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February 14, 2014

Important Dates


17th-NO SCHOOL/President's Day

18th-Central Music Program

20th-Shoe's Pizza Fundraiser

24th-28th - Jump Rope for Heart

28th-Last day to turn in Box Tops!

28th- Last day for Cookie & Coffee Drive for Soldiers


3rd-21st - ISTEP/Applied Skills Portion

12th-Spagetti Dinner/Art Show

13th - PTO Meeting

17th-21st - IREAD-3rd Grade only

21st-End of Grading Period

24th-28th-NO SCHOOL Spring Break


K-Kids is a club for any 4th or 5th grader. We help our school, community, and people all over the world. This can be done through fundraisers, supply drives, or projects done in and out of school. We have helped solders, UNICEF, and toys for tots. All of these events help the community and people in other countries. K-Kids has been a club for the past four years at Central Elementary under the direction of Miss Staffeld. K-Kids is actually the elementary school version of Kiwanis International Club. The Sunrise Kiwanis of Valparaiso are our club sponsor.

The K-Kids pledge is:

“As a K-Kid, I promise to serve my neighborhood and school. I will show my respect toward my environment, and I will try to make the world a better place in which to live.”

In October, we did trick-or-treat for UNICEF to raise money. UNICEF is an organization that provides shots for mothers in third world countries and their children to protects against tetanus, a deadly disease. $1.80 is the cost for 1 shot. This shot lasts for ten years and protects the mother and all her babies. This year the club raised $146! That is enough to supply 81 shots!

K-Kids has also teamed up with Student Council this year for canned food drive, Toys for Tots toy drive, candy drive for soldier’s stockings, and making holiday cards for soldiers.

In the spring the K-Kids hope to volunteer at a nursing home, an animal shelter, and the public library. They also always have a team at Valparaiso’s Relay for Life. Last year they raised almost $500 for the cause and hope to raise just as much this year!

If any 4th or 5th grader would still like to join, the club meets every other Thursday until 4:15. See Miss Staffeld for more details if interested.

Written by: Members of the 2013-2014 K-Kids Club


PTA Update

As we convert our PTO to a PTA over the next few months, we will be having an inaugural membership for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year in the PTA to get us started. This membership will carry through to the 2014-15 school year and there will be an additional opportunity to join in the fall. Enrolling now will allow us to take advantage of PTA conventions and training as well as get organizational administrative tasks completed to get us off to a good start for the 2014-15 school year. Membership will be $5.25 per person and is open to any interested adults. Members wishing to join PTA will not be required to volunteer or attend meetings, but will still pay the membership fee. Paid members will have the opportunity to voice their opinions during meetings, while non-paid members will simply observe. Please contact Rachel Bernardez ( if interested. We need at least 20 members to get started.

Seeking Volunteers

The PTO/PTA is currently seeking volunteers to serve on the Executive Board. The available offices are: PTA Vice President and PTA Secretary, each with a two year term. Anyone interested in filling these positions please contact Danielle Berg-O’Reilly at

Spaghetti and a Show

Central’s Art Show and Spaghetti Dinner will be held March 12, 2014. More information will be available as the date approaches.

Heads Up

Our next restaurant night will be on February 20th, at Shoe's Pizza. Mark your calendars and join us for a fun night to help raise money for the school!

You've Accepted the Challenge!

Our Box Top competition is well underway! Several classrooms have already turned in giant envelopes of Box Tops. There is still time for you to help the cause! The challenge ends on Friday, February 28th. The classroom that collects the most box tops will win a frozen treat!!! Good Luck!!!

Here is some helpful information:

  • Shop for items with Box Tops on them (FYI-Meijer has bonus box tops that print with their receipts)
  • Cut them out, put them in a baggie and send them in
  • If you REALLY want to be helpful, cut them out neatly and put them in zip lock bags of 50.
  • Ask your family members, like grandparents and others, to help you save
  • Check out to see what else you can do to help

We will need some parent voluteers to count up the box tops per classroom. Please contact Mrs. Scheub if you can help! Thank you and GOOD LUCK!

Central's Music Program

All students in grades 1st through 5th will be participating in Central's Music Program, which will be held at Valparaiso High School at 7 p.m. on February 18. It will be a patriotic theme, so all students are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue. Students will be bused to the high school during the day of the program to rehearse on stage.

The evening performance will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Cookies & Coffee for American Troops!

What is more relaxing than sitting down with a cup of coffee and a couple of cookies at the end of a long, hard day? The comforting taste of coffee and cookies helps our troops feel a little less homesick when they are overseas or away from home. Student Council is once again sponsoring a Cookies and Coffee Donation Drive for our American troops. Please donate boxes of cookies and one pound bags of ground coffee starting Monday, February 10 and ending Friday, February 28. We are hoping to have 350 items donated to our troops for this drive! The military support group in Indianapolis will be boxing and sending our gifts to troops. Please leave them on the table downstairs as you enter the cafeteria area. Your generosity is GREATLY appreciated!!! Thank you for brightening a soldier's day!

Jump Rope for Heart

This year's Jump Rope for Heart event will be held the week of February 24-28. If you would be interested in helping with organization and finances I am in need of one or two parent volunteers to help the first week of March. If this is something you would be interested in please contact me at Thank you~Mrs. Lain

National School Breakfast Week

“Take Time for Breakfast”

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because breakfast provides the fuel a child needs to start their day of learning at school. The cafeteria staff will be celebrating National School Breakfast Week in the cafeteria March 3-7. We invite all students to choose school breakfast and join in the activities we will be doing during the week. School Breakfast can be a real time saver for families who have a busy morning at home.

The components of the breakfast we offer meet the dietary guidelines and provide your child with the nutrients they need to start their day. Students eating school breakfast will have the opportunity to join our poster contest and draw a picture of “What do you like best about breakfast”. Fun things will be going on the week of March 3-7 during breakfast. Details are available during breakfast in the cafeteria.