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Parent Night Science Fun!




This Tuesday, March 27, from 6-7 pm CES will be hosting a parent night in the gym with a special guest Dr. Quinton Quirk.  Dr.Quirk (AKA Ted Lawerence) will be presenting an entertaining, yet educational science program called Notion of Motion.  All parents and students are welcomed to this FREE event!  If you have been wondering about our theme day focus of STEAM and what it is about, come Tuesday to see for your self!

The Central Elementary School 5K

By Cadance James

The 4th annual Rockin’ Ham 5K will be held on April 7th!  Students, family members, and community members are invited.  The money raised by entry fees will benefit Central Elementary School.  In the past, money from the 5K was used for field trips, technology, and the playground fence.  Many local businesses donated money or items for the raffle. The 5K CES committee is still in need of volunteers on the race course to keep our runners safe.  The students are training for the race in CES runners club. Great fun will be had by all! The Rockin’ Ham 5K registration can be found on CES website and the facebook page.


Second Graders Make a BIG SPLASH!!!

By Xander Montford

Thanks to Nurse Anita and Mr.Lawry the second graders are swimming at the Edgar May Health and Recreation Center. During the next four Friday afternoons CES students will have a ½ hour swim lesson and 1½ hours of free swim. This amazing program is paid for with grant funds and funds from the Central’s PTO. There is no charge to CES students. Any student who can swim the length of the pool passes a swimming test.  Some students get really excited when they pass the swimming test!

I interviewed three second graders about the swim program.  Jacob said, “he likes the swimming lessons.”

Daxton and Ryan exclaimed, “they like to go under water and jump into the pool.”


Reviewed by  Addison Terry

On Thursday, March 15th grades 1-4 got to see this AMAZING! show from the Sandglass Theater.    Jana and Shoshana, who are sisters, are also the puppeteers. Their show had Chocoalito a stick puppet, Casper a hand puppet, Augustine another hand puppet, and the cow was also a hand puppet.  The flea circus was AWESOME, because it looked like there was an actual flea, but really it was all props attached to strings under the table. There was even smoke coming out of the cannon! One funny thing I saw was that Shoshanna was bringing the tiny flea back to life with a flag.  Jana and Shoshanna did some beautiful songs and dances, I really liked how graceful they looked.

Desi Broadly, a third grader, said, ¨I liked Chocoalito and my favorite  part was the Flea circus¨

Joe Valentine, also a third grader said, ¨ I liked making the puppet.¨

Wyatt Whidden said, ¨ I liked drawing the puppets¨  

The third grade was lucky enough to make a puppet.  Hopefully the Sandglass Theater will be back next year!

Everyone Enjoys a Good Puppet Show!

By Ashlin Williams

On Thursday March 15, 2018 the Sandglass Theater visited Central Elementary School and performed for grades 1-4.  The library WIN skills had a chance to talk to Jana and her younger sister Shoshana.

The sisters, were born in a family of puppeteers. Their mother Ines and father Eric, started the Sandglass theater in Putney, Vermont. The puppet shows that the students saw were all written by Ines, Jana and Shoshana mom. To create a new puppet show, it can take up to 2-4 years. The Sandglass Theater is very busy, performing 20-30 shows per year, visiting schools, and teaching workshops. They also design all their own sets and props.  Shoshana has a background in dance and circus arts. Jana’s favorite puppets are Casper and Augustine which are hand puppets and Shoshanna’s favorite puppet is a table top puppet that is a shoe maker. What Shoshanna loves best about puppets is ‘’ All you need is an audience to bring a puppet to life.”

4th Annual Rockin’Ham 5K to be held on April 7th!

The 4th annual Rockin’Ham 5K to benefit Central Elementary School will be held on Saturday, April 7th, beginning and ending at Central School, 50 School St Ext, Bellows Falls.  Runners and walkers of all abilities and speeds are invited to join us for this fun event!  Registration forms are available for CES students and the general public, or you may register online.  Pre-registration is encouraged, and all those registered by March 12th will receive a t-shirt!

A fantastic raffle will also be held on this date!  Raffle tickets can be purchased from any CES student or by contacting Central School at 463-4346.

A thermometer has been placed in the main hallway at Central School to track our fundraising.  Donations have already been received from the Savings Bank of Walpole, Silver Forest, Ted’s Shoe & Sport, and many other local organizations.  Keep track of our many sponsors by following our Facebook event page!

What I did on my February Vacation

By Kiley Bacon

How was your vacation?  Mine was great. I did a lot of active things on February break, like go bowling.

This February break I went bowling at Yankee Lanes in Keene.  I played two games of bowling with my aunt, cousins, and sisters.  I got 2 strikes and 4 spares.  I won the first game  and the second game too!

The second thing I did was go to my grandparents. We went to Family Dollar so we could get candy. I got a box of Charleston Chews and a box of Watermelon Sour Patch Kids.  The boxes of candy were only one dollar!  Then I got clover lights for Saint Patrick’s Day.   We went back to the apartment and ordered lunch from Famous Pizza. My sister and I ordered a small cheese pizza and an order of french fries. It was good!

The third thing I did on February break was I went  to a high school basketball game.  They played a game to win a trophy. Bellows Falls  High School lost by three points.  It was fun to go.  I saw some of my school friends. So how was your vacation?????  I hope it was FUN.


Biome in a Bag

By Kiley Bacon

Mrs.Kamel’s fourth grade class made Biome in a Baggie.  Biome in a Baggie is when you grow a plant inside a  bag.  The first step is to cut a plastic bottle and throw away the top of it. Then you put a hand full of pebbles into the bottom and add a hand full of soil.  Next you would dig a hole in the soil about as long as your fingernail and then put your seeds in the hole. Finally cover up the seeds and then put water in.

Blue Moon

By Benjamin Valentine


Have you seen a Blue Moon? Do you Know what a Blue Moon is? Blue Moons are not really blue!  They look blue because dust or smoke particles makes the moon look blue.  These moons are called Blue Moons because it is the second full moon in a month. This year Blue Moons will occur on January 31 and March 31.

Town Meeting Coming Soon!

by Damian Grover

What is town meeting?  According Wikipedia, “town meeting is a form of direct democratic rule used since the 17th century primarily in New England.”   Traditionally the 1st Tuesday in March is town meeting. It is where registered citizens and residents of the town go to a certain place to discuss town business and then to vote on the town’s budget by a voice vote of “yah or nay”.  Some town meetings are held in schools, public buildings, and in the case of Rockingham, the Opera House.  At many town meetings school budgets are also discussed and voted on by a voice vote. The election of the town’s public officials are done by an Australian ballot, which means voting on paper. Australian ballot voting happens at the designated polling place. In Rockingham the polling place is the Masonic Temple.