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


Posted May 22, 2017 | Category: Everything Else

The PTO gratefully acknowledges the support we received from community businesses who helped us fundraise this year!

Max Aquatics:www.max-aquatics.com/

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Lavergnes: lavergnes.com/

School supplies

Posted May 22, 2017 | Category: Everything Else

School supplies for the 2017-2018 school year are available for purchase through The Write Stuff (www.write-stuff.com/). You will also be able to order for Hauser students as well. School supply kits will be mailed to your home before the start of school.

Our volunteers of the year have been announced

Posted May 15, 2017 | Category: Everything Else

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We have chosen our Staff Person of the Year and our PTO Volunteer of the Year! Our Staff Person of the Year is someone who always has a smile on their face and always a kind word to say. This person has made a huge difference in our kids’ lives and never said no when we asked a favor. Congratulations to Mr. Weston!

Out Volunteer of the Year did everything we asked of her this year. She volunteered for Family Fun Night, Science in a Can, Original Works, helped out with Charleston Wrap and Spirit Wear. A heartfelt thanks to Julie Novak!

The plaques are on display in the library. Thank you to all our volunteers, we couldn’t do this without you!

Where do the PTO funds go?

Posted May 15, 2017 | Category: Everything Else

A heartfelt thanks to all of our contributors and volunteers this year! This year would not have been possible without all of your help. Remember, we do not charge a membership fee, you are automatically a member when your child joins Central. Here is where your money and time went this year:

Did you know the PTO pays for each grade to go on a Cultural Arts field trip? This year Kindergarten will go to the Riverside Arts Center, the first graders will see a play at Drury Lane, second grade went to see the West Suburban Orchestra, 3rd graders will take the traditional walking tour of Riverside, 4th grade will go do the Frank Lloyd Wright Home/Studio tour and the 5th grade took the Metra downtown and went to the Art Institute of Chicago and did an Architectural tour of downtown Chicago.

The PTO has 2 book fairs every year (in fact the next one is a Buy One, Get One Free on Tuesday, May 16). 100% of the funds raised goes directly to the Central teachers, resource teachers and librarians.

We also have various activities for Teacher Appreciation Week, Screen Free Week and Hike and Bike Week. The PTO also funds Flying Carpet Club, Family Fun Night, Science in a Can, the Science Fair, Cultural Heritage Festival, Talent Show and much more.

The PTO is always looking for new ideas and volunteers! If you would like to volunteer, reach out to Chrissy Guastella (cguastella320@gmail.com) or Missy Strobel (mjstrobel@gmail.com)


BOGO book fair is on Tuesday!

Posted May 14, 2017 | Category: Everything Else

Our annual BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) book fair is this Tuesday! The fair opens at 8:00am and runs until 7:00pm, in the Hauser Auditorium. Shop for summer reading for the whole family, or to give your teacher an end of year gift. See you at the fair!

Last PTO meeting of the year!

Posted May 10, 2017 | Category: Everything Else

Our last PTO meeting of the 2016-2017 school year will be this Friday, May 12 at 8:30 am in the Central conference room. Come see who the new PTO board will be! Babysitting will be provided.

Quick reminder

Posted May 10, 2017 | Category: Everything Else

A quick reminder, the PTO’s fiscal year ends on June 30. If you have any outstanding expenses please turn them in the to PTO mailbox (in the Central office) by the end of the school year so you can be reimbursed. Thank you!

Talent show is coming!

Posted May 2, 2017 | Category: Everything Else, Talent Show

Central’s Got Talent! 

Students K-5 are encouraged to bring their creativity to the stage this month!  Visit heathermanning79.wixsite.com/centraltalentshow for everything you need to know about this year’s talent show.  Registration/Permission Slips are DUE May 12th, and acts should be performance ready by the auditions on May 22nd/23rd.  Permission slips can be found by visiting the “About” tab of the Central Talent Show website and should be turned in to classroom teachers on or before the May 12th deadline.  Please direct questions to Marisa Kirsch at marisalynnkirsch@gmail.com.

Room parent and committee sign ups for next year…

Posted Apr 27, 2017 | Category: Everything Else

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Want to be a Room Parent Next Year?  Help with a Committee on the PTO?  Then, You’ll Need to Click This Link!

PTO Volunteer positions (Room Parents and Committee roles) are filled through a Sign Up Genius.  Don’t miss out! Just click the link below and make it happen!  The PTO needs you–if PTO programs do not have chair positions filled, then they will not happen…and nobody wants that.  If you are already a chair and would like to help again next year, we need you to also sign up using this link. Please just take a moment and sign up for a slot or two (or more!).    We will make sure fun is had by all!!


Teacher Appreciation Week next week!

Posted Apr 27, 2017 | Category: Everything Else, Teacher Appreciation

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Next week, May 1st-5th is Teacher Appreciation Week.  Down below are a few ways your children can help show appreciation to their 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.


How Can I Ever Thank You? -Let your teacher know why you think they are out of this world by writing them a special thank you letter, poem, or drawing them a picture. (A letter template has been included) Thank You template


Spirit Day -Students will have “We’re Crazy for our Teachers’ Spirit Day.”  They will have the opportunity to have crazy hair, mismatched socks, backwards clothes, or any other crazy ideas they can come up with!  Have fun and get creative!

In addition to these fun activities, the teachers will be spoiled with other fun treats.  Every teacher will receive a gift basket sometime next week during the daily raffle drawing.  Teachers will also receive little treats a couple of the days, chair massages, as well as a luncheon and a breakfast.