Welcome back! Upcoming events

Welcome back Centennial Crew! Here are some dates to be aware of this month:

Collaborative School Committee (CSC) meeting
Sept. 12, 6pm

No School for ECE
Sept. 19

PTA meeting
Sept. 20, 6pm

Back to School night
Sept. 22, 5:30 – 7pm

Community coffee chat
Sept. 23, 8:15am (after drop off) – Jamie Lauters, our Social Worker and Nicole Tembrock, Dean of Culture will be available to talk with parents/guardians about concerns you may have about your children adjusting to school.

Parent Portal

Registration for the 2016-2017 school year will open on July 18th and should be completed using the DPS Parent Portal. Stay connected with Centennial over the summer by making sure you can log into the Parent Portal now! Take a moment to log in to make sure you still have access to your account.

Parents do not need to go to the school to get their Person ID or GUID. You can create your own account right through the website. Parents will go directly to myportal.dpsk12.org and click on “Getting Started”. If all of the information on the form matches what the school has on record, you’ll be prompted to create your username and password. If you need your student’s ID number, this number is the same as the lunch number.

If you run into problems, stop by the main office or email Stacy, who can reset your password and get you hooked up.

Have an account but need help navigating the Parent Portal? Check out the Parent Portal School Toolkit.

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Celebration of Learning, May 12th

Dear Centennial Crew,
The end of the school year is quickly approaching and one of our most anticipated events, The Celebration of Learning, is taking place on Thursday, May 12th from 5:30 – 7:00pm. The Celebration of Learning is an amazing event here at Centennial and we hope you can all attend so our students can present and reflect on all the beautiful work they’ve done this school year. The Celebration of Learning is time for our students to share their learning and achievement and show off their skills to an authentic audience – their families and community. Previous Celebrations of Learning were such joyous events. It was absolutely amazing to see how proud our students were of their growth over the year. I anticipate this year’s Celebration of Learning will be an even more incredible event.

Please come to the Celebration of Learning on May 21st and support your students and the entire Centennial crew. We look forward to seeing you next week.

Sincerely,
Laura Munro, Principal

NOTE: 5th grade crew will have their Celebration of Learning on May 19th because of their Balarat overnight adventure.

Estimado equipo Centenario,
Al final del año escolar se acerca rápidamente y uno de los eventos más esperados, la celebración de aprendizaje, está llevando a cabo el jueves, 12 de mayo de 5:30 – 7:00. La celebración de aprendizaje es un evento increíble aquí en centenario y esperamos que todo lo puede asistir para que nuestros estudiantes pueden presentar y reflexionar sobre todo el hermoso trabajo que han hecho este año escolar. La celebración del aprendizaje es hora de que nuestros estudiantes compartir su aprendizaje y logro y mostrar sus habilidades a una auténtica audiencia sus familias y la comunidad. Las celebraciones previas de aprendizaje eran tales acontecimientos alegres. Fue asombroso ver lo orgulloso que estabas nuestros estudiantes de su crecimiento durante el año. Preveo que celebración de aprendizaje este año la será un evento aún más increíble.

Por favor venga a la celebración de aprendizaje el 21 de mayo y apoyar a sus estudiantes y toda la tripulación del centenario. Esperamos verte pronto la semana que viene.

Atentamente,
Laura Munro, Directora

NOTA: la tripulación quinto grado tendrá su celebración de aprendizaje el 19 de mayo debido a su aventura durante la noche Balarat.

Upcoming events

Can you believe May is already here? Lots going on to end the school year! Upcoming events include:

Crew picture day
Tuesday, May 3

PTA meeting
Tuesday, May 3 – 6:00 p.m. in the library

Books and Breakfast in the classroom
Friday, May 6

Celebration of Learning – ECE – 4th grade crews
Thursday, May 12 – 5:30 – 7:00pm

Field Day
Friday, May 13

PTA meeting
Tuesday, May 17 – 6:00 p.m. in the library; childcare is provided

Health and Wellness Committee meeting
Thursday, May 19 – 4:00 p.m. on the playground

Celebration of Learning – MIS and 5th grade crews
Thursday, May 19 – 5:30 – 7:00pm

Community Coffee Talk
Friday, May 20 – 8:00 a.m.

Spring Carnival – 3:45 – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, May 20

CSC meeting
Monday, May 23 – 6:00 p.m. in the library

ECE continuation – Robyn’s Crew
Monday May 23rd – 3:00 p.m.

Community Circle hosted by our 5th grade crew
Wednesday May 25th – 9:45 a.m.

ECE continuation – Kaitlin’s Crew
Wednesday May 25th – 10:30 a.m.

ECE continuation -Michelle’s Crew
Wednesday May 25th – 2:30 p.m.

ECE continuation -Kristine’s Crew
Thursday May 26th – 10:30 a.m.

5th Grade Continuation
Thursday, May 26 – 9:00 a.m.

Last Day of School, Thursday May 26th
All School Picnic on the South Playground 11:15 a.m. – noon
Count down to summer – 11:59 a.m.
School’s out at noon

ALERT: EXTENDED SUMMER BREAK

Because of the construction project at Centennial this upcoming summer, including the closing in of our open classrooms, we will have an extended summer break this year.

Our last day of school is May 26 2016 and we plan on returning to the classroom Sept 8 2016.

Please plan your summer break to accommodate these extra weeks off of school.

For more information please visit our Construction page

PTA welcome to new families, information for returning families

Welcome to Centennial Elementary School!

On behalf of the PTA, I would like to welcome you to Centennial Elementary. We are excited about a new year and new opportunities for kids and families in our community! Please be sure to visit our website at centennial.dpsk12.org and ‘Like’ us on Facebook at facebook.com/CentennialEL to learn about all the exciting events happening at school.

We have some great ways for you to get involved and we would love to have your support in any way you can offer it to our school. Please let us know if you would like to help. Before school starts in September, we hope you will join us for some of these events:

  • PTA- Third Tuesday of each month at 6pm at school – Parent Teacher Association meetings are open to all. Come to hear school news from the principal, updates on school happenings, plan fundraising and other events, and discuss other pertinent topics related to the community and Centennial.
  • CENTENNIAL SPRING CARNIVAL – MAY 20th 4-6pm – Come join the fun! Contact centennial.family@gmail.com to purchase tickets.
  • SUMMER PLAY – Come and play in the park and meet some new faces! Mark your calendar for the summer. We will meet at the Scheitler (Seamonster) park unless the Centennial playground is open during construction. Please check the Facebook page to confirm location:

      June 17th – Friday morning at 10am
      July 27th – Wednesday at 5pm (bring a blanket and a picnic dinner)
      August 6th – Saturday at 10am
      Aug 21th – Sunday at 4pm

Centennial is going through a big renovation project this summer, which means that we have an extra long summer. Please note these dates for the end of the summer:

  • REGISTRATION – Every child attending Centennial needs to register. Register on Parent Portal (https://myportal.dpsk12.org). If you are unable to register on parent portal, registration at the school is September 1st and 2nd 11-6pm.
  • BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT – September 7th 4-6pm – Come tour the newly remodeled school, drop off your school supplies, and join other parents in your crew to talk with your teacher about Expeditionary Learning and what to expect during the year.
  • FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL – Thursday, September 8th 8am-3:45pm

Sincerely,
Shannon Cruwys
PTA President 2014-2015
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Parent Engagement and Satisfaction Survey

Every year DPS asks for your input regarding our school. The Parent Engagement and Satisfaction Survey is designed to measure how well Centennial is reaching out to involve parents, the quality of family-school relationships, and your perceptions of the school environment.

Completing this survey is optional BUT, parent feedback is important and the participation of this survey directly affects our School Performance Framework.

Parent Satisfaction is a critical part of our school’s SPF rating. The SPF (School Performance Framework) is a comprehensive system to help schools focus on strengths and areas for targeted improvement. A wide range of measures are used to calculate ratings of how well each school supports student growth and achievement, and how well it serves students and families.

We encourage you to take a few minutes to fill out the survey and return it to the front office. Simply returning the form benefits Centennial, regardless of your answers which remain anonymous. Our parent response rate is just as important as the responses provided.

Just to make things more exciting, every student whose family or guardian returns a completed survey will receive an amazing invisible ink pen.

Only 1 survey needs to be filled in per family, every student in that family will receive a free pen.

What you need to do:

  • Find the Survey sent home with your oldest student, (or pick up a copy in the front office)
  • Fill out the survey, (only 1 survey needed per family)
  • Return the survey to the front office
  • Pick up you invisible ink pens

Thank you for taking the time to give us your opinion about how things are going at Centennial. And thank you for all you do for our Crew!

Upcoming events

There are many ways to get involved at Centennial! Upcoming events include:

Books and Breakfast in the classroom
Friday, April 8

Community Circle
Friday, April 8 – 2:45 p.m. (rescheduled from March due to snow days)

Parenting Safe Children workshop
Saturday, April 9 – 1:00 p.m.

PTA meeting
Tuesday, April 19 – 6:00 p.m. in the library; childcare is provided

Community Coffee Talk
Wednesday, April 20 – 8:00 a.m.

Community Circle
Friday, April 29

Upcoming events

There are many ways to get involved at Centennial! Upcoming events include:

Books and Breakfast in the classroom
Friday, March 4

Health and Wellness Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 10 – 4:00 p.m. in the library

Fore! Centennial Soireé 1st Annual Silent Auction
Saturday, March 12 – 6:30 p.m. Willis Case Golf Course

CSC Meeting
Monday, March 14 – 6:00 p.m. in the library

PTA meeting
Tuesday, March 15 – 6:00 p.m. in the library; childcare is provided

Community Coffee Talk
Friday, March 18 – 8:00 a.m.

Garden clean up
Friday, March 18 – 3:00 p.m.

Community Circle
Friday, March 25

Innovation Renewal Plan approved

The DPS Board of Education approved Centennial’s Innovation Renewal Plan at their meeting on Feb. 18th. Centennial initially received innovation status in 2013-2014.

Innovation status means Centennial has flexibility as a tool for school improvement – this flexibility allows us to fully implement the Expeditionary Learning curricula and structure. It also allows for flexibility to create our own school year calendar and school day. For example, this flexibility will allow us to revisit the length of our school day once our construction work is done. This flexibility also allows us to hold school for students on days when other schools may have a non-student contact day.