Central Primary School


Welcome Back to School!

Our year is off to a great start, and we are so excited to be seeing students both in person and online! Thank you to all of our Central families, students, and staff for making the start of this year exciting, postiive and one for the record books. Your grace and flexiblity is much appreciated as we navigate our blended and fully remote learning.

Important October Dates to Remember:

PTO Meeting: Thursday, Oct. 1st 7:00 pm

School Board Meeting: Thursday, Oct. 8th 7:00 pm

No School, Columbus Day: Monday, Oct. 12th

CPS Scholastic Book Fair: Tuesday, Oct. 13th-Kindergarten Group 1 4:00pm-5:00pm, Group 2 5:00-6:00pm

CPS Scholastic Book Fair: Wednesday, Oct. 14th-First Grade Group 1 4:00pm-5:00pm, Group 2 5:00pm-6:00pm

CPS Scholastic Book Fair: Thursday, Oct. 15th-Second Grade Group 1 4:00pm-5:00pm, Group 2 5:00pm-6:00pm

CPS Scholastic Book Fair: Friday, Oct. 16th-Third Grade Group 1 4:00pm-5:00pm, Group 2 5:00pm-6:00pm

Please remember to keep your students home if they are exhibiting any COVID related symptoms. See the Central School District 51 COVID-19 Guidelines below.

Welcome new CPS Staff!

We are excited to welcome the following new staff to CPS this year! These teachers are already doing a fantastic job getting to know staff and students. We feel so fortunate that these teachers chose Central Primary School!

Mrs. Maggie Bagley- School Social Worker

Ms. Gail Massa- School Counselor

Mrs. Kim Burd- ECE Teacher

Ms. Kelly Whitton- First grade teacher

Social Emotional Learning Corner- Miss Gail Massa, CPS School Counselor

Hi! My name is Gail Massa and I am the CPS School Counselor. I am so excited to join the CPS family this year! I graduated from Lewis University this past May with my Masters degree in School Counseling. As a School Counselor, I work with students through classroom lessons, small groups, and individual counseling to help them in three domains: academics, college and career readiness, and social/emotional. When I work with students individually, I use a brief, solution-focused approach. Like a school nurse, we are in the school to help with small things that come up. If a student is experiencing severe or chronic social/emotional problems, as a school counselor, I can also refer students to outside community-based counseling services.

I would like to schedule some virtual informational sessions for parents this year. I created a Google Form for families to complete that will provide me with parents' interest in attending a virtual session, which days and times work the best, and the topics most parents are interested in learning more about. Please click "Parent Needs Assessment" below to complete this Google Form.


Social Emotional Learning Corner- Mrs. Maggie Bagley, School Social Worker

Hi! I am Maggie Bagley and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I’m so excited to have joined the Central staff. I will be the School Social Worker for Central Primary and Central Intermediate Schools. The School Social Worker works with some of our Special Education Students on Social, Emotional, and Behavioral skills. I also help complete evaluations on students to see if they may need extra services. In addition, the Social Worker can support staff, teachers, and students with our schools Social Emotional Learning goals. I’m looking forward to a great year!


Intervention- Mrs. Kris Mertens, Math Interventionist and Mrs. Breanna Guse, Reading Interventionist

School is underway and it is so good to see kids back in the classroom. The week of September 21 - October 2nd, First through Third Grade students took the STAR math and reading assessments to get a base-line score for teachers. You will be seeing those reports come home soon with your child. Currently in September and beginning of October we are working with incoming Kindergarteners with some new routines along with basic letter and number skills and students we were seeing at the end of the 19/20 school year. We will be meeting this month with teachers to discuss scores and what they see happening in the classrooms.

To start the school year out we would like to provide some fun and easy activities you can work on with your child in a fun way at home.

Math Activity for Fun

Make Ten is an easy to play and fun math card game which teaches kids ways to make 10 with addition and subtraction. You play it similar to a GO FISH game. All you need is a deck of cards, which I bet you already have. Card games are a great, low stress way to practice math skills with your kids. You get a little quality family time as well as helping your kids learn their math facts.

** You can adapt this game for older kids by making 15. **

Reading Activity for Fun

Car games are a great way to get kids reading in a fun way! Have kids search for letters or words while you are driving. For the younger kids, have them find a named letter or see who can find every letter of the alphabet in order the fastest. For older kids, have them find a named word or see who can find and figure out the longest word. There are plenty of different ways to do this.



PTO News!

Welcome back to school! We are so excited to be back and ready to support staff and students in old and new ways. Our first meeting is October 1 at 7 pm in the CIS library. For those not ready to come to a meeting in person, please look for an email with instructions how to join virtually. The PTO purchased lanyards for masks for all staff and students, and looking around in the schools it looks like they are getting good use. PTO assisted with 4th Grade Night at CIS, allowing students and parents to see their new building and meet their teacher. We are not planning a fall fundraiser like usual, we know many families are dealing with so much and do not want to add to it. We know this year is different, but look forward to being a constant support for Central.


Stephanie Redlingshafer

PTO President

Library Corner -Mrs. Katie Mann

There are still many library books that have not been returned from the 2019-20 school year, so please continue to check at home for school library books and return as soon as possible.

The Fall Book Fair is coming soon! More information will be coming home with your student and you can also visit the Book Fair's homepage below.

Check out our CPS Library's "Back to School" Newsletter below!


Art Corner with Miss Gleason

Attention Parents!

Our school is participating in a creative fundraiser with Art to Remember that allows you to purchase keepsake products customized with your child's artwork! Right now, my students are busy creating colorful, fun artwork, and soon you will receive a personalized order form. Here is what to expect:

-Over 40 keepsake products featuring your child's artwork

-Many of the products are less than $15

-A percentage of every order goes right back to our school

-Safe, secure online ordering - you can even share your order code with other family members and invite them to place an order!

-Satisfaction guaranteed

Personalized order forms will be coming home the first week in November.

Welcome back,

Miss Gleason


PE Corner- Mr. Chris Dalberg

This year has been a very different start and feel. However, the kids have adapted well and we continue to be as active as we can be. One of the students favorite activities we’ve done so far this year has been taking a walk around campus. The kids were able to see other areas of the school and see some of the CIS PE classes going on outside as well. We’ve spent the start of the year with a focus on Fitness with all activities involving cardiovascular and muscular endurance. We will continue to get outside for as long as the weather will allow us. Just a quick reminder that students need to have proper shoes to participate in PE class. Students will not be able to participate in flips flops, boots, crocs or other shoes that do not stay on or cover the foot.


A Little Note from Music Class- Mrs. Kathryn Cunningham

We are off and running in music. I love going to each classroom or Google Meet and spending time learning and making music together. With our hybrid and remote learning options, I have added each student to a music google classroom. This allows students to have access to lots of fun enrichment activities that can be explored while they are not in their classroom. Students have had the opportunity to go on their google classroom and explore the enrichment activities there, but in case they don’t remember how to find them, I will post instructions here:

  1. Students login to their chromebook and go to Google Classroom.

  1. Click on their Music Google Classroom.

  1. Click on the tab CLASSWORK at the top of the page.

  1. Under Classwork, you will find the heading- Enrichment Activities. There they can click on either the Music Virtual Classroom or Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music, our new music curriculum. The instructions for logging in to Quaver is with the link in google classroom. Students use “Sign in with Google” to access their account.

Students are encouraged to explore both links and engage in music throughout their school week.


Technology- Mr. Robert Deatherage

Thank you all for your patience as we continue to gain traction with our new normal. Technology can be challenging and our teachers and students are rocking it! If you need Chromebook help, do not forget about techsupport@central51.net to have your Chromebook needs addressed. This Google site, CPS Online Resources, contains most but likely not all of the resources we are utilizing both in the classroom and at home.

Mr. Deatherage