Center Community Chat

October 23, 2022

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Dear Center Community,

Thank you, families, for the "Twix's and Treats". You always find the sweetest and most creative ways to make Center staff feel appreciated.

Fall festivities and fun were abundant at Center this week. From trips to Parlee farm, and exploration of the Garrison House, and pumpkin math fun.

We enjoyed another great community event at Center yesterday. Trunk or Treat was a huge success. Thank you to those who organized, decorated their cars, donated candy, and showed up in creative costumes to make this a festive event.

Staff Update

Congratulations to both Laura Bentley and Sarah Stuart who welcomed baby girls into their families this week. We are so thankful that all are healthy and well.

Amy Miller will be filling in for Ms. Bentley for the remainder of the year. We are still trying to secure a 4th grade teacher for Ms. Stuart's leave. Until then, Mrs. Omobono will be wearing two hats and filling in for her. While she is in this dual role, please direct all questions and concerns not related to Ms. Stuart's class to Dianna.

Email Issues

Due to recent DNS issues that Follett experienced, emails being sent from Follett/Aspen servers are being flagged as spam/malicious content predominantly by yahoo mail servers.

Our tech department is working with yahoo and other major providers to ensure that we are re-marked as a trusted provider.

Parent Event

Join us on October 27th at 7pm for a virtual South Row and Center School presentation on "Top Ten Strategies" for supporting students with executive functioning and attentional issues, presented by Cynthia Goldrich. The presentation will be 45 minutes long with unlimited time for Q&A.

The zoom link is

Or go to Join meeting ID: 717-515-793. Password: 393537

More about Cindy:

Cindy Goldrich, Ed. M., ADHD-CCSP, is a mental health counselor, ADHD Certified Clinical Service Provider, and teacher trainer. As an ADHD specialist, she supports parents, educators, and other professionals in addressing the impact of ADHD and executive functioning on learning, motivation, and behavior.

Bus Push Week

Last week and the coming are Bus Push Weeks. Students can earn two points each time on the bus for keeping a voice volume of 1 and staying in their seats. Please reinforce these expectations with your students and ask how many points they have earned. The bus with the most points wins an extra recess.

Have a great week.

Warm Regards,

Dianna and Donna

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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

ALICE Drills

During the week of November 1st - November 10th 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.

On Thursday, October 27th, we will be hosting grade level meetings to review a PowerPoint social story and elementary video explaining the drill. 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.

Good Things

Fall Festive Fun

Even the bus ride was an adventure

Pumpkin seed math in 2W and 2Mac

3rd grade students explored Garrison House- A Local Historical Treasure

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Surprise guest on Bus #15

Cozy Campout in 4B

Upcoming Events


  • Monday, October 31: Kindergarten Paper Bag Parade


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

  • 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



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

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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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