Central Chatter

January 15, 2016

Upcoming Events


14: End of Second Grading Period

15: Teacher Record Day/NO SCHOOL


21: McTeacher's Night from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

25: PTA Meeting at 6:30 p.m.


12-15: Winter Break/NO SCHOOL

18: Restaurant Night at Papa John's

22: PTA Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

23: PTA Make a Date to Skate

The Pet Project

Student Council is sponsoring The Pet Project from Monday, January 11 through Friday, January 29 for the Porter County Animal Shelter. Donations can be left on the table by the cafeteria.

Ideas for Donations:

old towels

pet food

pet shampoo


kitty litter


old pet crates


paper towels

puppy pad

Please help us help the animals! Thanks for your support!

PTA News

MCTEACHER’S NIGHT on January 21st from 5 to 7 PM

Please join us for our January Restaurant Night: Central McTeacher’s Night at the McDonald’s by the Valpo Target. Faculty and staff from Central will be on hand to “work” at McDonald’s and raise money for our school! We hope you will join us and dine at the location or support Central by picking up at the drive-thru.

PTA MEETING on January 25th at 6:30 PM

Have an activity or event you think Central students and families would enjoy? Please join us for our Spring activities master planning session. Children are welcome in the gym.

2016-2017 PTA Officer Elections….IF NOT YOU, THEN WHO?

Do you enjoy volunteering and helping others? The PTA is the group for you! The Central Elementary PTA is seeking individuals to serve as officers for the upcoming school year 2016-2017. Time commitments are minimal (monthly meetings) with the majority of time allocated by activity. Elections will be held at our March meeting for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Parent Representative. If you are interested, or would like to learn more please email CentralPTA305@gmail.com or contact Central Elementary and ask for Jenn Campbell to learn more information. IF NOT YOU, THEN WHO?


Support Central and order a pizza tonight from Papa John’s. Proceeds benefit our students!

PTA MEETING on February 22nd at 6:30 PM

Please join us for our monthly meeting in the cafeteria. Children are welcome in the gymnasium.

MAKE A DATE TO SKATE on February 23rd

Lace up your ice skates and join us for an evening of ice skating at our local ice skating rink. Your kids can catch up with classmates and parents are welcome to show off their moves as well!


That sums up the weather this time of year. Temperatures are dropping and before we know it, many white flakes will be falling from the sky. Please remember to dress your child for the frigid weather! Think of it this way, if you had to stand outside for thirty minutes in the same clothes your child is wearing to school, would you be warm enough?

It’s also a good idea to put an extra pair of socks and gloves in their backpacks in a Ziploc baggie. That way if their socks or gloves get soaked on the way to school or at recess, they can change and be comfortable during class or at recess later in the day. Also, please label all of their winter clothing. It makes things much easier at recess and dismissal. When items are labeled, the infamous “Hey, that’s mine!” can be easily remedied.

Cafeteria Account Management

Happy, Healthy New Year from Food and Nutrition Services! Did you know parents can manage their child’s cafeteria accounts through Skyward Family Access? You can quickly and easily check your child’s cafeteria account balance, monitor purchases and make online payments. Are you signed up for low balance email alerts? Sign into Skyward by clicking on the Parent Portal icon at www.valpo.k12.in.us. Click on Open Family Access. Click on My Account in the upper right hand corner. Scroll down through Account Settings and check the box with Receive Emails when Food Service Balance is under $5.00. Questions? Call Food and Nutrition Serves at 531-3050.

Central Music Program

Classes have begun preparing for this year's music program. All students in grades 1-5 are expected to participate. It will take place on Tuesday, April 12, at 7:00 p.m. at VHS in the auditorium. We are looking forward to an amazing evening!

School Delay and Cancellation Information

You will be notified about any school delays or cancellations via a phone and email to the main number listed in Skyward. You will also find this information posted on the main page Valparaiso Community School district website.

SCHOOL-School normally starts at 8:45 a.m. When there is a delay, schools starts two hours later at 10:45 a.m. Students do NOT stay two hours later when there is a delay. If a delay occurs on a Wednesday, we go with a normal schedule and start at 10:45.

BUSES-Your child’s bus will come two hours after it would normally come. Example: Your child’s bus comes at 8:10 a.m. When there is a two hour delay, it would come at 10:10 a.m. If a delay occurs on a Wednesday, we go with a normal schedule so it would still come at 10:10 a.m.

WALKERS & CAR RIDERS: If your child is a walker, he or she should walk to school two hours later than they normally would. If you drive your child to school, just leave exactly two hours later than you would normally leave. When there is a delay, supervision is provided on the school porch for walkers and riders starting at 10:20 a.m.

LUNCH-Lunch is served at the normal time. The lovely lunch ladies estimate what they need and start making it before your child even arrives! Gosh, they’re good!

ACTIVITIES-All BEFORE school activities are CANCELLED for that day when there is a delay. After school activities will take place as usual.

For more information about school delays and cancellations, click here:


Yearbook Pictures Coming Up!

A photographer will be at Central to take yearbook candid and group pictures on Friday, January 22nd. If your child is on a team or in a club with t-shirts, he or she might want to wear it to school that day.