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 and ‘Like’ us on Facebook at 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 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 ( 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

Shannon Cruwys
PTA President 2014-2015
Filed Under: Blog, Uncategorized

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.

Upcoming Events

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

Books and Breakfast in the classroom
Friday, February 5

CSC Meeting
Monday, February 8 – 6:00 p.m. in the library

Health and Wellness Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 11 – 4:00 p.m. in the library

Denver Deep Dish Pizza fundraiser night
Thursday, February 11 – Denver Deep Dish Pizza, 1200 West 38th Ave

PTA meeting
Tuesday, February 16 – 6:00 p.m. in the library; childcare is provided

Family Night – focus on Literacy
Thursday, February 18 – 5:30 p.m.

Community Coffee Talk
Friday, February 19 – 8:00 a.m.

Community Circle
Friday, February 26

Student-led Conferences
Monday, February 29 – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

DPS School Choice starts January 5th

Important reminder for all ECE, 5th grade and Future families:

DPS School Choice starts today, January 5th. You can complete the forms online through the Parent Portal or stop by the office to pick up paper forms.

Completed forms must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m., January 29th, 2016.

More information and links to the Parent Portal can be found on the DPS Choice and Enrollment Services site.

TIME Collaborative profile of Centennial’s extended learning time plan

Read the TIME Collaborative school profilea about Centennial’s expanded learning time model.

The TIME Collaborative is a partnership of the Ford Foundation, the National Center on Time & Learning, The Colorado Education Initiative, and the Colorado Department of Education to help three school districts and 12 schools rethink the role time plays in their learning environments.

City Year Count Day Spirit Week 9/28 – 10/1

COUNT DAY SPIRIT WEEK! City Year wants to see all your CREW spirit!
Monday, September 28th – Thursday, October 1st

Count Day Flyer


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