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A Message from the Principal

Dear Centennial Crew,

Can you believe that the official end of our summer is finally right around the corner? Has this been the longest summer ever? Or have you thoroughly enjoyed the ‘extra’ time off? Although I have to admit that the extended summer was a bit glorious, we are SO excited to see all of our new and returning families at our Meet and Greet on September 7th (4-6pm). We’re very excited to show off our new classrooms too!

Centennial teachers start back to work on August 29th. The first two days of work will be spent in Estes Park and the YMCA for our annual overnight Crew and Culture retreat. The retreat ensures we have two uninterrupted days in the mountains to work, play and build an amazing crew to support your students.

I’m thrilled to share with you our plan to increase in-house enrichment opportunities for Centennial students. This year students will have daily exposure to two Enrichment classes. In addition to experiencing Art, Music, PE and Spanish, students will engage in Digital Literacy and Science as part of the enrichment schedule as well. The daily enrichment block will be 80 minutes and crews will engage in two, 40-minute classes each day. This expanded enrichment schedule will support teachers in having extended time to collaborate and plan high quality instruction for their crews.

I'm also excited about a few things we plan to continue at Centennial this year. Like last year, families will still be invited to come eat breakfast and read books with their students on the 1st Friday of each month. You can find the dates on the Family Calendar-denoted as "1st Friday Books and Breakfast.” You’ll also see on our Family Calendar that there are still monthly Community Coffees on the Fridays following CSC and PTA meetings. These coffees are open to all interested community members and are a great way to learn more about how our PTA and Collaborative School Committee are supporting our school. We also hope to have some informal presentations at these coffees to support with parent education and involvement. As always, these coffees continue to be a time for conversation with Centennial leadership. Lastly, I'm happy to share that we have Family Nights planned this year. These nights will be led by Centennial staff and will support parents in knowing more about inclusionary practices, behavior systems and structures, as well as math and literacy instruction. There will be additional family nights, open to all, hosted by the staff in our Discovery Link (formerly Fit Fun) Program.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the last few days of summer vacation. We look forward to seeing all of you on September 7th at the Meet and Greet. We’ve missed you! 2016-17 is going to be a fabulous year!!

Sincerely,
Laura

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