Central Primary School

September Newsletter

A Note from the Office...

Our 2021-2022 school year is off to a great start. Thank you to our amazing Central students, families, and staff for helping to make the start so wonderul. We are thrilled to see all students each day and our building routines and procedures that help make our school days positive, productive, and fun.

Our CPS arrival line in the morning is moving quickly as we have expanded the drop off line and added multiple points of entry for students. Our morning and afternoon bus routes are getting a little quicker each day. We greatly appreciate your patience and flexibility!

Important September dates to remember:

  • No School, Labor Day: Monday, September 6th
  • Community Open House: Wednesday, Sept. 8th, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • School Board Meeting: Thursday, September 9th 7:00 p.m., CIS library
  • Early Dismissal, 11:30: Friday, September 24th, Washington Homecoming
  • Picture Day: Wednesday, October 6th

PTO Update- Mrs. Brielle Meinders, PTO President

-Welcome back Central students and teachers! I hope everyone is adjusting to their new routines and excited to be back in the classroom. Supply kit pick up was very successful (and hot!) this year. Katie Fink does a great job organizing this huge task! PTO was happy to welcome in our newest kindergartners and 4th graders and helped them to find their new classrooms and teachers at Supply Drop Off Night. Our Fall fundraiser is going to be a little different this year with a more interactive pledge, rather than Yankee Candle. Look for more details to come soon! We are looking forward to a great year and hope to see many new faces join us at our monthly meetings. You can find us in the CIS library on the first Thursday of each month at 6pm. Next meeting will be October 7th and I am more than happy to share a virtual link for those that are not comfortable coming in person. Just email me at Brielle.meinders@gmail.com if interested.

Social Emotional Learning Corner-Miss Gail Massa

Hi! My name is Gail Massa and this is my second year as the K-3rd Grade School Counselor. I am excited to be a part of the Central family and I cannot wait to see what this year brings! As a School Counselor, I strive to help students be successful in the academic setting. I help students in three domains: social/emotional, academic, and career readiness. I like to compare the role of a School Counselor to the role of a School Nurse. If a student scrapes their knee while at school, the School Nurse can provide them with a band-aid to help them get through the rest of the day. However, if the student is dealing with something that needs more critical medical attention, the nurse will refer out to a doctor or specialist. As a School Counselor, I do not provide on-going therapy. As a School Counselor, I use brief, solution-focused techniques to help students build the necessary skills to help them be successful while here at school. If I feel a student is experiencing a problem that is out of my realm of expertise, there are outside, community-based resources available that I may refer a student or family to. If you have any more questions about the role of an Elementary School Counselor, this article is very helpful!

Interventionist Corner- Mrs. Kris Mertens, Math Interventionist & Mrs. Breanna Guse, Reading Interventionist

We are here to support students who need additional help inside and outside of the classroom in both reading and math. We have started the year seeing students who ended the year with us, just to check in and see how things are going and hopefully see some growth over the summer.

1st-3rd grade students took their beginning of year STAR reading and math assessments the week of August 30th. You will be receiving a document outlining their scores within the next few weeks. This is one tool we use to help us determine who needs some extra help this year. In October, we will meet with classroom teachers to discuss this data, along with other classroom data that has been collected. If your child’s teacher will be discussing your student at one of these meetings, they will reach out to you prior to the meeting to let you know.

Every month, we will provide activities or information to help you implement fun and helpful reading and math activities at home. We look forward to working together with you, your students, and their teachers this school year.

Art Corner-Ms. Lacey Gleason

Welcome back! We have had a great start of the school year in art class! Kindergarten through third grade have begun making their Art to Remember projects! This project and fundraiser goes directly back into the art program! More information is coming in September, so be on the lookout for a flyer in your child’s folder.

Last year to close out the year my third grade students contributed to a whole group project to welcome back our students this year. As they wrapped up their final art project, students were able to come back and color in pieces of several large scale posters that I created that would be hung in the hallways at the beginning of this school year. They did an amazing job and were a big hit!

A little Note from Music class- Mrs. Kathryn Cunningham

We are off and running in music. I love seeing each class and I know this is going to be a great year in music! The 1st grade - 3rd grade students have been reviewing musical concepts that were learned last year. The kindergarten students have been learning the music classroom procedures and are now learning all about beat. Looking ahead...an email with information about grade level concerts will be sent in a few weeks. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

PE Corner- Mr. Chris Dalberg

Welcome Back! It’s awesome having the students back in the gym in a more “normal” capacity. I thought for the first newsletter back to school from the PE department I’d give some important benefits to PE from the American Heart Association:

  • “Helps to reduce the risk of heart disease”

  • “Improve sleeping patterns”

  • “Helps students focus better in class, leadin to better academic performance.”

  • “Teaches lifelong healthy habits”

Also a reminder that students will need to wear tennis shoes for PE class, it would be preferred that they have PE shoes at school so they always have them here on days they might wear sandals, slides, crocs or boots to school.

STEM- Mr. Robert Deatherage

This year is going to be an exciting year, we have started an elementary STEM class. That is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math! Through STEM we will work to enhance problem solving skills, critical thinking, communication, collaboration and analysis skills.