Central Informer

Family Newsletter- September Issue

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We engage, equip, and empower all scholars to achieve their unique potential.

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Stay Informed

Please make sure you join your student's Class Dojo, Central's Facebook, and Central's Twitter page to stay informed on current and upcoming events.

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Mark Your Calendars

  • September 5- Labor Day
  • September 13- GATE Parent Advisory Meeting (6:00-7:00 PM)- Hastings Elementary
  • September 20- Central Academy Night (5:30-7:30)
  • September 23- Student Early Release (More Information Coming Soon)
  • October 28- Trunk or Treat

Central Families,

We're off to a great start of the year! Thank you for helping us have an AMAZING start of school. Each month a family newsletter will be shared. Please use this platform to stay informed for upcoming events and campus information.


  • Tardies start at 8:00. If your student arrives to school after 8:00 AM, the student must be signed in by an adult at the main office.
  • The main office closes at 3:00 PM to prepare for dismissal. Please note that parents will not be allowed to pick up students early after 3:00 PM.
  • Don't forget to join Class Dojo. Click HERE to join.

Want to eat lunch with your student?

  • Due to the size of our cafeteria, we are taking a limited number of visitors for lunch on Fridays by reservation only.
  • Call the main office (972-708-2600) to make a reservation to eat lunch with your student.
  • We will begin taking reservations the week of September 6.
  • Reservations will be taken Monday through Wednesday of each week from 9:00 am-2:00 PM in order to each lunch on Friday.
  • Reservations can only be made for the current week.
  • There will be a limit to the number of individuals who can come to each lunch with the student to allow for more families to come to the lunch period.
  • Parents may eat during one lunch period only.

Duncanville ISD Stands with Uvalde

Duncanville ISD stands with the Uvalde community. We invite you to wear maroon on Tuesday, September 6, as the Uvalde community returns for the first day of school. #DvilleALLIN #UvaldeStrong

Central Academy Night

On September 20, Central Elementary will host a parent orientation night in which you will have to opportunity to learn ways to support your student's success this school year.

Gifted and Talented Program

Parents of children in grades Kinder-6th are invited to a Gifted and Talented (GATE) meeting on September 13 from 6-7 pm. This meeting is for families of scholars who have been recommended to the program or scholars who are already in GATE. The meeting will be held at Hastings Elementary.

Gifted and Talented Education recommendations are now being accepted from August 29th – September 8th for scholars in grades 1st-4th. Teacher have begun the nomination process for scholars.

GATE testing will take place September 19th -27th on campus for all new recommendations.

If you have any questions regarding the recommendation process, please do not hesitate to contact our GATE specialist on campus.

Ms. Carter

Central Elementary GATE Specialist


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PTO Volunteers Needed

We are searching for parent volunteers to serve on our PTO board this school year. We currently have a president and vice president. If you are interested in serving our the school PTO, please click on the form below.


What is PTO?

PTO stands for Parent Teacher Organization. The PTO is a nonprofit group comprised of parents, teachers, and staff dedicated to improving the educational experience of all students at Central Elementary School. Our goals are to encourage interaction between family and school, serve as a source of support, and work with teachers, staff, and the community at large to improve our children’s educational experience. The PTO works closely with the school administration to meet this goal.

What does the PTO do, exactly?

If you look up “PTO” in the dictionary you might find words like: organize, support, help, and volunteer. The PTO organizes special events such as the spring fling, teacher appreciation, spirit shirt designs and sales just to name a few.

Who can join PTO?

Any parent or guardian of a current student of Central Elementary as well as all current faculty and staff

How do I become a member?

All you have to do is complete our membership form and pay the yearly registration dues of $5.00 per family. It is never too late to join!

Do I have to pay for each child?

No your dues cover all children in your immediate household.

What are the benefits of membership?

First it gives you a voice! Your membership entitles you to vote at all meetings on PTO business. (There is one vote per household.) You may desire to volunteer to help with our many events throughout the year. Volunteering is encouraged but NOT required. In a way just paying your dues helps us fund programs that enhance your child’s learning experience.

What programs does PTO fund and support?
• Providing Field Trip Transportation Costs
• Designing and Selling Spirit Shirts
• Raising Funds for Campus Events and Campus Improvements
• Putting on Spring Fling
• Sponsoring Student Clubs
• Teacher Appreciation Luncheons
• Box Tops for Education
• Kroger Share Card
• Purchase and Pick Up of Perfect Attendance Treats
• School Fundraisers

Central Campus Hours

Our campus opens at 7:30 for students to eat breakfast. Classroom instruction begins at 8:00 AM. Students that arrive after 8:00 are tardy. Parents will need to sign students in that are marked tardy.

Dismissal is at 3:30 PM.

School Lunches- No longer free!


The federal waiver that made lunch free to all students has expired. Families must apply to see if their child is eligible to receive free lunches for the '22-'23 school year. Apply at http://schoolcafe.com/duncanvilleisd. Breakfast will remain free to all students in the new school year.

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New Dress Code

Click on the link to view the new dress code information.

School Spirit Days

  • Wednesday is College and Career Spirit Day! Scholars are encouraged to wear a college shirt of their choice or military branch
  • Friday is school spirit day. Scholars are allowed to wear Central Elementary or Duncanville spirit shirts of their choice to represent their Panther Pride!

Campus Operations


  • Campus doors will open at 7:30 AM.

  • Parents should drive to the rear of the school to drop off students. Staff members will be waiting to greet students as they arrive.

  • Students that walk to school may enter through the hallway located on the east of the campus.

  • While on campus, face coverings are recommended but not required.


  • In the event that a student has COVID-19 symptoms, they will be housed in a designated space until they are picked up by their parent/guardian or designated emergency contact.

  • PLEASE NOTE: Students are expected to be picked up from campus within one hour of parent/guardian or emergency contact being notified.


  • Students that choose to eat breakfast will go straight to the cafeteria to eat their breakfast.
  • Students who are not eating breakfast will immediately walk to their homeroom class.
  • Breakfast will end at 7:55 a.m.

  • First period will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m.


  • Each classroom will be cleaned nightly.

  • All classrooms will be provided with sanitation supplies to support surface and resource cleaning.

  • Materials and resources that need to be sanitized should be left out in the open.

  • Students are encouraged to sanitize hands as they enter and leave classrooms.

  • Students are recommended but not required to wear a mask during class.


  • Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.

  • No other liquids will be allowed.

  • Restrooms will be cleaned throughout the day.


  • Students will be directed to serving lines by lunch monitors to pick up their individual lunches.

  • Food delivery for lunch is prohibited for safety reasons.

  • Students will need to know their ID number to purchase lunch. Please help your student memorize their ID number.

  • Cafeteria will be cleaned often, and physical distancing will be enforced as much as is physically possible.


  • Face coverings are recommended but not required.

  • Students will sanitize entering, before browsing, and exiting the library.

  • Computers in the computer lab (keyboard, mouse, monitor, and table) will be wiped down after each class by the class/teacher assigned for the day.

  • Classroom assigned standards devices - Wipe down each device (keyboard, monitor, touchpad, and outer case) between classes and at the end of the day.

  • Encourage sanitizing before and after utilizing a device.


  • Dismissal tags are required before releasing a student to an adult.

  • Student release will be staggered.

    • First--Walkers will be released by hallway.

    • Second--Students that will be traveling home by car (car riders) will be released by hallway.

    • 1st--Students that ride a bus and daycare will be released to wait in the gym. Upon arrival of the buses and daycare, the students will be called to board their bus or daycare van.

    • 2nd- Walkers will be dismissed

    • 3rd- Car Riders and Parents that walk up to pick up their students will be released. Cars will need to have their dismissal tag displayed in the front window. Parents who walk up to the school will need to have their dismissal tag.

    • Dismissal tags are required for dismissal. ID will be required in the front office if there is no dismissal tag.

    • Teachers will be monitoring to ensure that students leave the campus safely and promptly at dismissal.

    • Car riders, bus, and daycare riders will be picked up in the rear of the building. Faculty will help supervise dismissal of students.


  • Perimeter doors should never be propped open for any reason.

  • All staff must be able to present their ID at all times.

  • Under no circumstances will anyone open a door for another student, parent, or faculty member

  • All members of the community or any visitor are required to enter Central Elementary through the main entry doors located at the front of our campus.


  • While on campus, all stakeholders have the option to wear face coverings at all times.

  • Students and staff are encouraged to bring their own water bottles for personal use throughout the school day.

  • Hand sanitizer machines are placed throughout the campus for both staff and student usage.

  • Students will be encouraged to practice social distancing at all times throughout the school day.


Staff Safety Guidelines:

  • Staff members that leave campus for any portion of the day are required to sanitize, wash hands, and sign in upon return.

  • Staff members are encouraged to disinfect all common areas of their individual classrooms throughout the school day.


  • Prior to entering the building all visitors (parents, school stakeholders) must ring the doorbell located by the front office.

  • Parents will not be allowed to drop off lunches with students during the school day.

  • If parents need to pick up a student early they will enter through the front office to sign their student out.

Student Drop Off (after the 8:00 bell)

  • Parents and students will enter through the front office

  • Parents will sign their student in and the student will be given a pass to enter class.

Student Early Pick up

  • The parent will come to come into the building to present their identification and physically sign the student out.

  • The student will be called to come to the front office to leave with the parent.

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