Important Announcements: PLEASE READ!

A few important reminders as the end of the year is near...
  • Please see the NEW Homework Guiding Principles on the tab to the left! 
  • This summer reading will be "Many Books, One Community"- More information will be going home soon! 
  • I have updated and posted the new supply list for the 2017-2018 school year on the "supply list" tab to the left! 
Thank you to everyone for a wonderful school year! I hope you have a peaceful and relaxing summer! 

5B SCIENCE: Please follow this link to access Quizlet Living Systems for our science test on Monday 5/15. if you need my username it is: paige_anderson37

Please visit the following link to view our 1st issue of The Cardinal Chronicle written by some 5th grade students! 

Dear Center School Families,

Tuesday begins the first round of MCAS testing in ELA (English Language Arts) for our 3rd , 4th , and 5th grade students. The MCAS assessments provide parents and teachers with information about students’ proficiency with specific learning standards in English language arts, math, and science. MCAS assessments are administered each spring and the results are distributed to schools and parents in the fall.

While teachers have practiced specific MCAS questions with their students to familiarize them with the format of the assessment, the most important learning has been accomplished daily through core curriculum instruction! The MCAS is an opportunity for our students to apply their learning and demonstrate their proficiency as growing readers , writers, mathematicians and scientists.

This is the first year for administration of tests known as the "Next Generation MCAS 2.0", which are designed to be computer based and to more deeply assess students’ knowledge and ability levels. Students in Grade 4 will participate in online testing, using chrome books, in ELA and math this year.   

Students in grades 3 and 5 will continue with paper based testing in ELA and math. The Department of Education’s goal is for computer based testing for all students by 2019.  Students in Grade 3, 4, and 5 will participate in three shorter ELA sessions.  All tests are untimed and writing is embedded in tests at all grade levels.

Here are ways you can help:

  • See that your child arrives to school on time.

  • Make sure your child is well rested and eats a substantial breakfast. Don’t forget to pack a healthy snack!

  • Encourage your child to persevere, do the best work possible, and to have a positive attitude!

  • Talk about the test in a positive way!

2017 MCAS Schedule




           Science Technology Engineering

5th Grade

April 4,5,6

  May 2 , 3

            May 22 , 23

4th Grade

April 11, 12, 13

  May 9th, 10th

            Not Tested

3rd Grade

April 25, 26 ,27

  May 16 , 17

            Not Tested

Note that in compliance with MCAS test security requirements, parents /visitors are prohibited from the testing areas on testing dates.

We ask for your help in striking a balance between encouraging students to do their best and minimizing test anxiety. We consider MCAS to be one piece of evidence used to measure student growth and progress, and we recognize your child’s individual strengths, passions, and talents may not be reflected in a test score. By working together, we can make your child’s testing experience positive and successful.

If you would like more information, visit http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/parents/.

I extend my appreciation for your support and cooperation. Please contact me with any questions.


Donna Hutton, Principal

5A: Follow this link to access the Quizlet and Jeopardy for our Mixtures and Solutions test Monday! : https://quizlet.com/_36xf6x

Please follow this Google Doc link to sign up for March parent teacher conferences! Time slots are first come, first serve! Thank you!

Please follow this Google Doc link to sign up to bring items for our Valentine's Day Party on February 14th! Thank you!
5A: If you would like to use the jeopardy game to help you study for the science quiz tomorrow, follow this link: https://www.jeopardy.rocks/earthsatmosphere1

5B- If you would like to study for the water cycle science quiz tomorrow follow this link to play our kahoot review game!

If you would like to sign up for the 5th grade Holiday Celebration on December 23rd at 10:30 please follow this link to access the Google Doc and sign up!

5B- If you would like to use the jeopardy game to study for the science quiz, follow this link: https://www.jeopardy.rocks/earthsatmosphere1 

It is Holiday Basket Time! A notice will be going home in the weekly folders for more information. Please consider donating a gift for area children in need! Please consider volunteering to assist with gift wrapping on December 15th at 9:00 a.m! Thank you


Available Now...Center School Cardinal apparel!  

Please click on the link and choose an item to support our dedicated PTO.

Great for spirit days and class field trips!

Thank-you for your Cardinal spirit and support!!


Wanted:  Your copy of our 'One Book, One Community' summer read:  The Trumpet of the Swan

Are you finished with your copy of The Trumpet of the Swan?  I will be collecting copies of the book to donate to Springfield elementary schools. Last year we collected almost 200 copies of our summer read, The One & Only Ivan, which went to two Springfield schools.  The book donation enabled them to run a similar One Book, One Community program for their 5th graders.  Donating your book is an easy way to help our neighboring community, since many of us have this book (generously provided by our PTO/PTA) on our shelves and may not be reading it again.

If you have an unwanted copy of The Trumpet of the Swanthat you would like to pass along, please consider donating it.  A collection box will be in the school [location, TBD/approved by principalsMonday, December 5 through Friday, December 9, or you can drop your copy in a collection box at my house (98 Ellington Street) through Sunday, December 7.  Please contact me if you have any questions:  empaulson@comcast.net.  Your contribution is greatly appreciated!

Beth Paulson

Dear Parents, Guardians and Faculty,
It is time for the Center School 5th Grade Memory Book!  For those of you who are new to Center School or your 5th grader is your eldest child, this book is the perfect keepsake. This has been a tradition at Center since 1986 when photos, highlighting school activities, were copied onto paper, the papers stapled together and a "book" given to each 5th grader.  As technology has become more sophisticated so have the memory books.  Since 2005, parents have worked closely with School Annual, a division of Jostens, to create beautiful, 84-page, full-colored books filled with many memories of our children during their years at Center School.
The only way these books can truly celebrate our children's years at Center is by having parents/guardians and teachers submit photos.  So search your cameras, phones, tablets, computers, etc.... for all those great Center School memories!  Here is some helpful information to get you started:
Kindergarten (2011-2012): the class play, field trip to Randall's Farm
1st Grade (2012-2013): field trip to Hitchcock Center
2nd Grade (2013-2014): egg drop, powerful presentations, Norman Rockwell Museum and Little Red Schoolhouse field trips
3rd Grade (2014-2015): field trips to the Springfield Science Museum and Old Sturbridge Village, Author's Tea (animal presentations)
4th Grade (2015-2016): field trips to CT Science Museum, The Big E and MT.Tom; the play/musical (School House Rock), orchestra concert
5th Grade (2016-2017): Carnival, orchestra/band/chorus concerts, VIP presentations, Kindergarten buddies
For all grades: 1st and last day of school, field day, Halloween, Halloween Hustle, T.I.E.S., Helping Hands, lots of candid photos in the classroom and special subjects, any event I overlooked, etc... 
To ensure your photos make it into the memory book, they need to be uploaded no later than February 28, 2017 - it will be here before we know it so don't delay in uploading those photos.  Submitting photos is easy:
* If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username 406813600
* Click "Browse" to select the photo(s) you wish to upload
* Enter information about the photo and click "Save Details"
Submit your photos today! Please note that the Memory Book staff will review all photos and determine final yearbook content.  We cannot guarantee that all submissions can be used in the book.
And lastly, I'd like you all to know that these books are provided free of charge to each 5th grader at graduation as a special thank-you gift from the PTO for all the time and treasure that parents/guardians have given over the years. Thank you PTO!
Feel free to contact me, via e-mail, at cwalbridge@comcast.net with any questions. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's photos!
Christine Walbridge


Science 5B- If you would like to study for the science quiz Monday using the jeopardy game follow this link!


If you are interested helping with the Halloween activities or other 5th grade events this year please contact Stella Coughlin at ellie1111@comcast.net

  • REMINDER: MONDAY is picture re-take day!
  • Wear pink of Friday (10/28) in honor of Rays of Hope!
  • 10/28 at 8:00 a.m. is Winter Warmth coat/hat/blankets etc.. drive right in front of school
  • Thursday (10/27) and Friday (10/28) are half days for students!
  • Saturday (10/29) Halloween Hustle 5K at Center
  • The Halloween Parade is scheduled for 2PM on Monday (10/31)
  • Below is the MCAS schedule for ELA & Math
Center School Math Olympiads Team is now forming!  
The Math Olympiads is an international program in which students participate in a series of 5 contests from November to March and meet weekly to practice problem solving.   It is best suited for students who excel in math and enjoy tackling non-routine problems.   Please see Mrs. Cummings' webpage for more information and registration materials. 
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Please wear RED on Monday for our panoramic picture! Don't forget your reader meters & green weekly folders due Monday! Have a great weekend!


We will be performing this "PeaceBuilder Rap" tomorrow at the Peace Rally.

-PeaceBuilder Rap-

(written by Cindy Knight at Bostonia Elementary in Cajon Valley Unified School District)


I’m a PeaceBuilder and I’m here to say

I’ll build peace in my own special way


If there’s a wrong, I’ll make it right

And any other problems, I won’t fight!


I’ll be a wise person cause that’s really smart.

I’ll study hard in school and get a head start.


I’ll never give a put-down. I’ll have lots of friends.

I’ll be really kind and set a lot of trends.


I’ll take responsibility for righting every wrong

I know when I grow up this will make me strong.


I’m a PeaceBuilder and I’m here to say

I’ll build peace each and every day!

  • Remember to wear your carnival t-shirt on Friday! 
  • Picture day is Monday (9/17)- please send in order forms or order online
  • Open house is 9/22! Begins with principal greeting on esplanade at 6 and first presentation is at 6:45. You will be able to sign up for conferences at open house.
  • Please return directory forms by 9/30!

Hello! Below I have posted a lot of information but it is all very important so please read! Thanks! Have a great weekend!

Check out this Girls on the Run video & join today! https://vimeo.com/178375970

Box Tops are collected daily... Let's be the #1 Collectors 
follow this ink to Box Top Information

Directory Forms - Due September 30th
Each year Center School publishes an annual directory of students.  This year parents have the option to complete this form electronically by clicking on the following link to our new Center School Website at: Center School Online Directory Form or by completing the Green Center School Directory Form, that went home in your child’s backpack Thursday September 1st.  All children's names are included in the directory.  If you would like your contact information listed (address/phone number/email) please use the online link or return the green directory form no later than: 
Friday, September 30th.

Open House is September 22nd: parent only event

Conferences: Families will sign up for conferences at Open House.  Evening conferences will be Wednesday, October 26th. They will be in the afternoon on October 27th and 28th.

Reminder: order your staff T shirt for carnival!!
Deadline is Thursday Sept 1. (TOMORROW!)
Follow this link: http://www.centerschoolpto.com/fifthgraders.html

Tomorrow is Spirit Day! Please wear red & white

Please also return health forms and recorder forms ASAP!


Spirit Day: Wear our school colors red & white on Thursday! 

The law requires that we ask for your permission to photograph or videotape your child.  This year we’ve made it easier for families to fill out their preferences online at http://tinyurl.com/jbwd6fb.  Email lgiuggio@longmeadow.k12.ma.us with any questions or to clarify your preferences.

    Please also visit our V.I.P page to learn more and find the schedule of when your 5th grader is presenting! 

Please see this LINK and this LINK to get important information about the upcoming 5th grade carnival!


2016-2017 Class List!!!

Christian B.
Gage B.
Mason C.
Maye D.
Alejandro F.
Abbie F.
John G.
Brendan H.
Grace H.
Lia L.
Julia M.
Julia M.
Briann M.
Henry P.
Sam R.
Grace R.
Madeline S.
Aarav T.
Lilian T.

Hi Everyone! 

I am very excited for this school year and can't wait to meet your 5th graders! If you look at the "Navigation" bar to the left you can find many different pages. You may click on these and it will lead you to a new page with information. This website will be a great way to stay connected to our classroom and know what we are doing on a daily basis. Please feel free to contact me with any questions! You can e-mail me at panderson@longmeadow.k12.ma.us

Ms. Anderson