The Central Scoop

October 11, 2019

From the Principal's Desk...

Dear Parents,

We had a wonderful start to our day yesterday morning as families and staff celebrated two events: the national "Walk to School Day," and Alec Childress' 80th Birthday (our beloved crossing guard on 9th Street at Lake Avenue).

We would like to recognize and thank our 4th grade student Green Team for all of their leadership on the blacktop during the Walk to School celebration. Staff advisors of the club, Miss Potakis and Mrs. Dietrich, worked hard to support our student leaders. PTA's Environmental Awareness Committee as well as parent, Jeff Axelrod, helped in the planning as well. Of course we would also like to thank Miss Fritz for proudly wearing the Fox costume!

We would also like to thank parents Krista Gallagher and Kay McBrearty and all the other PTA volunteers who created such a warm welcome and celebration for Alec. He was very surprised by the fanfare and incredibly thankful for everyone's love and support. The police department even presented Alec with an honorary road sign that read, "Alec's Corner." The event even received some local news coverage!

Please see below for other timely announcements. As a reminder, there is no school on Monday. I wish you all a wonderful weekend!


~ Becky

Rebecca Littmann


Central Elementary School

Walk to School Celebration

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Happy Birthday Alec Childress!

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D39 Educational Foundation Event

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Are your children already starting to discuss Halloween costumes? For many children, it's a favorite holiday and one to which they really look forward. So the big question--and one that I'm already planning for myself--what should I wear?

As you purchase costumes, please remember that students are not allowed to bring weapons or wear a costume that "is in bad taste." Many popular characters are not appropriate developmentally for our students in school (such as the characters Momo, IT or most recently, the Joker). Costumes need to be appropriate for school and not depict violence. We prefer no face masks that cover the entire face (we want to be able to see and identify children). Please have conversations with your children about what is appropriate.

If the weather is nice, we plan to hold a Halloween Parade outside (on the sidewalk) starting at 9am on 10/31 like we have in past years. Parents are welcome to stay outside and watch the parade. Classroom teachers will be staying with classes as we walk along the sidewalks and the perimeter of our school property. If it rains, the outdoor parade will be canceled and we will bring the parade indoors for students and staff only.

*More information about our parade, costumes, and classroom parties will be shared by the classroom teachers.

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Outdoor Education Meeting October 17th

We are holding our annual meeting about Outdoor Education after school on Thursday October, 17th from 3:30pm-4:30pm. This is an informational meeting for fourth grade students and their parents. The meeting is optional. If you are unable to attend and would like information about the trip, please talk to your child's fourth grade teacher.

Nurturing a Growth Mindset = Last Posting

At Central we continue to value nurturing a growth mindset and learning from our mistakes. We believe that with a growth mindset students can develop new abilities through practice. Learning should be an exciting journey that can lead to endless opportunities!
Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset
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Parent-Teacher Conferences

Sign-ups are coming soon! You can begin to sign-up on Monday, October 21st. You will receive an email from District 39 on Friday, October 18th with specific sign-up information. Conferences take place on Thursday, November 7th and Friday, November 8th. There will also be time-slots for kindergarten on Wednesday, November 6th. Please know that conferences cannot be scheduled outside of the D39 designated conference times.

Parent Volunteer Opportunity!

This year parents can volunteer to work in the carpool line! Help our kiddos get in and out of cars safely before & after school. Duty is just 15 minutes from 8:20-8:35am and again from 3:15-3:30pm. Feel free to sign up for any day and either time slot. Volunteers can pick up a green vest in the front office. Thanks for your help!

Sign up HERE!

PTA Announcements and Reminders...

* The PTA sends out their own newsletter on Sundays - here are just a few highlights

From the Nurse's Office

Call Central School "Attendance Line" For Absences: 847-512-6150

New Central Health Office Website!!

Here is your go-to site for all of your health related questions including PE/Recess Notes, Health Requirements, Dental Examinations, Allergy and Asthma, Medications, Snacks in Classrooms, Lice, Influenza...and more!

Click Here to Site

Community Announcements...

Information on community events can be found here: Community Events
  • Acts of Kindness Cabaret performs a benefit for Family Promise Chicago North Shore, a non-profit assisting local families in crisis homelessness situations, on Saturday, October 19th, 7:00 pm at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 1140 Wilmette Ave.
  • PEDAL POWER wants your used bicycles! Please donate bicycles at various locations on Saturday, November 2nd, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon. Bicycles are renovated and awarded to CPS honor roll students.
  • Rotary Club of Wilmette is hosting its annual BIG BOOK DRIVE October 1st - November 16th at all D39 schools. Please donate your gently used books.
  • Wilmette Food Pantry is open every Tuesday 10:30-11:30 am at Trinity United Methodist Church.

Join us on Twitter!

Central School is on Twitter!

  • We have TWO Twitter accounts. Please "follow" us at! Explore Central 39 (with our actual "handle" as @explorecentral). With this account, we mostly share student activities that are completed in the Learning Commons (but other activities are often included as well). We are also providing this Twitter feed on our Central School homepage.
  • There is also a principal page @BeckyLittmann where you can follow a variety of school happenings including all-school events, classroom activities, PTA enrichment, and school goals.

Save the Dates...

10/14 - NO SCHOOL, Teacher Institute Day

10/16 - PTA Meeting, 9:15am with D39 Superintendent, Dr. Kari Cremascoli

10/17 - Outdoor Ed Meeting 3:30pm-4:30pm

10/18 - Last Day of Fall I After School Clubs

10/21 - First Day of Fall II After-School Clubs

10/31 - Halloween Parade, 9:00am

10/31- Early Release Day, 11:55am