Tuesday, September 4, 2018

PTA News & Events

2019 - 2020  Can't Miss PTA Events  
  • 9/3 - Ringing of the Bell, 8:10 am, Central School Blacktop
  • 9/3 - Parent coffee in APR at 8:30 am
  • 9/11 - Back to School Night, 6:45pm, Central School Classrooms
  • 9/13- Ice Cream and a Movie 6:30 Blacktop and APR
  • 9/24- Fall After School Enrichment begins (signups to go out when school begins)
  • 9/25- PTA Meeting, 7:00 pm library
  • 9/27- PTA Parent Socials, 7:00pm - more info to follow from PTA
  • 10/1- First day of Recess Runners! 
  • 10/3 - Picture Day
  • 10/24 - Central's 21st Annual Fashion Show - 6:30 pm, Tavistock Country Club
  • 1/23 - Central School Skating Party
  • 1/31 - Spaghetti Dinner / Family Bingo Night
  • 2/3 - 2/10 - Book Fair
  • 3/13 - Family Fun Night
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Join Now!! - Sign up for PTA
New this year! Communications from the PTA regarding Family/Parent Events, Room Parent Opportunities, After School Enrichment Opportunities, ticket sales, will be sent via Memberhub first and as a result, PTA members will be given PRIORITY. Sign up now so you will be given priority.

Becoming a member of the PTA requires no time commitment and is a donation to the school. By becoming a member you are not volunteering your time but showing your support of your school and your child. There will be other opportunities to volunteer your time. The is an annual donation/membership which helps pay for your children's: field trips, assemblies, classroom materials and technology, enrichment programs, playground equipment, social events for your family, and more!

Click here to pay your dues on our MemberHub website. Online memberships are encouraged, paper forms are available if preferred. If you have questions regarding membership, please contact Ellen Duncan at ead60@hotmail.com.
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Be a Room Parent
September 2019 - June 2020
Room Parent Coordinator - Alison Rynkar (alisonrynkar@yahoo.com)
The PTA takes 2-3 parent volunteers from each class to serve as a liaison between the PTA and the other classroom parents. Room parents are expected to attend as many PTA meetings as they can make so they can successfully serve as an information source for other classroom parents. Room parents are also responsible for organizing class parties, helping out on field trips, and working with other Room parents to facilitate fundraisers within the school. In addition, many of our teachers will rely on their Room Parents to organize parent-assisted Reading Workshops or other in-class activities. Look for emails to find out how and when to volunteer.
A link to volunteer through Sign Up Genius will be sent on Saturday, September 7th at 10am to PTA Members through Memberhub and Sunday, September 8th at 5pm through the school distribution.
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Ringing of the Bell
Tuesday, September 3rd, 8:10am, Central Blacktop
Chair - Ellen Duncan (ead60@hotmail.com)
Ringing of the Bell is a wonderful tradition that brings Central School families together on the morning of the first day of the school year. Students and families all gather on the blacktop behind Central School for a short ceremony before the school day begins.
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Back-to-School Coffee
Tuesday, September 3rd, 8:10am, Central Blacktop
Chair - Jacqueline Strait (jacqueline.strait@gmail.com)
Join us after Ringing of the Bell on the first day of school to chat about summer and get excited for the new school year! This is an opportunity to meet parents and learn more about the PTA.
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Spirit Wear / Spirit Days

Year round
Co-Chairs - Jessica Silvestri (silvestrifamily45@gmail.com) and Holly Silvestri (hollysilvestri22@gmail.com)
Central School Spirit Days are a time to show your support for our school! Spirit Wear will be available to purchase online in our new school store and all of the students look forward to Spirit Day pretzels. Families pre-purchase pretzels at the beginning of the year to be handed our at the end of the day on each Spirit Day (typically the first Friday of the month, but may vary). Look for emails regarding our new school store and pretzel purchases. Parent-volunteers are also needed to help with the monthly pretzel orders.
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Back to School Night

Wednesday, September 11th, 6:45pm, Central School Classrooms
Come interact with the administrators, your student's teacher, and other classroom parents on this adults-only evening.
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Ice Cream & a Movie

Friday, September 13th, 6:30pm, Central School Blacktop & Central APR
Co-chairs - Meg Hollingsworth (meg.hollingworth@gmail.com), Miriam Baskies (baskies@me.com) & Ellen Brenner (ecarey78@yahoo.com)
We scoop, you enjoy. Come hang out with the other Central School Families at the annual PTA-hosted Ice Cream Social and get the school year started off right. For those that want to take a break from the blacktop, following the ice cream, a movie will be played in the APR.
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After School Enrichment Program (ASEP)
First Session Begins September 24th
For six weeks each during the fall, winter, and spring, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, Central School PTA offers exciting After School Enrichment classes right after school to satisfy our students' special interests. Classes offered vary by session and often include those in the arts, technology, science, sports, dance, and many more. The After School Enrichment Committee is in the planning stages now, and they are always looking for new and exciting class themes. We encourage the Central School community to volunteer their special skills or ideas to share with our students.

We are currently looking for instructors for LEGO Club as well as Chess Club. Please email Ashley Staller at adamato@gmail.com if interested in volunteering to teach a course or being part of our after school program. Expect sign up via email to be announced during the first couple of weeks of school.
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Central School PTA Meeting
Wednesday, September 25th, 7:00pm, Central School Library
Please plan to join us at our first PTA meeting of the year. Meet this year's officers and find out what the PTA is all about!
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Central School Parent Socials

Friday, September 27th, 7:00pm
Chair - Megan Sczechowicz (meganscz@gmail.com)
Central School Parents-only social for kindergarten and first grades to be hosted by two individual Central School houses for each grade. This is a great opportunity to get to know other parents of children in your grade, especially if you are new coming into the school. We are looking for a host family for Kindergarten and First Grade. If you are interested, please reach out to the PTA President, Ashley Staller, at adamato@gmail.com or Megan Sczechowicz at the email above.
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Picture Day
Friday, October 3rd
Chair - Trisha Bickhart (trishabickhart@gmail.com)
Individual student pictures are on this day. Volunteer to help Central School Students look their best on picture day! We rely on parent volunteers to help the kids line up, fix those stray hairs, and encourage smiles. :)
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Annual Central School Fashion Show

Thursday, October 24th, 6:30pm, Tavistock Country Club
Co-Chairs - Tricia MaGrann (tmagrann12@gmail.com) and Courtney Sherly (CourtneySherly78@gmail.com)
Vice President and Advisor - Ellen Brenner (ecarey78@yahoo.com) and Ashley Staller (adamato@gmail.com)

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Library Volunteer Program
Year Round
Chair - Linda Lee (slindalee@gmail.com)
Library Volunteers generally give about an hour of their time, once a month, to assist the Central School with shelving and other tasks geared toward keeping our library in tip-top condition. During their assigned day, volunteers choose the time at which they would like to help out. It's a wonderful (and very flexible way!) to help out in the school.

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 Additional Central School PTA 
Happenings throughout the Year  
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Enrichment Assemblies / Visiting Poet / Author-in-Residence
Year Round
Chair - Ellen Brenner (ecarey78@yahoo.com)
Every year, the PTA works together with Central School administrators to bring culturally, academically, and socially enriching presentations to students. The assemblies are often targeted to grade-level, and the kids always have a great time. In addition, every year the PTA brings both an author and a poet into the school to interact with the students. When the kids get the chance to meet the author of a book or poem they've read, a special connection is made. They are energized, inspired, and touched with a new appreciation for reading. Enrichment beyond the normal curriculum is something the PTA is very excited about, and we're sure that your family will love it too!
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5th Grade Remembrance
Year Round
Co-Chairs - Lindsay Vest (lindsay.vest@morganlewis.com), Jessica Schultz (jessmoranschultz@hotmail.com), Alison Rynkar (alisonrynkar@yahoo.com)
It's our 5th Graders's last year at Central, and it's time to remember all the fun they've had. 5th Grade Remembrance is a series of events throughout the year geared toward bringing the class together. Events include the 5th Grade Talent Show, a Scavenger Hunt, a Service Project, Pool Party and the 5th Grade Dinner. Parent volunteers are needed to organize these activities and to help out day-of.
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Skating Party
Thursday, January 23rd
Chair - Amy Crutchfield (daveamyc@verizon.net)
A fun night of skating! The Cherry Hill Skating Center opens just for Central School students and their families. Parent-volunteers help make this event a great night for all!
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Spaghetti Dinner / Family Bingo Night
Friday, January 31st
Co-Chairs - Ashley Cassel (ashleynise@yahoo.com) and Alaina Barone (pbandjmom@verizon.net)
An entertaining night of yummy food and exciting games (with prizes!) for the whole family, Spaghetti/Bingo Night takes place in the Central School APR and in the adjoining Middle School Cafeteria. The success of the event depends on parent-volunteers to help with set-up, food service, clean-up, and bingo.
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Book Fair
Monday, February 3rd - Friday, February 10th
Chair - Lyssa Buchler (lyssabuchler@gmail.com) 
A beloved annual event, the Book Fair relies on parent-volunteers to assist students as they browse through and choose from a large assortment of books. The Book Fair place in the Central School Library.
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Family Fun Night
Friday, March 13th
Chair - Andrea Yi (ascalzo@gmail.com) 
Family Fun Night is an evening of movie and popcorn fun in Central's All Purpose Room (APR). Kids bring sleeping bags or blankets and camp out on the floor a big screen showing of a recent film. It's an enjoyable night for the whole family! Parent-volunteers are needed throughout the night for the set-up and clean-up.