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  • Fiddlesticks! Fiddlesticks!

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Spring Concert


Our Spring Concert is next Wednesday May 3, 2017 at the

Bellows Falls Union High School Auditorium at 6:30 PM!

All students play a big role in this concert, it is very important ALL students attend!

Each class is performing something special for our audience.  We are counting on every student to be there to perform their special part.

ARRIVAL TIME:   Students and family members will not be allowed into the auditorium until 6:10 PM.  If you are there early, please wait in the hall outside the auditorium in line.  This allows time for concert set-up.  All students should stay with whomever brought them until they are called to their starting spots by Mrs. Daigneault (around 6:25).   

CONCERT DRESS:   This concert is based on our All-School “PLAY”  theme.  We would love everyone to wear shirts with our school color, which is blue.  This could be a solid blue shirt of any shade, blue plaid, blue polka dots, blue print, blue stripes, etc.  We would love a sea of blue!  Shirts without a picture or sports logo are best.  Please select something from existing wardrobes, as close to blue as possible.  Please do not go out and buy something special!  The most important thing is that every child attends (not the color of their shirt!).

CONCERT SHOES:   Comfortable!  No slippery heels, please. All students will be walking up and down steps.  Some will be going back and forth on stage.  It is very important that shoes are appropriate for this purpose.  

Dress Rehearsal: Will be in the morning during school hours.  All students will be out of the building at some point between 8:30 and 11:15 AM.  Everyone will be back in school by lunchtime.

Bring all of your friends and relatives.  This event has no admission fee.  See you there!

Upcoming: Literacy Day

steve-wadgBefore we embark on Spring Break, students and staff at CES will get to have a fun filled day focused on Literacy! Students will get to experience activities like Read it and Eat It!, Read It and Seed It, and Bark It and Mark It. Some 4th graders will get to participate in Play It and Say It in a special 4th grade performance for CES.

In addition to an eventful morning, CES will proudly welcome acclaimed Vermont author Steve Swinburne. Swinburne will hold two afternoon sessions with CES students. We are excited to have him at CES! Mr. Swinburne is able to come to us by a generous CLiF grant. For more information about Swinburne, please visit his website at http://www.steveswinburne.com/

Rockin’Ham 5K Race Results

rsz_503The third annual Rockin’Ham 5K took place on Saturday, April 8th!  215 runners finished the race!! Here are the race results:

Overall Race Results

By Age Groups

By Grade

CLiF Year of the Book 2016

Central Elementary School was a proud recipient of the Children’s Literacy Foundation’s (CLiF) Year of the Book grant for the 2015-2016 school year. CLiF’s Year of the Book provides $25,000 worth of literacy programs, support, and new children’s books over one school year to help build a culture of literacy in elementary schools across New Hampshire and Vermont. This program targets schools that have a high percentage of students scoring below proficient in literacy assessments, and a high percentage of students receiving free/reduced lunch. To learn more about CLiF and the Year of the Book, please visit CLiF’s website. Happy Reading!

CES Spy Van Escapade

Last week, Mrs. Pickering and Mr. Lawry took some CES students to Walpole to spy on the Chickens.

Watch their surveillance footage!


2017 Rockin’Ham 5K Registration Open!

rsz_2017_5k_logoThe 2017 Rockin’Ham 5K will be held on Saturday, April 8th!  It will begin and end at the Central Elementary School.  Same-day registration begins at 9:00 AM.  The race will start at 10:30 AM.  All proceeds will benefit the Central School PTO!

To register online for the 2017 Rockin’Ham 5K, click HERE.

To print out a registration form, click HERE.  After completing this form, please send it to CES, 50 School St Ext, Bellows Falls, VT 05101.

The course consists of one loop on mostly flat terrain.  Come run with us, and bring the whole family!

Math At Work!

  • Math in Nursing Math in Nursing
  • Math in Engineering Math in Engineering
  • Math in Farming Math in Farming
  • Math in Dentistry Math in Dentistry
  • Math in Bookselling Math in Bookselling

During the morning of Friday, February 17th, Central School invited several members of the community in to school to share how they use math in their daily jobs!  A dentist, a veterinarian, a labor & delivery room nurse, a farmer, a bookseller, a banker, a bike repairman, and an engineer were among the guests who shared their use of math with CES students!

Third Annual Rockin’Ham 5K Announced!!

rsz_img_6331On February 6th, Mrs. Pickering took the stage at Monday Morning Meeting to announce the third annual Rockin’Ham 5K, to be held on Saturday, April 8th!!  With that news, Hetty the Hamster came running onto the scene, ready for what she called the Rockin’Hamster!!  Mrs. Pickering set Hetty straight, letting her know that she can register for the 5K but it won’t take place for two months!  Registration forms went home with students on Monday, and student registration for the event is only $8.  The big news is that there is a new race course, and it will start and end at CES…AND be MUCH flatter!  There will also be a raffle with a long list of great prizes!!  Students will get raffle tickets to sell during March.  Mr. Lawry will be having Rockin’ Runners club again this year, and he will announce the details after February vacation.  In the meantime, Mr. Lawry led us in some warm-up exercises….just the first of many warm-ups for the big day!!  Get ready!!

Fiddlesticks Entertains at CES!

IMG_6419JPGFiddlesticks, a string ensemble from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, performed at Central School on Friday, February 10th, to the delight of students and staff alike.  They brought all the members of the string family: the violin, the viola, the cello, and the double bass, and they performed music from several different composers.  IMG_6409JPGStudents tried to identify the animals different composers were portraying with their music; one was the swan, one was the mosquito!  They learned about musical pieces with repetitive phrases called rondos, and one student even got to try out the violin!!  Many thanks to Mrs. Daigneault and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra for bringing Fiddlesticks to Central School!

Mrs. Kane’s Class Wins Golden Shoe!

IMG_6311JPGThe February Walk-to-School event was held on Wednesday, February 1st, with students and staff walking from Hetty Green Park to Central School at 7:30 that morning.  There were 68 students walking, and the class with the highest percentage of walkers won the Golden Shoe Award for the month.


Mrs. Kane’s class has 11 walkers out of 18 students, for a percentage of 61%.  Mrs. I’s class was in second place with 7 walkers out of 12 students (58%), and Mrs. Hearne’s class came in third place with 6 walkers out of 11 students (55%).  The next Walk-to-School will be held on March 1st.  Listen and watch for more details after the February vacation!