Center School Helping Hands-344 Sandwiches!!


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In the spirit of teaching students about the importance of Community Service, Center School began a yearlong effort this month to feed those in need of assistance.

Center School “Helping Hands” is a school –wide effort to provide students an opportunity to work as grade level teams to make a difference by making sandwiches to help feed the hungry.

Each grade level will be assigned a month and will  meet in the cafeteria before school to make sandwiches with their team. The first effort was a huge success. The 5th graders made 344 sandwiches, which were delivered to Loaves and Fishes in Springfield by parent Amy Nedwed.

Each 5th grader voluntarily donated sandwich meat, cheese, and bread to make sandwiches. Big Y supplied the condiments and gloves and CVS in the Longmeadow Shops supplied the baggies.


Parent Mrs. Amy Nedwed spearheaded and coordinates the Helping Hands effort.  The students came in early and many brought along their siblings from younger grades. They got right to work making the sandwiches and there was a wonderful sprit of excitement and joy as they worked. Several parents came as well to lend a hand.  Amy Nedwed is representative of the special individuals at Center School ; and the effort represents the heart of our community!  Helping Hands will be a powerful learning experience for our students.

Hooray 5th Grade!! Heartfelt thanks to each individual who make efforts such as this a huge success …Together WE Achieve More!





Our Fall Carnival-HUGE Success!!

The Fall Carnival is a community favorite and we were fortunate to have perfect weather.  The afternoon was filled with family fun…games, food, bounce house, and for the first time-a dunk booth! Amy Higgins chaired the carnival and once again this year the coordination was extraordinary!  Cheers to Amy and her team of volunteers, including the Key Club students from LHS-they are awesome!

Each year our 5th graders work in teams to develop  games for the Carnival.  Congratulations to our 5th graders…they  demonstrated leadership and teamwork running the games and innovation with their creations. You can see from the pictures how much fun they created for their Center friends!



Mr. Bradshaw in the dunk tank!
Mr. Bradshaw in the dunk tank!
Mr. Allentuck...taking a turn in the tank.
Mr. Allentuck…taking a turn in the tank.
Mrs. Bannon...braving the cold water! What good sports!!
Mrs. Bannon…braving the cold water! What good sports!!


School Committee Chair Michael Clark enjoying the Carnival and  supporting Center School.
School Committee Chair Michael Clark enjoying the Carnival and supporting Center School.









Open House 2013…students take the lead!

Board member Paula Welch helping with cider and donuts.
Board member Paula Welch helping with cider and donuts.

Thursday was a beautiful evening for our Open House. Families gathered on the Green at 6:00 for a social , and enjoyed cider and donuts provided by our PTO.  Positive energy and excitement resonated throughout the evening!  Thank-you to all for your kind words about the evening …and special “thank-you’s” to our PTO, teachers, and students for a fantastic evening !

Amy Tyler and Kerry Desmarais...PTO Board members
Amy Tyler and Kerry Desmarais…PTO Board members
PTO Executive Board Members: Elisabeth Therrien and Amy Higgins
PTO Executive Board Members: Elisabeth Therrien and Amy Higgins





September Happenings

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Back to School Night: Thursday , September 19th  6:00 Family Social on the Green Cider and donuts provided by your PTO

6:30 Classroom Visits   AND  please don’t forget to stop by to  see Mrs. Goldman, Mrs. Giuggio, Ms. Gauthier, Mrs. Capotosto, Mrs. Fritz, Mrs. Grant, Mrs. Deane, Mrs. Cummings, Ms. Drysdale, Mrs. O’Gara, Mrs. Cheney.  Have your child introduce you to all these special people!!  I will be in the library!

Fall Carnival Friday , September 20th  See you on the Green at 4:30 for a community and family evening of fun!!

September 25th Picture Day

NEW Play Scape and Field Rehabilitation: Anticipation -Patience !

We have been awaiting the final steps of the process to be completed for our new playscape and field repair, including the bidding process. The process is nearly complete…

The anticipated completion date for our new playscape is November 30th!! 

The project is funded as a Community Preservation project.

I’ll provide  more details and keep you updated as the contractor moves forward.

Our new playground will be well worth the wait!!playground

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The plan for our new playscape.