September 28, 2018

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Friday Flash   

Volume 24  Issue 4

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Message from the Principal....


Dear Centerville Parents,

Students and staff ended the week in spirit wear as we celebrate homecoming at Centennial.  I hope to see some of you at the football game tonight!

I want to thank the parents who coordinate our CPTA direct drive and thank the families who donate. The money raised helps all of our students and without it many opportunities would not be possible.  Our district is focusing on equity and opportunity for students.  I want parents to know that the CPTA fills every seat on the limo.  For example, if the limo seats 21 students per ride and we have 15 students that gave $100, the CPTA draws 6 names from those students who donated any amount.  If only 3 other families donated at that grade level then we draw Cougar Pride tickets for the remaining seats.  When it comes to fundraising there is no way to make it completely equitable, but the CPTA does a great job of giving everyone a chance while at the same time raising valuable funds for our school.

 Hope you all have a great weekend,

 Wayne Whitwam

 * I received a question this week about putting a freeze on lunch accounts for seconds and extras, like juice.  If you have any questions or would like to put limits on your child’s account please contact Heidi Erickson: or call 763-792-5422.



Reminder that students do not have school on Monday, October 1st.


Conference Potluck Sign-Up

Fall Conferences will be here Monday, October 15th and Tuesday, October 16th.  Because these days are very long for our teachers, we like to provide them with food, so they can grab a bite to eat before their evening begins, or during conference breaks.

Please use the Signup Genius below if you are willing to donate.  We would like all items to be at school by 3 PM on the day of conferences to give us time to set it all up. 

Thank you for your generosity!

If you have any questions, please call Judy Montain in the office at 763-792-5804.


Hats For Sale

Our weather is starting to shift and we are well on our way into the school year! We are excited to be offering Centennial hats for purchase soon! Watch for a flyer/order form to be coming home within the next week! The hats will be $20 and will be available in red or black!

CPTA Movie



News from the District

Centennial Schools is conducting a referendum on Tuesday, November 6, with two ballot questions—an operational levy to maintain programs and services in our schools and a bond to help ensure safety for students and staff, update aging facilities and technology. You can learn more about the referendum and these two questions online.

In Minnesota, you can vote early with an absentee ballot starting on Friday, September 21. Learn more about early voting at online.

 Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Congratulations to two members of the Centennial community who were inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, September 28 as part of the homecoming festivities. Deb Kline (’78) is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award; Phyllis Hitchcock is the recipient of a Distinguished Service award for service from 1977-2017. Learn more about the Hall of Fame or nominate someone for the Class of 2019 at


Community Education

Musical Theater begins Tuesday, Oct. 2.  This is a great opportunity for kids to learn how to use their imagination to generate creativity. Students learn how to speak lines, how to work together and incorporate fun props on stage.  Class is held Tuesday evenings with a performance the last 30 minutes of the final class.   

The Little Mermaid (ages 3-4)

Coco (ages 5-7)

A Wrinkle in Time (ages 7-12)

 A new session of dance begins Saturday, Oct. 6 at QC Dance:

Intro to Dance (ages 3-5)

Lil’ Hip Hoppers (ages 4-6)

Hip Hop (ages 7 and up)

Children in dance have the opportunity to learn expression, teamwork, focus, discipline and many other beneficial skills.

 Other upcoming activities:

NEW! Cheer Clinic (gr. 2-5)

Sports Mania (ages 4-6)

 Go online to view all activities and registration:   

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:

Click HERE to browse the Digital Backpack. 

Centennial Youth Hockey Association-2018-19 Information