The Central Scoop

May 18, 2018

From the Principal's Desk...

Dear Parents,

Today, the third graders had their annual Central School Spelling Bee in the auditorium. The students displayed many "Characteristics of Successful Learners" as they Listened Actively, Strived for Their Personal Best, Took Responsible Risks, Acted Responsibly, and Responded Effectively. Seeing the children apply these skills in a new setting like the Spelling Bee was a proud moment for all of us! We would like to especially congratulate the three top winners of the day:

Winner: Edie Park

1st Runner Up: Priscilla Locke

2nd Runner Up: Audrina Harvey

This spring and summer the PTA has partnered with school staff to make improvements outside on school grounds. Thanks to the PTA, the school garden has a new fence, a new shed, tables, and even a lending library shaped like a fox! In addition to the school garden, there will be changes made to the school's playground. While the old fort has been a big attraction for the students and a nice addition to the playground in past years, it has unfortunately, suffered from erosion, vandalism, and general wear and tear. The fort is now beyond the district’s ability to repair and maintain it. As a result, the fort will be taken down this summer. If you know anyone who was part of the original planning for the fort, please contact the school office. We are happy to take a photo of those who helped design and build the fort in front of the structure before it is taken down. With the fort coming down, the PTA decided to go in a new direction and installed a Gaga Ball Pit at Central School this week. The Gaga Ball Pit is similar to the one currently installed at Romona School. This new structure is a wonderful addition to the playground and we are very thankful to PE teacher, Ms Peth, and the PTA for their hard work and fundraising efforts to acquire this new piece of equipment.

It's hard to imagine there are only four more weeks of school. We are looking forward to culminating activities with your students in the coming days.


- Becky

Rebecca Littmann


Central Elementary School

School & District Announcements and Reminders...

Teacher Appreciation Week - THANK YOU!

We would like to thank the parents below who were responsible for planning all the wonderful activities and gifts for teachers and support staff last week. The entire parent committee did an amazing job. Thank you for making us all feel so special!

Sarah Donlan

Allison Singer

Carrie Fowler

Anne Wegner

Christie Ascione

Khahn Geoly

Jennie Novakovic

Leah Bostrom

Upcoming Board Meeting

The monthly Board of Education meeting is Monday, May 21st at 7:00 PM at the MEC. Below are a couple of topics that may be of interest. If you can’t make the meeting, you can view it live or later, either on the District website or on Channel 6. Highlights of the meeting will be emailed and posted online within a day or two.

  • Superintendent search update
  • WJHS assistant principal announcement
  • CRC report
  • Kindergarten Enrichment update
  • D39 Tentative Budget

Activity Day

Activity Day is rapidly approaching. This year's event will take place on Friday, June 8, 2018. Our rain date is Monday, June 11, 2018.

We are making some changes to our Activity Day this year. We will have our regular station rotation set-up as usual in the morning and new mixed grade level activities in the afternoon. In order to make this day a success, we will need volunteers for the morning session only. P.M. Kindergarten is the only exception to this. We will need some P.M. Kindergarten volunteers for the afternoon.

More information is available on the Sign-Up Genius. Looking forward to a fantastic Activity Day!

Bus Registration Reminder From the District - Final Posting

This is a reminder that BUS REGISTRATION is open for next year, and must be completed by July 13th for your student to ride the bus on the first day of school. This cutoff allow us to develop the most efficient routes. Late registrations will be subject to a fee - $50 for a one-way and $100 for round trip. Students registering late will only be placed on existing routes and stops when space is available and may not begin to ride the bus until September 17th. Late registrations will be processed in the order they are received. If the bus routes cannot accommodate your child, you will either be placed on a wait list or receive a refund.

The EXPRESS BUS will be back! The express bus provides a direct route between: Central - Highcrest, Central - WJHS, McKenzie - HMS, and McKenzie - WJHS. This allows for the shortest possible ride to school, reduced congestion on the neighborhood streets, and more friends at the bus stop. After you have paid your transportation fee, you can place your child on an EXPRESS BUS route.

If you think you may have already handled bus registration, please check your REVTRAKaccount; sign in and click on MY ACCOUNT for your order history.

All of this information can be found on the BUS REGISTRATION PAGE on the District website under the “For Parents” tab: CLICK HERE.

Michelle McGregor

Transportation Liaison

Wilmette Public School District 39


Cafeteria Volunteers Needed!

Please sign-up to volunteer to support the cafeteria. Lunch duty is 11:15AM to 12:20PM.

Sign up HERE

District 39 Participates in the Special Olympics! - Final Posting

Special Olympics had a very exciting day on Sunday, May 6th, hosted by Lake Zurich High School. During the Opening Ceremonies they had a Torch Run; Special Olympics was passing the torch “through the generations” with the upcoming 50th Anniversary. Central students past and present participated. Congrats to our local olympians! There is still time to donate if you haven't already: CLICK HERE

PTA Announcements and Reminders...

* The PTA sends out their own newsletter on Sundays - here are just a few highlights

School Supply Kit Orders - FINAL Posting!

Don't spend your summer running around trying to find school supplies at the last minute - pre-order your child's kit and the supplies will be waiting for him/her on the first day of school! New for 2018/2019… all District 39 schools (K-8) will use a new vendor, EduKit, for school supplies. Ordering runs from May 1st – May 18th. Watch for a Central School email with ordering information on May 1st. Questions? Email Colleen Himan HERE.

From the Nurse's Office

Call Central School "Safe Phone" For Absences: 847-512-6150

Please call the "SAFE" (absence) phone to report absences even if you let the classroom teacher know, because some teachers don't see the email/voicemail until later in the day. Teachers assume you are calling the office. It's important that the school nurse is directly aware of any absences otherwise, your son/daughter may be considered "missing." The school nurse keeps track of all school absences in the building. For safety reasons, we want to make sure all of our students are accounted for and safe.

New Central Health Office Website!!

Here is your go-to site for all of your health related questions including PE/Recess Notes, Health Requirements, Dental Examinations, Allergy and Asthma, Medications, Snacks in Classrooms, Lice, Influenza...and more!

Community Announcements...

  • Wilmette Wings Soccer Tryouts for boys and girls Kindergarten through high school. May 3rd-26th.
  • Wilmette Junior Trevians are hosting a week long cheer camp for all 2018-2019 5th-8th grade boys & girls July 16-20.
  • Oakton Community College offers STEAM related summer programs to children ages 8-12.
  • The Center for the Gifted offers summer enrichment classes. Students need not be tested or identified as gifted, just eager to learn!
  • The Junior Trevians Football Organization is hosting Jr. Trevian K-3 grade Flag Football Tournament on June 2nd & 3rd. Each elementary school enters three teams of 10-12 players: K/1st, 2nd & 3rd grade teams. Also need 1-2 parent volunteers from each school. Email Melissa Mastros at

  • Illinois Baseball Academy is registering boys & girls 3-6 years old. Register individually or as a group and form your own team.

  • Family Action Network (FAN)

    Click HERE for information about FAN and upcoming speakers.

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.

Upcoming Events...

5/21 - Board of Education Meeting

5/22 - 2nd Grade Bike Safety

5/28 - Memorial Day, No School

6/6 - 4th Grade Bike to Highcrest (after school)

6/8 - Activity Day

6/14 - 4th Grade Farewell Party (Time TBD)

6/15 - Last Day of School