Center Community Chat

October 30, 2022

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Dear Center Community,

The fall fun continues at Center!! On Monday, our K students will participate in the annual paper bag parade; a great way to start the week. A reminder that students are invited to wear fall festive colors tomorrow and not costumes.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for the Recycle Day collection event on November 5th, 8AM-12PM. We need volunteers to help with greeting drivers, unloading donated items, and loading items into the recycle company's truck. Any interested parents can sign up at

This is a great fundraiser that supports enrichment programs for both Center Elementary and McCarthy Middle School.

Staff Update

Please welcome Steven Collins to Center school. He will be filling in for Ms. Stuart while she is on leave. Mr. Collins is no stranger to Center, having completed his student teaching here. Many thanks to Ms. Omobono for filling in until we could secure a LTS.

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

Have a great week.

Warm Regards,

Dianna and Donna

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

Please Welcome our New Student council members

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Calling all 4th grade Caregivers!

It’s time to begin planning and organizing 4th grade activities!

Please join us Thursday, November 3rd at 6pm in the Center School Cafeteria to learn more about the volunteer opportunities that help make these events a success!

ALICE Drills

During the week of November 1st - November 10th we will practice our first ALICE drill of the school year. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. This is a research based, options-based protocol that is non-sequential to respond to a dangerous individual at school.

We hosted grade level meetings to review a PowerPoint social story and elementary video explaining the drill on Thursday. Please see the video shared below. We have collaborated with the Chelmsford Police and Fire Departments on this drill to ensure we are engaging students and staff in a developmentally appropriate experience.

After we conduct the drill, we will send a communication to inform you when it has occurred. Should you have any questions about ALICE or about this drill, either leading up to the drill or after you have been able to debrief with your child, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

CPS ALICE Elementary'

Good Things

FOSS science a favorite in 3L

Finally able to get friends out for recess on Friday!

3rd grade students visit a local historical treasure, Garrison House

Learn more about Canstruction Creations from Center Researchers in the lobby

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Upcoming Events


  • Monday, October 31: Kindergarten Paper Bag Parade


  • Thursday, November 3: School Council Meeting 4:00 - 5:00pm

  • Thursday, November 3: 4th grade events planning mtg. 6PM in Center cafeteria

  • Saturday, November 5, Recycling Day, 8-12

  • Monday, November 7: Let Your Kind Shine Spirit Day

  • Tuesday, November 8: No School (Full day Professional Day)

  • Friday, November 11: No School (Veteran’s Day)

  • Wednesday, November 16: CSPTO meeting, 7 PM in the library

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

  • Friday, November 18: Chelmsford Pride Spirit Day

  • Thursday, November 24: No School (Thanksgiving)

  • Friday, November 25: No School

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

Notes from the Nurse

Center Elementary will remain in compliance with M.G.L c 71 s 57, which requires annual growth screen measurements ( height and weight) for grades 1 and 4. This confidential screening will start in November. Parents and/or legal guardians who wish to omit this screening should contact the health office by the end of October with the request.

Thank you,

Kathy Rossman BSN RN



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.

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