End of semester parties and events

Dear Families,

As we approach the winter months, cultures all over the world will be celebrating many different holidays in various ways. This letter is coming to you with the hopes that you, as families, can take advantage of the educational opportunities afforded.

We ask that, as your crew celebrates the end of the semester, you prioritize encouraging the children to embrace the traditions of their own and others in our global and diverse society, keeping the celebration as neutral as possible. Many songs, celebrations, and decorations have no association with a particular holiday (think “snow”, for example). As a school that is diversifying more every year, we would like to celebrate the richness of the cultures represented and use the school as an opportunity to teach our children about this richness. Please don’t hesitate to contact us (info below) if you would like ideas for crafts, celebrations, songs, or general ideas.

In addition, if you are planning a gift for the teachers at this time of year, please consider calling it an end of semester gift, or simply a thank you gift, to avoid contributing it to any specific holiday.

Thank you for your understanding,
Perri Klein, Chair of the Diversity and Inclusivity Committee of the PTA
Julie Eichler, PTA President
Laura Munro, Principal, Centennial Elementary

Upcoming Events

Upcoming events and dates to be aware of this month:

1st Friday Books and Breakfast
December 2nd, in the classroom after drop off

December 1st – 8th
Vision and Hearing screenings

December 12th – 16th
SPIRIT WEEK! Please dress up!
Monday 12/12 – Pajamas Day
Tuesday 12/13 – Crazy Hair and/or Hat Day
Wednesday 12/14 – Sports Team Day
Thursday 12/15 – Mixed Up/Backward Day
Friday 12/16 – Favorite Book or Movie Character Day

Winter Music Program
December 13th, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium
The 2nd and 3rd grade students and the Centennial Singers will be performing.

Diversity & Inclusivity Committee
December 14th, 3:50 p.m. after school pick-up in the library.

Dine out for Centennial at Chipotle – 32nd and Lowell
December 14th, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Centennial’s PTA. Come in to the Chipotle at 3600 W 32nd Ave (corner of 32nd and Lowell) and tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Centennial Elementary PTA.

Health & Wellness Committee
December 15th, 4:00 p.m. – check for location

Centennial Singers Winter Caroling at Little Man Ice Cream
December 19th, 7:00 p.m.
Come and celebrate the holiday season with the Centennial Singers at Little Man Ice Cream (2620 16th St.).

PTA meeting
December 20th, 6:00 p.m. in the Library. Childcare is provided.

Community Circle
December 21st

Winter Break
December 22nd – January 4th

NO SCHOOL – Planning and Assessment Days
January 5th – 6th

Open House and School Tours

Open House

Prospective families are welcome to learn more about Centennial and Expeditionary Learning at the following Open Houses:

  • October 21st, 2:30 p.m.
  • November 8th, 8:30 a.m.
  • November 28th, 2:30 p.m.
  • December 9th, 8:30 a.m.

This is a great opportunity to meet with our Principal, Laura Munro, and/or our Assistant Principal, Jayson Thomas. Each Open House will start with a 1/2 hour Q&A session, followed by a tour of the school.

School Tours

If you are unable to attend one of these Open Houses, please call Stacy (720) 424-8900 to schedule a tour.

School Performance Framework

Interested in learning more about our new School Performance Framework data? Click here to review the presentation from our recent CSC/Community Forum.

SchoolChoice dates

January 5, 2017: Round One of SchoolChoice for 2017-18 opens
January 31, 2017, 4:00 p.m.: Round One SchoolChoice forms are due
Letters and emails notifying families of their school placement will be sent in mid-March, 2017.

More information is available through DPS Choice and Enrollment Services.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming events and dates to be aware of this month:

Collaborative School Committee (CSC)/Community Meeting
November 2nd, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Join us for discussion of the newly released School Performance Framework (SPF) data and learn about the upcoming School Quality Review.

1st Friday Books and Breakfast
November 4th, in the classroom after drop off

Bad Moms movie party
November 4th, 6:30 p.m.

November 7th

Football FUNdraiser – The Oriental Theater, 44th & Tennyson
November 13th, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cheer on the Broncos and hang out with Centennial families. Admission is free; The Oriental will donate a percentage of drink sales from the day.

PTA meeting
November 15th, 6:00 p.m. in the Library. Childcare is provided.

Community coffee chat
November 17th, 8:15 a.m. (after drop off)

Thanksgiving Lunch
November 17th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tickets available in the front office: $5 Adults, $3 non-students
Please confirm what time your student has lunch.

Health and Wellness Committee
November 17th, 4:00 p.m.

The Music Man Musical
4th and 5th grade crews will be performing the musical “The Music Man” at 5:30 p.m.

NO SCHOOL – Planning & Assessment Day
November 18th

NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Vacation
November 21st – November 25th

Community Circle
November 30th

Upcoming Events

Upcoming events and dates to be aware of this month:

Playground Spruce Up
October 1st, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Assist with sprucing up the playground, may include painting and gardening.

Count Day
October 5th

1st Friday Books and Breakfast
October 7th, in the classroom after drop off

PTA meeting
October 18th, 6:00 p.m. in the Library. Childcare is provided.

Dine out for Centennial
October 19th, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza, 3698 W 44th Ave. (in the Safeway shopping complex)

Health and Wellness Committee
October 20th, 4:00 p.m.

Community Circle
October 25th

Community coffee chat
October 27th, 8:15 a.m. (after drop off)

Family Night
October 27th, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

NO SCHOOL – Planning & Assessment Day
October 28th

Pumpkin Eve Fundraiser
October 30th

Halloween Parade
October 31st, 3:30 p.m.

Bridges in Math

We are using a new math curriculm this year, Bridges in Mathematics. Resources to support parents in learning more about the curriculum are available at http://www.mathlearningcenter.org/support/bridges

Our Teachers need Supplies for the new Bridges Curriculum. Many of the supplies were provided in our kits, however many basic classroom supplies are lacking. Please review the list link below and see if you can help provide some materials to help our teachers provide the best learning environment for our young scholars.

You can:

  • Give supplies to you scholar’s class teacher.
  • Give them to another grade level teacher
  • Give them to the front office with clear labeling

Bridges Materials Lists

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.


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.

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.

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