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CSS PTA Newsletter
February 2019

Kiwanis CSS Learning Garden Work Day - TOMORROW! 

Please join us tomorrow, Saturday, February 23, 9am - 2pm in the CSS Learning Garden on the 2nd/3rd playground!  The volunteers from Kiwanis, the El Segundo community and CSS PTA would love your help putting together the garden... planting plants, installing elements of the hardscape and more!  Everyone 10+ years of age is welcome to join us.  We look forward to a great day making our Learning Garden come to life!


Congratulations to all of the students who submitted a PTA Reflections Project.  We are so proud of all of your hard work.  The following students received special recognition at the CSS PTA Reflections Celebration:

DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY
Liam Davidson Primary Award of Excellence

Rebecca Snow Intermediate Award of Excellence
Danny Smith Intermediate Award of Merit

 
SPECIAL ARTIST
Ellen Dull Intermediate Award of Excellence
 
FILM PRODUCTION
Nola Davidson Intermediate Award of Excellence
Danny Smith Intermediate Award of Merit
Malia Kenton Intermediate Honorable Mention

 
LITERATURE
Naomi Kenton Primary Award of Excellence

Supe Shreya Intermediate Award of Excellence
Auriana Barragan Intermediate Award of Merit
Cara King Intermediate Honorable Mention

 
MUSIC COMPOSITION
Roland Hoffman Intermediate Award of Excellence
Danny Smith Intermediate Award of Merit
Thomas O'Donnell Intermediate Honorable Mention

 
PHOTOGRAPHY
Cohen Liberty Primary Award of Excellence
Kaila Davidson Primary Award of Merit
Lily Dull Primary Honorable Mention
 
Emory Bucknell Intermediate Award of Excellence
Kapish Joshi Intermediate Award of Merit
Priya Pullman Intermediate Honorable Mention - Tie
Robbie Campbell Intermediate Honorable Mention - Tie

 
VISUAL ARTS 2D
Ella Pak Primary Award of Excellence
Cooper Quinnan Primary Award of Merit
Austin Hoelzer Primary Honorable Mention - Tie
Bodhi Shimon Primary Honorable Mention - Tie
 
Bennett Lee Intermediate Award of Excellence
Chase Lai-Yates Intermediate Award of Merit
Giselle Davila Intermediate Honorable Mention - Tie
Mackenzie Hamilton Intermediate Honorable Mention - Tie

 
VISUAL ARTS 3D
Antonio Cotrufo Primary Award of Excellence
Michael Saenz Primary Award of Merit

Eamon Bucknell Intermediate Award of Excellence 
Emory Bucknell Intermediate Award of Merit


Special thank you to those who supported this event:  PTA parent volunteers, Student Council volunteers, CSS Staff & Administration, free ice creams for participants from Cold Stone Creamery (El Segundo) and sandwiches for the event from Caffe Pinguini (Playa del Rey).


Read Across America Day

CSS will celebrate Read Across America Day on Friday, March 1st! Students will recite a reading pledge and participate in other school-wide activities such as a bookmark contest. Students may also come to school dressed as their favorite book character.

If you are interested in volunteering with Mrs. McCann for the Literacy Fair being held in the cafeteria during the school day on March 1st, please contact her at kmccann@esusd.k12.ca.us. Also, if you would like to donate any brand new books to auction off during the day to our students, please drop them by the reading lab. Thank you!

 

CSS PTA's Grades of Green

Want to help the world and get the added bonus of seeing your child at lunchtime?

We
are in need of parents to be No-Trash Tuesday volunteers! The No-Trash Tuesday program at CSS is for students TK-5.  Volunteers will go to the cafeteria from 11:10-1:00 twice a month on a Tuesday. Grades TK-2 get their hands stamped if they are trash free or they bring or buy a completely recyclable lunch.  Grades 3-5 get a tally mark added for each student who brings a completely trash free meal. After a few weeks of collecting data, the classroom with the most tallies wins a popsicle party. We've already had two popsicle parties this year! If you are interested or would like more information please email green@csspta.com.  
 

 

Frozen Friday Schedule:
Frozen Friday is going to start up again!!  Please look for us in the quad on the first three Fridays of the month (3/1, 3/8, & 3/15), except for April (4/12, 4/19, & 4/26) when we are scheduled for the last three Fridays of the month.   If you are interested in helping work the Frozen Friday treat table, please contact chrissy@csspta.com.

 

Jog-a-Thon Update

Redeem your Jog-A-Thon frozen treat prize coupon at any Frozen Friday during the 2018-19 school year. Prize coupons expire at the end of this school year.

 

On-Campus Spirit Wear Sales

We will have a Spirit wear pop-up booth set up on campus near the front office on March 15. We will be selling trucker caps, car magnets, canvas bags, and women’s baseball tees. Can’t make it that day? Contact chrissy@csspta.com for more information about ordering.

 

Spirit Wear Online Sales

Our Spirit Wear Store is open for the next 3 weeks and it’s your last chance to order from the online store this year. There are baseball tees, tanks, and styles for the whole family. Show your Cougar pride and order your spirit wear today at https://spirithero.com/collections/center. The store will close on March 15th at midnight and orders will ship to Center Street School by the week of April 8th.

 

 

Mother-Daughter Paint Night

The Mother-Daughter Paint Night will be held March 22nd in the CSS Cafeteria from 6pm-9pm. We will be having the lovely Natalie Stong instructing us again. There will be painting, snacks, photo opts, and fun!  Please save the date! Tickets will be on sale soon at the csspta.com web store!!



S.T.O.M.P. 

Sons Take Out Mom Party!
(aka Mother/Son Event)

 
Aloha!  Join us on April 13th for the STOMP Luau at Center Street School.  This is THE Mother-Son Dance Party you don't want to miss.  You and your little man will have a blast!!  Get dressed up for the red carpet or come as you are and we play games, music and fun all night.  More information coming soon.  Tickets will go on sale next month at the CSS PTA webstore (csspta.com)!
 
Volunteers needed for set up 4/12, Friday afternoon and Saturday midday.  Questions?  STOMP@CSSPTA.com

Mahalo!

 5th grade parents – Yearbooks on sale now!

The only way to get a 5th-grade yearbook is to purchase one right now. Yearbooks are on sale right now for just $20 at  https://css.myschoolcentral.com. Extras will not be ordered. Please order yours today.  




Box Tops Congratulations!!

Congratulations to to Ms. Moote's Kindergarten class and Ms. Lynch's 3rd grade class, for turning in the most tops for our Winter Box Tops Collection! 

Trim & Save Box Tops all year long!
 
Ask your neighbors, relatives and friends to save their tops for CSS. Another way to earn money for CSS is to download the Box Tops Bonus App.  For more information, check out the flyer at the end of this newsletter!
 
The next and final collection will be the week of April 22nd. The lower and upper classes that collect the most tops will win a Popsicle Party!
Save the date for a new El Segundo event:
The Elementary Science Slam!
 
The Science Slam is a brand new event presented by  Center Street and Richmond Street School PTAs developed by parents who are passionate about science.
 
  • WHAT: an evening of FREE science exhibits and fun, hands-on experiments
  •  WHEN: Friday, May 3rd from 4-8 pm in the quad at Center Street
The science activities at the Science Slam include EXHIBITS, which are drop-by demos and brief activities, and LABS (which are short classes). 
 
More information on this awesome event are coming, so please be on the look out.  Right now, we are looking for parents to get involved – please help!  Contact our STEM Chair Neha Prasad at stem@csspta.com 
 

 

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is coming up starting on May 6th.  The TSAW team is looking to connect with any parents that have resources/connections to donate food, drinks or garden theme decor.  If you have anything that you can donate or have a resource, please contact taw@csspta.com

 

 CSS Families - you have until Friday, March 1st to join the CSS PTA for this school year! Our PTA provides incredible
resources and benefits for all the children at our school. So far this year, our whole community has come together more
than ever to support the school and the kids. Please take a moment to sign-up for PTA membership to further support
these efforts. You can participate as much or as little as you like in all the activities we have to offer. With every
membership, you will also get coupons to Legoland, Aquarium of the Pacific, Baskin Robbins, and more!
You can sign up by following this link (https://jointotem.com/ca/el‐segundo/center‐streetschool‐pta/join/register) or by
dropping an envelope with membership fee in the PTA dropbox at the front office.
If you have any questions, please contact Kelli (CSS PTA Membership Chair) at membership@csspta.com
Thanks for your support and participation! CSS Families - you have until Friday, March 1st to join the CSS PTA for this school year! Our PTA provides incredible
resources and benefits for all the children at our school. So far this year, our whole community has come together more
than ever to support the school and the kids. Please take a moment to sign-up for PTA membership to further support
these efforts. You can participate as much or as little as you like in all the activities we have to offer. With every
membership, you will also get coupons to Legoland, Aquarium of the Pacific, Baskin Robbins, and more!
You can sign up by following this link (https://jointotem.com/ca/el‐segundo/center‐streetschool‐pta/join/register) or by
dropping an envelope with membership fee in the PTA dropbox at the front office.
If you have any questions, please contact Kelli (CSS PTA Membership Chair) at membership@csspta.com
Thanks for your support and participation! CSS Families - you have until Friday, March 1st to join the CSS PTA for this school year! Our PTA provides incredible
resources and benefits for all the children at our school. So far this year, our whole community has come together more
than ever to support the school and the kids. Please take a moment to sign-up for PTA membership to further support
these efforts. You can participate as much or as little as you like in all the activities we have to offer. With every
membership, you will also get coupons to Legoland, Aquarium of the Pacific, Baskin Robbins, and more!
You can sign up by following this link (https://jointotem.com/ca/el‐segundo/center‐streetschool‐pta/join/register) or by
dropping an envelope with membership fee in the PTA dropbox at the front office.
If you have any questions, please contact Kelli (CSS PTA Membership Chair) at membership@csspta.com
Thanks for your support and participation!

Join CSS PTA Today!  

CSS Families - you have until Friday, March 1st to join the CSS PTA for this school year!  Our PTA provides incredible resources and benefits for all the children at our school. So far this year, our whole community has come together more than ever to support the school and the kids.  Please take a moment to sign-up for PTA membership to further support these efforts. You can participate as much or as little as you like in all the activities we have to offer. With every membership, you will also get coupons to Legoland, Aquarium of the Pacific, Baskin Robbins, and more!  

 

You can sign up by following this link (https://jointotem.com/ca/el-segundo/center-street-school-pta/join) or by dropping an envelope with membership fee in the PTA dropbox at the front office.


If you have any questions, please contact Kelli (CSS PTA Membership Chair) at membership@csspta.com
 

Thanks for your support and participation!

 

 

CSS PTA is looking for a few volunteers.  

All our Volunteer needs can be found at http://signup.com/go/CSSPTAVolunteers  Want to volunteer, but can’t find the program you are looking for?  Reach out to volunteers@csspta.com  Some of the sign ups you will find at the volunteer sign up include:

  • Character Counts/Mental Mantras
  • Nutrition Docent
  • Safety Patrol
  • Cougars Run
  • Garden Patch
  • Even requesting a spot for FREE babysitting during an evening PTA Meeting
Special sign ups coming soon:

 


Nominations for the 2019-2020 CSS PTA 
The following proposed slate is under consideration and will be voted on at the March CSS PTA General Membership Meeting on March 20th at 9:15am.  If there is a position you are interested in, please contact classroomprograms@csspta.com.  

Executive Board:
  • President:  Shalee Tan
  • 1st VP (Leadership):  Heather Sutherland
  • 2nd VP (Programs):  Mary Cotrufo
  • 3rd VP (Fundraising):  Chrissy England
  • Treasurer:  Gwen Lipsey
  • Financial Secretary:  Elizabeth Magana Goldfarb
  • Auditor:  OPEN
  • Recording Secretary:  Julia Ehlers
  • Parliamentarian (to be appointed): Cheryl Smith
  • Historian:  Mary Glennan
Standing Committees on the Executive Board:
  • Communications Chair/Grade Rep Coordinator:  OPEN
  • Membership:  Kelli Erickson
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Nicole Mahoney
  • Web Guru:  OPEN
  • Classroom Programs:  Evelyn O'Donnell
  • Hospitality:  Veronica Anderson

 
Cougars Run!  The miles are racking up for the new Cougars Run 2.0 during lunch recess!!  During the Cougars Run, TK-5 will have the opportunity to run/walk around a designated 'track'.  As they log laps and miles, they will earn Toe Tokens to proudly wear on a chain necklace. 

What days of the week is Cougars Run?  Any day you can volunteer!  We will adjust to your schedule.
 
To make this program a success, we need parent involvement!  At this time, we do not have any consistent help for the upper grades.  Please sign up to volunteer!  For more details & to sign up, click below:

http://signup.com/go/cougarsrunlowergrades
http://signup.com/go/cougarsrunuppergrades

 

Save the Date:  El Segundo Council PTA’s Annual Run for Education!

Watch out El Segundo!  The Run for Education is coming up FAST!  April 27th will be here before we know it!

Every year for the last 28 years, the El Segundo Council PTA hosted the Run for Education.  The money raised from this event go to support the two elementary schools, El Segundo Middle School and El Segundo High School.  The run is a 5k and 10k run, as well as 2 kid fun runs. There is even an expo after the run to visit vendors while you wait for the results.  Speaking of results the event is certified for those serious and casual runners alike and awards are given for top finishers in many age categories.  Strollers are welcome; sorry, but pets are not. So, where do you get the info?

Event date/time/place:  Saturday, April 27th at 8am in front of El Segundo High School

When you sign up, remember to indicate that you are with Team CSS!

 

Jump Rope for Heart (aka: Kids Heart Challenge)

Kids Heart Challenge (Formerly Jump Rope for Heart) will kick off at Center next week!  Students will get information in their classrooms about how they can sign up to take the Challenge on line and learn how to keep their own hearts healthy and help other kids with special hearts at the same time!

 

Click here to sign up on Center Street's Team Page:

http://www2.heart.org/site/TR?team_id=430502&pg=team&fr_id=4000&et=bfmazc8oi8Tfn4O_pmgQ9g

 

The Healthy Challenges are:

  • Drink water instead of soda or sugary beverages OR
  • Exercise for 60 minutes a day OR
  • Eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal  OR
  • Do something kind for someone every day (Social Emotional Health is good for your Heart!)
 

Kids will be encouraged to take one of these challenges and keep it up from the "Kick Off" (next week) until the celebration week. (March 4th - 8th during their P.E. classes.)  Celebration Week is when the kids will get to celebrate the fact that they kept up their healthy challenges!

 

The main focus is on ALL kids taking a Healthy Heart Challenge.   The secondary part is exposing kids to fundraising for a good cause that benefits someone other than themselves.  There are several students at Center who have heart defects and who have benefited from the research funded by the American Heart Association.  You can help too!

 

Please know that this is not a PTA sponsored fundraiser.  Our school has had a long-standing relationship in supporting the American Heart Association.  

 

Character Counts/Mental Mantras Update…

Hello Cougar folks and families:
We had a great time at “Health and Wellness Night” having fun and playing games teaching kids to focus and persist. We attempted to balance golf balls and dice learning to narrow our focus and calm our nerves. We learned magic tricks, attempted word searches and even took the stage in front of our peers attempting challenges that put us on the spot. A1 – B2 – C3… Some tasks aren’t so easy to accomplish, they require persistence to master. Many of the most rewarding accomplishments in life are ones that are difficult. Only 2 outcomes to be had when you attempt something meaningful, either you win or you learn. (Sounds like a win-win to me).
 

We have completed 3 of the 6 sessions thus far and “Visualize Success” was this month’s Mantra. Turns out the mind works in pictures and the body tries to make those pictures come to life. Creating positive pictures will lead to success in ways far more powerful then negative ones.

 

CHILD MENTAL MANTRA VISUALIZATION CHALLENGE… Have child close his/her eyes and imagine themselves doing something absolutely amazing. Could be a past event they are reliving or a future event they would like to achieve. It could be a sport, a performance or a favorite activity. Encourage details; the temperature, sounds, the feel of the ball. Have them share their visualization with you and vice versa.

 

ADULT MENTAL MANTRA SEATBELT CHALLENGE… Here is one for each of you to try, especially helpful upon arriving home at the end of a long day at work or a long day of doing anything and everything that our busy lives involve attempting to accomplish “too much” too often.  When you get home at the end of the day, with mindfulness, hear the engine of your car shut off, listen to the sound of your seatbelt unclick. Take a deep breath… and a moment to remind yourself to be present and focus on the loved ones you are about to greet when you open the door.

 

Best to all – Josh Alpert (CC/MM Chair)

 
1. Breath = Calm (Sept-Oct)
     a. We take deep breaths when we are nervous, excited, tense, scared or tight to calm us down.
     b. Taking deep breaths gets more oxygen into the blood stream, slows down your hear rate allowing your mind to work clearly and your body to move fluidly and freely.

2. Focus on Task (Nov-Dec)

     a. When we have our focus and attention where we need it to be, it will help us to be more successful

     b. The ABC game illustrates how important focus can be!!!

3. Visualize Success (Jan-Feb)

     a. The mind works in pictures, make them positive, a vision of a good outcome. Your body will try to make the pictures happen for real.

     b. Have your kiddo close their eyes and imagine being successful at an activity of their choosing. Have them share their story with you.

4. Power of Positive (March)

     a. Think in terms of what can happen, what will happen vs. what can’t and what won’t. “I am going to hit the ball”, “I am going to try my best” vs. “I can’t do it” or “I will miss for sure”.

     b. Ask yourself  “What is My Opportunity Now?” before attempting an activity. Positively stated questions lead to positive answers.  

5. Confidence Counts (April)

     a. Confidence comes from the things that you say to yourself and the things that you believe about yourself.

     b. Think about the best shot you have ever hit with the club you are about to hit the next shot with, and then hit it!!!

6. Persistence Pays Off (May)

     a. Mistakes aren’t a bad thing so long as you are willing to learn from them and keep working to improve. When we interpret unsuccessful attempts as “nice tries” instead of failures, then the attempt itself isn’t so scary. Try again!!!

     b. Example Wright Brothers crashed LOTS of planes before succeeding. Each crash was one step closer to flying!!!

 
 
Cougar Garden/Outdoor Learning Space Update!
-Kiwanis has pledged to donate $10,000 and volunteers for the upcoming Kiwanis Garden Work Day.  We are in need of volunteers!!  CSS students (ages 7+), middle school and high school students and adults are welcome to attend and help on February 23rd 9am - 2pm
-The CSS PTA Cougar Garden Patch is truly a community effort.  This would not be possible without the generosity of our parents, teachers, staff, and members of the El Segundo community.  
Thank you all for your continued support as our garden grows!

 

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February

  • February 23rd - Kiwanis Garden Work Day, 9am - 2pm in the CSS PTA Cougar Garden.

  • Week of February 25th – Read Across America Week
    (with special event on March 1st in the CSS Cafeteria)

  • March 8th – last day for the Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser

 

Save the Dates:

  • Mother/Daughter Paint event (March 22nd - 6-9pm)

  • Last day to order the 5th grade yearbooks online (April 1)

  • S.T.O.M.P. Luau (Sons Take Out Mom Party/Mother & Son event on April 13th)

  • Cold Stone Teacher Scooping event (4/16-4/19 - 3-7pm each day)

  • Run for Education (April 27th -  Race starts at 8am)

  • CSS PTA’s STEM Event (May 3rd - 4-8pm)  

  • Ice Cream Social (June 7th - 5-8pm)

 

 

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