Central Hub

May 2017

Our Mission

Providing engaging academic experiences, the Central Elementary Community will inspire and support students to become caring, confident, lifelong learners.

A Note from the Principal

Dear Central Parents,

It's hard to believe it is May. This year has flown by at record speed. What a pleasure it has been getting to know all of you and your children! As I reflect on the year, our students and staff have accomplished so much. This was the year we created and defined what it means to be a Central CHAMPS student and we also grew in our math facts through Rocket Math. We continued our love of reading and proved this by winning the Battle of the Books competition! Although it is hard to capture the incredible changes in your children both academically and socially, I can honestly sum the year up by saying that Central Elementary is a wonderful place to learn and grow.

Thank you for all of your support this year.


Julie Thacker


  • May 4--5th Grade Parent Meeting- What to Expect in Middle School- 6:00PM at Middle School Auditorium
  • May 8-- 5th Grade Music Program at 7:00PM in the Central Gym
  • May 11--Culver's Restaurant night for the PTO 5-9PM
  • May 12--Hot Skates PTO Night- 5:30-7:30PM
  • May 15--High Ability Program Parent Meeting at 6:00PM
  • May 15--PTO Meeting at 7:00pm in Central Elementary Cafeteria
  • May 15--Middle School and High School Physical night at PHS Field house
  • May 19--Field Day (rain day May 22nd)
  • May 22--Fifth grade Honor Breakfast 7:45am-9:15am and Central Celebration grades K-4 9:45-10:15am--Our theme is Then and Now
  • May 23--Last day of school for students/End of Fourth Grading Period/Central Celebration
  • May 27--Plainfield High School Commencement 11:00AM
  • July 30--Sunday Snow Cones and Supplies Night from 4-6 PM at Central
  • July 31--Kindergarten Meet the Teacher Night 6-7PM
  • August 1--Grades 1, 4, and 5 Meet the Teacher Night 6-7 PM
  • August 2--Grades 2 and 3 Meet the Teacher Night 6-7PM

ATTENTION: Currently Enrolled Students who are returning for the 2017-2018 Year

Students who are currently enrolled in a Plainfield School MUST have a parent log into the Parent PowerSchool to update and verify your students information to register them eligible for the fall school year.

The parent portal on PowerSchool is linked here.

Note from the Nurse

We have a lot of LOST and FOUND items still unclaimed in the nurses office and in the cafeteria. Please ask your student to visit the lost and found if they are missing coats, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, lunchboxes or GLASSES. *We still have several pairs of glasses in the Nurse's clinic*

Also, parents will need to make arrangements to pick up their students' medications in the clinic before the end of the school year. We can not send prescriptions, EpiPens, etc home with a student and they must be picked up by a parent. Any medications that are not picked up will be discarded. You may call the clinic at 317-838-3643 with any questions.

Physical Night for incoming 6th-12th graders

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All incoming 6th-12th Graders for Fall 2017 who are interested in participating in athletics at the Middle or High Schools need to have a physical on file that dates after April 1st. No student will be permitted to try out, practice, condition, or play without a physical form on file. We have arranged a Physical night at the Plainfield High School Field house on may 15th. You MUST pre-register to have a Physical done. Sign up here for your time slot and to pay the $25 fee.

Elementary School Walk-A-Thon

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The Annual Elementary School Walk-a-Thon was Friday April 28th and it was a great success! A huge thank you to the PTO members that worked so hard to make this an amazing event. Also, thanks to all of the parent volunteers and those that helped during the walk and for the 5th Grade Pizza Party! Below are a few highlight pictures from this year's Walk-A-Thon. Full galleries are on the Plainfield School Facebook page!

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We love to see you come eat with your children! But PLEASE remember to bring exact cash or check with you to purchase lunch for yourself or another visitor. We only have a small amount of cash in the register and cannot make change. Lunch is $2.30.

Also, since we have no way of knowing who puts money on the account, you cannot use your child's lunch card balance towards the purchase of your own lunch. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

Starting Monday, May 1st, we will enforce our NO charging policy for breakfast and lunch. PLEASE keep your child’s lunch account current with money for lunch. If your child eats breakfast at school PLEASE make sure their account is funded for that as well, as breakfast is an important start to a child’s day. If your child’s account is in the negative and they do NOT have a lunch, they will have to call home to have a lunch or money brought to them.
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Teacher of the Year

We are so proud and excited to announce that Kindergarten teacher Katy Riester has been named Central Elementary's Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Riester will now move on to the next level of the awards for Plainfield Community School's Teacher of the Year. We are so lucky to have you here at Central!
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Optimist Awards

The Plainfield Optimist Club partners with Plainfield schools to annually recognize teachers for outstanding and dedicated service to youth through their efforts in the classroom. At the Partners in Education banquet, Jennie Menser a 4th grade teacher, and Heidi Schwettman an Instructional Assistant were presented with the Optimist Awards for Central Elementary. We are overjoyed that two of our great educators were recognized for their hard work among their peers!
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Warm Weather Dress Code

As the weather continues to warm up, I want to take a moment to remind you of a few standards from the student dress code found in our handbook.
  • Clothing should be worn in the appropriate manner. For example, all pants and shorts are to be worn at the waistline.
  • Shorts and skirts should not be any higher than the tips of the student’s fingers when the student is standing with his/her arms down at his/her sides.
  • During the school day, students shall wear a blouse, shirt, or top that includes a sleeve of some nature. Narrow-strap blouses, tank tops, or tube tops should not be worn to school.
  • Flip-flop sandals, high heels, or strapless shoes should not be worn to school.

Importance of Attendance

We want to remind you of the importance of attendance at the end of the year. 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 on all of the fun end of the year activites.

  • 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 8:30 and students need to be seated in their classroom each morning by 8:50 or they are counted tardy.

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!

Youth Boys Basketball Camp

There will be a boys Youth Basketball Camp held at Plainfield High School on June 5-9th for boys entering grades 1- 8 for Fall 2017. The boys will be working on basketball fundamentals including ball handling, dribble moves and passing and will be holding scrimmages, competitions and other interactive activities throughout the week. Below you will find the Camp Form that will need to be returned to PHS Varsity Coach Andy Weaver at the address on the sheet. The cost is $50 and includes a basketball and a camp t-shirt. Boomer, the Indiana Pacers mascot, is going to be at camp the last day to perform a dunk show and sign autographs for the campers. If you have any questions please contact Andy Weaver at 317-775-7692 or aweaver@plainfield.k12.in.us.
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Youth Girls Basketball Camp

Girls youth basketball camp for students who are entering Kindergarten through 9th grade will be May 30th-June 2nd. Please see form below and turn into the high school at the address provided. The cost is $50 and includes a t-shirt!
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Reading Skills Program with IUPUI

Summer reading classes through IUPUI for ages 4 and up! With the fun of learning and the skills worked on during the class series, your child will develop comprehension, fluency, and phonics skills along with a love of reading. Classes meet once a week, are based on the grade the student will be entering in the Fall 2017, and you can choose the location you prefer; either at IUPUI Campus downtown or in Greenwood at Vineyard Community Church. Call (800) 978-9596 to register or for more information.
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Online Registration for 2017-2018 for NEW students to Plainfield Schools

Plainfield Community School Corporation is excited to announce we have launched online registration for the 2017-2018 school year! Parents who need to enroll NEW students (Kindergarten, Transfer applications, or families moving to Plainfield) can now do so with the portal created by InfoSnap. The link is available on our website for ONLINE REGISTRATION. *Returning students who are currently enrolled do NOT need to re-register this way. Information for returning students for the 2017-2018 year will be provided on/after April 17th.

Some of the key reasons we're moving to online registration include:
  • Online registration creates an optimum experience for families
  • Securely available anywhere with internet access
  • Annual process = more current information
  • Forms are pre-populated with data on file
  • Families can save and come back if necessary
  • Ability to remind families to update data
  • Share family information between siblings
  • Technical assistance is provided by InfoSnap!

For the 2017-2018 school year, Plainfield Community School Corporation will accept new transfer applications for non-resident students for the following grade levels ONLY: Grade K, Grade 6, and Grade 9. Transfer registrations will be accepted online from March 1st- May 1st.

2017-2018 Kindergarten Enrollment

Step 1- Go to the Plainfield Website and complete the online enrollment for your incoming kindergartener for Fall 2017.
Step 2- Bring your soon-to-be-kindergarteners additional items to Central if you did not do so at Kindergarten Round-Up at Clarks Creek that was April 5th and 6th. You need to bring your proof of residency (Parent Drivers License), Student Birth Certificate and immunization records for your child.
Step 3- Call Central Elementary at 317-839-7707 to sign up your student for the Kindergarten Screening Test on May 11th. A make-up day will be scheduled in July, date TBD.

Central C.H.A.M.P.S

Central Elementary is excited to share our Positive Behavior Intervention Support program. Our program is rooted in Central character and the idea that Champions Make Choices and Choices Make Champions. Our faculty was involved in creating and defining a Central CHAMPS student.

The following defines what it means to be a CHAMPS student:




Making good choices

Prepared to learn


Furthermore, we have defined our Central Champs expectations in all areas throughout our school. In a continued effort to recognize our students making good choices, as well as build our climate and culture, we are going to begin our school-wide incentive program using Brag Tags. All students will receive a necklace and a Central tag to start with to be worn every Friday. This is a way to acknowledge the hard work and positive behavior of our students. Additional tags will be awarded one time a month.

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April Value Of The Month: Respect for the Environment

A Note from the Central PTO!

All Central Families

Please take a minute and sign up with Remind to receive messages/reminders about up upcoming events. It's super easy!
Please text the message @dha97h to the number 81010 if you’d like a text message reminder for upcoming PTO events.

PTO Night at Hot Skates

Support the PTO and skate the night away at Hot Skates on Friday, May 12th from 5:30-7:30pm. Admission is $2 and the PTO will receive 100% of the admissions. Skate rental is extra. Thank you for your support.

PTO Sponsored Restaurant Night

Support Central PTO by eating at Culver's on Tuesday, May 11, from 5-9pm. We will receive 10% of all sales, and no flyer is needed so TELL A FRIEND! Central K-Kids will be helping out at this event.

Celebrate the last day of school on Tuesday May 23rd at FRIGID FROG from 1-7pm. Central PTO will receive 20% of all sales! Be sure to show your paper or electronic flyer that will be sent home.

PTO Mini Grant

The purpose of the PTO Mini-Grant is to assist with funds for a special project, learning concept, classroom need, or a special activity that is used within a classroom or area. This quarter the PTO received 11 grants and approved 9 of them, 2 will be handled outside of the program due to cost and 1 will be put on hold until next year. Examples of some of the items that were approved: reading books for high ability classes, 5 sets of alphabet stamps, reading and writing center, PE equipment, STEM activities, and 6 learning stools. The Central PTO would like to thank everyone who had contributed to our PTO fundraising events which allows the PTO to give back to assist our Central teachers.

Scott Schwanekamp Value Winner for March

Scott was presented with his Value of the Month award for March at the School Board Meeting for April. He was recognized for the Community Value of Reliability to represent Central and we are so proud of him. His teacher, Mrs. Riester, was there to read her nomination letter and support her exceptional student.
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UPaint Summer Camp

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Third Grade STEM Activity Using Strawbees!

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Will my peep float?

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Jelly Bean Math

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Earth Day S.T.E.M. Making Trash Grabbers

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Kindergarten Zoo Diaoramas

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Animal Masks Preparing for the Zoo

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Kindergarten Field Trip to the Zoo

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Fourth grade Field Trip to the Indy Motor Speedway

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Camp Riley

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May Events at the Plainfield Library


May 1, 8, and 15 * 10-10:35 a.m.* One Year Olds * Children's Activity Room

One-year-olds and their parent/caregiver explore stories together through repetition and hands-on play in this 3-session series. A new activity is added at each session. Register once. Siblings may attend.


May 2, 9, and 23 * 10-10:30 a.m. * Two & Three Year Olds * Children's Activity Room

Three times a month, come sing, dance, do action rhymes, and hear a story at a storytime geared for young children.


May 6 * 2-3 p.m. * All Ages * Children's Activity Room

Let your imagination run wild and show off your creative genius by using our

collection of LEGO bricks to build alone or work with a friend.


May 9 * 6:30-7:30 p.m. * Grades 1-4 * Children's Activity Room

Trained and certified Therapy Dogs provide a relaxed and dog-friendly

atmosphere which allows children to practice the skill of reading. These are real dogs with gentle personalities who love to listen to stories. Children should bring a book to read.


May 10 * 10-10:30 a.m. * Two & Three Year Olds * Imagination Hub

Hear the story The Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle, and try a scavenger hunt looking for camouflaged pictures in the Children's Room.


May 11 * 6:30-7 p.m. * All Ages * Children's Room

Game on! Join us in the children's room for an exciting and easy game of balloon tennis, using fly swatters and balloons!


May 16 * 10-10:30 a.m. * Two & Three Year Olds * Imagination Hub

Hear - and act out - this story by Megen McDonald, about a hermit crab who needs a new place to live.


May 19 * 11-11:30 a.m. * All Ages * Imagination Hub

Join us at the Imagination Hub as we read stories about underwater adventures and make a friend in a shell!


May 24 * 10-10:30 a.m. * Children & Their Caregivers * Imagination Hub

Come enjoy Mother Goose rhymes, flannel/fingerplays and join the rhythm band for a few songs!


May 25 * 4:30-5:10 p.m. * Preschool-6th Grade * Children's Activity Room

Join us for some simple, fun, and hands-on science experiments! This month we are going to be studying how plants grow and making our very own mini greenhouses to plant seeds and take home!

*Registration is required for some programs.

To register, please call 317-838-3801 or register online at


Summer Camp at Van Buren Elementary

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