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posted Aug 29, 2016, 8:01 AM by Laura Giuggio   [ updated Aug 29, 2016, 8:07 AM ]
“If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, the excitement, and the mystery of the world we live in.” Rachel Carson

August 28, 2016

Good evening Center School Families,

I hope this message reaches you long after your child settles for the evening... I welcome you back on the eve of our new school year.  I extend a special welcome to our new families. We’ve been very busy with enrollments and Center will welcome 27 new children across all our grades with an enrollment of 403 students!  We also welcome three new teachers to our community! 

The Center bell will toll at 8:30 am and we look forward to saying hello to many of you on the playground in the morning.

We’ve had a productive summer at the elementary level with professional development.   Many Center educators were involved in wide-ranging professional development including: planning for our new science program from Foss Next Generation Science; Peace Builders planning year 2; Reader’s and Writer’s workshop planning; exploring a standards-based report card.  We’ll share more details of our curriculum work  in the days and weeks ahead. Stayed tuned for information from Parent School, podcasts, and informational videos that will enhance your knowledge about your child’s learning.

An educators’ life is extraordinarily special for many reasons, and unique for us is the privilege and opportunity to begin anew with your children each school year.  You will discover that Center teachers expend boundless energy to ensure that each child grows as a learner and as a citizen. We commit to the Peace Builders “way of life”; and our collective vision is to continue to create a learning community where our students demonstrate positive and peaceful behavior.

Our important work is not possible without your partnership. I speak for the entire school staff when I share that we feel incredibly fortunate to serve the Center School community. We are grateful for your advocacy for excellence in education for your child; and for your trust and support that allows us to do our meaningful work. Please continue to stay involved in your child’s learning. We’ll keep you well informed throughout the year of ways we can enhance our work together.

I hope your wishes and hopes for your child are realized this school year.  Please join us for our traditional fall family happenings such as the Fall Carnival on September 16th, Open House on September 22nd, and the Halloween Hustle on October 29th

I will always make myself available to process any questions or concerns you may have about your school. Please do not hesitate to call me.

I look forward to a wonderful year. I hope you have a restful evening. I also hope your child comes home to you tomorrow with joyful anticipation of the year ahead. 


Donna Hutton, Principal