Central Elementary School
61 Woodside Road
Riverside, IL 60546
(708) 447-1106

Roadrunner Weekly, May 21-25: End of Year Awards, School Supplies and More!

Posted May 20, 2018 | Category: Everything Else

Volunteer and Staff Person of the Year Awards Announced!

Every year, the PTO recognizes two people for their contributions to the Central community.

Our volunteer of the year is Martha Curiel.  In addition to chairing several committees, Martha volunteered at multiple PTO events throughout the year.  She regularly helped support the PTO board by sharing the knowledge she gained in her previous role as treasurer, and was always willing to pitch in whenever she was asked.  Congratulations, Martha!


This year’s Staff Person of the Year was Mrs. Marotta!   Throughout the year, the PTO hosted many events outside of normal school hours.  Mrs. Marotta was a face we often saw at these events.  She supported the PTO by volunteering to be placed in the running for our “duct tape” fundraiser and has offered to help at other events as well.  Mrs. Marotta is great about communicating PTO events and needs with her class and parents and for that, we appreciate her! Congratulations!


 Supplies for 2018-2019 School Year


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PTO Board Installation

The officers for the 2018-2019 school year was installed at our last PTO meeting. Congratulations and welcome to our newest board member, Marco Granja!



Kim Cimino /Heather Manning

Co 1st VPs

Missy Strobel /Chrissy Guastella

2nd VP

Wendy Dockter

3rd VP

Marisa Kirsch


Shannon Adams

Secretary of Communications and Outreach

Marco Granja


Tracy Bohrer


Roadrunner Weekly, May 14-18

Posted May 13, 2018 | Category: Everything Else
Come to our Buy One Get One Book Fair on Tuesday! Central’s annual BOGO book fair is back! Our Buy One Get One Free fair is a great chance to stock up on summer reading! The fair is open for one day only, Tuesday, from 8:00am – 7:00pm.  See you at the fair!

Don’t forget! Our Annual 4th and 5th grade sock hop is this week!


Last PTO Meeting of the Year!

Join us for our last PTO meeting of the year-Thursday at 8:30 AM in the Art Room! Hope to see you there!

4th and 5th Grade Sock Hop Info!

Posted May 10, 2018 | Category: Everything Else


The 4th and 5th grade Sock Hop is next week!  Please read the information below and help us make the event a success by volunteering to chaperone or send in snacks! You can follow this link to the Sock Hop Sign Up Genius.

4th and 5th Grade Sock Hop song request


Roadrunner Weekly, May 7-11

Posted May 6, 2018 | Category: Everything Else

Teacher Appreciation Week is Here!!  Let’s honor our amazing teachers and staff!

Here are a few fun ways your children can help show their gratitude to our amazing teachers!

Door Signing -Leave messages on the doors of your favorite teachers and staff members. Students will be allowed in the school at 8:00 AM to sign door posters.


Student Thank You Notes -Let your teacher know how much they mean to you by writing them a special thank you letter, poem, or picture. A letter template is attached below if your child needs some ideas!

Spirit Day -Students will have a ‘We’re Crazy for our Teachers’ Spirit Day. Whether it’s crazy hair,mismatched socks, or backwards clothes, let’s have fun and show our staff how crazy we are for them!

Thanks to your generous donations and those of local businesses, Central staff will be honored with fun treats everyday next week. Every staff member will receive a raffle gift, as well as afternoon treats, a luncheon, and breakfast.

Thank you to all who donated to make this a special week for our school!



Mark your calendars for next Tuesday, May 15…..Central’s annual BOGO book fair is back! Our Buy One Get One Free fair is a great chance to stock up on summer reading! The fair is open for one day only, next Tuesday, from 8:00am – 7:00pm. Since this week is Teacher Appreciation Week, give your teacher a chance to add to their classroom libraries with the attached gift certificate. Send the certificate and payment in an envelope to the office this week, and your teacher will also get to take advantage of the BOGO savings!
We could use some help setting up on Monday afternoon. If interested, email Tracy Bohrer  (tjgett@yahoo.com), Martha Curiel (martha_curiel_rn@yahoo.com) or Anna Lee (annaelee@live.com)
Thanks and we’ll see you at the fair!
Attention all 4th and 5th grade parents!  Save the date for our annual Sock Hop.  It will be on Wednesday, May 16th from 3:00-4:15PM .  A permission slip and more detailed information will be sent out through your room parents this week.

Roadrunner Weekly, April 30-May 4, 2018

Posted Apr 29, 2018 | Category: Everything Else

Our Canned Food Drive was a Huge Success!

The PTO would like to thank Central school families for your generous donations of food and paper goods for the Riverside Township Food Pantry!  We collected over 200 items for those in need in our own community!

A special thanks to Mr. Elgeness and the Student Council for spearheading this charitable deed for the community!


Teacher Appreciation Week is quickly approaching.  There’s still time to show the Central staff some love! To donate online, please follow this link to our Cheddar Up option:teacher-appreciation-week-2018.cheddarup.com All other donations (cash, gift cards, or other) may be sent to school with your child in a labeled envelope and dropped in the PTO mailbox. If you have any questions about donating or would like to volunteer, please contact Missy Strobel at mjstrobel@gmail.com.


Order Your Brick Paver Today and Be a Part of Central History!

Don’t forget to order your brick paver soon!



Tie Dye Fundraiser: Orders Due THIS FRIDAY 4/27

Posted Apr 23, 2018 | Category: Everything Else

Let’s Saturate Riverside with Central School Roadrunner Pride!

The Roadrunner Tie Dye T-Shirt Event is May 4th from 3:00 pm to 4:40 pm in the Cafeteria. 

On Friday, May 4th, anyone who preorders a Central School Roadrunner T-Shirt can come and Tie Dye them in the Cafeteria after school!
Order one for yourself, for your siblings, mom or dad or grandparents! What a great gift for incoming kindergarteners. How about one for your favorite teacher!?
See the attached flyer/order form. All T-Shirts are $15, which includes the T-Shirt Dying Event. We will have snacks and refreshments for sale.
Fundraising proceeds will go toward painting and other supplies for upcoming playground projects. Come hear more about these and other fun PTO projects at our PTO meeting this Thursday night, an hour before Open House! Meeting is in the library, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.
Questions? Wendy Dockter at wendydockter@gmail.com

Roadrunner Weekly: 4/23-4/27

Posted Apr 22, 2018 | Category: Everything Else

Teacher Appreciation Week Requests!

Please see the attached note regarding Teacher Appreciation Week.  This is a special time at Central to show our staff how much we care!


Screen Free Week Raffle Tickets Due

Were you Screen Free last week?  The deadline for turning in Screen Free Week raffle tickets is tomorrow! Please submit one ticket for each day your child was screen-free.


PTO Meeting This Thursday!


Please join us at our last evening PTO meeting of the year! The meeting will be held at on 4/26 at 5:30 prior to the start of the Open House.  The agenda for the meeting can be found here: PTO Meeting Agenda 4/26


Spirit Day is Friday!

Spirit Day is this Friday, and this month’s theme is Rainbow Day!  Come dressed in the colors of the rainbow or your Central Spirit Wear!

Last Chance to Register for Screen Free Week Classes!

Posted Apr 19, 2018 | Category: Everything Else

Screen Free Week classes on Friday and Saturday:

There are spots open for two classes which the PTO is offering to 4th and 5th graders.  If your child is interested, please use the SignUpGenius link that was sent via email to sign up soon-these classes are in danger of being canceled due to lack of attendees!
Friday, April 19, 3:15 – 3:45 pm
Tour Riverside’s Arboretum- 2 days before Earth Day, tour Guthrie Park’s trees and learn why Riverside has been certified as an Arboretum.  You’ll learn to identify at least 5 trees and hear about how trees make our world healthier for us and local wildlife.
This class is open to up to 15 4th and 5th grade students.
Saturday, April 20, 11:00 am – Noon
Magnetic Emoji Edition with Mr. T- Learn how to create clever emoji fridge magnets with Mr.T of the Riverside Arts Center.
This class is open to up to 12 rah and 5th grade students.
And don’t forget 2 fun events on Thursday: RB’s Talent Show @ 7-9 pm, and the Ballet Cat Dance Party being held at the Riverside Public Library for children up to 1st grade (3:45-5:00 pm).

Family Movie Night: Coco at Hauser Auditorium!

Posted Apr 18, 2018 | Category: Everything Else

The Hauser Roots and Shoots Club will be showing Coco in the auditorium this Friday, April 20th!  Join them!

Roadrunner Weekly, April 16-20

Posted Apr 16, 2018 | Category: Everything Else

Screen Free Week is Here!

 During Screen Free Week, we encourage all Central students — and their families — to spend the entire week “unplugged”.  To unplug, simply turn off your iPods, smartphones, iPads, computers, video game players, televisions, and every other type of screen you may have (unless you need it for schoolwork, homework, or other non-recreational purposes).

Instead of looking at screens, Central students are encouraged to spend time with friends and family, with their pets, with books, with music, or just doing something on their own, like learning a new skill.

Screen Free Week is Earth Week too, with Earth Day being Sunday, April 22nd.  So why not spend some of your screen-free time showing your love for the Earth by doing something to care for the animals, insects, and plants who depend on a healthy Earth?

Every day a student is screen-free, that student can submit a ticket in the PTO’s raffle.  The more days a student is screen-free, the more chances she or he has to win great prizes, such as Aunt Diana’s gift certificates.  Grab your raffle tickets here:


Brick Paver

Brick Paver Sale Begins Today!

Make your mark on Central School history with specially engraved, commemorative paving bricks honoring your family, children or family member.

If you haven’t already noticed them, these beautiful bricks adorn the perimeter of the Jeanie Kustok Memorial Garden. They are a great way to help preserve your family’s ties with Central School!

Each brick is $100.00. The annual sale is going on now through May 14th. Please use the attached order form to place your order.

Paver Order Form

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Andrea Hall at loumaple@yahoo.com.


Next PTO Meeting Held Before Spring Open House!

Curious about our PTO? Our next PTO meeting will be held just before Central’s Spring Open House!  Join us at 5:30 to hear what we’ve been up to and what we have in store.  You’re already a PTO member just be being a parent/guardian of a Central student-come check it out!