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5th Annual Rockin’ Ham 5k

Despite the snow on Friday evening, race day weather proved to be excellent for our nearly 300 runners and walkers. As with previous years, this event was a huge success for the school community. Thank you to everyone who participated this year!

2019 Rockin’ Ham 5k video

Registration for the Rockin’ham 5k!

Monday, March 11, is the last day to register for the Rockin’ham 5k to get a FREE t-shirt! Click the link below to get a printable registration form.

Rockin’ham Annual 5k is happening on April 6!

Central Elementary School’s annual 5k run/walk is happening again this year on April 6, 2019 at 10 am. This fundraiser helps to support the school to provide special guests and programs for the students as well as supplies for our cross grade level days as well as whole school field trips. There are many ways to help make this event successful. You can donate an item for our raffle, you can make a monetary donation, you can donate your time and volunteer on race day or you can register to participate by clicking the link below! Please come out and support our school and the students!

The Rockin’Ham and the Funky Chicken come to Monday Morning Meeting to talk about the 5K and Habit #3.

CES Students Represent at Dance Away Cancer Function

CES students truly acted as Leaders who Dare to Care and helped Team Superhero raise $1900.00 for the American Cancer Society! CES kids supported neighboring students from the Westminster Elementary School at the mid winter event, Dance Away Cancer.

For additional photos see our slideshow!

Students Enjoy a Day of Shopping at the CES Mall

By Juan Lopez Cancino

On December 19, the PTCO organized the holiday shopping mall for students at CES.  This tradition started as a way for kids to buy presents for their loved ones in appreciation for all they do.  Kids come at scheduled times to pick out and buy the presents. Volunteers from the community wrap gifts or help students choose items.  Most items cost between 25 cents to a dollar.  A big THANK YOU to our community volunteers and the PTCO for hosting such a spectacular event!

Saxtons River Bell Choir Help Us Ring in the New Year!

By Lola McGinnis


The Saxtons River Bell Ringers have come to town! They performed on December 13th at 1:15 in the gym for the students at CES. They are from the Christ Church in Saxtons River.The Saxtons River bell choir started in  the late 1990’s, when the Church received bells as a memorial gift. With fundraising, they bought more bells and formed a choir. They visited us and played winter songs. The ringers have to wear gloves because the oil in their hands will damage the bells. They love to play music and if you would like hear them perform, they are playing in local area locations during the holiday season.


We Ran Away With the Circus!

by Lola McGinnis

The circus has come to town! Every class worked with Troy Wunderle and Mr.Lawry and had 5 days to practice a skill or two, such as juggling, balancing and using stilts. On Friday at 1:30 we showed everybody in the school what we had learned with a fantastic circus performance.

According to Mr.Lawry, “We do circus because it teaches kids to be brave, to learn new skills, and to teach other kids new skills.”  The students at CES are fortunate to have this  great experience with local circus artist Troy Wunderle by using funds that we raised from our 5K race!

Dare To Care!


On Friday November 16, CES took part in our first cross grade level activity day.  This year’s theme Dare To Care, sets the tone for what activities the students will participate in.  The theme, Dare To Care was created by the staff with the intention of helping students further develop empathy.  The vision is that we as humans need to care for ourselves, our family, our community and the larger community of the earth.  The students and staff really enjoyed being together and participating in activities such as yoga and exercise, making apple crisp to donate to  the community Thanksgiving dinner at the Legion and for our families, and The Dot art project that reminded us that we are all creative beautiful humans!  We spent the afternoon at the Bellows Falls Opera House eating popcorn and watching the feature film, Charlotte’s Web, a story that celebrates kindness and friendship.  Our next Dare To Care day will be Friday December 21.

Bike Week

Did you notice the big trailer in the back playground full of bikes in November? The ever popular Bike Week for third and fourth graders happened and it was of course a success.  Mr. Lawry said “Kids did an excellent job throughout Biking Weeks. Many students learned to ride a bike for the first time!” During Bike Week, students not only learn to ride a bike, but also, they learn about bike safety, biking rules of the road and the importance of wearing a helmet.  Even though the weather did not cooperate as much as we would have liked Bike Week was a big hit!

What Do You Want to Make?

By Delaney Stoodley

At CES kids K-4 are making stuff.  What kinds of things are they making? Where are they doing it? This year in the library, during recess, students are invited to come and use the makerspace.  A makerspace is a place where anyone can make, create, design, imagine and problem solve.  We have made airplanes, hoop gliders and cardboard arcade games.  The whole reason to have a makerspace is to encourage students to explore and create.

According to Ms.Hauser, “We have the space because we want kids to have the freedom to explore their creativity and the act of making.  These skills build upon other skills like the design process. The design process is what engineers use when developing a new product or trying to solve a problem. Engineers look to create, modify and reflect until they come to a solution that make sense.  It is about perseverance, it is about critical thinking.”

Students will use tools like recyclables, plastic, computers, cameras, iPads, circuits Legos, robotics and  much more.  If you would like to donate recyclables, Legos, tools (hammers, screwdrivers, drills ect.), material, sewing tools or just money to further the project please contact Ms.Hauser via email: