The Central Scoop
August 12, 2022
From the Principal's Desk...
Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! We are glad that you are joining us as we embark on an exciting year of teaching and learning at Central School. I'm excited about all that this new school year has to offer and look forward to working collectively as a Central School community to ensure that we provide our students with the best educational experience possible.
Looking ahead, all signs point to an incredible and productive school year. Our skilled and devoted teachers are already planning and preparing for your children. Our enthusiastic office team is registering new families, ordering needed materials and updating student files. Our hard working and conscientious custodians have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning the facility. And, our much-appreciated PTA is gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and offer other exciting events and programs.
While we are excited to return to a more typical school year, the health and safety of our students is still our number one priority. We are consistently in communication with the local health departments regarding any health protocols, and the Wilmette Police Department regarding necessary safety measures. We have strong collaborative relationships with both departments.
Overall, I am confident that this will be a great year for our Central Foxes! See below for important updates for this coming school year. I will be sending all families a weekly Central Scoop each Friday. It is important that you keep your contact information in PowerSchool current in order to receive these updates.
With Warm Regards,
Meet Assistant Principal Katherine Michau
Katherine comes to Central from CPS with 11 years experience as a middle school language arts and special education teacher and 2.5 years experience as a school administrator. She grew up in Quincy, IL and attended Illinois State University. At ISU, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Middle Level Education. Katherine also holds a Masters degree in Special Education from the University of Saint Francis and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University. Katherine resides in Chicago with her husband, Dan, a special education teacher, her two sons Benjamin (3) and Andrew (1), and their dog Marie (10). In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, spending time outside, and going out to breakfast. Katherine has a passion for social emotional learning and instructional coaching and is excited to be a new member of the Central Fox family!
Special Kindergarten Meet & Greet
Kindergarten students and parents/caregivers are invited to attend a special Meet & Greet on Monday, August 22nd. This is an opportunity to meet the teacher and see the classroom. There is no formal instruction/class occurring.
Please attend Kindergarten Meet and Greet according to your child's last name:
Last names A - H attend: 8:45 - 9:30am
Last names I - Q attend: 9:45 - 10:30am
Last names R - Z attend: 10:45 - 11:30am
Please be sure to check the special Back to School Kindergarten Website for additional information. We are looking forward to welcoming our youngest Foxes!
First Days of School
Monday, August 22nd
- First Half Day starting at 8:35 AM with Dismissal at 11:55 AM. The day starts with a quick Meet & Greet outside by the assigned grade level arrival doors. Teachers meet children outside and walk them inside.
- PTA Coffee & Sign-ups are outside under the Shade Structure on the blacktop: 8:45 AM-10:30 AM
- See above for Special Kindergarten "Meet & Greet" schedule
Tuesday, August 23rd
All grades attend a full day of school, dismissal at 3:15pm
Regular kindergarten schedule
AM 8:35am - 11:10am
KEEP39 11:10am - 3:15pm
* Kindergarten bus service begins on this day
Academic Kindergarten AM: 8:35 - 11:10 am
KEEP39: 11:10 am - 3:15 pm
* Friday Early Release: 11:10 am - 2:15 pm
Monday - Thursday: 8:35 am - 3:15 pm
* Friday Early Release: 8:35 am - 2:15 pm
Supervisors at doors beginning at 8:20 am
The first bell rings at 8:30 am.
Note - The tardy bell rings at 8:35 am!
Arrival & Dismissal Doors
Curriculum Night is a wonderful opportunity for parents to visit the school, meet the teachers, and learn about the curriculum and new initiatives. Please see the schedule below to see when you should join us. And CLICK HERE for more information and a special TICKET to attend. All attendees will be asked to show the ticket on paper or on your phone to join us. We look forward to seeing you!
Kindergarten Curriculum Night, Aug 22nd (adults only!)
Grades 1-4 Curriculum Night, Sept 8th (adults only!)
6:00pm-6:45pm - 1st and 2nd grades
6:45pm-7:00pm - Break
7:00pm-7:45pm - 3rd and 4th grades
Teacher assignments will be available through PowerSchool on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 17th. The assignments are sent in batches, therefore everyone will not receive an email at the same time. If you do not receive an email by Thursday, August 18th at noon please call Central's office and we can assist you. Please note that all student placements must remain final due to the complex factors related to enrollment and scheduling.
Information For New Families: Grades 1-4
New Family Orientation is at 6pm on Thursday, August 18th at Central School in our auditorium. This night is intended families (both parents and their children) with 1st-4th graders that are new to Central School.
Join all new families for grades 1-4 on August 19th at 10am for "Popsicles on the Playground" to meet families and make new friends!
Lunch & Snack
We are excited to be working our way back to a more typical lunch experience for our students this year! Due to certain constraints, we will still be serving a brown bag lunch to start the year. However, all of our students will be eating in the cafeteria together! ! For more information about our food service, please click here.
Snacks are limited to fruits and vegetables only in classrooms. The items brought to school can be cut up and placed in baggies/containers from your home, or be pre-packaged bags of apples, carrots, etc. as we often see sold in bulk. Please avoid those that are packaged with dips or items that require the labeling of contents.
Updates from The District Office
Our entire District 39 community wishes to welcome you back to the start of the 2022-2023 school year. We are so excited to have our staff returning to school next week and our students returning for the first day of school on Monday, August 22!
Preparations for 2022-2023
Parents are encouraged to review the District email sent this week on Wednesday, August 10 for District updates for the start of the school year. Please check your inbox for an email titled “District 39 Updates: Preparations for a Great School Year Ahead” for information and reminders regarding school registration, supplies, protocol, safety, important dates and more.
Registration ReminderPlease make sure that your child has been officially registered for the 2022-23 academic year and that any outstanding instructional materials fees have been paid prior to the start of school. Both matters can be resolved by logging into the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
From the Nurse's Office
Make sure all of your health forms are ready to be turned into our nurse, Mallory Fryer. Be sure to read Mallory Fryer's Back to School Letter that will be posted online early next week when she is in the office. Please contact her at with any questions next week at email@example.com. Here are a few reminders to get started:
- Kindergarten students need vision, dental, & medical forms.
- 2nd Grade: Dental form
- All students need medication & health updates.
Safe Walk to School Routes
Thursday, August 18th
New Family Orientation (in person) at 6:00pm in the school auditorium. This night is intended for families with 1st-4th graders that are new to Central School
Friday, August 19th
PTA's "Popsicles on the Playground" at 10am for all new families grades 1-4
Monday, August 22nd
1st - 4th Grade Half-Day
Kindergarten Meet & Greet (see schedule)
Evening: Kindergarten Curriculum Night (parents only)
Tuesday, August 23rd
First full day of School
Kindergarten Bus Service Begins
KEEP 39 Begins
Monday, September 5th
No School, Labor Day
Thursday, September 8th
Friday, September 23rd
No School, District Institute Day
Monday, September 26th
No School, Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday, October 5th
No School, Yom Kippur
Join us on Twitter!
Central School is on Twitter!
- We have TWO Twitter accounts. Please "follow" us at Twitter.com! 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.