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February Family Paw Print

Staff Grants and Flexible Seating Investments:  Your Money at Work

As part of our commitment to provide our teachers and staff with the best resources possible to meet the educational, social, and emotional needs of our students, this year the PTO has awarded $2,000 in staff grants.  We are excited to see all of these wonderful resources put into use at Centennial Elementary.  We are also looking forward to having all of this year’s grant recipients present at our upcoming PTO meetings to share how this grant money is making a positive impact on our students and school.

Congratulations to the following PTO grant recipients:

  • Digsby and Ms. Ridgley – Materials and storage for literacy and fine motor skills activities
  • Smallwood – Updated articulation materials
  • Wroblewski – Social skills materials, educational supplies and tools for focus and control, and high-end pencil grips
  • Ernst – Classroom books and academic learning center resources
  • Richard – 4 “We Read Phonics” Book Sets
  • Gallagher – Sets of chapter books
  • Tucker – Books for classroom library
  • First Grade Team – 120 Board Pocket Charts*

* Thank you to Applied Coatings Technologies for providing additional funding to support this grant request.

Additionally, thanks to the overwhelming support of our McDonald’s Spirit Night in the fall, we are able to dedicate $700 in funds toward flexible seating options at Centennial.  Along with the special education department, several of the “specials” teachers, who impact all of the students on our campus, will be receiving requested flexible seating options to help enhance their learning environments.  We are excited to see all of these great resources put into use at Centennial and plan to continue to financially support making flexible seating options available on our campus.

February PTO Meeting

Our next general PTO meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 6th at 6:30 p.m.  In addition to discussing PTO business topics, we are also excited to kick off our “Grants in Action” guest speaker series by featuring three of our own wonderful Centennial Elementary teachers – Mrs. Digsby, Ms. Ridgley, and Mrs. Smallwood.

Remember that free childcare is available during all of our meetings.  PLEASE NOTE:  To better accommodate everyone’s needs, the general meetings will now take place in Mrs. Murphy’s Innovation Lab (Room 306 in the blue pod), and childcare will take place in the library.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Looking Ahead . . .

Please note that due to a scheduling conflict with the previously communicated date, the March PTO Meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 6th.  On top of hearing from more of our PTO grant recipients at that meeting, we will also set aside time to share information about various roles on the PTO board that will need to be filled at the conclusion of this school year.  We hope that you will make plans to not only hear our wonderful teachers speak, but you will also come to learn about how you can make a positive impact at Centennial by becoming part of the PTO board for the 2018-2019 school year.

Husky Spirit Wear Round 2

To help us show off our Husky pride and to catch anyone who was unable to purchase spirit wear in the fall, order forms will be heading your way soon.  If you want to take advantage of this year’s final spirit wear sale, please remember to return your form to school by Friday, March 2nd.

Parent-Teacher Conference Meals

One of the biggest thanks we consistently receive from the Centennial staff is when our PTO families provide meals for them during Parent-Teacher Conferences.  While the online sign-up for the upcoming conference meals is filling up, we still have some areas where we could use your help.  If you have not already done so, please consider signing up to bring something to help compliment the dinners and breakfast provided for the faculty during these designated days.  Most items are easy to pick up at the grocery store and don’t require a lot of time, money, or energy on your part.  These food donations do, however, make a world of difference in letting our staff know how much we appreciate everything they do for our kids on a daily basis.  To sign up to bring something for the February conferences (February 12, 13, and 15), please check out the following link – https://tinyurl.com/TeacherConferenceMeals.

Teacher Wishes

Many school personnel at Centennial and all around the world spend a great deal of their own money on classroom supplies that benefit their students.  Often they do it out of necessity, but also because they love what they do, and they want the very best for the children whose lives they impact every day.  During Parent-Teacher Conferences, the PTO has asked all of the Husky staff members to provide parents and families with ideas about what kinds of things they need and/or wish they had for their classrooms.  These wishes will be posted on large wish boards that will be placed in the main entrance to the school.  As you are visiting the school during conferences, please consider helping to fulfill the simple wishes of your child(ren)’s teacher(s).  Small investments in things like disinfecting wipes, clipboards, markers, books, etc. can be a huge help for our teachers and staff.  Thank you for considering their requests!

Ongoing Fundraising Opportunities:

Thank you to everyone who supported our spirit event at Chick-fil-A in Longmont! We had an incredible turnout, and we look forward to letting you know about our final earnings!

 Next Restaurant Spirit Night:

Zoup! February 20th, 5-8 p.m. – Up to 25% comes back to Centennial!

Box Tops for Education – Worth 10 cents each!

Thank you for your incredible support of our Winter Box Tops contest!  Volunteers are working hard to count all of the Box Tops that were turned in, and we are excited to see which classes will earn a special treat for bringing in the most for their respective grade levels as well as which class brought in the most for the whole school.  Even with this contest ending, please continue to send in Box Tops for the remainder of the year.  They really do add up and make a big difference!

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!

Upcoming Dates:

  • February PTO Meeting – 2/6
  • Parent Teacher Conference Meals – 2/12, 13, & 15
  • Zoup! Spirit Night – 2/20
  • Spirit Wear Order Forms Deadline – 3/2
  • March PTO Meeting – 3/6