Canterbury Elementary School

October Newsletter

A Busy First Month!

Building Classroom Communities

CES staff members discussed our Hopes and Dreams for our students this year, and classroom teachers have led their learners through discussions and activities in order to allow each student to name a Hope and Dream that they have for themselves. Classes also developed Classroom Rules and Procedures so that everyone can learn in a safe, kind environment where we help one another to do our best!

Initial Assessments

All learners have participated in beginning-of-the-year assessments, such as STAR Reading and STAR Math. These assessments help teachers to determine student needs and to plan instruction accordingly.

Playground Party

Thank you to the PTO for hosting the Playground Party on September 29. The children had a wonderful time!

Open House, Pizza Supper & Book Fair

We had a fantastic turnout at our Open House! It was wonderful to see students excitedly sharing their learning with their families.

Thank you to the CES PTO for hosting the pizza supper. Many thanks to Hackleboro Orchards for donating the delicious apples, and to Canterbury Woods Country Club for donating the water. Finally, our fourth graders did a wonderful job making the cole slaw for the meal!

Thank you, PTO!

The Canterbury Elementary School PTO was excited to receive a grant from the Tanger Outlets TangerKIDS Grant Program. In alignment with Tanger Outlets’ mission to be good corporate citizens, the TangerKIDS Grants program supports and serves the future generation by providing almost $200,000 of total funding for special projects, programs and equipment in schools located in the communities they serve nationwide.

Our PTO Secretary, Erin Meeh, submitted a proposal to build a Gaga Pit at CES. Our grant got selected, so we were awarded a check for $1,250 to fund the new Gaga Pit. Tanger Outlet General Manager, Eric Proulx and Marketing Manager, Madison Harris came to the school to present the check to us. Mr. B will be helping the PTO to build the pit. We are so excited to add a Gaga Pit for the students and we can't wait to start the project.

Important Dates

October 10: NO SCHOOL

October 11: School Board meeting at 6 PM (CES library)

October 12: Fire Station field trips

October 13: PTO meeting at 6 PM (CES library)

October 20: Harvest Supper at 5 PM (more information to come)

October 25: School Board meeting at 6 PM (CES library)

October 28: CES Celebrates Halloween (more information to come)

Healthy Celebrations at CES

Because healthy foods help keep students’ minds and bodies ready for learning, we ask that you please ensure that all food sent to school for birthdays and other celebrations is consistent with the intent of the district’s Wellness Policy, which promotes healthy eating among our students. A letter outlining options for healthy treats was recently sent home. Please reach out to the nurse at or the school counselor at if you would like another copy of the guidelines.


If a student has a transportation change on a particular day (such as being picked up by a different adult), you must send a note or email Mrs. Nelson at to notify us of the change. Teachers will not necessarily receive an email with a change in a timely manner due to their teaching schedule, so all changes must go through the office. Thank you for your understanding.

enrichment with mrs. Gingrich

Mrs. Gingrich is the enrichment teacher at CES, BES, and BMS. She comes to CES every Thursday to work with our learners! Here is what some classes have been doing...

Students were challenged to use their imaginations. First graders built anything they wanted with pattern blocks. Second and fifth graders had 12 minutes to design and make something with one index card and two pieces of tape. Every group had one “brain rule” to follow - do not tell anyone your plan until the time is up. We ended our session with a discussion on how quiet and focused we were. Students all agreed that they enjoyed being able to focus.

fifth graders sold nachos to raise funds for their upcoming nature's classroom field trip

Shh! We're Writing the Constitution

CES students in third, fourth and fifth grade did an excellent job performing Shh! We're Writing the Constitution last month. The play describes how the Constitution came to be written and ratified. The students learned their lines and performed the various songs with only two weeks of practice. This was a fun performance and a wonderful way to kick off the 2022 school year!