Parklane Community Newsletter

October 2, 2022

Panther Message

Dear Parklane Families,

Thank you to all those who came out to participate in the Centennial Homecoming Parade. There was a lot of Parklane Pride on display and significant participation by our staff and students during the Parade. This was really fun and exciting community event.

Panther Value for October: Assertiveness

This month our Panther value is assertiveness and learning how to be an upstander and speaking up for themselves or others. This is an important skill that will help students better understand how to communicate their needs and opinions in a way that is appropriate and empowering.

Assertiveness training can help students have a more accurate perception of their experiences and empower them to deal with distressing situations such as bullying, inappropriate and upsetting behaviors directed at them or classmates, overwhelming instructions, or confusion about other parts of their school day.

With an understanding of assertiveness and practice-building skills, children acquire more effective social awareness and communication options, instead of negative, reactive behaviors such as aggression or withdrawal. The goal is for them to be comfortable and to build skills for effective interpersonal communication, such as taking positive action.

*Please make sure and review the Centennial students' rights and responsibility handbook.

*Drive Slowly in front of the school and use the crosswalks to cross Main Street

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Appropriate Clothing & School Routines

Appropriate Clothing:

We have had some warm weather thus far this year, but the rain and cold weather are right around the corner. Please make sure and provide your student with a warm coat in preparation for the damp fall months ahead. In addition, please pay attention to the footwear that students wear to school. Please do not send your student to school with flip-flops or open-toed shoes. We have had some students scrap their toes and trip while playing because of their footwear. As it gets colder, it will be essential that students wear socks and shoes to school. If you need help getting shoes or a warm coat, please contact the school office for assistance.

School Routines:

The New Year is a great time to reestablish school routines for students. I wanted to share some basic strategies for helping students be more successful in school.

Sleep: Getting enough sleep will help your child get up on time, feel good, and be ready for a full day of learning. Children need different amounts of sleep at different ages. Elementary-aged students need 9-11 hours of sleep every night.

Morning Routine: A checklist of your morning routine can be very helpful. If you have younger kids, use pictures instead of just words in a morning routine chart and include all of the things that need to get done: brushing teeth, combining hair, getting dressed, eating breakfast, and signing into class!

Bedtime Routine: Make a predictable sequence of activities for bedtime. Involve the child (to increase buy-in) in developing the schedule and post it somewhere is the house. Specify how many stories, songs, hugs, and kisses will be included! Laying clothes out the night before school can also help the morning routine.

Diet & Exercise: Children who eat a healthy diet and get regular exercise can concentrate better during the school day. It is important that your child eats a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, and has opportunities to exercise every day through a sports team, fun activity, or playtime outside.

SUN School


Sign-up now for Metropolitan Family Service's SUN afterschool classes. The fall SUN term will be Oct 10-Dec 8, from 2:30-5:00pm Monday through Thursday.

Afterschool SUN is open to 1st-5th graders and includes one hour of enrichment classes, 30 minutes of homework time, an afterschool meal, and bus transportation for eligible students. MFS SUN will be following all Centennial School District COVID-19 safety policies.

Register online by Sept 23 at

Paper forms are also available in the front office. Contact Andrew Neal at (503) 593-5222 or for more info.


The Parklane Food Pantry will re-open for the school year on September 23, and will be open every Friday from 12:00-1:30pm. Come grab groceries for the whole family!


Need help with bills, groceries, clothing, COVID resources, taxes, or navigating social services? Our SUN Family Resource Navigator Daisy Carr can help! Contact her at (971) 396-9389 or

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