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

Screen Free Week Activity Guide!

Posted Apr 11, 2018 | Category: Everything Else

This information was originally posted on April 11, 2018. Please note that the article refers to events from a previous school year.

Screen Free Week 2018 Schedule of Activities

Central School PTO is sponsoring Screen Free Week 2018 from April 16th to 21st.  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:

  If you can’t print out the raffle tickets, ask in the Central Office or ask your teacher for a raffle ticket sheet.

To help students succeed in being screen-free, Central PTO is hosting activities and programs every day of the week – these are listed below.  We have also listed a few activities that are occurring off-site, but which may be interesting and entertaining.

We thank our partners in providing these events, including the Riverside Parks & Recreation Department, the Riverside Arts Center, and Raising the B.A.R. Martial Arts.

**Some notes for parents on signing up for activities:

  • For all activities except the music show on Monday April 16th, you can sign up your student through SignUpGenius.  A link to the SignUpGenius Screen Free Week signup will be sent out by Central School – Mr. Gatz – on Saturday April 14th @ 11:00 a.m., so watch your email inbox.   Spots are limited for each activity, and they tend to fill quickly.
  • Please sign up for a maximum of two classes per child.
  • If it turns out that your child cannot attend a class, please delete your child’s signup so that a space can be opened up for another student.
  • Note that many activities are open to specific grades, while others are for all grades.
  • For classes and events that take place at Big Ball Park, adult volunteers will walk students from Central School to Big Ball Park.  Students attending these classes (and the Friday tour of Guthrie Park’s trees) should meet the adult chaperones by the front doors of Central – the group will leave Central no later than 3:05 p.m. on the day of each class.  Parents should collect their child after the event at Big Ball Park NOT Central School.
  • The April 16th music show is open to all Central students, but students are allowed to attend only if a permission slip – signed by a parent/guardian – has been turned into the Central Office by the morning of April 16th.  Note that parents are responsible for arranging their child’s transportation home after the music show, and parents of younger students are encouraged to have an adult or older sibling attend with their child.  The permission slip link can be found in the event description below; paper copies will be available in the Central Office.
  • If your student needs any special assistance or accommodation to participate in an activity for which he/she is registered, please contact Jacqueline Miller, jacqm240@gmail.com.

Activity Guide for April 16th-21st

Monday, April 16

3:15 — 4:00 p.m. Music Show     Hauser Jr. High Auditorium

Open to All Students with a signed Permission Slip

To start Screen Free Week enjoy a music show with singer/songwriter and guitarist Jon Scarpelli.  For the past 4 years Jon has been composing songs for and performing in his original band Low Swans.  He also is a music producer (producing music for commercials),  and music teacher (teaching guitar, drums, piano, and music theory).

Jon will provide us with an all-school performance in the Hauser auditorium, selecting from a broad range of cover songs in all genres and eras of popular music.  Not rap, however.  He does not rap at all!

For your child to attend, a signed permission slip must be turned in ahead of time – no later than the morning of April 16th – to the Central Office.  The permission slip is here:

 paper copies are available in the Central Office.   Please feel free to join younger children for this event!  Adults should use their discretion with older students.

Monday, April 16

5:30-6:30 p.m.     Kids’ Martial Arts     ATA Lyons – Raising the B.A.R. Martial Arts,

                                                                        7840 Ogden Avenue, Lyons (708-442-8001)

Open to All Grades but class limit is 20

Raising the B.A.R.’s energetic instructor will lead students in a beginning martial arts course specifically developed for children.  Raising the B.A.R. focuses on providing a positive experience for each child, and on developing students’ listening habits, self-discipline, confidence, and age appropriate self-defense.   Students should wear comfortable clothes that allow for activity and stretching.

Parents are responsible for transporting their child to and from this class in a timely manner.

Tuesday, April 17

3:05–4:00 p.m. Basketball Central School Gym

Open to All Grades; class limit is 20

Join Riverside Parks & Recreation Department staff to work on your basketball fundamentals while playing a game or two of hoops with your fellow Roadrunners!

Tuesday, April 17

3:05-4:00 p.m. Hour of Games Central Classroom (TBD)

Open to All Grades; class limit is 22

Spend a screen-free hour playing board games and card games with your fellow Roadrunners.  Bring a favorite board game or card game to play with others, or enjoy one of the many games we’ll provide.  The Hour of Games is hosted by Dana Tomas.

Tuesday, April 17

3:15–4:00 p.m. Obstacle Course Big Ball Park

Open to Grades K-2, class limit is 30

Test your agility and speed on our obstacle course, designed for kindergarten to 2nd grade students.  [Note that an obstacle course event for older students will be held on Thursday.]

Students will be escorted to Big Ball Park by adult volunteers.  Meet by Central’s front doors: the group will leave by 3:00 p.m. to walk to Big Ball Park.  Parents, pick up your child at Big Ball Park @ 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 17 — this is not a PTO event, and won’t be on the SignUpGenius signup

7:00 p.m. Spring Orchestra Concert by District 96 students Hauser Jr. High Auditorium

Open to all

Enjoy performances by District 96’s 5th grade orchestra, 6th grade orchestra, 7th grade orchestra, 8th grade orchestra, and the District 96 Chamber Orchestra.

Featured tonight will be the 7th and 8th grade orchestras’ performance of “Riverside Celebration”, a piece which was specially commissioned from composer Brian Balmages.

Wednesday, April 18

3:05-4:15 p.m.       Hip Hop Dance    Central School Gym

Open to All Grades; class limit is 28

Marisa Kirsch and Missy Strobel will introduce students to basic hip hop movement. Then dancers get to practice your moves for an hour.  Bring your own individual style and personality!

Wednesday, April 18

3:15-4:10 p.m.      Flag Football     Big Ball Park

Open to All Grades; class limit is 26

Join the Riverside Parks & Recreation Department as you use your speed and quickness to compete in a lively game of flag football.  Come and see if you can “deflag” the opposing team.

Students will be escorted to Big Ball Park by adult volunteers.  Meet by Central’s front doors: the group will leave by 3:00 p.m. to walk to Big Ball Park.  Parents, pick up your child at Big Ball Park @ 4:10 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18

3:10 -4:00 p.m.       Kickball Hauser Field

Only Grades K-2; class limit is 20

Kickball:  Is it soccer?  Is it baseball?  It’s both!  Let’s learn how to play Kickball!  Rachel Schrier will be your instructor.  Bring a water bottle.

Students can meet an adult chaperone by Central’s front doors by 3:05 p.m., or make their own way to the field behind Hauser.  Parents, pickup your child at the Hauser field @ 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18 — this is not a PTO event, and won’t be on the SignUpGenius signup

After school DIY Wednesdays at the Riverside LibraryOpen to ages 7 and up

Walk over to the Riverside Library and find out what the DIY project is today.  As this is not a PTO event, there will be no parent chaperones.

Thursday, April 19

3:05-4:00 p.m.       LEGO Challenge     Central Classroom (TBD)

Open to All Grades; class limit is 22

Calling all LEGO lovers!  It’s time to get creative and think outside the “blocks” as we design, race, and experiment with LEGOs.  If you’ve got a good imagination and a love for LEGOs, this challenge is for you!  No need to bring anything, just your imagination.

Thursday, April 19

3:15-4:10 p.m. Obstacle Course Big Ball Park (east side, near baseball diamond)

Open to Grades 3-5;class limit is 30

Test your agility and speed on our obstacle course.  Come dressed to jump, run, and crawl!  [Note that an obstacle course event for younger students is being held on Tuesday.]

Students will be escorted to Big Ball Park by adult volunteers.  Meet by Central’s front doors: the group will leave by 3:00 p.m. to walk to Big Ball Park.  Parents, pick up your child at Big Ball Park @ 4:10 p.m.

Thursday, April 19

3:15-4:00 p.m.       Soccer Big Ball Park (west side)

Only Grades K-2; class limit is 20

Grab your gym shoes and join your friends to learn some basic soccer skills.  Rachel Schrier will run you through a few introductory drills, then it’ll be time to play a game.  No cleats.  Please bring a water bottle.

Students will be escorted to Big Ball Park by adult volunteers.  Meet by Central’s front doors: the group will leave by 3:00 p.m. to walk to Big Ball Park.  Parents, pick up your child at Big Ball Park @ 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 19 — this is not a PTO event, and you must register through the Riverside Library by emailing them at youthservices@riversidelibrary.org

3:45-5:00 p.m. Dance! Dance! Underpants! A Ballet Cat Dance Party

Riverside Public Library – Story Time Room

Preschool to 1st Grade children

Ballet Cat loves to dance!  It’s her favorite favorite!  Enjoy crafts and get moving with Shari Klyber of Principle Dance (and a District 96 Board member).  Never be afraid to leap and spin!

Thursday, April 19 — this is a non-PTO event, and won’t be on the SignUpGenius signup

7:00-9:00 p.m. RB’s GOT TALENT Riverside Brookfield High School – Little Theater

Open to all but tickets are $5

Enjoy RB high school’s annual student talent show.  Witness the talents of your friends and neighbors in a live show, without watching a screen!

See over 20 acts by RB students and even some faculty, including singers, dancers, musicians, an improv group, and slam poetry.  All ticket proceeds to be donated to SocialWorks, a charity funding arts participation by Chicago youth and run by Chance the Rapper.

Friday, April 20

3:15-3:45 p.m. Tour Riverside’s Arboretum Guthrie Park

Only Grades 4-5; class limit is 15

Just in time for Arbor Day (April 27), join guides from Riverside’s Landscape Advisory Commission in Guthrie Park for a tour of some of Riverside’s wonderful trees.  Students will learn to identify at least 5 trees, and develop an understanding of how trees help make our world a healthier place for humans and wildlife.  The tour will emphasize why Riverside is an Arboretum, and explain how students can help become stewards of our green space. 

Students will walk to Guthrie Park with an adult chaperone; meet at Central’s front doors by 3:05 p.m.  Parents, pick up your child at Guthrie Park @ 3:45 p.m. unless they’re ok to walk home on their own.

Friday, April 20

3:15-4:00 p.m.      Kickball     Big Ball Park

Only Grades 3-5; class limit is 20

Celebrate Friday with a fun and intense game of Kickball with your fellow Roadrunners.  Bring your “A” game to Big Ball Park!  (And bring a water bottle.)

Students will be escorted to Big Ball Park by adult volunteers.  Meet by Central’s front doors: the group will leave by 3:00 p.m. to walk to Big Ball Park.  Parents, pick up your child at Big Ball Park @ 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 21

11:00 – Noon Magnetic Emoji Edition with Mr. T

Riverside Arts Center

Only Grades 4-5; class limit is 12

Hey young artists!  Learn how to create clever refrigerator emoji magnets.  Impress yourself with your creativity and express yourself with a fun project using your imagination and some guided instruction from Mr. T.

Saturday, April 21

11:00 a.m. – Noon Create a Ceramic Sea Turtle Wall Pocket with Ms. Theresa

The Mudroom, Riverside Arts Center

Open to All Grades; class limit is 12

Create and decorate a sea turtle wall pocket, making your own contribution to the spirit of Earth Day (which is Sunday). Using a template,  each student will cut a sea turtle shape from clay, as well as a shell. The shell will be formed to create a pocket. This wall mounted decorative piece will add beauty and function to your family’s home or garden. Drainage holes can be added to the piece if it will be used as a small planter.

OTHER IDEAS FOR SCREEN FREE WEEK

Whether or not students can participate in any of the PTO’s Screen Free Week activities, here are some other ideas to enjoy the week without screens, and maybe start some new and healthy habits:

  • Visit a local park or forest preserve, for free.  Some you might consider:

Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve and its Nature Center

3609 Spring Road, Oak Brook

Hours are 1 hour after sunrise to 1 hour after sunset.

Lyman Woods and Lyman Woods Nature Center

901 31st Street, Downers Grove

Hours are 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily (except Sunday, 1:00-4:00 p.m)

Willowbrook Wildlife Center

525 South Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn

Hours are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p..m.

Here you can see rehabilitated wild animals who were injured or

orphaned, and walk their nature trails.

Trailside Museum of Natural History

738 Thatcher Avenue, River Forest

Hours are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (closed Fridays).

Enjoy the museum, the trails, and consider entering their

Birdhouse Building Contest (deadline May 23rd).

  • Sign up for a regular class at the Riverside Arts Center, such as: ArtZone with Mr. T (class by class, Mondays @ 3:30-5:00, including on April 16th); Young Artist Clay Studio with Ms. Tami, meeting Wednesdays @ 4:30-6:00 with Session 2 starting May 2nd; Critters and Clay with Ms. Tami, for ages 5-8, with the next session starting May 3rd; and Drawing Studio classes with Ms. Theresa (Beginner Studio Drawing’s next session starts May 9th).
  • Work on a poem to enter in the Frederick Law Olmsted’s annual Reflections on Riverside Student Poetry Contest (deadline is April 30th).  Enter via www.olmstedsociety.org/education/writing-contest/)
  • Plan your native plant garden, then buy the plants and even plant them.  The insects, butterflies, and moths that live near us need native plants – including native trees – to survive and thrive.  Two good sources of native plants are upcoming native plant sales run by 1) Wild Ones (pre-sale orders taken until May 20th; sale and plant pick-up is June 2nd; see this link for the plant sale catalog: wild-ones-west-cook.myshopify.com/); and 2) DuPage County Forest Preserve (pre-sale orders taken until April 16th; sale and plant pick-up is May 11th and 12th; see this link for the plant sale catalog: www.dupageforest.org/native-plant-sale).
  • Learn a new skill – maybe something active like frisbee or skateboard, or something quieter like a new drawing style (manga?) or a new instrument.
  • Play a board game or a card game with your family or friends.  Or play charades and see how well you can communicate without words!
  • Go outside and spend some time quietly walking or just sitting; actively listen and watch.  Maybe take a walk with your parents after dark and listen to night sounds.  If you have a dog, take it along!

Questions?   Contact Jacqueline Miller at jacqm240@gmail.com or call/text 847-917-0000