Central Chatter

September 9, 2015

Important Dates


21st - PTA Meeting


10th - Color Run

22nd – End of first grading period

23rd – No School – Fall Break

30th - Harvest Fest

The Color Run is Coming!

Saturday, October 10th at 2 PM

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year! How can you help?

  • Register your child online so he/she has the chance to win a Go Pro camera ($400 value) as the highest pledge receiver! Last week your child came home with a pledge sheet to solicit support from friends and family. All students who raise $50 or more are entered into drawings for a variety of prizes including gift certificates and more!
  • Be a Color Runner: Participate in The Color Run. Check out the website to register. Fun family time is guaranteed!
  • Promote the Event: Share The Color Run with your friends and family on Facebook.
  • Volunteer: Sign up to volunteer on our website.
  • Sponsor the Event: Check out the sponsorship materials on our website.

Click on the button below for more details. Thanks for helping our students and our school!

Congratulations and Welcome!

Have you heard the exciting news? Mrs. Dado will be transferring to Flint Lake to become the Title I Director and Dean of Students and Mrs. Nguyen will be transferring to Parkview to lead our district's Title III program and teach Kindergarten in a bilingual classroom. We are very happy for Mrs. Dado and Mrs. Nguyen and we wish them all the best on their new adventures in their new positions! We also congratulate Mrs. Higgins as she moves into Mrs. Dado's Title I position. Finally we welcome Mrs. Jordan and Mrs. Hefner as they move into our 2nd grade and Kindergarten positions. Mrs. Jordan was a 5th grade teacher and literacy coach in LaPorte prior to coming to Central as a Title I aide. We are thankful she decided to move into 2nd grade. Mrs. Hefner has taught both Kindergarten and 2nd grade for 15 years in Lake Station and has a husband, Mr. Hefner, who teaches at the high school. We welcome her to Central! All of our placements are subject to school board approval at the September 17th board meeting. We will miss you, Mrs. Dado and Mrs. Nguyen! Welcome to the Central family, Mrs. Jordan and Mrs. Hefner!

Skyward Family Access

Don't forget to check your child's progress using Skyward! To login, please visit the Valparaiso Community School homepage at www.valpo.k12.in.us. You should then click on the "Parents" tab and select "Skyward Parent/Student Access" on the right side of the page. Click on the "Skyward Family Access Portal" button and login with your username and password. Once you are logged in, you can access your child's grades by clicking on "Gradebook." If you click on the letter grade for each subject area, you will see individual assignment scores. Thanks for all you do to support learning at home!

Thanks to Kernels & Kones!

We had a fabulous trip to Kernels & Kones to celebrate the completion of our summer packets and to welcome our new students! We appreciate the generosity of the business, as they donated treats to us. Thanks for working so hard, students! If you haven't stopped by Kernels & Kones yet, you should! They were very kind to Central and we appreciate it!

PTA News

Calling All 5th Grade Parents! Please sign up to be an attendant in Central's parking lot for the Popcorn Festival on Saturday, September 12, 2015. This will allow us to raise money for the 5th grade trip to Camp Tecumseh. Adults are needed to volunteer for the 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m and the 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. slots. Working at this event guarantees that parents have priority in signing up as a chaperone for the Camp Tecumseh trip children will participate in at the end of their 5th grade year. PTA pays nearly 65% of the cost for this trip for each student, and we NEED YOUR HELP to defray these costs for our students and continue the Camp Tecumseh tradition. Please sign up online at:


Thanks so much to those who have already volunteered. We appreciate it!

Central is in need of 1st and Kindergarten girl scout troop leaders (even co-leaders) and associated volunteers - the more the merrier. If you know anyone who might be interested, please contact Amy Wright at: awhitw23@hotmail.com

Central is in need of boy scout troop leaders and volunteers for the Tiger Den. If you know anyone who might be interested, please contact Kyle Fouch at: KyleFouch@gmail.com

Our next PTA meeting will be Monday, September 21st at 6:30 PM in the cafeteria. Children are welcome to play in the Central gymnasium during the meeting. If you are unable to attend but want to get involved or volunteer, please email us at CentralPTA305@gmail.com

10 Ways to Motivate Your Child to Learn

Do you wonder what you can do to help your child develop a thirst for learning? Check out the article below to see a Scholastic for Parents article about this topic.

Healthy Snacks

Did you know that Valparaiso Community Schools has information regarding healthy food choices in our schools? To find out more details, click on the button below. You will find information about healthy food ideas, birthday celebrations, and procedures about eating lunch with your child. When sending in classroom snacks, please check with your child's teacher regarding possible allergies within the class. Thanks for helping us promote a safe and healthy environment for our students!