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
  • 12/4 - 12/6 - Secret Shop
  • 12/7 - Winter Breakfast
  • 1/23 - 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  
September Checklist

Renew or Join the Central PTA. Sign up here.
Sign up for PTA emails. Sign up here.
PTA Volunteer Sign Up. Sign up here.
Order Your Pretzels for Spirit Days. Sign up here.
Order Your Spirit Gear from our new School Store.  Order here.
Volunteer to be a Spirit Day Pretzel Volunteer. Sign up here

Join Now!! - Sign up for PTA
Show your support of our school by becoming a member of the PTA! 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.


PTA Volunteer Opportunities - sign up now!
You can now sign up to volunteer for the many events/committees (listed below) for this coming year!! Everyone is needed, jobs can be as big or as small as you would prefer, and there will be opportunities to help throughout the year. Each event already has a committee chair. Pleas include your email address so that the committee chair can reach out to you once the planning stages begin. We look forward to working with you!

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 anyone who has signed up for PTA communications. 
Spirit Wear / Spirit Days / Pretzel Sales

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.

The dates 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 order Central School Gear:

Click here to order pretzels for the school year:

Click here to be a spirit committee helper - pick up pretzels, label pretzel bags, bag pretzels on each spirit day:
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.
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.
Click here to volunteer to either help set up, clean up, or scoop ice cream:
After School Enrichment Program (ASEP)
First Session Begins September 24th
Co-chairs - Ashley Staller, Jenine Maeyer, Kerry Perez
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.

Click here to volunteer in assisting the committee in organizing after school programs:
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!
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.
Click here to help organizing socials:
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. :)
Click here to volunteer on picture day:
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)
This annual ladies' night out is the school's most successful fundraiser. Mark your calendars now and plan to attend to watch Central School teachers and staff model town fashion on the runway, bid on donated auction items, and enter raffles to win classroom "baskets".

Families in each child's class donate items to the class baskets which end up being more than just baskets of goodies. These raffles are chock full of great items which in the past have included grill sets, kayaks, game systems and more that end raising some serious money for the school and generate great excitement to the winners at the Fashion Show. These baskets, auction items and ticket sales generate 80% of our funds for the school year! It's a fun night and a great opportunity to hang out with friends and meet new people, all while benefiting Central School!

Our dedicated committee has been working hard the past several months to make it our best year yet with new and exciting changes! Stay tuned for ticket sale info! The Fashion Show relies on parent volunteers to plan and execute this fabulous event.

Click here to sign up to volunteer at this year's fashion show:

Reflections Art Program
Fall through Early Winter
Co-Chairs - Rose Andolina (rmveltri@yahoo.com) and Nana Shames (nana.shames@gmail.com)
PTA reflections in an Arts in Education program sponsored by the national PTA each year for students to show their talent in the fields of literature, visual arts, photography, dance and other artistic fields. Each school holds a school-wide program, and - from each school - three submissions are selected in each age range and category to go to the county-wide competition, which takes place in early December. Some works from the county-level are chosen to go to the state-wide competition. In the past, Central School has offered lunchtime program for students who were interested in working on their submissions and parent-volunteers are needed to help out. 

Click here to help with the Reflections Art Program:
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.

Click here to volunteer to help out in the Library:

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:

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:

 Additional Central School PTA 
Happenings throughout the Year  
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!
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.
Yearbook and Photography
Year Round
Chair - Miriam Baskies (baskies@me.com)
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!

Secret Shop

Wednesday, December 4th - Friday, December 6th
Co-Chairs - Katie Watts (katie.d.watts@gmail.com) and Michelle Cassin (mcassin@cbpref.com)
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 chose 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 choices.

Click here to volunteer to help at the Secret Shop:
Winter Breakfast

Saturday, December 7th
Co-Chairs - Katie McGrath (katie.mcgrath@aig.com) and Kimberly Banos (kimberly.a.lamaina@gmail.com)
The Winter Breakfast is a celebration of the winter holidays, where kindergarten and 1st Grade families come together to share the season. Kindergarten and 1st Grade students perform festive songs and we rely on parent volunteers to keep things moving smoothly before, during, and after the two seatings.

Click here to volunteer to help out with the Winter Breakfast:
Junior Great Books

Fridays during Lunch/Recess Period, Winter Months
Chair - Miriam Baskies (mbaskies@me.com)
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 volunteer for Junior Great Books:
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:

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!
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.

Click here to volunteer to help out with the Spaghetti Dinner:
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. 

Click here to volunteer for the Book Fair:
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.

Click here to help out with Family Fun Night:
Teacher Appreciation Week & Lunch
Monday, May 11th - Friday, May 15th
Co-Chairs - Ellen Brenner (ecarey78@yahoo.com) and Ellen Duncan (ead60@hotmail.com)
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 (silvestrifamily45@gmail.com) and Holly Silvestri (hollysilvestri22@gmail.com)
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 (erinpukenas@yahoo.com)
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