The Roadrunner -Nov./Dec. 2018

“Roadrunners are fast, strong, and smart”

Time is flying by.....

Dear Parents-

Happy Holidays from your CPE staff! This is an exciting year for students and teachers at CPE. Along with reading, writing, math, science and social studies, we are also working on developing core values with our students. These core values are listed in this newsletter. As a parent and educator, I know that providing ample attention to developing both academic skills and the set of CPE core values will be an important part in the success of all students. Please take a moment to look at our core values and mark your calendar for April 26th. On that day, all CPE students will be invited to participate in our student exhibition. We hope to see all of you that night to support your student.

Thank you,

Walt Davenport-Principal

Upcoming Events....

11-2 Sams Valley Mini Marathon (Grades 4&5) 9:30 a.m.

11-4 Daylight Savings Time Ends (Turn clocks back 1 hour)

11-7 Walk and Bike to School Day- watch for flyers coming home

11-12 No School (Veteran's Day)

11-16 8:45 Assembly

11-20 Picture Re-Takes

11-21 (Early Dismissal From School) Kinder @ 12:25 and Grades 1-5 @ 12:20/25

11-22 & 11-23 No School (Thanksgiving Holiday)

11-30 No School (Grading Day / Professional Development)

12-7 Report Cards sent home with students

12-24-17 through 1-4-18 No School (Winter Break)

Huge Thanks!!!!!! The Jog-A-Thon was a HUGE Success.

Thank you for all the support and generous financial contributions towards our Jog-A-Thon this year. Pledge packets are due 10-31-18. Our goal was to raise $25,000 dollars this year. We are busy counting all the proceeds....actual figures will be released at a later date. The support of of the community and families means a great deal to our students and staff. Thank you.

A special "Thank You" goes out to Amanda Davenport and all the volunteer parents for coordinating and helping with the event. It is a big commitment to prepare and organize this activity.

Core Values At Central Point Elementary

As a staff, we have developed a list of Core Values (AKA: Soft Skills) that students need to increase their chance of success and assist them as they become adults. Please review the list below and think about how the school can help develop these skills with your child. As we approach student goal setting conferences later this month, please consider asking your child's teacher about these soft skills and where your child excels or needs development.

  1. Develop a sense of Purpose
  2. Promote Engagement
  3. Foster Creativity
  4. Develop Perseverance and Determination
  5. Promote Collaboration
  6. Develop Empathy
  7. Establish a sense of Community
  8. Exhibit Respect and Earn Trust

Cold and Flu Season is Here!

A friendly reminder: The most important way to prevent the spread of colds and flu is practicing good hand and cough hygiene. Model and teach your children how to wash hands frequently and thoroughly, throughout the day; before /after meals, after coughing or touching their faces, after toileting. Demonstrate how to “cough in your sleeve” rather than covering a cough with a hand to help limit hand-to-surface-to-hand spread of illnesses.

If your child has a temperature over 100.5 degrees, is vomiting, or is not feeling well enough to participate in school, please keep them home. The recommendation is fever below 100.5 (without fever reducing medication) and no vomiting for about 24 hours before returning to school. Your child’s behavior is also important to consider-do they feel well enough to be at school, or feel “too” well to be at home?

Regular school attendance is very important for all of our children. Let’s work together to keep our school healthy.

Sams Valley Mini Marathon

Come out and cheer on your 4th and 5th grade students at Sams Valley on Friday 11-2-18. The race starts at 9:30 a.m. There are over 800 runners scheduled to participate. This is a great event and carries on a long tradition in D6!

Special thanks to Dr. West (West Orthodontics) for his generous support of this event. He has contributed a great deal to make this a professional, efficient and fun marathon. Thank you Dr. West!

Parking Lot Etiquette

Parking Lot Etiquette

Let’s all work together to address the limited space we have when dropping off or picking up our children. Please be considerate of handicap access, the flow of traffic and “bottle neck” areas. Being thoughtful of where / how we park and having patience will help the situation.

Remember, there is an additional drop off area for students in grades 1-5 on Bush St. Staff is positioned at the gate to help ensure student safety.

Please do not use the parking lot as a drop off area. Utilize the round-a-bout or Bush St. drop off to unload students. This will help increase student safety and traffic congestion.

Thank you.


Spending quality time with your child may involve a wide range of activities for each age group. For instance:
  • Sharing books.
  • Dancing or singing together.
  • Sitting by your infant and watching and encouraging as he/she grabs over and over again for a slightly out-of-reach object.
  • Watching in delight as your toddler dumps out and fills containers with toys or practices going up and down a stair or two again and again, while you offer your verbal and nonverbal encouragement.
  • Enjoying your preschooler involved in pretend play with dolls and stuffed animals or small action figures, during which you are expected to play an active, but non-directive role.
  • Playing pretend games, dressing up, or building with blocks or glue and Popsicle sticks.
  • Helping your school-agers practice or learn a particular skill such as kicking a soccer ball, making Origami, or riding bikes.
  • Going on one-on-one outings; "just the two of us" outings - a simple bike ride or trip to the library or a park, or a visit to a special place.

Quality time can be the two of you sharing ordinary household moments or magical special experiences. The quality time together should be the mutual enjoyment of a shared experience and the focus on each other.

It is important to note that when quality time is scarce and begins to take on more and more significance, there is more chance of the experience crashing from the weight of expectations. ("We only have 45 minutes so let's hurry up and make them magical!") Quality time is about treasuring the time together, not hyper-efficiently condensing relationships into tasks to fit into our busy lives. It involves both scheduling time and seizing moments

There are so many magazines, books and Web sites that suggest activities to do with children. But perhaps the best advice is just to take a little more time to observe our children, to talk to our children about what they are thinking and enjoy doing, and reflect on what makes our children special and fun to be with.


Sharing frequent family meals can have many positive benefits for children and teens, including enhanced school performance, more healthful eating habits and reduced risk of substance abuse. The following inforlmation is from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University Children and teens who have frequent family dinners:

• Are at half the risk for substance abuse compared with teens who dine with their families infrequently
• Are less likely to have friends or classmates who use illicit drugs or abuse prescription drugs
• Have lower levels of tension or stress at home
• Are more likely to say that their parents and families are proud of them
• Are likelier to say they can confide in their parents
• Are likelier to get better grades in school
• Are more likely to be emotionally content and have positive peer relationships
• Have more healthful eating habits
• Are at lower risk for thoughts of suicide..

PTO Meetings at C.P.E.

Thursday, Nov. 1st, 6pm

450 South 4th Street

Central Point, OR

PTO at CPE...Welcome or welcome back from your CPE PTO! We have a great group of parents returning that truly love getting together to help organize and facilitate the many wonderful and worthwhile events throughout the year. What we are really excited about is the chance to get to know you, the person who has wanted to get involved, but just hasn’t had the time or ability. Make this the year you take a chance and get involved, you’ll love it!! We meet on the first Thursday of every Month (except Sept) in the School Library from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Our upcoming meetings are set for November 1st and December 6th at 6:00 p.m. in the school library. We look forward to seeing you there.

Box Tops

The PTO has already received $1000’s in box tops rewards over the years!! Thank you for continuing to support our collection efforts. Our combined effort has a huge impact on achieving our goals in PTO and improving student achievement/opportunities. The collection bin is located in the front foyer.

For more information on this program visit:

Medicine at School

It is important to communicate with the front office staff in the event your student needs to take medication during the school day. Students must not have medication in their possession. We have a secure area for student medications and procedures in place to ensure the highest safety levels. Medications must remain in the prescribed container. Call Elaine Cook for additional information .


Attendance.....being absent, leaving early, changing pick up plans.

Please call the school when your child is absent. This helps us tremendously. Also, if your plans change regarding where your student is going after school (bus, daycare, walking, etc.) please call before 2:00. We cannot always get the message to your student(s) if you call later than that time. Thank you.

Take control of TV (and other screen time)


· 2 hours per day or less of total screen time—TV, non-school related computer, and video games

· No TV during meal times

· No TV during homework

· No television sets in any bedrooms

· No eating while watching TV

· No surfing—watch favorite shows only

· Limit viewing to specific days & times

TIPS FOR SUCCESS Use technology:

· Screening devices (like TiVo) can remove advertising, and allow you to view TV programs in less time.

· Be a good role-model: Keep a check on your own TV viewing habits….kids will take their cues from you! Endure kids’ complaints: This may be a parent’s biggest challenge. But, stick with it!

· Help kids deal with boredom: Be prepared to suggest other activities. Over time, kids will learn to entertain themselves.

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