The Central Scoop
August 11, 2023
From the Principal's Desk...
Welcome to the 2023-24 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 are 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.
Looking ahead, all signs point to an incredible and productive school year. Our skilled and devoted teachers are already planning and preparing for your children. Our enthusiastic office team is registering new families, ordering needed materials and updating student files. Our hard working and conscientious custodians have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning the facility. And our much-appreciated PTA is gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and offer other exciting events and programs.
Overall, we are confident that this will be a great year for our Central Foxes! See below for important updates for this coming school year. I will be sending all families a weekly Central Scoop each Friday. It is important that you keep your contact information in PowerSchool current in order to receive these updates.
With Warm Regards,
Meet Assistant Principal Meghan Otto
Meghan comes to Central from Indianapolis, Indiana. She has five years of elementary teaching experience and two years of experience as a school administrator. She grew up in Fishers, IN, a suburb of Indianapolis. Meghan graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish, and she graduated from Ball State University with her Master's in Education Administration. In her free time, Meghan enjoys traveling, reading, and exploring new restaurants. Meghan is excited to be a new member of the Central team!
Special Kindergarten Meet & Greet
Kindergarten students and parents/caregivers are invited to attend a special Meet & Greet on Wednesday, August 23rd. This is an opportunity to meet the teacher and see the classroom. There is no formal instruction/class occurring.
Please attend Kindergarten Meet and Greet according to your child's last name:
Last names A - H attend: 8:45 - 9:30am
Last names I - Q attend: 9:45 - 10:30am
Last names R - Z attend: 10:45 - 11:30am
Please be sure to check the special Back to School Kindergarten Website for additional information. We are looking forward to welcoming our youngest Foxes!
Information For New Families: Grades 1-4
Join all new families for grades 1-4 on Sunday, August 20th at 2pm for "Popsicles on the Playground" to meet families and make new friends!
New Family Orientation is 6:00 pm-7:00 pm on Monday, August 21st at Central School in our auditorium. This night is intended families (both parents and their children) with 1st-4th graders that are new to Central School.
First Days of School
Wednesday, August 23rd
- First Half Day starting at 8:35 AM with Dismissal at 11:55 AM. The day starts with a quick Meet & Greet outside by the assigned grade level arrival doors. Teachers meet children outside and walk them inside.
- PTA Coffee & Sign-ups are outside under the Shade Structure on the blacktop: 8:45 AM-10:30 AM
- See above for Special Kindergarten "Meet & Greet" schedule
Thursday, August 24th
All grades attend a full day of school, dismissal at 3:15pm
Regular kindergarten schedule
AM 8:35am - 11:55am
KEEP39 11:10am - 3:15pm
* Kindergarten bus service begins on this day
Academic Kindergarten AM: 8:35 am - 11:55 am
KEEP39: 11:55 am - 3:15 pm
* Friday Early Release: 11:55 am - 2:15 pm
Monday - Thursday: 8:35 am - 3:15 pm
* Friday Early Release: 8:35 am - 2:15 pm
Supervisors at doors beginning at 8:20 am
The first bell rings at 8:30 am.
Note - The tardy bell rings at 8:35 am!
Arrival & Dismissal Doors
Curriculum Night is a wonderful opportunity for parents to visit the school, meet the teachers, and learn about the curriculum and new initiatives. Please see the schedule below to see when you should join us. And CLICK HERE for more information and a special TICKET to attend. All attendees will be asked to show the ticket on paper or on your phone to join us. We look forward to seeing you!
Kindergarten Curriculum Night, Aug 23rd (adults only)
5:30pm - 6:15pm
Grades 1-4 Curriculum Night, Sept 7th (adults only)
5:30 pm - 6:15 pm: 3rd and 4th grades
6:15 pm - 6:30 pm: Break
6:30 pm - 7:15 pm-: 1st and 2nd grades
Teacher assignments will be available through PowerSchool on the afternoon of Thursday, August 17th. 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 Friday, August 18th 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.
Lunch & Snack
Snacks are limited to fruits and vegetables only in classrooms. 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.
Monthly menus are available online. Each student is issued a lunch account that parents may choose to fund through online credit card payments using RevTrak. An automated email reminder is sent to the parents when the account falls below $10.00. No cash is accepted in the cafeteria. For information about our food service, please click here.
Other Back to School Information & Teacher Welcome Letters
Updates from The District Office
Our entire District 39 community wishes to welcome you back to the start of the 2023-24 school year. We are so excited to welcome our staff to our buildings in the days ahead and for our students to return for the first day of school on Wednesday, Aug. 23!
Please make sure that your child has been officially registered for the 2023-24 academic year and that any outstanding instructional materials fees have been paid prior to the start of school. Both matters can be resolved by logging into the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
Parent Education Events
We are proud to announce that our first Parent Education event of the year, titled “Feeling Safe in District 39 Schools” will be held next Thursday, Aug. 17 at 11 am via Zoom. This presentation will feature a review of our focused and collaborative efforts to ensure safe, secure and supportive learning environments for our students and staff. In addition, we have compiled a fantastic lineup for our Parent Education series this year and hope that you find these presentations both informative and helpful as we partner to provide a terrific learning experience for our students. Registration is open for our first event and our Parent Education page provides the full schedule and registration links.
Air Conditioning Update
We are excited to be installing air conditioning within nearly all of our classroom spaces for the 2023-2024 school year. Although our construction teams and maintenance crews have worked extraordinarily hard this summer in preparation for the start of school, supply chain and equipment delays have caused some delay in project completion. As a result, our air conditioning projects in some district buildings will not be completed in time for the first days of the school year. However, we anticipate final equipment delivery in September and are eager for our temperature-controlled classroom environments soon thereafter. In the meantime, please dress appropriately for warmer weather. Our D39 Action Plan for Warm Weather Days will remain in place until all classroom air conditioning is fully functional.
D39's Statement of Inclusion
District 39 believes inclusion plays a vital role in student growth. We are committed to providing a safe and equitable learning environment that fosters a mindset of empathy, respect, and belonging for all District 39 students and staff.
By respecting each person’s unique identity, perspective, and learning style, we create a stronger community. We honor differences including races and cultures, genders and sexualities, abilities and aspirations, identities and affiliations, socioeconomics and worldviews. Embracing diversity prepares our students to thrive in an increasingly complex global community.
From the Nurse's Office
Make sure all of your health forms are ready to be turned into our nurse, Mallory Fryer. You can access the forms on the D39 website HERE. Additionally, be sure to read Mallory Fryer's Back to School Letter with more information HERE. Please contact her at with any questions when she returns to school next week on Wednesday, August 16th at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are a few reminders to get started:
- Kindergarten students need vision, dental, & medical forms.
- 2nd Grade: Dental form
- All students need medication & health updates.
Safe Walk to School Routes
Sunday, August 20th
PTA's "Popsicles on the Playground" at 2pm for all new families grades 1-4
Monday, August 21st
New Family Orientation (in person) at 6:00pm in the school auditorium. This night is intended for families with 1st-4th graders that are new to Central School
Wednesday, August 23rd
1st - 4th Grade Half-Day
Kindergarten Meet & Greet (see schedule)
Evening: Kindergarten Curriculum Night @ 5:30pm (adults only)
Thursday, August 24th
First full day of School
Kindergarten Bus Service Begins
KEEP 39 Begins
Monday, September 4th
No School, Labor Day
Thursday, September 7th
Curriculum Night Grades 1-4 (adults only)