Central Chatter Newsletter

April 6, 2016

Upcoming Events


8 - Movie Night at Central at 6:30pm

12 - Central Music Program at VHS Auditorium for Grades 1-5 at 7:00pm

15 - Variety Show at Ben Franklin Middle School at 6:30pm

18-28 ISTEP Part 2 Testing

18-5th Grade Parent Meeting about 5th Grade Celebration 6:00pm

18 - PTA Meeting at 6:30pm

21- Noodles Restaurant Night between 5:00-9:00pm

22 - Snow Make-Up Day: School is in Session

29 - Harlem Wizards at VHS Gymnasium from 5:30-9:00pm


2-6 - Teacher Appreciation Week

13 - No School or Snow Make-Up

30 - No School - Memorial Day

31 - Field Day


1- 5th Grade Celebration

3 - Last Day of School: End of the 4th Grading Period

Central Movie Night on Friday, April 8th

Wear your pajamas and bring your blankets! The kids have voted and The Peanuts Movie has won! We will be watching this movie in the Central gym on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Snacks and water will be sold (cash only, please) before the movie and during intermission. Parents, please be sure you are there with your children. We will see you there!

Student Council News: April Food and Household Supply Drive

Central Student Council is Sponsoring: The Backpack Project-REVISITED!

Monday, April 4-Friday, April 29

The backpack project has been such a success that we are holding an encore supply drive to replenish our school food pantry before summer!

Please consider donating:

Binders for school

Personal care items (shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste)

Paper products (toilet paper, paper towels)


Laundry soap


Dinty Moore beef stew

Ramen Noodles

Canned chicken/tuna

Granola bars


Boxed meals-Hamburger Helper/Tuna Helper

Canned fruit and veggies

NO MACARONI and CHEESE!!! We have plenty!

Kindergarten Round Up on Thursday, April 14th

For Parents of Kindergartners of 2016-2017 School Year:

We will offer two identical meetings for roundup. Please choose the one that best fits your schedule. Children, who are entering kindergarten in the fall of 2016, and their parents, must make arrangements to attend. During the meeting, all students will be given an assessment.

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, April 14, 2016 ● 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. or 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Please click on the following link and select "Central" to enter your information for our records: Kindergarten Roundup

Variety Show on Friday, April 15th

The Variety Show will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15th at the Ben Franklin Middle School auditorium. Pizza will be served by Central staff members at 6:00 p.m. Candy will also be for sale prior to the show and during intermission. Cash only, please! It is sure to be a great time as our students (and staff!) show off their talents. We look forward to seeing you there!

ISTEP Part 2

The second portion of the ISTEP test will be held during the morning from April 18-28th according to the schedule below:

3rd Grade: April 18, 19, 20

5th Grade: April 21, 22, 25

4th Grade: April 26, 27, 28

This portion of the ISTEP test will be online and the answers will be multiple choice. Students will be practicing the format of this test next week. Please feel free to visit the link below on your own or with your child. It is the Indiana Department of Education's "Experience." The purpose of Experience is for students, educators, parents, and community members to see how test items similar to those on the ISTEP+ Part 2 assessment are presented in the online system.


Box Tops Competition is On!

Central students are once again participating in a classroom competition to see which class can collect the most box tops and will win the class prize...choosing a staff member to receive a pie in the face! Be sure to complete the form sent home with your child last week and get those box tops in! All box tops must be received by Friday, April 29th. Thanks for helping earn money for our school to benefit us with field trips and other expenses. Let the games begin!

K-Kids Book Swap

Does your child have a pile of books sitting at home that he/she has already read? Do you wish you had the opportunity to exchange them for different or more exciting reading materials? If so, the K-Kids’ Book Swap is for you!

How it works:

1. From Monday, April 4th to Thursday, April 7th students may bring in any “gently used” books to their classrooms for donation. You may bring up to 10 books. We will track the number of books brought in by each student.

2. From Monday, April 11th to Wednesday, April 13th students may come to the Book Swap and select any “gently used” books of their choice based on the number of books they turned in.

Please follow these guidelines when sending in books:

  • Books must be appropriate for grades K-5.

  • Books must be in gently used condition: cover on, no rips, tears or bent edges

  • Books with coloring or writing in them will not be accepted

  • No coloring books, activity books or sticker books

Please note that the selection of books available will be based on books donated. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Sienkowski.

Thanks for considering this opportunity to promote reading with our students!

Field Day on Tuesday, May 31st

We would love to have your help with Field Day! If you are willing to volunteer, please be sure you have a background check on file before signing up to assist.

The background check forms are available using this link: http://www.valpo.k12.in.us/cms/lib4/IN01001455/Centricity/Domain/272/Backround%20Check%20Form%201516.pdf

You can sign up for field day using this link:

Field Day Sign Up

Thanks for your help! It is sure to be a fun day for all.

Nutrition News

Did you know that you can view and manage your family cafeteria account and make payments online? Skyward Family Access allows you to view each of your child’s purchases and payments. You can set spending limits, request email low balance reminders, make payments and more. Sign in to Skyward and click the Food Service tab on the left. School Messenger will also contact parents by telephone weekly to alert them of negative cafeteria balances. Need help? Call Food and Nutrition Services 219-531-3050 and we will be happy to assist you.