Friday, November 17, 2017

PTA News & Events - January and February 2018


Junior Great Books® is a national program that encourages students in 2nd through 5th grades to read, think critically and participate in small group facilitated discussions of the material, lead by a parent volunteer.   By participating in Shared Inquiry discussion, JGB students learn to read for meaning and support their own interpretation of the text.  Junior Great Books is for the student who wishes to come prepared, discuss opinions and participate in a small group setting.  Students will read, discuss and participate in fun activities that engage understanding and interpretation of the story.  Groups meet every Friday during recess/lunch for 5 weeks, beginning January 19th and ending on Friday February 16th.  Each week students will read a short story and meet with a parent volunteer to discuss it and have fun.   Groups are organized by grade level. The cost for the book of stories is $19.00 and the book is yours to keep.  Questions?  Contact  Lauren Breen at 609-502-1646 or
Sign your child up here to participate:

Thursday January 11th - Central School’s Annual Skating Party!

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Cherry Hill Skating Center
664 Deer Road. Cherry Hill
Admission is $7 which includes admission to skate, 5 game tokens, a drink and a choice of hot dog, pizza or pretzel.
**Skate rental is available for an additional $3.**
Please note Central School PTA’s policy of children’s adult supervision during this event. No child may be left unattended at the skating party.  This is open for grades Pre-K-5….siblings allowed!  Great event to come out and socialize with friends and family after the holiday season!  Any questions? Amy Crutchfield:

Friday January 19th – Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo Night – 6:30pm APR

Mark your calendars! Please join us on Friday, January 19th for our annual Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo Night. This is a PTA event and is sure to be a fun night for the entire family! The Spaghetti Dinner will take place in the APR room and is catered by Severino's. Dinner will start at 6:30pm, and will cost $10 per person. Bingo will immediately follow in the Middle School Cafeteria. Tickets are on sale now via the Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo tab in this website.




Tuesday January 23rd – After School Enrichment begins, Sign up on Jan 8th!






The After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) is back!!! ASEP offers students in grades K through 5th the opportunity to extend their school day and participate in a variety of fun clubs and classes. ASEP sessions last for 6 weeks. The Winter session begins on Tuesday, Jan 23rd and runs through Tuesday March 6th.  No classes will be held Tuesday, Feb 20th due to school holiday.






All classes start immediately after school at 3:05pm and end at 4:05pm.  Registration is done online through SignUp Genius. Class fees range from $45-70. The link for registration will be sent on Jan 8th at 5:00pm. Registration will end on Jan 19th at 5:00pm. Registration automatically closes by this time. No late registrants will be accepted. Space is limited – first come, first serve!






Students not given permission to walk home can be picked up at 4:05pm at the main column doors on Lincoln Ave. Please note the APR will NOT be available for pick up. If your child will not be attending on a particular day, please notify the office by leaving a message on the absentee line. Email Danelle Riso at for more information.


Awesome Authors and Art (grades 1-2, Ruiz) (10) ($50.00 each) 
Meet 6 authors/illustrators that every student should know including Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) and Leo Lionni (Swimmy)! Students will learn about the lives of these authors and then use their techniques to make a masterpiece of their own!Chess Club (grades 3-5, Bernadette) (12) ($60.00 each)
Come play chess with Mrs.B from Game Frenzy! All level players are welcome. Make new friends while you learn and play chess.Lego Club (grades 1-5, Eichen) (15) ($45.00 each) 
Free building in teams or individually, your child will love to be part of Lego Club! A NEW supply of Legos will allow imaginations to soar.Painter's Delight (grades 3-5, Hougah) (12) ($50.00 each) 
Students learn to paint on paper and canvas with acrylic paint and use a variety of techniques to change the way paint moves across the surface. Taught by Haddonfield teaching artist Jenny Graham-Hough.
Fantasy Fanatics Book Club (grades 3-5, Farrell) (12) ($50.00 each) Do you love fantasy books? Then, Fantasy Fanatics Book Club is the place for you! Come to book club to read and discuss your favorite books, and get inspired to make your own fantasy world!
Italian Language and Culture (grades 3-5, Mannino) (10)($50.00 each) Benvenuti! In this class, we will be exploring Italy through language, food, sports, music, and other cultural traditions found throughout the region. There's more to Italy than just pasta, so come join and find out what else Italians have to offer!
Lil Scientists (grades K-1, Barile) (10) ($60.00 each) Come out and do some fun and messy experiments! We’ll learn about light, electromagnetism, chemical reactions and other fun topics in science.
Plop! Art Club (grades K -3, Hougah) (12) ($50.00 each) Plop Art Club offers students a chance to work creatively by using a wide variety of open-ended materials. Students will build, sculpt, paint, and print. Taught by Haddonfield teaching artist Jenny Graham-Hough.Lil' Builders (grades K-2, Blackburn) (12) ($45.00 each) Come tap into your creativity and build with your friends. Different sets of building blocks including Legos will be your tools to let your imagination run wild!
Thursdays:Friendship Bracelet Making (grades 3-5, Rogers) (12) ($50.00 each) Come join us and learn how to make friendship bracelets out of colorful string. We'll learn different patterns and use lots of colors to make unique, fun bracelets you can wear or give to friends and family.Graphic Novel (grades 1- 5, Robbie) (12) ($60.00 each) Learn how to draw and create your own comic characters and integrate them into story lines. This FUN hour will feature many different techniques, and step-by-step character drawing. "STAR WARS","MARVEL" and other characters. Instructor:RobbieLego Club (grades 1-5, Watts/Baskies) (15) ($45.00 each) Free building in teams or individually, your child will love to be part of Lego Club! A NEW supply of Legos will allow imaginations to soar.Mad Science (grades 2-5) (12) ($70.00 each) This interactive, science program is themed around particular areas of science and include such topics as light, magnets, sound, and even the science of optical illusions.Mindfulness (grades 3-5, Gallogly) (10) ($50.00 each) Do you like games? Do you like relaxing? If so, then come and learn some fun ways to be less stressed and more mindful of yourself and the world around you. Join me as we learn and practice a mindful life together.Yoga (grades K-3, Spinelli) (12) ($60.00 each) Learn or expand your yoga practice! We will begin with breathing exercises, move through poses designed to build strength, flexibility and balance, and end with time for relaxation. Yoga mats provided. Bring a small towel and water.

Fashion Show UPDATE

Congratulations to all those involved in attending, supporting, organizing and volunteering their time for the Central School Fashion Show held on Thursday, October 19th.  It is Central School’s most important fundraiser and one of the PTA’s most celebrated events.

FASHION ROCKS was the most successful event to date raising over $54,000 (after expenses), an increase of 26% over last year!

Everyone who supported the Fashion Show is greatly appreciated! The PTA will be allocating this money raised to enrich our students academically, support the needs of students and teachers with supplies and equipment for the school, and help fund events throughout the year for the Central School Community. If you are interested in learning more about how the Central School PTA raised and spent money for 2016 please go to

November 30th, December 1st – Secret Shop

Secret Shop gives our students the opportunity to surprise family members with gifts that they have proudly chosen by themselves.  Kids visit as a class and have the chance to choose from a wide array of inexpensive options.  Parent volunteers play a vital role helping students select the perfect items and ensuring that everyone walks away happy with their purchase. Please click here to volunteer:

December 2nd - Winter Breakfast
Kindergarten and 1st Grade

The Winter Breakfast is a celebration of the holidays, where Kindergarten and First Grade families come together to share the season.  Students and families enjoy breakfast and then perform festive songs.  PTA relies on parent volunteers to keep things moving smoothly before, during, and after the two seatings. Look for volunteer opportunities to be announced soon and purchase tickets by clicking on the "Winter Breakfast" tab above!