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October 2017

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A Note from the Principal

Dear Central Families,

This month, I am sharing the top five items you need to know about October. Please click the video below and note the following:

  • Report cards--Sent home Oct. 11
  • Central Celebration--Oct. 13
  • Fall Break--Oct. 16-20
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences--Oct. 26
  • Fall Parties--Oct 31
  • Picture make up Day --Nov 3

As always, please feel free to stop by and talk with me as my door is always open.


Julie Thacker



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Central Celebration Friday October 13th

"Learn Like a Champion" is our motto this school year.

At the end of every quarter we hold a CENTRAL CELEBRATION to recognize student achievements, awards, and generate school spirit. Our first Central Celebration for the 2017-2018 will be held on Friday, October 13th starting at 2:30pm. We will be recognizing our Value of the Month award winners, Rising Star winners, Perfect Attendance for the Quarter, Specials Awards, and others. Parents of students who will be recognized are invited to attend, but it is not mandatory. If your child is receiving an award, you will be contacted by your teacher or the front office, so that you are aware. Several of the awards are a surprise, so we don't send notes home with your student.

Below are the details of each award:
Value of the Month Winner: Each month, the Plainfield Community School Corporation focuses on a Community Value and each teacher chooses a student in their class who represents that Value. For each value, one student is chosen as the overall winner from Central Elementary and is invited to the follow month's School Board meeting where their teacher will read the student's nomination letter and the student will be awarded with a Value of the Month Trophy. At the Central Celebration in October, we acknowledge the Value winners from each class for August, September and October.

Rising Star: Every teacher chooses a student who is their Rising Star for the quarter. This student is chosen for their positive attitude, work ethic and overall academic improvement that is displayed over the course of the three months of the quarter.

Perfect Attendance: Each student who attended school every day for the quarter will be recognized and receive a special "Perfect Attendance" brag tag for their CHAMPS necklace/key chain.

Specials Awards
: The Art, Library, Music and Gym teachers choose one student from each grade who is a stand-out in their class to receive an award.

September Value Of The Month: Dignity and Self-Esteem

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Parent/Teacher Conferences Thursday, October 26th

Our first grading period ends Friday, October 6th. This is an important time for our students to show the progress they have made in the first quarter. Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on October 26th. This year, parent/teacher conference sign-up will be through Sign-Up Genius for grades K-3. If you are a parent of a 4th or 5th grade student you have signed up on paper. If you have questions about scheduling a conference, please contact your child's teacher.

In order to make the most of your time with your child's teacher, please be thinking of questions or concerns you have regarding your child's progress. Our goal is to work together with parents to support your child's learning.

We look forward to seeing you at conferences!

EnVision Math

If you have questions about the new math series or would like some assistance on knowing how to help your child at home with their homework, we have some help for you. On parent-teacher conference day, a representative from enVision math will be here to assist parents in our library with some of the online features as well as on overview of the program. You are welcome to stop by the library anytime during that day from 1:00-8:00.
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Fall Parties on Tuesday, October 31st

Each class will be having Fall classroom parties on Tuesday, October 31st. Please look for volunteer information from your child's teacher.

Students are permitted to wear costumes or fall/Halloween themed clothing but please follow the guidelines:
- Costumes must be family friendly and school appropriate.
- Students may not wear masks of any kind to cover their faces.
- Costumes must not contain weapons that resemble or could be mistaken for real weapons. Additionally, accessories such as wings, light sabers, swords, etc. cannot be brought to school. Please save those for trick-or-treating at home.
- Costumes must not reach the ground or drag on the floor so that the children do not trip.
- Shoes must be worn at all times.

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Specials Highlight: MUSIC!

Each month we will be highlighting one of our Specials (Music, Art, Library and Gym).

For October we have a class update from our amazing music teacher, Mrs. Allen.

We are currently working on Veterans Day Music and the kids are loving it. At the beginning of the year, we had an amazing time moving to music! We did a Dalcroze Movement called “press, hug, welcome, lift.” Students really enjoyed it especially when we moved to the fast-presto tempo.

Our composer of the month for October is Francis Scott Key.

Music Program Dates:
K, 2, 4-
November 10th,
rd Grade- December 5th,
st Grade- February 6th,
th Grade March 13th.

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Art Contest

Dear Families,

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis hosted an art contest. Entries from all over the state were submitted! The contest was the artistic interpretation of a Wicked Woods, Central students in grades K-3 participated. A handful of 4th and 5th graders completed projects on their own to enter. Several from each grade level were selected and sent to the Children’s Museum to participate in the contest. Judges narrowed all entries to 30 per grade level and then nominated 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and honorable mentions.

I am proud to announce that Central had four students chosen for top 30 in their grade level! Congratulations to 1st graders Kylie Moore and Nolan Watson and 3rd graders Ayden Babkowski and Brooklyn Burris. Their art work will be proudly displayed October 8th-31st, 2017 at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. I am beyond excited for these students and so happy that they are getting this recognition!

Congratulations to all!
Mrs. Loudermilk, Central Art Teacher

Central C.H.A.M.P.S

Central Elementary is excited to share our Positive Behavior Intervention Support program. Our program is rooted in Central character and the idea that Champions Make Choices and Choices Make Champions. Our faculty was involved in creating and defining a Central CHAMPS student.

The following defines what it means to be a CHAMPS student:




Making good choices

Prepared to learn


Furthermore, we have defined our Central Champs expectations in all areas throughout our school. In a continued effort to recognize our students making good choices, as well as build our climate and culture, we use a school-wide Brag Tags programs. All students will receive a necklace (k-2) or a keychain (3-5) along with a Central tag to start the year. This is a way to acknowledge the hard work and positive behavior of our students. Additional tags will be awarded one time a month through specials classes.

Warm Coats

Need a Warm Winter Coat for Your Child?

The Hendricks County Kids Fair will be doing a Bundle-'Em Up Coat Giveaway this month! It will be held at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville on Saturday, Oct. 14th. from 1:00 - 4:00. If you need a warm coat for your child, head to this event for a coat and some fun! There will also be trick-or-treating, a petting zoo, bounce houses, the Pacers' Fan Van, and more!

Hendricks County 4-H Open House

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Community Forum

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We love to see you come eat with your children! But PLEASE remember to bring exact cash or check with you to purchase lunch for yourself or another visitor. We only have a small amount of cash in the register and cannot make change. Lunch is $2.40 for children and $3.25 for adults.

Also, since we have no way of knowing who puts money on the account, you cannot use your child's lunch card balance towards the purchase of your own lunch.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

A Note from the Central PTO!

Thank you so much for the awesome Spirit Wear support we received this first round! First order has been distributed and sent home with kids. Contact the PTO if you have any questions. Keep an eye out after fall break for another order form with some great new items ready just in time for the holidays! Go Quakers!

Thanks to all our parents who helped with Book Fair and Grandparents Night! These events aren't possible without the volunteers!

Keep an eye out for the next 2 volunteer opportunities and fun events:

October 31 -Fall Parties

Friday November 3rd -Family Fun Night 5-8PM with a Silent and Live auction!!

*we are looking for business donations for our silent and live auctions. If you are a business owner and would like to participate please contact the PTO.

*Also be on the lookout for communication coming very soon on classroom silent auction Baskets.

Next PTO meeting: October 23 7PM

**Don't forget a great chance to meet with the principal for "Tea with Mrs. Thacker" on 10/23 at 6:30PM (just before PTO meeting) in the cafeteria.

Contact PTO:


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Pictures from our amazing PTO Book Fair!

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We enjoy seeing your children every day. Although we understand that there will be times when your child is sick and needs to stay home, there is a direct correlation between student attendance and success. Here are a few ways we can work together to make sure your children have very good school attendance and don't feel like they are missing out.

  • Schedule all doctor’s appointments outside of the school day if at all possible.
  • It is very important to turn in medical notes (doctor, dentist, therapy, etc) to the nurse when returning to school.
  • Share with your child how important it is to be at school.
  • Make sure to communicate absences in advance, if possible, so the classroom teacher can ensure that your child still has opportunities to learn skills that he/she will miss when they are absent.
  • Help to make sure that your child arrives at school on time each day. The doors open at 8:30 and students need to be seated in their classroom each morning by 8:50 or they are counted tardy.

Our teachers work hard to provide the best instruction and we want to make the most of each of our days together. We look forward to seeing you at school!

Changing the End of the Day Transportation Routine

The following information is simplified from our handbook:

  1. If your child is to go home a way different than their normal arrangement, you must send in a note to the teacher with instructions as to how the child is to go home.
  2. Please make these arrangements before school or by 1:00 p.m. at the latest.
  3. If you call requesting that your child become a car rider, you are required to come into the school office to sign out your child. Your child will be waiting in the office lobby until you sign them out.
  4. If you call requesting that your child ride a bus home instead of being a car rider, we will need to verify that we are speaking to the child’s parent/guardian
  5. Finally, please note that e-mail notifications of changes for the end of the day ride home will not be accepted.

STEM Activity and Brag Tags

Classroom Fun

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High Five for Heroes

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Helping Hurricane Harvey Victims

The New Playground Equipment is a Hit!

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Kindergarten Reading Buddies

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Kindergarten Classroom Fun with Legos

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First Grade Lever Launchers and Library Field Trip

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Fifth Grade Close Reading/Finding Text Evidence

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Third Grade Goes to Franklin College!

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Honoring our Value Winners at Lunch

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Our Mission

Providing engaging academic experiences, the Central Elementary Community will inspire and support students to become caring, confident, lifelong learners.