The Central Scoop

August 13, 2021

From the Principal's Desk...

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! We are glad that you are joining us as we embark on an exciting year of teaching and learning at Central School. We look forward to bringing our Central School Family back together by having all students on campus.

I am excited about all that this new school year has to offer and look forward to working collectively as a Central School community to ensure that we provide our students with the best educational experience possible. We look forward to partnering with you as we focus on your children's overall academic growth and social/emotional development.

While we are excited to return to a more normal school year, the safety and health of our students is still our number one priority. Our D39 Board of Education will be discussing mitigation measures at the Committee of the Whole meeting next week. Next week's Central Scoop will outline the health and safety protocols that the Board of Education will finalize on August 18th.

Overall, I am confident that together we will support each other in creating a safe, engaging and fun learning environment for our Central Foxes! Our staff cannot wait to meet and reunite with all of you! Please continue to enjoy these last remaining days of summer. See below for important updates for this coming school year. I will be sending all families a weekly Central Scoop each Friday.

With Warm Regards,

~ Becky

Rebecca Littmann


Central Elementary School

Meet Assistant Principal Holly Harper-Kelly

I am thrilled to become the newest Assistant Principal at Central Elementary! I look forward to working with all of you and being a part of a thriving, active school community. I love forming partnerships with students and their families to ensure every student grows and shares their uniqueness every day in our classrooms.

I have my Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University. I worked as a reporter in Peoria for a while but felt it wasn’t “filling my bucket”. I moved to the Chicagoland area, spent time volunteering in a 4th grade classroom and found my love and passion! I have a Master’s degree from National-Louis University, taught for 12 years at all different levels and subject areas and then pursued my Education Specialist degree in Administrative Leadership, also from National-Louis. My administrative experience includes being the Director of Bilingual Services for West Northfield School District 31 for five years and most recently, the Principal of Hawthorne Early Learning Center in Wheeling School District 21. I loved my time as an Early Childhood Principal but was excited about the opportunity to get back to my first love of K-4 students.

Outside of work, I enjoy paddleboarding, yoga, reading and I’m attempting to get back to running after a knee injury sidelined me for a bit! I have a daughter who will be a Freshman this Fall at Colorado State in Ft. Collins and a son who will be a Sophomore in high school. I can’t wait to start getting to know all of you and becoming a part of the Central Fox Family! Thank you for sharing your students with me and I look forward to the celebrations ahead!

Your Partner In Education,

- Holly

Who's New at Central?

Click HERE to learn more about our new staff!

* Note, this site will be updated early next week with a few new hires!

Back to Regular School Hours!


Academic Kindergarten AM: 8:35 - 11:10 am

KEEP39: 11:10 am - 3:15 pm

* Friday Early Release: 11:10 am - 2:15 pm

Grades 1 - 4

Monday - Thursday: 8:35 am - 3:15 pm

* Friday Early Release: 8:35 am - 2:15 pm

All Students:

Supervisors at doors beginning at 8:20 am

The first bell rings at 8:30 am.

The tardy bell rings at 8:35 am.

First Day of School

Wednesday, August 25th

  • Grades 1st-4th: First Half-Day with dismissal at 11:55am

  • PTA Coffee & Volunteer Sign-ups - Blacktop Tent @ 8:35am - 10:00am

  • Kindergarten Meet & Greet - children attend this with a parent to meet the teacher. Please see upcoming email from classroom teacher regarding assigned visiting times between 8:35-11:55 am.

Wednesday, August 25th: Kindergarten Curriculum Night

  • Virtual Presentation at 6:00 pm.
  • Teachers will send out Zoom link information.

Thursday, August 26th

  • Grades 1st-4th: Full Day of school, dismissal at 3:15pm

  • Regular kindergarten schedule

    • AM 8:35am - 11:10am

    • KEEP39 11:10am - 3:15pm

* Kindergarten bus service begins on this day

Class Placements

Teacher assignments will be available through PowerSchool on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 18th. The assignments are sent in batches, therefore everyone will not receive an email at the same time. If you do not receive an email by Thursday, August 19th at noon please call Central's office and we can assist you. Please note that all student placements must remain final due to the complex factors related to enrollment and scheduling.

Other Back to School Information & Teacher Welcome Letters

Our Back to School site will be LIVE on Wednesday, August 18th with more "Back to School Information" including teacher welcome letters!

Information For New Families

Join all new families K-4 on Monday, August 23rd for "Popsicles on the Playground" to meet families and make new friends!

Then log-in on Zoom at 6pm that night for a special orientation for families in grades 1-4.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 874 9889 1154

Passcode: Foxes

** Note - Kindergarteners will have a special curriculum night/orientation with their teachers on August 25th, information coming in next week's Central Scoop!

Snack is Back!

Student are allowed to bring a snack to school this year. To ensure a safe learning environment for every student in our schools, we are limiting classroom snacks to fruits and vegetables only. The items brought to school can be cut up and placed in baggies/containers from your home, or be pre-packaged bags of apples, carrots, etc. as we often see sold in bulk. Please avoid those that are packaged with dips or items that require the labeling of contents. We prefer fresh fruits and vegetables. If there is an ingredient list, it really doesn’t follow the guidelines. Thank you, in advance, for supporting our efforts to keep Central School safe for every child.

From the Nurse's Office

Make sure all of your health forms are ready to be turned into our nurse, Nicole Meyer. Be sure to read Nurse Meyer's Back to School Health Letter Below. Please contact her at with any questions starting August 18th.

Wilmette Park District Childcare

Looking for before or after school program options? Visit the Wilmette Park District website to learn more about their before and after school programs.

Upcoming Events

Monday, August 23rd

New Family Orientation (virtual) @ 6:00 pm

This night is intended to families with 1st-4th graders that are new to Cenrtral!

Wednesday, August 25th

Opening Day!

1st - 4th Grade Half-Day

Kindergarten Meet & Greet (schedule will be sent by teachers)

Evening: Virtual Kindergarten Curriculum Night (parents only)

Thursday, August 26th

First full day of School

Kindergarten Bus Service Begins

Monday, September 6th

No School ~ Labor Day

Tuesday, September 7th

No School ~ Rosh Hashanah

Thursday, September 9th

Central 2021 Virtual Curriculum Night. Save the date!

  • 5:30-6:00 - Fourth Grade
  • 6:00-6:30 - 3rd Grade
  • 6:30-7:00 - 2nd Grade
  • 7:00-7:30 - 1st Grade

Thursday, September 16th

No School ~ Yom Kippur

Join us on Twitter!

Central School is on Twitter!

  • We have TWO Twitter accounts. Please "follow" us at! Explore Central 39 (with our actual "handle" as @explorecentral). With this account, we mostly share student activities that are completed in the Learning Commons (but other activities are often included as well). We are also providing this Twitter feed on our Central School homepage.
  • There is also a principal page @BeckyLittmann where you can follow a variety of school happenings including all-school events, classroom activities, PTA enrichment, and school goals.