PTA  2001/2002 News

Centerfield Sentinel
Feb.  2002             Centerfield Elementary PTA Newsletter                  Vol. 18, No. 3

President’s Corner
By Kimberly Leese, PTA President

Je t'aime, Moi oiy neya, Ich liebe Dich, Ti amo, Saya cinta padamu, Te quiero, Seni seviyo*rum, Eg elskar deg, Kimi o ai shiteru, Mai tumase pyar karata hun, Mahal Kita.

It's the language of love around the world! 

French, Cantonese, German, Italian, Indonesian, Spanish, Turkish, Norwegian, Japanese, Hindi, Tagalog, the native language of the Philippines, or in English, "I LOVE YOU."

Valentine's Day's is quickly approaching and it’s a great day because it is so much fun to remind people that you care about them.  I love this month because there is nothing more wonderful to celebrate than love, and those people in your life that you love.

So many children around the world celebrate this holiday at school parties.  The whole scenario that is created, from decorating a shoebox, writing out individual valentines, and exchanging them at school is always so entertaining! And the candy is appreciated too! To me, the older the children get, the funnier it is to see their expressions when they read, and reread their valentines and who they are from.  Can't you just hear all the giggling?  Don't you just love those smiles?

We also recognize "Black History Month" in February.  We owe the celebration of Black History Month to Dr. Carter G. Woodson.  He was born here in Kentucky in 1875 to parents who were former slaves.  Much of his childhood was spent working in the Kentucky coalmines.  At age 20 he enrolled in high school.  Graduating 2 years later, he went on to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard.  During his schooling, he was disturbed to learn that history books largely ignored the African American population.  When blacks were indeed recognized it was mostly in ways that reflected the inferior social position they were assigned.  In 1926, Dr. Woodson created, what was then called, Negro History Week.  He felt that it was important to bring national attention to the many contributions of black people throughout American history.  The second week of February was selected, in part, because it marks the birthdays of 2 men who greatly impacted the African American population; Frederick Douglass & Abraham Lincoln.  The PTA joins in this celebration since one of our main goals is to acknowledge all peoples, embrace their cultures, and the diversity that makes this country the great nation we are today.

On February 17, the PTA will celebrate another birthday, PTA Founders Day.  In 1897, a group of mothers met at our nation's capital with the common goal being to work to improve the lives of children.  Please join us in observing the 105th birthday and all that PTA Founders has accomplished.  We thank all of you for your continued support of our efforts!

Please be reminded that on Tuesday, February 12th, the Centerfield Elementary PTA will be holding a General Meeting in the gymnasium at 7:00pm. Don't forget about the Bedtime Story time for the children, taking place from 7:00pm-7:30pm.  Following the story time, the kids will convene in the cafeteria and enjoy some cookies and milk before departing for home. We have much to cover this evening and hope to see all of you there!!  More information on this evening will be forthcoming.

Thanks to all of the teachers and parents who took the time to respond to the PTA's Fund Allocation request form.  Those request forms provided you with the opportunity to directly have some say in how the PTA monies could be spent...allowing you to share with us, what things you would like to see the PTA contribute toward the education of your children.  I didn't receive quite as many forms back from the parents that I had hoped & would still accept any that are still out there.  Your feedback will have an impact on how/what the PTA funds will go toward for the 2002-2003 school year.  So, if you have something to share, please send your forms in as soon as possible.  Thanks a bunch!

The Nominating Committee is in the process of being formed.  These wonderful individuals who have donated their time to serve on this committee will be announced at our upcoming General Meeting.  Following the announcement, the committee will then have the task of finding individuals to fill any open Board and/or Chairperson positions.  Centerfield Elementary is composed of so many incredibly parents who volunteer so much of their time.  Please take some time to look through the available positions and help us by agreeing to participate.

Speaking of positions, there will be some new positions added to the chairperson list.  It is my hope that we will be able to bring in more of you to assist us in keeping the PTA strong and running smoothly.  Some of the new positions under consideration include: 

*Environment/Earth Day Chairperson
*School Photo Chairperson(s) 
*5th Grade Graduation Chairperson(s) 
*Kentucky Kid's Day Chairperson(s)
*Spirit Day Celebration Chairperson(s)
*Field Day Chairperson(s)
*Teacher Representative - to be rotated on a monthly basis

In other news, I am saddened to report that Ms. Missy Smith, our former Volunteer Chairperson, has resigned due to health problems.  Missy dedicated many hours to the PTA and we will miss her involvement dearly.  Keep Missy and her family in your prayers for a quick and complete recovery.

Please welcome Ms. Pam Renner, who will now serve as our new PTA Volunteer Chairperson.  I hope she feels comfortable in her new role and ask that you help her as she is dependent on you, the parents and teachers, to keep our upcoming events operating and up to speed.  Pam can be reached at 241-0404 or by email:  Thank you Pam, for undertaking this job.  We're glad to have you aboard!

For those of you who know me, you know that I'm a big mush and that I just love kids.  The following poem was emailed to me from one of my friends.  Some of you may have read it before.  Today, all of our lives are so crazy hectic, with our schedules full from morning to night.  Please take a moment to read this and remain mindful of it on Valentine's Day.


Just for this morning, I am going to smile when I see your face and laugh when I feel like crying.

Just for this morning, I will let you choose what you want to wear, and smile and say how perfect it is.

Just for this morning, I am going to step over the laundry, and pick you up and take you to the park to play.

Just for this morning, I will leave the dishes in the sink, and let you teach me how to put that puzzle of yours together.

Just for this afternoon, I will unplug the telephone and keep the computer off, and sit with you in the backyard and blow bubbles.

Just for this afternoon, I will not yell once, not even a tiny grumble when you scream and whine for the ice cream truck, and I will buy you one if he comes by.

Just for this afternoon, I won't worry about what you are going to be when you grow up, or second guess every decision I have made where you are concerned.

Just for this afternoon, I will let you help me bake cookies, and I won't stand over you trying to fix them.

Just for this afternoon, I will take us to McDonald's and buy us both a Happy Meal so you can have both toys.

Just for this evening, I will hold you in my arms and tell you a story about how you were born and how much I love you.

Just for this evening, I will let you splash in the tub and not get angry.

Just for this evening, I will let you stay up late while we sit on the porch and count all the stars.

Just for this evening, I will snuggle beside you for hours, and miss my favorite TV shows.

Just for this evening when I run my finger through your hair as you pray, I will simply be grateful that God has given me the greatest gift ever given. I will think about the mothers and fathers who are searching for their missing children, the mothers and fathers who are visiting their children's graves instead of their bedrooms, and mothers and fathers who are in hospital rooms watching their children suffer senselessly, and screaming inside that they can't handle it anymore.

And when I kiss you good night I will hold you a little tighter, a little longer. It is then, that I will thank God for you, and ask him for nothing, except one more day.............

Here's hoping you have a great Valentine's Day & that you take a moment to commemorate the love you have for your children and all of your "special someone's." Did you ever think you could love anyone as much as you love your kids?  Some of you may not have children.  That's okay too!  Remember the saying, you may only be one person in the world, but to one person, you may be the world!

Celebrate all the relationships in your life!

Lambert, Ruth, Tim, Melinda, Kelli, Pam, Debbie, Diane, Kim, Cheryl, Gina, Sherrie, Tiffany, Mike, Carol, Penny, Janice, Lisa, Amy, Linda, Suzie, Mike S., Randy, Daisy, Missy, Pam R., Sharon & all the awesome parent volunteers & teachers:  I APPRECIATE YOU ALL SO MUCH!  Kim

by Gina Bliss, Chairperson

The awards ceremony for the Reflections Contest was held last Friday at the Life Skills Assembly, and I was very proud to announce the participants, as well as those who won and whose entries went on to the District judging.  All of the students did a great job!  The District winners got a very nice trophy, and all of the other participants got a ribbon and a cool bag of goodies!  Thank you to all of the parents for your encouragement to the kids for this great contest.  Next year we'd like to see even more students enter!  I will list the winners first in each category, alphabetically by their last name, then all of the other participants.

PRIMARY LITERATURE: Rebecca Morris, Carly Neel, Dylan Neel, Elaine Scharroo, Kennedy Thomas

INTERMEDIATE LITERATURE: Madison Armor, Ashley Downey, Austin Kulengowski, Marissa Leese, Brad Nakamura

PRIMARY VISUAL ARTS: Anna Jackson, Kristin Shircliff, Lucy Sipp, Abby Tackett 

INTERMEDIATE VISUAL ARTS: Cassidy Bliss, Ashley Downey, Courtney Droste, Lindsey Hamrock, Jesse Miller 

INTERMEDIATE MUSIC: Elizabeth Dale, Lauren Morris, Emily Robison


INTERMEDIATE PHOTOGHAPHY: Molly Braden, Amanda Lorenz, Elizabeth Sherry 

All Other Participants:
PRIMARY DIVISION: Ian Gleeson, Elizabeth Griffin, Webb Hahn, Sanny Omar, Shelbie Potter, Alyssa Richter 

INTERMEDIATE DIVISION: Dalton Armor, Kimberly Day, Timothy Day, Megan Kaylor, Kelsey Mitchen, Zach Morey, Jesse Murner, Kyle Stewart, Michael Scotto, Danielle Willingham

There will be no official District Awards ceremony this year due to a problem finding someone with a building large enough, who was able to sponsor it.  So once I am notified of any winners from our school, I will call the parents and let them know.  Thanks again to all of the students who participated. WAY TO GO!!!!

Condensed PTA Board Meeting Minutes
January 14, 2002
by Pam Sherry, Secretary
·Treasurer's Report- Reported income from two fundraisers around $20,000. Keyboard for Music Room has been purchased.
·Voted no to doing Hoop Shoot in spring.
·Fund Allocation- Letter going out to teachers and parents for ideas. Debbie Jennings, Pam Sherry, Ruth Wright and Kelli Lorenzen to serve on committee with Diane Morgan and two teachers to make recommendations to board for funds.
·Reflections- Winning entries have been sent for district competition. All participants will receive recognition at Life Skills Assembly and General Meeting/Bedtime Stories.
·General Meeting - Bedtime Stories program, Rising Star and Reflections awards to be given. Election of nominating committee to take place. Gina Bliss volunteered to serve and Kim Leese to find four others.
·SBDM - Election of parent representative to take place at April General Meeting. Randy Sirko's term will conclude at end of school year.
·Board voted to accept Ms Rowland's gift of baseball posters to be raffled at Spring Social.
·Board agreed that no one on Board is to make financial promises to anyone without first getting Board approval.
·Kim Leese to ask Randy Hunt to coordinate sale of Centerfield shirts to PTA representatives.
·Programs - Ruth Wright reported April program at General Meeting to be "Gardening with Kids". Possible program in March to include parent program.
·Fundraising - Concern noted about quality of Partners in Profit goods and will not use them again. 317 children participated in selling Entertainment Books. 
·Teacher Appreciation- Kelli Lorenzen will coordinate.
·Next PTA Board Meeting Monday, February 11 at 12:00.

The PTA received the following note 
from teacher, Stacey Brown: 

"PTA - Thank you so much for giving my class a pizza party for collecting Box Tops.  They are more motivated than ever to bring in the Box Tops!  I also want to thank you for making it "stress free" for me by providing plates, cups and soft drinks!  Thank you!"  (Also, the children all made thank you cards that are precious! Thanks!) 

Have you noticed the awesome PTA Bulletin Board in the entryway of the school?  Ms. Kim Tew, Mom of Miss Ashlyn Tew, in Mr. Thomas' class, is the creative mind behind this endeavor!  What a beautiful job you have done Kim!

Centerfield, Centerfield
By Lambert Franklin, 1st Vice President

Parents, Thanks for visiting the Centerfield website!  Also, if you are interested in advertising in the Centerfield Yearbook, time is running out!  Contact Lambert Franklin at 243.0309 or email for advertising in the Yearbook!

On January 30th, the 4th and 5th grades assembled in the gymnasium to watch this year's Spelling Bee
Participants, who were classroom winners, include:(not in alphabetical order)

5th Graders:  Chelsea Faine, Derek Burkhart, Brooke Wright, Evan Wesley, Brianne Widman, Austin Weinger, Joseph Bridges and Brandon Kulengowski

4th Graders:  Jared Jeseo, Elaina Hardin, Nathan Suppert, Marissa Leese, Amanda Lorenz, Eamonn Clark & Joshua Jennings.

After many close calls, Eamonn Clark was declared the winner!  WAY TO GO EAMONN!!  (I know who I'm going to go to next time I have trouble with my spelling!)

Hat's off to Ms. Morgan for moderating this event and providing so many excellent "sentences" when put "on the spot" by our Spelling Bee participants!  I now know exactly what a "thorax" is!  :)

A Special Shout Out To:

*Mr. Blake Haselton, who was recently honored, by the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, as "Superintendent of the Year"!

*Ms. Harrie Buecker, Assistant Superintendent of Oldham County Schools, Ms. Shallen Harp, Assistant Director of Centerfield's Cub Club & Mr. Chris Parente, Anchor of WAVE3 News@Sunrise, for their participation as Judges in this year's Spelling Bee!

*Lainey of "Lainey's Latte Cafe," who provided refreshments for the most recent Community Council meeting.  Everything was wonderful...especially all the freshly baked goodies!  Lainey's is located at 6334 W. Hwy. 146, in Crestwood.  She can be reached at 243-3559.  Please keep her in mind for catering any of your future meetings or get togethers!

*Domino's Pizza, of Crestwood - who supplied Ms. Brown's "Pizza Party" winning class with a delicious supply of pizza's!!  NOTE:  Ms. Brown's class was winner of this party due to the large amount of participation they had with our School BoxTops Program!!  Keep those BoxTops coming folks! 

1.   Individual Personality Pictures and Class Pictures are scheduled for Wednesday, March 20th.  Please contact Volunteer Chairperson, Pam Renner, (241-0404) if you can assist with the coordination of activities on this day!

2.  The PTA has been approached to assist in the arrangements of the "K.C.C.T testing" which will occur, at school, between the dates of April 15-26.  More information on this will be provided at a later date.


Ms. Bonnie Brown, Director of Club Cub, recently distributed a flyer about the Louisville Zoo's "Kids & Conservation" educational program.  The goal of this program is to familiarize children to two endangered species, Western lowland Gorillas and Pygmy Hippos.  The Louisville Zoo will soon become the home for 11 of these Gorillas and a herd of pygmy hippos.  This is a tremendous opportunity for our students to learn about these endangered animals...and Ms. Bonnie Brown's flyer highlights a contest for our students to take part in.  Take another look at the flyer and get ready to participate in the gorilla contest!!!  Our participation in this contest will help make a difference in the lives of the animals that the Louisville Zoo gives us the privilege of learning about!

Lastly, on a personal note, I would like to take this time to extend a very special "Thank You" to Volunteer Extraordinaire & one of my Best Friends, Ms. Linda Doud.  As many of you know, Linda has been a staple around Centerfield over the past few years...always making herself available to volunteer with PTA and other assorted school activities.  She became one of the teachers and students "favorite substitute teachers"!  She and her family are embarking on a new adventure that will require them to move to Owensboro, Kentucky.  She is one of the most incredible people I have ever been blessed to know.  Her kind spirit, caring nature, happy smile and tender heart will be missed by everyone here...especially me.  Best of Luck to you, Derrick, Kyle, Trevor & Luke!  I love ya,  Kim

To Our Sweet “Molly – girl”:
We love you very much and we’re so proud of you!
From – Dad, Mom and Jacob


Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
Mom, Dad and Madison wanted to say,
“We Love you”
Happy Valentine’s Day


Happy Valentines Day Mrs. Williamson!
You are the BEST teacher in the world!
Love, Abbie Anthony



Who’s the BEST Lindsey? Lindsey is! Won’t you be our sweetheart? Happy Valentine’s Day.  We love you, Mommy, Daddy, Meredith, and Baby

I think you’re sweet, I think you’re neat!
You have a big heart and are so smart.
Your hugs are as tight as a bug in a rug. 
Above all, your love is as pure as a dove.
Happy Valentine’s Day!

I thank God for giving you to me and feel blessed you are my son.  You are loving, kind and know when Mom needs a hug and an “I Love You”.  Wishing all the best things for you! From Mom’s Heart to Your Heart.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Love, Mom & Jimette

Evan!  "Daba, Precial, Hamhock"!!!  You are so funny and  you make me laugh so much! I'm so proud of you!  Keep up the great job you are doing at school! xoxo Love,  Mom

Trevor and Luke Doud,
We are so proud of you boys!
We love you very much.
Keep up the great work!
Love, Mom and Dad

Happy Valentine’s Day 
Ryan Duvall!
You are a blessing to us all and 
We love you so very much.
 Mom, Dad, Kelly, and Matthew

Happy Valentine’s Day 
Miss Elizabeth!
We Love You!
Mom, Dad, & Jonathan

             So many of our smiles….
                  Begin with you!
      Thanks for making “family” such
                A wonderful word.
            Happy Valentine’s Day!
          Love always,  Mom & Dad

Bryce – Happy Valentine’s Day!
We Love You!    Mom & Dad

 We are so proud of both of you 
& we miss you very much. 
Love, Mema & Pap-Pap

Kody – Happy Valentine’s Day!
We Love You!    Mom & Dad

Sammy - You'll always be my special Valentine.  Love You Always & Forever!  Lover Girl

Mrs. Petaja:
Happy Valentine’s Day. 
You’re a great teacher!
Love, Nicholas

Mo-Will you be my Valentine?
Love, Chili

We are very proud of you! 
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Love,  Mom, Dad, & Victoria

Travis, Trenton and Terren
Mommy and Daddy Love You.
Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day. 
Love you lots.  Mommy & Daddy

You’ll be daddy’s little peanut always.
I love you.   Daddy

                     Kim Day 
Happy Valentine’s Day to my favorite Kitten.
I Love You!  XXXOOO      Mom

        Timothy Day 
Happy Valentine’s Day to my
favorite Tiger.
I Love You!   XXXOOO     Mom

Happy Valentine’s Day to our wonderful teachers
Mrs. Arends & Mr. Thomas! 
Kim & Timothy Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to the Cub Club Staff, Office Staff,
Mr. Barry Webb & Mrs. Cari Evans
        Kim & Timothy Day

Mo-Will you be my Valentine?
Love, Tana-boy
 Happy Valentine’s Day, Kathleen!
We love you as big as everything!
Love, Mom and Dad

Happy Valentine’s Day Mr. Bob! 
You are the greatest!
Dee, Kim & Timothy


Happy Valentine’s Day
You’re #1.

Rissa & Ev: 
You are the loves of our lives and we love you   to the sky!  Thank you so much for bringing sunshine to our day.   Happy Valentine's Day! 
 Love, Mommy & Daddy

BA - I am so very proud of you!  You are the world's "bestest" daughter & I love you with all my heart! xoxo  Momma

Taylor & Cody 
Happy Valentine’s Day to the greatest kids a mom and dad could ask for. We Love you!!

Happy Valentine’s Day Abbie!
We Love You Very Much!!!
Love, Mommy, Daddy and Natalie.

Mo-Will you be my Valentine?
Love, Tana-boy

To the Lightning Bolt Wonder!  Keep up the great job & thanks for making it so much fun for me! 

What do you get when you cross a tootsie roll with a pumpkin? 
A Happy Valentine's Day, of course!

Happy Valentine’s Day
Aspynn Dunway!
Love, Dad  J

To our Dear Sweet Angel Girl
 Kamilla Emi Bentsen.
We will be each others Valentine’s Forever
Love,  Mom & Dad

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Feb.   12 (Thurs.)  - 7:00pm - PTA General  Meeting & Bedtime Stories 

Feb.  14 (Thurs.)  - VALENTINE'S DAY

Feb.  18-22 - No School - Remediation/Enrichment

Feb. 25th (Mon.) - 6:00pm - Oldham County School Board Meeting - at South Oldham High School

Feb. 26th (Tues) - 4:00pm - Site Based Decision Making Council meeting -  At Centerfield - PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND!

March 1st (Fri) - POPCORN DAY!  Make sure your children bring their quarter to school!  :)

March 8th (Fri.) - NO SCHOOL for the students - Faculty Work Day, 8:30am-3:30pm - Scrimmage Assessment Analysis.

March 11-15, 2002 - RED CROSS WEEK

Parents/Families:  Here are the dates for the remaining Life Skill Assembly's.  By the end of the year, all students will have been recognized. 

March 1st -   Initiative

March 29th- Cooperation

May 2nd-     Effort

May 31st -    Confidence

TBA -           Grand Finale



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