Stinson Star Tracker - January 2011
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The Star Tracker
A publication of Stinson Elementary School PTA
Volume X, Issue 3
Community Partners 10
From the desk of 2
Grade Level News 6-8
Junior Investor 3
Literacy Corner 5
Treasurers Report 4
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.
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!
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 www.stinsonpta.org to learn about:
Junior Investor program
After school programs
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 email@example.com with questions
please join us if you are interested in helping
Please check the lost and found for jack-
ets, books, lunchboxes, scarves and
HEROES of the HALLWAYS
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 www.stinsonpta.org.
See page 11 for additional information
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.
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.
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
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
Escrow - State and National Dues - Ending Balance $96.00
Escrow - Sales Tax - Beginning Balance $224.60
Receipts, Refunds and Timely Payment Discount $466.85
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