Friday Flash November 2, 2018

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Friday Flash   

 Volume 24 Issue 8

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Message from the Principal....


Dear Centerville Parents,

Thanks to all the parents who came out to support our book character parade.  The students had a great time and we are always glad when the weather cooperates so we can utilize the outside route and everyone can get a great view.

The two-hour late start included training for teachers on the new language arts curriculum, focusing on small group instruction.  The trainer stayed in the building all day and was available for teachers to meet with individually.  Paraprofessionals attended a training on equity and access at the district office.

Please make sure to put your child’s name on their winter gear.  Anything we find a name on is returned.  With cooler temperatures in the morning and above 50 at recess our lost and found is growing at a concerning rate.

Good luck this weekend to those of you who are hunters!

Wayne Whitwam


Centerville Apparel

Just a quick reminder: The online store that is selling Centennial/Centerville apparel will be closed after Sunday.  Last chance for some awesome holiday gifts!


Fall Book Fair


The fall book fair is coming to Centerville on November 15th.  It will run through November 21st.

Nov 15 - 10 am - 5 pm

Nov 16 - 10 am - 6 pm

Nov 19 - 10 am - 6 pm

Nov 20 - 10 am - 5 pm

Nov 21 - 10 am - 6 pm


Family Bingo Night is also going to be selling raffle tickets.  Here are a couple of the prizes: Hover board, Razor Scooter and a sled.  Don't miss out! 

Looking for Volunteers

Do you have some spare time?  The Centerville Parent Association is looking for volunteers.  The two events coming up are the Fall Book Fair and Family Bingo Night.  Unfortunately, events couldn't happen without wonderful volunteers like Centerville has.  Below are the links to both of the events:   Bingo   Book Fair


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. You DON’T have to be an artist or an art history major, we will train you!  During the month of January 2018, parents will present 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 it’s 22nd year here at CVE—needs parent volunteers for another successful year.  This year’s theme is Egypt’s Sunken Cities and is a special travelling exhibit.  This set is SO much fun, the kids will learn about excavating treasure, Egyptian pharaohs and harrowing tales of bravery and family.  This set 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 “oohs” 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.  Thank you for considering!!

News from the District


Community Education

Fencing (gr. 2-5)

Try this pulse-pounding sport deemed the “sport of the intellectual athlete.”  Safety will be our first priority.  All equipment is provided.  Learn skills, techniques and rules.  The session begins Nov. 14 at Rice Lake Elementary.

Grandparent Crafting & Holiday Baking (ages 3-8 with grandparent/s)

Enjoy quality time together making both a fun Santa munch popcorn snack to take home and share and an adorable tree craft using string.  This activity is held Dec. 8 at Centennial Middle School.    

Guided Night Hike (ages 8+/family)

Explore the night time world and some of the Minnesota animals that frequent it.  Take a night time trek around Wargo Nature Center’s Heritage Lab property listening for owls and looking at the stars.  Held Dec. 15 at Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve. 

Go online to view all activities:  

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 Wrestling 2018 Information