Newsletter

Posted on April 3, 2018

UPDATE: Pennies for Patients

Mr. Stilson has lost his hair! After raising over $1000 schoolwide, Mrs. Casne-Fetz’s class (who raised over $250) shaved Mr. Stilson’s head in front of the whole school today. Nice work, Central Tigers!


 

We are raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphona Society!

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Student Series campaign is working with thousands of schools across the country to raise funds for blood cancer research. They are saving lives of blood cancer patients not Someday but Today.

Send in your pennies (or spare change) to help your class earn the chance to shave Mr. Stilson’s head. After April 9th, the winning class will have the honors of giving Principal Stilson his new ‘do!

Posted on March 19, 2018

Join us as we break ground!

Dear Parents/Guardians:

With great excitement, I want to announce that the Central School Groundbreaking Ceremony will occur on March 21st from 1:30-2:30. All students and staff will be attending the ceremony, so we will not be on the Lincoln Campus at that time. There will be a variety of speakers, students will perform a new school song, and all students and staff will sign steel studs that will be used in the new construction. You are welcome to join us at this time!

WHO: Central Parents, Students, and Staff
WHAT: Central School Groundbreaking Ceremony
WHEN: March 21st from 1:30-2:30
WHERE: 420 N. Warren

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 324-1230.

Sincerely,
John Stilson

Posted on December 31, 2017

Can you share your expertise?

Dear Families,

Central School is hosting our 3rd annual Kids’ College on Thursday, January 18th from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. This is an early release day with a noon dismissal. Last year, children participated in many lessons including cooking, Spanish lessons, accounting, birdhouses, astronomy, music and art. They loved the experience, so we would like to offer this opportunity to children at Central School again this January.

Please consider leading an activity or helping to run an activity. If you can commit to that morning, contact Mrs. Casne-Fetz, our Kids’ College facilitator this year. Include your name, your child’s name & teacher, the activity you plan to run, and a good phone number where we can reach you. Please email Mrs. Casne-Fetz by Friday, January 5th if you plan to participate.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our students at Central School!

Kids’ College Committee
Central School

*Please keep in mind that we have children with nut and latex allergies.

Posted on December 8, 2017

A Christmas Wish

Please join us for the 2017 Winter Concert on Friday, December 15!

The program will be at Helena Middle School in the auditorium. The singing will begin at 1:00 pm.

Students will ride the bus to HMS from Central and will all return together after the program. No student will be released to their family from HMS.

Thank you for joining us for this special celebration!

Posted on November 9, 2017

Math Night

Please join us for a Family Math Night! Together we will play fun math games that encourage mathematical thinking, problem solving, and math fact fluency. We will have games to take home, too! At the end of the event, all children can participate in an estimation activity to win prizes while enjoying treats in the gym.

Date: Thursday, November 30th
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Place: Central Elementary School (follow signs to sessions for grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5)

For more information, contact:
Kindergarten teacher, Jessie Mitchell at jmitchell2@helenaschools.org

Math Night Nov 2017

Posted on October 18, 2017

Red Ribbon Week

Central Elementary Red Ribbon Week
October 23-27, 2017

Your Future is Key: Make Paws-itive Choices

Monday 10/23: Paws-itively Proud of My Good Choices
Wear your Central clothing or colors (Blue & Purple)
Your future is key: Pledge to make good, healthy choices and hang a red ribbon on the playground fence at recess

Tuesday 10/24: My Future is Key and This is What I See
Dress as your future self (your desired career and/or an older version of yourself)

Wednesday 10/25: My Future is Bright; There is No End in Sight
Wear a bright, colorful outfit with crazy hair

Thursday 10/26: Stay in the Game with Winning Choices
Wear your favorite sports team clothing

Friday 10/27: You Snooze, You Lose; Always Work Hard
Wear your pajamas (school appropriate)

Mrs. Berg and Mrs. Kemper, School Counselors, will be teaching about making healthy, positive choices during social skills classes.

Posted on June 8, 2017

Central School 2017-2018 Supply List

Kindergarten – Mrs. Mitchell

  • 1 Box of 24 Pencils
  • 1 Box of 24 Crayons
  • 1 Box of 12 Colored Pencils
  • 1 Box of 10 Washable Markers
  • 2 Composition Notebooks
  • 1 2-Pocket Folder of your choice
  • 12 Glue sticks
  • 1 Pair of Headphones for tech time (no earbuds please)
  • 2 Boxes of Tissues/Kleenex
  • 4 Expo Markers
  • Optional:
    • 1 Large Hand Sanitizer
    • 2 Containers of Disinfecting Wipes
    • 2 Snacks to be pooled and shared (no nuts, please)

Kindergarten – Ms. Loraas

  • 1 Box of 24 Pencils
  • 1 Box of 24 Crayons
  • 1 Box of 12 Colored Pencils
  • 1 Box of 10 Washable Markers
  • 2 Composition Notebooks
  • 1 2-Pocket Folder of your choice
  • 12 Glue sticks
  • 1 Pair of Headphones for tech time (no earbuds please)
  • 2 Boxes of Tissues/Kleenex
  • 4 Expo Markers
  • Optional:
    • 1 Large Hand Sanitizer
    • 2 Containers of Disinfecting Wipes
    • 2 Snacks to be pooled and shared (no nuts, please)
    • 1 box gallon zip lock bags

Grade 1 – Ms. Blixt

  • 1 Backpack –  with child’s name
  • 1 Plastic Pencil Box
  • 24 #2 Lead Pencils (yellow only)
  • 2 or more Pink Pearl Erasers
  • 1 Scissors (student-size-pointed metal)
  • 8 Elmer’s Glue Sticks
  • 1 box Colored Pencils
  • 1 box of 8-12 Washable Markers
  • Pocket Folders – 5 (1 red, 1 blue,
  • 1 yellow, 1 green, 1 of your choice)
  • 4 wide Dry Erase Markers
  • 24 Crayons
  • 2 Spiral wide notebooks

Grade 1 – Mrs. Bogner

  • 1 Backpack  with child’s name
  • 1 Plastic Pencil Box
  • 24 #2 Lead Pencils (yellow only)
  • 2 or more Pink Pearl Erasers
  • 1 Scissors (student-size-pointed metal)
  • 8 Elmer’s Glue Sticks
  • 1 box Colored Pencils
  • 1 box of 8-12 Washable Markers
  • Pocket Folders – 5 (1 red, 1 blue,
  • 1 yellow, 1 green, 1 of your choice)
  • 4 wide 2 fine tip  Dry Erase Markers
  • Highlighters: 1 yellow, 1 green, 1 pink
  • 24 Crayons
  • 2 Spiral wide notebooks
  • 2 boxes of healthy snacks (goldfish,pretzels, graham crackers,etc)

Grade 2 – Ms. Ford­

  • 1 backpack
  • 30 #2 yellow pencils, sharpened
  • 1 bottle of Elmer’s Glue
  • 3 Glue Sticks
  • 1 pair of pointed scissors w/ name
  • 2 large pink erasers
  • 1 box of colored pencils
  • 1 box of washable markers
  • 2 folders w/ pockets
  • 1 wide-ruled notebook, spiraled
  • 1 composition notebook
  • 1 pack of loose leaf notebook paper, wide-ruled
  • 1 12” ruler w/ name
  • 3 highlighters (1 pink, 1 yellow, 1 green)
  • 1 pencil pouch w/ name
  • 4 Expo dry erase markers
  • 2 large boxes of Kleenex
  • 2 boxes of healthy snacks (pretzels, crackers, goldfish, etc)
  • Please choose 1:
    • Clorox wipes
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Pad of sticky notes
    • Index cards
  • Optional:
    • Water bottle w/ name
    • Box of crayons
    • Headphones w/ name

Grade 2 – Mrs. Komac

  • 24- Yellow Pencils  (Pre sharpened)
  • 1- Scissors (with child name it)
  • 2- large boxes of Kleenex
  • 1- Backpack – with child’s name on it
  • 3- Pocket folders (with child name on them)
  • 4- Elmers Glue sticks
  • Colored pencils
  • 2- boxes of healthy snack-type foods (graham crackers, pretzels, goldfish, etc.)
  • 1- Box washable markers – (with name)
  • 4- Black dry erase EXPO markers
  • 1- Pencil box (5×8 size – with name)
  • 2 spiral notebooks
  • 1- composition notebook
  • 2- Pink Pearl Erasers
  • 1- Hand sanitizer
  • Highlighters: green, yellow, red, and purple
  • Headphones (with name or in baggie with name) – please do not send high end headphones for security purposes.
  • Optional:
    • *1- Water bottle (small, with name)
    • *1-Box Crayons- (with name)
    • *1- small Elmer’s white school glue

Grade 3 – Mr. Smith

  • 1 pkg Glue sticks – clear or white
  • 40 Pencils – sharpened #2
  • 2 family size – Kleenex
  • Pocket folders-3
  • 1 pkg Pencil top erasers
  • 1 pkg expo small dry erase markers
  • 1 container of antibacterial wipes
  • 1 package index cards-3×5
  • 1 set of watercolors
  • 1 box Crayons
  • 1 box Colored pencils
  • 1 scissors
  • 2 packages of lined notebook paper
  • 1 ruler metric and standard
  • 1 pair clean, old, cotton socks to erase white boards
  • 1-backpack

Grade 3 – Mr. Freistadt ­­­­­­

  • 1 package lined  – Notebook paper
  • 3-ring binder (1 thickness)
  • 40 qty #2 pencils
  • 1 Glue sticks
  • Binder dividers (about 7 tabs)
  • 4 pkgs pencil – top erasers
  • 1 Elmer’s white glue
  • 1 Soft zippered pencil pouch
  • 1 pair Clean, old, cotton socks (holes are o.k.)
  • 1 pkg Thin dry erase markers
  • 6 Expo dry erase markers
  • 1 pair Scissors –with your name on them.
  • 1-Water bottle with name on it
  • 1 Backpack, no name on outside
  • Hand Sanitizer for community use

Grade 4 – Mrs. Jenkins­­­

  • Community Supplies (without name):
    • Package of college ruled paper
    • 1 pack of thin dry erase markers
    • 1 pack of thick dry erase markers
    • 2 boxes of tissues
    • Package of pencils, 20 or more #2, sharpened
    • 2 healthy shelf-stable snack items (graham crackers, goldfish, pretzels, etc.)
  • Personal Supplies (with name):
    • 1 backpack with name
    • Scissors
    • 2 pink erasers
    • 1 water bottle with name
    • 3 plastic folders: blue, red, yellow, 1 choice
    • 1 composition books or spiral notebook
    • 1 graph paper composition book
    • 1 box markers
    • 1 box colored pencils
    • 1 pencil box or pouch
    • 1 white 3 ring binder – 1 inch
    • Highlighters: green, yellow, red, and purple
    • Headphones (with name or in baggie with name) – please do not send high-end headphones for security purposes.

Grade 4 – Mrs. Robinson

  •  3 plastic folders: blue, red, yellow
  •  Package of college ruled paper
  •  1 backpack
  •  1 water bottle, with name
  •  1 package thin dry erase markers
  •  1 package thick dry erase markers
  •  2 composition books
  •  1 graph paper composition book
  •  2 boxes of Kleenex
  • *Package of pencils, 20 or more #2, sharpened
  •  1 box markers
  •  1 box colored pencils
  •  I pencil pouch (soft sides)
  •  1 white 3 ring binder – 1 inch
  •  Highlighters: green, yellow, pink, and purple

Grade 5 – Mr. Herzig

  • 20-30 – #2 pencils
  • 1 box Colored pencils
  • 1 pair Scissors –good quality
  • 2 large boxes Kleenex
  • 2 packages, 3 holes Notebook paper
  • 1 small School box
  • 3 Glue sticks
  • 10 for personal use – Expo dry erase markers
  • 1 3- ring binder with dividers

Lower Elementary Montessori –

Mrs. Casne-Fetz

  • First Graders Only:
    • Clipboard – plain, basic letter-sized
  • All students:
    • 2 spiral notebooks (wide ruled)
    • 1 family-size box of Kleenex
    • 1 water bottle with a sip top
    • 1- 3 ring binder (1 ½ inch)
    • $12.00 (used to purchase specific brands or colors of classroom materials)
    • *Please label your child’s notebooks, water bottle and lunch box.
  • Shared classroom supplies: (Optional, but greatly appreciated)
    • Wide ruled loose leaf paper
    • #2 pencils (40+ sharpened)
    • 4 pack Expo dry erase markers
    • Glue sticks
    • Baby wipes
    • Pencil top erasers
    • Colored markers
    • Mini stickers

Lower Elementary Montessori – Mrs. Kenney

  • First Graders:
    • 1 clipboard – plain basic letter sized
  • All Students: 
    • 1 spiral bound notebook
    • 1 water bottle with a sip top
    • $12.00 (used to purchase specific brand or colors of materials for the classroom)
    • 1 red & 1 blue plastic folder with 3 hole brads & side pockets
    • 1 folder with pockets, any color/pattern, no brads
    • 1  3-ring binder (1 ½ inch)
    • Colored pencils
  • other classroom supplies: (Optional, but greatly appreciated)
    • Large boxes of Kleenex
    • Paper towels
    • Baby wipes
    • Wide ruled loose leaf paper
    • Size 9 lead refills
    • #2 Pencils
    • Rectangular pink erasers
    • glue sticks

Upper Elementary Montessori –

Mr. Napoletano

  • All Students:
    • Graphed composition book
    • Lined composition book (your choice of color)
    • One pocket folder with brads
    • Standard Indexes- Dividers; Five Tabs
    • Water bottle with name on it
  • Shared classroom supplies: (Optional, but greatly appreciated)
    • College ruled notebook fill paper
    • #2 pencils (20+, sharpened)
    • Pens
    • Tissues
    • Rectangular erasers
    • Post-it notes (small, standard, or page markers)
    • Glue sticks
    • Thin black and /or blue dry erase markers
    • Scissors
    • Handheld pencil sharpener
    • Highlighters (Green, Pink, Yellow, and Blue)

Printable: Supply List 17-18

Posted on March 25, 2016

Montana Shakes!

Central Tigers welcomed Miles, Stephanie, and Brett of Montana Shakes! into our school today for a production of All The West’s a Stage: A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Featuring scenes from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All The West’s A Stage depicts what happens when Augustus Babylon and Mary Sweetgrace meet a curious fellow named Johnny Dropbottom, who is accompanied by a strange assortment of “woodland fairies.” Johnny asks Augustus and Mary for help portraying a play of magic and comedy, and that is exactly what ensues!

Posted on March 21, 2016

Family Game Night

Thursday, March 24 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm in the Central School Gym

Bring your favorite board, card, or non-tech game to play with your family and friends. Come prepared to giggle, share, and eat light snacks.  Blankets encouraged if you wish to play your game on the floor.

Posted on March 2, 2016

Counselor’s Corner

Second Step Social Skills

Starting second semester students in grades 1, 2 and Lower Montessori are participating in weekly social skills class.

Grade 1 is learning how to follow directions and focus their attention. Over the next few weeks, we will focus on feelings, showing care and concern, and managing feelings.

Grade 2 is learning how to listen and focus attention, use positive self-talk and be assertive.  Over the next few weeks we will focus on handling mistakes and taking responsibility.

Lower Montessori social skills class is being taught by Pam Campbell, School Counselor and students are learning about the Zones of Regulation.

Kindergarten students are still participating in social skills class every other week and have been learning about managing strong emotions and problem solving.

Kids Food Packs-Helena Food Share

Kids food packs  for students receiving free or reduced lunch are being sent home every Friday.  If your student is not receiving a food pack and you would like one sent home, please contact me at 324-1240.

Transition to Middle School

Fifth graders will be meeting with the 6th grade HMS counselor, Jamie Pandis on Thursday, April 7 in their classrooms.

They will be attending the HMS Extravaganza at HMS on Tuesday, April 12 and HMS will be hosting a Parent Night on Tuesday, April 19.  Parents will receive more information as the dates gets closer.