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April 11, 2014

Important Dates


12th-Landscape Clean Up Day

16th-Market Day Pick Up

17th-PTO Meeting

17th-Kindergarten Round Up

18th-School IN Session/NO break day

24th-Variety Show Practice @ BF

24th-Harlem Wizards @ VHS

25th-Variety Show

26th-May 13 - Spring Art Show at Valparaiso Public Library

28th-May 13th-ISTEP (updated ending date)


1st-13th-ISTEP (updated ending date)

8th-PTO Meeting

14th-Market Day Pick Up

20th-Grandfriends with Last Names A-F

22nd-Grandfriends with Last Names G-M

23rd-Grandfriends with Last Names N-Z

26th-NO SCHOOL/Memorial Day

Harlem Wizards

The Harlem Wizards are returning to Valparaiso on April 24. This is an extremely popular event with the students! It's a fun, fast paced basketball game with the Harlem Wizards and staff members! We even have staff members as cheerleaders! Information regarding this fun community event at Valparaiso High School went home this week. The bottom of the flyer sent home is the order form for tickets. Please complete the form, cut the bottom off, put in an envelope and have your child bring it to the office. April 18 is the last day to order. Check out this link for more information:

Calling All Kindergarteners

Kindergarten Round Up will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Central Elementary in the Cafeteria . Your child must be 5 years old on or before August 1, 2014 to be eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year. There will be two identical meetings; 9:15-10:30 am. or 1:30-2:45 pm. Please attend the meeting that best fits your schedule. Children, who are entering kindergarten in the fall of 2014, and their parents should make arrangements to attend. If you have a friend or neighbor with an incoming kindergartener, please have them call Mrs. Scheub.

Fun Fridays are Back!

A big cheer for Student Council! They are bring Fun Friday's back in April! This year Fun Friday's are as follows:

April 4th - Crazy Hair Day

April 11th - Favorite Sports Team Day

April 18th - Neon Day (wear neon colored clothing)

April 25th - Flashback Friday (wear styles from your favorite decade)

Jar Wars is Coming! May the Force Be With You!

Student council’s biggest fundraiser of the year is coming soon! Each grade level will team up against the other grade levels to earn points. The grade level with the most points will win an ice cream treat. Each grade level will earn points by dropping any type of coins into its own class jar. To take points away from other classes, simply drop paper bills into other class jars to deduct points! The proceeds will be used to purchase boy and girl cancer care packs for children going through chemotherapy. Here is the link:

Band & Orchestra Recruitment

On Wednesday, April 2 and Thursday, April 3 all 4th and 5th grade students had the opportunity to travel to VHS to hear the Chamber Orchestra or A Band perform. The purpose of these trips was to excite our 4th and 5th graders about the

opportunity to join the Orchestra or Band program. Fourth graders received a flyer outlining steps to join the Valparaiso String Program and Fifth grade families should have received information regarding the Valparaiso Ban Program in the mail during the last week of March. If you did not receive this information you can access it via the following: 4th Grade Beginning Orchestra: Contact Mr. Kopf @VHS 531-307 ext 366 or email 5th Grade Beginning Band:

Both of these programs are excellent opportunities for your child to have a chance to learn and participate in music, develop organizational skills and make new friends!

New Information?

Remember, whenever you move, get a new job, or get a new phone, you need to log into RDS and update your information. That way, if your child is ill, hurt or we need to contact you, we have the correct, updated information.


PTA News
At the March 13, 2014 meeting, Amy Howard (Secretary) and Lisa Sut (Vice President) were voted onto the PTA Board for the 2014-15 school year to replace our outgoing officers, Diana Sullivan and Susan Stage. Our deepest gratitude to Susan and Diana for all of their hard work these past two years and as they help transition their responsibilities to the new officers for the upcoming school year!

The April PTA Meeting has been moved to April 17th. There will be no meeting on April 10th. On April 17th, we have our regional representative from the Indiana PTA attending as we complete our transition to becoming Central Elementary PTA. We welcome any parents who want to attend. If you have any questions or concerns or want to know how to get involved, please contact one of the Board members (contact information is on the website). There are opportunities for involvement both big and small.

April 12th is Landscape Day!
Enjoy a few hours outdoors in the wonderful spring weather (finally!!!!) AND make Central more beautiful!!! Starting at 9:00 a.m., enjoy a cup of coffee, a bagel or donut, then dig in with your rakes, shovels, and wheelbarrows as we clean up and mulch the flower beds!! Even an hour of your time would be appreciated! The more students and parents we have, the faster the work goes! To VOLUNTEER or ask questions, please contact Brian Stage at 464-3815 or

Variety Show and Pizza Dinner
We will be offering pizza dinners before the show! A dinner ticket will include 2 slices of pizza and a drink for only $4! Additional drinks and candy will also be available for purchase. Keep an eye out for order sheets!

Reminder: Variety Show practices will be April 9, 14, 16, 21 from 3:15 to 4 and dress rehearsal from 3:15 to 5 at Ben Franklin Middle School. The Show is April 25 at 7:00.

Thank you!
A big thanks to parents, staff, and students who attended our Chipotle Fundraiser! We raised $467.58! We hope to see all of you at the next dinner fundraiser night!

The Art Show and Spaghetti Dinner was another great success thanks to the following people: Danielle Berg-O'Reilly, Rachel Bernardez, Jessica DeKock, Keri Parks, Kate Shifflett, Dena Smiley, Susan Stage and Diana Sullivan. Thanks to Tim Norman and Coastal Valley Water Co. for the water cooler, water, and cups! A big thank you to Mrs. Cummings and Ms. Wallen for working with the kids to complete artwork. Extra special thanks to Mrs. Cummings for setting up and staying during the Art Show!

Spring Art Show

Some of our students will have their art displayed at the Spring Art Show, at the Valparaiso Public Library, from April 26 through May 13. There will be a reception with refreshments on April 26 in the children's section of the library between 10:30 and noon.

'Grand-Friend' Day

The staff and students have set aside a few special days at school to provide an opportunity for grandparents or, another special adult, to share time with a child at school. Due to our limited space, we ask that you limit the number of "grand-friends" attending.

We will be doing breakfast this year from 7:30 to 8:50 a.m.

  • Menu:
  • Eggs Extravaganza
  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Toast and Bagels
  • Fruit
  • Juice
  • Coffee

The cost will be $2.00 per guest. Student will use their lunch account for their meal. Adult/Guest meals can not be charged to the students account. Grand friends will come on the day coinciding with their grandchild’s last name.

  • Tuesday, May 20-Student Last Name A-F
  • Thursday, May 22-Student Last Name G-M
  • Friday, May 23-Student Last Name N-Z

Call your grandfriend, have them check their calendars and join you for an exciting time! A flyer, with a reservation section, will be sent home in the beginning of May for this event.