The Central Scoop

May 11, 2018

From the Principal's Desk...

Dear Parents,

Thank YOU for a fabulous Staff Appreciation Week. We enjoyed everything from the breakfast, massages, student notes, gift card raffles, and the Corner Baker lunch today! We would like to especially thank the parent committee who planned for this week: Shannon Cassell, Allison Singer, and Sarah Donlan. On behalf of the entire Central staff, I would like to say thank you for thinking of us! We are so lucky to work in such a supportive and generous community.

I would also like to thank everyone who participated in Sports Swap Day! This morning, students brought in gently used sporting equipment from home to the small gym. Then after school, students returned and selected a "new-to-you" item. Green Team members were available to help students check-in and check-out. We would like to thank all the student volunteers for this wonderful idea and for their time and energy to help make the swap successful. We would also like to thank the staff advisors, Mrs. Betty Dietrich and Ms. Joanna Potakis, for their time, guidance and support throughout the planning and execution of this event.

The Central School PTA is sponsoring an in-store book fair at The Book Stall today and tomorrow. 20% of the proceeds from sales (where the PTA is mentioned at check out) will benefit the PTA. The money from the fundraiser will be used for One Book/One Central and other enrichment activities for our students. Author Katherine Applegate (author of The Buffalo Storm, Roscoe Riley Rules, Animorphs, and The One and Only Ivan) will be there at 11:00AM on Saturday followed at 2:00PM by author Nicole Dreiske (author of Upside of Digital Devices). Children are welcome to come along for the fun! A few Central School Staff members will also be there to read books to children and to support the fundraising efforts. A special thanks for Linda Diekman for organizing the event. Please see below under "PTA Announcements" for more details.

Finally, I hope you all have a wonderful day honoring motherhood with your friends and family. Thank you to all the women who have helped shape our lives and nurture our minds.


- Becky

Rebecca Littmann


Central Elementary School

School & District Announcements and Reminders...

Activity Day

Activity Day is rapidly approaching. This year's event will take place on Friday, June 8, 2018. Our rain date is Monday, June 11, 2018.

We are making some changes to our Activity Day this year. We will have our regular station rotation set-up as usual in the morning and new mixed grade level activities in the afternoon. In order to make this day a success, we will need volunteers for the morning session only. P.M. Kindergarten is the only exception to this. We will need some P.M. Kindergarten volunteers for the afternoon.

More information is available on the Sign-Up Genius. Looking forward to a fantastic Activity Day!

Bus Registration Reminder From the District

This is a reminder that BUS REGISTRATION is open for next year, and must be completed by July 13th for your student to ride the bus on the first day of school. This cutoff allow us to develop the most efficient routes. Late registrations will be subject to a fee - $50 for a one-way and $100 for round trip. Students registering late will only be placed on existing routes and stops when space is available and may not begin to ride the bus until September 17th. Late registrations will be processed in the order they are received. If the bus routes cannot accommodate your child, you will either be placed on a wait list or receive a refund.

The EXPRESS BUS will be back! The express bus provides a direct route between: Central - Highcrest, Central - WJHS, McKenzie - HMS, and McKenzie - WJHS. This allows for the shortest possible ride to school, reduced congestion on the neighborhood streets, and more friends at the bus stop. After you have paid your transportation fee, you can place your child on an EXPRESS BUS route.

If you think you may have already handled bus registration, please check your REVTRAKaccount; sign in and click on MY ACCOUNT for your order history.

All of this information can be found on the BUS REGISTRATION PAGE on the District website under the “For Parents” tab: CLICK HERE.

Michelle McGregor

Transportation Liaison

Wilmette Public School District 39


Cafeteria Volunteers Needed!

Please sign-up to volunteer to support the cafeteria. Lunch duty is 11:15AM to 12:20PM.

Sign up HERE

District 39 Participates in the Special Olympics!

Special Olympics had a very exciting day on Sunday, May 6th, hosted by Lake Zurich High School. During the Opening Ceremonies they had a Torch Run; Special Olympics was passing the torch “through the generations” with the upcoming 50th Anniversary. Central students past and present participated. Congrats to our local olympians! There is still time to donate if you haven't already: CLICK HERE

PTA Announcements and Reminders...

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

In-Store Book Fair, 5/11

This weekend, the Central PTA is partnering with the Book Stall in WInnetka on an In-Store Book Fair! The Book Stall will donate 20% of purchases made by patrons on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12, when they mention Central PTA. This includes purchases in the store as well as online or phone orders. When you visit the store, you're sure to see other Central families and staff members. In addition, Newbery Award winning author Katherine Applegate (The One and Only Ivan) will be speaking on Saturday at 11:00am. You'll want to be there early to get a seat for this children's popular author! Spring is a busy time, full of many celebrations, and a book is the perfect gift for all occasions! Hope to see you at the Book Stall. The Book Stall is located at 811 Elm St. in Winnetka.

Here's the full schedule of events:

Friday, May 11

4:00 Ms. Peth reading

5:00 Mrs. O'Brien reading

Saturday, May 12

10:00 Mr. Truman reading

11:00 Author Katherine Applegate

1:00 Mrs. Skutch reading

2:00 Author Nicole Drieske (The Upside of Digital Devices: How to Make Your Child More Screen Smart...)

3:00 Ms. Diekman reading

School Supply Kit Orders

Don't spend your summer running around trying to find school supplies at the last minute - pre-order your child's kit and the supplies will be waiting for him/her on the first day of school! New for 2018/2019… all District 39 schools (K-8) will use a new vendor, EduKit, for school supplies. Ordering runs from May 1st – May 18th. Watch for a Central School email with ordering information on May 1st. Questions? Email Colleen Himan HERE.

From the Nurse's Office

Call Central School "Safe Phone" For Absences: 847-512-6150

Please call the "SAFE" (absence) phone to report absences even if you let the classroom teacher know, because some teachers don't see the email/voicemail until later in the day. Teachers assume you are calling the office. It's important that the school nurse is directly aware of any absences otherwise, your son/daughter may be considered "missing." The school nurse keeps track of all school absences in the building. For safety reasons, we want to make sure all of our students are accounted for and safe.

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!

Community Announcements...

  • Wilmette Wings Soccer Tryouts for boys and girls Kindergarten through high school. May 3rd-26th.
  • Wilmette Junior Trevians are hosting a week long cheer camp for all 2018-2019 5th-8th grade boys & girls July 16-20.
  • The Junior Trevians Football Organization is hosting Jr. Trevian K-3 grade Flag Football Tournament on June 2nd & 3rd. Each elementary school enters three teams of 10-12 players: K/1st, 2nd & 3rd grade teams. Also need 1-2 parent volunteers from each school. Email Melissa Mastros at
  • Illinois Baseball Academy is registering boys & girls 3-6 years old. Register individually or as a group and form your own team.

  • Family Action Network (FAN)

    Click HERE for information about FAN and upcoming speakers.

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.

Upcoming Events...

5/11-5/12 - The Book Stall, In-Store PTA Fundraiser

5/16 - PTA Meeting

5/21 - Board of Education Meeting

5/22 - 2nd Grade Bike Safety

5/28 - Memorial Day, No School

6/6 - 4th Grade Bike to Highcrest (after school)

6/8 - Activity Day

6/14 - 4th Grade Farewell Party (Time TBD)

6/15 - Last Day of School