The Central Scoop

November 12, 2021

From the Principal's Desk...

Dear Families,

This week we honored the many veterans and their families who have served our country. Our students participated in various activities throughout the week to pay tribute to veterans. Below is one example from second grade. Our second graders recognized family members, friends and neighbors and thanked them for their valuable contributions and sacrifices so that we may all enjoy our freedom. THANK YOU!

With Warm Regards,

~ Becky & Holly

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Our 1st Graders Had Fun Learning Phonics in "Boot Camp" This Week!

Thank You Parents!

One of the district's themes this year is building relationships. We especially treasure our relationship with parents at Central. Thank you for your partnership during conferences. We appreciate the opportunity to share your children's successes and help to focus on their future goals.

Also a HUGE thank you to the PTA for providing the nourishing snacks throughout conferences. Not only were the snacks delicious, but they were very much appreciated!

Updates From the District Office

Board of Education Meeting on Monday

The D39 Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting next Monday, Nov. 15 at 7 pm. Click here for access to the complete meeting agenda and materials. There will be a public hearing during the meeting regarding our 2021 tax levy as well and the Board will also hear a presentation on our 2021-22 assessment data.

Upcoming Parent Education

Make plans now to join us next Wednesday (Nov. 17) at 11 am via Zoom for our next Parent Education event, “Supporting Friendship Development and Connection.” The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes with a 15-minute Q&A to follow immediately. Please register here to reserve your spot!

Vaccine Clinic for Children Ages 5-11

District 39 is partnering with the other New Trier Township districts and Jewel-Osco to host two vaccination clinics for children ages 5-11. The second clinic will be held on Nov. 23 (with the second dose scheduled for Dec. 14) at the Misner Auditorium in Glencoe. Registration will open on Thursday, Nov. 18 and you will receive an email with the registration link at 6:30 pm that evening.

SHIELD Illinois Thanksgiving Schedule

Thank you to all who are participating in the SHIELD Illinois testing program. It has been a great resource for us as a District as we continue to navigate the fall. Looking ahead to the Thanksgiving holiday, we are tentatively planning to offer SHIELD testing, as usual, on Tuesday, Nov. 23, but will not be offering on Thursday, Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving Day) or Saturday, Nov. 27. Anyone who is registered is welcome to test on Tuesday, if they wish. Please note that processing times may be impacted by the holiday.

Strategic Plan Update

We are continuing to work hard to set the foundation and put our strategic plan into action. One of our top priorities right now is rounding out our District Strategic Advisory Team, a group of representative stakeholders will help guide, inform and evaluate progress of our new Strategic Plan: Engage, Empower, and Inspire. We will continue to keep you all informed as we move forward with this important work.

Student Council Announces SPIRIT WEEK - next week!

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We are excited to show our Fantastic Fox Pride at Central! Thanks to our amazing staff for finding creative ways to help our students demonstrate patience, responsibility, integrity, determination and empathy

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Substitute Teachers Still Needed!

District 39 continues to be in need of daily substitutes for our schools. We are looking for qualified substitutes for our teachers, paraprofessionals/teaching assistants, nurses, and food staff. Please consider joining our team for flexible and meaningful work within our schools! The daily rate of pay is $130. Please visit this website to apply.

Green Team Announcement: School-wide TREX Challenge!

The Environmental Affairs Committee is excited to share that Central, along with other D39 schools, will be participating in the 2021-2022 Trex Challenge! The Green Team will help us kick off the challenge on November 15, America's Recycling Day. Central will have collection bins located near the front lobby (by Lost and Found) for plastic and film recycling. We will weigh the amount of plastic we’ve collected and then record and monitor our progress versus Highcrest, Harper, Romona and McKenzie as well as other national schools in our category. Please see the flyer below for a list of what can be recycled. First place national winners in our category receive a Trex bench for the school. We’re excited for the opportunity to give our students the experience of how even small changes can have a big impact on our environment. Note: Plastic MUST be clean, dry and free of any food residue,. The Trex Challenge will run from November 15, 2021 to April 15, 2022. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Bill Springer at or check out the Green Team’s website for more information.

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Sister School Pen Pals

We are excited about our Sister School Partnership with Little Village Academy (LVA) in Pilsen. One of our main goals for our Sister School Partnership this year is to form meaningful connections with the students and classes. This year we are restructuring our communication with LVA so that our students can get to know each other on a personal level as pen pals. Central will begin the exchange. Our students will write letters in their classrooms by December 2nd. Families can watch this video to learn more about LVA. Overall, we are hoping that our Sister School relationship will continue to be an enriching experience for our students.

Cold Weather Lunch Procedures

While we prefer to have the children eat outdoors when their masks are off, we recognize that the weather is getting too cold to eat comfortably every day. Therefore, on days when the temperature is below 40 degrees outside, the children will eat indoors in the cafeteria and small gym spaces. When eating inside, students will be spaced 6ft apart as we continue to follow the guidance from our local health department.

D39 Parent Education Events

Our next parent education event is Wednesday, November 17th at 11am. It is titled Supporting Friendship Development and Connection. Please Register Here.

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PTA Announcements

The PTA sends a separate newsletter each Sunday. Here are a few highlights.

❄️Tis’ the Season!❄️❤️
🎁 Central School 🎁 Gift of Giving sign-ups are now live to donate gift cards & new hats/gloves🧤to two Chicago-based organizations during the holidays -- LYDIA Home Association & Metropolitan Family Services (MFS).
This year we are collecting donations in 2 ways - whichever is most convenient for you:

  1. To have the GoG committee purchase your gift card(s), and/or new hats & gloves for each child, please sign up using the SUG link & venmo Rebecca Johnson: @Rebecca-Johnson-240. Please specify MFS or LYDIA & # of cards, hat/gloves in the notes section of Venmo.
  2. If you choose to purchase the gift card(s) yourself, please drop all donations off directly to Maegan O'Neal's home at 1215 Greenwood Ave. in Wilmette by FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3rd.
***Our collection DEADLINE for all donations this year is FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3rd.***
🙏🏻Thank you for your consideration & support this holiday season!🙏🏻💓

Have you made your annual donation to iGNITE yet?

The Central School PTA funds enrichment programs with our iGNITE contributions and PTA Membership dues. The PTA Enrichment Coordinators work closely with the grade level teachers to develop a list of programs that directly enhance the curriculum and classroom experience for our kids: Art Awareness Week, Author Visits, Creative Dramatics, High Tech/High Touch Science, Field Trips to The Grove, Mindfulness programs and more!

These are just a few of the enrichment activities that are paid for with IGNITE donations. Learn more about IGNITE on the PTA's website HERE.

Please consider donating today if you haven't already....thank you!

Community Announcements


  • DCFS Foster Child Gift Drive: Families wishing to participate in agift drive for foster children this December should contact Amy Bowen or DanaDrummer. See flyer for details.
  • PEDAL POWER is collecting gently used bicycles to award Chicago Public School Honor Roll students. Please donate used bicycles tomorrow, November 13th, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Drop off locations are listed on the flyer posted on the website.
  • PICKLES EMPOWER is hosting a virtual event on December 12th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Kids supporting kids through their parent/guardian cancer journeys. for more information.
  • The Volunteer Center is offering many volunteer service opportunities. Township Paper Shredding Event, tomorrow, November 13th, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Volunteers needed.
  • The Trevian Girls Softball Association is adding 8-10 year olds to their spring and summer teams. Contact Kelsey Farmer for more information.
  • Wilmette Food Pantry is open every Tuesday 10:00-11:00 am at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • "Best Step Tutoring” offers free online tutoring for PreK-12 grades.

From the Nurse's Office

Call Central School "Attendance Line" For Absences: 847-512-6150. Please contact Nicole Meyer, our school nurse, with any questions at

Upcoming District & School Events

November 15-19 - Fantastic Fox Fall Spirit Week

November 22-26 - No School

December 20-January 2 - Winter Break, No School

Early Release Days (October 29th, January 28th, April 22nd, June 9th)

  • Academic Kinder only: 8:35-11:10

  • AcadK + KEEP39: 8:35 – 11:55

  • Grades 1-4 8:35 – 11:55

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