Nearby Nature No School Day Adventures

Looking for somewhere fun to send you kid/s during the upcoming No School Days? Why not a No School Day Adventure with Nearby Nature? Nearby Nature No School Day Adventures are modeled after our summer daycamps. Taught by experienced environmental educators, our programs encompass science, hiking, art, and play. Cost: $45 members/$50 non-members. Scholarships are available. Ages 6-9, max 12 kids. Outdoors in local parks. To register, visit or call 541-687-9699.

Talon and Tweets NSD, January 21st, 8:30am-3pm in Alton Baker Park: 

Discover who’s tweeting in Alton Baker Park. Practice beak techniques, check out our talon collection, experiment with feathers and flight, and make a cool bird mask. Go on a bird watching walk in the park.
How to Hide NSD, February 1st, 8:30am-3pm in Alton Baker Park:
Spots, stripes and masks, oh my! How do colors and markings help animals survive in the wild? Answer these questions and more as we play camouflage games, explore nature nearby, and create colorful critters to take home.

Nature’s Busy Builders NSD, February 18th, 8:30am-3pm in Alton Baker Park: 
Enjoy a building adventure in nature nearby. Make a bird nest and your own fairy fort or gnome home. Go on an animal homes scavenger hunt and create your own fort from our Nature’s Builders Playspace super blocks.
About us: Nearby Nature is a non-profit education organization based in Eugene, Oregon. Founded in 1992, our group is dedicated to fostering appreciation of nature nearby and providing tools for ecological living.
Thanks as always!
ShyAnne Groberg 
Education Coordinator
Nearby Nature | | Office: 541-687-9699 ext. 2

Are you missing a coat or two???

Is your child(ren) missing their coat? We just might have it here in room 1! From September until now, students have misplaced four large bags full of coats, sweatshirts, vests and more here at school. Any items with names in them have been returned to the student. We strongly encourage families to put names in their coats. If you believe that we may have a missing item that belongs to you, please come to room 1 any day to claim it. Any items left at school by this Friday, Dec. 21st will be donated to a local organization such as St. Vincent de Paul or Goodwill. Thank you for your understanding.IMG_5103

¿Su hijo (s) falta su abrigo? ¡Podríamos tenerlo aquí en la habitación 1! Desde septiembre hasta ahora, los estudiantes han perdido cuatro bolsas grandes llenas de abrigos, sudaderas, chalecos y más aquí en la escuela. Todos los artículos con nombres en ellos han sido devueltos al estudiante. Alentamos a las familias a poner nombres en sus abrigos. Si cree que podemos perder un artículo que le pertenece, acuda a la sala 1 cualquier día para reclamarlo. Cualquier artículo que se deje en la escuela este viernes, 21 de diciembre, será donado a una organización local como St. Vincent de Paul o Goodwill. Gracias por su comprensión.


Annual U of O Science and Invention Fair

Greetings Science Lovers!

Once again, the SPICE program at the University of Oregon will be holding the annual UO Science and Invention Fair for K-8 students on campus during Winter term.
The Fair will be held on the UO campus on April 13, 2019
In order to support students in developing science fair projects the SPICE program provides a series of hands on workshops in science fair project development. We will send instructors to local classrooms and non-profit groups to lead the workshops and assist students in developing projects.
Workshop visits will happen mid-January-March 2019, but we’d also love to visit your classroom sometime in mid-January (15-20 minutes) to introduce the fair and help your students get a jumpstart on their projects. Please share with teachers and friends!
To learn more and sign up for visits, please visit our workshop information page here.
Best wishes,
UO Science Fair Team

Toys for Tots Information

Please follow this link toys for tots to find out more information about this wonderful holiday blessing for our local families.


New secretary starting soon

Centennial Parents and Families,

As some of you may know, Mrs. Engle, has decided it is time to retire from her post as

school secretary to be a full-time wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Engle’s’ last day as a Blue Jay will be December 21st. Please be sure to come by to wish her the best as she will be missed by the Centennial community. We are thankful for her 30+ years of service in Springfield.

I am happy to announce Deb Jolda has been selected as the next administrative secretary of Centennial and will begin transitioning into her new role the weeks leading up to winter break. Mrs. Jolda has worked in our district for the last 13 years in our communications department. She is looking forward to having a more direct impact with students in our community.

Mrs. Jolda will have many new names and faces to learn. As a reminder please be prepared to show your identification when picking-up students early or visiting the school while she gets to know the many new faces. We anticipate a smooth transition from Mrs. Engle to Mrs. Jolda and thank you ahead of time for your patience through this transition.

Thank you,

Amy Halley Centennial Principal


Padres y Familias de Centennial,

Como algunos de ustedes saben, la Sra. Engle, ha decidido que es hora de retirarse de su puesto como secretaria de la escuela para ser esposa, madre y abuela a tiempo completo. El último día de la Sra. Engle como Blue Jay será el 21 de Diciembre. Por favor asegúrese de venir para desearle lo mejor, ya que la comunidad de Centennial la extrañará. Estamos agradecidos por sus más de 30 años de servicio en Springfield.
Me complace anunciar que Deb Jolda ha sido seleccionada como la próxima secretaria administrativa de Centennial y comenzará la transición la semanas previas a las vacaciones de Invierno. La Sra. Jolda ha trabajado en nuestro distrito durante los últimos 13 años en nuestro departamento de comunicaciones. Ella espera tener un impacto más directo con los estudiantes de nuestra comunidad.
La Sra. Jolda tendrá muchos nuevos nombres y caras para aprender. Como recordatorio, prepárese para mostrar su identificación cuando recoja a los estudiantes temprano o visite la escuela mientras ella conoce las muchas caras nuevas. Prevemos una transición sin problemas de la Sra. Engle a la Sra. Jolda y le agradecemos de antemano su paciencia durante esta transición.


Amy Halley
Director de Centennial


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