Notes From Mrs. Mizell
On behalf of the teachers and staff of the Central Elementary
School (CES), I would like to welcome you back to school. I
anticipate that the 2013-14 academic year will prove to be an
exciting and productive year. To those who are new to Central, we
hope that you will quickly feel at home and become involved in the
activities of our school through the PTA and your child’s classroom.
As I continue as principal at Central Elementary, I will work diligently
with parents and faculty to foster an atmosphere that promotes a
learning community that is child centered. Working as a team we will
move forward in our mission to create a warm, caring, disciplined,
and challenging environment in which all students can learn and reach
their highest potential becoming responsible members of society.
Although we strongly believe in academic excellence, we also feel
that learning must be fun and rewarding for each child. By working
together, students, parents/guardians, and staff can make Central
Elementary School an exciting and enjoyable place to learn. I am
blessed to work with the Central staff, families, and community.
Reaching New Heights-Soaring to Excellence
• August 15th – Open House
• 5:00 – 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grades
• 6:00 – Kindergarten Orientation
• 7:00 – 1st & 2nd Grades
• August 19th- First Day of School
• September 2nd – NO SCHOOL – Labor Day
• September 25th – Grandparents Breakfast
• September 26th – Family Math Night
• September 27th
• October 31st
• November 22nd
• December 20th
• January 29th
• February 13th
• March 21st
• April 17th
• May 23rd
• September 5th –
PTA Family Movie Night
• September 12th –
Skate Night (changed from Sept. 3rd)
• September 25th –
• October 3rd –
PTA Guys Game Night
• October 10th –
Be sure to stop by your local Wal-Mart and
pick up snacks to donate at the purple in-
store donation bins between August 26-
September 8! All donations go directly to
children in out school distr`ict. This
donation program is part of the non-profit
Champions for Kids SIMPLE Giving program
with Wal-Mart to provide resources to
children across America. Your local PTA’s
working with the Van Buren School District
will assist with the distribution of all donated
items. For more information, go to
From the Counselor……
WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL
I love the start of a
new school year! The
excitement of those
returning, and the
curiosity of the
kindergartners brings a
smile. I’m here to help
out in any way possible.
Feel free to contact me
Word of the Month
We start the year off learning about respect
because it is an expectation with have for all
students and staff at Central Elementary. The
quote of the month says it all…..
Treat others the way you
want to be treated.
Amanda Ming - Counselor
Welcome to Kindergarten!
Starting Wednesday, we will be talking about the eight basic colors! If possible, please dress your
child in the specific color that corresponds with that day. It can be a solid color or just a little
of the color. If your child does not have clothes to go along with the color of the day that is
just fine too!
Wednesday, August 21………Black
Thursday, August 22…………Red
Friday, August 23……………….Yellow
Monday, August 26…………….Orange
Tuesday, August 27…………….Blue
Wednesday, August 28.………Purple
Thursday, August 29…………..Brown
Friday, August 30…………………Green
• Reading- We are Readers
• Writing- Launching the Writing Workshop
• Math- Who is in School Today?
• Science/Social Studies- Five Senses, Your Place in the World
What are we studying??
Reading:. Readers Build Good Habits
Math: : How Many of Each?
Writing: Small Moment Writing
What’s Happening in
For August and September we are .
This month we are studying Master Authors and using
their tips to improve our Narrative Writing.
Our focus in math this month is Counting, Coins,
We will be learning about Maps and Geography.
Dates to Remember:
September 2nd- No School
September 26th- Family Math Night
We are “Launching” into „Creating a Readerly Third Grade
Life.‟ We will be in this unit for the rest of August and all of
For the months of August and September, we will
be crafting Personal Narratives (stories from our
lives). Help your child brainstorm people, objects,
and events that are meaningful to them.
PLACE VALUE is our focus in our first unit!!
We will also be learning different strategies to
help us add and subtract!
What‟s that sound?! We are ringing in the new
school year by studying the different types of
sound and sound waves.
Meet the 3rd Grade Crew:
Mrs. Tia Smith
Mrs. Rachel Hackler
Mrs. Melissa Nuckolls
4th Grade Happenings
Reading- We will be setting goals for our reading lives. They will also be working on
characters. This unit will challenge readers to identify with the characters as they read.
Writing- We are doing a unit on writing realistic fiction. Students will be creating and
developing stories and characters that feel real.
Science – We will start out the year learning all about science process skills and the scientific
method, before starting our unit on the study of electricity. Students will be learning how
electricity travels and how the structure of a circuit affects the flow of electricity. Students
will learn how to construct simple circuits from circuit diagrams.
Math- Students we will be studying multiplication. They will learn how to represent
multiplication using arrays. We will learn multiplication combinations and how to find
4th Grade says… “GO HOGS!”
We will start out the year
learning all about science
process skills and the scientific
method, before starting our
unit of study on matter.
In math we will be studying
multiplication and division to
start the year! We will also
learn about factors and
multiples of numbers.
• Reading Workshop
We will be setting goals for our
reading lives. Students will be
working on reading with greater
urgency and independence.
• Writing Workshop
We will revisit narrative writing.
Students will use the skills they
have acquired through previous
units to write like a pro.
• Social Studies
Our first unit of study is going
to be Geography. We will be
learning all about how to use
maps and globes to gather
Reading is important because…
Strong reading and writing
skills are essential for
success in school and later
life. Although most children
learn to read in their
classroom programs, a few
children have great difficulty
learning to read and write.
Reading Recovery can help!
Scientific evidence reviewed by the U.S. Department of
Education's What Works Clearinghouse confirms that
Reading Recovery is effective.
Reading Recovery Teacher
Van Buren, AR 72921
University Training Center
University of Arkansas
Little Rock, AR
Center For Literacy
Contact your local
at Central Elementary, Van Buren School District
25 Years of Excellence in North America
•Nearly 2 million American first graders have had Reading Recovery
•75% reached grade-level standard at the end of their lessons.
•All children make progress, but a few do not reach grade-level
• Information from Reading Recovery lessons helps schools and parents
plan future evaluation and services.
Reading Recovery works because… Families can help by…
•highly trained teachers
work intensively, with
individual children each
•lessons are planned to
build on the knowledge
and strengths of
•being sure your child's school
attendance is as regular as
•listening to your child read books
sent home by the Reading
•returning the books each day so
the teacher can send home
•making reading time positive,
short, and enjoyable.
To find out more about
Reading Recovery visit our website at www.readingrecovery.org
Central Elementary Media Center
Our Book Fair is Coming!
Friday Oct 19 through Thursday Oct 25
At the Book Fair you will find the latest
and finest titles for kids, as well as
books of interest to parents.
See you there.
Drop off and
• Bus drop off and
pick up will be
located behind the
building on North
• Car drop off and
pick up will now be
located in the front
on North 24th