Central Chatter

October Edition

Upcoming Events


  • 9 - PTA Meeting @ 6:00 pm - Library
  • 10 - 4th Grade Wilderness Inquiry Field Trip
  • 11 - 1st Grade Pumpkin Patch Field Trip
  • 13 - End of 1st Grading Period
  • 16 - NO SCHOOL - Fall Break
  • 25 - Parent Teacher Conferences - 4:30-7:00
  • 26 - Parent Teacher Conferences 1:00 - 6:00
  • 26/27 - 1/2 Day for Students


  • 3 - PTA Harvest Fest - 5:30-7:30 pm
  • 13 - PTA Meeting @ 4:00 pm - Library
  • 22/23/24 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

School Visitors

In order to ensure our staff and student's safety while at school, all visitors are required to provide their drivers license or state ID in order to be allowed in the building. Your ID will be scanned into our "Safe Visitor" software and you will then be provided with a visitor's badge. Please remember to have your ID with you when visiting the school for lunch, a classroom visit, or to chaperone.

We thank you for your understanding!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon/evening from 4:30 -7:00 pm on Wednesday and 1:00-6:00 pm on Thursday. Conferences will be 15 minutes in length and teachers will discuss you child's strengths, areas to improve upon, and progress from this first quarter of school.

Information regarding scheduling of conferences will be coming home with your child today, October 9. Please complete the form and return to school no later than Thursday, October 12 so that we may begin finalizing conferences times.

Please note that we will be working to coordinate conferences should you have multiple students to alleviate making multiple trips to the school.

Supplies for GI's

Our Student Council sponsored Supplies for GI's drive will run from Monday, October 23 - Friday, November 17.

Central @ Hayes will be working to collect items that will be added to care packages for our troops who are stationed around the world. We need every student’s help!

Below are the items we will collect:

K and 1st grade- chap stick, Slim Jims, toothpaste

2nd grade—canned fruit (small cans with pop tops), pudding cups, granola bars, tuna

3rd grade- shampoo, hair conditioner, stick deodorant, canned chicken

4th grade-canned soup (ready to microwave), microwave popcorn, Spam

5th grade-hand lotion body lotion, jerky, tooth brush

If you have the name of a soldier, friend, neighbor, or relative stationed away from him, we would like to have his/her name and address so we can send a care package.

Thank you for all of your help and support with this wonderful initiative.

Robotics Club

Competitive robotics has come to Central Elementary School! Robotics team members will work together to design and build a robot to compete in the Ringmaster Challenge (Video of the challenge). Students will compete in a Valparaiso scrimmage in December and a competitive tournament in February. Congratulations to this year's team members!

Katie Dwyer

Maddie Ehrhardt

Miguel Genis

Devin Hardee

Devon Hinko

Iker Soriano

Nevaeh Palaeios

Alyssa Rhew

Aiden Roe

Nathan Stewart

Sophia Urschel

Mackenzie Wassermann

Ty Whiteley

A Note from Mrs. Birruete

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It is with great pleasure to introduce myself as the new School Social Worker for Central/Hayes-Leonard Elementary School. My name is Vanessa Leal-Birruete (feel free to call me Mrs. B.), and I am honored to take on the role in collaborating with you, along with the staff at Central/Hayes, and your children!

I wanted to let parents and guardians know some of the ways that I can be helpful to you and your child(ren). As the school social worker, my role is to assist in facilitating increased communication between home and school, to counsel kids at school both individually and in groups, and to help parents with strategies that they can use at home with their child(ren). I am also available to provide outside resources for support to children and families (ie: referrals to things such as therapy and family services; financial/essential needs assistance programs, and other community resources). I am open to talking to any parent or guardian who may have questions or concerns. My phone number is (219) 531-3060 ext 2238 and my email address is vlealbirruete@valpo.k12.in.us.

Please do not hesitate to contact me about anything at all and hopefully I can be of assistance to you and your family! I look forward to meeting many of you and getting to know the Valparaiso community.


Vanessa Leal-Birruete, MSW

School Social Worker

Central/Hayes Leonard Elementary School

Office: (219)531-3060 ext 2238

Nurse Notes

Just a friendly reminder that any and all medication, including over the counter, must be given to the nurse with a doctor's order. This includes tylenol, cough drops, inhaler, Tums, creams/ointments etc. Should you have any questions, please feel free to give Mrs. Fisher a call.

Harvest Fest

We are excited to announce that our next PTA event will be our annual Harvest Festival. This event will take place on Friday, November 3rd from 5:30-7:30 at Hayes Leonard. Join friends and family for an evening of fun and games, story time with teachers, and take a walk around the cake walk. If you are interested in volunteering a bit of your time that evening, please visit the following Sign-up Genius to sign up for a task. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Solmos.

Harvest Fest Sign-up