Central Hub

December 2015 Edition

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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

As this first semester draws to a close, I cannot help but be proud of the accomplishments of the Central Elementary students, staff, and families. We have traveled both in mind and body through the books we have read and the places we have visited. As our children have been on various field trips, the teachers have returned, reporting that our students were so good and polite. Many of the places visited have complimented how well our students behaved. Although they are not telling us anything we do not already know, it is nice to have the confirmation.

One of the joys this year is seeing how much our students value good character and doing the right thing. When in classrooms, I hear students supporting each other and being kind. Kindness is our value this month. Our students have been linking acts of kindness together in a chain, which we are hanging around the front of the building, heading towards the cafeteria. It is so fun to see the physical demonstration of how kindness abounds at Central Elementary School.

I wish you a very happy holidays filled with the joys the season can bring!


Julie Thacker


  • December 10-- School Board Meeting 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • December 8--Third Grade Music Program 7:00 p.m.
  • December 8-11--Santa Shop
  • December 11- Parents Night out PHS 5:30-8:30
  • December 18- - January 3rd-- Winter Break

November Value of the Month Students

Courtney Alexander

Ava Angle

Logan Arnold

Corban Bradley

Raiden Brandgard

Sydney Brown

Dominic Byrer

Travis Cameron

Eliana Campbell

Kyaira Carter

Madeline Champine

Alex Chapman

Mahaylah Heimansohn

Addison Hensley

Harper Holland

Hannah Jones

Skylar King

Bethany Lafata
Molly Larrison

Troy Larrison

Jeremy Lubsen

Libby Mathis

Jaxson Peeler

Jayden Sanchez

November Central Value Winner!

Corban Bradley in Mrs. Menser's class is the value winner for Respect for Others' Rights. Congratulations!


Riley Children's Foundation Parents Night Out

Friday, Dec. 11th


At Plainfield High School Door #21

Cost: $10.00 per Child or $15.00 per family

Ages: PreK-5th grade

Activities: Games, Crafts, Movie and Snacks

Register your child by Thursday, December 10th Email Rachel Freeman at:


Please include your child's name, age, grade level and any food allergies in your email.


Central Elementary is going to participate in the Community Bench Project by collecting any plastic caps that are clean and free of metal. A brochure was sent home explaining the project. We are collecting caps through January 29, 2016. That date may be extended if necessary. There will be a container located in the office area to collect the cap donations. Please email jmenser@plainfield.k12.in.us with any questions.

By collecting CAPS from household containers, benches can be made from something that would ordinarily be thrown away.

400 lbs.+ $200.00 = a bench

This program is offered from Greentree Plastics in Evansville, Indiana to involve young people in recycling and community service.

Any plastic cap that is clean and free of metal may be donated.

  • Snap-on cottage cheese, coffee can, and yogurt lids.
  • Twist-on medicine, drink bottles and milk (including the ring)
  • Flip top- ketchup and condiment bottles
  • Large twist-detergent lids
  • Spout- such as squirt mustard

Did you know?

The energy saved by recycling 10 plastic bottles over making new plastic, will light a 60 watt light bulb for 97.8 hours or provide electricity for a laptop for 25.4 hours. - EPA energy fact.

Don't just recycle the caps...participate in your local recycling programs for all materials.

4-H Enrollment Week

Interested in joining 4-H, but haven't had a chance to sign up yet? Now is the time! Meet us at your local library during our 4-H Community Enrollment Week and we will help you enroll! Sign up. Talk to 4-H staff. Get questions answered. And More!

Below are the dates, times and locations of our Enrollment Nights. First time 4-H families will also receive a special welcome packet!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, December 14th

Coatesville Clay Township Public Library

4928 Milton St.

Coatesville, IN 46121

5-7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 15th

Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library

1120 Stafford Rd.

Plainfield, IN 46168

5-7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 16

Avon-Washington Township Public Library

498 N. Avon Ave.

Avon, IN 46123

5-7 p.m.

Thursday, December 17th

Brownsburg Public Library

450 S. Jefferson St.

Brownsburg, IN 46112

5-7 p.m.

Friday, December 18th

Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds

1900 E. Main St.

Danville, IN 46122

4-6 p.m.

Santa Shop

PTO will run their annual Santa Shop from December 8-11. Look for more information to come home with your child soon.

Eating Lunch with Your Child

Parents & Grandparents:

We welcome you to eat lunch with your child! Spending time with your child is so important toward healthy social and emotional growth. In addition, your presence here encourages a positive attitude toward school.

Some things to remember:

· We ask that you only eat lunch with your own sons and daughters. In our efforts to keep our students’ lunchtime as calm as possible, they are not allowed to have a friend to join them.

· Because we are always considering our students with allergies, please do not bring in food or snacks for children other than your own.

· Knowing that our teachers and students are busy with the process of learning, we ask that you not leave the cafeteria to go anywhere else in our building. The only exception would be if you have already signed up to volunteer in the building immediately following lunch.

· Please keep younger siblings from wandering around the cafeteria. This is for the safety of your little one, and our school-aged children.

Also, we ask that you not take pictures or record in the cafeteria.

Thank you for helping us to make this a positive and safe environment for our children!

Pictures with Santa

Plainfield Parks and Recreation invites you to a free event...Pictures with Santa on December 19, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Aquatic Center.

Ages from infants to 12 years.

This event will include, crafts,sand art, sugar cookie decorating and inflatable obstacle course.


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.
  • 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 8:20 and students need to be seated in their classroom each morning by 8:40 or they are counted tardy.
  • If you have a pattern of absences, we may call as well as send a letter to see if we can offer additional support.

Our teachers work hard to provide the best instruction and we want to make the most of each of our 180 days together. We look forward to seeing you at school!

Talking to Children About Terrorism and War

Although this is a joyous season, some children are experiencing anxiety about what they are seeing and hearing in the news. Below is a link to an article, which gives excellent tips for talking with your children. Please feel free to contact Mrs, White, home school advisor, or Mrs. Thacker if you have additional concerns about your children here at school.


Daddy/Daughter Dance

Plainfield Parks and Recreation Presents:

Daddy/Daughter Dance



Friday, February 12th

Saturday, February 13th

Sunday, February 14th


Plainfield Recreation and Aquatic Center

Room 139A/B


$15 per person

*Any adult may accompany a daughter in lieu of a father.

*Pre-Registration is required. Limited to the first 150 participants.

For more information call (317)839-7665

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Students Using Technology

Lunch With Mrs. Thacker

Native American Day

Into the Woods Musical visits Central

Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast

1st Grade Stone Soup with Mrs. Bullington

2nd Grade Field Trip to see the Nutcracker

3rd Grade Thankful Party!

4th grade Science Fair

5th grade students at Biztown!

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