Welcome Back CLES Families

School Year 17-18

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To the CLES Community

Dear CLES Families,

Summer has been a wonderful time to reflect, recharge and simply, relax! Mrs. Lynam and I hope you all have enjoyed this time with family, friends and loved ones. Mrs. Lynam looks forward to meeting our families and getting to know our students!

Every summer brings an opportunity to reflect on the successes and areas for improvement from the year before. As we read the parent survey results, collaborated with our PTA/Staff and listened to the positive message of our new superintendent, our leaders developed our vision for the upcoming year. As you can see from our visual for next year, an area we most want to spend time building is our relationships…..relationships with students, as a staff and with our community. At the heart of great success is great relationships. Over the last couple of years, we have built the foundation, and now we would like to deepen our understanding of our community's needs. Let’s build an inspiring, empowering and engaging school together. ”Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” (Ms. Helen Keller)

As part of our focus on relationships, we will be working with the PTA and teacher leaders to bring your voices, student voices and staff voices together to understand more completely our needs, concerns and develop positive solutions. Community circles is one way in which we will provide a forum for all voices to be heard. A circle is said to represent wholeness, completeness and inclusion. All voices are heard and an understanding is developed. We look forward to exploring community circles together this year! More information on these forums will be coming.

Working with our teacher leaders, we will be planning for our year ahead. Before school starts, the leadership team will be reviewing and reflecting on the Consistency of Practice Agreements that we have developed over the last few years. Together, our dedicated leaders will help refine and streamline these agreements. Our goal is to always provide time for reflection on how our structures and practices are meeting our needs as a school and a community.

Over the last two years, our focus has been on the Daily Five and Guided Reading. These will continue to be an integral part of our instructional program. However, this year we are moving towards a deeper understanding of mathematics. Our professional learning community will be focused around the book “Putting Practices Into Action.” Our math support teacher and our reading support teacher will take the new learning from this year and last, and help teams collaboratively plan on a bi-weekly basis.

Based on feedback from the related arts, their monthly meetings will focus half the year on Canvas and the other half of the year on using Community Circles in their classrooms.

Summer for us always brings a slower pace and the joy that slowing down provides us all. Although I am always sad to see it go, I love the excitement and energy that a brand new year brings. This is one of the best parts of education…..new beginnings, new ideas and new celebrations! Mrs. Lynam and I are ready to join together with you to plan a year that empowers, engages and inspires our eager students!


Amanda Wadsworth, Principal & Alayna Lynam, Assistant Principal

How will I find out my child’s teacher for the upcoming school year?

Due to changes in confidentiality practices, class lists are no longer posted outside of any HCPSS school. Parents will be able to find out their child’s teachers by logging into HCPSS Connect on Thursday, August 31st and will receive an email from their homeroom teacher. Please be sure to update your Family File from this date but before the morning of August 31st in order to receive this information. Our teachers will be using the emails from the Family File. Even if you do not have any information to update from last year, please attempt to log in to make sure you remember your username and password. If not, there is an option to reset it through the online system. Please review the emergency contacts, phone numbers, and email addresses to be sure they are current and correct. Thank you for your attention to this important matter. The safety of your children is our first priority.

Welcome to our new staff and a fond farewell to a few more staff members.

**As we make changes in our staffing assignments, we take many things into consideration:
  • Student needs;
  • Strengths of the staff member and how they will strengthen a team need;
  • Cross curricular knowledge that a new member brings; and
  • Providing a growth opportunity for a staff member.**

Please join us in saying a fond farewell to the following staff:

Jennifer Dimattia (ESOL), who was able to go part-time as a ESOL teacher in HCPSS.
Marisa Kavka (.5 K Para) who was able to go from .5 to 1.0 at CCES.
Lisa Carter (School Psychologist) who was placed with Manor Woods in addition to her other schools.
Jillian Wenger (Speech Language Pathologist) who was placed with another school 1.0 instead of a split position.

Please join us in welcoming all new staff members to CLES:
Assistant Principal - Alayna Lynam
Kindergarten - para .5 - TBD
1st Grade - teacher - Lauren Milligan (new hire - CLES intern)
3rd Grade - teacher - Christina Vettori (Joins us from Gorman Crossing ES)
4th Grade - teacher - Emily Punt (Joins us from Cradlerock ES)
5th Grade - teacher - Karen Manlove (Joins us from Cradlerock ES)
5th Grade - teacher - Caitlin Flynn (new hire - CLES intern)
ESOL - teacher - 1.0 - MeHae Roldan (Joins us from Clarksville ES)
ESOL - teacher - .5 - Julie Reed (new hire)
Media Para - Mary-Anne Venginickal (new hire - previous CLES Long Term Sub)
Technology - teacher - .6 - Sara Hedden (Joins us from Ilchester ES)
Special Education - teacher - Hannah Wilmers (new hire)
School Psychologist - Mary Nalepa (Joins us from Manor Woods)
Speech Language Pathologist - .8 - teacher - Kristin Townsend (Joins us from Bryant Woods)

Changing Assignments:
Liz Alfuente from 4th grade to 2nd grade
Shannon Hardee from 3rd grade to 2nd grade

Leadership Team:
Kindergarten - Co-team leaders: Kris Kalinock and Lisa Cramer
1st Grade - Megan Welsch
2nd Grade - Meagan Monfrida (Teacher Development Liaison)
3rd Grade - Kelly Risolo
4th Grade - Nancy Strigle
5th Grade - Karen Manlove
RA - Francesca Graham/ Ron Pusloskie/ Mike Kilberg
Special Education - Jenni Kinloch
Reading Specialist - Jaimie Shirokobrod
ESOL - MeHae Roldan
GT - Eric Pellegrino
Principal - Amanda Wadsworth
Assistant Principal - Alayna Lynam

General Information for Centennial Lane Elementary

Welcome Back Information

Friday, September 1
Kindergarten Student Orientation, 9:00 - 10:00 am
New Student and Parent Orientation Grades 1-5 - 10:30-11:00 am
Open House – 11:00-12:00 pm

Monday, September 4 Labor Day/Schools & Offices Closed

Tuesday, September 5 School Opens for Students

Monday, September 18 – Back to School Night

6:30 – 8:00 pm, Grades 1, 2 & 3

Tuesday, September 19 – Back to School Night

6:30 – 8:00 pm, Grades K, 4, 5 (*GT joins the 4th and 5th Grade BTSN Sessions)

Other Important School Information:

First Day of School

Tuesday, September 5th at 8:45 a.m. marks the first day of the 2017-18 school year! Our daily schedule begins with morning announcements at 8:45. Doors open at 8:33 a.m. Please make sure your children arrive at school by 8:33 a.m. so they can be in their seats, ready to learn, no later than 8:45 a.m. **Remember, we highly encourage you send your students to school the way in which they will arrive and dismiss all year. This allows them to start their routines immediately. Kindergarten students will all meet in the cafeteria and will be assisted in the transition from the bus to the building. The teachers will walk them to their classrooms.

Student Supply Lists for each grade can be found on our website:


Student Cafeteria Accounts

Please be sure to visit www.myschoolbucks.com to ensure your child's meal payments are up to date and ready for the new year.

School Bus Schedules Online

School bus routes for the coming school year will be available on the HCPSS website, www.hcpss.org, and then updated regularly. The school bus locator can be found on the website as well: https://hcpss2.securesites.net/SchoolLocator/index.jsp

Communication: Administration use our email alerts (see HCPSS News information below) for a majority of our communication in conjunction with our website http://cles.hcpss.org/ , Twitter @hcpss_cles and information sent home in folders. For more information on the subscription process, please visit the HCPSS website: http://www.hcpss.org/hcpss-news/. Staff will use CANVAS as their main source of communication, including upcoming events, curriculum resources and communication of grade level procedures and practices.

HCPSS School News - All CLES and school system newsletters are sent through HCPSS News. Parents and guardians of currently enrolled HCPSS students automatically receive HCPSS News emails from the district and their child’s school, based on contact information submitted through the Family File last school year. Subscription information for parents of newly enrolled students and students changing schools will be automatically added to and/or updated in the system before the school year begins. For more information: