Central Chatter Newsletter

April 29, 2016

Upcoming Events


2-6 :Teacher Appreciation Week

6th: Crazy Hair Day

12th: Neon Day

13th :No School

16th: PTA Meeting @ 6:30 pm in the Cafeteria

18th: Restaurant Fundraiser - Papa Johns

20th: Famous Person Day

27th: Favorite Sports Team Day

30th: No School - Memorial Day


1st: 5th Grade Farewell Celebration

2nd: Field Day

3rd: Awards Day/Last Day of School: End of the 4th Grading Period

K-Kids Sponsors Landscape Clean Up Day

Wow! What a turn out! An enormous thank you to all the parents and staff who came to help with our landscape clean up day today! We started at 7:45 a.m. and were done by 9:00 a.m. Everyone had a good time and worked hard to get the job done. We are so thankful we have so many wonderful families. A special thanks to the following families: Kwiatkowski, Reberg, Stocky, Nigro, Astle, Littlefield, Bernardez, and Blevins; and staff members: Mrs. Doran, Miss Erler, Mrs. Heuring, Mrs. Mersman, Mr. Bob, Mrs. Woods, Mrs. Aurand, and Miss Wallen. A special shout-out to Mrs. Higgins and Mrs. Isailovich for their help in organizing the day. Our school looks fantastic!

Teacher Appreciation Week

Next week May 2nd - May 6th is Teacher Appreciation Week. Our PTA has a week full of activities and events to honor our special teachers and staff. We are still looking for some donations to make the week possible. If you are interested in contributing, please check out: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0945abae2fa2f94-teacher1. Thank you for celebrating our Central staff! Please contact the PTA with any questions at CentralPTA305@gmail.com.

“May”hem Days are Coming!

Four days in May are spirit days--fun Central dress up days. This year, student council has chosen these days as our dress up themes:

Friday, May 6-Crazy Hair Day

Thursday, May 12- Neon Day

Friday, May 20-Famous Person Day

Friday, May 27- Favorite Sports Team Day

Variety Show Fun

Can you believe this was our twenty first variety show? Needless to say, this year's show didn't disappoint! We had thirty three acts, from a hula hooping extravaganza to dancing babies, this action packed show had it all! We hope you were fortunate enough to attend this long anticipated event! A very special thanks to Lesley Grcich for organizing this spectacular show! A lot of time goes into preparing, practicing and planning such an extensive event and we sincerely appreciate everyone who volunteered. Thank you so much for all you do! It was so nice to see our students show off their incredible talents. We sincerely hope you enjoyed the show!

Important Library Information

As we quickly approach the end of the school year, we wanted to pass on some important information regarding library books. Beginning Monday, May 2nd, if students have overdue books, they will not be able to check out more books until they return their overdue books. If your child has an overdue book please make sure they return it as soon as possible. In many cases there are waiting lists for books and if one of those books isn't returned, several children miss out on the opportunity to read that book. If your child has lost a book please pay the lost book fee as soon as possible.

  • The last day for checking out books is Friday, May 20th.
  • All student books are due by Friday, May 27th.

Thank you for taking an active role in your child's reading and teaching them responsibility by returning their books by their due date.

Box Tops Competition Results Coming Soon!

Friday, April 29th, concluded our collection of Box Tops by classroom. They will be quickly counted and a winning class will be announced next week! The winning classroom will have the opportunity to select a staff member of their choice to receive a pie in the face!

A big thank you to students, parents, grandparents and everyone who cut out and saved Box Tops for Central! Each box top is worth ten cents. All those Box Tops add up and give our school additional resources to help defray the cost of field trips and other student expenses.

We Need Gently Used Pants, Shorts and Leggings!

As the weather gets warmer and April brings May showers, it also brings a lot of mud. Kids love mud. Mud is fun. Unfortunately, mud is also very, very slippery!

Students + Mud = A change of clothes.

We have given away the majority of our spare clothing to students who needed a change of clothing for one reason or another. If you happen to have some of this clothing, please wash it and return it to the nurse. If you are spring cleaning and have any gently used pants and shorts, please consider donating them to Central. We could really use the following sizes in order of necessity:

  • Elastic Waist Pants and Shorts/Boys: Sizes: 8. 10, 12, 14
  • Elastic Waist Pants, Shorts and/or Leggings/Girls: Sizes 6, 8, 10,

We do not need any jeans or shirts. However, we could also use both boys and girls underwear and socks. These items would need to be new. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!

K-Kids Book Swap Success

Recently we finished up our first book swap and it was a huge success! The students really enjoyed it! It was wonderful to watch the excited students select books they haven't read and share with one another. Two different but equally important lessons were learned. Donating and sharing. Thank you for taking this opportunity to promote reading with our students!

UPDATE: Field Day on Thursday, June 2nd

Take note! Field Day has been moved to Thursday, June 2nd. We are still looking for a few volunteers and would love your help! Volunteering for Field Day is a great time for parents to see the kids let loose and really enjoy themselves amongst their peers. As a bonus, volunteers receive a free lunch! A big thanks to those who have already graciously volunteered! You can sign up for field day using this link:

Field Day Sign Up

If you are willing to help out, please be sure you have a background check on file before signing up to assist. The background check forms are available using this link: http://www.valpo.k12.in.us/cms/lib4/IN01001455/Centricity/Domain/272/Backround%20Check%20Form%201516.pdf

Also, each class has a different color for field day. This makes it very easy for staff to keep track of the student and the kids love the camaraderie! Below is a list of classrooms and their colors for this year. Please don't feel obligated to purchase a shirt the color of your child's class if you don't have one. We just wanted to give you the colors in an ample amount of time should you choose to purchase one. Michael's craft store and Hobby Lobby have plain colored T-shirts for a nominal price.

KG-Mrs. Aurand - Gray

KG-Mrs. Hefner - Light Yellow

KG-Mrs. Heuring - Light Orange

1st-Mrs. Doran - Light Green

1st-Mrs. Jones - White

2nd-Mrs. Isailovich - Sky Blue

2nd-Mrs. Jordan - Teal

3rd-Mr. Darnell - Orange

3rd-Mrs. Gonzalez - Light Blue

4th-Mrs. Grantaris-Purple

4th-Mr. Wallace-Bright Yellow

4th-Mrs. Woods-Royal Blue

5th-Mrs. Erler-Red

5th-Mrs. Sut - Green

Field Day Reminders

Papa Johns All Day Restaurant Fundraiser

Pizza for breakfast? Why not? On Wednesday, May 18, you can order from Papa John's anytime! When ordering just let them know you are ordering for Central's restaurant fundraiser day to help Central's PTA earn funds for our school.

5th Grade Farewell

Before we know it we’ll be saying farewell and best wishes to another excellent group of 5th graders who will be moving on to middle school in the fall. Families of fifth graders will receive an invitation to attend a farewell celebration on Wednesday, June 1st from 2:30 to 3:00. Parents will enjoy a slide show of highlights of the year. Be sure to mark your calendars, you don’t want to miss this!

Parents interested in volunteering to help plan this special event please contact Ms. Erler (NErler@valpo.k12.in.us) or Mrs. Campbell (jcampbell@valpo.k12.in.us) for more information.