The Central Scoop
June 3, 2022
Our end-of-the-year activities started this week and they have all been very successful. We are especially thankful to our amazing teachers for finding creative ways to celebrate our students. See below for details about Art Awareness, Mexican Market, 4th Grade Outdoor Education, and Kindergarten graduation.
Of course this afternoon we held our SLIMING event outside! Many staff members agreed to be slimed in front of the students during a special assembly. This event was the highlight of the week for the entire school. The event was designed to celebrate that our PTA raised $42,936.37 toward a new playground! We far exceeded our goal and in doing so, hopefully it will expedite the playground installation process. The Fox Trot Funds will be gifted to District 39 to cover the cost of playground equipment, installation cost and landscape. We are so excited that students took part in making this goal a reality and will have something tangible to enjoy for years to come. Thank you to our amazing team of PTA parents and for all those who donated money to support our Pathway to Play initiative!
We are looking forward to more celebrations next week with a focus on our graduating 4th graders. We will be holding many of our usual traditions for them including walking to Gillson for their annual picnic, watching the PTA's slideshow, holding a dance party on the blacktop and signing yearbooks. New this year, we will be holding a "Clap Out" at dismissal on the blacktop to congratulate our 4th graders on the last day of school. Families are encouraged to line up on the blacktop on June 9th to clap (with signs and pompoms) at dismissal to celebrate our 4th graders as they leave the building one last time. We are all so proud of our 4th graders' successes and we know that they will continue to shine at Highcrest Middle School.
Next Thursday, we celebrate all of our students with an all-school assembly outside at 9am to share the last day of school together. Families are welcome to join us by observing the assembly outside on the blacktop. During the assembly, we will praise students who participated in a variety of school activities throughout the year including Reading Rally, Student Council and Green Team. We are proud of everyone's accomplishments!
Becky & Holly
Students in grades 1-4 have been carefully crafting different modeling clay projects thanks to the PTA! The Art Awareness Committee works to bring an exciting extra-curricular art activity to Central School each year. This program is sponsored by the PTA and brings parents and Ms. Berngard together to organize and facilitate a unique art experience. Many thanks to the PTA for helping create these special memories for our students.
1st Grade Mexican Market
Our first graders showcased their Spanish skills during our annual Mexican Market!
Our kindergarten classes performed beautifully outside for parents as part of their end-of-the-year celebration today. Under the guidance of our music teacher, Ms Jeanne Gierke, kindergartners sang songs that brought tears to all of our eyes. We are proud to say they are all more then ready for first grade!
4th grade Outdoor Education
Our 4th graders and staff had a fabulous time at Boundless Adventures as part of their "Outdoor Education" experience. They created memories that will last a lifetime!
District 39 Updates
As we prepare for the final days of school next week, we wish everyone joyful celebrations of a fantastic school year. Together, our students, teachers and staff overcame tremendous hurdles this year. As we returned to more typical school-day procedures and full in-person instruction, we hope that each student felt a sense of belonging, connection and academic success within their classroom and school community. Please enjoy the end-of-year celebrations of a school year well-spent. We hope you feel a sense of pride in all that your child(ren) have accomplished this year. We certainly do! Thank you for your support and partnership throughout.
SHIELD Testing Complete For the Year
This week was the final week for District 39-sponsored SHIELD Illinois testing. We are grateful for everyone who took advantage of this free testing throughout the school year. As a reminder, D39 is continuing to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our community and we will continue to update our COVID-19 metrics page until the end of the school year.
School Supply Charity Drive
The Green Team is proud to announce our annual "Clean Out School Supply Drive" starting on June 6th. Teachers will assist their students with sorting through and collecting gently used supplies for donation. This year the Green Team is partnering with a local service organization, Radical Generosity Chicago. They will then sort through the supplies and donate them to local schools and families in need. If you DO NOT want your child’s supplies to be donated and instead sent home, please email your child’s teacher before June 6th. Thank you!
The PTA sends a separate newsletter each Sunday. Below are a few highlights:
- Daughter Dance picture proofs were sent to your registration email on Wednesday. If you did not receive your proof please notify Janet Cavanaugh (jlandres232gmail.com) to assist.
- "Students Demand Action" and "Moms Demand Action.”Join the 5K Walk/Run to honor lives lost due to gun violence on June 5th at 9:30 am at Indian Hill Park, 131 Wilson Street, Winnetka. Wear Orange. https://act.everytown.org/event/wear-orange-2022/44449/signup/?akid=.2120740.h30do_&zip
- School Supply Reuse Recycle Drive: Last year the National Charity League organized a school supply collection during the final week of school to divert hundreds of school supply items from going into the landfills. Please donate gently used/unused items to needy students and families. Students and teachers, please place all unused or gently-used school supplies into the bin located outside your school the week of June 9–12.
- The Village of Wilmette’s Sesquicentennial Celebration includes many fun activities and projects. Donations of $25 and up will receive recognition in the Commemorative 150th Edition of the Wilmette Communicator. See flyer for details or go to http://www.wilmette150.org
- The 2022 Summer Debate Institute at Northwestern University’s Evanston Campus will be held August 1-5 for all rising 6th-9th grade students. Enroll prior to June 8 using this form. Additional information on the website or contact Camp Director Camila Vincens.
- New Trier Township offers a Food Pantry 10am - 4pm weekdays for families that live/work in the township. NT Township also offers Emergency Financial Assistance, Legal Aid Clinic, property tax assistance, social service referrals and other available resources. Go to www.newtriertownship.com for more information. The Township is also sponsoring a paper shredding event tomorrow, May 7th 8:30-11:30 am at Regina Dominican High School.
- New Trier Dance Division hosts Summer Dance Camps for children age 4 through the 9th grade June 20-24.
- Loyola Academy offers Junior High Enrichment Summer Programs. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or www.goramblers.org/summerschool
- Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) is hosting Campyardigan Summer Camp options for students ages 5-13 with disabilities. The Spring Guide lists summer recreation programs.
- Buddy Baseball Registration is open to special needs children 7 - 22 years old throughout New Trier Township at no cost. Buddy Players are paired with Buddy Volunteers and games last approximately 75 minutes. Register at www.wilmettebaseball.org
- The Trevian Girls Softball Association is adding 8-10 year olds to their spring and summer teams. Contact Kelsey Farmer for more information.
- Wilmette Food Pantry is open every Tuesday 10:00-11:00 am at Trinity United Methodist Church.
- "Best Step Tutoring” offers free online tutoring for PreK-12 grades.
- BSA Troops 5G (girls) & 5B (boys) are looking for interested kids in grades 5-12 to join. Contact Laura.Myerholtz@gmail.com for more information.