Central Elementary School

Parent Updates - Nov. 3, 2023

From: Principal Collins & Asst. Principal Huff

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Greetings CES Families!

We have finished another successful week of teaching and learning. Teachers are teaching like their hair is on fire! Our expectations are to always be intentional with every child, every chance, and every day.

It takes a village to move the needle to excellence, so parents we need you. Parental involvement has a huge impact on a child's academic success. You can assist them at home by utilizing the tips from our Reading Coach and Math Coach. Please see the attached flyer below. If you have any questions or concerns, remember our doors are always open.

We have lots of dates to remember for this month, so please refer back to the weekly newsletters for reminders.

The vision is for all of us to build on our students' past to face the challenges of the future in an intentional environment supporting 100% of students everyday.

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Important Dates

Nov. 9 - Progress Reports

Nov. 9 - United Way Student Drive @ TCTA

Nov. 10 - Veteran's Day (No School)

Nov. 13 -17 - Book Fair

Nov. 14 - Fire Drill w/ Fire Dpmt.

Nov. 15 - Thanksgiving Lunch

Nov. 20 - 24 - Thanksgiving Break (No School)

Dec. 2 - Joy Project Christmas Festival from 10-12 A.M.

Dec. 14 - Awards Program (Pre-K - 2nd @ 8:30 & 3rd-5th @ 9:05)

Central Elementary School has been named a "SoR Spotlight" School for the 2nd year in a row!!!

Twelve Alabama schools and two entire school districts were recognized for their progress in ensuring all students can read on grade level before they leave the third grade. Among them is Central Elementary School! We will have a huge celebration; details coming soon.
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CES Core Values

Students will be recognized monthly for displaying S.O.A.R. characteristics. S stands for service. Students can provide service to fellow classmates and others by assisting them w/o even being asked. O stands for optimistic and students are taught to be optimistic by thinking positively and not giving up. Students will complete classwork, homework and ask questions for clarity and understanding. A stands for ambitious. Students are facilitated by their teachers to be ambitious in setting goals for themselves and working hard to achieve them. Lastly, R stands for respect. Students will be respectful to all individuals in our school. When students are caught showing these characteristics, they will be rewarded during our monthly award ceremony. Parents are welcome to attend the monthly Awards Program.
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Attendance Matters!

Attendance is crucial in the academic success and growth of all students. Our attendance goal is 95% and in order to reach this goal, students must attend school every day. Our attendance rate for this week is 94.82. We were very close to reaching our goal. Thank you to all the parents for making sure your child was present this week!

Students will be recognized every month for perfect attendance. Make sure your child is an Attendance H.E.R.O. - Here, Everyday, Ready, On time!

If your child is absent two or more times a month, your child will be identified as chronically absent. You will then receive "Early Warning" attendance letters if your child has excessive absences (5+), which will lead to Early Warning Court. To prevent your family from going through this process, please ensure that your child is in school everyday and on time. Thank you for working with us to ensure your child has a successful year!

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Safety First

  • ALL visitors must sign in through our Raptor system, if they are going beyond the lobby area.
  • No doors will be propped open at any time, unless supervised for morning arrivals and afternoon dismissal.
  • Please provide a picture ID when picking up your child.
  • Students are not allowed to use their personal cell phones on campus.
  • Students will practice safety drills throughout the year, which includes fire drills, lock down drills, and severe weather drills. Please have a conversation with your child about the importance of drills in order to ease anxiety and fear in them.
  • Please continue to discuss the Code of Conduct Handbook with your child and promote positive behavior.
  • Disruptive behaviors will not be allowed and will be handled according to the Tuscaloosa City Schools Code of Conduct Handbook.
  • Report all bullying issues to the school counselor or use the link below.
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Social Emotional Learning (SEL)- Responsible Decision-Making

Social Emotional Learning Videos for Kids (week 41) - Responsible Decision Making for Students (SEL)

Collecting Can Goods Now- Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger!

21st CCLC After-School Program

Our 21st CCLC After-School and Summer External Evaluator's Report is ready to view.
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