Center Community Chat

February 6, 2022

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Dear Center Community,

A shout of thanks and appreciation to our counseling staff, Ms. Lallas, Dr. Sollenberger, and psychology intern, Brittany Martinez. Sadly, the pandemic has resulted in a dramatic increase in the mental health needs of students everywhere. We are fortunate to have a dedicated, caring, and competent team at Center to work with our students and families to meet these needs. Please share a word of thanks with these special staff members this week.

Please read the section below carefully regarding changes to our COVID testing, response, and communication.

Center Chirps:

  • Parking at Pick Up- Please do not block in any cars when you arrive for pick up. If there are no legal spots we ask that you remain in your vehicles until one opens. Our paraprofessionals leave at 3:15 and several spots will open once they leave.

Don't forget, Monday is a "Let Your Kind Shine" spirit day at Center. Kindness Rocks!!

Be well and have a good week.

Warm regards,

Dianna and Donna

Important COVID Updates

Chelmsford Public Schools is updating the COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Program, effective February 7, 2022. The first At-Home Antigen tests will be sent home in students' backpacks on Monday, February 6. Tests will be sent home twice a month on Fridays moving forward.

These will only be send to those who registered for them. If you did not sign up for this distribution, you will have the opportunity to sign up for the next distribution which will take place on Friday, February 18th.

These tests are to help detect covid when students don't have symptoms. Center Pool Tests on Wednesday so please use the home test on Friday or Saturday. If an individual is experiencing any symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider for recommendations.

Note, symptomatic vaccinated close contacts and unvaccinated close contacts to a positive case in the home or community setting, will follow the 5-day quarantine and testing guidelines per the Dept. of Health and the Chelmsford Board of Health.

If an individual has tested positive within the past 90 days, covid pool testing is not recommended.

As a result of the availability of home test distribution, the following changes will occur:

  • We will no longer contact trace. Nurse Rossman will focus on addressing symptomatic cases of COVID-19 and communicating with those directly impacted.

  • COVID letters will not be sent to families when a person in the classroom has tested positive for COVID. Staff and families can access the COVID-19 Dashboard to view positive cases in the building via the Superintendent’s update and CPS website.

  • The Test and Stay program will be discontinued effective Monday, February 7th.

  • Pool testing will continue on Wednesdays. All individuals in a positive pool will be retested to find the positive individual. That individual will follow the quarantine/isolation process. As a reminder, you can sign up for pool testing using this link at any time.

Thank you for your continued partnership and support.


Dianna, Donna & Kathy

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Currently Reading

Gwendolyn Brooks was the first African American to receive a Pulitzer Prize for Literature. She was well known for her poetry. Check out one of her poems below; perfect for a cold February day!
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COVID Vaccine Clinic

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The COVID Vaccine Clinic will be offered to all students ages 5 years to 11years old on Wednesday Feb. 9, 2022. We are partnering with Remedium Pharmacy in N. Chelmsford.

Remedium Pharmacy will be on site at Chelmsford High School ( in the cafeteria ) at 200 Richardson Rd. on Wednesday February 9, 2022, from 3:00pm-6:00pm. The clinic is open to all Chelmsford residents ages 5 years to 11 years old!

The 2nd dose COVID Vaccine clinic will be held on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022, from 3:00pm-6:00pm at the Chelmsford High School (in the cafeteria). Remedium Pharmacy will send out a reminder email to parents/guardians.

For the 2nd dose clinic on March 2nd, your appointment time will be the SAME TIME as your first dose appointment selected on February 9th.

We are happy to have our special furry friends from She's A Keeper Therapy Animal Program to visit with our students during this event! 🐶🐾🐾🐶

To register:

  1. Go to
  2. Click the purple button in the middle of the page that reads "Chelmsford Ages 5-11 COVID Vaccine Clinic 2/9/22".
  3. This will bring you to a screen that has Chelmsford. If you have more than one child, please register and sign consent for each child.
  4. Enter the access code- Chelmsford
  5. Select the appointment time slot and click submit and sign up at the bottom of the page.
  6. Enter your child's demographic information and click Sign up Now.
  7. Please note:
  • A parent/guardian must accompany their child to the vaccine clinic.
  • Please have your child wear a short-sleeved shirt
  • Please bring a copy of your insurance card, however no child will be denied a vaccine for lack of insurance.
  • It is recommended that individuals hydrate on the day of the vaccine!
  • Students will be observed for 15 minutes after the vaccine is administered.
  • Side effects may be experienced after getting the vaccine; these are normal signs that your body is building protection against COVID-19
  • The most common side effects are: pain at the injection site, headache, fatigue, muscle ache, fever, chills, nausea.

We strongly encourage all eligible individuals to receive the vaccine- THANK YOU to our families and students for getting vaccinated. We are grateful for your commitment to protect our students against COVID-19 and for helping to keep our school community safe! Please feel free to reach out with any questions.


Peggy Gump, M.Ed BSN RN

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Students caught showing their PRIDE

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Upcoming Events

February 2022

  • Monday, February 7: Let your Kind Shine- Kindness spirit day

  • Tuesday, February 8: Gr 2 Enrichment - high touch, high tech

  • Wednesday, February 9: Half Day - Professional Day

  • Tuesday, February 15: Gr 2 Enrichment - high touch, high tech

  • Wednesday, February 16: Therapy Dog Visit 9-11

  • Thursday, February 17: Center Virtual Bingo, 6:30

  • Friday, February 18: 5th grade instrument performance for 4th grade students, 9:45-10:30 AM in the gym

  • Monday, February 21: February recess

  • Monday, February 28: Return from break


  • Thursday, March 3: Half day - Professional Day.

  • Thursday, March 3: School Council, 4-5

  • Monday, March 7: “Let Your Kind Shine” spirit day.

  • Tuesday, March 8: End of Marking Period Grades 1-4

  • Wednesday, March 9: Gr K Enrichment - Discovery Museum

  • Thursday, March 10: Gr K Enrichment - Discovery Museum

  • Friday, March 11: Grade 1 Enrichment, Author Brian Lies - 9:10 - 12:50pm

  • Wednesday, March 16: Therapy Dog Visit 9-11

  • Wednesday, March 16: PTO meeting at Center Library, 7 PM

  • Friday, March 18: Center/Chelmsford PRIDE spirit day

  • Friday, March 18: Deadline for posting grades Grades 1-4

  • Saturday, March 19: Choral Fest at CHS

  • Wednesday, March 23: Grades available online for parents Grades 1-4

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