Wildcat News

March 2020

Central Avenue Elementary

Tonya Middling - Principal

Kristin Hillius - Assistant Principal

Office Hours - 9:00 to 4:15


Dates to Remember

March 2020

March 2nd-6th Dr. Seuss Week!

March 2nd: Wear Green

March 3rd: Wear Red & Blue

March 4th: Mix & Match; Early Release at 2:35 pm

March 5th: Wear Silly Socks

March 6th: Wear a hat!

March 11th: Yearbook Cover Contest Due

March 9th-13th: Paraeducator Staff Appreciation Week!

March 9th-20th Coin Drive

March 10th: STEM Fair 6:00-7:30 p.m.

March 11th: Half-day 12:35 p.m. early release

March 12th: PTA meeting 4:15 p.m. & Skate Night at Tiffany's 5-8 p.m.

March 17th: St. Patrick's Day: Wear Green!

March 18th: Regular School Day 4:05 p.m. Dismissal

March 20th: 2nd Trimester Report Cards go home

March 23rd: Fire Drill

March 24th: Spring Class Pictures

March 25th: Early Release 2:35 p.m.

March 26th: March C.A.R.E. Assembly (Please check-in at the office)

March 27th: Bingo Night 6-8 p.m.

New Schoolwide Rules

Dear Central Avenue Families,

We have been in the process of updating our school rules and behavior system since the start of the new year. Our hope is that the process will be more transparent for students and staff and provide a common language across the building instead of individual classrooms. Grade levels are rolling out the system slowly, so students have a clear understanding of the rules, rewards, and consequences. Teachers will explicitly teach the rules and students will practice so they are successful. See the rules, mystery motivator and consequences below.

Wildcats Positive Behavior System

· Central Avenue staff keep a daily record of students and rules broken on a classroom behavior log.

· Students who are following the rules will be rewarded in several ways (ex. tickets, Principal 200 Club, stickers, smellies, points, etc.) throughout the day. Students can also earn Mystery Motivator which is a class reward at the end of a day or week depending on if they didn’t break a certain number of rules.

· Students who have broken rules for 3 consecutive days will automatically be placed in our Success Club (Check-In/Check-out system, aka CICO) for a minimum of 3 days. During this time the student will focus on meeting a daily goal based on the rule(s) that were broken and will NOT be able to participate in class rewards/mystery motivator. When a student has successfully met their goal 3 times, they will return to the class behavior system (rewards).

· If the same student breaks 3+ rules for 3 consecutive days again, the student is automatically placed back in Success Club for a minimum of 6 days and must meet daily goals for 5 out of 6 days before he/she can resume participation in class reward systems.

· If the above pattern is repeated for the third time, the student will automatically be placed in Success Club for 6 weeks as well as attend a social skills group. Parents/guardians will be invited to attend a conference at the school with teacher and an administrator. After 6 weeks, student’s progress will be evaluated and next steps will be decided.

We appreciate your support and interest in our new schoolwide rules and how your child is perceiving them. If you would like to share any questions, concerns or other noticing’s, please do not hesitate to contact us at tmiddling@fpschools.org or khillius@fpschools.org.

Thank you,

Tonya Middling


Kristin Hillius

Assistant Principal

We're Moving!

Did you know that this summer, Central Avenue will be 1 out of 5 schools that will be moving into either a new or existing building? Thanks to voters, this year, Collins, James Sales and Harvard have new schools being built as we speak! The students and staff at Historic Collins will move into their new building this summer for the grand opening in the Fall of 2020! That means, Central Avenue students and staff will move into Historic Collins on 128th and Bingham for one year while the existing Central Avenue school will be torn down to make room for a new and beautiful, more secure campus! We are so excited about a new school for our Wildcats!

This spring, we will be hosting an Open House for current and former alumni of Central Avenue! Stay tuned for more information!

Dr. Seuss Week

Happy Birthday to You! Happy Birthday to You! One of our favorite children’s authors has a birthday coming up. Yes! It’s Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. He was born on March 2, 1904 and served up story after story until his death on September 24, 1991. Central Avenue has a tradition of celebrating this wacky author, so let’s get to it. Dig through your closet and dive into your drawers for the crazy week planned.

Monday, March 2-Hungry for “Green Eggs and Ham”? Wear green!
Tuesday, March 3-Something smells fishy, “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” Wear red and blue!
Wednesday, March 4-It’s “Wacky Wednesday”! Wear mix and match!
Thursday, March 5-Think “Fox in Socks”. Wear your silliest socks!
Friday, March 6- Hats off to Seuss and the “Cat in the Hat”! Wear a hat!

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End of Day Student Transportation Changes

Just a reminder to please call the school before 3:30 pm and

on early release days please call before 1:30 pm

when your child's end of day schedule needs to be changed.

This allows us time to notify your child's teacher and your child

of the change for a smooth end of day transition.

Please call our office at 253-298-3200 to report end of day changes.

March 2020 immunization calendar

Here is the March 2020 immunization calendar from TPCHD. These are free to any child up to age 18 years old.


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