Central Primary School


Welcome back to school!

Mr. Cox and Ms. Johnson are excited to be at Central Primary School and are getting off to a great start! The staff, students, and Central families have been wonderful to work with and we look forward to strengthening those relationships as the year progresses.

We've had lots of successes already to celebrate: Supply Drop Off Night, Kindergarten Social, Fire Drill with the Washington Fire Department, and all of this while working flexibly with the construction project moving forward!

Important September Dates to Remember:

  • PTO Meeting: Thursday, September 5th 7:00
  • School Board Meeting: Thursday, September 12th 7:00
  • 3rd Grade Grandparent's Day: Monday, September 16th 9:00-11:00 and Friday, September 20th 9:00-11:00
  • CPS Picture Day: Wednesday, September 18th
  • Hearing/Vision Screening: Monday-Tuesday, September 23rd-24th
  • School Improvement Day, Early Dismissal: Friday, September 27th

Fire and Shelter in Place Drills

CPS students practiced fire and shelter-in-place drills in the first two weeks of school. During each drill, students did an excellent job getting to their fire drill locations and waiting quietly for teachers and staff to account for their safety.

As construction continues, we will continue to revisit our safety plans to find the safest and most efficient ways for students to be safe.

Notes from the Nurses

Kim Martin RN- Central Intermediate School

Carrie Bright RN- Central Primary School

Please remember to hand in your student’s medical forms AS SOON AS POSSIBLE:

  • Kindergartener: Child Health Exam, Up-to-Date Immunization Record, Eye Exam, Dental Exam

  • 2nd Grade: Dental Exam

  • 5th-8th Grade: Sport physicals are needed every year for those going out for sports

  • 6th Grade: Child Health Exam, Up-to-Date Immunization Record, Dental Exam

Medication Policy

In order for Central Staff to give ANY medication (other-the-counter or prescription) to your student, a completed Medication Authorization Form (signed by a parent/guardian AND a doctor) must be on file. Medications must be provided to the school in the original container. Prescription medications must have a prescription label with correct information (the pharmacy can provide an extra bottle/label). Do NOT send medication on the bus. This is a safety concern as our younger students may find lost medication and think it is candy. The only exceptions are epipens and inhalers as these are emergency medications.

Asthma inhalers do NOT require a doctor’s signature IF the parents/guardians can provide a prescription label. The Medication Authorization Form must still be signed by a parent/guardian.

Food Allergy Emergency Action Plans must be completed EVERY YEAR. They are to be completed and signed by a doctor. A parent/guardian must also sign the form. Epipens must be provided to Central 51. Benadryl and/or an inhaler may also be ordered by the doctor- check your student’s form. Don’t forget to check the expiration dates on your student’s medications.

Note: All forms are available at www.central51.net - Parents & Students - Information - Information/Forms

PTO News!

The PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) would like to welcome everyone back to school! We are already busy planning activities for the school year! In the second week of school, the PTO gave a gift bag to each staff member, filled with candy, a Central pen, and Trojan post-it notes. In the next few weeks, room coordinators will be chosen for parties, Yankee Candle information will come home for our big fundraiser, and we will have our first meeting of the year! All are invited on Thursday, September 5 at 7pm in the CIS library to learn more about the PTO and how we provide support for our students and staff.

Social Emotional Learning Corner- Mrs. Neal

Hello CPS Parents!! We are off to a great start and excited for the 19-20’ school year! I am Ashley Neal, School Psychologist. I have the pleasure of serving the students of District 51 and WCHS!! I love getting into the classrooms and seeing so many smiling faces:) Over the summer, I wanted to find a way to reach more families and students. So...I put together a webpage, full of resources!! This webpage is for you!! I will be adding to it as the year progresses. Sometimes I will add links to books or websites or perhaps I will upload a video or two:) My aim is to provide a resource to the families of D51. Have a great year and as we say at D51...I’m Proud to be a Trojan!!


Social Emotional Learning Corner- Mrs. Freeman & Mrs. Arms

Getting back into a school routine can be challenging after a summer filled with fun activities and vacations. However, kids do best with structure and routine both at home and school. It’s also true that kids resist and fight structure when it’s new. To build up the skills your child needs to follow a healthy daily routine, follow these 10 rules.

10 Ways to Build a Healthy Routine

By Peter Jaksa, Ph.D.

1. Give specific instructions. “Put away the toys on your carpet on the shelf in the closet.” Be consistent — if the toys are stored on the shelf one night, they should be put there every night. Children need to know precisely what you expect.

2. Assign tasks that your child is capable of doing on his/her own. Success builds confidence. The goal is to teach your child to do things independently.

3. Involve your child in discussions about rules and routines. It will help your child to understand goals and teach him/her to accept responsibility.

4. Write down routines as sequences of tasks (two to five items only), and post where easily visible (refrigerator, bathroom mirror). Review lists regularly with your child.

5. Be realistic about time. Make sure you’ve set aside enough time for the child to complete his/her homework, clear the dishes, and get out the door in the morning. If the original time frame is leaving you five minutes shy, add five minutes.

6. Expect gradual improvement. It takes time to change old habits and form new ones.

7. Praise effort — not just results. If your child set the table but forgot napkins, acknowledge that she’s trying. Reward good behavior more often than you punish bad.

8. Allow for free time in daily routines. Kids — and adults — need downtime.

9. If your child isn’t taking to the routine, seek help from a school counselor, teacher, or school psychologist. A pro can help get you on track.

10. Stay focused on the long-term goals. Above all, don’t give up!

Like adults, sometimes students don’t want to talk about school or how they are feeling. However, parents can approach their child in a way that is inviting and allows for open communication. Whether you have a child who loves to open up about the school day, or one who keeps their thoughts to themselves, understood.org has some awesome tips for talking with your student(s)!

1. Ask open-ended questions. If you ask a question that can be answered with one word—yes or no—that’s what you’ll get. A one-word answer.

Example: “What was the best thing you did at school today?”

2. Start with a factual observation. Kids often have a hard time answering questions that seem to come out of the blue. Making an observation gives your child something to relate to.

Example: “I know you have a lot more kids in your class this year. What’s that like?”

3. Share something about yourself. When someone tells you about themselves, it’s natural to want to do that in return. Share something with your child and see what you get back.

Example: “We always played dodgeball at recess. What do you and your friends like to do?”

4. Avoid negative questions. If you think something isn’t going well, your questions may come out in a negative way, with emotion-packed words like sad or mean. Asking in a positive way lets your child express concerns.

Example: “I heard that you sat with new people at lunch today. What did you talk about?”

Here are other examples of how to say things differently to get your child to open up.

Instead of this….

Try this...

Was school fun today?

What was the best thing you did at school?

Was school fun today?

Which kids were sitting near you at lunch?

Was your teacher nice?

What was the most interesting thing your teacher said today?

Did you get your locker today?

How was it getting to your locker between classes?

Were the kids in your class friendly?

Who did you like talking to the most?

Did you get your schedule?

You got your schedule today, right? Which days look busiest?

Do you have friends in your classes?

Who are the kids you talk to most in your classes?

Did your presentation go well?

What part of the presentation do you think was best?

Intervention- Mrs. Mertens, Mrs. Guse & Mrs. Holmes

Hello! This year in intervention, Mrs. Mertens will be our math interventionist and Mrs. Guse will be our reading interventionist. Mrs. Holmes will also be working with both reading and math interventions. We will be sending home STAR scores for the beginning of the year soon. Be on the lookout for those papers in your student’s take home folder! We are looking forward to getting into some classrooms and meeting students soon!

A Little Note from Music Class- Mrs. Cunningham

We have had a great start to our school year in music class! We have been busy singing, moving, playing instruments, and getting to know one another.

Kindergarten has been focusing on beat, and learning to play our classroom percussion instruments with proper form. We have also focused on learning all our routines in the music classroom.

First grade has been learning about our voice and how we can use it in many ways, whether that be singing, speaking, whispering, or shouting.

Second grade is learning to read rhythms and play percussion instruments together in two parts.

Third grade has also been learning to read rhythms using music notation, playing instruments together, and we just started working on some special songs for Grandparent’s Day in September.

I have loved getting to know all the students at CPS and enjoy making music with them!

~Mrs. Cunningham

Art Corner- Mrs. Gleason

We have had a great start of the school year in art class! Kindergarten through third grade have been learning about the elements of art, such as line and texture. We have been tying literature into our lessons. Kindergarten has been working on self-portraits. In First grade we read the book –ish by Peter Reynolds and then we drew fish-ish, shark-ish, and turtle-ish drawings. Our second and third graders will be starting on texture drawings soon. More information on our Art to Remember fundraiser will be coming home in September, so please be on the lookout!