By Kim Leese, PTA President
As I prepare for the last
PTA newsletter of 2001, I am quickly reminded that it is indeed December!
It’s hard to believe, with our temperatures hovering around the 60-degree
mark that the holidays are almost here!
This time of year undoubtedly
adds many more hours to our daily grind. We are confronted with many
more frustrations to our already stressed lives. Our budgets, as
well as our waistlines, feel the squeeze that the holidays bring.
As parents we should make every effort to join our children...to escape
the tensions of our lives and to feel the joy that the holidays bring.
We have much to learn from our children. Hopefully they are not encumbered
with the past or worrying about the tomorrows ahead of them. They
live in the moment and they can sense the happiness that surround the holidays...may
we all celebrate the miracles that are our children. May we all feel
the wonder of the holidays. May we all just take a moment to step
back, look at the joy of this time of year, through a child's eye.
It will surely warm your heart. What better holiday present could
you possibly give yourself?
In other news, your PTA has
been active updating the school with some much-needed items. At the
beginning of the school year, the Centerfield Elementary School PTA awarded
each teacher $200.00 to help defray the costs of school supplies and teacher
out-of-pocket expenses for their classrooms. In addition, our fundraising
efforts have enabled us to provide two (2) new Hewlett Packard 750XI printers
to the school. Another big item on the teacher's wish list was the
addition of a new digital camera. We discussed this matter with Ms.
Sherry Jasper, our technology expert, and purchased the model she recommended
for use by all of our teachers and staff. We have graciously assisted
the Life Skills program offered at the school, by supplying funds to cover
the costs incurred with the purchase of the Life Skill Hats. Your membership
dollars are hard at work for our children, our teachers, and our school.
I take a snapshot of this moment.
There are other areas/programs
that your PTA is involved in. We have assisted in providing funds
for the teacher's "Professional Development " program, an area of education
that includes the special writing program(s) that are in use in our school.
While it is not something that is readily "tangible" it is a wonderful
program that some of our teachers have participated & completed workshops
in. They are now working alongside other teachers in our school,
as mentors, to share what they learned by participating in these special
workshops. Of course, this ultimately trickles down and provides
more learning experiences for our children as well!
Thanks to you, our membership,
our PTA fundraisers have been a great success. We exceeded our goals in
the Partners in Profit fundraiser. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Our Entertainment Book event fell short of our goal but we are so appreciative
for all of the support we have received on both of these events.
A special thanks to Kelli Lorenzen who worked so diligently on making sure
details for these events were taken care of! Also, on November 30th,
I was a lucky Limo Rider escort for those awesome kids who raised $200.00
or more on their Partners in Profit fundraiser! We had almost 70
children that were awarded a limo ride and lunch at Hometown Pizza in LaGrange.
The "Have Lunch with the Principal" event served as their reward for their
outstanding efforts. Thanks to all the parent volunteers who took
on the challenge of sitting in a limousine escorting 10 elementary-aged
kids to their lunch date! What a blast we all had! I wonder
if Hometown Pizza has recovered yet!
Your involvement in your
child's fund raising efforts not only provide the PTA with the opportunity
to assist the children, teachers and school with financial support, but
provides the opportunity for your children to experience situations like
the limo ride! I wish I could share all the fun & funny comments
I heard at lunch that day. Another snapshot for the memory book.
In closing, our nation has
been rocked by the events of September 11th. We will never forget
the day nor will we forget the lives that were lost. This holiday
time will be so difficult for so many families. Keep those families
close in your heart, close in your prayers. Count your blessings,
count the smiles you see on your children's faces on Christmas morning,
and count yourself lucky...lucky to be here to feel the warm embraces from
your children and to hear the laughter when they open their presents. Celebrate
this holiday season remembering those who are fighting to keep our freedom's
alive. I am blessed to have this time with you and your children.
Warm wishes to you and your
families for a wonderful holiday season and a New Year filled with much
love and laughter! Now its time for you to create your own snapshots.
Have a Great Time!!
The PTA would like to extend
a warm & cheery welcome to Ms. Jeana Platt, our new Centerfield Elementary
Office Manager! We're thrilled to have you as part of our team.
Ms. Platt, we promise we won't test you on all the children's names at
school until after the Holidays!
Centerfield Writing Project
By Susan Rose, 3/4 Teacher
The Centerfield Writing Project
is off and running thanks to the Centerfield PTA and the hard work and
dedication of the many teachers involved. What exactly is the Centerfield
Writing Project, you may be asking. Well, what started last spring
as a seed idea to help create a stronger writing program at Centerfield
has blossomed into a full-blown garden of writers, filled with teachers
Laura Greer, Susan Rose,
and Kirk Thomas serve as mentors to three groups of Centerfield teachers.
Mr. Thomas currently works with the 3/4 teachers and Ms. Greer and Mrs.
Rose each work with a team of 1/2 teachers. The groups meet monthly
to discuss writing issues and writing strategies. Thus far the meetings
have focused on using the Writer’s Notebook in the classroom, the Reading/Writing
connection, writing strategies authors use to meet the needs of their readers,
idea development, open response questions and writing to learn activities
in different subject areas. In addition to planning and leading the
discussion at each meeting, the mentors also model lessons, observe writing
instruction, and provide feedback.
Through this program the
teachers strive to develop consistent instruction from the primary level
through the intermediate level to develop thinkers and writers who focus
on a purpose in their writing, develop their ideas and effectively communicate
their knowledge in all academic areas.
Teachers guiding and learning
from other teachers has proven to be one of the most effective kinds of
professional development and the Centerfield Writing Project has embraced
that belief. It is the hope of the Centerfield teachers that this
program will be expanded next year to include Kindergarten and fifth grade
teachers as well.
By Missy Smith, Volunteer
Thanks so much to all the
room parents and volunteers for helping out with the social. It sure
makes my job easier to have such great support. Also thanks to Melinda
for always doing such a great job with the socials. You all are awesome!!!
I would like to wish all
of Centerfield’s Wonderful Volunteers a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy
New Year!!! We simply could not have such a wonderful school community
By Gina Bliss, Reflections
I'm passing on a little more
information regarding our Reflections Contest for those children who are
participating. Remember the deadline is Wednesday, December 12th,
so please have your children get busy!
"I hold in my hand......"
is this year's theme. Please make sure that your child's entry reflects
this theme either in the title, or on the piece. Please adhere to
the rules closely, because there are specific things that must be done
for each individual category (i.e., size of piece, special matting and
shrink-wrapping, etc.) If the piece is handed in without all criteria
being met, we will send it home to be corrected. Please fill out
and complete the Official Entry Form in its entirety, and follow the guideline
for the category as far as attaching it to the piece. Student's who
cannot fill it out or write legibly may have their parents fill it out
for them, and sign their child's name. All entries should be turned
in to the Art class and put in appropriate box. If it is not filled
out correctly, then it, too, will have to go back to the parent.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me, Gina Bliss, @ 241-7741.
Thank-you, and I wish all the children the best of luck!
PTA Meeting Minutes
October 15, 2001
By Pam Sherry, Secretary
·Kim Leese to look
into new PTA mail system. Mail not being picked up frequently enough. Pam
Sherry to get email addresses for all board members and chairpersons for
up to 340. Ideas discussed on ways to involve teachers more. Lambert Franklin
to do teacher survey.
Brainstorming meeting set for
Smoking Policy-Discussion on
making all PTA events non-smoking after complaints at Fall Festival.
General Meeting with Trick or
Treat set for October 25th.
Red Ribbon Week coming up. Mike
Melloan has activities planned and will notify PTA if help needed.
Allocation Monies-Lambert Franklin
working on getting digital cameras. Writing Project monies possibly needed
now rather than end of year. Diane Morgan to check.
PTA safe-Discussion on purchasing
safe for all PTA monies brought to school.
Standing Rules to be updated
PTA Meeting Minutes
November 2, 2001
By Pam Sherry, Secretary
New PTA mailbox system in place
for PTA and teachers.
Morgan explained need to move computer lab for more preschool space. Reference
room to become computer lab and reference room. Move to take place
just before Thanksgiving. Preschool to leave Centerfield next year and
will get space back.
Fall Festival brought in more
income but also had more expenses. Will probably break even or lose small
Writing Project has started
with 3/4 teachers. Diane Morgan to update parents on project.
Allocation Monies-Ms Schooler
still working on getting computer and keyboard for music room. Teachers
report new printers needed more than digital cameras. Motion approved
to purchase one camera and 2-3 printers with monies allocated for cameras.
Yearbook-Sharon Faine requested
everyone to send her pictures to be used. Books will sell for $10 again.
Last year we lost $500 on yearbooks giving one to each teacher. Lambert
Franklin to solicit sponsors to help offset the cost of providing yearbooks
Programs-Ruth Wright discussed
ideas for other General Meetings: Reflections and Rising Star recognition,
bedtime stories, internet safety, 4-H gardening with children.
Fundraising-Kelli Lorenzen reported
items to be in next week. About 120 kids sold enough to earn limo ride
with Ms Morgan to lunch. Grand total sold around $37,000 with PTA getting
50%. Entertainment Book orders coming in.
Teacher Appreciation-Kelli Lorenzen
offered to organize a Christmas Luncheon for teachers.
Lifeskills Hats-Motion passed
to cover $1800 cost of hats from next year's allocation.
Cabin-Needs resealing and Mr
Bednarski willing to do for $250 including materials. Motion passed to
pay for this sealing from monies not used at this year's convention.
Rising Star-Carol Saive offered
to take this position.
By Penny Berry, Library
Thank you to all who have
helped with the Library Book fairs! Our book fairs are a success
because of each and every volunteer! From setup to take down, your
time vested to help out means so much. Thank you also to each volunteer
that helps Sherry and Lorraine in the library. Your dedication each
week means a lot and does not go unrecognized. My sincere thank you
to each one of you!
Thank you for volunteering
your valuable time!
OPEN POSITIONS ON THE 2001-2002
Community Council School Representative
Public Relations Chairperson
For more information
or to throw your name into the ring, please feel free to contact Kim Leese
at EVMAR@aol.com, or 225-0406.
By Tiffany Andersen and
Please note that Centerfield’s
phone number in the inside of the directory is incorrect!! The correct
number is 241-1772.
We have sent home school
directories and hope that everyone who ordered one has received their copy!
If you have changed your mind and would like to buy one, they will be available
at the school bookstore for $1. Thanks!
aware that all PTA related socials, events, or anything that takes place
on the grounds of Centerfield Elementary, are strictly NONSMOKING?!?! Thank
you for your cooperation.
By Lambert Franklin, 1st
There will be an opportunity for businesses to assist us with offsetting
the cost of producing our Yearbook later this year by "advertising" in
the book. A letter with more information and costs will be coming
very soon so be watching for the information. If you have any questions
in the meantime, you can contact me, Lambert Franklin, 243.0309 or email
Words of Thanks
Dear Kim Leese and the Board
of the Centerfield PTA,
Thank you so much for the
sweet card and the good-bye gift certificate from Outback. That was
very generous and thoughtful of you. I've loved working with you
these past six years. You're the best! I wish you continued
success as you make a difference in the precious lives of the little Centerfield
God Bless You!
The PTA is also in receipt
of a special thank you card from teacher, Laura Greer. She thanks
the PTA for receiving an Entertainment Book...and writes that it "is a
wonderful gesture of appreciation. I know many people get much use
out of them". Yes, we do appreciate everything our teachers do for
our school. Enjoy your books!
A special Big Fat PTA Thank
You to Ms. Marilyn White, who, with the assistance of Home Depot, spearheaded
an effort to provide new landscaping to some of the bare areas around our
school property. Her initiative is wonderful and we salute her efforts!
Now, who is in charge of watering the new-planted shrubs over the winter
News ! ! !
By Sharon Faine, Yearbook
If anyone has taken pictures
this year & would like to donate them for the yearbook, please send
them into school. This will give your child a better chance at having
their picture in the yearbook.
Please either send your
doubles or pictures that you don't need back, it is difficult to sort &
I love to collect special
sayings and poetry...
here is one of my favorites:
be a spark.
a sunbeam or a star.
the shining light you are."
Happy Holidays Friends!
Please note Missy Smith’s (Teacher & Volunteer Appreciation Chairperson)
e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Gift to Your Child
child will not remember your wealth or fame, as it would not be for them
child will not appreciate your achievement, big or small, for they have
their own little war.
is your daily actions, they will learn, which will be their weapon in life's
the result good or not, it hedges on
have you taught your child today?"
your children receive a precious gift
you every day of the year!