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Rosemary Argus, Des Plaines 8th Ward Alderman and Director of the Des Plaines Community Foundation, recently presented a check for $600 to the Central Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) to assist with Central Cares, a Humanitarian Outreach Committee that is currently doing a local backpack drive to assist those students in the district whose families are unable to provide backpacks and school supplies. According to Kari Schacke, PTO Member and Chairman of Central Cares, there are many families at Central School, as well as throughout School District 62, that will benefit from the backpack drive. “Central Cares” continues to provide humanitarian efforts locally, as well as abroad. (The group has sponsored a child in Africa, donated fruit trees, has purchased a male and female goat and conducted a food drive.) Schacke had originally approached Mayor Martin J. Moylan for help securing donors. Mayor Moylan reached out to Alderman Argus who immediately responded that the Des Plaines Community Foundation would support the backpack efforts. “The Des Plaines Community Foundation is all about assisting our own in need, particularly when it means children and families. I am proud to present this financial support to Central Cares,” Alderman Argus said.

PTO Member and Chairman of Central Cares Kari Schacke, Des Plaines 8th Ward Alderman and Director of the Des Plaines Community Foundation Rosemary Argus, and Des Plaines Mayor Martin J. Moylan pose for a photograph as Alderman Argus presents the check for the backpack project. The Alderman and Mayor helped student and PTO volunteers fill the backpacks with school supplies.

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Getting' Down with Mama Goose

On Thursday, April 15th the kindergarten and first grade students of Central Elementary School performed Getting’ Down with Mama Goose. This wonderful show was performed at both 2:00 and 7:00 for students, family members, and Central School staff. Congratulations to the kindergarten and first grade students for a fabulous performance.

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On Tuesday, March 31st Central School students in first though fifth grades participated in another PTO sponsored Science Night! During the “Un-build a Bike” Science Night, the children learned about simple machines and tools as they completely took apart bicycles. Thank you to the Central School PTO for another successful Science Night!

On Friday, March 19th Officer Colin Johnson, from the Des Plaines Police Department, presented Operation Lifesaver to all students attending Central Elementary School. Operation Lifesaver is an educational program designed to teach children about railroad safety at railroad tracks and crossings. Our children learned how and where to cross railroad tracks safely, to stay a safe distance from railroad tracks, that tunnels and bridges are only wide enough for trains, along with many other safety tips and tools. Thank you to the Des Plaines Police Department and Colin Johnson for helping us keep Central’s children safe!

Centeral School - Mayor Moylan Reads to Central Students

Des Plaines City Officials were invited to read to students at Central Elementary School last Friday. Prior to visiting individual classrooms to read one of their favorite books, officials attended an all school assembly with Skates, the Chicago Wolves Mascot, school officials, students, faculty and a special guest, Marine Gunnery Sergeant Brett Wood. (pictured above left to right) District 62 Board of Education School Board President Brenda Murphy, Superintendant of Schools Dr. Jane L. Westerhold, Des Plaines Fire Chief Alan Wax, Mayor Martin J. Moylan, Marine Gunnery Sergeant Brett Wood, 2nd Ward Alderman John “Jack” Robinson, Secretary to the Mayor Donna Catlett and Des Plaines Police Officer Colin Johnson pose for a photograph with the books they read to their assigned classes.

Provided by Karen Kozenczak, Director of Community Relations, City of Des Plaines

Central School Celebrates the Holiday Season
Second and Third grade students presented a musical concert called "December Nights, December Lights" on December 11th. Students learned about different cultures and holiday traditions and performed songs about these traditions.

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All of Central School took part in making earth friendly pine cone ornaments and decorating a Holiday Tree in Metropolitan Square in downtown Des Plaines on December 3rd. Please stop by to view Central School's beautiful holiday tree.

Central School students recently enjoyed Sara McLaughlin’s “Little Red Riding Hood” program.
Ms. McLaughlin is the School Liaison for Des Plaines Public Library. She read several versions of Little Red Riding Hood including Pretty Salma: A Little Red Riding Hood Story from Africa, The Wolf’s Story: What Really Happened to Little Red Riding Hood and Petitle Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood.

Central students read folktales, fairy tales and tall tales as their genre for the month of November and enjoyed comparing the different versions of this classic tale.

Central School celebrated Veteran’s Day with special guests
The Silvertones from The Heritage in Des Plaines. The Silvertones treated the students, teachers, and staff to several songs. Before each song a brief history of the war the song represented was shared. As The Silvertones sang I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy and The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy many students tapped along with each tune. As a finale the third grade students joined The Silvertones singing You’re a Grand Ol’ Flag.

Chief Meteorologist Visits Central
Amy Freeze, the Chief Meteorologist at Fox News Chicago, visited Central Elementary School to educate fourth and fifth grade students about the weather. Ms. Freeze shared a wealth of information and even taught us that the weight of a cloud is more than several elephants! We also learned that hurricanes are the largest storms in the world and tornadoes are the fastest! The students and staff really enjoyed the opportunity to meet Ms. Freeze and understand very interesting weather facts. We look forward to having her come back and visit us some time soon!

International Walk to School Day
During Central School's Morning Flag Raising Principal, Dr. Jan Rashid, staff and students welcomed special guests, Superintendent, Jane Westerhold, Illinois State Representative, Elaine Nekritz, PTO President Becky Fowler and City of Des Plaines Alderman, Marty Moylan. Following presentation of the flag and singing the Star Spangled Banner, Principal Rashid recognized students for their accomplishments and awarded homework raffle winners. Representative Nekritz promoted International Walk to School Day discussed the benefits of walking to school and addressed her commitment to the upcoming event. On Wednesday, October 8th, the students and staff at Central School participated in the International Walk to School Day. Students were greeted when they arrived at school by school staff, PTO members and officers from the Des Plaines Police Department. Sudents who walked or biked to school were given nutrition bars donated by the Clif company.

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