Central Hub

May 2016 Edition

Message from the Principal

Dear Central Parents,

It is hard to believe that is it May! This has been an incredible year of learning for all. What a pleasure it has been getting to know all of you and your children! I can honestly say that Central Elementary is a wonderful place to learn and grow.

One of the things we did this year as a staff was create a mission statement that embodies what we value and what we want for our students. After working on this for several months, gathering input from both certified and classified staff, we have come up with the following mission statement.

Providing engaging academic experiences, the Central Elementary Community will inspire and support students to become caring, confident, life-long learners.

Although many of you are counting the days of summer, I am counting the days until we return on August 2nd. There are 70 days until the first day of school. When we return on August 2nd we will continue to focus on Literacy, STEM education, and Kindness. We are all going to continue to grow and pursue excellence in these areas.

We have so much happening over the summer. Central Elementary will be undergoing a renovation, which will have us out of the building until July 30th. When your children return to school, they will enter through an updated, safer entryway. All classrooms will be completely updated with new carpet, paint, and tack board. The library is moving downstairs and there will be two new classrooms upstairs. Our kindergarten and first grade Central Clubhouse will be twice the size it currently is for more hands-on learning.

We will not have a traditional supply night like we have had in the past, but we will have a back-to-school night approximately two weeks into the school year where we will be able to show off the new and improved building. Please continue to check out website, email, and mail for updates over the summer. Mrs. McLaughlin and I will be housed at Van Buren, but know that if you call Central, it will ring to us and we will get your call. Additionally, class lists will be posted the week before school starts. There will be more information to follow.

Have a wonderful, relaxing summer creating family memories.


Julie Thacker


The 2016 Walk-A-thon was a huge success, $10,239 was raised for our school. Thank you to everyone who participated in this awesome event.

Plainfield Tennis Camp

Tuesday, May 31-Friday, June 3 and Monday, June 5-Thursday, June 9

Session 1- Incoming grades K-3-8:30-9:30

Session 2- Incoming grades 4-5- 8:30-9:30

Session 3- Incoming grades 6-8-9:30-10:30

Cost: $50 for both weeks $30 for one week

Advanced MIddle School Class-- Players with team/match experience work directly with PHS Coach Brian Reagan and PCMS coach Brian Planker- 1.5 hours/day

incoming grades 6-8--9:30-11:00--$75

Make checks out to Judy Rigdon and send them to her,

1536 Hardin Ct, Plainfield IN. 46168

For more information contact Brian Planker at bplanker@plainfield.k12.in.us

Plainfield Food Service Is Hiring

The Plainfield Schools Food Service Department is hiring.

If interested please call the Food Services Office 838-3662 or

Apply online at WWW.Plainfield.k12.in.us under employment.

Kids Eat Free On Wednesday's

Qdoba Mexican restaurant is having a promotion to offer one of our schools free lunch for the entire staff. If you eat at Qdoba on a Wednesday during the promotion, let them know you are from Central Elementary. The school with the most families dining will get a luncheon for the staff. Best of all kids eat free. The offer is valid at the Plainfield, Avon and Trader's Pointe locations each Wednesday from 5-8 PM, beginning May 13th, 2016.

Magic Tree House Projects

Note from the Cafeteria

Starting Monday, May 16th, we will enforce our NO charging policy for breakfast and lunch. PLEASE keep your child’s lunch account current with money for lunch. If your child eats breakfast at school PLEASE make sure their account is funded for that as well, as breakfast is an important start to a child’s day. If your child’s account is in the negative and they do NOT have a lunch, they will have to call home to have a lunch or money brought to them.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration for the 2016-2017 school year has begun. If you have a student that is eligible for Kindergarten or know someone who does, please be sure to register as soon as possible at our Central Elementary office. We look forward to seeing you.


  • Dickey's 4/26 4-9 pm. No flyer needed and 15% of profits go to our school

  • May 9th Parent Orientation in the PCMS Auditorium 6-7 p.m. (5th Grade Parents)
  • May 12 & 13 – 5th grade Flat Rock Field Trip
  • May 16 – PTO Meeting
  • May 18 – 3rd grade field trip Jameson Camp
  • May 20 – Field Day
  • May 23 – 5th grade breakfast & celebration
  • May 23 KG – 4th grade Central Celebration
  • May 24th-Step Up Day
  • May 24th-Talent/Variety Show

Time Schedules for Schools 2016-2017

Below are the board approved school start times for the 2016-2017 school year.

Elementary Schools

Student Day: 8:50 a.m. -3:50 p.m.

Middle School

Student Day: 7:50 a.m. -2:50 p.m.

High School

Student Day: 8:05 a.m.- 3:05 p.m.

Student Dress

As the weather continues to warm up, I want to take a moment to remind you of a few standards from the student dress code found in our handbook.

  • Clothing should be worn in the appropriate manner. For example, all pants and shorts are to be worn at the waistline.
  • Shorts and skirts should not be any higher than the tips of the student’s fingers when the student is standing with his/her arms down at his/her sides.
  • During the school day, students shall wear a blouse, shirt, or top that includes a sleeve of some nature. Narrow-strap blouses, tank tops, or tube tops should not be worn to school.
  • Flip-flop sandals, high heels, or strapless shoes should not be worn to school.

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Moving to Middle School

Fifth Grade Parents, Mark Your Calendars!

There will be a fifth grade parent meeting at PCMS on May 9th at 6:00 p.m. This meeting will be held in the auditorium.


April Value of the Month Students

Diella Barth

Maura Baver

Alexander Benoodt

Olivia Champine

Isaiah Clay

Chase Evans

Will Freeman

Brynlee French

Katie Furnas

Lillian Gardner

Malory Grass

Wyatt Helton

Adie Hess

Garrett Irwin

Max Kerins

Carson Laird

Ethan McJunkin

Caleb Meacham

Sean Misner

Drake Naaman

Julianne Stephens

Madison Wagler

Gavin Williams

Madeline Woodard

April Central Value Winner!

Diella Barth in Mr. Pickard's class is the value winner for Respect for the Environment. Congratulations!


We enjoy seeing your children every day. Although we understand that there will be times when your child is sick and needs to stay home, there is a direct correlation between student attendance and success. Here are a few ways we can work together to make sure your children have very good school attendance and don't feel like they are missing out.

  • Schedule all doctor’s appointments outside of the school day, if at all possible.
  • Share with your child how important it is to be at school.
  • Make sure to communicate absences in advance, if possible, so the classroom teacher can ensure that your child still has opportunities to learn skills that he/she will miss when they are absent.
  • Help to make sure that your child arrives at school on time each day. The doors open at 8:20 and students need to be seated in their classroom each morning by 8:40 or they are counted tardy.
  • If you have a pattern of absences, we may call as well as send a letter to see if we can offer additional support.

Our teachers work hard to provide the best instruction and we want to make the most of each of our 180 days together. We look forward to seeing you at school!

Eating Lunch with Your Child

Parents & Grandparents:

We welcome you to eat lunch with your child! Spending time with your child is so important toward healthy social and emotional growth. In addition, your presence here encourages a positive attitude toward school.

Some things to remember:

-Only people listed in PowerSchool when we check ID's will be allowed to eat lunch with students. These are parents and people you have listed in emergency contacts. IF you need to update your names, please send a note in with your child.

-We understand there may be a special guest in town, so you need to send a note in before sending the person to school to each lunch. They will not be allowed in the building unless we have parent permission or their name is in PowerSchool.

· We ask that you only eat lunch with your own sons and daughters. In our efforts to keep our students’ lunchtime as calm as possible, they are not allowed to have a friend to join them.

· Because we are always considering our students with allergies, please do not bring in food or snacks for children other than your own.

· Knowing that our teachers and students are busy with the process of learning, we ask that you not leave the cafeteria to go anywhere else in our building. The only exception would be if you have already signed up to volunteer in the building immediately following lunch.

· Please keep younger siblings from wandering around the cafeteria. This is for the safety of your little one, and our school-aged children.

Also, we ask that you not take pictures or record in the cafeteria.

Thank you for helping us to make this a positive and safe environment for our children!

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Thacker 839-7707.

Kindergarten Zoo Field Trip

Central Elementary Media Center is excited to once again bring the book challenge to our students!

Find new worlds through reading!

Each Grade will participate by reading A.R. books in their level. Each Grade level will be able to sail through the “ocean of reading”, by the amount of books read and have a passing quiz. It does not matter how many points they have received. When a grade level has reached a certain number of books, they will be awarded with a surprise! Each student must read at least one book per goal to be awarded with his/her grade level. If the grade level completes the game, they will be awarded with a Sweet Celebration!! If we reach 10,000 books as a school, by the beginning of May, the students will enjoy a Teacher’s Variety show and the winning grade decides what Mrs. Crum does for the variety show!

Grade Level goals:

Funny Bone Island (200 books): Scratch and Sniff Bookmark and Pencil

Land of Undiscovered Books (500 books): Flashlight Library(Play, look and read by flashlight)

Adventure Island: 800 Books: Sit anywhere at Lunch ( with your grade) and enjoy a cookie!

Fantasy Island: (1100 Books): Popcorn and Movie in the library

Island of Knowledge (1500 Books): Extra Recess and popsicles as a grade

****You can always help your child with book choices by accessing the books that are available in our library by going to www.plainfield.k12.in.us. Click on Central Elementary. Click on Services tab at the top. Click on Media Services. Click on Library Catalog. Click Central elementary. Click catalog on top left corner tab. Click on Destiny Quest on the left. The students can look through the books that are in the A.R. level and even make a wish list!! Ask your 2nd through 5th grade student about this great asset!!

Boys Soccer

Plainfield community middle school

Boys Soccer

2016-2017 season

Call out meeting!

Where: Wrestling room at PCMS (enter through the gym door - #14 - & turn right)

When: Tuesday May 10th from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.

Why: To get information about open fields, tryouts, practices, etc… for next year’s soccer team.

Who: Any CURRENT 5th grade boy interested in playing for the middle school team next season.

Contact: Coach Apollos with questions or if you cannot attend that night - japollos@plainfield.k12.in.us

Girls Soccer

2016 Middle School Girl's Soccer

Parent Meeting

When: May 25th, 2016

Time: 5:30

Where: PCMS Soccer field (If raining will hold inside Door 14)

Agenda: The coaching staff will go over information regarding summer training days and times, tryout information, and answer any questions. Meeting length should be less than 1 hr.

Twins Day

K-Kids Planting

Running Club