Center Community Chat

March 20, 2022

Lucky to be part of the Center Community!

Dear Center Community,

Did you know that tomorrow 3/21 is World Down Syndrome Day? This global awareness day has been celebrated since 2012. According to the WDSD website, the date was chosen to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. On this day, people are encouraged to wear yellow and blue to raise awareness and crazy, mismatched or even an extra pair of socks. Wearing long striped socks was initiated to represent chromosomes or an extra sock to represent an extra chromosome. Here is a link to learn more about World Down Syndrome Day

Congratulations to our 1st grade students who won the PRIDE cafeteria push week. They celebrated with an extra recess on Friday.

Thank you to the twenty 4th grade students who participated in Choralfest yesterday. You treated us to some wonderful music. Thanks also to community members who turned out to support them. A special thanks to Mr. McGillicuddy who spent extra time preparing them for this great event.

Staff Updates

There are a few changes for the 2022 -2023 school year to share. Sam Prevost, 2nd grade teacher, made the difficult decision not to return to Center in order to spend more time with her family. Please join us in wishing her well. She will be missed!

Brenda McConnell, having taught kindergarten for 7 years, has decided it is time for a change and is moving to second grade. Some of our lucky students will get to have her for a second time!

Change to Tardy and Dismissal Procedures

Please come in to the office and sign your student in if they are arriving late or need to be dismissed early. A reminder that students can not be dismissed between 2:40 and 3:18.

Have a good week.

Warm regards,

Dianna and Donna

Good Things

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Excerpt from "There is Peace" at 2022 ChoralFest

Ms. Cotter's class rocks!

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Always a good week when our "She's a Keeper" friends come to visit.

Students in 4O enticing visitors to these countries with informative brochures

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Students caught showing their PRIDE

Ms. McConnell's class is using a just right voice volume in class

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Ms. Kelleher's class consistently shows respect in the cafeteria

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Upcoming Events


  • Monday, March 21: Down Syndrome Awareness Day

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


  • Friday, April 1: Fitness for a Cure, 7:55 AM, Center School Gym

  • Saturday April 2: World Autism Awareness Day- celebrated on Monday, April 4th

  • April 4-8: Assistant Principal Appreciation Week

  • Tuesday, April 5: Half Day - Professional day

  • Tuesday, April 5: Lunch and Recess Aids meet w/ Admin 9:15 - 10:15

  • Wednesday, April 6: Paraprofessional Appreciation Day

  • Monday, April 11: Gr 4 ELA MCAS - Session 1

  • Tuesday, April 12: Gr 4 ELA MCAS - Session 2

  • Tuesday, April 12: Center School Committee Presentation

  • Wednesday, April 13: Gr 3 ELA MCAS - Session 1

  • Thursday, April 14: Gr 3 ELA MCAS - Session 2

  • Friday, April 15: No school - Good Friday

  • Monday - Friday, April 18 - 22: April recess

  • Friday, April 22: Earth Day

  • Wednesday, April 27: Administrative Assistant Day

Resources and Information

A new place to play!!

Our new playground structure has been ordered and scheduled to be installed in July!! A HUGE thank you to all those who organized and donated to our fundraising efforts. A special thanks to Erica Thornton, Gerard Wilson, and Steve Callaghan ( parent & Chelmsford Parks & Playground Director) for their time and effort researching and designing the new layout.
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MCAS: Save the Dates


Grade 4:

Monday, April 11th, 4th grade – Session 1

Tuesday, April 12th, 4th grade – Session 2

Grade 3:

Wednesday, April 13th, 3rd grade – Session 1

Thursday April 15th, 3rd grade – Session 2


Grade 3:

Monday May 9th, 3rd grade – Session 1

Tuesday May 10th, 3rd grade – Session 2

Grade 4:

Wednesday May 11th , 4th grade – Session 1

Thursday May 12th, 4th grade – Session 2