Friday Flash October 6, 2017

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centerville elementary

Friday Flash   

Volume 23  Issue 5

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Message from Mr. Whitwam....

Dear Centerville Parents,

 Conference dates are scheduled for November 8th and 9th.  Some teachers will add additional times to insure they can meet with all parents. Conference survey forms will come home next week and are due by October 13th.  This gives parents the opportunity to let teachers know what times will work in their schedule.  Teachers will get together on October 23rd to coordinate conference times for siblings.  Parents will be notified by Oct. 27th of your scheduled conference time.

 We also want you to know that a teacher or parent can schedule a conference whenever they feel it would be beneficial.  The timing and frequency of a parent-teacher conference truly depends on the individual student.  We believe this flexibility improves communication and better meets each child’s individual needs.

 It is important for you to know that:

·        You can meet with your child’s teacher at any time during the school year to discuss your child’s learning progress.

·        Conferences can be scheduled during or outside the school day in order to meet both the parents’ and teacher’s availability.

·        We ask that families honor our goal of having one conference per student unless it is legally necessary to have two conferences. We find it beneficial for the parents to participate in the conference together so there is no miscommunication. If you need accommodations please contact Mr. Whitwam at 763-792-5801.

 Feel free to e-mail your child’s teacher to request a conference or ask any questions.  If you go to our website, teacher’s e-mails can be found by clicking on “Teachers” and “Staff.”


 Wayne Whitwam

Centerville 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.

how people lived

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.



CMS PTO Sponsor Internet Safety Night


District News

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Drug Awareness and Education: Tips Every parent should know!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Pines School Gym, 7555 4th Avenue, Lino Lakes

Join us for pizza and a presentation on teen substance use by Officer Jackie McIntosh, Lino Lakes Police Department. Presentation is for adults only.

 Everyone is invited; event is FREE!

 Pizza and soda served at 5:30 pm

Presentation: 5:45pm-6:45pm, Q&A follows

 Questions? Contact Lori at 763.278.4010 or;, or

Community Education

NEW!  Sweet Halloween Craft Party (ages 4-9)

Spend a Saturday creating a spooky Halloween scene out of loads of “sweet” art supplies including candy corn and more!  Be sure to wear your costume to the class for even more fun.  This activity is being held Sat., Oct. 10 at CHS West Cafeteria.

 NEW!  Basketball Open Gym (adult)

Grownups need playtime in the gym too!  The Centennial Middle School gyms will be available for open gym basketball Sunday nights.  Stay active and work on your skills.  Drop in and pay at the door.  Find more details HERE or call 763-792-6100. 

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 District Honor Choir (gr. 4-5)

 Click HERE to browse the Digital Backpack.