TIGER TOWN NEWSLETTER
September 22, 2023
CENTRAL AVENUE SCHOOL
What you need to know this week
- No School Monday (9/25) in observance of Yom Kippur
- Last call for mums! Sale ends Sunday, 9/24! Fall Mum Sale
- Ice Cream Social has officially sold out! There will be no in-person tickets at the door
- Registration for the after school Enrichment Classes is open! Find it here: Fall Enrichment Program
- Please don’t forget to pay PTO Dues!
● 9/21-9/27: Register for after school Enrichment Classes
● 9/28: Back to School Night @ 7pm (plus Spirit Wear sale!)
● 9/29: Ice Cream Social @ 5:30pm (plus Spirit Wear sale!)
● 10/3: Fall Enrichment Program begins
● 10/4: Walk To School Day
● 10/5: (1) Kindergarten Principal Chat @ 6pm
(2) VIP Training @ 6:45p
(3) 10/5: First PTO Meeting @ 7:30p
(All located in CAS Gym)
PTO DUES - There is still time to pay!
Thank you for paying PTO dues which support activities including monthly assemblies, enrichment programs, and teacher appreciation and supplies to name a few. There is still time to pay! The suggested amount is $40 per family (more or less as your circumstances allow). You can pay online here or via Venmo @CASPTO
Welcome Coffee - Friday, 9/22
New to school? Join us for an informal Welcome Coffee event! We'll check in to see how the school year is going and to answer any questions! See details below.
Last call to buy Mums ~ On sale until September 24th!
These beautiful mums come in various colors and cost only $10 each. If you choose not to purchase for your home, you can donate to CAS to beautify our school grounds! Pick up will be September 27th at CAS!
Fall Enrichment Classes are BACK!
The PTO is proud to offer our fall program of school enrichment classes. Registration is open! Enrollment is on a first-come, first-serve basis. We hope you are able to find a class for your child to enjoy! Sign-up here: Fall Enrichment Sign Up
ATTENTION! ATTENTION!! Holiday Shop is coming to CAS!
Mark your calendars and get those wishlists ready, the PTO is excited to announce the HOLIDAY SHOP is coming to CAS on 11/30 and 12/1! Stay tuned for more info! We will need volunteers! Keep an eye out for more details or look at the “Volunteer Section” below for more information.
Ice Cream Social SEPTEMBER 29th - SOLD OUT
I Scream! You Scream! We all Scream for Ice Cream! The CAS PTO will be hosting an Ice Cream Social on Friday, September 29th from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Unfortunately, this event is now SOLD OUT and therefore, we will be unable to sell tickets at the door. For safety reasons, the number of attendees is limited. Please remind your children that the gaga pit will be closed and they should follow all playground rules during the event. Parents/caregivers are responsible for their children.
We are still looking for volunteers to help with set-up, check-in and clean-up.
Sign-up here: Ice Cream Social Donations and Volunteer Opportunities
Show your CAS Spirit!
Select CAS spirit wear will be sold in-person at Back to School Night (9/28) and the Ice Cream Social (9/29)! Don’t wait - get your spirit wear at these events!!
Renaissance Star Testing
Our first window of Star administration is occurring during the month of September. The Star assessments are diagnostic assessments designed to provide educators and parents with important information about a student's progress. Students in grades 1-5 take the Star reading and/or early literacy assessment as well as the Star mathematics assessment benchmarked for their specific grade. To read general information about the Star assessments, parents are encouraged to visit their family resources page.
Kindergarten teachers administer the Star CBMs (Curriculum Based Measures) in both reading and mathematics. The Fall kindergarten reading assessments assess a student's understanding of letters and their sounds, basic phonological awareness, and early decoding. The kindergarten math assessments include recognizing numerals and their value. Often times the CBMs may be administered in other grade levels, on an as-needed individual basis. For more information regarding the Star CBMs, please click here.
New Jersey Farm to School Week
As we dive into the end of September, Pomptonian is ready to kick off New Jersey Farm to School Week the last week of this month and National Farm to School Month in October. In early October we will also be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Arepas. Please visit Pomptonian’s Farm to School Magazine, highlighting all of the produce we will be featuring and the farms growing it.
To celebrate New Jersey Farm to School Week students will be offered local corn from Buzby Farms and local grapes (contains seeds) from Evergreen Farms, two of New Jersey’s finest. Check out our latest edition of the Nutrition News, Super Sweet New Jersey Corn. In this video we took a tour of Buzby Farms and learned about harvesting corn in the Garden State.
Student Code of Conduct Assemblies
Over the last two weeks, Principal Liss met with ALL grades to discuss school rules and expectations. In addition, students learned about bullying versus conflict, how to remain safe, and basic rules that help them learn. Finally, Mr. Liss reviewed the 5 core values; Gratitude, Respect, Responsibility, Kindness, and Acceptance.
Want to know how to help volunteer in your child’s school?
Here are some opportunities for you to join:
CAS Holiday Shop
We need a team of dedicated volunteers to help make this event a memorable one for our students. Please email CASHolidayShop@gmail.com if you are interested. We will need coordinators to help plan as well as “day-of” volunteers!
Ice Cream Social
We are still looking for volunteers to help with set-up, check-in and clean-up. Ice Cream Social Donations and Volunteer Opportunities
CAS Landscaping Team
Our CAS grounds may look effortless, but behind the scenes are people and parents who love to make the grounds look beautiful and inviting for our kids. Absolutely no gardening experience necessary! Click the link CAS Landscape Signup for more information about the event in October/November. Even one hour of your time would be helpful.
As a bonus, you may have the opportunity to bring home divisions of plants for your own flower garden!
P.S. The Landscape Committee is separate from the CAS Learning Garden who organizes the vegetable garden. Contact LandscapeCAS@gmail.com with questions.
Important: Bond Referendum
A very important vote is set to take place on December 12, 2023 regarding the proposed bond referendum for our School District. The buildings in our district require major updates in infrastructure as well as upgrades and improvements in our facilities. Please refer to this website for all information regarding the referendum. More information will be coming following the next Board of Education Meeting. MADISON REFERENDUM