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Week of: November 15th, 2021

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Message from Mrs. Gilbert, Principal

Hello South Row Families!

We had our second High Five Friday on November 12th. Thank you to the Chelmsford Police Department for your continued partnering in this initiative. Friday was also our favorite book character day. Students and staff celebrated this in a variety of creative ways.

As a reminder, parent conferences are next week. If you haven't already signed up please reach out to your child's teacher. We pride ourselves on building relationships with both students and families in order to create the best possible experiences for students.

Our Treats for Troops initiative has been very successful. We will continue to collect candy through November 19th. Please see below for additional information. Our Veterans Day letters have been delivered! Students put a great amount of time and effort into their messages. Thank you to our Veterans!



Week at a Glance

MONDAY (11.15.21)

  • 4th Grade Activities Meeting, 6:30PM
    Google Meet joining info
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TUESDAY (11.16.21)

  • Grade 2 Enrichment Program "Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream"

WEDNESDAY (11.17.21)

  • Pool Testing

Thursday (11.18.21)

  • Early Release Day - Parent Conferences

Reminders for Early Release Days:

  • Students are dismissed at 11:45am
  • Car dismissals should adhere to the following times
  1. Last names A-G- 11:40-11:45am
  2. Last names H-N- 11:45-11:50am
  3. Last names O-Z- 11:50-11:55am
  • Please communicate any changes to your child's dismissal plans to their respective teacher, Mrs. O'Neill ( and Mrs. Sepe ( Be sure to also discuss with your child.
  • NO Lunch is served
  • Students will either have specials or recess (rotates every half day).
  • Snack time may be adjusted and/or not occur depending on your child(ren)'s schedule.
  • Students who are enrolled in extended day can only attend if you are signed up for THURSDAY's. Please pack a lunch for your child.

Friday (11.19.21)

  • Chelmsford/South Row Spirit Day

Looking ahead

  • Upcoming Half Days: 11/18 and 12/1 for Parent Conferences. Students dismissed at 11:45am on both days. Thank you for making the time to connect with your child(ren)'s teacher. Your partnership and support is appreciated.

  • 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.
  • Picture Makeup Day November 22nd: Proofs and packages are on their way. If you ordered in advance online your photos will be shipped directly to your home. If you sent an envelope in with your student on picture day your photos will go home in backpacks on Monday. If you would like a retake, please return your original photos to the school.

Upcoming Spirit Days

  • Chelmsford/South Row Spirit Day - Friday, November 19th
  • Kindness Matters Day - Monday, December 6th
  • Chelmsford/South Row Spirit Day - Friday, December 10th
  • Silly Sock Spirit Day - Thursday, December 23rd

Monthly Kind Act

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

Treats for Troops: Soldiers’ Angels Treats for Troops is a Halloween candy collection program. Families with too much candy after Halloween can donate excess candy to support our troops. Please send all donations to the main office. All donated candy will be shipped to Soldiers' Angels in San Antonio, Texas. We will be collecting candy through November 19th.

December: Clothing Donation. More information will be provided.

Reminders/ Updates for the Week

Parent/Teacher Conferences: Thank you for your partnership and engaging in parent/teacher conferences. Our collaborative effort is critical to our students success. Please see some information pertaining to conferences.

  • We look forward to welcoming families to the building for parent conferences this Thursday. If your conference is in person, upon your arrival, please check in by the main office door and be prepared to sign in. Masks must be worn at all times in the building. Should you be a fourth grade families, please plan to enter the main building and a staff member will support you in getting to the modular unit.
  • As a reminder, Parents have the option of either attending conferences in-person OR remotely using a Google meet. Should you decide on a virtual conference, 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.

Wheelie Shoes: Please be advised that we kindly ask students not to wear wheelie shoes (shoes that have wheels on the soles) to school. This is for safety purposes (specifically to prevent possible injury).

Spirit Wear Update: Thank you to all those that participated in our fall Spirit Wear Sale! We are happy to report orders are in and being sorted. All orders will go home with your child in their backpack the week of Nov. 15th! If you do NOT want your order coming home with your child, it can be held for pickup in the front office by emailing Denille NO LATER THAN Sunday Nov 14th.

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 or

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.

Walk to School, December 1st: For more information: walktoschooldec2021

Library Volunteers: If you would be interested in volunteering in our school library please reach out to Maria Hamm

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

Nurses Corner

Dear South Row Families,


I have been receiving some questions regarding vaccination and how it affects test and stay and pooled testing. If your student has received the Covid vaccine or is fully vaccinated, they are welcome to continue to participate in weekly pooled testing. Once they are fully vaccinated they will be exempt from testing and quarantine protocols. This means that if your fully vaccinated student is identified as a close contact inside or outside of school they will not need to quarantine or test (including test and stay) in order to stay in school. If your student becomes symptomatic during the 14 days after exposure, they should stay home from school and seek an outside PCR or Molecular Covid test.

As far as documentation is concerned, you can send it after the first dose or wait until the series is complete.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month!

People who have type 1 diabetes can’t use glucose (the body’s main type of sugar) for energy. That’s because their body stopped making the hormone insulin. Normally, after we eat, the amount of glucose in the blood (blood sugar) goes up. When it does, the pancreas sends insulin into the blood. Insulin works like a key that opens the doors of the body’s cells to let the glucose in, giving the cells the energy they need.

In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas doesn’t make insulin. Without insulin, glucose can't get into the cells. It stays in the blood, which leads to high blood sugar. Having too much sugar in the blood isn’t healthy and can cause problems.

Knowing the signs of type I diabetes can save a child’s life! If your child exhibits these symptoms, reach out to their pediatrician for advice.

  • Frequent urination

  • Increased thirst

  • Bed-wetting in children who previously didn't wet the bed during the night

  • Extreme hunger

  • Unintended weight loss

  • Irritability and other mood changes

  • Fatigue and weakness

  • Blurred vision

You also can learn more about type 1 diabetes online:


Have a great weekend!

~Nurse V.

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December 1st, 2021 - Walk to School Day!

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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

Spirit Wear Update: Thank you to all those that participated in our fall Spirit Wear Sale! We are happy to report orders are in and being sorted. All orders will go home with your child in their backpack the week of Nov. 15th! If you do NOT want your order coming home with your child, it can be held for pickup in the front office by emailing Denille NO LATER THAN Sunday Nov 14th.

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. To order online, visit and use our school ID code, which is 1026389.

Here is a sample Facebook post one of our parents wrote that you can fill in with your kid(s)'s name(s) use yourself if you like. Thanks, Liz Haugner, for letting us share your post!

Fall/Winter is peak citrus season down in Florida and _______'s school found a fundraiser that will bring this yummy fruit directly to your doorstep! So you will be helping her school, boosting your immune system with all the Vitamin C, AND you don't even have to live near us or leave your house!!!!!

Navel oranges, grapefruit, AND mandarins plus some apples and pears in some! And they come in packages appropriate for gifting which I know many of my family appreciates getting 'consumable gifts' because it doesn't add more clutter to the house.

You can choose a Thanksgiving delivery or a Christmas one so you don't even have to worry about having "too much" because you can share it with your family!

Thank you in advance for the support. Just visit and enter school ID 1026389 to support the South Row Elementary PTO.

Explore the Ocean World Enrichment Spotlight

This week we had a virtual presentation from Explore the Ocean World in which the kindergartners enjoyed a demonstration of different ocean animals from the Gulf of Maine and they learned interesting facts about marine science. Amongst the most popular sea animals with the students were a blue lobster, a spider crab and different sea stars. They also enjoyed looking at a real shark jaw, a whale vertebra and rib - they are big! The presentations were followed by many questions, debates and comments about the ocean world.

Food Services


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

Favorite Book Character Spirit Day!

High Five Friday with the CPD!

Pride Shout Outs

Cafeteria Rock Stars!

New Playground Fun!

Art Corner - We have such creative students!

Treats for Troops

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Contact the Main Office Staff