The Roadrunner

Central Elementary School PTO Weekly Newsletter: 6/13/21

Important Dates

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 25th

First General PTO Meeting: Thursday, September 2nd from 7-8pm

¡Hola! Witaj! Hello! Newsletter Feature - Language Translation and ADA Compliance

El boletín informativo "The Roadrunner" ahora cumple con las normas ADA y está disponible en varios idiomas. Dale un click en "Translate Newsletter" a la derecha para seleccionar un nuevo idioma.

Roadrunner jest teraz ADA zgodny (dopasowany)i dostępny w wielu językach. Naciśnij "Przetłumacz biuletyn" po prawej stronie aby wybrać dowolny język.

The Roadrunner is now ADA compliant and available in many languages. Click "Translate Newsletter" to the right to select a new language.

Join us! ISO Committee Chairs and Members

Some of our earliest events and programs convene in the Summer in preparation for the start of the new school year. Please email VP Mandi Altepeter to sign-up or for more information (

These volunteer roles include:

  • 1 Kindergarten Liaison (Preferably a rising 1st grade parent; reaches out to incoming Kindergarten families to answer questions and organizes the Fall Kindergarten Picnic)
  • 2 Family Fun Night Chairs & 10-20 Committee Members (Fall Event with food and games)
  • 1 Assistant Treasurer (Shadows Treasurer for duration of the school year)
  • 1 Welcome Committee Chair (Receives list of new Central families each month, drops off Welcome Packet, and answers any questions new families might have)
  • 2 Spirit Wear Chairs (Promote, sell and order spirit wear in Early Fall and Late Winter)
  • 1 School Directory Chair (Work with District to publish PTO directory)

Effortless PTO Donations with AmazonSmile!

Support the PTO's programming and cultural events as you shop on Amazon. We receive 0.5% of eligible purchases and it doesn't cost you a penny! Click the AmazonSmile image (left) on your phone or desktop to automatically link your Amazon account to Central School PTO of District 96. Then bookmark and shop like normal!

Commemorate Your Time at Central With a Brick Paver

Consider purchasing an engraved brick to add to those already showcased on our walkway in front of the school. They are a great gift for graduating fifth graders, incoming kindergarteners, or for anyone who would like to leave a legacy at Central Elementary School.

Your brick may be engraved with your child’s name or your family name – have a look at the bricks in the Jeanie Kustok Memorial Garden at the school entrance and walkway for inspiration.

Bricks are $100 and tax deductible. Bricks will be in place before the start of the 2021-22 school year! Click on the bricks to place your order today!

Box Tops for Education Now Completely Digital!

Have you gone grocery shopping this week? Grab your receipt and scan it using the Box Tops App! It's easy to do, it only takes a few seconds and it adds up fast. Box Tops also accepts grocery delivery receipts from Costco, Jewel Osco, Instacart, Walmart and Target. New to Box Tops? Click the image or learn more here:

Free Summer Meals | Comidas de Verano Gratis | Darmowe Letnie Posiłki

All children 18 and under.

Todos los niños de 18 años y menos.

Wszystkie dzieci w wieku 18 lat i młodsze.

(800) 359-2163 Click HERE.

Summer School Registration Still Open

District 96 is again offering some outstanding summer school programming for rising 1st graders through 8th grade. For more information, click the image.

Riverside Public Library Summer Reading Program

Our local public library is hosting its annual summer reading program with the theme: Reading Colors Your World!

Toddler, kid, teen, adult and family prizes are available, so be sure to register by clicking the image at left and track your reading from June 14th to July 30th. Tons of awesome prizes are up for grabs!

PTO Questions or Comments? Get in touch!

If you're ready to volunteer or have questions about PTO, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Email us at or visit the website or PTO Facebook pages below.

2021-2022 PTO Board

Kerry Lipitz, President

Mandi Altepeter, Vice President

Amy Carnahan, Treasurer

Lauren LaVoie, Fundraising

Erin Wieland, Communications

Joanna Metzger-Torres, Secretary

Jen Fournier, Parliamentarian