News and Announcements

Center Street School is a California Green Ribbon School

Center Street School has been named a California Green Ribbon School. PTA president, Tracey Miller-Zarneke and our principal, Ms. Monahan, accepted our Bronze Level award from State Superintendent of Instruction Tom Torlakson at a statewide event.

Changes that we have made to our practices, including: recycling, composting, eliminating single use water bottles, planting drought tolerant gardens, encouraging walking to school and trash free lunches all contributed to our eligibility for this award. Only 17 public schools in California received the CA Green Ribbon School Award - so we feel very proud of our accomplishment.

Our Green Team and all of the ecologically minded faculty, parents and staff continue to build earth consciousness in the next generation of citizens of our planet.
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PTA Reflections Winners

Congratulations to the following students who have won the Reflections contest and will move on to the district level!

Visual Arts – Primary
Dakota Salcedo
Torben Lapuente
Bodhi Shimon

Visual Arts – Intermediate
Zoey Markarian
Bennett Lee
Tie: Camden Chen & Kent Yada

Photography – Primary
Lilly Dull

Photography – Intermediate
Aaron De Kretser
Ryan Zarneke
Tie: Faust LaPuente & Roland Hoffman

Dance – Primary
Rebecca Snow

Dance – Intermediate
Avery Edelstein
Danny Smith
Sammi Smith

Music – Primary
Tommy O’Donnell
Emory Bucknell

Music – Intermediate
Colin Frank
Sammi Smith
Isla McCullough

Literature – Primary
-no one entered

Literature – Intermediate
Alani Lee
Faust Lapuente
Danny Smith

Film – Primary
Kapish Joshi
Kaila Davidson
Liam Davidson

Film – Intermediate
Sammi Smith
Danny Smith
Nola Davidson

All first place entries have been forwarded on to El Segundo Council for recognition.
We are so proud of these talented Cougars!
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Congratulations to CSS ESFD/ES Rotary Club Winners

Center Street Students CLEANED UP in this year’s Rotary/ESFD Fire Safety Poster Contest taking five out of the nine top awards! This year’s CSS winners were:
Nola Davidson
Malia Kenton
Sophia Mahmoud
Molly McAndrews
Ethan Relles
Julia Zhang
Congratulations to these talented artists – and thank you to the El Segundo Rotary Club and the Firefighters for the opportunity.
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Join the El Segundo Ed! Foundation

Every student wins through programs funded by your donations to the El Segundo Education Foundation (Ed!). For only $34 a month ($400 a year), you will make a difference at the CSS by helping to fund elementary programs such as: CGI – Math (DIRECTV), Computer Science (Boeing), Library, Literacy Specialist Support, Physical Education (Skechers), STEM (Chevron, NRG), Art and Spanish. This year, the El Segundo Unified School District has asked the community to step up and help fund additional programs. We’ve accepted the challenge with a pledge to raise a $1.3 million grant and need your help! Make your annual donation today at
For ‘extra credit’ become a Superintendent’s Roundtable member by donating just $100 a month. Every student wins through programs funded by your donations to the El Segundo Education Foundation (Ed!). Go to today.
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CSS has a beautiful stained glass cougar welcoming families to our school. The work was designed by Janet Read (“retired” CSS teacher and mother of Presley) and crafted by Michael “Percy” Pirsztuk of The Glass Idea Co. in El Segundo. Thank you to PTA for helping us make this a reality – and YES our cougar is sharing his habitat with a blue butterfly! We are united in nature and in our El Segundo community.
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Grades of Green

We invite you to join us for Trash Free Tuesdays by clicking on this link and picking a Tuesday (or two) that you can volunteer during the lunch period which runs from 11.00 am - 1,15 pm. You can sign up for one hour or the whole time - we would love to see you there, and so would the kids! We also welcome help Thursday and Friday afternoons to help pack up the Terracycle juice pouch collection and/or to mix the compost. We collect the following items to divert them from the landfill: juice pouches, ink jet containers, used crayons and used markers. Please deposit these items in the Grades of Green box in the quad at your convenience.
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Calling all readers! We hope you will participate in our first annual Literacy Lanterns!

Here is what you will do:
1. Choose a favorite book character.
2. Pick out a perfect pumpkin.
3. Decorate your pumpkin to look like that favorite character.
4. Bring your pumpkin to the CSS Library between October 3rd and October 26th.
5. Include an index card, attached to your pumpkin, with your first and last name, grade and teacher.

All Literacy Lanterns will be displayed in the CSS Library during the month of October. Winners will be chosen to help lead the Halloween Parade on October 31st, here at CSS!
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Back to School Night: Thursday, Sept. 13

We are looking forward to hosting parents for our annual CSS Back to School Night this Thursday. Your child’s teacher has a wealth of information to share with you about the school year ahead. Please join us in the Cougar Cafe (cafeteria) prior to going to your child’s classroom.
5:30 - 6:00 General Parent Meeting for 3rd -5th
6:15 - 7:00 3rd -5th grade Class Meetings
6:30 - 7:00 General Parent Meeting for TK-2nd
7:15 - 8:00 TK-2nd grade Class Meetings
Although there are very few times when our students are not included at CSS, please note that this is an adults only event. We do not have any supervision available and ask that you do not allow your children to be on campus alone. Thank you for supporting us in keeping our students safe.
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First Day of School 8/29/18

Minimum Day Schedule:
TK and Kindergarten: Parents and students attend class for an orientation from 9:00am-10:00am only. TK/Kinder students’ “official” full day will be Thursday, August 30th.
1st / 2nd Grades: 8:20 am – 12:50 pm
3rd/4th/5th Grades: 8:20 am – 1:30 pm

Early Bird Schedule for TK-2nd grade Thursday, August 30 - Friday, September 14
Prior to our Back to School Night (Thursday, September 13), our youngest Cougars are all on Early Bird schedule as our teachers determine which groups of children will work best together to optimize small group instruction.
TK/K - 8:20 am –12:45 pm
1st/2nd – 8:20 am - 2:05 pm (except Mondays)
3rd/4th/5th – 8:20 am - 2:45 pm (except Mondays)

Please join the PTA for Coffee on the Quad from 8:30-10:30 am tomorrow morning to catch up with old friends and make new ones.
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