Oct. 16, 2019 Cub Chronicle

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Centennial Elementary

Cub Chronicle    

Oct.ober 16, 2019

Please do not reply to this email. Contact us by email at:dhudgens@isd12.org

News From Kathy Kaiser

With Halloween approaching, families might be in the middle of deciding on costumes for their children.  Below are guidelines for our Halloween parade on Thursday, Oct. 31.  Students in Preschool through 2nd grade will parade around the hallways of our school.  Older students line the hallways and cheer them on as they stroll past. 

Halloween Guidelines

  • Teachers will notify parents and guardians in advance of specific Halloween activities for their grade level and/or their classroom. Parents have the option of having their children spend the “party time” elsewhere (one of the grade-level classrooms might be a “quiet room,” or go to the library, etc.)  Teachers will develop a plan so that no child feels left out, regardless of their level of participation.  
  • Preschool through Grade 2 students may wear costumes. Specific time frames for wearing costumes will be decided by the grade level teams.
  • Grades 3-5 teachers will decide their students’ level of participation (wearing costumes, special colors, etc.) and will let the parents and principal know in advance.
  • NO plastic look-alike weapons such as guns, knives, pitchforks, swords. No overly gory, scary, or offensive costumes allowed.  No hurtful or harassing messages allowed.  Students wearing these items will be asked to remove them for the entire day.  Difficult or “borderline” situations should be referred to the office for assistance.  
  • Costumes, face paint and masks are only allowed as long as it doesn't mask the person's identity nor cause a problem.
  • Hair spray, glitter hair spray, or colored hair spray is NOT allowed due to the strong inhalant properties.
  • Students should be able to change into/out of their costume in the classroom (not the bathrooms).
  • If students have gym on the day of celebration, costumes will not be worn during gym class or during recess.
  • Guests watching the parade (at 9:45 am on Oct. 31) will be located in the library. 




Thurs., Oct. 17      No School/MEA

Fri., Oct. 18           No School/MEA

Wed., Oct. 23        Site Council meeting 8:05 am in CTE Conference Room
                              Unity Day is today:  wear orange!

Thurs., Oct. 31       Halloween Parade 9:45 am 

Fri., Nov. 1             Two hour late start day for students.  Please note: 

  • no AM Kids Club (staff have training)
  • buses run 2 hours later than scheduled
  • students may arrive at school no earlier than 10:55 am

CogAT testing for Grades 2 and 4 is October 22, 23, 24 in the morning.  If possible, please do not schedule appointments for your student on these dates.  



Centennial's Got Talent Variety Show
Friday, January 31st, 2020

Save the date, get an act together, and start rehearsing!

Thursday, Nov. 7    Sign up forms sent home in Friday Folders

Wednesday, Nov. 27    Sign up forms due back to school

Dec. 2-6  Sign Up Genius sent out for auditions

Dec. 10 & 12  Auditions in Little Theater

Friday, Dec. 20   Acceptance letters go home

Unity Day is Wednesday, October 23rd

Wear ORANGE on this day!

We are asking students and staff to wear orange on this day to show their support for creating a community of kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

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Volunteers needed for the yearbook! 

Could you help out with organizing photos for the yearbook?  Please sign up to help with an event page (such as the Halloween Parade), or choose a grade level.  We'd love your help!  A cell phone camera works just fine.  No experience is needed.  Feel free to text/call Jennifer 612-730-8377, or sign up with the link below.


Our next meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 13th at 5:30 pm in the CTE conference room.  Everyone is welcome to join us!


School Closing Info

Before the cold weather arrives, please review our district's school closing information.  This link gives information on what is canceled when all schools are closed, as well as details on what's closed or canceled in the event of early dismissal or a late start (due to weather or an emergency). 

Worried about your struggling reader?

Join parents from our district to discuss tips and ideas for supporting your child in school and home. We meet monthly to network and share ideas and resources. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 7 PM – 8 PM  

Centennial Middle School Media Center

Funded through a grant from Centennial Area Education Fund  

Hosted by Centennial Dyslexia Connection

Future meeting dates: Nov. 19 and Dec. 17

About Centennial Dyslexia Connection: Our goal is to build a community of support for Centennial students with dyslexia or reading challenges and their families. This group is to connect with other parents and provide discussion for families in the challenges they face. Dealing with dyslexia and reading challenges can be isolating and discouraging. Connection builds bridges. For more info see our Facebook group "Centennial Dyslexia Connection"

News from the District

How to Get School Closing Info by Text
Do you want to receive school closing and emergency information by text? Text "Y" or "YES" to 67587 to receive school closing information. If you have already opted in to receive information, you're set!

Community Education

Raptors of Minnesota (family, all ages) *Here at Centennial Elementary Little Theater- next Tuesday, Oct. 22.  This is a fantastic opportunity for CTE families and more to view some of Minnesota’s most amazing birds of prey right here at the Little Theater.  Presentation includes live hawks and owls and information about the amazing adaptations raptors rely on to find prey, hide, defend territory and take care of their young.

Amazing Fall Colors (gr. K-5) –*After school at CTE!

Explore the fall colors of “back-to-school,” including a detailed gumball machine, a sandwich and an Egyptian headdress.  Learn to illustrate a fall-inspired scene. Students will learn about color, pattern, design, marker rendering skills and more.  Class begins Nov. 4 after school at Centennial Elementary.


Intro to Ninja (ages 6-13)

Young ninjas develop strength and agility during this course by learning different styles and techniques to master all obstacles. Increase flexibility, problem solving and coordination that can be transferred into ninja levels testing or enhance other athletic performances. This course includes open gyms, so you can practice what you learned during your class!  Next session begins Thursday, Nov. 7.



Halloween Hustle 5K (family, all ages)

Fencing (gr. 2-5)

The Frozen Princesses (ages 4-9)


Go online to view all activities and to register, isd12.org/community-education.

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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.  Click HERE to browse the Digital Backpack.  

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