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Week of: January 31st, 2022

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Message from Mrs. Gilbert, Principal

Hello Families,

As we approach the halfway point in the 2021-2022 school year we have so many things to celebrate at South Row. The key component that has made this school year a success so far is the relationships between all members of the South Row community. These relationships are the cornerstone of our work. We can't thank you enough for the support you have given your children and our staff as we all transitioned back to school this year. We look forward to our continued partnering for the success of our students.

Be safe...enjoy the snow!! As you can see above...we have our own "Math Fact" blizzard going on at South Row and it's been quite a storm!! Students have logged over 14,000 math fact minutes.


Update from Dr. Lang, CPS COVID-19 Mitigation Strategy - Rapid Antigen Testing

Please click on the below PDF link for an update from Dr. Lang on an update to CPS COVID Mitigation Strategy- At Home Rapid Antigen Testing. This letter was sent out to the CPS Community on January 25th. Please review it if you haven't had a chance yet.

Week at a Glance

MONDAY (1.31.22)

  • No events

TUESDAY (2.01.22)

  • First Day of Black History Month
  • Kindergarten Parent Conferences - Ms. Dossin
  • Spotlight on South Row at School Committee tune in at 6:00pm

  • WEDNESDAY (2.02.22)

    • Pool Testing

    • Groundhog Day

    • Kindergarten Parent Conferences - Mrs. Patriquin

    Thursday (2.03.22)

    • Kindergarten Parent Conferences - Mrs. Rigby

    Friday (2.04.22)

    • School Spirit Day - Chelmsford/South Row Day
    • Door Decorating Judging and Student Viewing
    • Kindergarten Parent Conferences - Ms. Sbordy

    Looking ahead

    • Virtual February Grade Level Meetings, Week of Monday, February 7th
    • International Festival Committee Meeting, Monday, February 7th, Virtual, link coming soon
    • School Council Meeting, Monday, February 7th, Virtual, link coming soon
    • PTO Meeting, Monday, February 7th, Virtual, link coming soon
    • Early Release Day - Teacher Professional Development, Wednesday, February 9th, students dismissed beginning at 11:45am
    • February Therapy Dog Visit -Tuesday 2/15 - Tice, Rigby, Frasca, Bullock, and Krauch (subject to change)
    • 4th Grade - MIddle School Performance Field Trip - February 18th
    • Science Fair Registration deadline February 18th (details below)
    • February School Vacation (No School) - February 21st-25th
    • Science Fair Projects due - February 25th

    Reminders/ Updates for the Week

    A special thank you: Thank you to Marguerite Lemmerman for designing our "Great Kindness Challenge" stickers for all students this week. They were a big hit. We would also like to thank Abbey Ciardi for updating our South Row sign with many positive messages this week. Check some of them out below.

    Outdoor Recess Reminders: We continue to do our best to get students outside for recess as long as conditions and temperatures are safe for students. As a reminder, please be sure your child has a jacket, gloves, and a hat for outdoor recess in the winter months. Also, if there is snow on the ground, students must have boots on to walk on any snow covered area. Additionally, we recommend if your child brings in boots they also have sneakers, especially on days where your child has PE.

    Door Decorating Challenge Next Steps: Our students and staff have enjoyed decorating their doors as part of our whole school reward.This upcoming Friday, many Chelmsford administrators and one surprise guest will be on site to judge all of the doors at South Row School. Students will also have the opportunity to view doors throughout the building in the morning hours. We will announce the "winning door" at dismissal time next Friday! Good luck to all classrooms!

    Math Challenge Standings: 14,460 minutes logged by South Row students!!

    Kindergarten - 2,930 minutes

    Grade 1 - 3,200 minutes

    Grade 2 - 2,450 minutes

    Grade 3 - 4,120 minutes

    Grade 4 - 1,760 minutes

    From Mrs. Cooper in the Music Room:

    --Students K-4 celebrated Kindness Week in the music room by singing the song Kindness is Contagious and talking about how “it all depends on you!”

    --Chinese New Year in the Music Room! Next week is the start of the Chinese New Year! Every class, every grade will be celebrating in Music class. If your family celebrates and would like to send in a show and tell item or would like to share something about how your family celebrates, please send it in on your student’s Music Class day. All students will be learning about the Lunar New Year, the Story of Nian, the 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs, see an authentic Dragon dance, as well as doing an activity with the book “The Runaway Wok” by Ying Chang Compestine.

    Upcoming Spirit Days

    • Kindness Matters Day, Monday, February 7th
    • Red, White, and Pink Day, Monday, February 14th

    February Kind Act

    Valentine's Day Cards: Your child(ren)'s classroom teacher will provide more information on this kind act and how it will be handled in their respective classroom!

    Science Fair 2022

    Our school council is excited to share information about our upcoming Virtual Science Fair. Please click on the link to view information pertaining to this special event. The document includes all logistics, registration information, and more event specific details. Thank you in advance for taking the time to review the information and discuss it with your child(ren) to see if they are interested in participating.

    Should you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to A special thank you to Rick Cockley (South Row Parent/School Council member) for organizing this event.

    We are looking forward to this fun virtual event!

    Nurses Corner

    Dear South Row Families,

    Thank you for your patience and support this month. I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of appreciation and support that I have received from the parents and staff in the South Row community. We truly have something special here!

    Covid Response Changes

    There are some changes coming in terms of Covid response at the school. Dr. Lang sent out a communication to families and staff on January 25th. Here are a few key points:

    • Our district will be transitioning from the Test and Stay program to providing weekly at-home rapid antigen tests for all interested students and staff.

    • We will discontinue contact tracing and the Test and Stay program once we receive and distribute at-home rapid antigen test kits to individuals that elect to participate in this new program.

    • Pool Testing will continue. Pool testing is available for vaccinated and unvaccinated students. If your student is already enrolled in pool testing you do not need to sign up again.

    • Students and staff may opt-in to receive at-home rapid antigen test kits regardless of vaccination status, even if they do not participate in pool testing.

    • More information will follow regarding dates these changes will take effect as well as distribution of the tests.

    Important Links:

    Student and Staff Opt In/Register for At Home Antigen Testing Program

    Student Pool Testing Consent

    Third Grade Physicals

    All third grade students are required to submit a current physical exam. If you have not already done so, please submit a copy of your student’s physical dated January 1, 2021 or later.

    Feel free to reach out to me with questions. I will do my best to answer them!


    Nurse V.

    Communicating Positive Cases & Other Information

    Due to the recent surge in Covid related illness, the health office is experiencing a higher than usual volume of calls, emails, and test related inquiries as well as office visits and covid testing procedures. Please note that the nurse may not be able to reply as quickly as has been past practice. We appreciate your support and cooperation as we navigate these challenging times.

    If you are leaving a phone message or email (email is the preferred method of communication) because your child has tested positive, please include the following:

    • Name of child
    • Grade of child
    • Date of symptom onset (if no symptoms were experienced, please note the date the test was taken)
    • Date of testing, type of test performed (home, PCR or antigen).
    • If the positive test was obtained from a home test, if possible, please schedule a PCR lab test to confirm.
    • Date the last time your child was present in school
    • Does your child attend school activities or sports and list the activity or team
    • Is your child vaccinated? ( you may elect not to share this information, if so, please indicate that you elect not to share.) If your child is vaccinated and the school does not have a copy of the vaccine cared, please upload the card using this link below.

    Important Links:

    *Please note, you must be logged into your student's CPS Lions Google Account to access these links for the Vaccination Card Upload and the Consent for Pooled Testing and/or Test and Stay.

    Vaccination Card Upload:

    Consent form for Pooled Testing and/or Test and Stay:

    CPS Covid-19 Health and Safety Protocol :
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    PTO Corner

    Snow Play Date

    You may have heard there is some snow coming tomorrow! ;-) We are planning to have a snow play date with sledding, snowperson making, and hot chocolate from 10AM to noon on Saturday, February 5. There is some rain and some warm days in the forecast for the coming week, but there should be enough snow from this storm that there will be plenty left by next Saturday. Look for an email midweek to confirm that conditions are favorable.

    Help Wanted

    There are a few roles that we are seeking volunteers for:

    Bylaw Review Committee

    Our bylaws state that every 5 years, we must conduct a bylaw review, and this is the year. This involves a committee reading the bylaws, and if necessary, proposing amendments that will be voted on at a PTO meeting. The committee MUST consist of at least 3 people, including one member of the Board and one staff member and one parent, neither of whom may be current members of the Board. The time commitment could be as little as one meeting, depending on how many proposed changes are found upon review.

    Board Positions

    Our May meeting with Board elections will be here before you know it! Each Board position (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) are elected annually, so if any position interests you, don't hesitate to reach out to to learn more.

    Food Services


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

    Door Decorating

    The Great Kindness Challenge Week!

    Spreading Kindness!

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    Sports Day!

    Pride Shout Outs

    Fun in FUNDations!

    Grade 3 Printmaking in Art!

    Winter Walking Tips from Chelmsford Municipal Safety

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