The CSPTO Pulse

Weekly Update for October 23, 2020

We're Making ALL Of Fall the "Thankful Season" !

Thank You!! Enrichment programs are about to kick-off, and it's all made possible by you. Next week, beloved local author, Natasha Lowe, will visit our 3rd graders virtually to talk about her book The Power of Poppy Pendle. Then the following week, 1st grade will enjoy Discovery Museum Progam about Sound. (REMOTE 1ST GRADE PARENTS: Kits for that workshop need to be picked up at Wed., Oct. 28th, material pickup so kids have them for the Nov. 4th event.) These and other enrichment programs are directly funded by the fundraising that our Center PTO families do throughout the year!

Thank you to the caregivers who have volunteered to collect & assemble donations for the Basket Raffle. And thank you to all the families who have donated items or money toward this time-honored fundraiser. If you have any final donations you would like to make, please be sure to send them into school, or drop them off with a basket coordinator, by end of day Monday, Oct. 26th. Basket Raffle tickets will remain on sale this week through our online ticket site ( Remember, you DO NOT NEED TO ATTEND TO ENTER & WIN!! Check out the details below on how to enter tickets for specific baskets.

And a final "Thank You" to all who have begun to explore & use our shop-to-earn options on the PTO Website. As we announced, SCRIP Gift Card ordering has moved primarily online. This means you can shop for e-Card Gift Cards anytime, and access them immediately. But we know sometimes you need a plastic gift card, so we will still be placing monthly SCRIP orders, and our first order of the year will be placed on Nov. 5th. (See ordering details below. Plastic Gift Cards will be delivered the week following our order, via children's backpacks or by arranged pick-up.)

~2020-21 CSPTO Board

Shopping's Not A Sport... It's A Year-Round Event and There's No Practice Needed!

Though we're not quite done with Halloween yet, the Winter Holiday shopping season is already off to a big start, so don't miss opportunities to get great gifts for kids and families while to earning money for our enrichment programs. Make the PTO Fundraising page (, your first stop BEFORE YOU SHOP, and earn for Center at no additional cost to you!

Need a Gift or Budget Card? Then you need ShopWithScrip ! This popular fundraiser is back and it's going PAPERLESS! Use the Center School Event Code to buy gift cards to give as gifts or to budget for everyday use from hundreds of retailers. A percentage of your purchase is donated back to the school, at no cost to you. Both eCards and plastic gift cards are available, and many can be reloaded without having to wait for delivery! (For more information, download our Scrip Flyer.)

Shop at Online Stores? Try our FlipGive Shopping Link. Click and shop like you usually would to earn an 8% rebate for Center School at hundreds of online stores (

Calling all Photo Bugs? Check out our Shutterfly School Earning Link. Shop for all your photo, calendar, holiday card and other personalized photo needs and earn the school 8% commission on your purchases from Shutterfly!

Still Need More Ways? O.K.!! In addition to these new options, our traditional ongoing fundraisers are easy everyday ways you can help to raise money for the PTO to use towards amazing Enrichment Programs for Center School.

  • BoxTops for Education -
    Earn money for Center Elementary from grocery & household products you normally purchase! Download the BoxTop App & scan your store receipts, or clip physical BoxTops and save them to give to our PTO Coordinator .*
    (For more information, go to: .)

  • Stop&Shop School Rewards
    Do you shop at Stop&Shop? Well, they give schools donation when families purchase participating products -- many of which you may already be buying. Just link your store card to Center School and Stop&Shop sends us a rebate on your purchase !!

Stay Up To Date

  • PTO's WEBSITE has information on both upcoming & past events, and contact information for the PTO officers and coordinators.
  • PTO's ONLINE CALENDAR will keep you up to date on CSPTO Events all year long.
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    Reminders, Happenings, and Events are published weekly.
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Center School PTO Board 2020-21

President: Erica Thornton

Vice President: Carey Noel

Secretary: Ginger Skoog

Assistant Secretary: Amy Tatton

Treasurer(s): Hilary Spugnardi & Tara Lydon

Enrichment Coordinators(s): Laura Ecker & Michelle Beard

We welcome anyone interested in shadowing our officers & coordinators as it helps ensure a smooth transfer of knowledge and better succession planning. If you have questions, or would like to help with an event, project, or make a donation – just reach out to any board member, or send an email to: