CES PTA October Newsletter

October 2019

Important Dates


3 - PTA Executive Board Meeting @ 8AM in Media Center
11 - 6th Annual FUN RUN Fundraiser
18 - Fun Run Rain Date

23 - School Opens 4 Hours Late for Conferences

23 - Staff Dinner

24 - Grandparents Tea (Last Name A-M @ 9AM-10AM, Last Name N-Z 10:30AM-11:30AM)

24 - School Opens 4 Hours Late for Conferences

25 - School Dismisses 3.5 Hours Early for Conferences

21-25 Book Fair Preview Week
28 - 11/1 Book Fair
tbd - Fall Classroom Parties, Grades TBD
tbd - Fall Classroom Parties, Grades TBD


1 - Movie Night - CES Cafeteria 6:30PM

From the Board

Thank you to everyone who came out to our first General Membership PTA Meeting of the year. We had a really great turnout and we’re so happy so many of you want to be involved this year! Thank you to everyone who has joined the PTA! If you chose to receive a directory, they will be put together and will be sent home shortly. We are very excited about our Fun Run coming up this month. We have some really great prizes in store for the kids this year and some fun surprises on the race course! Please remember to send in those last minute donations and send your child’s race packet with any cash or checks back to school by the day of the race (October 11th). Everything online will already be recorded. Prizes will be distributed shortly after the race. We have even more fun to look forward to this month, Book Fair & our annual Grandparent’s Tea is coming up soon too! For more details, visit our website www.ptaces.org. We hope everyone has a great month!

Brooke, Ashleigh, Tracy, Ashley and Nicolle

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Fun Run!

Fun Run

CES PTA Fun Run Fundraising officially kicked-Off on Sept. 19th! Thanks to those who already registered and donated online & offline! Your PTA is grateful for every dollar your scholar has raised so far.

Volunteers are needed for the day of the Fun Run, Friday, Oct. 11th (Rain Date of Oct. 18th) If you are available to help with event tasks at any time between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., please, contact Jessica Byrne via email: fundraising@ptaces.org

Or Sign-up HERE!

Register, Donate & Watch our growth LIVE, visit our CES webpage at


Important Fun Run Event Details can be found on the website, as well as other documents you may need (FAQ, Prize Page etc.).

If you're scholar does not have a personal MyFunRun webpage, please GO ONLINE NOW and register your scholar! Continue reaching out to family & friends to help our school make the minimum Goal of $40,000. Share their webpage to family & friends via email, phone call/messaging, Facebook or Facebook Messenger, Twitter, etc.

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Book Fair Events and Grandparents Tea!

The Book Fair is coming to the

CES Media Center!

Save The Date

October 21st – November 1st 2019

Calling all Parents!!

Send a Pencil Gram to your favorite little pumpkin!

$1 buys a personal message along with a new pencil delivered the apple of your eye’s classroom!

Pencil Grams will be sold during Parent Conference week. All money collected will be used to donate books to children in need.

Important Book Fair Dates

Student Preview October 21st & 22nd


Please click HERE to help at the book fair!

Grandparents Tea

Come and enjoy tea, light refreshments, and shop at the Book Fair with you little pumpkins on October 24th! Book Fair will be open for sales during Grandparents Tea.

Last Names A-M – 9am – 10am

Last Names N-Z – 10:30am – 11:30am

Book Fair is Open for Sales

Monday, October 28th- 9am-6pm

Tuesday, October 29th – 9am-8pm - Literacy Night 5pm-8pm

Wednesday, October 30th – 9am-6pm

Thursday, October 31st – 9am-4pm

Friday, November 1st – 9am-4pm

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Amazon Smile!

Amazon Smile

Support CES PTA through your Amazon orders! AmasonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Sign up by going to https://smile.amazon.com/ and searching for Centerville Elementary School PTA (Frederick, MD). After you're set up every order you place through Amazon will benefit CES! Just make sure you're shopping on https://smile.amazon.com!

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Staff Appreciation Conference Night Dinner!

Thank you to everyone who donated to our Back to School luncheon! The staff loved everything and were so appreciative. This month the Staff Appreciation committee is hosting a Thanksgiving style dinner for the staff on October 23rd! Please consider signing up to donate a dish, it would be greatly appreciated! Thank you for all of your continued support.

Please click here to sign up to donate a dish!

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 Physical Box Tops are being phased out of production, but may continue to be found on many products throughout the stores. Please send in your clipped Box Tops, along with any unexpired clips you may have at home. Since physical Box Tops are being phased out, download the ALL-NEW Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app will automatically credit your school's Box Tops Earnings online. You may also designate an individual (Centerville star) to credit each scan to. This Fall, we will not have prizes for the top earner, as we are transitioning to this new platform. Every student that participates will get a special prize to be announced at the start of the campaign. Each class that has 50% or more participation will earn a popsicle party!

Download the Box Top for Education App and start scanning your receipts in for Box Tops! Download the all new app here: https://www.boxtops4education.com/

If you have any questions or would be willing to help count the Box Tops during the campaigns, please email boxtops@ptaces.org. Thank you for clipping (and scanning!) for our CES Stars!

Box Tops is changing to fit today's families. The new and improved Box Tops mobile app uses state-of-the-art technology to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to your school's earnings online. App is available on Apple and Google platforms.
● MORE CONVENIENT - Redeem anywhere, anytime within 14 days of purchase

● EASY TO USE - No more clipping or sending Box Tops to school
● REAL TIME - Your school’s earnings are automatically updated online
● EXTRA CASH - Access special bonus offers on top of your Box Tops earnings.

Traditional Box Tops clips are being phased out of production but may continue to be found on many products throughout the store. You can still clip and send them to school.
Every valid Box Tops clip is worth 10¢ for your school. Make sure each one has a clearly visible product acronym and valid expiration date.
Eventually the Box Tops program will become digital-only. Participating brands are starting to change their packaging from a traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Top label. If you see this label, use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipt. Box Tops are still worth 10¢ each for your school. The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online.

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Composting at CES!

Our composting involvement began last Monday, Sept 16, and we’re now diverting about 85-100 pounds of solid organic material from the landfill to a compost facility each day. This is important, because in a landfill, rotting food produces methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas, as a byproduct. If the same food is composted instead, it produces carbon dioxide, which is still a greenhouse gas, but one that is significantly less effective at trapping heat. In addition to environmental benefits, there are likely economic ones as well, and we are collecting data in hopes of making a business case for countywide school composting. We are still working with the garden club and interested fourth graders (who have recess directly after their final lunch) to select helpers to perform the daily data collection, more info on that will be forthcoming. We plan to extend the parent lunchroom volunteer shifts another week, and if anyone is interested, please see the signup genius. Parents can also help by packing portions their children will actually consume, in reusable containers. We are considering the idea of Zero Waste Wednesdays to encourage more mindful consumption and reduce the amounts of waste in ALL the bins. If you are interested in getting involved in the effort, please contact Katie Esposito, kcesposito@gmail.com.
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Coming Soon!!

Look for information coming home soon on our upcoming Reflections contest! Last year we had a Centerville shining star win a National Reflections award! Can't wait to see what we do this year!