Friday Flash September 29, 2017

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centerville elementary

Friday Flash   

Volume 23  Issue 4

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Message from Mr. Whitwam....

Dear Centerville Parents,

 I want to thank the nearly 30 parent volunteers who helped make recess runners a huge success!  Not only does this activity get students moving and promote healthy habits, but it also allows new students to participate in an activity where they can make new friends while they work toward a goal each day.

 Please remember that students do not have school on Monday, October 2nd, as it is a professional development day for staff.  Staff will spend the morning at the district office working on a book study. They will also be providing feedback on a literacy review as we look to adopt new reading materials.  In the afternoon, teachers in grades k-2 have a trainer coming in from Razz Kids so we can utilize these reading resources to their full potential.  Teachers who work with students in grades 3-5 will work on incorporating AVID teaching strategies into our curriculum.

 Have a great weekend,

 Wayne Whitwam

Elementary Principal

Direct Drive 2017

The Direct Drive is in full swing.  If you didn't receive a Direct Drive 2017 form, click on the link above and check it out.  This is our big fundraiser for the year.    Thank you in advance for your participation.

upcoming events


Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers that would like to help out our teaching staff with both working with students that could benefit from extra help and helping with cutting, pasting, and all kinds of fun stuff!  We are looking for someone who can come at the same time each week but on your schedule. We had two awesome volunteers last year that we set up a Google.doc for and had teachers sign up when they could use the help.  It worked beautifully. If you are interested, please contact Judy Montain at


Art Adventure Volunteers Needed

 The Art Adventure program at Centerville Elementary is currently seeking volunteers.  We need “Picture People” to help present works of art to CVE students. The Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) offers parent volunteers training and materials on specific works of art, this is usually one morning or evening in November. During the month of January 2018, parents then present the art to CVE students in their classrooms.   We will work around your schedule the best we can, and try to pair parents with their own kids’ classrooms – in most cases this means 1 to 1.5 hours, once a week for the month of January. 

 This valuable program—now in its 21st year here at CVE—needs parent volunteers for another successful year.  This year’s theme is How People Lived and will certainly spark lots of insights and discussion from the children.  The kids LOVE this program, they look forward to it every year and there is no sweeter sound than the “ooohs” and “aaaahs” when we show them the art we brought in that day.  If you want to see Art Adventure in action please check out this website:

 Please consider being a part of the Art Adventure program here at CVE.  If you are interested or would like more information, contact Gretchen Tieu at or 651-283-6673.


District News


Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Three members of the Centennial community were inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, September 22 as part of the homecoming festivities. Mike Diggins (’82) is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award; Distinguished Service awards were given to Glen Huebner, for service from 1964-1998, and Mike Watson, for service from 1978-2010 and 2013-2016. Learn more about the Hall of Fame or nominate someone for the Class of 2018 at

Community Education

Robotic Builders:  Battlebots (gr. 1-5)

Learn fundamentals of simple machines, engineering, programming and more with all new Lego Wedo Robotics builds.  Class is held Sat., Oct. 7. 


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.  Class is held at QC Dance beginning Sat., Oct. 7.

Lil’ Hoppers (ages 4-6)

Kids will have fun moving to the latest approved pop and hip hop music and learn dance steps and movements at the same time.  A special showing will take place on the final day.  Class is held at QC Dance beginning Sat., Oct. 7. 

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:

Centennial Hockey 2017-18 Information (gr. K-3)

Pack 432 Centerville Cub Scouts (gr. K-5)


Click HERE to browse the Digital Backpack.