Stinson Star Tracker - November 2010
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The Star Tracker
A publication of Stinson Elementary School PTA
Volume X, Issue 2
Community Partners 12
From the desk of 2
Grade Level News 7-9
Junior Investor 15
Literacy Corner 11
Plano ISD News 13
Treasurers Report 10
What does the PTA do? I think many of our parents have that question. There are two key indi-
ces to show how we use our resources. Money and time. Both are indicators of the passion for
education this community has. This month I will show how your PTA spends its money.
Seventy-five percent of our funds are spent directly on Stinson Elementary, the teachers, and
students. This includes money given to Stinson to purchase items for the school (such as Cur-
riculum enhancements, landscaping, white boards), Family Events (such as Science Night and
the Back to School Picnic), Kid Fun Events (like class parties and field day), Teacher Appreciation,
Programs (including Watchdogs and support of Destination Imagination), and Arts in Education
(2 performance assemblies per year and Reflections program).
The remaining 25% of the money is spent on items that less directly benefit the Stinson popula-
tion such as Training, Communication (copies for Tracker, website, flyers, the Student Directory),
Community (donations to new PTAs, Stinson Cares, etc), Volunteers (volunteer recognition, etc),
Administration (such as printer ink, workroom supplies, software). A breakout is shown below.
I am very proud of the work our PTA does at Stinson, and I hope you are, too. We are supporting
over 40 different programs. The PTA board spends a lot of time working on the budget each
year. We have lots of new possibilities for income and expenses each year; the number one
question is, how does it further the education and welfare of the children and their families? If
you have any questions or ideas, please feel free to contact me.
Stinson PTA President
Stinson PTA Expenditures (%)
6%5% 1% Stinson
Kid fun Events
"What lies behind us and
what lies before us are
tiny matters compared
to what lies within us."
How is our PTA money spent?
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 email@example.com
We would like to thank Sheeba Rohini, chairman, and the parents, community
members, and staff who volunteered their time to make our Family Science Night a suc-
cessful and exciting one! It was a great feeling to see hundreds of children and their par-
ents enjoying themselves while watching demonstrations, experimenting, or creating. We
hope that these opportunities encourage students to explore the sciences.
I hope that you were able to meet with your child's teacher for a conference this
month for a "snapshot" of progress the first eight weeks. Do not hesitate at any time to
contact staff with questions or comments. A strong parent-teacher partnership means
greater success for children.
Each year parents purchase special items at our silent auction. Two of these items
are a saved place in the front parking lot and the front of the line pick up spot at dis-
missal. When you see the same car move to the front every afternoon, please know it is
the winner of the auction item and not someone cutting in line!
A couple of reminders -- please do not bring dogs on school grounds. Also, there is
no after school car pool pick up at the west door, nor parking in the fire lane. You may have
noticed that the Richardson police are often here ticketing or giving citations. Please follow
speed zones and parking signs. Safety first!
The week-end of November 6 begins daylight savings time. We will turn our clocks
back an hour. This means it will be darker in the mornings. If your child walks or rides a
bike to school, you will want to review safety tips for walking or riding in the dark.
November moves us into a season of reflection and thanksgiving. It is a time to
count our blessings for all that is good in our lives and to appreciate the freedoms that we
have as Americans.
See you soon at a school event!
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 24th.
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 eNews-
You may be amazed to know how diverse the population at Stinson really is.
Following is a list of the languages currently spoken by the families that attend Stinson:
English Malayalam French
Korean Kannada (Kanarese) Russian
Hindi Hiligaynon/Llonggo Vietnamese
Cantonese Farsi (Persian) Romanian
Cambodian Chinese/Mandarin Spanish
Amharic Arabic Shanghai
Telugu Bengali Tamil
Hainanese Gujarati Chaochow/Teochiu
Marathi Tuluau Urdu
Orlia Japanese Indian
What a privilege for the Stinson community to experience such diversity!
The ESL Team
CONGRATULATIONS!CONGRATULATIONS!CONGRATULATIONS!CONGRATULATIONS! We would like to thank all of our participants in the first essay and drawing contest in support of SUN (multicultural) events! The team enjoyed reading each of your essays and looking at the beautiful pictures that
were drawn. They were very creative and we could see a lot of work went into them. Thank you!
Winners will be contacted and photographed for the yearbook. Two of our winners will read their essay on
the evening of February 18, 2011. The winners are.
Samuel Jacob; Sam Tucker; Srihan Sundar; Anjali Thomas
Keshav Vasanth; Serena Lin; Akshada Kulkarni; Tanaz Muhamed; Shreya Palivela;
Nolan Dickey;Bilaal Qureshi; Bria Stephens; Sriya T ; Zarney Zin; Emmu Yu; Kara Gotcher; Haley
Stephens; Geetha Thomas; Yasmin Palmer; Justin Yu; Kavin Sitsabeshon;
Fara Vasanth; Cinque Stephens; Lee Ann Lee; Julian Palmer; Daniel Parks; Brianna Huynh; Ryan Luo; Courtney
Once again CONGRATULATIONS to our winners!
If you are interested in performing at the SUN Circle of Friends multicultural performance night, February 18, 2011
please read on.
We are currently planning our evening affair, which will consist of student performances from various regions, a parade of
nations and a Taste of The World food sampling. Historically we have had 10 STUDENT groups perform skits, songs and dances
from the various cultures represented at Stinson. This year in order to grant everyone an opportunity, we have limited the per-
formances to a requirement of 10 or more people in each act/group. If you would like to participate but are not part of a group
that has 10 participants we will assist you in finding additional students to complete your group or assign you with an alternate
This event is not about showcasing a childs individual talent, as all children are talented in their own way, but it is to
demonstrate the collective work of a team.
We are very excited about the event and hope you are too! Please complete the form and have your child return it to
school or you may contact the following members to advise them of your interest and your group.
Note: Last years attendance was 650+, due to this, it is necessary to move the event to a larger facility. Woodcreek
Church on Renner Rd. graciously offered its facility for our use for this even on Friday, February 18.
Carol Stephens & Michelle Carty: Africa/Caribbean/ East Asia
Shalin Muhamed: West Asia
Leslie Scott & Kelley Thomas:Europe/North America
Dee Dee McGee & Itza Betts: Mexico/South America
Diana Middle Eastern Regions
Name: Grade: Teacher :
Cultural Region: Performance Leader:
Telephone: Parents Permission/Signature:
Please note that if your child is participating in this event