The Center Mile

January 16, 2023

School News & Happenings

Thank you for an amazing 2022!

Hello Center Community -

I hope that all families have had a great start to 2023! On behalf of the Center School staff members, thank you for your ongoing support and generosity. We are grateful for our partnership with all of you and are excited about what the new year will bring.

We are starting the year with a new event for The Center School. Our first annual All-School Spelling Bee will take place on January 20, 2023. Please read more about this exciting event below.

In addition, I have scheduled three virtual evening "Chats with the Principal." I'm excited to connect with many of you on one of these evenings. The first chat is scheduled for January 31, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. Please use the Zoom link included in this newsletter. Bring your questions and suggestions, and we'll explore ideas together.

As always, please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns at any time. I will always make time to talk or meet with you!

Happy New Year! And here's to a wonderful 2023!

Shelley Dulsky



Important Upcoming Dates

    • January 16, 2023 // MLK Day - No School

    • January 20, 2023 // All-School Spelling Bee @ 9:00 a.m.

    • January 25, 2025 // School Council @ 3:30 p.m.

    • January 26, 2023 // All-School Spelling Bee (Snow Alternative Date)

    • February 4, 2023 // PTO's Center School Talent Show

Ms. Hass' 1st Graders Building Connections Across America!

Ms. Hass' first graders are connecting with their peers all across our country! Here are more details from Ms. Haas:

We have been receiving some fun mail recently! I signed our class up to participate in a snowman exchange with other first-grade classes around the country. We've already learned about Arkansas, Florida, New York, Virginia, and South Dakota.

We are finishing our letter and making snow people to send to 49 states this week. Our class did a great job thinking about what is special and unique about Stow, Massachusetts.

Our first graders decided to share the following information about our community:

- We are a small town close to Boston

- Lots of people come here to pick apples

- We live close to where the Revolutionary War started

- Johnny Appleseed was born near here.

-The Center School is a Pre K-5 school

- We have a town beach on Lake Boone

- We live close to the ocean and mountains so that we can go to the beach or skiing/boarding

- There is only one elementary school in Stow, and there are less than 100 first graders here

- We get to play in the snow during recess in the winter

- We love Junie B. Jones and Pig the Pug books.

- We get free choice every day.

It seems like a very inclusive list! We may add more before we are ready to send it. The class is creating a map to incorporate geography lessons into this great project. We are having great fun keeping track of our new snow friends!

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Mr. Topalian's Class Flies High!

Mr. Topalian's fifth-grade students learned about the design process, from identifying/defining a problem to evaluating/making improvements. Using only the materials given, students created airplanes and then tested the distance they would fly in two locations within the building. The furthest flight was 64 feet by Russell Borders. Amazing!
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First Annual Center School All-School Spelling Bee!

On January 20, 2023, The Center School will hold its first annual Spelling Bee. The Bee will take place in the gym at 9:00 a.m., and parents, caregivers, and friends are invited to attend. Students in grades 1 through 5 took a qualifying grade-level spelling quiz. The results of this quiz determined the finalists for our all-school event. Finalists include students in grades three through five. Our top spellers in first and second grade will be honored at the event but will not participate in the live event.

The winner of The Center School Spelling Bee will move on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee Remote Regional Spelling Bee Elimination Round. Regional winners will advance to an in-person Regional Spelling Bee with the opportunity to advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

We are proud of all of our Center students. This event encourages all students to do their best and cheer on their friends and peers. We are excited to come together as a community to celebrate our collective spirit.

Save the date! The Center School Chorus Performances are Coming!

Ms. Dyer has been so busy preparing our chorus students for their upcoming performances!

Please save the following important dates on your calendar:

 The fourth-grade students are performing Disney’s Greatest Hits on Tuesday,

March 21, 2023 at 7:00 pm.

 The fifth-grade students are performing songs from The Sound of Music on Tuesday,

March 28, 2023 at 7:00 pm.

 The third-grade students are performing Lights! Camera! Action! on Tuesday,

April 4, 2023 at 7:00 pm.

Notes from Nurse Dumas

Dear Parents,

Just a friendly mid-year reminder to always call or email when your child is absent as early as possible. Also, please state the reason for your child's absence. I still track Covid numbers along with Flu and Strep Throat.

Parents of 4th-grade students, I need a current copy of a physical with immunization records. Thank you.

Carla Dumas, BSN, RN, NCSN

Center School

Evening Chats with Principal Shelley Dulsky

Join Principal Shelley Dulsky for informal virtual chats on topics that are on your mind! Here are the dates and times for this year:

  • January 31, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.
  • March 28, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.
  • May 23, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.

Chat with the Principal Zoom Link

The Center School Talent Show is Coming!

We are excited about the 2023 Center's Got Talent Show! There will be two shows on Saturday, February 4th: 11 am for PreK-2nd and 2 pm for 3rd-5th. This is a variety act where students can show their talents to their friends, families, and the public. In the past, we have had acts including dance, lip sync, singing, instruments, magic, sports, comedy, gymnastics, and more - let your students be as creative as they wish! Acts can be performed in a group or solo. The audience is supportive and encouraging, and admission is by donation at the door.

Sign up here: Talent Show Sign-Up Form

Lost & Found

Seeking Substitutes!

We are renewing our connections with Substitute Teachers. If you or someone you know is interested in substitute teaching at The Center School please contact our Assistant Principal Lenore Zavalick:
Center School Virtual Backpack

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