The Central PTO wants to hear from you!

Thank you parents for another successful year at Central School! 

So many of you offered your precious time to assist with all of our many activities throughout the year.  Plus, you generously supported our fundraising efforts to help us raise nearly $20,000.   All of that money goes right back into the school and pays for learning resources, field trips, special events and more.

Here’s a list of just a few of the items we purchased throughout the year



Study Island

Buses for field trips 

Plus we raised almost $3,000 in our Spring Book Fair!

THANK YOU!  All of those proceeds go toward new books for the Central library.


We’d love to hear from you!  

Please take a few minutes to take this survey. It’s just 10 questions to give us an idea how the PTO is doing in your opinion and what you’d like to see changed.


Your feedback is important to us!  We appreciate your response and look forward to hearing your thoughts.


Last call for BOX TOPS!

we want your box tops

Now that we’re in the final weeks of the school year, we are making the last call for Box Tops.

The FINAL collection sheet will be sent home with students tomorrow.

Please check your pantry and  ask your neighbors and family members for extra Box Tops.  They must be returned to Central by MAY 20th so they can be submitted by the June 1st deadline.  Anything sent in after May 20th will be held until the Fall.   

Please check to make sure the Box Tops are not expired.

It’s a close race in the Classroom Competition  — so send in as many Box Tops as possible!

The winning classroom will have a celebration by the end of the year.

Thank you for helping out with our Box Top collection.  So far this year, we’ve earned nearly $700!   

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Don’t forget to send in any LABELS FOR EDUCATION as well.   They are ending that program and we want to get all of the points possible before it ends for good this summer.

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Yearbook and Spirit Wear Orders due next week

Orders for the 2015-1026 Central School Yearbook at due MONDAY, MARCH 13th.   

Please turn in order forms and $15 (cash or check)  to the office by Monday.

See Mrs. Guill if you need an order form.


Orders for the Central Spirit Wear are due FRIDAY, MARCH 18TH. 

Payment is needed with the order form.  Checks should be made out to Central School PTO. 

spring spirit wear order form

If you have questions or need an order form, please contact Octavia Stefoi at



You’re invited to the 3rd grade Wax Museum

Come Check Out The 3rd Grade Wax Museum!

The 3rd graders have been working really hard on the Wax Museum.

They’ve chosen some of their favorite historic and famous people, researched them and now they want to tell you all about them.

Central Family and Friends are invited to the Wax Museum tomorrow, Friday, February 19th.
9:10am – 12:10pm

The 3rd graders will be in the TILE room and the LMC dressed up and ready for your visit.

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Central Family Movie Night is THIS FRIDAY

Please join us this FRIDAY, January 29th for Central Movie Night.  

The PTO will be showing “Minions” in the gym at 6:30 p.m. 

Bring a blanket and get comfortable for a FREE family night of fun!

Kids are welcome to wear their PJs too since is it Pajama Day at school.  

We will have a concession stand open and popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for sale.

All money raised will go to benefit the Central PTO.

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Central After School classes begin this week

The new session of Central After School Enrichment (C.A.S.E.)  classes begin this week.
Don’t forget the drop-off or pick-up times.    You will need to meet your child at the front door of the school.
If you are still interested in signing up for a class, please check with the company listed below.  The classes may be filled up.
Girls on the Run begins in February.  It is open to all girls in grades 3-5.
Mad Science 
Mondays 3:15 – 4:15pm.
First class starts 1/25/16
To register go to or call (224) 676-1635
Young Rembrandts 
Tuesdays 3:30 – 4:40pm.
First class starts 1/26/16
To register go to or call (773) 594-9687
Amigos Spanish Club 
Tuesdays 8:00 – 8:55am.
First class starts 1/26/16
To register go to class code CDP1.26.16 or call (847) 482-9999
Chess Club 
Tuesdays 3:30 – 4:30pm.
First class starts 1/26/16
To register go to  class code CDP1.26.16 or call (847) 482-9999
‘Let’s Build it’ EngineeringGrades 1-5
Thursdays 3:30 – 4:30pm.
First class starts 1/28/16
To register go to  class code CDP1.28.16 or call (847) 482-9999
MBD Martial Arts 
Fridays 3:30 – 4:15pm.
First class starts 2/5/16
To register go to or call (847) 297-2788
Girls on the Run – Girls grades 3 – 5
Mondays and Thursdays starting in late February.
Registration info will be sent home at a later date
Program information can be found at or call Sue Duffy at (847) 414-3991

The Book Fair is coming!!

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The Scholastic Book Fair will be at Central School in just a few weeks.  

We are in need of some volunteers to assist with sales and set-up and clean-up of the Book Fair.  

It is an easy job and not much time is needed.

Volunteers are needed before and after school to ring up sales and help students make their selections.

Set up will be sometime November 16 – 18 and then runs Thursday, November 19th and Friday, November 20th  for about 30 minutes before and after school. 

The Fair will also run on Monday and Tuesday, November 23rd and 24th.  There is no school those days but the Book Fair will be open during parent-teacher conferences. 

Colleen Gillespie is the Book Fair coordinator.  Please contact Colleen if you can help out.  Her email is

The PTO is looking for someone to take over as the Book Fair coordinator next year.  If you are interested, please be sure to volunteer with Colleen to “learn the ropes.” 

If you’re interested in becoming the Book Fair Coordinator please contact Katrina Williams ( or Stacy Weinert (



Central School Spooky Skate is TONIGHT

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Put on a costume and grab your skates or rollerblades!

Central Spooky Skate 

Tonight, Thursday 

6:30 – 8:30pm  

Orbit Skate Center 

615 S. Consumers Ave. 


Click here for location

Skating is FREE compliments of the Central PTO

Skate rental is available $3/person 

Don’t forget to bring something to donate to the Des Plaines Food Pantry!

***All kids must be accompanied by an adult.  NO DROP-OFFS PLEASE!!



PTO meeting tomorrow

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The October PTO meeting is tomorrow night at 6:30 pm in the TILE room. 

Make plans to be there and get the scoop on all of the happenings at Central School.  

Plus find out how you can help out with some of the upcoming activities.   Some of them you can do on your own time at home,  others require just a little time. 

FREE CHILDCARE will be provided in the gym.  

Grab a friend and join us! 

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Free tickets to the Chicago Wolves

Central students have a chance to earn a FREE ticket to a Chicago Wolves game.   

This week papers went home with students with information on the Wolves’ “Read to Succeed” and “Howl For Your Health” programs.

Check out the flyers and if you are interested,  simply have your child participate in one or both of the programs.

They will need to set a reading goal or physical challenge goal and then fill out the chart.

All completed charts should be returned to the front office.   Once I receive the completed charts, I will send your student home with a certificate that can be redeemed for a free ticket to specific games at Allstate Arena.  Those game dates are listed on the flyer that was sent home.  Every student can earn ONE FREE TICKET for each program.  You can also order extra tickets for $20.75/each plus a $5 service fee per order.   

We hope this a fun incentive for students to read and exercise!

If you did not receive the papers that were sent home,  check with Mrs. Guill. There are extras in the front office.

Contact me if you have any questions,  or (312) 399-9505


Adrienne Balow

wolves read to succeed         howl for your health


We want your Box Tops!

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Don’t forget to send in those Box Tops!

You can attach them to the paper that was sent home or send them in ziploc bags.

Be sure to write your child’s name, teacher and grade on the bag and how many box tops there are. We will keep track of totals for a school-wide contest.

Check the dates on the Box Tops. We cannot accept expired ones.

Be sure to hit up your relatives and neighbors for more Box Tops too!
Each one is worth $.10 for Central. We’ve received thousands of $$$ from them over the years.

You can also earn more Box Tops online. Check out the web site below for more details and contests too!



Walk to School Day is TOMORROW

Tomorrow is International Walk and Bike to School Day

Grab your family and friends and walk or bike to Central School!!

  • Look for signs designating safe routes along Cora and Prairie Avenues.
  • Students will be welcomed by the local police, staff, crossing guards, and student patrols!
  • Walkers and bikers will have the opportunity to sign a banner that will be hung in the school hallway.
  • Students will receive a special gift for walking or biking to school!

* Please note that students should not arrive before 8:45 am

* All students should come to the primary playground entrance for this special event.


ALL Charleston Wrap fundraising orders are due MONDAY!

Don’t forget — all Charleston Wrap orders and money are due this MONDAY, September 28th


You can still go to to shop and place orders directly online.  Our school ID# is 8681

Spread the word with family and friends. Free shipping on orders over $75!

If your child has sold 3 or more items, don’t forget to have them turn in their coupons for HERO bracelets.   The bracelets will be distributed ASAP.

Thanks for all of your support with this fundraiser!  It is our biggest one of the Fall.   You should receive the items before the holidays.

Any questions?  Contact Susann Folsome at  or  (847) 530-2390


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Grandparents’ Day and Outdoor Movie Night are this FRIDAY

Don’t forget we’ve got 2 BIG events happening at Central School this FRIDAY! 

Grandparents’ Day –  10:30 am – 12:10 pm and (1:30 – 2:30 pm for afternoon Kindergarten)

Grandparents will gather in the gym and then go to their student’s classroom.  Please be sure they have the teacher’s name when they arrive, but if not, we will have volunteers to help them get where they need to go.   A bell will ring half-way through, so that grandparents can switch classrooms to meet other grandkids, if needed.


Central Outdoor Movie Night — concessions open at 6:30pm  and Movie begins at 7pm on the field behind school 

We will be showing “Honey, I shrunk the kids”.  It’s free for everyone (Not just Central students and families)!!  Bring your grandparents too! Don’t forget a blanket or chairs.

We should have some excellent weather after last week’s rain out.


There will be hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, candy, water and lemonade for sale at the concession stand. You are welcome to bring your own food as well.

We ask that everyone please clean up after yourself once the movie is over.  We want to leave the field the way we found it and be able to use it again for future events.

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Central Outdoor Movie Night is tomorrow!!

Don’t forget:  The Central Outdoor Movie night is tomorrow night  in the field behind school 

Bring your friends and family to see “Honey, I shrunk the kids” .  It’s free for everyone (Not just Central students and families)!!

Concessions open at 6:30pm 

Movie starts at 7pm 

There will be hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, candy, water and lemonade for sale at the concession stand. You are welcome to bring your own food as well.

We ask that everyone please clean up after yourself once the movie is over.  We want to leave the field the way we found it and be able to use it again for future events.

There is rain in the forecast for tonight and throughout the day Friday. If the field and weather conditions are NOT OK to hold the movie night, we will make the call to cancel in the afternoon.  If we needed to cancel, Movie Night will be moved to next Friday, September 25th.  Please look for an email and Facebook post if it is canceled.  

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Help us earn extra $$$ for Central

We need your help!

There are several ways to help earn free money for Central School.   It will simply take a little effort on your part.

1.  Target Red Card   – Sign up for a Target Red Card  (credit or debit)  and YOU receive 5% off all of your purchases PLUS Central gets 1% of your purchase total  – You simply need to make sure you select Central School when you sign up for the card.  Spread the word and tell your family and friends to remember Central when they get their card.

Find out more here  ====>


2. Box Tops For Education —  look for the box tops on all of your grocery items.   There are 100’s of products that have the Box Top on the packaging.  Be sure to cut out the Box Top and save them to send into school.   Each Box Top is worth $.10 and every year they add up to more than $1,000 for Central School.    You can also earn more Box Tops on the web site

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3.   Shoparoo  – This is an app you can download for iOS or Android, sign in and then use your smartphone to snap pictures of all of your receipts – from the grocery to Home Depot, Costco and clothing stores.  You earn points for the school and a dollar amount is awarded for points.  Check this out for more details ===>


Thank you for your help!  If you know of another hassle-free fundraiser we can use, please email



PTO meeting tonight!


Please join us tonight at the first  Central PTO meeting of the year!
6:30 – 8 p.m.
TILE room

FREE CHILD CARE provided in the gym!!

Bring a friend and get updates from Mrs. Kreuger, find out about upcoming school events and learn about volunteer opportunities at Central.



Central Dine and Share is this WEDNESDAY

The first Central Dine and Share of the school year is this Wednesday!

September 16th

10:30am – 10pm

Buona Beef

10425 Touhy Ave


The Central PTO will receive 15% of all purchases but you MUST present the flyer when you pay for your order.

Please share the attached flyer with friends, family, neighbors and co-workers!!

Click here for the flyer ====> Central Elementary School PTO buona beef 9-16-15





Central School Spirit Wear 2015

Show your Central School spirit!    

We have a whole new line of spirit wear for students and adults!  

Check out the order forms for pictures.  There are sweat pants, a hoody, a winter beanie hat, t-shirt plus something new if you like to add a little “bling”!   

And of course we have a special T-shirt for 5th graders.

Please take a look at the order forms.

Click here  ===>>> 2015 Central Spirit Wear

2015 bling spirit wear

2015 5th grade tshirt order form

ALL ORDERS ARE DUE SEPTEMBER 11TH.   Please make sure money is turned in with the form to the front office.  

We will have sample sizes available for you to see next week at the Parent Information Nights on Tuesday and Wednesday.  

If you have any questions regarding the Spirit Wear, please contact Octavia Stefoi at



Central Fall After School Classes (CASE)

Several fun and educational after school programs are returning to Central School plus we’ve added something new — a BEFORE school Spanish class!
Each program is held immediately after school (except for the new Spanish class). 
The program instructor will release your child directly to you at the end of class.
All pickups must be done in person at the main entrance on Thacker (if your child is a walker please note that on the enrollment form).
Students taking the Spanish class will need to be dropped off at 8am at the front door.
Programs are individually priced.
Enrollment forms and payments must be sent to each individual after school program according to the flyers.
Central cannot accept forms or payments.   Parents are responsible turning in all registration information and payments to the individual companies.
If you have any questions, please contact Sue Duffy at (847) 414-3991. 
All programs start the week of September 14.
All classes are open to all students, except “Let’s Build It Engineering”.  That is for 1st – 5th grade only. 
Mondays –   Mad Science 3:15-4:15pm     CASE Fall 2015 Mad Science
Tuesdays –  Amigos Spanish Club – 8:00 – 8:55 am  CASE Fall 2015 Afterschool Amigos

                     Chess Scholars – 3:30 – 4:30 pm      CASE Fall 2015 Chess Scholars Flyer

                     Young Rembrandts – 3:40 – 4:40pm    CASE Fall 2015 Young Rembrandts

Thursdays – ‘Let’s Build It’ Engineering – 3:30 – 4:30pm   CASE Fall 2015 Let’s Build It
Fridays –      Martial Arts – 3:30 – 4:15 pm       CASE Fall 2015 Martial Arts