April Newsletter

April 2017

Coming Events


25: DQ Fundraiser at Calumet location from 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

25-27: 3rd Grade ISTEP Testing

25-28: 5th Grade ISTEP Testing

28:Wizards Game at VHS @ 6:30 p.m.

29:STEAM Event at Urshel Park Pavilion from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.


1-5: Teacher Appreciation Week

10: Crazy Hat or Crazy Hair Day

10-11: Camp Tecumseh for 4th and 5th Grades

15: PTA Meeting in the Art Room at 4:00 p.m.

17: Mismatch Day- Wear clothes that don’t match

18: Drama Club Performance at 4:00 p.m.

19: No School-No Snow Make-Up Day Needed

24: Rainbow Day-Each grade wears a different color (see details below)

24: JA in a Day (see details below)

26: No School-No Snow Make-Up Day Needed

29: No School - Memorial Day

31: Field Day (see details below)


1: 5th Grade Farewell Celebration

2: Awards Day/Last Day of School: End of the 4th Grading Period

Stop by DQ on Calumet Ave today and benefit Central!

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Teacher Appreciation Week

PTA Happily Presents: Back to the Beach Teacher Appreciation Week, May 1-5

Join in the fun as we celebrate those early morning smiles our students see every day. Help us applaud the time our teachers and staffers spend lesson planning, field tripping in rain or shine, keeping the peace on the playground, corralling students during bus duty and so much more.

There are many ways to get involved as we band together to show our appreciation. Please explore the links below for an opportunity that is the best fit for you.

Monday, Sunshine Breakfast in the 3rd Floor Oasis (Teacher’s Lounge)


Tuesday, Beach Tote Tuesday (PTA has placed a summer tote in each

Teacher’s room where students may deposit small gifts ranging from

sunblock to beach towels to a pack of gum. Bring your gifts on Tuesday, May 2nd)

Wednesday, Beach Bum “BBQ” in 3rd Floor Picnic Area (Teacher’s Lounge)


Thursday, Thankful Thursday (Students will write “Rays of Praise” on class door)

Friday, @Home Duneland Pizza Party (Families donate a pizza/salad dinner to

Teachers & Staffers)


Thank you,

Jaime Perz (jltp@comcast.net) and Shelby Topping (shelby.topping@valpo.edu), Event Co-chairs

Volunteers Needed for Field Day on 5/31

It's almost time for Field Day! If you are willing to volunteer for our annual event at Sunset Hill Farm, please sign up using this link- Field Day Help. Remember that in order to volunteer a Background Check will need to be completed two weeks prior to the event. Thanks in advance for your help! We can't wait for this fun day to arrive!

Welcome to Mr. Slater!

We are thrilled to have Mr. Slater join our Central family! Mr. Slater will be at Central on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons throughout the rest of the school year. He will be here to help us through our transition this spring and fall. We are so fortunate to have Mr. Slater with us! Read below for more information about him and be sure to give him a warm Central welcome if you happen to see him or talk to him!

Hello!! My name is Nick Slater and I am the new Elementary Dean for Valparaiso Community Schools. I will be housed at Flint Lake but assisting at Central Elementary on Tuesdays and Thursdays the rest of the school year. I started teaching in 2009 at Valparaiso High School. I taught socials studies with a content in AP Economics. I also coached Girls Basketball and Freshmen Baseball at VHS. I was the Intramural Coordinator at VHS also. My wife is a teacher at Hobart High School. We have two wonderful children (Izzy 9 & Jax 4) and one dog named Rudy. I love watching Notre Dame Football in the fall and attending baseball games in the summer. Go White Sox!

Elementary Redistricting

With the elementary redistricting happening for the 2017-2018 school year, there will be different events held for Central, Parkview, and Heavilin. Information will be shared through our school websites or through email. Please know that if you have any questions or concerns about the redistricting or transition for your kids, you can contact Mrs. Sienkowski at 531-3030 or jsienkowski@valpo.k12.in.us. She is happy to help answer any questions you might have!

Our Variety Show was Awesome!

Can you believe this was our twenty second variety show? Needless to say, this year's show didn't disappoint! We hope you were fortunate enough to attend this long anticipated event. A very special thanks to Richard Littlefield for organizing this spectacular show and to Susan Schulz for her assistance! A lot of time goes into preparing, practicing and planning such an extensive event and we sincerely appreciate everyone who volunteered. Thank you so much for all you do! It was so nice to see our students show off their incredible talents. We sincerely hope you enjoyed the show!
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JA in a Day

Please read the information below and contact Kris Engel if you are willing to help on May 24th from 12:00- 3:00 p.m. Thanks!
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Backpack Program Thanks!

Thank you so much to all who sent in donations for our backpack and snack program! Our Central Student Council will continue to accept any donations you are able to make to help support our kids and their families until April 28th. Thanks again for helping make this food drive so beneficial! We appreciate it!

Come on out to the STEAM Show!

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PBIS Place

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Wacky Wednesdays in May!

Central's Student Council is sponsoring 3 fun-filled spirit days in May!

Wednesday, May 10- Crazy Hat or Crazy Hair Day

Wednesday, May 17- Mismatch Day! Wear clothes that don’t match.

Wednesday, May 24-Rainbow Day! Each grade wears a different color.

Here are the assigned colors:







We can't wait to see all of the school spirit on Wacky Wednesdays!