1/9/23 News+Center

We hope re-entry last week went smoothly and everyone is staying healthy!

We also want to welcome our new families in the community.

As a reminder, school will be closed on Monday, January 16th in observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Community Coffee

We look forward to hosting our next community coffee on Friday, January 20th in the school cafeteria. 

We will host the coffee directly following drop-off. Families can enter through the 83rd Street entrance (This is where the students enter.) and proceed to the cafeteria. If you plan to arrive late, you will need to enter through the 84th Street entrance. Please have an ID available.

Following the coffee, you will need to exit the school at security located on the 84th Street side of the school. 

We are also finalizing a parent educational series. We hope to share those details soon.


Believe it or not, the Center School Auction/Potluck Dinner (our biggest fundraiser of the entire year) is only two months away. We are very excited to be all together in person on Thursday, March 9th for the first time in three years.  

All families will be invited to Center School for Curriculum Night (3:30-6pm) to be followed by the Auction/Potluck Dinner held in the cafeteria (beginning at 6pm). It’s a very special day, and a highlight of the school year at Center, for those who have yet to experience it. All are welcome – students, parents, siblings….

In order to make this fundraiser a success, we ask for TWO donations per family. While we’ve received many terrific donations, we have not heard from most of you.  The deadline for donations is February 20th.

You can fill out our ONLINE DONATION FORM here.

Remember, no donation is too big or too small – but here are some donation suggestions that we could use more of:

  • Restaurant gift cards
  • Beauty-related items: mani/pedis, hair cuts and products
  • Sporting or event tickets 
  • Fashion accessories

Additionally, our auction will feature the return of the very popular WINE PULL:

What does that mean? We need WINE DONATIONS.  All wines should retail for at least $20 per bottle.  You can bring the bottle to auction on March 9th or drop it off at the school office before then.  If you would rather make a cash donation and have suitable wines purchased on your behalf, that is fine too!  Contact Mark Margolis, who is heading up the Wine Pull at mlm2@cornell.edu.  

Also, if you haven’t yet, follow us on Instagram and check out items you might want to bid on!

Please let us know if you have any questions – centerschoolauction@gmail.com

Opportunities to Get Involved or Help

Special Events

If anyone is interested in volunteering or participating in Writers’ Night, please contact ritabridget@yahoo.com.

Mark Your Calendar – Important Dates:

  • January 16: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Schools Closed
  • January 20: Community Coffee (hosted in the school cafeteria) 
  • January 23: PTA Meeting
  • February 13: PTA Meeting
  • March 9: Auction “Superheroes of the Center School” (In-person)
  • March 16: PTA Meeting & TACS Show
  • April 24: PTA Meeting
  • May 22: PTA Meeting
  • June 12: PTA Meeting

Kindly, Sarah Courtemanche & Joshua Weinberger
Parent Volunteers
on behalf of The Center School

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