Friday Flash November 4, 2017

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Friday Flash   

Volume 23 Issue 8

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Message from the Principal....


Dear Centerville Families:

 Since conferences are occurring next week, I thought it would be a great time to pass along some tips to help make conferences more efficient and give you information you need.

1. Five important questions to ask at conferences:

• How is my child doing academically and how does my child compare to peers?

• What is my child expected to know by the end of the year?

• What types of homework should we expect and how can I support at home?

• How do you differentiate instruction to help my child?

• How is my child doing socially, emotionally and behaviorally?


2. After conferences, take some time to talk with your child about the information

you gathered. Start with the positives and focus on one or two items in which

the child can improve.


3. Let the teacher know if there is a specific topic you would like him/her to cover

at the beginning of the conference. This will help the teacher focus the discussion

around a topic that is relevant to your child’s success.


4. It is important to exchange information that impacts the child. If anything has

changed at home or at school, please let the teacher know so that it can be

addressed at the school site.


5. Stay positive during your conference time. Parents and teachers are partners.

The goal of the conference is to exchange information and have discussion as

to how you can support the child. Don’t waste valuable conference time on

negative items that do not impact the student’s success.


6. Stick to your scheduled time. A lot can be accomplished in the time you have

with the teacher if it is focused using some of the questions above. If you feel

you need more time, please contact the teacher at a later date to get additional



7. Work together on a game plan to help the child succeed academically and

behaviorally. Research strongly suggests that when teachers and parents work

together toward a common goal, students will succeed.


8. Do not get defensive about your child. A teacher spends 6.5 hours a day with

your child and does have insights into how your child is doing. However,

please share any ideas you have in order to help the teacher work more

effectively with your child.


I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for parent teacher conferences.

Together we can and will make a difference in the life of your child by having an

informative and thoughtful parent teacher conference.

 Have a great weekend! I look forward to seeing all of you at conferences.


Wayne Whitwam

Centerville Elementary Principal

upcoming events



Saddle up and get ready for our 2017 Fall Book Fair
November 15 – November 21

 11/15 – 9am-6pm

11/16 – 10am-5pm

11/17 – 10am-5pm

11/20 – 10am-5pm

11/21 – 9am-6pm

 We are always looking for more volunteers to help with the book fair.

 Below is a link if you would like to sign up to help.

November Lunch Menu


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.

Community Education

Gymnastics- Twisters (ages 8+)

There are a few spots remaining in the Monday night session of Twisters (formerly Gymnastics 8 and up) beginning Nov. 6.  After initial group warm-up, gymnasts will be divided each session into groups to work on skills appropriate for their level from beginner to intermediate.  Class begins Nov. 6.

 Trolls Musical Theater (ages 5-7)

Learn music and choreography from the trolls and put together a show that we will perform on the last day of class.  A fun adventure on stage!  Class begins Nov. 21.

Digital Backpack corner image

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 High School Theater- Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella- Senior preview (55+ only performance)

 Centennial Volleyball Club Tryout and Club Information (ages 8-14)

 Click HERE to browse the Digital Backpack.