Friday, January 3, 2020

PTA News & Events

2019 - 2020  Can't Miss PTA Events  
  • 1/9 - Central School Skating Party
  • 1/31 - Spaghetti Dinner / Family Bingo Night
  • 2/3 - 2/10 - Book Fair
  • 3/13 - Family Fun Night
  • 5/11 - 5/15 - Teacher Appreciation Week
  • 6/5 - Spring Social
  • 6/17 - Field Day  
January Checklist
  1. Renew or Join the Central PTA. Sign up here.
  2. January 3 - Last day to sign up for Junior Great Books!!
  3. Library volunteers needed!  Sign up here.
  4. Skating Party!!
  5. Spaghetti Dinner - order tickets and sign up to volunteer!!

Central School Roller Skating Party
Thursday, January 9th
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.**

CASH ONLY!!!——There is NO ATM

**** New this year: the Indoor Jungle Gym will be open, but it is an ADDITIONAL $4. ***

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:

Spaghetti Dinner / Family Bingo Night

Friday, January 31st
Co-Chairs - Ashley Cassel ( and Alaina Barone (

Mark your calendars! Please join us on Friday, January 31st for our annual Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo Night. This is a PTA event and it 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, with Bingo immediately following in the Middle School Cafeteria. The cost will be $12 per person and $5 for children ages 5 and under. 

Library Volunteers Needed!!!

Library Volunteers needed to help with organizing/shelving books and clerical/miscellaneous tasks.  A volunteer is preferred in the afternoon for one hour but you are welcome anytime you have available (please use the comment section to specify the time of arrival).  We ask that volunteers commit to at least one hour a month.  This is a great way to get involved and allows our wonderful Librarians more time to focus on teaching.  

Click here to volunteer at the Library:
Junior Great Books

Fridays during Lunch/Recess Period, Winter Months
Chair - Miriam Baskies (
Junior Great Books is a nationally-acclaimed program for Grades 2 through 5 that encourages students to read critically and participate in facilitated discussions, activities and games to help interpret the material. JGB generally begins in January and meets on Fridays during lunch/recess for approximately 6 to 8 weeks, depending on the grade level. Each week students will read a short story and meet with a parent volunteer to discuss it and have fun. JGB depends on parent volunteers to lead or co-lead a group. The volunteers take part in a brief 30 minute training session prior to the program starting, then volunteer for 1 hour per week with a group of 4-7 students (including the parent's child). No  experience necessary... just a willingness to make it fun and inspire passion and confidence!

Click here to sign up for Junior Great Books:
Yearbook Ads for 5th graders

Attention 5th grade parents: This year, for the first time, the yearbook will have advertisements for our fifth graders.  You can design a full, half, or quarter page sending your fifth grader warm wishes for completing elementary school.  Please feel free to forward to family and friends too.  The ads will be printed in each yearbook for everyone to see! The link to order your ad is:

You will need to login and create your ad.  All ads are due April 1 and can have words, pictures, images.  If you have any questions please reach out to Miriam Baskies at
You can still Order your Spirit Wear!!

Place your orders here.
For those of you who have ordered, thank you so much for shopping at the Central School Shop! We appreciate you supporting our elementary school with your orders. This year the PTA decided to use our new vendor, K12 Clothing, which gives parents the ability to shop online all year round with direct shipping to your home. 

Please note the following protocol if you have any issues with your order: contact K12 Clothing directly with a picture and description. Email:

If you need further assistance please feel free to reach out to the PTA spirit committee. Jessica Silvestri - Holly Silvestri -

Again, thank you for supporting Central Elementary School!

The dates for Central School spirit days are as follows for 2019-2020:

10/4, 11/1, 12/6, 1/3, 2/7, 3/6, 4/3, 5/1, 6/12

Click here to be a spirit committee helper - pick up pretzels, label pretzel bags, bag pretzels on each spirit day:
Shop through AmazonSmile
The Central School PTA would like to encourage you all to set Central School as your charity through Amazon Smile. It’s so easy to do and Amazon then donates a small portion of eligible purchases to Central. 

The one catch is that it will only make that donation if you make your purchase through Amazon Smile, not Amazon. In addition, from my experience, you cannot access Amazon Smile through the Amazon app but can if you login through the web on your phone/tablet. You can set a Bookmark so it is easier to access! Please also consider sharing with your Friends & Family.  Click here to link directly in support of Central School, or go to and enter 32279 Central School PTA in the "pick your own charitable organization" search box.

Thank you for supporting our school!!
Box Tops for Education!!
A school-wide competition is currently underway for the most Box Tops collected!
The class with the most money raised at the end of the year will win a classroom celebration!! 

Currently in the Lead:
1 - Ms. Hood, 2 - Ms. Burns, 3 - Ms. Quinn 

Download the App! 
Keep Clipping! 
  • Traditional Box Tops are being phased out, but some brands are not yet participating in the digital program. 
  • Continue to clip and submit your Box Tops to your classroom teacher. 
Participating Products
After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) was a great success!

The 2019 Fall session is complete!! Thank you to our amazing teachers, community members, and parent volunteers who made the program possible and all of the students who participated!!  The Winter Session will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will begin the week of February 4th.

*We are looking for a Chess instructor if anyone has experience playing Chess!

Do you have a hobby or talent that you would like to share with our students or know of anyone in the community who may?  Central’s After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) runs for 6 weeks and provides students the opportunity to expand their horizons. You choose the class size and age group!  Class ideas are: Art, Dance, Drama, Beading (Jewelry making, friendship bracelets, friendship pins), Science Experiments, Lego Club, Crafts, Music.

Please reply to as soon as possible if you are interested in teaching a class and helping our students grow! We need your help in making this program a success!

Central's 21st Annual Fashion Show was a great success! Thank you!!
Each year the Fashion Show is a great success thanks to the amazing committee of people dedicating their time and energy for months on end.  Many thanks to our incredible Fashion Show Committee: Fashion Show Chairs, Tricia Magrann and Courtney Sherly; our Model Coordinators, Amanda Sokol and Dawn Blaston; our Decor Chair Trisha Bickhart; along with our Board Chair, Ellen Brenner. They worked tirelessly since the beginning of the summer and we cannot thank them enough for all of their efforts in making the event a success!

The night would also not be possible without those of you who attended and all of your support.  
As well as the support of all of the wonderful sponsors of this event and the generous town merchants who lent fashion for the event as well as donated many products, services and experiences, to help create such incredible auction items. Lastly, thank you to our fabulous teachers, administration and staff for being a part of the evening! We could not have done it without you!

Thank you so much again for supporting this very important fundraiser for our school!

 Additional Central School PTA 
Happenings throughout the Year  

Morning Drop Off
Year Round
Chair - Kelly DeFinis
20 minutes, One morning per week, Sept - June, 8:10-8:35
Help in the morning drop-off lane, assisting children out of their cars. This is a super important programs that needs volunteers!!

Click here to volunteer to help out with Morning Drop Off:

Cheetah Chasers
Year Round
Chair - Donna Moffet 
Organize students at recess to run laps around the field in order to get charms to collect.

Click here to volunteer to help out with Cheetah Chasers:

Enrichment Assemblies / Visiting Poet / Author-in-Residence
Year Round
Chair - Ellen Brenner (
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!
5th Grade Remembrance
Year Round
Co-Chairs - Lindsay Vest (, Jessica Schultz (, Alison Rynkar (
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.
Yearbook and Photography
Year Round
Chair - Miriam Baskies (
A wonderful chronicle of the school year, the Yearbook is an annual favorite of CS Students who look forward to remembering all the fun times and collecting signatures from their classmates. Get involved in helping put the Yearbook together. The photography committee is charged with recording all the wonderful PTA events that occur during a school year - with pictures! Parent volunteers are needed to take pictures at events and in the classroom. No special skills or equipment necessary!

MLK Pantry Drive

Early January
Chair - Christina Dunne
Help organize MLK Pantry drive to help replenish the pantry at the Ronald McDonald House.

Click here to volunteer for the MLK Pantry Drive:

Book Fair
Monday, February 3rd - Friday, February 10th
Chair - Lyssa Buchler ( 
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. 

Click here to volunteer for the Book Fair:
Family Fun Night
Friday, March 13th
Chair - Andrea Yi ( 
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.

Click here to help out with Family Fun Night:
Teacher Appreciation Week & Lunch
Monday, May 11th - Friday, May 15th
Co-Chairs - Ellen Brenner ( and Ellen Duncan (
We have wonderful teachers at Central School, and we love taking a week in May to remind them of just how great they are. Teacher appreciation week features a host of activities, culminating in the Teacher Appreciation Lunch. Parent volunteers are needed to help out throughout the week. Our teachers are worth it!

Click here to help with Teacher Appreciation Week & Lunch:

Spring Social
Friday, June 5th
Chair - Megan Sczechowicz
School is almost out, and this is a night for Central School parents to celebrate another successful year! The Spring Social is an always-fun, adults only event held at the home of one of our Central School families. Funds raised go directly back to the school and benefit our children the following school year.

Click here to volunteer for the Central School Social Committee:

Field Day
June 17th
Co-Chairs - Jessica Silvestri ( and Holly Silvestri (
The culmination of the school year and the start of a summer of outdoor fun, Field Day is an annual favorite. Parent volunteers are needed to help run the games and help the kids have a fantastically fun time!
School Kidz School Supplies
Spring 2020
Chair - Erin Pukenas (
An easy way to get your school supply shopping done... before the prior year has ended! SchoolKidz is a school supply kit program offered in the spring that enables families to get everything on their school supply lists in one discounted purchase. The kits are waiting for students on their desks when the first day of school rolls around. On less thing to do in August! Volunteers are needed to help with the ordering and delivering of school kits.

Click here to volunteer to help out with School Kits

Support Sign Gypsies while Supporting our School
For any Central parent who orders a sign from by October 15 (you can book 12 months in advance!), Sign Gypsies Haddonfield will donate 10% back to the Central PTA (approx $9 per sign).
For more information about the signs as well as samples, see our flyer here or like us on  
They are a locally and woman owned business! 

Art Goes to School, Haddonfield Chapter Needs You
The commitment is minimal.  We meet 4 times, once a month for 2 hours before we present age appropriate lessons in the schools in the Spring.  Each year we have an exciting portfolio of approximately 20 pieces that includes art across the millennia from various cultures.  Members research and present a piece or two to the adult members of our group.

To best accommodate members' schedules, our chapter divides into two subgroups, one meeting during the day and the other in the evening.    It's best to attend all the meetings of one group so that you hear the presentations on the entire portfolio, but if you can't make all meetings, reports of the presentations will be available for you.

If you are interested in participating, email your name and phone number to AGTS Coordinator Valerie McGuigan at or Kristin Egan at  If you would like further information, Valerie can be reached at 856-427-2496 or Kristin at 267-671-7583.