Stinson Star Tracker - February 2011
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The Star Tracker
A publication of Stinson Elementary School PTA
Volume X, Issue 5
Community Partners 10
Grade Level News 6-7
Junior Investor 3
Treasurers Report 9
2011 is here! I know Ill be writing 2010 on my checks for some time to come; but it is time to
start thinking ahead. There are many things going on in our PTA, and beyond. Take a few min-
utes to think about where you might want more information or involvement.
The Stinson PTA just formed its Nominating Committee for the 2011/2012 school year. Their
job is to recommend a slate of officers for the March election. Since we have one year terms,
we will be electing a President, VP of Membership, VP of Ways and Means, VP of Programs, VP
of Communication, Secretary, Treasurer, and Treasurers Assistant. Watch for a flyer coming
home soon to ask for nominations.
If an officer position is not for you, there are many chairman and committee positions available
every year. We welcome everyones involvement. If you have questions on where you might
best fit, please let me know, or ask any of our current officers. We have a tradition of excel-
lence to continue at Stinson, and I hope you will be a part of it!
This year the Texas Legislature is in session. As you have probably read, there is a large budget
deficit projected, and budget cuts for education are expected. Our district is already preparing
for these cuts. PTAs role is to be educated on the progress of the legislature, and make our
views as voters and constituents known. The State PTA is hosting the PTA Day at the Capitol;
the PISD council will send a busload of people to participate in this day of meetings with legis-
lators. The State PTA will be monitoring bills that impact the health, welfare, and education of
our children. The Texas PTA President was part of the committee working with Senator
Shapiro to draft legislation outlawing the drug, K2. PTA will be sending out updates on the
relevant legislation, we will have the ability to subscribe to those updates and act where we
see a need.
Please let me know what you would like to see from your PTA. I look forward to a fantastic
Stinson PTA President
Shoot for the moon. Even
if you miss, youll land
among the stars.
From the Desk
The Star tracker
A Monthly Newsletter of the Stinson Parent Teacher
Principal Barbara Salamone
Assistant Principal Tricia Lancaster
PTA President Julie Richard
Newsletter Editor Jennifer Neves
Stinson Elementary School 4201 Greenfield Drive Richardson, TX 75082
School Office 469-752-3400
School Website k-12.pisd.edu/schools/stinson
Stinson PTA Website www.stinsonpta.org
PISD Website www.pisd.edu
All correspondence should be directed to the PTA Newsletter Editor at the school
address or firstname.lastname@example.org
HAVE YOU JOINED THE
UNDER ACTIVITIES TO
Order your Yearbook now!
Remember to order your year-
book! Price is $25.
www.stinsonpta.org to sign
up for the Star to Star
We have some fantastic programs available at Stinson.
Go to www.stinsonpta.org to learn about:
Junior Investor program
After school programs
Letter from Mrs. Salamone
will be on a separate page.
Attention: We NEED YOU!
Volunteers are needed to help with the distribution
of Thursday packets.
If you are interested please contact Katherine
Gotcher at email@example.com
Please check the lost and found for jack-
ets, books, lunchboxes, scarves and
5th Grade Legacy Gift This year's 5th grade class will be donating a legacy gift to Stinson commemorating their time
spent here. Suggestion boxes are in the fifth grade hall and the teacher's lounge for use by 5th
graders and teachers. Suggestions will be accepted through the end of February. Once the
suggestions are compiled, the fifth graders will vote on their class' donation. The student or
teacher with the winning suggestion will present the item at the final spirit assembly of
the year in May. The legacy gift will be funded by donated pennies from the fifth graders and
private donations. Please contact Stephanie Chritton at firstname.lastname@example.org with any
Kindergartners are learning about animals in our new unit Wild, Wooly, and Wonderful. Ani-
mals can live in the forest, ocean, desert, and more. Some have feathers, others have tusks.
Animals can fly, run, swim, or crawl.
First graders has began a new unit, Everyone Needs a Home. There are many different kinds
of homes all over the world. A home or shelter helps to keep us safe. We all have needs and
Second graders are studying the water cycle. They are writing a story about a drop of water go-
ing on an adventure through the water cycle. An origami folded whale will help tell their stories.
Third, fourth, and fifth graders continue in-depth learning of vocabulary supporting their weekly
Environmental News-Green Valentine's Day?
There are several things that can be done to lessen our negative impact on the environment when celebrating Valen-
tine's Day this year.
Consider sending an e-card as Valentine's Day is the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. You can also send
cards made from recycled or tree-free paper. This information will be indicated on the card and envelope. Buy Valentine's Day
cards from local artists who make cards from recycled material, or, better yet, make your own Valentine's Day cards with recycled
materials and items from nature.
Use red or pink fabric or recycled wrapping paper to wrap gifts.
Make dinner reservations at a neighborhood restaurant specializing in locally-grown food as it will reduce your travel
miles and your food's travel miles.
An environmentally-friendly alternative to cut flowers that are shipped into our area from elsewhere would be to buy cut
flowers grown locally, either by visiting a nursery directly or a farmer's market. Giving a live plant which can be enjoyed for years
to come is even better!
From the desk of the librarian:
Congratulations to Melody Zhang, Kindergarten-
McFarland. Melody is a winner in Plano Public Library Systems
Entries in the bookmark contest were submitted in
September and October for Get a Library Card months.
Melodys bookmark was selected as second place in
the Kindergarten through grade 2 category from over 1000 en-
Friends of the Plano Public Library will print bookmarks
featuring the winning artwork and make enough bookmarks for
every child in the school district.
We cant wait to see Melodys art on bookmarks. Way
to go, Melody!
Stinson Skate Night
Join us at Thunderbird Skating Rink on
Friday, February 4, from 5-7pm. The cost
is $7 per skater and includes regular
skates-rent inline skates for and extra $3.
You can bring your own inline skates for
free. The regular skate session starts at
7:30. Stinson families are free to stay and
skate for no extra
The PTA has started an exciting new project and we would like you to participate with us. Its called the Great Family Cook-
book Project and its goal is to help create a cookbook for Stinson Elementary.
The Family Cookbook Project is a website that is designed to help us collect and even publish our favorite recipes so that we can
share and preserve the special food that you families enjoy. The website is easy to use and will take just a little effort to enter
your familys favorite foods for all of us to enjoy. We can use these recipes online or even publish a cookbook that we can share
and treasure. But first, we need your help.
Please collect all of the wonderful recipes that you would like to contribute. We are looking not only for the dishes served on spe-
cial occasions, but also the every day meals you family enjoys.
E-mail our coordinator at email@example.com and she will send you a link to enter your own recipes under your name or
We are trying to have all of the recipes entered as soon as possible as we could have the cookbook ready by April.
Thank you for your help!
The Stinson School
Open Tuesdays and Thursdays
Buy fun school items and Spirit Wear
Small bills only please Need to go to the school store before 7:30? Then see Ms.
Gee about getting a pass.
May the Forest be with You!
You don't have to stand in the middle of the woods to be surrounded by the forest. The
home you live in. The food you eat. The clothes you wear. The books you read. They all
come from the trees growing in Texas.