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Week of: November 1st, 2021

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Message from Mrs. Gilbert, Principal

Hello South Row Families!


We wrapped up our Reading Challenge this week past with a total of 57,080 minutes read. Congratulations to our 4th grade for logging the most minutes. Below are the grand totals for each grade. Thank you for your support.


Kindergarten - 493 leaves = 9,860 minutes

Grade 1 - 681 leaves = 13,620 minutes

Grade 2 - 449 leaves = 8,980 minutes

Grade 3 - 510 leaves = 10,200 minutes

Grade 4 - 721 leaves = 14,420 minutes


We had our evacuation practice to rally points today and our first ALICE drill will take place this week. Please review information below for a better understanding of these important safety procedures.


On November 5th we will host another High Five Friday with the Chelmsford Police Department. If you see any of our officers please give them a warm welcome.


Thank you to all of you have have sent in gently used coats and jackets, our collecting box in the lobby is filling up! Don't forget we have another Kindness Day on November 1st.


Happy Halloween to those of you who celebrate, stay safe!



Respectfully,

Terri

Week at a Glance

**AN ALICE DRILL will take place this week - Please review additional information below.**


MONDAY (11.1.21)

  • Kindness Matters Day (students and staff are invited to wear kindness shirts and promote kind acts throughout the day)
  • Student Grade Level Meetings w/ Ms. Gilbert & Mr. Ramalho
  • School Council Meeting, 5:30PM, Computer Lab
  • PTO Board Meeting, 6:30PM, Computer Lab OR Virtual
  • PTO Meeting, 7:00PM, Cafeteria or Virtual (https://meet.google.com/vjo-askr-out)


TUESDAY (11.2.21)

  • Election Day - NO SCHOOL for Students - Professional Development for Teachers.


WEDNESDAY (11.3.21)

  • Walk to School Day - Please see our flyer for more information. You can also reach out to Lindsey Moran (lindsdean@gmail.com) or Leanne Needham (needham.leanne@yahoo.com) if you have questions or would like to get involved. Click on this link for more information.
  • Pool Testing
  • SELIS Survey for Grade 3 and 4 Students


Thursday (11.4.21)

  • No events


Friday (11.5.21)

  • High Five Friday

Looking ahead

  • Veterans Day: There will be NO SCHOOL on Thursday, November 11th.


  • Thanksgiving Break: There will be an early release day (11:45am) on Wednesday, November 24th and also no school on Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th.

Upcoming Spirit Days


  • Favorite Book Character Spirit Day- Friday, November 12th
  • Chelmsford/South Row Spirit Day - November 19th

Monthly Kind Act

Veterans Day Letter Writing: Classes will be writing letters for Veterans to show their appreciation as this month's kind act!

Reminders/ Updates for the Week

School Visionary Input Session: Please review the flyer below in Home Link on the school visionary input sessions taking place at the district level. The next one is on Tuesday, November 9th at 6:00pm at the ELKS in Chelmsford. We encourage community members to attend and share your insight.


SELIS Survey (Gr.3 and 4): Our 3rd and 4th grade students will be administered a SELIS survey on November 3rd. SELIS is a social and emotional learning survey for students in grades 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10. This survey measures students’ self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, interpersonal relationship, and responsible decision-making skills. The survey is designed to help understand and improve social and emotional and academic support for students. Click on the attached letter has more information as well as the option to "opt out".


International Festival Planning Committee: We are looking for anyone interested in planning an International Festival for sometime in the Spring. If you would like to get involved on any level please reach out to gilbertt@chelmsford.k12.ma.us or ramalhoj@chelmsford.k12.ma.us


Jacket/Sweatshirt Reminder: As we get deeper in the fall and the winter months are fast approaching, we want to remind all families to please monitor the weather to ensure your child is prepared for outdoor recess and snack breaks. We recommend that students bring a sweatshirt and/or jacket to school daily to be sure they are prepared.


4th Grade Student Council Meetings: We had very successful student council meetings this past week. A special thank you to all of our fourth grade student leaders who are excited to get involved in our school!


Parent/Teacher Conferences: Parents have the option of either attending conferences in-person OR remotely using a Google meet. The teacher will send a Google meet link to any parent choosing to meet remotely. Parents should join the Google meet using their child’s credentials to work best in our system.


Library Volunteers: If you would be interested in volunteering in our school library please reach out to Maria Hamm hammm@chelmsford.k12.ma.us


Pool Testing/Test and Stay: If you are interested in opting into either of these testing protocols please click on this link to complete the consent form: LINK

Evacuation Drill Today

*Sent previously today under separate cover*


Friday, October 29th, 2021


Dear South Row Families,


I am writing to let you know that we had our first evacuation drill today to our respective rally points at South Row School this morning. This is not a formal ALICE drill, but rather an exercise in walking our students to locations away from the building that they would go to if they ever needed to leave the building and get to a rally point.


They completed it efficiently and safely. I hope you will ask your child about this drill. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you to the Chelmsford Police department for their assistance.


Respectfully,

Mrs. Gilbert & Mr. Ramalho

Important ALICE Drill Information

*Sent previously today under separate cover*


Friday, October 29th, 2021


Dear South Row families,


Next week we will be conducting 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.


In an effort to prepare for this drill, on Monday, November 1st, students will listen to an introduction video which features a social story on ALICE, an ALICE video created by the district in collaboration with the Chelmsford Police Department, and a next steps and reflection video in their respective classrooms. Please click on this link to preview these videos. The past three years we have utilized the same protocols and presentation and we were very impressed how well students and staff conducted the ALICE drill. We have collaborated with the Chelmsford Police and Fire Departments on this drill to ensure that it is 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.


Sincerely,


Terri Gilbert, Principal

Jayson Ramalho, Assistant Principal

From the Music Room....


FROM Mrs. Cooper in the Music Room:


Here are links for your students to hear the songs they have been working on and sing it to you! Lyric sheets were also sent home this week, but the students have been asking for me to send home the music. :-)

I am also including a link to the song In the Hall of the Mt. King because we have been playing instruments along with it all week as well. Thank you! Encourage your students to sing their song for you! Any questions, feel free to reach out, or even send me videos! ~Mrs. Cooper CooperA@chelmsford.k12.ma.us Twitter/Instagram: @SouthRowMusic


Kindergarten: 5 Little Pumpkins https://youtu.be/ic-Uid8bQbE

Grade 1: Skin & Bones (Old Woman) https://musicplayonline.com/songs/skin-and-bones__trashed/?my_access_code=C092341 (Click View as Student - then view the Lyrics video)

Grade 2: What’s That Creature? https://musicplayonline.com/songs/whats-that-creature/?my_access_code=C092341 (Click View as Student - then view the Lyrics video)

Grades 3 & 4: Ghost of Tom https://musicplayonline.com/songs/ghost-of-tom__trashed/?my_access_code=C092341 (Click View as Student - then view the Lyrics video)

In the Hall of the Mt. King (this is the video gr. 2-4 was using to play Boomwhackers with - Gr. K & 1 only heard the song and were playing shaker eggs): https://safeshare.tv/x/ss5f84ba2d16542#

Nurses Corner

Dear South Row Families,


I hope you all have a great weekend. For those of you who celebrate Halloween, here are some quick safety tips!


Trick or treat with care


Before your children start trick-or-treating, review these safety rules:

  • Get in on the fun. Accompany trick-or-treaters younger than age 12. Pin a piece of paper with your child's name, address and phone number inside your child's pocket in case you get separated. Encourage older kids to trick or treat with friends, parents or older siblings. Make sure someone in the group has a flashlight with fresh batteries.

  • Set ground rules. If your child will be trick-or-treating without you, plan a familiar route and set a curfew. Review safety rules, including staying with the group, walking only on the sidewalk, approaching only clearly lit homes, and never going inside a home or car for a treat. Have your child carry a cellphone.

  • Inspect treats before indulging. Don't let your child snack while he or she is trick-or-treating. Feed your child an early meal before heading out, and inspect the treats before your child eats them. Discard anything that's not sealed, has torn packaging or looks questionable. If you have young children, weed out gum, peanuts, hard candies and other choking hazards. If your child has food allergies, check candy labels carefully.

  • Ration the loot. If your child collects lots of goodies, consider doling out a few pieces at a time. You might ask your child if he or she would like to swap some — or all — of the candy for something else, such as a toy, book or outing.


Stay safe and sweet on the home front

To prepare for trick-or-treaters:

  • Clean up. Put away tripping hazards, such as garden hoses, toys and bikes. Clear wet leaves, snow or other debris from the sidewalk.

  • Turn the lights on. Replace burned-out bulbs to ensure visibility at the walkway and front door.

  • Control your pets. Take no chances that your pet might be frightened and chase or bite a child at your door.

  • Consider sugar substitutes. Instead of handing out sweets, try stickers, fun pencils, rubber insects or colored chalk.


If trick or treating isn't right for your child, consider planning a candy swap party with friends or neighbors. You might have a food-free costume contest and plan games and prizes. Or check local schools or community centers for other options.


And if you'll be driving on Halloween, watch for children crossing the street. Be especially careful entering or leaving driveways and alleys. Extra caution can help ensure Halloween safety for everyone.


Source: Mayo Clinic, 2021 https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/childrens-health/in-depth/halloween-safety/art-20044976

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Holiday Assistance - If you are in need of help please see the attached brochures

Chelmsford Special Education Parent Advisory Council

PTO Corner

Fruit Sale Fundraiser


For the month of November, we will be running a fruit sale through Florida Indian River Groves. Fruit will be shipped within 24 hours of being picked and will arrive at its destination in just a couple of days from the time of ordering. Information is coming home in folders about this fundraiser on Friday, October 29. To order online, visit www.foridaindianrivergroves.com and use our school ID code, which is 1026389.


PTO Meeting


Please join us for our next PTO meeting on Monday, November 1 at 7pm. This will be our first hybrid meeting, so please jion us either in the cafeteria or via the following link.

Google Meet joining info

https://meet.google.com/vjo-askr-out

Or dial: +1 208-718-2591 PIN: 368 894 906#

More phone numbers


Volunteers Needed for Playground Painting

South Row PTO is organizing a playground painting day (stencil paintings on the pavement, including: Four Square, Hop Scotch, Mirror Me). We are planning to work late morning (10:30am) to early afternoon (no later than 3:30pm) on Sunday 10/31, with a rain date of 11/7. We need 3 to 5 CHS students and/or South Row parents. PTO organizers will sign off to confirm volunteer hours for CHS students that help. In addition, we are buying pizza for all the volunteers.

Currently, we have enough volunteers for this Sunday, and we are still hoping to paint this week, but the weather is a little iffy. We could still use a few more people to set aside time for next week in case we need to postpone.

Here is the signup genius form where CHS students or South Row Parents can volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0B4BACAA2BA0F58-playground .

PTO Online Directories

We are happy to announce that the PTO Family Directory and Parent Business Directory have been published to our website for this year! The Business Directory is easily accessible via a link in the sidebar of every page on the website, or directly through this link: https://www.southrowpto.com/p/parent-business-directory.html

The family directory is under password protection to keep our contact information secure. The password for this year is "AmongUs". Please do not share this password with anyone. If you forget the password, you can contact the main office for a password reminder. You can find the directory page at http://www.southrowpto.com/p/family-directory.html.

We have received a number of emails from parents who had not realized that this whole-school directory was separate from the class contact lists. We apologize for not being clear enough about that. If you missed the notices about being included in the directory, didn't realize that this is separate from class lists, or expected your information to carry forward from last year (we don't know everyone's class for this year and can't do that automatically) and would like to be added, or if you need to change your contact information at any time, please email southrowpto@gmail.com.

Enjoy keeping in touch with classmates and supporting South Row families' businesses!

School Visioning Session #2 - 11-9-21

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November Walk to School Day!

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Food Services

SOUTH ROW'S PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

Please send photos to Mr. Ramalho (ramalhoj@chelmsford.k12.ma.us) to be featured in our Home Link newsletter!

Music fun!

Kindergarten Parade

Cafeteria Shout Outs!

Orange and Black Day!

Fun Photos! =)

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Contact the Main Office Staff