Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!

Dear Centennial Students, Parents, and Families,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! I am so excited to be principal at Centennial Elementary School for this upcoming school year. Teachers and staff are busy preparing their classrooms and our school for an exciting year of learning. We are looking forward to hearing about your summer adventures, connecting with returning families, and meeting our newest Centennial Blue Jays.

As with any new school year, we have many changes and new faces joining our staff. Please help me in welcoming the newest Centennial Blue Jays

Meegan Ward, First Grade

Giner Latta, First Grade

Browyn Hood, First Grade

Aaron Mowroy, Second Grade

Valeri Rankins, Fifth Grade

Teresa Blake, TOSA

We are very excited to have these skilled teachers who are passionate about your kids and their academic progress.

I will try to cover some of the essentials in this letter. Hopefully it answers some of the more ‘pressing’ questions that you might have before school starts. Please read it carefully as there could be some important changes! The parent handbook will be posted to our website and copies available upon request in the office.

Class Lists:

We will be finalizing the 1st-5th grade class lists after registration day. Finalized class lists will be posted by 4:00pm on Friday, August 31st in the front office windows. Kindergarten lists and meet the teacher will happen Friday, September 7th from 3:00-5:00pm.

School Supplies:

A list of required school supplies is included in this mailing.

Meet Your Teacher and Popsicles with the Principal:

1st-5th grades come and meet your new teacher and drop off your school supplies on Tuesday, September 4th from 2:45-3:45pm. You can go into your new classroom and put away your supplies and meet your teacher. Lastly, say “hello” to your new principal and get a popsicle on your way out of the front.

Kindergarten:

Kindergarten runs from 8:352:50Please note that the first week of kindergarten includes a staggered start. A staggered start means that half the class will attend kindergarten the first day of school and the other half the second day of school. No kindergarten students will attend school on Friday. All students will return Monday, September 10thThe staggered start helps greatly with the transition to school for our new kindergarteners.

Wednesday, September 5thKindergarten students with last names starting with A-M only.

Thursday, September 6thKindergarten students with last names starting with N-Z only.

Friday, September 7thNo kindergarten students will attend school

Friday, September 7th: Kindergarten class lists posted in the front windows by 3:00

Friday, September 7th: Kindergarten “Meet the Teacher” 3:00-5:00pm

Monday, September 11th: First day of kindergarten for all students

Bus Routes:

Please check the district website for the 2018 – 2019 bus routes: www.springfield.k12.or.us or call (541) 744-6373. Please take some time to review bus behavior and stops with your child.

Dress for Success: Please ensure your child wears appropriate clothes for school. Shorts should be long and shirts fully covering the belly. Spaghetti strap tank tops/dresses, flip flops and high heels should be saved for home.

Arrival and Dismissal:

There is NO SUPERVISION BEFORE 8:15 please do not leave your students unsupervised at school. Doors open at 8:25. Students who eat breakfast at school may enter the school at 8:00. We begin our day promptly at 8:35. Attendance will be sent to the office at that time. If your child arrives after 8:35, please stop by the office to check in.

School ends every day at 2:50 except for early release Fridays when school will end at 12:30.

We have academic groups running until the very end of the school day. Please be aware your student is missing instruction if he/she leaves early for an appointment. Please make appointments after school hours or on Early Release Friday’s if at all possible.

Follow the directions of our adults and students on safety patrol.

Park in parking spaces only.

We do not have student supervision after 2:50. Please be prompt when picking up your child after school.

A written note or phone call is required prior to 2:00pm if your child’s typical transportation home is changing. Without a note/phone call your child will be sent home by their regular form of transportation.

Attendance: Oregon Law requires that you ensure your child maintains regular attendance and this includes arriving on time. An absence is considered excused only in the case of a family death, student illness or doctor appointment. If your child misses school due to a medical appointment, we are happy to excuse him/her when a note from the medical provider is submitted to the office. All other absences are marked as unexcused including family vacations. Please remember to contact the school when there will be or has been an absence by 9:00am the day of the absence.

Early Release Fridays:

Elementary early release is 12:30pm. For a full list of early release Fridays, please see the district calendar included in this mailing. Students will be served lunch just as they are on a regular school day.

Free Breakfast and Lunch Program:

Families who meet the income guidelines may submit an application for free and reduced lunch. That application can be found on our district website or in our front office. Otherwise student breakfast cost $1.25 and $2.00 for adults. Lunch costs $2.65 per day for students and $3.60 for adults. Payments to student accounts can be made in the school office or visit www.myschoolbucks.com to see your students account.

Healthy Classroom and School Guidelines:

Springfield Schools has adopted guidelines for classroom snacks and parties to make certain that students receive healthy foods during the school day. We ask that families follow the guidelines for whole class snacks and treats. If you want more information visit the Health Services page on the district website.

Curriculum Night/Open House:

We will be hosting a curriculum night on Thursday, September 20th from 6:00 – 7:00pmDuring this evening event teachers will share information regarding instruction and learning in their classrooms and in the school. More information to come as we get closer to the event.

Please note these important dates on your calendar:

Wednesday, August 22nd New Student Registration – 8:00 – 12:00 and 12:30 – 4:00

Friday, August 31st Class Lists Posted in the Front Windows by 3:45

Tuesday, September 4th Meet Your Teacher and Popsicles with the Principal 2:45-3:45

Wednesday, September 5th FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL 8:35 – 2:50

Friday, September 7th Kindergarten Meet the Teacher 3:00 – 5:00

Monday, September 10th First Day of School for ALL Kindergarteners 8:35 – 2:50

Thursday, September 20th Open House/Curriculum Night 6:00-7:00

Friday, September 21st First Early Release Friday: Elementary students released at 12:30

Social Media/Facebook:

Please join our NEW Centennial Elementary School Facebook page if you haven’t done so already! We are going to be posting announcements and events weekly, this is a great and easy way to stay connected. Our school website will be undergoing a facelift this year. Be watching for more information. https://www.facebook.com/CentennialBlueJays/

I am privileged to have the opportunity to serve as your principal, and I am honored to work with our qualified and dedicated staff, our wonderful students, and supportive parents. The elementary years are critical times of development for students and families, and I look forward to working with you to make this school year successful. We are so thrilled to get the students back in the classrooms for another year of academic and personal growth!

Amy Halley

Principal of Centennial Elementary School

Amy.Halley@Springfield.k12.or.us

(541) 744-6383

2018-19 Centennial School Supply List

Kinder

First

Second

Third

Fourth

Fifth

Ticonderoga #2 Pencils

12 pencils

48 pencils

48 pencils

24 pencils

48 pencils

48 pencils

Crayola Crayons

24 pack

2 packs of 24

2 packs of 24

24 pack

Pencil Sharpener

1 (with shavings collector)

Pencil top erasers

1 box

1 box

Crayola Thin Markers

1

1 (or thick)

1 (or thick)

Optional

1

1

Crayola Thick Marker

1 (or thin)

1 (or thin)

Optional

Elmer’s Glue

1 bottle (8 oz.)

1 bottle (4 oz.)

1 bottle (4 oz.)

1 bottle (8 oz.)

1 (optional tacky glue)

Glue Stick

10

6

6

1

6

1

Crayola Colored Pencils

12 pack

12 pack

12 pack

12 pack

2 (12 packs)

2 (12 packs)

Watercolors

1 set

1 set

1 set

Scissors

1 pair

1 pair

1 pair

1 pair

1 pair

1 pair

Sharpie

1 black

1 black

2 black

Expo Dry Erase Markers (Thin)

10

3

3

2

4

Pink Pearl Eraser

1

2

Index Cards

1 package (lined)

Notebook Paper

1 pack (wide rule)

2 wide rule

Spiral Notebooks

1 wide rule

1 wide rule

2 wide rule

3 wide rule

2 wide rule

Plain 2-pocket folders

6

6

3~ (3 prong) 1~ sturdy folder for homework

4

4

Composition Notebook

3 wide rule

3 wide rule

Pencil Box

1

1

Zippered pencil pouch

1

Post-its

1 pack

1 pack

Tissue

1 box

1 box

1 box

2 boxes

1 box

1 box

Ziploc Bags

1 box Gallon 1 box Sandwich

Optional: sandwich, quart, gallon

Optional: sandwich, quart, gallon

Baby wipes

1 container

1 container

1 container

1 container

1 container

1 container

Yellow Highlighter

1 optional

1

2

Hand Sanitizer

Optional

1

1

Ruler

12” (with cm)

Backpack

Every child needs 1 backpack labeled with child’s name

PE Shoes

Every child needs a pair of (athletic) shoes appropriate for PE/Recess

*We always except donations of reams of white copy paper

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