Central Informer

Family Newsletter- December Issue

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We engage, equip, and empower all scholars to achieve their unique potential.

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Stay Informed

Please make sure you join your student's Class Dojo, Central's Facebook, and Central's Twitter page to stay informed on current and upcoming events.

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Mark Your Calendars

  • December 8- Fall Showcase- 6:30-8:00 (Shine Performance Hall- Duncanville High School)
  • December 13- Great Night of Reading (6:30-8:00- Central Elementary)
  • December 14- Picture Retakes
  • December 16- Career Day
  • December 22- Christmas Parties
  • December 22- Early Release
  • December 23- January 6: Winter Break

Central Families,

The month of December is a busy month. We have activities planned for students throughout the month as well as district assessments. It is important for students to have great attendance this month. We look forward to celebrating the successes and achievements from our students. We appreciate your support in getting students to school each day and supporting their learning at home. Attendance matters everyday. Chronic absences — missing 10 percent or more of school days due to absence for any reason—excused and unexcused absences can translate into students having difficulty learning to read by the third-grade, achieving in middle school, and graduating from high school.

At Central, we have high expectations for all students and we look forward to seeing their academic achievement over the 2nd Nine Weeks of school.


  • Tardies start at 8:00. If your student arrives to school after 8:00 AM, the student must be signed in by an adult at the main office.
  • The main office closes at 3:00 PM to prepare for dismissal. Please note that parents will not be allowed to pick up students early after 3:00 PM.
  • Dismissal tags are required for all parents during dismissal.
  • Don't forget to join Class Dojo. Click HERE to join.

Central's Fall Showcase- December 8

We are so excited about Central Elementary's fall showcase on December 8th. The theme for our showcase is Celebrate Life. The students have been practicing this semester to prepare for their performance and had an awesome time practicing at the high school on November 29. Because the Showcase will feature all students, we will have the performance at Duncanville High School on the evening of December 8 from 6:30-8:00 PM. In order to start the performance at 6:30, we need students to arrive at Shine Performance Hall from 5:45-6:15.

We are asking that students wear jeans and the assigned solid colored shirt at the evening performance. Some stores that have cheap solid t-shirts are Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Walmart, and Dollar General.

  • Prek-red solid colored shirt
  • Kindergarten- orange solid colored shirt
  • 1st grade- yellow solid colored shirt
  • 2nd grade- green solid colored shirt
  • 3rd grade- blue solid colored shirt
  • 4th grade- purple solid colored shirt

We can't wait to see you there!

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Holiday Candy Grams

Say thanks to those who made a difference in your life this Christmas. Candy Grams can be purchased in the cafeteria from 7:30-8:00 each morning. Please bring exact change ($0.50). Deliveries will be made the last week before holiday break.
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Are you looking for a great math resource to give your scholar some extra practice at home?

Good news! Once again, Imagine Math is available for all Central students to use at home!

For our 1st-4th graders, we also have Imagine Math facts, to help your child become fluent with their basic math facts.

Please contact your child's teacher for your child's login information.

Message from Ms. Tijerina our Library Media Specialist

Hi Central Families!

Our Book Fair is next week! December 6th-13th.

You can now set up an eWallet for your child!


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Holiday Fun

As we begin to countdown to the 12 days before Christmas, the faculty and staff will be participating in some themed days. Please join us in some holiday fun and have your student dress up too. Click on the link below for details.

Skyward Family Access

We encourage parents to check Skyward Family Access to monitor your student's academic progress and attendance. Skyward allows you to view your student's assignments, grades, and attendance. You can also set up automatic notifications of grades and daily attendance.

Progress reports and report cards are posted in Skyward Family Access. To access your scholar's grades:

Attendance Matters- Good attendance= Academic Success

Parents we need your help! Our goal is to have at least 97% of our students in attendance each day. We are averaging about 94%. We have experienced some improvement however, we have some work to do to improve our daily attendance.

Attendance whether it's excused or unexcused impacts the 90% rule. If your scholar misses more than 9 days of school, they are at risk of not earning credit for the school year and truancy may be filed.

Each week we recognize grade levels that have the highest attendance. If the grade level is recognized, each class in the grade level gets an attendance trophy for the week. We are also giving special treats to classes for having great attendance.

Please bring your student to school daily and help them have academic success.

What to Eat Lunch with Your Student?

  • Due to the size of our cafeteria, we are taking a limited number of visitors for lunch on Fridays by reservation only.
  • Call the main office (972-708-2600) to make a reservation to eat lunch with your student.
  • We will begin taking reservations the week of September 6.
  • Reservations will be taken Monday through Wednesday of each week from 9:00 am-2:00 PM in order to each lunch on Friday.
  • Reservations can only be made for the current week.
  • There will be a limit to the number of individuals who can come to each lunch with the student to allow for more families to come to the lunch period.
  • Parents may eat during one lunch period only.

PTO Volunteers Needed

We are searching for parent volunteers to serve on our PTO board this school year. We currently have a president and vice president. If you are interested in serving our the school PTO, please click on the form below.


What is PTO?

PTO stands for Parent Teacher Organization. The PTO is a nonprofit group comprised of parents, teachers, and staff dedicated to improving the educational experience of all students at Central Elementary School. Our goals are to encourage interaction between family and school, serve as a source of support, and work with teachers, staff, and the community at large to improve our children’s educational experience. The PTO works closely with the school administration to meet this goal.

What does the PTO do, exactly?

If you look up “PTO” in the dictionary you might find words like: organize, support, help, and volunteer. The PTO organizes special events such as the spring fling, teacher appreciation, spirit shirt designs and sales just to name a few.

Who can join PTO?

Any parent or guardian of a current student of Central Elementary as well as all current faculty and staff

How do I become a member?

All you have to do is complete our membership form and pay the yearly registration dues of $5.00 per family. It is never too late to join!

Do I have to pay for each child?

No your dues cover all children in your immediate household.

What are the benefits of membership?

First it gives you a voice! Your membership entitles you to vote at all meetings on PTO business. (There is one vote per household.) You may desire to volunteer to help with our many events throughout the year. Volunteering is encouraged but NOT required. In a way just paying your dues helps us fund programs that enhance your child’s learning experience.

What programs does PTO fund and support?
• Providing Field Trip Transportation Costs
• Designing and Selling Spirit Shirts
• Raising Funds for Campus Events and Campus Improvements
• Putting on Spring Fling
• Sponsoring Student Clubs
• Teacher Appreciation Luncheons
• Box Tops for Education
• Kroger Share Card
• Purchase and Pick Up of Perfect Attendance Treats
• School Fundraisers

Central Campus Hours

Our campus opens at 7:30 for students to eat breakfast. Classroom instruction begins at 8:00 AM. Students that arrive after 8:00 are tardy. Parents will need to sign students in that are marked tardy.

Dismissal is at 3:30 PM.

School Lunches- No longer free!


The federal waiver that made lunch free to all students has expired. Families must apply to see if their child is eligible to receive free lunches for the '22-'23 school year. Apply at http://schoolcafe.com/duncanvilleisd. Breakfast will remain free to all students in the new school year.

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New Dress Code

Click on the link to view the new dress code information.

School Spirit Days

  • Wednesday is College and Career Spirit Day! Scholars are encouraged to wear a college shirt of their choice or military branch
  • Friday is school spirit day. Scholars are allowed to wear Central Elementary or Duncanville spirit shirts of their choice to represent their Panther Pride!

Campus Operations


  • Campus doors will open at 7:30 AM.

  • Parents should drive to the rear of the school to drop off students. Staff members will be waiting to greet students as they arrive.

  • Students that walk to school may enter through the hallway located on the east of the campus.

  • While on campus, face coverings are recommended but not required.


  • In the event that a student has COVID-19 symptoms, they will be housed in a designated space until they are picked up by their parent/guardian or designated emergency contact.

  • PLEASE NOTE: Students are expected to be picked up from campus within one hour of parent/guardian or emergency contact being notified.


  • Students that choose to eat breakfast will go straight to the cafeteria to eat their breakfast.
  • Students who are not eating breakfast will immediately walk to their homeroom class.
  • Breakfast will end at 7:55 a.m.

  • First period will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m.


  • Each classroom will be cleaned nightly.

  • All classrooms will be provided with sanitation supplies to support surface and resource cleaning.

  • Materials and resources that need to be sanitized should be left out in the open.

  • Students are encouraged to sanitize hands as they enter and leave classrooms.

  • Students are recommended but not required to wear a mask during class.


  • Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.

  • No other liquids will be allowed.

  • Restrooms will be cleaned throughout the day.


  • Students will be directed to serving lines by lunch monitors to pick up their individual lunches.

  • Food delivery for lunch is prohibited for safety reasons.

  • Students will need to know their ID number to purchase lunch. Please help your student memorize their ID number.

  • Cafeteria will be cleaned often, and physical distancing will be enforced as much as is physically possible.


  • Students will sanitize entering, before browsing, and exiting the library.

  • Computers in the computer lab (keyboard, mouse, monitor, and table) will be wiped down after each class by the class/teacher assigned for the day.

  • Classroom assigned standards devices - Wipe down each device (keyboard, monitor, touchpad, and outer case) between classes and at the end of the day.

  • Encourage sanitizing before and after utilizing a device.


  • Dismissal tags are required before releasing a student to an adult.

  • Student release will be staggered.

    • First--Walkers will be released by hallway.

    • Second--Students that will be traveling home by car (car riders) will be released by hallway.

    • 1st--Students that ride a bus and daycare will be released to wait in the gym. Upon arrival of the buses and daycare, the students will be called to board their bus or daycare van.

    • 2nd- Walkers will be dismissed

    • 3rd- Car Riders and Parents that walk up to pick up their students will be released. Cars will need to have their dismissal tag displayed in the front window. Parents who walk up to the school will need to have their dismissal tag.

    • Dismissal tags are required for dismissal. ID will be required in the front office if there is no dismissal tag.

    • Teachers will be monitoring to ensure that students leave the campus safely and promptly at dismissal.

    • Car riders, bus, and daycare riders will be picked up in the rear of the building. Faculty will help supervise dismissal of students.


  • Perimeter doors should never be propped open for any reason.

  • All staff must be able to present their ID at all times.

  • Under no circumstances will anyone open a door for another student, parent, or faculty member

  • All members of the community or any visitor are required to enter Central Elementary through the main entry doors located at the front of our campus.


  • While on campus, all stakeholders have the option to wear face coverings at all times.

  • Students and staff are encouraged to bring their own water bottles for personal use throughout the school day.

  • Hand sanitizer machines are placed throughout the campus for both staff and student usage.

  • Students will be encouraged to practice social distancing at all times throughout the school day.


Staff Safety Guidelines:

  • Staff members that leave campus for any portion of the day are required to sign in upon return.

  • Staff members are encouraged to disinfect all common areas of their individual classrooms throughout the school day.


  • Prior to entering the building all visitors (parents, school stakeholders) must ring the doorbell located by the front office.

  • Parents will not be allowed to drop off lunches with students during the school day.

  • If parents need to pick up a student early they will enter through the front office to sign their student out.

Student Drop Off (after the 8:00 bell)

  • Parents and students will enter through the front office

  • Parents will sign their student in and the student will be given a pass to enter class.

Student Early Pick up

  • The parent will come to come into the building to present their identification and physically sign the student out.

  • The student will be called to come to the front office to leave with the parent.

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