CVE Friday Flash
October 13, 2023
Mr. Macken's Message
Thank you for attending parent-teacher conferences. Your active participation in your child's education means the world to us. These conferences are an invaluable opportunity for us to discuss your child's progress, and your engagement truly makes a difference.
We would also like to express our immense appreciation for the delicious meals provided by the team effort of our parents and the PTA during the conferences. Your generous contributions ensured that staff were able to grab a bite to eat during these busy nights, making the conference experience a bit easier for them.
Moreover, we want to thank the dedicated parents who put their time and effort into organizing the Book Fair. It was an absolute hit with the kids, and it is encouraging to see so many young readers excited about books. Thank you for promoting reading.
Your continuous support, whether through conferences, meals, or events like the Book Fair, plays an integral role in making our school community thrive. We are grateful to have such committed parents and look forward to the year ahead with you.
Dates to Remember
- Oct 17: CPTA Meeting @ 6PM (Virtual or In Person)
- Oct 18: Kindergarten Fire station Field Trip
- Oct 18: 5th Grade Field Trip to Centennial High School
- Oct 19-20: No School
- Oct 24: Picture Re-Takes (Starting at 9:15AM until complete)
- Oct 26: 3rd Grade Field Trip to Orchestra Hall
- Oct 31: Character Parade @ 2:00PM
- Nov 6: No School for Students
- Nov 6: STEM Night @ 6:30PM
The 2023-24 Centerville Elementary Calendar is on our school’s website at https://centerville.isd12.org/ under the Parent Hub. Here you will also find the 2023-2024 District Student Calendar and the 2023-2024 Elementary Student Letter Day Calendar.
Check out the CVE TV Slides HERE to see what is happening at CVE!
Volunteer Spotlight: Sarah Carlson
I enjoy volunteering in the classroom, on field trips, special events at Centerville, and on the PTA.
Why did you decide to volunteer at Centerville?
My kids spend a lot of their time at school and I wanted to do what I could to support them as well as the amazing staff at Centerville.
What is your favorite part about volunteering?
I love getting a glimpse into my kid’s day, and getting to know their classmates, teachers, and other parents as well!
Interested in volunteering? Sign up HERE!!
LIfetouch - Ordering Pictures
- Reference the Lifetouch email sent on Oct. 5, 2023, which has the ordering code and directions.
- SmileSafe cards and directions will come home with students on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023
Picture retakes are on Tuesday, Oct., 24th starting at 9:15am until all students are done.
If you still have ordering questions contact Lifetouch at 1-800-736-4753.
Where can you learn more about Character Strong?
Character Parade: Tuesday, October 31st @ 2PM
The Centerville Character Parade for grades preK-4 will take place on Tuesday, October 31st, at 2:00 P.M, and parents are welcome to come and watch it. As we get closer, we will send out more details regarding the parade route and viewing.
What type of costume should my student wear for the Character Parade?
We ask that all families choose a costume that is non-violent/scary. These are day costumes and may differ from something a student wishes to wear in the evening. Examples of appropriate character costumes are sports figures, historians, fairy tale characters, occupational outfits, storybook characters, heroes, etc. A source of reference is if the character is from a PG13 or Rated R movie, it is inappropriate for school. Examples of costumes that would not be appropriate are zombies, Scream, Freddy Krueger, anything with blood, etc. No play or real weapons are ever allowed on school grounds. If you are wondering if a costume is appropriate, don't hesitate to contact Mr. Macken, as we want this to be a fun event for everyone participating. Finally, if your student wants to participate but needs help getting a costume, please contact the school office at 763-792-5800
If you prefer that your child not participate in the character parade please complete this form to request an alternative activity.
Centerville Parent Teacher Association
It’s been a busy week around CVE and we would not have been able to support the Book Fair or the Conference Meals for Teachers without the unwavering support from the Cougar Community. THANK YOU!
October PTA Meeting – 10/17/23 at 6pm
- Join us in the CVE library or online via Zoom.
- Kids are welcome to attend!
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 943 9481 2760
Check out the CPTA Website for more information.
Ask questions to help your child find the right book
Learning how to choose a book is an important step for readers. When deciding on a book to read, ask your child these questions:
• Does the title sound interesting?
• Is the text easy to read? Do you know most of the words on the first page?
• Do you like the pictures?
• Are you “hooked” after reading the first few lines?
Lost & Found
- Can't find something? Maybe it is in our lost and found!
- Items with names on them have been returned to the student.
- Parents can sign into the kiosk and go through items if they wish.
- If you see something that looks like your child(ren) please send your child(ren) to the lost and found tables/bins to get it.
Cougar Club Winners
We are so proud of the way these students show the 4 R’s each and every day!
Join us for the Halloween Hustle 5K, Oct. 28 at Centerville Elementary! Run or walk the course in your best costume, pets are welcome! Stay after the run for more fun including a Trunk or Treat and Touch truck event in the parking lot and other alumni events. Register by Oct. 16 to receive a race T-shirt with your registration.
Oct. 19- Ninja Day Camp (ages 6-13)
DASH Multi-Sport Non-School Day Camp (gr. K-5)
Oct. 24- Select Aquatics classes begin this week!
Oct. 28- Halloween Hustle 5K (all ages/family)
Skyhawks Flag Football (ages 5-10)
Oct. 29- Cougar Soccer Academy (gr. 6-8)
Nov. 6- DASH Multi-Sport Non-School Day Camp (gr. K-5)
Nov. 8- Levels 1-2 Ninja (ages 6-13)
Nov. 13- Fall Soccer Skills (gr. K-1)
Dec. 2- Breakfast with Santa (up to age 10 with adult)
Go online to view all activities and to register, communityed.isd12.org.
Welcome to the Digital Backpack, the district’s central posting place for community flyers. If you have questions regarding these programs, please contact the organizations directly. View the Digital Backpack online.
Nominations for Centennial’s Hall of Fame are due November 1
Do you know of someone who has a longstanding history of providing services of time and commitment to education? Or, do you know a Centennial graduate who has demonstrated outstanding professional accomplishments and/or has used their education to impact society? Nominations for the Class of 2024 are due November 1. More information on criteria and how to submit a nomination can be found on the Centennial website.
Make a Difference and Substitute in our Schools!
Don’t miss this chance to get involved and make a difference in the Centennial School District! No experience necessary; training provided!
• Substitute Teachers (To qualify, you must have a bachelor’s degree with MN Teaching or Substitute License; you can obtain a Short Call License if you have a bachelor’s degree.)
• Substitute Paraprofessionals (To qualify, you must have a HS Diploma/GED.)
Apply at teachersoncall.com; 800-713-4439. Substitutes are also needed for Kids Club, food service, custodial, administrative assistants, and nurses. More information can be found on the Centennial website.
Reminder: Immunization Information
Minnesota law requires children enrolled in childcare, early childhood education, or school to be immunized against certain diseases unless the child is medically or non-medically exempt.
If proper documentation is not provided, students will be unable to attend school after November 1, 2023. What you need to do:
- Contact your healthcare provider and review your student’s immunization status to ensure they are current.
- If you missed a required vaccination, make an appointment with a healthcare provider or local clinic as soon as possible.
- Follow up with your student’s school if they have contacted you regarding your student’s immunization status.
- Turn in medical (must be signed by health care provider) and non-medical (must be notarized) exemption forms to your child’s school.
Visit the MDH website for vaccine schedules, exemption forms, and more information including where to get free/low-cost immunizations today. Please reach out to your student’s school for any questions. Please note, that K-12 immunization status is available on Campus Parent Portal.
School Board Hosts Listening Session for the Public
In the District’s ongoing efforts to gather feedback from our stakeholders, the Centennial School Board is hosting a listening session for the public on October 16, 5:30pm-6:15pm. The session will be held in the District Board Room prior to the regularly scheduled School Board meeting.
Listening Sessions are held quarterly to provide the opportunity for community members, staff, parents, and students to meet informally with Board Representatives and the Superintendent to discuss topics in the schools. More information can be found on the Centennial website.
Kindergarten Preview at Centennial Schools
The Centennial School District invites families of kindergarten students, eligible to enroll in the 2024-2025 school year, to Kindergarten Preview. Each elementary school in the district (Blue Heron, Centennial, Centerville, Golden Lake, and Rice Lake) will host a preview on October 24, 9:45am-10:30am. This is a great opportunity to tour the school, ask questions, and give prospective students a fun and memorable experience. Call your neighborhood school to sign up! This free event is one opportunity for families to connect with the school; attendance is optional.
National School Lunch Week: October 16-18
Centennial Schools will celebrate National School Lunch Week October 16-18. The National School Lunch Program serves nearly 30 million children every school day. Not only does the program help reduce childhood hunger, it also supports American agriculture. Centennial’s Food Service Department will celebrate by giving a token of appreciation with each elementary student’s lunch.