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A monthly publication of the Stinson Elementary PTA.

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    The Star Tracker

    A publication of Stinson Elementary School PTA

    Volume X, Issue 3

    December 2010

    Community Partners 10

    From the desk of 2

    Grade Level News 6-8

    Junior Investor 3

    Literacy Corner 5

    Treasurers Report 4

    Presidents Pen

    January 2011

    One of the most important things we can do as parents is set a good example. It starts within

    the home; saying please and thank you, being considerate and consistent, and solving conflict

    without anger. Our Stinson Cares campaign has given weekly opportunities to discuss kind-

    ness with your children. This month reminds us also to be thankful for what we have, and to

    help those less fortunate; great lessons for our kids.

    At our schools, the example we set impacts, not just our children, but other children who are

    watching us. Following the school rules shows the children you respect the school and ad-

    ministration. Crossing only at the cross walk, parking only in non-reserved parking spaces,

    and going through the carpool line all show the children you respect the school, and you un-

    derstand everyone deserves the same treatment. Breaking those rules shows children you

    think it is ok to break the rules when it is convenient for you, and when you think you will not

    be caught. I know that is a lesson I do not want my children to remember when they are


    It is important to show children how to help others and give back to the community, and I am

    so proud of how the Stinson family always rises to the opportunity to help others. Weve had

    a coat drive and a clothing drive this year, both very successful. The school held a canned

    food drive; my daughter raided the pantry every morning.

    Donations of used goods and monetary donations should be discussed with even small chil-

    dren. November always brings many opportunities not just to donate items or money, but

    time. Community service with you leading the way, will instill in your children a life-long love

    of helping others.

    There are many small and large opportunities to be a good example every day. Watch for

    them and take advantage of the easiest character building youll ever do for your children.

    Thank you,

    Julie Richard

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    From the



    Mrs. Sala


    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

    Stinson PTA Website

    PISD Website

    All correspondence should be directed to the PTA Newsletter Editor at the school

    address or



    GO TO



    SIGN UP.

    Order your Yearbook now!

    For a limited time get the early

    bird pricing of only $20! Hurry

    that pricing ends on November


    We have some fantastic programs available at Stinson.

    Go to to learn about:

    Junior Investor program

    After school programs

    Watch D.O.G.S.

    Stinson Cares

    Go to

    to sign up for the Star

    to Star eNewsletter

    Career Day is January 20, 2011. Our theme is "Preparing Today's Youth." Grades K-2 pres-

    entations will be in the morning and grades 3-5 will be in the afternoon. We are looking for

    speakers in order to make this day a success. This year we are anticipating many speakers

    from a variety of fields so that our students will gain more knowledge about the possibilities

    that await them in the future. If you would like to participate, please contact Carita Lyons

    (469) 752-3415 or Bryan Smith (469) 752-3412 as soon as possible.

    Letter from Mrs. Salamone

    will be on a separate page.

    Silent Auction meeting- Friday, November 19 @ 1pm Lori Downeys house 4729 Ravendale with questions

    please join us if you are interested in helping


    Please check the lost and found for jack-

    ets, books, lunchboxes, scarves and




    Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is the father involvement initiative of the National

    Center for Fathering that organizes fathers and father figures in order to provide positive

    male role models for the students and to enhance school security. Who are WatchDOGS?

    Fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father figures who volunteer to serve at

    least one day each year in a variety of school activities as assigned by the school principal or

    other administrator. If you think this would be the perfect spot for you, let Gerry Sam know

    and he will get you signed up right away! For more information, got to

    See page 11 for additional information

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    Choir rehearsals and

    concerts are as follows:


    Thursday, Nov. 18th, 2010 2:45-3:45 P.M. Choir Rehearsal

    Tuesday, Nov. 23rd , 2010 NO CHOIR! Thanksgiving Holiday

    Tuesday, Nov. 30th, 2010 2:45 3:45 P.M. Choir Rehearsal


    Field Trip TBA Black & White Performance Dress

    Thursday, Dec. 2nd, 2010 2:45 3:45 P.M. Choir Rehearsal

    Tuesday, Dec. 7th, 2010 2:45-3:45 P.M. Choir Rehearsal

    Thursday, Dec. 9th, 2010 2:45-3:45 P.M. Choir Rehearsal

    Thursday, Dec. 9th, 2010 6:30 P.M. Dress Rehearsal (wear black &


    7:00 P.M. Concert for Family & Friends

    Friday, Dec. 17th, 2010 8:15 A.M. Concert for Stinson Staff & Students

    (wear Star Choir shirt and jeans)

    Six Flags READ TO SUCCEED is coming!!

    Stinson Starslets all READ TO SUCCEED and earn a free ticket to Six Flags!! How you

    ask?? Its easy! Each student that completes six hours of outside reading can qualify. This

    does NOT include reading for school or homework assignments. Students keep a log of

    what they read and for how longremember to have a parent/guardian or teacher initial

    each entry. Once youve read for six hours, return the signed reading log to your teacher.

    All forms must be turned in on or before February 25th

    no exceptions! Look for the read-

    ing logs and instructions to be distributed before Winter Break.

    The next monthly Junior Investors Day will be Friday, December, 3rd. Well be there to take your childrens deposit outside of the school office at 7:30a.m. You can also pick up your piggy bank if you

    havent already done so. Investors should also be encouraging their friends to start saving. Bring your child to school; it only takes 5 minutes and $5 to open an account with Capital One Bank. Money saving concepts for kids:

    Introduce the concept of needs vs. wants. Instilling good money values can begin very early

    Help the children understand that money is required to pay for both needs and wants

    Junior Investor Days are Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 4, Apr 1, and May 6.

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    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? The see Ms.

    Gee about getting a pass.


    Chick-fil-A will be hosting Stinson Spirit Night on Thursday,

    December 8, 2010. Please say that you are supporting Stinson

    when you order, and 15% of sales will be donated to Stinson

    from the Chick-fil-A at Garland Rd. and George Bush Highway.

    Book Fair

    Once again our annual Fall Book

    Fair was a great success. A big

    thank you to all the volunteers

    that helped set up, clean up, con-

    stantly put the books back up

    and helped tear down. A special

    thank you to this years co-chairs,

    Alpa Barevadia and Shalini Ka-

    poor for all of their hard work.

    The book fair may only last a

    week, but these kids will remem-

    ber it for a lifetime.

    Volunteers needed to help with Thursday packs.

    If you are interested please contact Katherine Gotcher


    Stinson Elementary PTA

    Financial Report

    October 7 - November 4, 2010 Total

    Operating Fund Beginning Balance 26,985.54

    Total Income 16,474.12

    Total Expenses 7,117.94

    Operating Fund Ending Balance 36,341.72

    Escrow - State and National Dues - Beginning Balance $1,332.25

    Receipts and Adjustments $96.00

    Payments $1,332.25

    Escrow - State and National Dues - Ending Balance $96.00

    Escrow - Sales Tax - Beginning Balance $224.60

    Receipts, Refunds and Timely Payment Discount $466.85

    Payments $0.00

    Escrow - Sales Tax - Ending Balance $691.45

    Cash in Bank $37,129.17

    Petty Cash $100.00

    Total Cash on Hand 11/5/10 $37,229.17

    Please s