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Central Elementary: Helping All Kids Find Their Genius

Week of January 11

Message from Mrs. Hill


Week one of the first semester was busy and fast! Students and staff are settled back into routines, and LOTS of learning took place! We are reviewing expectations for the cafeteria during lunch, and have implemented some new ideas to help kids act responsibly. This goes along with our focus on kindness for the month of January.

We hope you will join us Thursday evening at 6:00 for our next Community in Action meeting. Everyone is welcome to come and listen to our Director of Testing, Mrs. Linda Payne, speak to us about the new standardized assessment our kids will be taking in April. We will also have an open forum time for you to share with us! We want to know how to better support you and also want to share some of our news with you. Mark your calendars! We will have childcare provided for you.

Great news about Box Tops!!!!!

We received a check in the mail for $700 for Box Tops from the first semester! We already have over $400 toward our next check, which we will receive in April. Keep saving those Box Tops and returning them to school! Thank you!

The weather is always unpredictable, so make sure you prepare your child for anything! Jackets, coats, hats, gloves, scarves, hoodies, etc. need to be labeled with your child's name so we can return to the owner if misplaced.


Please remember to have your car tag visible in the windshield each day at dismissal. We will be checking daily and will ID anyone without a tag. Thank you!

Quick Reminder about Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

January 18 there will be no school UNLESS we have inclement weather between January 4 and the week of January 11. If we dismiss school during those days, January 18 will be used as a makeup snow day.

Have a wonderful week!

Your Lead Learner,

Mrs. Hill

Can't make our CIA meeting in person? Join us on Blab Radio from home or your smartphone! Click on the information below to subscribe!

CIA Meeting: January 14, 6:00pm

Lonoke County Rutledge Resources Day is Coming to Central!

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SAVE THE DATE: Central's Next Family Night is Coming Soon!

Our next Central Family Night will be March 3 from 6:00-7:30. We will have a Dr. Seuss theme and focus on literacy engagement! We hope you make plans to join us for the evening.

Marco's Pizza: Central Night Coming January 20

Plan for a family pizza night on Wednesday, January 20! Mention Central Elementary and they will donate a portion of sales to our school!

The Power of ONE Word in 2016

Many of our teachers have chosen ONE word to help them focus for the new year! This is a great way to replace a list of resolutions, and help us all improve personally and professionally. We invite you to see our word choices and celebrate with us as we prepare for endless possibilities in 2016! If you are interested in participating in ONE WORD, click on the title above for more information! Kids can do this too...great way to set goals as a family.

Here is a great article on the this:

How One Word Can Change Your Life

My own blog post on my one word:

The Power of ONE Word in 2016

Below are some of our choices...more to come!

Central Elementary Family Blog

Our school blog is for kids, teachers, staff, families, and community members who would like to contribute. We want to model blogging for our kids while promoting digital citizenship for them.

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For more information on The Great Kindness Challenge, click the link below!

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Central Elementary Yearbook: A Preview of Our Cover!

Order your copy of Central's yearbook today! We will take preorders through the winter. Click on the link below for ordering online and pricing. We will order a limited amount of copies as extras to sell in May, but they always go fast! The yearbook is all Central kids, families, and staff, and has color pages. It will be a priceless memory of your child's school year at Central. We love to take LOTS of pictures, as you see on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. It is wonderful to see memories from the entire school year come together to tell our school year story!
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Shoparoo: A Way to Raise Funds for OUR Kids!

We have almost earned $200 for our school through Shoparoo! As of Saturday afternoon we have accumulated over 139,000 Roo Points, and have 107 supporters. Our school wants to reach the 150,000 mark in January, because this will earn our school $300! Every little amount helps, so between Shoparoo, Box Tops, Marcos Pizza, and any other initiative we take on, we can earn cash rewards for our school and avoid fundraising as much as possible.

You can join Shoparoo with the following code: lang5526

What Will Shoparoo Funds Help Purchase?

We need more Chromebooks for our students. The goal is to have a 1:1 setting in third and fourth grades! This means there is a Chromebook (laptop device) for each student´s use throughout a school day. We have several devices currently and want to add more. We would also like to add to our second grade classrooms in the future, and have 1:1 devices for our kindergarten and first grade kids.

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Box Tops for Education

Our school collects Box Tops for Education, so please be saving these at home! We are hoping to purchase a brand new flag pole for our campus. The funds we raise with Box Tops will help us achieve our goal.

Below are links to some collection pages for Box Tops. You are free to print these, or you may ask your child to pick up a sheet at school! We will have them available for you.



We will offer bookstore coupons to kids who return filled Box Tops sheets! These coupons will give them discounts on items in our bookstore. We will be purchasing more items for our store and will soon share those with you!

Central Elementary Website

Check out our newly improved website! It includes easier buttons for accesss, along with our school's Twitter Feed.

CIA: Community in Action

Our Family and Community Involvement Group!

Formally known as the PTO...

We would love for you to join our NEW group, the CIA! We are inviting families, extended families, neighbors to our school, community members, and business groups to join our staff in working together for our kids. This is a group open to ALL people who want to be involved! There are many ways to contribute to our school that will support kids and teachers. We want to get you plugged in and involved with us. For more information, please contact Mrs. Hill bethany.hill@cps.k12.ar.us or Mrs. Reed leeann.reed@cps.k12.ar.us. You may also call our office at 501.743.3564 to speak with us! Look for more information coming home about future family events, and remember to return your yellow volunteer sheet back to school so we will know how you want to support. If you need a new volunteer form, please let your teacher know.

NEXT MEETING: January 14 at 6:00

Important Dates

January 14: CIA Meeting: We will discuss state testing! 6:00 in the Media Center

January 18: Martin Luther KIng Jr. Day: NO SCHOOL (unless we have snow/ice)

January 25-29: The Great Kindness Challenge Week

January 29: Birthday Celebrations in Classrooms

February 12: Class Valentine Parties

February 15: Presidents' Day: NO SCHOOL (unless we have snow/ice)

March 3: Central Family Night, 6:00-7:30

Connect With Us!

Social media is a great way for us to celebrate the learning and success we experience within our school days, as well as push out important information to you. We love to share pictures, videos, kids' work, and teacher achievements with our families and the community. See the information below to get plugged in!

Join our Remind group to receive text messages from Mrs. Hill! She will send out reminders about specific happenings in our school. You can also follow us on Twitter and Like our Facebook page! We love to celebrate our school by sharing all the wonderful happenings. We want you to feel plugged in and involved in what your child is

experiencing with us!

Our school's hash tag is #CEunited, so you can look for this on all social media!

Our School Blog:

Central Elementary Family Blog

We post often via Twitter and Facebook. You can also subscribe to our blog to receive notifications when we post.

Follow Mrs. Hill!

Twitter: @bethhill2829

Facebook Page: Inspiration for Educators

Instagram: mrshill_central_leadlearner

Website: bethanyshill.com

Bus Rider Families: Join our New Remind Group!

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Each Monday we celebrate happenings in our school via social media. Check out our Twitter feed and Facebook page, and Mrs. Hill's Instagram each Monday to celebrate with us! The hashtag #CelebrateMonday tracks all the schools in our country who participate in this wonderful event. So many great things happen throughout our day, and we want you to feel a part. It is a great way to start a week!
EZ School Pay for Meal Account Credits

Please keep your child's meal account credited in order to avoid a negative balance. Thank you!

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