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December Family Paw Print

 “Happy Husky Holidays” Open House – Thank you!

Thanks to all of our amazing volunteers as well as all of our Husky families who participated, the “Happy Husky Holidays” Open House event was a huge success.  We thoroughly enjoyed the musical entertainment provided by our wonderful school choir, the “Husky Howlers”, under the direction of our great music teacher, Ms. Rogers.  We were also thankful for the work of Student Council members, with the guidance of their sponsor, Ms. Valdez, who organized over 700 food items that our generous Husky families brought in during the festivities.  Additionally, we were thrilled to partner with Mrs. Adams and the Mission Possible Kids Organization in providing a special Santa letter writing station.  For each of the 300 letters collected, Macy’s will be donating $2 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant the wishes of critically ill children.  In addition to the delicious cocoa and cookies and holiday crafts, we were also fortunate to hear some special stories shared by our own incredible Centennial staff members.  We greatly appreciate our amazing photographer for the night, Chris Tone, who captured your fun and fancy family photos.  These pictures will be returned to families in Friday Folders prior to the winter break.  Thank you, again, to everyone who played a part in this special kickoff to the holiday season!

Giving Tree Donations & Gift Wrapping

Once again, our Husky families went above and beyond in providing gifts for some of our families who need a little extra assistance this holiday season.  Generous donors claimed all of the tags, and the presents, along with teacher gifts for students, were all wrapped in record time by a special group of volunteers.  We cannot thank everyone enough for your participation in these efforts to provide a magical holiday experience for those who need it most right here at Centennial.

Planning Ahead:  Donation Request

If you like clearance shopping after the holidays, the PTO needs bows, bags, clothing boxes, tape, and other wrapping supplies for next year’s Giving Tree and staff gifts to students.  Many stores will have these items marked 70-90% off, so please keep the PTO in mind as you are stocking up.  We can store them at the school so you can send your donations to the front office at any time.  Thank you for considering this special request!

December PTO Meeting:  Focus on Safety

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, December 12th, at 6:30 p.m. in the library.  As always, free childcare will be available during the meeting for children ages 3 and up.  This month, in addition to our PTO business, we are fortunate to have Stacy Gahagen, the Security Manager for St. Vrain Valley Schools, as our special guest speaker.  We look forward to hearing her speak about the measures that are in place to keep our students safe at school.  This is also a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you have regarding this very important topic.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Staff Favorites – With the holidays rapidly approaching, we just want to remind you that Staff Favorites can be easily found on our PTO web site.  From their favorite colors to their go-to sweet treats and everything else in between, we hope this will serve as a great tool for you to help support, and perhaps, do something special for the incredible people who do so much for our kids every day.  Visit our site at www.ptocentennial.com/our-staff/staff-favorites/

Do you “Like” our PTO?

If you have a Facebook account, we want to encourage you to “Like” our Centennial Elementary PTO Facebook page, if you have not done so already.  Facebook is one of the communication tools that our organization utilizes on a regular basis to keep our Husky families “in the loop” about what is going on with the PTO.

Ongoing Fundraising Opportunities

Restaurant Spirit Event:

Texas Roadhouse – Thank you to everyone who attended our November spirit event at Texas Roadhouse!  We hope to hear our final total amount from that night soon.  We greatly appreciate your support!




Next Restaurant Spirit Night:  Chipotle in Longmont

  • 1100 Ken Pratt Blvd., Suite B
  • Wednesday, December 13th
  • 4-8 p.m.
  • Before you pay for your meal, remember to show the fundraiser flyer (hard copy or on your phone) or tell the cashier at checkout that you are there for the Centennial PTO fundraiser.
  • 50% of sales come back to Centennial!

Box Tops for Education – Worth 10 cents each!

It’s that time again!  The Winter Box Tops Contest is taking place between December 1-January 31.  With all of the holiday festivities going on, you are sure to find Box Tops in abundance on all of your favorite ingredients and supplies!  Each grade level will have a top-winning classroom for this contest, and those students will receive a special surprise in February for their efforts.  Remember to keep clipping and collecting those Box Tops throughout the holiday season.  They really do add up quickly and make a big difference for our school!

Longmont Dairy Milk Caps – Worth 5 cents each!

King Soopers Reloadable Gift Cards – For every purchase you make using the card, our school receives 5% back!

myON Winter Reading Challenge

What better way to spend those chilly winter break days than curling up with a good book?  All St. Vrain Valley elementary schools and preschools are invited to participate in the district’s Winter Reading Challenge.  The competition takes places from December 15-January 2.  All you have to do is record the number of minutes read during that timeframe using the myON reader program at http://stvra.in/myon.  Prizes (up to $3,000) will be awarded to the schools with the highest average minutes read per student (total minutes/enrollment.)  All funds will be used to enhance reading programs.  If you have questions about the login information for your child, please contact his/her teacher.  Let’s get reading, Centennial!

Spirit Wear – It has come to our attention that a very small portion of the spirit wear that was distributed this fall has some of the print coming off after typical washing and proper care.  We want to make sure that you are completely satisfied with the clothing you ordered, so we ask that you please let us know (cnelpto@gmail.com) by December 31st if this rare defect has impacted your purchase, and we will do our best to have your shirt(s) replaced as soon as possible.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Winter Box Tops Contest – 12/1-1/31
  • December PTO Meeting – 12/12
  • Chipotle Spirit Night – 12/13
  • myON Reading Challenge – 12/15-1/2
  • January PTO Meeting – 1/9

“When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.” – Harold Kushner

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