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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!

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!

Fourth Grader Masters Color Switch!

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By Ferris

On February 2nd, 2017, in Room 5 at Central Elementary School, a fourth grader mastered the game Color Switch. He felt up to the challenge, and he kept trying!  He challenges all other students to try to beat his record!

Third Grade Poets Share Their Poet-Tree!

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On January 9th, at Monday Morning Meeting, the third graders shared some of the poems they have been writing during their recent poetry unit.  Students have been writing haiku, cinquain, acrostic, and rhyming poems.  They have been placing them on white circles on a tree shape in the third grade hallway.  They have made a poet-tree with their poetry!  Here are a couple of the poems:

Moon (by Kiera)

High up above us / Disappearing in the clouds / We all say good night.

Special Season (by Kyleigh)

Special season

Pretty colors

Raindrops falling

Important for flowers

Nature is beautiful

Gardens growing

Ninjas (by Henry)

Ninjas appears

In the dark night, but

Now they are gone in


Ancient history by they

Still are not forgotten.

Supporting Our Friend

Making a banner for Joaquin!

Making a banner for Joaquin!

By Hadley

CES students and staff are supporting Joaquin, a fourth grader sick with leukemia. He has been in the hospital since November 1st. He will come back to school when he is feeling all better.  The fourth graders made cards and banners for his hospital room, and they are preparing activity bags for him for each week he is in the hospital.  The third graders raised some money for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth where he is being treated.  Everyone at Central School is thinking of Joaquin and supporting him and his family in fighting leukemia.

Seven Habits in Reading Block!

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By Isabella

The first and second graders are using the 7 habits during reading block in Mrs. Bolotin and Miss Cloues’ classroom! Miss Cloues said, “I think I am seeing better reading every day. I also think that the kids love to pick special choices to do!”

Mrs. Bolotin said, “I like when the kids get to earn a point almost every day. I love to see them earn 10 stars and get to pick something fun to do.”

Kamdyn said, “I like when the kids in reading block work together and do the 7 habits.” The first and second graders are working hard to earn points to do special things. They are remembering to do the 7 habits!


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The first graders have been reading the book Cupcakes, and they decided to make some cupcakes too!


Stirring the batter!

The Circus Came to Central!

For two marvelous weeks in November and December, Troy Wunderle brought his super fantastic, high energy circus tricks and talents to Central School, and everyone got to join in the fun!  At every PE class and at special sessions scheduled throughout the two weeks, students tried out the circus equipment and learned about balance, eye-hand coordination, and always being brave!

On the evening of Thursday, December 8th, the entire CES community performed an amazing circus extravaganza for the community.  It was held at the Bellows Falls Union High School gymnasium, and it began with a circus parade of students wearing their circus hats made in Art class with Mrs. Cohun!  Then the circus acts began!  There were silly dogs, a crazy Red Light/Green Light game, feather balancers, jugglers, stilts walkers, pogo stickers, and much, much more!  Even the teachers tried to do a trick!  The grand finale involved every student in a school-wide pyramid!

The following day, in one final session with Troy, students got to try out any circus equipment they wanted.  Then the circus residency ended with an amazing performance by Troy, during which he even admitted that he was afraid of heights….as he was putting on his 8 foot tall stilts!  He proceeded to walk over the fourth graders!

Everyone at CES sends a grateful THANK YOU to the PTO for sponsoring Troy’s residency, to Mr. Lawry for helping in every way with the circus fun, and to Troy Wunderle himself for always being brave and….making it just a little harder!!