Monday Morning Motivation

Central Elementary Staff News----May 9--May 13

vision of all kids growing and finding success.

Dear Staff,

I hope you have had a restful, happy Mother's Day!

Below is the message sent to parents last week in May Central Hub Newsletter. I thought it would be good for you to read what parents are reading as we continue to shape our vision together with our parents and our community.

Dear Central Parents,

It is hard to believe that is it May! This has been an incredible year of learning for all. What a pleasure it has been getting to know all of you and your children! I can honestly say that Central Elementary is a wonderful place to learn and grow.

One of the things we did this year as a staff was create a mission statement that embodies what we value and what we want for our students. After working on this for several months, gathering input from both certified and classified staff, we have come up with the following mission statement.

Providing engaging academic experiences, the Central Elementary Community will inspire and support students to become caring, confident, life-long learners.

Although many of you are counting the days of summer, I am counting the days until we return on August 2nd. There are 70 days until the first day of school. When we return on August 2nd we will continue to focus on Literacy, STEM education, and Kindness. We are all going to continue to grow and pursue excellence in these areas.

We have so much happening over the summer. Central Elementary will be undergoing a renovation, which will have us out of the building until July 30th. When your children return to school, they will enter through an updated, safer entryway. All classrooms will be completely updated with new carpet, paint, and tack board. The library is moving downstairs and there will be two new classrooms upstairs. Our kindergarten and first grade Central Clubhouse will be twice the size it currently is for more hands-on learning.

We will not have a traditional supply night like we have had in the past, but we will have a back-to-school night approximately two weeks into the school year where we will be able to show off the new and improved building. Please continue to check out website, email, and mail for updates over the summer. Mrs. McLaughlin and I will be housed at Van Buren, but know that if you call Central, it will ring to us and we will get your call. Additionally, class lists will be posted the week before school starts. There will be more information to follow.

Make it a great week or not, the choice is yours!


A Week at a Glance

Central Calendar


  • Preschool transition to kindergarten conferences
  • Study Buddy End of the Year Party (2:45 p.m.)
  • PCMS 6th grade orientation parent meeting (6:00 p.m.)


  • Preschool transition to kindergarten conferences
  • Kindergarten Screenings (Noon-4:00 p.m.)
  • Kindergarten Parent Meeting in Cafeteria 6:00 p.m.


  • Star Early Literacy representative at Clarks Creek (2:00-3:00 p.m.)
  • Pat Cooney to speak with 5th grade students (2:30 p.m.)


  • 5th grade students to Flat Rock
  • Big Idea Committee Meeting (3:50 p.m.)
  • School Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

FRIDAY, May 13

    • 5th grade students at Flat Rock

    Second Grade Field Trip NCAA

    Announcements and Reminders

    • All of the end-of-year forms that will be turned in before the end of the year will be coming your way on Thursday or Friday. These may be coming to you later than in the past as I am learning what we need. Let me know if you have questions about any of them.

    • Please use the EOY STAR data for our cards. The window for STAR read and math data is open. We want the most up-to-date data for our students. Meetings to place students in classes will take place May 17th in the conference room. Please begin thinking about student placement.

    • Please submit your SLO data as soon as you are able. For those of you who have ISTEP data, please look at your targeted SLO and form a score from it.

    • Please note, after school on May 24th the Gym will be covered with plywood. After lunch on May 25th the boxes will begin being moved by high school athletic teams.

    • Please let me know if you are in need of remediation or leveled materials for next year.

    • Stop by my office (or if I am not there) to sign your evaluation.


    End of the Year

    April and May Activities for Central Elementary

    May 9 and 10- preschool transition conferences here at Central

    May 9 – Study Buddy Party-Staff Lounge

    May 10--Kindergarten Screening in the afternoon

    May 11--Pat Cooney from middle school to talk with 5th grade

    May 12 & 13 – 5th grade Flat Rock Field Trip

    May 13--No Sub Caller Available

    May 16 – PTO Meeting

    May 18 – 3rd grade field trip Jameson Camp

    May 18-High Ability Parent Meeting - 6:00 p.m. PCMS Auditorium

    May 20 – Field Day

    May 23 – 5th grade breakfast & celebration AM and KG – 4 grade Central Celebration AM

    May 24th-Step Up Day AM and Talent/Variety Show PM

    Celebrate Staff

    • ISTEP is officially OVER! We completed the test completely "facilitator" error free! :)
    • Great Walk-A-Thon Celebration at Clarks Creek! Thanks to Mrs. Szepski's class for "going with the flow" when we didn't leave at the time we expected.
    • A wonderful mother's day celebration on Friday afternoon. Thanks to the K teachers for all their extra organizing!
    • Thanks to the PTO for a wonderful teacher appreciation week!
    • We celebrate our school nurse, Laura B, who takes care of so many of our little one's medical issues.

    New School Website

    In July a New District and School Website will go live for the public. The goal is to create a user friendly, clean web page, highlighting all the wonderful things happening in Plainfield. We were asked to highlight 3 ways (it was hard to find only three) Central is special.


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