Friday Flash January 18, 2018

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Friday Flash   

Volume 24 Issue 17

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Message from the Principal....


Dear Parents,

I wanted to follow up on a few questions that came up at our CPTA meeting on Tuesday night.  The first is where to find the passport maps.  The maps are all posted in the Passport Club Schoology course that students have access to.  In addition, the maps are accessible on the Passport Club website.  The password needed to access the maps is: HelloWorld (case sensitive)

Here is a link to the site:

The second was how the new language arts assessments are graded. The new curriculum is extremely rigorous.  I believe we need to not get caught up in grades as much as the effort a student is putting forth.  These assessments are very difficult and a lower score helpS us know which skills to work on.  Especially at the intermediate level, these lower scores are causing anxiety in both students and adults.  However, I think the message we need to send our children is that it’s ok if you don’t know these skills YET.  This is truly a growth mindset that our children need the rest of their lives.  If parents want to help - encourage your child to keep trying their best and keep reading. I went to a conference by reading expert, Richard Allington, and he started off by saying, “the best way for students to improve reading scores is to read”.  I didn’t think it could be that simple, especially since this was a 2 day conference!  I do believe there is more to it, but I also don’t underestimate the importance of reading.

Have a great weekend!

Wayne Whitwam

Books and Breakfast


Below is the link to sign up for Books and Breakfast.  This has always had a large turnout.  Please make sure that you sign up so that we know how many people will be attending.





Spring Carnival Bookmark/Poster Contest!!

THANK YOU to all the students who submitted Carnival bookmarks!

A winner will be chosen and announced soon!!

Below is the link to our January CPTA Meeting:




Dairy Queen Partnering with Centerville

Fourteen Foods & Dairy Queen have become a sponsor to Centerville Elementary.  They have donated certificates that our students can earn or win.  They have also allowed us to put in our Friday Flash, a coupon that parents will certainly love.  We hope you enjoy this!

Let's support our local supporters!


Give Kids A Smile

Each year, dental professionals from across the state participate in Give Kids a Smile, providing free dental care to children in need. The event takes place on the first Friday and Saturday of February and is made possible by the collaborative effort of the Minnesota Dental Association, volunteer dentists, and our generous sponsors. Please read the program newsletter to learn more about last year’s event.

Find a Participating Clinic

News from the District

2019-20 KC Preschool Registration Coming Soon!  

Did you know that Centennial School District runs a full-day preschool program for children who are 4 by September 1, 2019? Registration begins on January 15 at 8:00 am for Blue Heron, Centerville, Centennial, Golden Lake and Rice Lake Elementary. Some classrooms fill up quickly, register early!

KC Preschool provides a year-before-kindergarten experience designed to help children prepare to enter kindergarten with the skills and behaviors necessary to be successful. Preschoolers work on listening, personal and social development, language and literacy, thinking and math skills through guided play, group time, and social interaction. Activities include language arts, math, science, art, large muscle (gym and outside), dramatic play, blocks, and music. KC Preschool utilizes Creative Curriculum for Preschool and Everyday Math and is taught by licensed teachers.  

For more information please contact Dawn Turnblad at 763-792-6193, or Sara Ison at 763-792-6111, or visit the KC Preschool webpage at Enroll online through Eleyo

Community Education

Pulley Engineers (gr. 1-5) after school at Centerville Elementary!

Learn basic engineering concepts in a fun setting after school. Use Lego bricks to build a street sweeper, racer and design their own egg beater. The projects will all incorporate the use of a pulley. Class begins Jan. 30 after school at Centerville Elementary.

Happening soon:

Mini Cheer Clinic (gr. 1-4)

Fencing (gr. 2-5)

Paint a Portrait of Your Pet (gr. 3-6)

Intro to Coding with Scratch (gr. 1-4)

Valentine’s Party (ages 4-10)

Animal Tracking (ages 10+)

View all winter activities online now,

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.   

City of Centerville-Skate & Sled Night at the Park