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Central Scoop - June 15, 2018

posted Jun 18, 2018, 9:04 AM by Alisha Summers
Friday, June 15th, 2018

Welcome to our weekly newsletter, The “Central Scoop”! Some of our weekly events, reminders, and updates are as follows:

**Volunteer Tea: Have you volunteered with us at Central this year? If so, we really appreciate you and would love to celebrate with you! We are hosting a Volunteer Assembly on Monday, June 18th at 2:15 pm. We will have a short assembly, followed by refreshments before you pick your children up for the day. Please join us if you are able!

**Staffing Update: This is a busy time of year as we are wrapping up the school year and celebrating our students, staff, and the fantastic year that they have had. Here are some of the staff who we will be saying farewell to:

Mrs. McDonald: Congratulations to Mrs. McDonald as she celebrates her retirement from a lovely and long career at the HDSB. 
Mrs. Leyland: Congratulations to Mrs. Leyland as she now is the new full time Student Success teacher at Burlington Central (7-8) next door. As our students graduate, they will love to see her familiar face at their new school!
Mrs. Terry: We will miss her in her ESL position here, and wish her the best as she moves to Grade 7 & 8 at Brant Hills
Mrs. Watkins: We wish her well as she moves on to Tecumseh School in September in a Primary coverage position. 
Miss Ward, Miss Cameron, Miss Vander Ploeg: These amazing teachers have made a huge difference in the lives of our students this year. They are dedicated, professional, knowledgeable and caring educators. As Occasional Teachers they are still waiting for permanent contracts, and we wish them well as they set off on new placements for September. 

**Retirement Message from Mrs. McDonald: I would like to take this opportunity to say, “Thank you very much!” to the Central community. Thank you to the students, parents and staff. I have had the pleasure to teach at Central Public School for the past twenty-four years. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work and play with your children! I started as a Special Education teacher and eventually moved into the classroom. I have enjoyed coaching many teams and I am especially proud of the number of the students that now participate on the Cross Country Team. I am retiring this year and am looking forward to the next chapter of my life. I wish you all the best. Thank you, Adriana McDonald

**School Council Fun Fair: Come one, come all! Next Thursday (June 21st) is our School Council Fun Fair from 5:30-8:00 p.m. You can skip the line-up and pre-order tickets on Cashless for food, inflatables and treats. All funds will go towards fall athletics and a special literacy program for all students. Here’s what to expect! Inflatable slides + bouncy castles (1 ticket/each), Burgers, hot dogs + veggie burgers (3 tickets/each), Drinks, popcorn + freezies (1 ticket/each), Silent auction (variable), Cake walk (2 tickets), Photo booth (1 ticket), Free tattoos, games + face painting (free)…and more! We’re very thankful when our Central community helps out at our events! If you are able to volunteer, please sign up here: We look forward to seeing you there! 

**Grade 6 Graduation: Next Friday, June 22nd we are having a graduation ceremony for our Grade 6 students and their guests. Please arrive at the school between 1:10 and 1:25, for a ceremony that will start at approximately 1:30 p.m. You are welcome to bring guests with you. Following the ceremony, you are invited to join us for some refreshments. Parking is very limited, so we encourage you to carpool and/or walk if possible. 

**Last Day Early Dismissal: On Fri. June 29th, the last day of school, all elementary schools will dismiss 90 minutes early. At Central, our dismissal time is at 1:35 p.m., and crossing guards will be in place at this time. If you take a bus, Halton Student Transportation Service (HSTS) has posted a bus stop calculator on their webpage for parents to use to calculate their child's bus stop times. 

**Donations?: Attention all Garage Salers or those who love to declutter! Our library is looking for some precious finds for next year. The vision is to engage students in some hands on experiences to enhance their learning. Any donations of the following items will be greatly appreciated: LEGO base mats, LEGO, K’nex, small wooden blocks for building, wooden dowling, beads, other kinds of building sets. We will gladly accept donations before the end of the year as well as in September. Thank you for supporting our busy little hands. 

**Mabel’s Labels: Looking at the tremendous amount of clothing in our Lost and Found at this time of year, we wanted to encourage families to label clothing so that it can easily be returned to students. There are many ways to label, but if you choose to order through the Mabel’s Labels company, we do receive a percentage back in fundraising. Visit Once you are on the site, click on “Support a Fundraiser”, and choose “Central Public School (Burlington)”. 

**Play Day: A huge thank you to our student leaders who led our younger students through the play day activities today. Our students participated well, and had a fun day!

**Spirit Day Fundraiser: On Tues. June 19th we are having a sports themed day run by our Spirit and Charity Leadership students. Dress in your favourite sports hats, jerseys, shirts, etc! They are asking for toonie donations (or more if able) to help give back to Halton Learning Foundation. The HLF provides so much support in the forms of emergency funding to help HDSB students in need. We have been the recipients of their support, want to give back, and your support is appreciated! If you want to learn more about this generous organization that supports so many of our students, please read about them at

**Moving?: If you are going to be moving and not attending Central next year, we ask that you please contact the office as soon as possible. At this time of year all schools are class building, and we want to make sure your students are accounted for and placed well! If you are moving, we will ask that you please register your child at their new school as soon as possible, so that you are also counted in their registration numbers. 

**Lunch Program: The Lunchbox Order lunch for Monday, June 18th is East Side Mario’s. Choose from Spaghettini with Tomato Sauce, Bowtie Pasta with Butter, Cheesy Bowties, Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza. Please order online by Sunday, June 17th at NOON (12pm). 

**School Council Lunches: Today was the final lunch day hosted by our hard-working School Council volunteers. We have had a great year of yummy lunches, and we thank them for the huge amount of work, organization and dedication that goes into providing those lunches for our students. Thanks to all!

**Can you help?: Our Stream of Dreams fish installation looks great, and we thank the volunteers who worked so hard on this. We’re almost finished, and now our lovely fish require some varnish so they can withstand our Canadian weather! We are looking for approximately 8 volunteers who would be able to bring a paint brush, and help to varnish the fish! Please respond to the doodle link below if you are free to help on Thursday, June 21st from 12-3 pm. Thanks in advance!

**June Birthday Book Club: The following students donated books to our library as part of the Birthday Book Club: Finnegan H., Graeson R., Addison R., Madison D., Carter H., Dusan K., Elsie Z., Declan F., Kaden S., Kylie L., Sasha P., Dusan B. and Sheril S. Thank you for your generous donations, and we hope you had a Happy Birthday!

**Summer Reading: Our students took out their final books from our library this week. Our library is closed, but the Burlington Public Library is open! We had a visit from the staff at the Burlington Public Library and heard all about the great programs that are being offered this summer. So, head down to your local branch and check it out!

**Jump Rope For Heart Results: This year, our students participated in Heart & Stroke’s Jump Rope for Heart event. Together, we raised $5882.80 for the foundation. For more than 35 years, Jump Rope for Heart has empowered kids to take charge of their heart and brain health. Jump ensures an active, educational event that raises funds in support of Heart & Stroke while motivating kids to practice healthy habits at an early age. The funds we raised will support research and education that gives kids across Canada the best start to a healthy and happy life. Thanks to your generosity, our school has also earned valuable resources through Heart & Stroke’s Give-back program. We thank you for your support!

**Like to Play?: Some of the parents and neighbours in the community are participating in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge and are hosting an event where you can play with your children in the streets! This event is on Cortland Drive (between Gary Cres. and Emerald St.), from 4:00-6:00 pm on June 19, 26 and July 3, 10, 17 & 24. Parents are invited to monitor and engage their children during play, as the street is blocked off from traffic. Volunteers will be there to provide some play materials. Bring bikes, scooters and toys from home! For more information, please visit their facebook page at

**Communication: Did you know we are on Twitter? Follow us @CPS_Chatter (see our web page for the link). We also encourage you to download the new HDSB app to your phone. It's a great way to stay connected to the school and board, gives School Cash Online and Absence Reporting access. and more! Look for "Halton District School Board" in the app store!

**Visitors to the School: Please remember that all visitors must report to the office upon entry to let us know that you’re here. In order to ensure the safety of our students, we respectfully ask all visitors to follow this process. 

Upcoming Calendar of Events: (check the calendar on our website for more information as well)

~Mon. June 18th ~ Volunteer Assembly 2:15 pm, please join us!
~Tues. June 19th ~ Spirit Day Fundraiser for Halton Learning Foundation
~Thurs. June 21st ~ Gr. 6 Day at Central HS 11:00-1:45 pm
~Thurs. June 21st ~ Central PS Fun Fair 5:30-8:00 pm
~Fri. June 22nd ~ Grade 6 Graduation Celebration 1:30 pm
~Fri. June 22nd ~ Gr. 2’s Trip to Spencer Smith Park 
~Mon. June 25th ~ Gr. 6 Year end Trip
~Mon. June 25th ~ FDK-Gr. 3 “Cool School Pool” Presentations
~Wed. June 27th ~ Talent Show Performances
~Wed. June 27th ~ Report Cards Home
~Fri. June 29th ~ Last Day of School, early dismissal at 1:35 p.m.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. DiMatteo