Bulldog News

Centreville Elementary Newsletter

October/November News and Highlights

  • Bulldog Boogie
  • Farm Science Lab sponsored by Farm Bureau
  • 4th Grade to Lansing
  • Fall Festival and Story Book Character Parade
  • News from the Elementary Library
  • MDE Survey
  • Calendar
  • Help....Our Lost and Found Table is overflowing! (No picture attached, it's too scary!!)

Centreville Elementary Contacts and Information:

Principal– Becky Stauffer

Counselor– Diana Kamphues (467-5208)

Secretary– Lara Kirby/Lisa DeLeo Office Number (467-5200)

Attendance Secretary– Sally Reed (467-5203)

Thank you PAC parents and those families who supported the Bulldog Boogie!

3rd Annual Bulldog Boogie was a huge success this year. You helped raise a record amount of $5000. Our Parent Advisory Committee does many wonderful things for our students and school community (All Pro Dads, Grandparents Day, 4th Grade Camp, Playground Upgrades, etc.). The students had a great time getting their laps in on a chilly October day. Thank you to our sponsors (Hamilton Harley, Lennard Ag, Gleaton-Swanwick Agency, Bird, Scheske and Reed Law office) and our many volunteers.

Thank you to Farm Bureau and Farm Science Lab!

What an amazing educational experience. It was a field trip brought to us for all the classes. Students in K-6 learned about science in a "lab" setting through hands on activities and discovery learning. Some of the lesson taught about the 5 senses (K); Components of a Farm (1st/2nd); genetics and DNA (3rd/4th) and bacteria in milk (5th/6th). Thank you to our the St. Joseph County Farm Bureau and the Michael West agency for monetary donations, as well as, to Sara Trattles and Kristine Balk for volunteering their time to make this experience possible. (Pictures Below)

Our 4th Graders enjoyed their visit to Lansing!

Each year our 4th grade classes visit our state's capital. They tour the capitol building with the senate and house floors always being a favorite. They also visit the Michigan Historical Museum. Students shared they enjoyed seeing all the "old" things and tools from our history.

Storybook Character Parade is Always a Favorite!

Fall Festival with our CTE Ag Class!

Every year the CTE Ag class hosts Centreville Elementary students on Ag Hill. The students learn about the animals the students raise and care for and the plants in the greenhouse. They also have fun in the straw maze and games. Thank you to PAC for the yummy cider and doughnut holes from Yoders.

News from the Elementary Library from Mrs. Beals

Thank you to EVERYONE who helped make this year’s Book Fair a success! Because of your generosity and support, we will be able to purchase new books, complete series with missing volumes and replace books that have been lost or are too damaged to be repaired. Our students are so excited and are already asking about authors and particular books they would like added to the library. Again, thank you thank you!


Also, I wanted to share with you new improvements to the library. The library story-step wall went from drab to DELIGHTFUL thanks to the artistic talents of sophomore Makala Carr. High School art teacher, Ashley Rolfe, supervised the project. Pictured above is painting along with Makala and Miss Rolfe.

Michigan Department of Education is asking for your input and help!

Parents and other caregivers of children from preschool through grade 12 are invited to provide feedback on Michigan’s new, online “transparency dashboard” designed to show the performance of every public school in Michigan, including public school academies. The dashboard is currently under development by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). It is expected to be made available to the public by early 2018.

The new dashboard will report on more than 20 different factors—or measures—that parents and other stakeholders have said are important to them when evaluating the quality of a school. The survey allows participants to view components of the new dashboard, then answer questions about the way information is presented, the usefulness of certain features, and viewers’ unique interests. The Michigan Department of Education will use survey feedback to help shape the current and future versions of the dashboard so that it is helpful to parents in every community.

  • Click the link below (or type the survey URL into your web browser) to access the online survey: surveymonkey.com/r/MDEESSA_Dashboard2017
  • Survey details:
  • The survey can be completed on any computer, tablet, or mobile device.
  • The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.
  • All answers will be confidential.
  • Survey must be completed by November 15, 2017.

Calendar of Events:

November

  • 9th Family Math Night (6-7:30 pm)
  • 9th Chapel


I will send another Newsletter out after we celebrate our October STAR/Growth Students, but here's some future events to mark your calendar:

  • 17th Popcorn FRiday
  • 21st Grandparents Day (K-3) **Notes came home this week