Centerfield Elementary PTA Newsletter
Vol. 18, No. 3
By Kimberly Leese, PTA President
Happy New Year! I hope
that you all enjoyed a fun and relaxing holiday break. Is it ever
really relaxing? (I know, I know, but it is always FUN!) :)
The 2001 school year started
with many new faces and new situations. We have all worked together
to adjust to the natural changes with everyone's common goal being to make
Centerfield Elementary the best it can be for our children. We start
this new year with more new faces, new children and additions to the staff.
While there are always challenges with so many changes occurring at one
time, we are all eager to solidify relationships and build on the strong
foundation that currently exists between the PTA, the teachers/staff/faculty
and you, our wonderful parents.
We truly are fortunate to
be surrounded by such incredible teachers/staff and simply great kids!
A team spirit really does exist at Centerfield and I'm excited to travel
down this road with all of you and all of your support! This semester,
your PTA will bring more news, information & fun your way. Our calendar
is filling up with many exciting activities over the next few months.
Please mark your calendars
for TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH at 7:00PM. . The Centerfield Elementary
PTA has scheduled a General Meeting to begin at 7:00pm.(Update click
star for details )
This event will also include an awards presentation for the "Rising Star"
recipients by Ms. Carol Saive, Chairperson. Ms. Gina Bliss will then
present information on our "Reflections Program". This year the theme
for the Reflections program was, "I Hold In My Hand..." This meeting
will also include the famous "Bedtime Stories" time where our children
will be greeted by PJ wearing teachers & staff and read to while the
adults are in the gymnasium. Please let your children know that there
will also be cookies and milk served and they are invited to join the teachers
wearing their PJ's too! Don't forget to wear your slippers and bring
your favorite stuffed animal!
One very important detail
I would like to mention is that the nomination and election of the "2002
Nominating Committee" will take place this evening. In addition,
we will be discussing the election procedures for the Site Based Decision
Making council Parent Representative position. If you are interested
in becoming more involved in our PTA, these positions will provide you
with this opportunity. I would like to express that it is okay if
you have reservations or are unsure. Please take the time to come
to this meeting and learn more about these important positions. Believe
me...when I took over the position of PTA President, I wasn't sure what
to expect either...but it is a tremendously rewarding thing to be involved
with all of our children and in the process of their education and development!
Dust off any of your negative thoughts and give it a try! I promise
you will love it!
Your PTA would like to also
thank you for your continued support of the school Box Top program, the
Campbell's Soup Label program, Dough Raising Nights, Market Day sales and
Centerfield Popcorn Days. Your participation in these programs provides
your PTA with more opportunities to provide our children with more positive
school and learning experiences!
Remember this: The
PTA is an organization that speaks and acts on behalf of all children.
We are an organization that honors parents and works to empower them.
We are an organization that links to the family in support of quality of
family life. Our interaction with and support of teachers is critical
to our success. But the heart of our organization is you, our parents;
the soul is our children.
Here's to having a very Happy,
Healthy and Successful 2002! You are all part of the success that
we have shared in the past and are undoubtedly a part of the success for
In a nutshell...YOU ROCK!
Let your Valentines know
how you feel! Valentine greetings for the February 2002 Newsletter
will be due no later than, Wednesday, February 6th. Send your personal
valentine greeting to school and address your envelope to: "PTA NEWSLETTER".
The teachers will be sure to distribute the greetings to our PTA mailbox.
With your greeting, please include your name, telephone number and payment.
Checks may be made payable to: Centerfield Elementary PTA.
The costs of the personals are:
Note: There are 42
spaces per line.
By Sharon Faine, Yearbook
Those of you who have pictures
for the yearbook, please have them in the office by Jan. 18th.
Membership Holding Steady
By Tim Menser, Membership
The PTA Membership continues
to grow thanks to your interest and efforts. We still have hopes
of adding several more members this year. If you have forgotten to
pay your membership dues, it's still not too late. Remember, it's
a bargain at only $2.50 per person for the '01-'02 school year. Just
send it in to your child's teacher and it will be forwarded to me.
Ask your child's teacher if he or she has joined. Teachers, remind
parents how important their involvement is for our school to continue to
be successful. Thanks for all your help so far this year
and we look forward to hearing
from you soon.
By Kelli Lorenzen, Fundraising
Once again the parents of
our Centerfield Students overwhelmed us with their great support of our
2 fall fundraisers, collectively we raised about $23,000! As always
this money goes directly back to the school in the form of playground equipment,
computers, supplies, etc. The good news is that our fundraising efforts
for the school year are complete. No more fundraising this spring!!!
The PTA put together the fundraising programs at the end of each school
year to be approved by the Board of Education for the next year.
This process will begin in May of this year. If any parent has a
fundraising idea for next year or would like to be involved in fundraising
for the 2002-2003 school year please contact any PTA board member.
Again thank you for your unbelievable support of our kids!!!
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Wed. Feb. 13 Cardinals-Wolverines
Thurs. Feb. 14 Hawks-Colonels
Tip off time for the games
are 3:00 p.m. and will end a little before 4:00p.m. We hope to see
By Lambert Franklin, 1st
Our PTA would like to provide
you an opportunity to assist us in offsetting the production cost of our
upcoming 2001-2002 Yearbook. In addition, we can provide you the
opportunity to advertise your company to over 500 families who will receive
this Yearbook. This is the first time that we have offered this opportunity
to you and we hope you can take advantage of one of the advertisements.
The first option is 3.25” X 4.5” and will cost $250. There are only
FOUR of these spaces left. The second option is 2” X 3.25” and will
cost $75. If you are interested, please call Lambert Franklin, 1st
Vice President PTA, at 243.0309 or email at .email@example.com..
Thanks In Advance For Your Support!
Remember to bookmark
the page now so you can keep up with PTA and school events
For Education Contest Totals
(October Through December)
By Susie Scharroo, Boxtops
for Education Coordinator
Congratulations to Mrs. Brown’s
class for collecting over 350 boxtops for the months of October and December.
Also, congratulations to Mrs. Hamilton’s class for collecting over 130
boxtops for the month of November. Both of these classes received
a free movie pass from Movie Warehouse and popcorn to enjoy with their
movie as a class.
Since the boxtops contest
is half through its cycle; Mrs. Brown’s class has also won a pizza party
from Papa John’s Pizza for collecting over 700 boxtops since September.
Great job! Keep up the awesome work.
Now don’t fret because we
still have 3 months left in the contest and another pizza party to give
away, so please keep sending in those boxtops. So far we have collected
over 4500 boxtops which is about half to our school goal of 10,000.
Keep cutting out those boxtops and sending them in to your classroom.
Who knows, the next class that wins might be yours?
PTA would like to congratulate
Ms. Laura Greer, Ms. Susan Rose, Ms.
Carol Saive & Ms. Lora Shields! These exceptional teachers
have recently been awarded with "National Board Certification"!!!!
We are so proud of you and recognize this great achievement!
By Missy Smith, Volunteer
Happy New Year to all. There
are a lot of things coming up, so count on lots of phone calls from, well
you know who. We have pictures coming up and just around the corner is
the spring social that should be great. I would like to thank Kelli Lorenzen
for organizing and putting on the Christmas luncheon for the staff, she's
awesome!! Way to go "sister". So welcome back and let's get to work.
received the following note from Ms. Jasper:
The entire staff at Centerfield
would like to most heartedly thank you all for your generous donation of
the new Sony digital camera and two new wonderful printers. The teachers
use the camera on a daily basis. It is always checked out and circulating
around the building. They love the easy function of the camera and
the convenience of printing their pictures on any computer -- it doesn't
require special software! The new printers/scanners/copiers are awesome!
We truly appreciate everything
you do for us!
By Gina Bliss, Reflections
Thanks to all of the students
who participated in this year's Reflection Contest. The judging was
done over the Christmas break, and we will announce the students' names
who participated, and also those whose entries went on to the District
judging at the next assembly on February 1, 2002. Hope everyone had
a wonderful holiday season, and may you all have a great new year.
is the PTA?
We are an organization that
speaks and acts on behalf of all children.
We are an organization that
honors parents and works to empower them.
We are an organization that
links to the family in support of quality of family life.
Our interaction with and
support of teachers is critical to our success.
The heart of our organization
is parents; the soul is children.
We are adults concerned about
the needs, welfare, and safety of children.
We are students in middle,
junior high, and high school.
We are an organization that
builds coalitions, relationships, and friendships.
We are an organization of
We give the gift of self
in service and model commitment, involvement, and action for others.
We are convinced that knowledge
is power: knowledge to prepare our children to inherit our future world
and its problems; knowledge of how the system works; knowledge of how funding
and priorities are set; knowledge of how decisions are made; and knowledge
of how to influence and to make a difference.
We are willing to share our
We are motivated when increased
numbers of parents get involved, and when we see a new idea implemented
that expands and enriches opportunities for others.
We are convinced one person
can truly make a difference.
We are moved and mobilized
by the joy we experience in working with and on behalf of children and
We are catalysts for change.
We are committed supporters
of public education and equal access for all.
We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan
organization that reaches to build a broad based community involvement
on behalf of children and youth.
Our individual and collective
voices do make a difference.
Our efforts on behalf of
children and youth impact the future of our society and our world.
Thinking for Kids
During their growth and development,
children go through many stages of self-doubt. They are always comparing
themselves to others, and they often see themselves as coming up short.
As parents, we can offset this natural tendency in our children by giving
them the skills to think more positively. It is important that you really
listen to your children, and help them overcome their negative thoughts
and beliefs. This is, of course, easier to do if you practice positive
Our world is so full of negative
feedback. We need to arm our children with a positive attitude, so that
they can stay focused in the right direction. Let's look at some typical
negative statements from children, along with some positive responses from
their wise parents:
I can't do it.
Take your time and try again.
I have confidence in you.
Heather hates me.
Sounds like you're feeling
rejected by Heather, and that must hurt. I know you want Heather to like
you. Remember that you're a very lovable kid and a terrific person, no
matter what Heather, or anyone else, says or does. And, you know, she may
have a problem that has nothing to do with you.
I'm just no good in history.
You've brought up Cs before-I
know you can do it again. Besides that, honey, nobody is good at everything.
And look at this A in math, you've always done well with numbers!
I'm so clumsy. I'll never
learn to rollerblade!
It's tough learning something
new. Remember when you first tried to ski, how hard it was? But you stuck
with it, and now you're really good at skiing.
There is real value in discussing
positive thinking and self-esteem with your children on a regular basis.
Sadly, these subjects are not yet included in the school curriculum. There
are good books written for children, as well as adults, which demonstrate
the use of positive thinking. Reading a book together is a good launching
pad for starting a conversation. Pointing out positive versus negative
attitudes from news stories or life stories is an excellent way of showing
your children just how this all works in real life, too
A great web site for finding
lots of wonderful positive messages is: .http://www.greatday.com.
a positive attitude is one of the most effective ways of teaching your
children. Children learn what they live. So start presenting your thoughts
in a positive way, Oh well, I burned the dinner-guess that means we get
to eat cereal for dinner!
always hope that their children will have a positive outlook on life, but
most often how this happens is left to chance. When you take this matter
into your hands, and look for ways to guide your children's thoughts in
a positive direction, you will see very exciting results.
Cooperation: How to Stop Yelling, Nagging & Pleading and Get Kids to
Elizabeth Pantley, William Sears
with permission by .New
Harbinger Publications, Inc..
from Kid Cooperation, How to Stop Yelling, Nagging and Pleading and Get
Kids to Cooperate by.Elizabeth
educator, Elizabeth Pantley, is the president of Better Beginnings, Inc.,
a family resource and education company. She is a regular radio show guest
and often quoted as a parenting expert in magazines such as Parents, Parenting,
Working Mother, Woman's Day, Good Housekeeping and Redbook.
publishes a newsletter, Parent Tips, that is distributed in schools nationwide,
and is the author of Kid Cooperation: How to Stop Yelling, Nagging and
Pleading and Get Kids to Cooperate