April – May 2022

If you would like to help with teacher lunches, snack cart, etc. but do not have time to shop or bring items to the school this is a GREAT way to contribute. Thank you for donating to the many events the PTA has throughout the year for the teachers, staff, and students!
Click the button above to donate or it can be found at the top of the PTA webpage. https://mycespta.org/

Memphis is May Day

Each year, Memphis in May International Festival aims to bring the world to Memphis and Memphis to the world. Collierville Elementary students will be celebrating Memphis in May International Festival with “Memphis in May Day” on Thursday, May 12th 2022.

This year, the Memphis in May International Festival is excited to salute the Republic of Ghana. The International Salute is the perfect chance to help students explore another country’s history, culture, geography, politics and lifestyle.

If you have any questions please contact Cristina at culturalarts@mycespta.org.

Important Dates

Apr 1Professional Development Day -NO SCHOOL
Apr 5-6Spring Pictures
Apr 13Spring Clean Up Day
Apr 15Good Friday- NO SCHOOL
Apr 21General Membership Meeting 6:30pm
in the CES GYM
Apr 23Fair In The Lair
10am- 2pm
Apr 28Kindergarten Kick Off
Apr 30Teacher Pancake Breakfast
May 2-3Field Day
(rain out days May 9-10)
May 4Bike to School Day
May 12Memphis in May Day
May 17Kindergarten Program
May 205th grade program & dance
May 241/2 Day of School before SUMMER!

PTA General Membership Meeting📝

6:30 PM in the CES GYM

Dragon Dozen Scholarships, Cultural Arts Awards,
2022-2023 PTA board announced, PTA Awards

📨 A Note from Mr. Ruiz

Dear Little Dragon Families,

It’s hard to believe that we are in the last quarter of the 21-22 school year.  It has truly been an honor serving as your principal, and I have loved getting to know our students and families this year.  People always told me that Collierville Elementary School was a special place, but now I know all the stories are true!  I feel extremely humbled and blessed to have been welcomed into this family and I hope I can continue to lead this school to be the best it can possibly be.

Coming up April 18 – April 26, students in 2nd through 5th grade will be taking the end of the year State Assessment: TCAP.  Please do your best to make sure your child is well prepared each day by making sure they get a good night’s sleep, eat a balanced breakfast, and arrive to school on time.  Let’s set our students up for success. This is a time for our students to show what they know.  It has been a challenging past couple of years, but I could not be prouder of the fact that our teachers have continued to teach with excellence and prepare our students for the future.  While I hope all our students do their very best on the assessments, no test can measure the incredible growth they have shown.  They have been through tough times and have come out more resilient, more compassionate, and ready to take on the world.

We have some exciting events coming up this last quarter!  I am looking forward to the full return of Fair in the Lair and our annual Pancake Breakfast.  These are two opportunities for our families and communities to come together for a good time of fun and fellowship.  These two events also help raise funds for our school so that we can provide our students with the best opportunities and resources.  I am so grateful for our incredible PTA and CES staff who make these events possible.

As we look to the 22-23 school year, my staff has been hard at work on some new and exciting things for our school.  New traditions are coming.  Stay tuned!

I hope all our families have an incredible last quarter and summer vacation!  Be safe, have fun, and we can’t wait to see all of you next fall.

All the best,
Michael Ruiz

✉️ Message from PTA President

Hello Little Dragon Family and students –

We are in the home stretch for summer! We are ready to finish out the year strong with Fair in the Lair, end of the year Kindergarten and 5th grade programs, Field Day, Bike to School Day, and Memphis in May Day.

We have had a very fun year introducing Mr. Ruiz to all of our Little Dragon traditions. We are so thankful for our staff for keeping the year as normal as possible. Thank you, teachers, for keeping our kids safe, healthy, and learning every day!

In April, we will have our spring fundraiser, Fair in the Lair,  and spring Dragon Wear. We hope to see everyone April 23 for bounce houses, carnival games,  silent auction, art auction, book fair, and food! We are so excited to welcome everyone back for this beloved event.

I want to say a special thanks to our board this year. They have worked tirelessly for our students and teachers to do things Donuts with Dragons, Teacher Appreciation Week, Community Reader Day, Cultural Arts competition, Dragon Dash, Dragon Wear, Teacher Treat Cart monthly…and I could go on and on. Thank you so very much to each and every one of you for being hard working, being creative, being flexible, and most of all being good representatives of CES to our community.

If you are interested in joining the PTA Board next year, I encourage you to fill out an application. The PTA is a great way to get involved and make friends while supporting our school.  We work hard, but we have a lot of fun doing it!

We send all of our announcements through ParentSquare and post on our facebook page. Join us there to not miss a thing!

Maroon and White,
Amanda Cantrell

Fair In The Lair

Save the Date: April 23, 2022 10am-2pm

PTA Volunteer Form for 2022-2023

Click here to download a volunteer form

📜 Mission, Vision, & Beliefs


  • Collierville Elementary School equips Little Dragons with the skills necessary to be successful in learning, leadership, and life.


  • Collierville Elementary School will inspire every Little Dragon to be thriving and confident students who become lifelong learners and contributing citizens in their community.


  • Collierville Elementary School understands the importance of the development of the whole child.
  • Educators reflect upon teaching practices for the purpose of professional growth and the continued enhancement of quality instruction as well as engage in on-going professional development and work collaboratively to share the knowledge we acquire.
  • All relationships matter and are essential to learning.
  • Every learner is different. As educators we meet each child where they are and allow them to be active participants in their learning.
  • Each of us must do our part to create a safe, respectful and positive environment that encourages learning and risk-taking.
  • A commitment to student success is a shared responsibility among students, parents, educators, staff, and the community.
  • Every child deserves to have someone that loves them.
  • When you set high expectations, all will rise to the challenge by working hard, taking risks, and persevering.

🎯 PTA Objectives

1. To promote the welfare of children and youth in the home, school, community, and place of worship.
2. To raise the standard of home life.
3. To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.
4. To bring into closer relation the home and school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth.
5. To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social and spiritual education.

Giving Back Through Kroger 🛒

Follow these simple steps to register your Kroger Plus Card to give back to CES PTA.

1. Go to Kroger.com
2. Create an account or Sign-in.
3. Register your Kroger Plus Card with your account.
4. Click on “My account.”
5. Under “Account Settings” select “Community rewards.”
6. Under “Find your organization” search for Collierville Elementary 1 PTA.

After that you are ready! Now when you swipe your card you are automatically giving back to Collierville Elementary School.

End of Year Recap

🏀🏸🏆 Field Day ⚽️🏓👟

Field Day Times:

Monday, May 2
3-5th Grades

Crain, Dormayer, Deneweth, Holt

Hall, Haycook, Harrold

Bowden, Floyd, Jernigan


Munier, Scherffius, Victorson

Eddings, Freeman, McGuire

Nichols (Steele), Simpson, Wileman

Tuesday, May 3

Argiro, Faught, Conner

Moody, Rhea, Smith

2nd Grade
Cobb, Campbell, Ledbetter, McCray


1:00-1:45 Richards, Murdock, Williams

1st Grade

Belyeu, Bobbitt, Green, Greene

Jackson, Luzar, Norton

☔️ *Note: In the case of inclement weather the rain dates will be May 9-10.

Bike to School Day 🚲

PTA Board 2021-2022

If you have any questions about any aspect of PTA we are all are just a click away via our CES PTA emails.

PresidentAmanda Cantrellpresident@mycespta.org
Past Presidentpastpresident@mycespta.org
Vice PresidentLaura Wisemanvicepresident@mycespta.org
SecretaryJami Dickenssecretary@mycespta.org
TreasurerMilly Mounttreasurer@mycespta.org
ParliamentarianAutumn Freidelparliamentarian@mycespta.org
CommunicationsLindsey Guillcommunications@mycespta.org
Community Affairs/EventsMegan Tomscommunityaffairs@mycespta.org
Cultural ArtsCristina Smithculturalarts@mycespta.org
Dragon WearSarah Hightdragonwear@mycespta.org
Family EventsKimberly Allenfamilyevents@mycespta.org
Fundraising EventsAndrea McGheefundraisingevents@mycespta.org
Fundraising SponsorKatie Cockrellfundraisingsponsor@mycespta.org
Health & SafetyJaime Halupnikhealthandsafety@mycespta.org
HistorianCandice Busbyhistorian@mycespta.org
HospitalityAshley Wagnerhospitality@mycespta.org
LegislativeMelissa Brownlegislative@mycespta.org
MembershipBeth Prieurmembership@mycespta.org
Parent InvolvementWhitney Throwerparentinvolvement@mycespta.org
Special EventsAmber Bachspecialevents@mycespta.org
Volunteer CoordinatorLindsey Tilsonvolunteercoordinator@mycespta.org
Member at LargeBrooke McDuffyN/A
Member at Large Isabelle GiraldoN/A
Member at Large Rachel Davis N/A
Member at LargeAnne CalderwoodN/A

✏️ Box Tops for Education

Participating in the Collierville Elementary Box Tops program is one of the easiest ways to support CES.  All money earned from the Box Tops program goes directly to the school.  Small amounts can really add up!  

No more clipping! No more sending Box Tops to school.  All you need is your phone. Download the new Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app will automatically credit our school’s Box Tops earnings online. 

CES-PTA Volunteer Opportunity

We are so excited to be back with our Little Dragons! We may be in need of volunteers this school year pending school safety measures and health precautions. Should the opportunity arise, please consider sharing some time with us. 

If you or someone you know would like to help out, please click the button below to fill out the online form.

Thanks so much!

👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 CES PTA Membership Form

We need your help. A strong PTA represents involved parents and families who care about their school and their community. Join the PTA today. The cost is $7.00 per membership.

Our goal is 100% membership in PTA, including parents, teachers and any adult who wants CES to be a strong, positive educational experience. The PTA provides many resources that enhance the quality of our students’ education.

You can support CES by buying one or more PTA memberships for each child you have enrolled at CES.

Click the button below to join the PTA today!

⭐️ CES PTA Sponsorship Form ⭐️

The Collierville Elementary School PTA works to assist our school in providing our children with quality educational opportunities. For this to be accomplished, the financial assistance of community members is essential to reach our goals. In order to achieve our fundraising goal, we need your help. Contributions from the Collierville business community have been a tremendous value to CES. We kindly ask for your assistance this year to help us meet the educational needs of our children. Any amount you are able to donate is very much appreciated. Help our school! Help your business!

There are four levels of sponsorship available. Click below for more information about how to support CES with your sponsorship today!