Dear CES Families,
The month of March greeted us “like a lion” this week giving us the fresh blanket of snow that many of our children had been wishing for all winter long. Spring, with it’s events for our entire school community to look forward to, is just around the corner. We hope that you are able to join us for one or all of these fun events! Tonight, our school plays basketball against our good friends over at Centre Ridge ES. The game takes place at Centreville High School. Come root for your CES Eagles! Game time is 7 pm. We know that our fine CES artists will impress you at our Art Across the Curriculum Night, which will be held on Tuesday, March 10. The evening begins at 7 pm and will highlight the work of our fine CES artists. On Saturday, March 21, come celebrate spring’s arrival at our annual PTA Carnival. This year’s Carnival is sure to be our best ever and promises something for everyone. Thank you to our PTA for creating such a fun day for the entire family! During the week of March 23, our school is celebrating the 130 years of Centreville Elementary. Led by our Student Council Association and SCA sponsor, Mrs. Leach, each grade level is preparing a variety of displays, which will depict various aspects of our school history as well as the changes that have occurred since our school opened way back in 1878! We hope that you will visit the displays to see the wonderful work our children have done to show how we have grown!
Speaking of growth, a recent article by Dr. Ron Ferguson of Harvard University, entitled Research Based Tips for High Achievement Parenting provides some pointers for those of us parents seeking at home strategies, which help our children to succeed in school.
1. Promote daily leisure reading at home.
2. Try to ensure that your child gets enough sleep not to be sleepy at school.
3. Make sure your child eats a nutritious breakfast.
4. Express warmth regularly. This means (for example):
Spend time together
Listen to what your child has to say
Hug your child
Tell them you are proud of them and that they are good people
Tell them that you love them
Allow your child to help set rules when appropriate
5. Don’t overemphasize getting things correct; emphasize effort and comprehension
Inherent in Dr. Ferguson's advice is the understanding that positive personal and school relationships translate into strong family engagement, one of the most powerful indicators of student success. We thank you for your continued support!
Dwayne Young & Lynn Mayer