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

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Helpful Information for Starting the School Year

Parking: Drop Off and Pick Up

We encourage families to park at the large mortuary parking lots at the corner of Tennyson and 46th. They have given us permission to do so. It can be accessed from either Tennyson or 46th. You can then enter through the playground entrances. If you choose to park on the street, know that it gets very congested and on street cleaning days, tickets are issued. (See signs for dates.) Please do not block neighbors’ driveways, or park in handicapped spaces. Our Centennial families need to use them. Bikes are welcome! A bike rack is located by the staff parking lot on 47th (close to the cafeteria).

Arrival: The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. for all students. Students should NOT arrive until 7:45am as no adult supervision is provided on the grounds before this time. Children are NOT permitted in the building before the beginning of school, as teachers are busy preparing the day’s lessons. Students are required to report directly to the playgrounds, where they are supervised by staff from 7:45am until 8:00 a.m. At 8:00am, students will be asked to line up at their classroom doors.

Entering Classrooms

Take children to their specific classroom. Each classroom has an outside door. All ECE parents/guardians are required to sign their students in and out every day. Some teachers encourage families to read books while students eat breakfast in the classroom. Most teachers also ask for an initial period of time at the beginning of school in which parents are not in the classroom as it is disruptive to the students’ adjustment. Teachers welcome parents/guardians to volunteer in the classroom throughout the day, however all adults need to complete a volunteer form, which includes a background check and go to a short volunteer orientation first.

Students are expected to arrive at school on time. Late arrival is an interruption to those already engaged in learning activities and results in a loss of instruction time for the tardy student. Students arriving after 8:05 a.m. must report to the office before going to class.

Adults on Campus

Your child’s safety is our number one concern. With that in mind, any non-staff adult on campus must sign in at the office and wear a volunteer nametag or a visitor badge. Whether you are coming to volunteer for several hours or are just dropping off a lunch, please remember to come to the office first. The nametag serves as a visual ID that lets any staff member know immediately who belongs in the school and it also reinforces our monitoring of people on our campus. All parents must adhere to this rule. Parents will not be permitted to enter the class during regular school hours via the outside classroom doors.

For more information you can access the Family Handbook on our website

School Supply List

Click here for a printable version of the 2015-2016 School Supply List:

supply list page 1

 

supply list page 2

Registration, Online Verification, and Summer Playdates

Registration is at Centennial August 4, 5 and 6 12pm-6pm.

If your child is new to Centennial, remember to bring a birth certificate, immunization records, proof of address, and contact information. Please allow at least 30 minutes to fill out forms. You can find out your child’s teacher, sign up for the lunch programs, before/after school programs, the Centennial Volunteer Program, and the Parent Portal, meet with PTA members and pick up your child’s School Supply Lists.

 

Online Student Verification for fall 2015 registration will be available July 13th!

What does that mean?

You can complete your student’s annual enrollment verification online before registration, decreasing the amount of time you spend at the school, and in line! Please note, the online application verifies the information for all students in your household at once.

Follow the directions below to get started:

  • Log in to your Parent Portal account starting Monday, July 13th at https://myportal.dpsk12.org.
  • Click the “Online School Verification” tab on the left-hand side.
  • Follow the directions in the Portal to continue the online verification process.

Forms must be completed by August 16, 2015.

Note:

*Online Student Verification is a new option and is not required. As always, you are welcome to complete the process at your child’s school of enrollment as you have done in previous years.

For more information or questions about online student verification,

visit the School Choice website or call 720-423-3493.

 

Summer Playdates are a great way to meet other new and current families as we get to know each other whilst our kids play together on the Centennial playground.

  • Wednesday July 22 5:30pm
  • Sunday August 2nd 4pm
  • Saturday August 15th 10:00am

 

The 2015-16 school year begins Monday August 24th at 8am, until then…

Enjoy your Summer Vacation!

Summer Camp

Centennial and Skinner are running a Sports and STEM camp at Centennial this summer! There are still some spaces left to sign up before Monday. The sessions are from 8 am to 12:30 pm including a free breakfast and lunch. We start June 15th and go to July 2nd, then start again for the second session on July 13-30th. We would love to have your children ranging from 5 and entering Kindergarten to entering 8th grade.

 

Please call Anne at 720-666-1910, you can come to Centennial on Friday June 12th from 1-5. Please call Anne to get into the building.

 

summer camp

Summer Reading Suggestion List

Centennial Reading List

Below you will find a reading list for the grade level that your child is entering in August. This is not a summer reading list: it is a list of authors and genres that we highly encouraged your child (or you and your child) to read throughout the year.

ECE reading list

K reading list

1st grade (coming soon)

2nd grade reading list

3rd grade reading list

4th grade reading list

5th grade reading list

 

Denver Public Library has an amazing summer Reading Program where your children can sign up and earn prizes for reading. Click here for details.

 

Activities You and Your Child can Do Together After Reading a Story

  • After the story is over, have your child draw a picture of his/her favorite scene. Discuss why he/she chose this picture. You may also want to reread that portion of the story and choose a sentence or two to write at the bottom of the illustration.
  • Have your child try to determine what a character is thinking at major points in the story. Ask him/her to write these thoughts down in thought balloons you’ve drawn out, or have your child dictate to you as you write.
  • Stop in the middle of a new story and ask your child to predict what will happen next. Do this as often as you wish, especially if it interests your child. Discuss the prediction(s) at the end of the story.
  • Read a story through once. Then, reread the story and make a list of each problem the main character encountered. Discuss (and, if you wish, record) how each problem was resolved.
  • Have your student keep a journal where he/she writes opinions, questions, feelings, thoughts, ideas, etc., about each story that you read. Consider keeping a journal yourself as a way of supporting this activity. (Remember, the journal should not be a summary of the main events of the book). Every once in a while, read through their journals together and discuss some of the best books (or reread them!).

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

cindy_spruce@dpsk12.org

Letter from Laura regarding today’s Lockdown.

May 20, 2015

Dear Centennial Elementary Parents:

We are committed to letting you know about incidents that affect Centennial Elementary and the community. Before dismissal today, DPS Safety and Security placed our school under a lockdown due to police activity in the neighborhood. Our school remained under lockdown for about four minutes and then was moved to lockout status while the nearby police activity continued.

I appreciate parents’ patience since the lockout caused delays in picking up their students, but please understand that these measures are put in place to ensure the safety of students and staff.

A school lockdown means students and staff return to their classrooms, all classroom, interior and exterior doors are locked, and all lights are turned off. Students and staff move out of sight and remain quiet in their classrooms until the lockdown is lifted.

A lockout means we lock exterior doors of our school and bring students and staff inside the building. Business inside the building continues as normal but we all must stay inside the building.

I would like to commend the swift and professional response of our school staff, students and security personnel during today’s lockdown. Please know that the safety of our students is a top priority at Centennial Elementary.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this incident.

Sincerely,

Laura Munro

Construction/2015-16 Calendar Update

On Monday, May 11th we held a community meeting to talk with families about proposed changes to the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school calendars to accommodate extensive classroom renovations that will start the end of May 2016 and carry-on through out the length of the 2016 summer months. During the Community Meeting, families in attendance asked very thoughtful questions and we engaged in a positive dialogue. After the meeting Principal Laura Munro was able to take the feedback we received from participants and review it with District leadership to make further revisions that we feel address the questions and concerns raised by our community. We feel confident that the changes we’ve been able to make will be positively received by our community and will support the learning needs of our students. Most specifically, we have been able to address concerns raised by our families regarding the possibility of extending the length of the school day beyond 3:45. Below are highlights of the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school year calendars. Scroll down below to see architectural drawings of how beautiful the school will look after the renovations are complete by the start of the 2016 school year.

School Year 2015-2016

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· August 24 2015- First Day of School for students

· Planning and Assessment Days- No Classes for Students

October 19
January 4
February 29
April 11

· October 20 Student- led conference day #1 (No classes for students)

· February 29 Student-led conference day #2 ( No classes for students)

· May 26 2016- last day of school for students- 1/2 day

School Day is 8:00-3:45

The 2015-16 school year will end 5 days early to accommodate the extensive renovations taking place in the building, but because we added 45 minutes to the school day, and students are in school from 8:00-3:45, we are still 100+ hours over the total number of instructional hours required.

 

School Year 2016-17

 

September 8 2016 is first day of school for students

There will be three Planning/Assessment days through out the school year when students will not have classes

There will be two Student-led conference days, one fall, one spring

· June 9 2017 is the last day of school for students- ˝ day

School day is 8:00-3:45

Construction Overview

construction work

renovations

classroom design

 

 

Click below to review the entire May Meeting presentation

May 11 Community Meeting

 

DPS Redesigning ‘70s-Era 'Open Plan' Classrooms – 2012 DPS Bond Update from Denver Public Schools on Vimeo.