• Halloween Parade led by BF's Finest! Halloween Parade led by BF's Finest!
  • Lots of Elsa! Lots of Elsa!
  • Sweet Smiles! Sweet Smiles!
  • Miss Marjie and Friend Miss Marjie and Friend
  • BFMS Band... BFMS Band...
  • ...with a few extra tall 8th grade band members! ...with a few extra tall 8th grade band members!
  • Halloween Parade! Halloween Parade!
  • Halloween Parade! Halloween Parade!
  • Halloween Parade! Halloween Parade!
  • Halloween Parade! Halloween Parade!
  • Whoooo is that special 3rd grade friend? Whoooo is that special 3rd grade friend?
  • Halloween Parade! Halloween Parade!
  • Halloween Parade! Halloween Parade!
  • Mr. Paul and Captain America!! Mr. Paul and Captain America!!
  • Halloween Parade! Halloween Parade!
  • Halloween Friends! Halloween Friends!
  • Parading! Parading!
  • Halloween Parade! Halloween Parade!
  • Halloween Friends! Halloween Friends!
  • Batman! Batman!
  • Halloween Party! Halloween Party!
  • Halloween Party! Halloween Party!
  • What a mummy!! What a mummy!!
  • Halloween Party! Halloween Party!
  • Porcelain Doll! Porcelain Doll!
  • The FBI has caught a cat! The FBI has caught a cat!
  • Halloween Friends! Halloween Friends!
  • Handcuffed by the FBI! Handcuffed by the FBI!
  • Halloween Friends! Halloween Friends!
  • Halloween Friends! Halloween Friends!
  • Happy Halloween! Happy Halloween!
  • Ha..Ha..Happy Halloween! Ha..Ha..Happy Halloween!

Website articles are written by Central School Fourth Graders. Previous articles can be accessed from the older post link on the bottom left.

Troy Wunderle to Bring His Circus Fun to CES!!

by Grace


Troy Wunderle

Troy Wunderle is coming to CES to do a circus residency during the week of November 3rd through 7th.  The PTO is sponsoring Troy Wunderle’s residency in order to provide a wonderful experience for CES students.

Troy Wunderle says, “I’m thrilled to be bringing Wunderle’s Big Top Adventures back to Central Elementary School. I look forward to teaching life skills through the circus arts in a fun and noncompetitive way.”   Training equipment that Troy will bring will include: juggling, spinning plates, devil sticks, diabolos, feathers, hula hoops, jump ropes, lassos, pogo sticks, unicycles, rolling globes, rola bolas, stilts, rip sticks, pedalos and more. Games, human stunts, acrobatics, human pyramids, clowning workshops and entertaining magic tricks will also be taught if there is time. Wunderle’s Big Top Adventures aims to spread joy, create memories and inspire dreams.  Troy is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of art, and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.  Troy’s antics have been featured on the Disney Channel, The Today Show, Martha Stewart, Chronicle, Fetch, Fox and Friends and Americas Funniest Home Videos.

CES students are excited to meet and work with Troy next week!!


CES Book Fair Report!

rsz_book_fairby Nathaniel

The Scholastic Book Fair came to Central School for the week of October 20th!  The fair generated total sales of about $2500, and the school earned over $1000 in Scholastic dollars which can be used to purchase books for the school.  Mrs. Kane reported, “It is so much fun to see the excitement that the book fair creates!  Many children and families purchased books for themselves or as gifts, and the benefit to the school is the funds to supply the library with additional books that students will enjoy for years to come.”

One thing new this year at the book fair was extended hours during Open House on Wednesday, October 22nd.  Families were able to come early to shop at the book fair before visiting classrooms, and many people took advantage of this option.  Mrs. Kane said, “We were busy at the book fair from 5:15 to 7:15, so I am very glad we tried the early opening option.”

Mrs. Kane was assisted by Mrs. Durand, Mrs.Steuwe, Nurse Anita, Mrs. Rounds, Mr.Smith, Mrs. O, Mrs. Verespy, Mr. Nemlich, and Mr. Lawry in moving the book fair from the Library to the gym and back again for the Open House.  “I am so grateful for the help of all the staff members in making the book fair a success,” Mrs. Kane said.

Happy Reading!


Halloween Plans for Central!


A sweet garden gnome visited CES’ Halloween parade last year!

by Jake

Central School will be celebrating Halloween with parties, food and–most important–the Halloween parade!  On Friday, October 31st, students can bring any costume they would like except that no weapons are allowed, and students should be able to see out of their mask.   Students will get into their costumes at 1:00 PM, and the Halloween parade will begin on the back playground at 1:30 PM.  It will then go up Pine Street, turning onto Henry St Extension, then left onto Atkinson Street.  The parade will then go up Atkinson St to the Greater Falls Pharmacy and turn left onto Oak Street, and finally left onto Church Place and back to the school. Students will then go back into the school for classroom parties!  Halloween promises to be a lot of fun!!  Hope to see you at the parade!!   

Hike for Hunger!

rsz_2014-10-24_135831 Gray skies did not keep Central School students and staff from their annual Hike for Hunger on Friday, October 24th!  Food and personal care items had been gathered over the past few weeks, filling the collection buckets to overflowing!  Every student carried an item or a bag of items on the walk, and all of the supplies were delivered to Our Place Drop-In Center on Bridge Street.  rsz_2014-10-24_140227

Our Place executive director Lisa Pitcher explained that a food drive such as this does a few things for Our Place.  “First, it raises awareness about helping neighbors who might be having a difficult time,” she said.  “Second, it brings in lots of different kinds of food, and it is nice to have an assortment and diversity in our food choices.”

CES students and staff were happy to enjoy a nice walk and to help their neighbors at the same time!

Intensive Needs Program Comes to CES!


Miss Marjie and Mr. Paul

by Alyssa

Miss Marjie Ottenbreit and Mr. Paul Kohler work at the Intensive Needs Program at Central Elementary School (CES) this year. The Intensive Needs program is for the kids in the region that have certain needs. There used to be several Intensive Needs programs at different schools in the district, but now there are only two intensive needs programs in the WNESU.  One program is located here at CES and has students in grades Kindergarten through 6th.  The other IN program is located at Bellows Falls Union High School (BFUHS) and is for students in grades 7-12.

Miss Marjie and Mr.Paul like it at CES.  Miss Marjie said, ”The teachers, students, and all the staff have been so helpful!”  Mr. Paul said, “The kids are smart and kind, and the staff is fantastic too!”  Miss Marjie and Mr. Paul also like to work in the Intensive Needs program. Miss Marjie said, “Every day brings new challenges and learning opportunities. Our students work very hard and we celebrate every step of the progress along the way.”  Mr. Paul said, “Every day is better than the last one!”

Before coming to Central School, Miss Marjie worked at Saxtons River Elementary School for 4 years. She also worked at Hartland Elementary for 12 years, and she was a special education teacher in Montana for 16 years. Miss Marjie earned her degree at Southern Connecticut State University. She did graduate work at Northern Montana College.

Mr. Paul has also worked at different schools. He attended Keene State College, and after graduating he worked at Fuller Elementary School in Keene for 6 years.  This school is where his daughter now attends fourth grade, and Mr. Paul also has a four year old son! For the last four years, Mr. Paul  worked at the Westminster Center School.

When asked what it was that sparked her interest in working in Intensive Needs, Miss Marjie said, “When I was a very young girl I had many babysitting jobs. Along the way I was asked to take care of a little girl with many disabilities. I can still see her beautiful blue eyes when I think of her. Although she could not speak or move around much, she let me know what she was feeling with her facial expressions and those blue eyes. I enjoyed caring for her very much! I’d say she was my inspiration for my career.”

Mr. Paul explained, “I love working with kids, all kids. I guess Intensive Needs is just a good match for my personality!”

Mr. Nemlich, the principal of CES, said, “I think we are very lucky that we have the program here because we have students that need the program. I think we are because it’s given us some excellent new staff members. I am pleased with how quickly the program has become part of our school.”

Gassetts Grange Donates Dictionaries!

rsz_photo_6by Jaiden

Members of the Gassets Grange visited the third grade on October 7th to give the students dictionaries to help them with their learning. The third graders will use the dictionaries to look up words and spell the words. Gassetts Grange members raised money to buy the dictionaries.

The third graders and their teachers are grateful for the gift from the Gassetts Grange.  Emma S. said the dictionaries are very amazing. Caleb likes the measurements page!  Mrs. Green said, “I am happy about the dictionaries, and they are a great tool.  We used the dictionaries during math yesterday!”  Mrs. Bisbee added, “They are a good resource for math and science. The dictionaries have lots and lots of information in math and science for the third graders.”

Thank you to the members of the Gassetts Grange for this thoughtful and kind donation!

Happy at Central Video!

by Grace

On September 29th, CES students viewed the “Happy at Central” video during Monday Morning Meeting in the CES gym to start their week off on a Happy note! The footage was filmed on Thursday, September 25th, by Alan Fowler and Marty Gallagher, and FACT-TV edited the footage to make our “Happy at Central” video.  Here is the link to the video:  Happy at Central.

Third Grade Visits Rockingham Town Offices

Town Manager Chip Stearns meets with CES 3rd graders.

Town Manager Chip Stearns meets with CES 3rd graders.

by Nathaniel

CES third graders are learning about our local government in Vermont.  As part of this study, the third graders walked to the Rockingham town office on October 10th. The students got to see all parts of the town hall, which is the same building where the Bellows Falls Opera House is.  It is also the building in the center of Bellows Falls with the clock tower.

Riley said, “It was a lot of fun to come to the town office and learn about our government.” Jaxon said, “The old kitchen was cool!”  Sadie said, “I like the boiler room because it had a good feeling of warmth!”  Emma said, “We got to see all the offices, that was fun.”

Mark said “The building was 70 feet tall, but it felt like it was a lot higher!”  Hannah said, “We got to meet all of the workers there, and it was fun.”  Cristo said, “My favorite part of the trip was the finance room because it had lots of money in it!”  AceLynn said, “The old kitchen was some fun. We saw lots of stuff like cool pots, pans, ovens and dishes!”

The third graders had a great time at the town hall!!



Welcome, Mrs. Verespy!

rsz_2014-10-10_122205by Grace

There’s a new face in first grade at Central School!  It’s the new first grade teacher, Mrs. Judy Verespy! Mrs.Verespy grew up in West Springfield, Massachusetts, where she had a “delightful childhood.”  She has one brother and one sister, and Mrs.Verespy’s parents were both teachers. They had lots of fun as a family on weekends, holidays, and school vacation.

Now Mrs.Verespy lives in Chester with her husband, three kids, two cats, and one dog. Her husband is a firefighter, and he owns a restaurant in Ludlow called The Killarney.

Mrs.Verespy was 16 when she got her first job as a waitress.  The other jobs Mrs.Verespy has had are with Marriott food service in Dallas,Texas, and she worked as a preschool teacher.  Mrs.Verespy went to college at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.

 Mrs.Verespy wanted to be a teacher at Central because she really likes the people here, and it seemed like a great school.  She interviewed for the position over the summer, and so far Mrs. Verespy “loves Central School.”

When Mrs.Verespy isn’t teaching, she walks with her dog, swims, reads, and watches her kids play sports.  Welcome, Mrs. Verespy!!


CES Sunflower Seed Estimation

rsz_2014-10-06_125924by Colby

Do you have any idea how many seeds are in this sunflower?  CES students and staff are estimating how many seeds there might be. One student guessed 247 seeds, while another guessed 1,384.  Mrs. Harty and Mrs. Kane will determine who has the closest estimation.