MARCH 3, 2023



Spirit Day TODAY - Friday, March 3

Cat in the Hat Day

Wear a crazy hat to school!

Upcoming Dates

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Read across America 2023 has officially begun!

Troy Cummings was here on Monday, 2/27 for an amazing assembly.

He signed all the books for students who pre-purchased them, then personally delivered, with Mr Paradiso, to all classrooms. He drew illustrations for the students and had many come up to add to his drawings as well.

Special thanks to Mr Paradiso for organizing this amazing event and the MEF & CAS PTO for funding this visit.

Check out the photos below from the event!

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Save the Date: Family Reading Night Thursday March 9th

Check-in begins at 6:15pm. Students can come dressed in their PJs to listen to teachers and staff read their favorite stories. This is an event for the whole family. So polish off your listening ears and come ready for fun! Brochure coming soon.

Pajama Day at CAS March 9!

To get ready for Family Reading Night, students can wear their PJs all day!

Read Across America in March!

There are a ton of events scheduled for CAS Students along with spirit days every Friday for the month of March.

This is to celebrate Dr. Seuss who is the original author of Read Across America Week.

Please reach out to CAS Library Media Specialist Mr. Paradiso with any questions at Paradisoc@madisonnjps.org

See flyer below for details!

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Doodle for Google Contest

Click the logo below for an exciting contest with Google. Students can work with any materials they want, but all Doodles must be entered using the entry form. Parents and teachers can mail us completed entry form or submit it online as a png or jpg. The contest is open for entries until March 14, 2023 11:59 p.m.

Pomptonian Food Service Update

With March around the corner, I want to share all the excitement we have prepared for the lunchroom.

March is National Nutrition Month. To celebrate we have created our next edition of the Pomptonian Nutrition News series, Healthy School Lunch Challenge. At the end of this video, we invite your students to submit a recipe for Pomptonian’s Healthy School Lunch Challenge. Check out the video below for details. An important highlight, Super Grand Prize winners will receive a vertical garden for their school! Please consider sharing the video and flyer with your community.

Also, you may remember that March brings our Flavors Around the World Promotion. We are celebrating a dish from a different country once a week in high schools, allowing students to taste delicious new foods and learn about the cultural background of the region.

Healthy regards,

Toni Marie Bowman, MBA, RDN, SNS

Director of Nutrition Services

Phone – (973) 241-3013

Nutrition News: Healthy School Lunch Challenge Edition

SIGN-UP! Lunch with the Principal

The Students who have participated in this can not stop talking about it. There are still spaces available so be sure to sign up your child!

Kindergarten through 3rd grade students will have an opportunity to have lunch with Mr. Liss and friends! The goal of these lunches is for students to share what they love about CAS, what we can bring to CAS, and general fun conversation about interests. This is also an opportunity for Mr. Liss to get to know your child even better! Please understand that this is not mandatory.

Children will be able to pack or buy his/her individual lunch. Click on the signup genius to get a spot for your child. Please only sign up for one spot per student.


Family Fitness Event with CrossFit 377 is TODAY!

Get ready to sweat and have a blast with the entire family! Join us for a special fitness event taught by Madison’s own CrossFit 377. Walk-ins will be accepted!

WHEN: Friday, March 3

TIME: 6:30-8:00pm

WHERE: Central Avenue School gym

FEE: $25 per family at the door

Included with your payment will be a fun CAS swag bag for each child registered.

Make up Day 3/31 shall weather call for that!

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Lost and Found

As the cold weather approaches, our lost and found table starts to grow to a snow-covered mountain! Help your coats, hats, sweatshirts, scarves, water bottles, and lunchboxes find you again by labeling your stuff. Check out the flyer below for events where you can find your lost items.

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Volunteer Opportunities!

We are so excited to have parent volunteers back in the building! There are all sorts of ways you can volunteer to help, here are our immediate needs:

PTO Treasurer

Our PTO By-Laws limit this position to a 2-year term. PTO Treasurer is responsible for keeping the books, working with the PTO Presidents on our budget, writing checks and various other tasks. This role should be detail oriented and a basic knowledge of bookkeeping is helpful. If you are interested in learning more, please email CASPTO@gmail.com to let us know.

PTO Vice Presidents

This role is a 2-year commitment, as you will be Vice President for the 2023-2024 school year and President for the 2024-2025 year. This role works best with 2 people, so grab a buddy and sign up! The Vice Presidents shadow and assist the Presidents in a variety of activities, including managing emails, scheduling events, organizing volunteers, overseeing the budget for events and fundraisers, fulfilling teacher requests, after school enrichment, teacher appreciation and more. This is a very FUN and rewarding role and is a great opportunity to expand your network, make new friends and get valuable insights into the inner workings of CAS. If you are interested in learning more, please email CASPTO@gmail.com to let us know.

CAS International Parents Group Chair

This role supports the integration of international families in CAS and creates community through social events. Responsibilities include participate in the Welcome Coffee for New Families in late September; host three meetings during the school year; invite and encourage international families to participate in the CAS International Day; and send flyers for group meetings to the PTO for inclusion in the CAS PTO newsletter.

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Announcement: Madison Summer Arts Program

Check out the flyer's below for info on this year's Madison Summer Arts Program.


We are pleased to announce the Madison STEAM Academy is returning in 2023 for another summer of excitement and fun!

Please visit www.madisonpublicschools.org/steam academy for details and an FAQ about the program. Enrollment will begin mid-March!

Home Connection

This week's Home Connection Skill:

Understanding Social-Emotional Competencies Part #3

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I9 Sports gives back to CAS

Looking for spring and summer sports related activities? Check out i9. Mention Central Avenue School PTO and i9 will give back to the PTO!

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Changes are coming! CAS PTO has been meeting with landscapers and contractors to develop a plan for an enriching and practical learning garden for our students to enjoy. Be on the lookout for opportunities to get involved and leave your mark at CAS.

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MEF Events

Check out these Spring events coming from the Madison Education Fund.

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Madison Music & Arts

Click the link to check out all the upcoming Music & Art Events across our schools:

Madison Music & Arts - Events (google.com)

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Taste of Madison Monday April 24th

Are you planning on attending this year’s Taste of Madison? The Madison Downtown Development Committee has generously offered to give back to the CAS PTO for every ticket purchased using our name.

Come out and enjoy this signature Madison event and the Brooklake Country Club!

Click here for a basic overview of the event.

Purchased tickets (Reference CAS PTO and we get $20 back for each ticket!):

  • Purchase online at www.tasteofmadisonnj.org - if you choose this method, please send us an email at caspto@gmail.com with your name and number of tickets purchased to get credit for our fundraiser.
  • Complete the below form with a check made out to CAS PTO and place in an envelope marked “Taste of Madison.” Teachers will collect and drop in the front office for collection.
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