Newsletter

Posted on December 8, 2017

Get in the Holiday Spirit!

Monday, December 18: Wear Red & Green

Tuesday, December 19: Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

Wednesday, December 20: Pajama Day and Drop Everything and Read Time

Thursday, December 21: Scarf Day

Friday, December 22: Santa Hat Day

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 December 8, 2017

Parent Voice Survey

Central parents and guardians:

Please take a few minutes to complete the Parent Voice Survey as part our Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and Montana Behavioral Initiative (MBI). Your input is so important as we work collaboratively to ensure all students are achieving to high academic and behavioral standards.

Survey website: http://surveys.quagliainstitute.org/survey
Survey Access Code: 396544

Please complete the survey by 12/21/2017.

Thank you for your input!

Sincerely,
Central Staff

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.

Posted on December 14, 2015

December/January Counselor’s Corner

The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration with family and friends, but for some, it can be a time of sadness, loneliness, and increased stress and anxiety. Those experiencing feelings of sadness or stress can benefit from:

  • Increased social support during this time of year.
  • Counseling or support groups.
  • Setting realistic goals and expectations.
  • Exposure to sunlight and outdoor activities.
  • Finding inexpensive ways to enjoy yourself.
  • Helping others.

A special ‘THANK YOU’ to all the community organizations that have helped make the holidays special for Central students and their families!!

In social skills class, kindergarten students have been feeling detectives.  They learned how to identify feelings in themselves and others (i.e. face, body, and situation) and are learning how to manage strong feelings by using a stop signal, naming their feeling, and calming down (e.g. belly breaths, counting, positive self-talk

In 3rd grade, students learned about accepting differences, showing compassion, and managing anxiety.  Over the next several classes, they will learn the steps to problem-solving.

Fourth graders learned how to join in, avoid jumping to conclusions, and are learning the steps to problem-solving.

In 5th grade, students learned how to disagree respectfully,how to calm down, and manage anxiety. We will be learning about making a plan and steps for a smooth transition.