The Central Scoop
From the Principal's Desk...
Dear Central Families,
Our plans to celebrate the 2019-2020 school year are certainly not what we had hoped for, but we have been working hard to find a way to safely say goodbye and wrap up another wonderful year. Please save the date for a car parade and student materials pick-up on Tuesday, June 9th. During this time, families can drive to Central School at an assigned time to pick up student materials and see teachers from a safe distance inside their cars.
What are we doing now to prepare?
As a staff, we are currently working inside the building to clean-up materials left by students. We are placing student items from lockers and classrooms into paper bags. There will be two bags of materials for each student. Each bag is labeled with a student’s first and last name.
What to expect?
We aim to limit contact as much as possible. We ask that you clear your trunk to fit the bag of items ahead of time, so a staff member can safely place the materials in your car. Write your child’s first and last name and classroom teacher clearly on a piece of paper and place the paper on the passenger side windshield to show to staff as you pull up. We want all family members to stay in the car.
How can we make this memorable?
Now, this is the fun part! Let’s give our students and staff the celebration they all deserve. Decorate your cars, make signs, paint your windows, or just simply arrive with a smile on your face to wave and cheer for an amazing year together. There will be Central teachers lined up to wave goodbye to your child from a safe distance away.
As mentioned earlier, we will be sending out more detailed information, but wanted you to save the date!
With Warm Regards,
Central Elementary School
How Teachers and Students Are Staying Connected
Ms. Cummins' class is so cool, they have to wear shades
Mr. Elman’s class had a scavenge hunt that ended with all dressed for summer
Miss Rose's Stuffed Animal Day
Library Book Returns
If you have library books at home, they can be returned to the cart at the front entrance of Central School on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00am - 3:00pm beginning on May 12. Books that are in classrooms, book bins, and lockers will be returned by teachers. Not sure about the whereabouts of a book? Don't worry! Library books have a magical way of showing up unexpectedly and books can be returned in the fall. Reach out to Ms. Diekman at email@example.com if you have questions or concerns.
Moving Through e-Learning Club!
A Note From Ms. Peth...
We have completed 6 weeks of the “MOVING Through E-Learning Club” and the Central Community has moved approximately 5,032 activity miles from April 3 through May 14, 2020, as of 10:00a.m.
All good things must come to an end. The “MOVING Through E-Learning Club” will be ending on Friday, May 22, 2020. You will be able to enter your final activity miles on this day until midnight. Final mileage totals will be in Mrs. Littmann’s May 29th Scoop.
This does not mean you stop moving. Continue to move and be healthy and train for our upcoming Central School Virtual 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run which will take place on Monday, June 8, 2020.
Remember this is an OPTIONAL club that is being done on the honor system and is a way for the Central community to be active together. It is NOT related to our regular Mileage Club. Participants in this optional club will receive a certificate for every 15 activity miles they accumulate up to 210 miles.
Once you have reached 210 individual activity miles, certificates will be issued in 50 mile increments. You can enter your daily activity miles on Ms. Peth’s website through May 22, 2020.
For the week of May 7 - May 14, 2020 the following individuals reached the various mileage levels for the “MOVING Through E-Learning Club”. 298 “MOVING” certificates have been issued since we started on April 3.
Save the Date - NEW Virtual Central School Fox Trot Coming Soon!
NEW! FOX Trot Coloring Sheets for students!
Upcoming Board of Education Meeting
The Wilmette Board of Education will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020. Topics of interest include:
Remote Learning Update
Discussion of 2020-2021 Tentative Budget
Discussion of 2020-2021 Lunch Fees
Elementary School Assistant Principal Appointments
2020-2021 Student/Staff Planning Report
This Board of Education meeting will be conducted electronically and live-streamed on the District 39 YouTube page. Please view the agenda for instructions on how to comment and participate in the meeting.
Erin's Law - A Special Note From Our Social Workers
Each year, our school social workers provide child safety lessons within your student’s classroom. These lessons are in response to Erin’s Law, a state law requiring that all public schools implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program in grades PreK-12. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, social workers were unable to facilitate these lessons in classrooms. We wanted to provide families with resources to help facilitate conversations at home. Please review them to determine which resources are the best for your child/children and his/her developmental level.
- It is never too soon to talk to your children about body safety, and it doesn’t have to be a scary conversation. Attached is an article that details 10 things that could help your child be less vulnerable to sexual abuse: Resource link https://childmind.org/article/10-ways-to-teach-your-child-the-skills-to-prevent-sexual-abuse/.
- Protecting your child from sexual abuse may seem difficult and scary. But the more you know about how abusers manipulate children and their families and about how to talk with your children, the better chance you have of protecting them. This video introduces the problem of—and the solutions to—child sexual abuse. Resource link Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJ1X0pGAhCM
We understand that this can be a sensitive topic and encourage parents/guardians to preview these resources. Parents and guardians do have the right to opt their child/children out of the Erin’s Law presentations and therefore you would simply choose not to discuss the material with your child/children. The Erin’s Law materials will not be sent to our students directly from our staff.
When we talk with children about Erin’s Law in their classrooms, as social workers we emphasize that they have trusted adults in their lives, i.e. parents, teachers, principals etc. and children should report or tell a trusted adult if they have a safety problem, which includes being touched by an adult. Talking with your child about safe adults and encouraging them to report or tell if they feel uncomfortable is an important message in delivering these safety lessons. No one should be touching the parts of their bodies covered by a bathing suit unless it is to keep them healthy or clean.
Children learn more about safety and are more likely to follow safety rules when they have multiple opportunities to practice and talk about safety with their family. We have included expanded resources at the end of this letter.
We thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions about these resources or Erin’s Law, please feel free to contact your school social worker.
Your Central School Social Workers
Jami Jacobs, LCSW firstname.lastname@example.org
Karin Bader, email@example.com
Nicola Kiela, firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Parent Resources
Erin’s Law: http://erinslaw.org
Stop It Now: http://www.stopitnow.org
National Children’s Alliance: http://www.nationalchildrensalliance.org
Darkness to Light: https://www.d2l.org
No Trespassing - This is MY Body - Pattie Fitzgerald
Some Parts are Not for Sharing – Julie K. Federico (ages 6 months+)
Your Body Belongs to You – Cornelia Spelman (ages 3-6)
The Trouble with Secrets – Karen Johnsen (ages 3-8)
My Body Belongs to Me – Jill Starishevsky (ages 3-8)
A Secret Safe to Tell – Naomi Hunter (ages 3-8)
Those are MY Private Parts – Diane Hansen (3-8)
Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept – Jayneen Sanders (ages 3-8)
I Said No: A Kid-to-kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private – Kimberly King (ages 3-8)
Body Safety – Jayneen Sanders (ages 3-12)
The Swimsuit Lesson – Jon Holsten (ages 6-12)
Fred the Fox Shouts “No!” – Tatiana Y. Kisil Matthews (ages 3-8)
A Little Book About Safety – S. Kurtzman-Counter & A. Schiller (ages 3-11)
Miles is the Boss of His Body! – S. Kurtzman-Counter & A. Schiller (ages 3-11)My Body: What I say goes! – Jayneen Sanders (ages 3- 11)
My Body Belongs to Me from My Head to My Toes – Dagmar Geisler (ages 3- 11)
Algunas Partes No Son Para Compartir – Julie K. Federico (ages 6 months+)
Mi Cuerpo es Mio: Un Libro para Enseñar a los Niños Pequeños cómo Resistir el Contacto Incómodo – Britain (ages 3-8)
¡Mi cuerpo es mío! – Dagmar Geisler (ages 3-12)
El Problemo con los Secretos – Karen Johnson (ages 3-8)
An Exceptional Children’s Guide to Touch – Hunter Manasco (ages 3-8; children with disabilities)
The Right Touch - Sandy Kleven & Jody Bergsma
My Body is Special - Sally Berenzweig
The Birthday Suit - Kristina Muldoon
Giving and Receiving Support
Resources are provided within the Giving and Receiving Support found on our district website. Each of these are important services and supports, as families’ needs are changing during the COVID-19 crisis. We are taking a multi-faceted approach to supporting those in need, as this pandemic is affecting so many families in different ways and we recognize that we are all in this together.
PTA Announcements and Reminders
* The PTA sends out their own newsletter on Sundays - here are just a few highlights
Simply complete your online order HERE and everything your student needs for next year will come packaged in one convenient box containing exactly what your child's teacher has requested.
- School supply kits are separate from the instructional materials fee paid during registration.
- All D39 school kits can be purchased in a single transaction by searching your other D39 school before checking out.
- Central PTA’s Donation Kit: Help students in need at CPS School, Prieto Academy. Each kit purchased will provide crucial school supplies to students including glue sticks, markers, and construction paper. Last year, we 150 donated kits - we would love to exceed that for these students, 95% of whom are on free and reduced lunch, this year! To note: This school community is more in need than ever this year. The Belmont-Cragin neighborhood has the 2nd highest count of COVID-19 in Illinois, hitting Prieto’s low income and immigrant population especially hard. Thank you for your consideration and generosity.
- Questions? Email Central's PTA School Supply Volunteer, Erin Schael.
Pathway to Play Update
The Central PTA is excited to announce we have officially funded a new Kindergarten playground! The playground will be installed this summer – in perfect time for the new Kindergarten Enrichment program next Fall.
At the time of the stay-at-home mandate, we were 60% of the way toward meeting our overall Phase I goal of raising $100K for this year. During these unprecedented times, we decided to suspend further fundraising efforts for the remainder of the school year. We are looking forward to continuing our fundraising efforts for the installation of the main playground when school resumes in the Fall for an installation in the summer of 2021. THANK YOU to everyone who helped us in raising 60% of our goal - we are already looking forward to some great events next year!
Playground renderings continue to be available on the Central PTA website. You can view them online at here.
D39's Virtual Library
The D39 Library Team has created a Virtual Library just for your family! Find information on e-books, virtual spring break spots, author visits, and podcasts for kids all in one easy to access location. In addition, Ms. Diekman is posting picture book read alouds on the Central School Library website. #d39Reads
Join us on Twitter!
Central School is on Twitter!
- We have TWO Twitter accounts. Please "follow" us at Twitter.com! 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.