Central Chatter

December 11, 2015

Upcoming Events


13: Barnes & Noble Fundraiser

14: PTA Meeting 6:30-7:30pm

15-17: Central Holiday Shop

15: This is Our Story: Art Show at 6:00pm and Music at 7:30pm @ VHS

17: School Board Meeting

18: Caroling Downtown

19-January 3: Winter Holiday Break/NO SCHOOL

31: Book Rental Fees Due


4: School back in session

14: End of the Second Grading Period/1st Quarter

15: No School/Teacher Record Day

18: No School/MLK Day

Barnes & Noble PTA Fundraiser on Sunday, December 13th from 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Looking for holiday gifts? Please consider shopping at Barnes and Noble on Sunday, December 13th and a portion of all proceeds (including the café!) will go to support Central Elementary!

You can shop in person with our school code and shop online. All sales which occur on Sunday, December 13th associated with our school code (Code 11729688) will count towards our total, so please share with your friends and family no matter where they live!

If you are able to come into the local Barnes and Noble, we will have holiday crafts, cookie decorating and book readings for the children to get in the holiday spirit. We hope to see you there!

Downtown Caroling on Friday, December 18th

Central students will continue our beloved tradition of caroling downtown! Please feel free to stop by Central Park to hear our students singing using the estimated arrival times below. Please note that with walking time, this schedule is an estimate. Students could arrive prior to or after the estimated times below.

Kindergarten: around 12:40 p.m.

1st grade: around 1:20 p.m.

2nd-5th grades: around 1:45 p.m.

Central Holiday Shop

Holiday Shop is coming back to Central by popular demand!

Students will have the opportunity to do a little holiday shopping for family and friends when their classroom is scheduled to shop. We are working with a company who specializes in children’s holiday gifts so the gifts are very reasonably priced (from $.25 to $12 with the majority of gifts in the $1-$4 range). If students are absent or miss their classroom’s scheduled shopping time, then they may come and shop any other time that the shop is open. Forms will be sent home on Friday, December 11th with each student .

Tuesday, December 15th 9 AM to 1:15 PM: PREVIEW DAY

Wednesday, December 16th, 9 AM to 1:15 PM: SHOPPING

Thursday, December 17th, 11:30 to 3:15 PM: SHOPPING

We are seeking parent volunteers. You can email Jenn Campbell at CentralPTA305@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering to staff the shop and help the kiddos. This is sure be a lot of fun for all!

This Is Our Story & Art Show

“This is Our Story” is a city-wide music and art program that takes place at Valparaiso High School on December 15th. The program begins with the art show in the main hallways starting at 6:00 PM, then the concert begins at 7:30 PM. We hope to see you there!

Have You Paid Your Book Rental?

Just a friendly reminder, book rental balances are due by December 30, 2015. Please keep in mind, if you would like to pay by check you must do so by Friday, December 18, as it is the last day the school office is open prior to break. Any monies not turned in by that date will be turned over to the Administration office for collection. Fee statements were sent home in October and November. If you need to check your balance, please log onto your Skyward account https://vcs-skyward.valpo.k12.in.us/scripts/wsisa.dll/WService=wsEAplus/seplog01.w%20

We Need Used Ink Jet Cartridges

Did you know you can recycle your used ink jet printer cartridges at Central? The only toner cartridges we can collect are ink jet cartridges. Unfortunately, we can no longer use the large cartridges we have collected in the past. The picture on the left shows the types we can use. Only ten cartridges are needed to receive $20 in rewards cash at Staples. These rewards are given to teachers for classroom supplies for their students. You can recycle and help Central all at the same time!

The Holiday Food and Household Supply Drive of Awesomeness!

Student Council is sponsoring a supply drive that will be held from Tuesday, Dec. 1 through Wednesday, December 16. It will benefit the Valparaiso Schools Back Pack Project and Hilltop Food Pantry.

The Valpo Back Pack Project is a mini food pantry housed in each of the elementary schools. Food and household supplies are then delivered to families in need when necessary.

Items that we will collect include: toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, toothpaste, detergent, body soap, and shampoo. Canned and boxed food will also be collected.

Thanks for supporting our families and Hilltop!

Love & Logic Parenting Sessions

Is your youngster’s behavior causing you some headaches? Join us to talk about parenting from a positive place and fill your toolbox to cope with your changing child! You are invited to join us for six Love and Logic Parenting Sessions.

This group will meet at Central Elementary on Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on the following dates: January 12, January 19, January 26, February 2, February 9, and February 16. Space is limited to the first 25 families so if you are interested, please complete the form that was sent to you through email. Return this form to Mrs. Sienkowski along with $10 cash ONLY by Thursday, December 17th. Please contact Mrs. Sienkowski by phone at 531-3030 or email at jsienkowski@valpo.k12.in.us if you need financial assistance.

We are looking forward to the wonderful opportunity this will provide for our families.