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May 24, 2020
Principal's Message to Parents
Dear Centerville Families,
It is amazing to see that the end of the school year arrived so quickly. I want to thank you all for the support and patience shown these past months especially during this time of the Covid 19 pandemic and Digital Learning for our students. We had successes and some challenges, yet despite all, we continued the work that had to be done to ensure the safety and educational needs of our students continued to be at the forefront of everything we do. We are looking forward to the time when students return to Centerville and we are back to some type of normalcy. Thank you again for your support to our school community.
I would also like to thank our hard working and caring faculty and staff who have made a huge difference to our students. Their commitment is outstanding and our kids are the beneficiaries. Thank you for providing rich and engaging, well-rounded experiences for our kids and knowing that education is about wonder and fostering curiosity, along with development of social skills so needed to succeed. For these, and a million other things, we are truly grateful.
In closing, I take this opportunity to congratulate all students of Centerville Elementary School! I wish you all a very happy, safe and enjoyable summer. Please be sure to take time as family to talk, play and READ together.
I look forward to seeing you soon. To those who are leaving us for new places we wish you all the best!
Thank you for being EXCELLENT ON PURPOSE!
Your Proud Principal,
Bonita B. Banks
GCPS DLD Update
This final update for the 2019-2020 school year contains reminders about grading, plans for next school year and summer school, as well as information on summer meals and how to sign up for free and reduced-price meals.
The COVID-19 situation remains fluid and GCPS continues to work on finalizing plans for the summer and fall. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we have navigated these uncertain times.
As we close the 2020-21 school year, Gwinnett County Public Schools thanks its students, families, and staff members for their hard work, patience, and understanding during the final months of this school year. Digital learning was a success because of you! Over the summer, GCPS teachers and leaders will be preparing for the fall. GCPS will continue to use School Messenger to share information with families and staff members as decisions are made. Stay safe and well, and stay tuned! Have a great summer!
Title I Virtual Kindergarten Transition Workshop
Do you have a rising Kindergarten student and need more information about how to transition your child to Kindergarten?
Parents and guardians of Centerville Elementary School's rising Kindergarten students (children who will be 5 on or before September 01, 2020), please watch the animated slide show and complete the evaluation survey by clicking the link below. The transition video/slide show will provide you with information about our curriculum, expectations, how to support your student to effortlessly transition to Kindergarten, volunteer opportunities, and resources available to aid your child's learning at home.
Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Final report cards for the 2019 – 2020 school year will be mailed to the home address on file with the school beginning Tuesday, May 26th.
GCPS is considering two options for Summer School, based on the start date for the 2020-21 school year. The K-8 Summer School learning opportunity is at no cost to students and breakfast and lunch will be provided. Summer School registration for recommended students will be open from May 30 to June 8, 2020. Families must complete the 2020 Summer School K-8 Enrollment form online in MyPaymentsPlus. Students recommended for summer school will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A letter detailing more information will be included with the final report card for recommended students.
1. July 6 - 21 (12 class days) — 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. These Summer School dates are based on our current school calendar for next year, with August 5 as the first day of the 2020-21 school year.
2. August 3 - 21 (15 class days) — 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. These Summer School dates are based on a delayed start to the 2020-21 school year, with September 8 as the first day of school in a revised calendar.
Free & Reduced Meal Applications for the 2020-21 School Year
If your household income has been affected by the pandemic, apply now for Free and Reduced-Price meals to ensure your children have access to these benefits for the first 30 days of the 2020–21 school year. Applicants must re-apply to continue benefits for the rest of the year. An application will be available online in July for the 2020-21 school year. This eligibility also can be used to access other types of assistance or services available during the pandemic such as low-cost internet services.
Adult Education Virtual Resource Fair
Date: Wednesday, June 03, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Online via WebEx
This event is free to all participants and open to anyone interested in seeking GED services, English as a Second Language services and Integrated Education & Training services provided by Gwinnett Technical College’s Adult Education Division.
When it's time to join, enter the following information:
Meeting number (access code): 613 166 796
Meeting password: aedfair2020
Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year is now open for all children who will be 5 years old on or before September 01, 2020. Registration must be completed online.
New this year, much of the registration process, including the uploading of documents needed for registration, will be completed online. Most document attachments (PDF, JPG, DOC, PNG, etc.) are compatible. The file-size limit is 2 MB. Families that are unable to obtain the required immunization and/or screening documents due to the COVID-19 situation will be given additional time to obtain those documents but should go ahead and begin the online registration process.
Once GCPS schools reopens, we will plan activities to welcome and introduce our new Kindergarteners to our school.
End of Year Meal Account Information
Money left in a student’s school meal account will automatically roll into next school year, following the student to whichever GCPS school he or she attends. No action is required by the parent. Families interested in a refund instead must submit a request, using the “Student Meal Account Balance Options” form (click here) available on the GCPS website. That form must be sent to the district School Nutrition Program office (address on form), not the local school.
MyPaymentsPlus is now offerning a new option for families to transfer funds between your students, on your own, through your MyPaymentsPlus account. For directions on how to transfer funds between your students, click here.
Gwinnett Community Services Summer Feeding Program
Date: Starting May 18, 2020
Time: 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Locations: View the flyer for locations near you
Beginning Monday, May 18, Gwinnett County will provide meals through its Summer Meals Program. Parents can pick up nutritious meals for their children 18 and under at 18 park locations around the county. Meals also will be available for adults with disabilities. Please view the flyer or website for meal pick up locations and any additional information.
The school district’s Seamless Summer food program, which will provide meals for pick-up at 25 school sites, will extend meal options for families June 8-26. Please see below.
GCPS Seamless Summer Meal Program
Date: June 8 - 26, 2020
Time: 11:00AM - 1:00PM - Pick ups only
Location: Annistown ES and Shiloh ES (Schools in the Shiloh cluster)
GCPS will provide meals for pick-up only from June 8 through June 26 during the hours of 11am – 1pm.
· Meals are available for anyone ages 18 and under.
· Meals will be served Monday through Thursday only – with Thursday’s meals including meals for both Thursday and Friday.
· Centerville ES will NOT be a pick-up site. The following schools are pick-up sites in the Shiloh Cluster Community:
Annistown Elementary School - 3150 Spain Rd, Snellville, GA 30039
Shiloh Elementary School - 2400 Ross Rd SW, Snellville, GA 30039
Summer Book Mobile
Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Time: 1:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: Centerville ES
The Book Mobile will be visiting over 80 locations this summer. Students of all ages can receive 2 free brand new books.
A BIG Thank You To ALL Our Volunteers
Thank you PTA, Snellville Chrisitian Church, Zaxby's and to all our amazing community and parent volunteers! You are an invaluable member of our school, and your time, effort, skills, donations, and talents contributed to providing a successful year of learning. Your support and dedication is greatly appreciated and fundamental for the success of our students, teachers, staff and school. Your decision to become a volunteer places you as a positive role model for other parents and encourages the involvement of others. It is volunteers like you that make Centerville Elementary School Excellent on Purpose! Thank you for volunteering!
Fueneequa Jarrell, Parent Outreach Liaison
Gwinnett County Public Library Summer Reading Program
May 20 - August 12, 2020
Gwinnett County Public Library is making summer fun for the everyone! Participate in the challenge by reading, doing activities, and trying your hand at their weekly challenges. There's something for all ages, so get ready for a great summer!
Register at: https://gwinnettpl.beanstack.org/reader365
Below are some links and activities to help keep your student(s) engaged in learning during the summer.
Reading & Writing Resources for Summer
Tired of hearing "I'm bored"? Say goodbye to those words and check out the reading and writing resources for the summer.
Resources for Digital Books
No print? No problem! Gwinnett County Students have access to many digital books and audiobooks to read and listen to, now and all summer! Check out these 12 resources to find your next read…
Audible-Free Audio Books for Kids
Free stories for kids of all ages. Audible Stories is a free website where kids of all ages can listen to hundreds of Audible audio titles across six different languages—English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Japanese—for free, so they can keep learning, dreaming and just being kids.
Talking To Your Child About COVID-19
Storyline Online Stories
Online Stories Listen to stories read by celebrities.
Gwinnett County Public Library Online Resources
12 Ways to stay in touch and practice Language Arts skills
GCPS Elementary School Online Research Library
Get Georgia Reading
Great news! Get Georgia Reading is now offering FREE access to myON Digital Library! Students and their families have access to more than 6,400 online books and age-appropriate news articles! Kids can search more than 50 different categories and genres, fiction and non-fiction, picture books, graphic novels, chapter books, titles for struggling and reluctant readers, and Spanish and bilingual titles. During our Digital Learning Days, we hope that every student gets to maximize his or her reading time! Signing up is easy.
2. School Name: Get Georgia Reading
3. Username: gwinnettcounty
4. Password: read
Explore thousands of books and check out the tiles recommended by the Language Arts department!
Max Goes to School by Adria F. Klein
Night and Day by Sian Smith
The Country Mouse and City Mouse by Eric Blair
The Bottlenose Dolphins by Jody Sullivan Rake
Up, Up In the Air by Molly Blaisdel
A Jaguar Grows Up by Amanda Doering Tourville
Sounds Like Trouble by Stacia Deutsch
The U.S. Constitution by Norman Pearl
A Star is Born by Sable Hamilton
Booker T. Washington: Great American Educator by Eric Braun
Volar and Victory by Brandon Terrell
Exciting Engineering Activities by Angie Smibert
Locating Books by F&P Reading Level
Virtual Field TripsOver 30 Virtual Field Trips with Links
(Click on colored text for links. Safe Travels!)
San Diego Zoo:
The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour!
Yellowstone National Park:
Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.
They are updating from WEBVR to WEBXR now, but 360 Mode offers a digital view!
This Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers
11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs.
U.S. Space and Rocket Museum
in Huntsville, AL:
Virtual Field Trips:
A few of the field trip topics include
Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip.
The Great Wall of China:
Boston Children’s Museum:
Walk through the Boston Children’s Museum thanks to Google Maps!
This virtual tour allows kids to explore 3 floors of fun.
Have fun learning at home!
Centerville Elementary School reinforces Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports, an evidence based framework for developing a positive learning environment. As a result, students are rewarded and recognized for displaying desired behavior in and out of the classroom.
As part of PBIS our school expects all students to be Five Star Generals. Five Star Generals are always Striving for Excellence, Trustworthy, Attentive and Responsible.
For more information about PBIS, you can go to:
All companies, organizations, or individuals who are interested in supporting Centerville Elementary School, please contact the front office at 770-972-2220 or Ms. Jarrell at 678-639-3721. No gift is ever too small!