Centerfield Elementary PTA Newsletter
Vol. 18, No. 3
Kimberly Leese, PTA President
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.
the language of love around the world!
Cantonese, German, Italian, Indonesian, Spanish, Turkish, Norwegian, Japanese,
Hindi, Tagalog, the native language of the Philippines, or in English,
"I LOVE YOU."
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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:
Grade Graduation Chairperson(s)
Kid's Day Chairperson(s)
Day Celebration Chairperson(s)
Representative - to be rotated on a monthly basis
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you Pam, for undertaking
this job. We're glad to have you aboard!
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.
for this morning, I am going to smile when I see your face and laugh when
I feel like crying.
for this morning, I will let you choose what you want to wear, and smile
and say how perfect it is.
for this morning, I am going to step over the laundry, and pick you up
and take you to the park to play.
for this morning, I will leave the dishes in the sink, and let you teach
me how to put that puzzle of yours together.
for this afternoon, I will unplug the telephone and keep the computer off,
and sit with you in the backyard and blow bubbles.
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.
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.
for this afternoon, I will let you help me bake cookies, and I won't stand
over you trying to fix them.
for this afternoon, I will take us to McDonald's and buy us both a Happy
Meal so you can have both toys.
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.
for this evening, I will let you splash in the tub and not get angry.
for this evening, I will let you stay up late while we sit on the porch
and count all the stars.
for this evening, I will snuggle beside you for hours, and miss my favorite
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.
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.............
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!
all the relationships in your life!
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.
Rebecca Morris, Carly Neel, Dylan Neel, Elaine Scharroo, Kennedy Thomas
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
Elizabeth Dale, Lauren Morris, Emily Robison
Molly Braden, Amanda Lorenz, Elizabeth Sherry
All Other Participants:
Ian Gleeson, Elizabeth Griffin, Webb Hahn, Sanny Omar, Shelbie Potter,
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
Reported income from two fundraisers around $20,000. Keyboard for Music
Room has been purchased.
·Voted no to doing
Hoop Shoot in spring.
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.
entries have been sent for district competition. All participants will
receive recognition at Life Skills Assembly and General Meeting/Bedtime
- 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
·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.
Kelli Lorenzen will coordinate.
·Next PTA Board Meeting
Monday, February 11 at 12:00.
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!
By Lambert Franklin, 1st
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
advertising in the Yearbook!
On January 30th, the 4th
and 5th grades assembled in the gymnasium to watch this year's Spelling
Participants, who were classroom
winners, include:(not in alphabetical order)
Chelsea Faine, Derek Burkhart, Brooke Wright, Evan Wesley, Brianne Widman,
Austin Weinger, Joseph Bridges and Brandon Kulengowski
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! :)
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!
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.
HAVE YOU HEARD
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,