Friday Flash September 15, 2017

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Friday Flash   

Volume 23  Issue 2

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Message from Mr. Whitwam....

Dear Parents,

The school year is definitely underway!  On Wednesday we had our first PBIS assembly of the year to celebrate having reviewed expectations for behavior throughout the building.   Mrs. Pung, our music teacher, wrote a new Centerville song based on a Beach Boys melody. Students and staff are just learning the song, but many staff members performed the new dance and helped get students excited for PBIS at the assembly.

Parent drop-off

Thank you!  This has been going very smoothly.  The only reminders are for parents to pull ahead so that we can continue to have multiple cars dropping students off at once.  This really keeps things moving.

Parent pick-up 

Parents are doing a great job of pulling forward while staying in line.  Cars/minivans parked to the right, by the loading dock and the garage, are in reserved spots for parents who are carpooling.  These parents can wait for multiple students and do not hold up the traffic flow.  In addition, if you do not normally pick-up, please park and walk into the building as paraprofessionals won’t know you or your car, and you will need to show your ID.

Final note

Staff park in the far portion of the parking lot and walk to leave space for parents throughout the day.  Please watch your speed as you leave.  We must keep everyone safe.

Have a great weekend!

Wayne Whitwam

Centerville Elementary Principal



Summer Reading Program Forms

All summer reading forms must be turned in by Tuesday, Sept. 19th if you want to participate in the award ceremony  Thanks for your help.


Pink Emergency Forms

 If you have not turned in your pink emergency form, please do so on Monday.  Those are very important to us in case of an emergency.



MAP Testing Starts Sept. 13th

2nd grade - 9/13 & 9/14

3rd grade - 9/21 & 9/25

4th grade - 9/18 & 9/19

5th grade - 9/18 & 9/19 & 9/20


Health Office News

Welcome to the start of a new school year. I just wanted to send a few reminders from the health office.

·         We have had a couple of cases of lice in the school and out in the Community.  I want to ENCOURAGE families to develop a routine to do regular lice checks at home, as early detection is the best prevention (every Friday after school, for example). 

-You can check your child for the following:  itching of the scalp, small brown or white       eggs (nits) attached to the individual hairs about an inch from the scalp, and tiny brown/transparent insect (lice) that can be hard to see and move very quickly.

-They cannot fly and are not known to carry disease.  More than anything we see them as a nuisance.  Treat your child as necessary (keeping in mind other members in the household).  It spreads through close head to head contact. (sleepovers, sharing hats, etc).

-Please report if your child has head lice.

·         If your child is sick, has a fever of 100 degrees or more, has vomited or had diarrhea, or is being treated for strep throat- they should not return to school unless they have been fever/symptom free without the use of a fever reducing medication such as Tylenol  (or on antibiotics for 24 hrs if they are being treated for strep throat). 

·         Also, make this a good time to review with your child the importance of good handwashing skills and reminding them to cover their coughs.


Recess Runners is Back

Recess Runners will begin on September 18th and will run for 2 weeks.  If your child is interested in running the track during their recess time, they will be getting a toe token for each mile that is run.  This is a highly participated activity.  Make sure they bring tennis shoes!

Movie in the Park

Centerville Park and Rec will be sponsoring another Movie in the Park 

Saturday, September 16th.  Click on the link above to see whats playing!



November 3rd

Community Education

Fall activities available online now:

Check out what’s coming up in Community Education:

Voice and Guitar Lessons (ages 10+)

Receive one-on-one instruction specific to your ability in private lessons.  For more information go online HERE.

 Hip Hop (ages 7-11)

Learn the latest styles of dance through body isolations, funky-styled steps and contemporary moves to the latest approved pop and hip hop music.  A special showing will take place on the final day of class.  Classes begin Sat., Oct. 7.

 ACE provides free Adult Basic Education

Free classes are offered to adults looking to earn their GED (General Education Degree) through Centennial Adult Continuing Education (ACE).  Convenient hours and one-on-one assistance can help learners make this dream come true.  The program is open to adults age 17 and over who are not enrolled in secondary schools.  Learners can also receive help with college prep, reading, writing and math skills.  Call to schedule a new student orientation at 763-398-2980.  Our hours are Monday and Wednesday, 9 am- 3 pm, Tuesday, 4:30- 8:30 pm and Thursday, 6- 8:30 pm. 

Digital Backpack banner

Welcome to the Digital Backpack, the district’s central posting place for community flyers.  If you have questions regarding these programs, please contact the organizations directly. 

What’s happening:

Great Wolf Swimming- Tryout Information

Girl Scouts River Valleys- Troop Formation Night

Click HERE to browse the Digital Backpack.