APRIL 28, 2023


Upcoming Dates

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CAS Clean & Green Day is POSTPONED to Saturday, May 6th!!

Spring is about to pounce on Central Avenue School and we can still use your help! This event coincides with the Borough-wide Green & Clean event.

Come down to CAS next Saturday, May 6, from 9am-12pm. We will need many hands to weed flower beds and distribute/spread mulch all over our campus!

Didn’t get a chance to sign-up? Just show up ready to help! We will be continuing to weed garden beds and load those garden beds with fresh mulch. Please bring shovels, wheelbarrows, spades, rakes, and gloves. Be sure to label all of your equipment with your name.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Due to upcoming state testing, we will be celebrating our teachers next week from May 1st - May 5th! If you see one of our amazing teachers, please extend your appreciation and gratitude to them! They go above and beyond for our students each and every day - we are so lucky!


The PTO will be celebrating our staff all week long with snacks on Monday, breakfast on Tuesday, lunch on Wednesday, lottery tickets on Thursday, and ending the week with Girl Scout cookies (donated by our CAS troops)!

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Recap: CAS International Day

The CAS International Day was held on Friday, April 21st. Students got to visit several different countries and learned about the various cultures from CAS students and their families. This is a wonderful program we have here at CAS! Thank you to all the families who participated and made this special day happen!

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School store - Friday, May 3

Our last school store of the year is coming up on Friday, May 3, 2023. Don’t forget to send in coins or dollar bills!! Check out the awesome items for sale!

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Spots still left! Lunch with the Principal!

Kindergarten through 3rd grade students will have an opportunity to have lunch with Mr. Liss and friends! The goal of these lunches is for students to share what they love about CAS, what we can bring to CAS, and general fun conversation about interests. This is also an opportunity for Mr. Liss to get to know your child even better!

Children will be able to pack or buy his/her individual lunch.

Please only sign up for one spot per student. This is not mandatory!


Family Fun Fest is May 19!

Everyone’s favorite afternoon at CAS is May 19 - Registration for Family Fun Fest is NOW OPEN!!! Tickets can be purchased for pre-registration on our website at www.caspto.com. We need volunteers to help run games, sales and more! Check out the volunteer opportunities section for the sign-up genius and more details. If you volunteer, you can get extra tickets for free!

DunkTank signup - for 5th graders ONLY!

Sign-ups ARE full, however if you are still interested, please email liz.madio@gmail.com to be added to the waitlist. Click here for Dunk Tank Sign Up Genius

Volunteering for Fun Fest!

Interested in volunteering? Each volunteer shift will give you 5 tickets.


Want to help but can't be there in person? Water and Gatorade donations are needed. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4FAFAB2AA6F85-casfunfest

COURTYARD READING GARDEN - Committee members needed!!

Things are happening! We received district approval for our plan and are ready to start our fundraising paver sale and finalize details with our landscaper. Are you interested in joining a committee to help fundraise, finalize our plan and help with ongoing maintenance for the courtyard garden? Please reach out to caspto@gmail.com

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Help CAS - Volunteers Needed!!

We need your help!!!! Interested in becoming more involved at your child’s school? Consider volunteering for a position on the PTO. We have open board positions and quick opportunities to get involved.

FunFest is May 19

We need volunteers to help run games, sales and more. Get 5 tickets for games with each volunteer shift. Click here to sign up to volunteer!

Want to help but can’t be there in person? Sign up here to donate water and gatorade!

PTO Vice Presidents

This role is a 2-year commitment, as you will be Vice President for the 2023-2024 school year and President for the 2024-2025 year. This role works best with 2 people, so grab a buddy and sign up! The Vice Presidents shadow and assist the Presidents in a variety of activities, including managing emails, scheduling events, organizing volunteers, overseeing the budget for events and fundraisers, fulfilling teacher requests, after school enrichment, teacher appreciation and more. This is a very FUN and rewarding role and is a great opportunity to expand your network, make new friends and get valuable insights into the inner workings of CAS. If you are interested in learning more, please email CASPTO@gmail.com to let us know. Please click here for a full description of the position.

Spirit Wear Co-Chairs

The CAS PTO is looking for two new spirit wear coordinators. This job involves ordering and selling shirts at the CAS Ice Cream Social as well as Back to School Night. The coordinators will also work with Alfred’s in early October for the online fall spirit wear sale. Spring duties are light, with a small PTO Sale. If you are interested, please contact the PTO at caspto@gmail.com

CAS International Parents Group Chair

This role supports the integration of international families in CAS and creates community through social events. Responsibilities include: participate in the Welcome Coffee for New Families in late September; host three meetings during the school year; invite and encourage international families to participate in the CAS International Day; and send flyers for group meetings to the PTO for inclusion in the CAS PTO newsletter.

Lunch Volunteers Needed for Spring!

Volunteering during lunch is a great way to see your children in their school day habitat! Parent volunteers assist in opening up lunch items, keeping the lunch lines moving, and ensuring the students clean up after themselves. Lunch begins at 11:15am and ends at 12:45pm. Very few slots are available - sign up now!


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Madison wins "Best Community for Music Education"

Madison was once again named a national "Best Community for Music Education." On behalf of the music teachers, I thank you for your ongoing support of the arts and the amazing band, chorus, orchestra, and theatre programs at each district school.

This is the ninth consecutive year Madison has received this distinction! Out of 14,000 eligible districts, Madison joins 830 districts across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2023. The complete list of districts can be found here: https://www.nammfoundation.org/articles/bcme-2023-districts

The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Districts that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to boost their own music education programs. This couldn't be more true of the program we have in Madison. Thank you again for your enthusiastic support of our performing arts programming!

Stacy A. Snider

K-8 Instructional Coach

District Arts Coordinator

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We are pleased to announce the Madison STEAM Academy is returning in 2023 for another summer of excitement and fun!

Please visit www.madisonpublicschools.org/steam academy for details and an FAQ about the program. Enrollment Now!

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MEF Events Pickleball & 5k Run/Walk

Registration is open for the 3rd Annual MEF Pickleball Tournament on Saturday, June 3rd! Paddle up for a great cause... our schools!

Registration is also ongoing for another MEF event---the 20th Annual MEF Madison 5K Run/Walk. Join us on May 7th for a 1-mile run/walk, 5K run/walk, and Kids Fun Run. All funds raised help MEF award teacher grants in Madison Public Schools. Visit the MEF website to learn more.

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