickets are buy one get one free!

February 11th is movie night at the school. From 6-8pm. This is a drop off event so enjoy a night out while your kids can watch a movie with friends! More details to come!

March 18th Save the Date for our first special persons dance from 6-8pm. There will be a DJ, games and prizes. Each child can bring one special adult to these fun event! More details to follow!

If you haven't already, please enable AmazonSmile and select Harrington as your designated charity! Anytime you shop on Amazon a portion of your purchase can come back to Harrington at no cost to you! Please review the attached document for instructions on how to set up AmazonSmile to support Harrington.

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2023 Harrington STEAM Fair - General Information and Registration

Hello Harrington Families! HPTO is excited to announce our 2023 Harrington STEAM Fair on March 14th (Pi Day!) Students are invited to create a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, or Mathematics (STEAM) project and display it at the Fair! This is a fun event intended to nurture students' interest in STEAM. There is no judging, but STEAM fair mentors will visit every project and talk to each participant about their topic. All participants present at the STEAM Fair will be automatically entered into a raffle for gift certificates and other prizes supported by a donation from the University of Massachusetts Lowell Department of Chemical Engineering!

Please review the attached document and sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/harringtonsteamfair2023.

Please contact harringtonsteamfair@gmail.com or HPTO with any questions.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Looking forward to this year's event!

HPTO Facebook Page


C. D. Harrington Elementary School

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