December 2022 – January 2023




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/

Calling all CES Alumni ~~~ Dragon Dozen Scholarship

The Dragon Dozen Scholarship is awarded annually to two Collierville High School seniors by the Collierville
Elementary School PTA. This year, the CES PTA will be offering two $1,000 scholarships. Scholarships will be paid directly to the University to which the applicant will be attending.

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements to be considered for the Dragon Dozen Scholarship:
» Be a Dragon for their entire educational career K–12 (CES, CMS/WCMS, CHS).
» Provide three letters of recommendation: two recommendations from teachers and one from another source (volunteer work, coach, church, etc.).
» Write a 300 word essay on “What it means to be a Dragon.”
» Turn in application by Friday, March 10, 2023.
» Scholarships will be notified and awarded at the General Membership meeting on April 20, 2023 at 6:00pm

For additional information or a scholarship packet please see the guidance counselors at CHS or email president@mycespta.org.

Important Dates

Dec 1Spelling Bee
Dec 15Class Parties
Dec 16 1/2 Day of School
Jan 3Students return
Jan 16MLK Day- NO SCHOOL
Feb 16PTA General Membership Meeting @ 6:00pm
Feb 18Teacher Pancake Breakfast
Feb 20President’s Day- NO SCHOOL
Feb 23Parent Conferences

📨 A Note from Mr. Ruiz

Dear Little Dragon Family,

It’s hard to believe that we have started the second semester of this school year! 

We had a wonderful quarter 2 here at CES!  It started with Red Ribbon Week and our annual Dragon Dash.  Students and staff had a blast dressing up for our theme days during Red Ribbon Week.  There were lots of crazy house colors, halloween costumes, and even a few Triwizards!  Dragon Dash was a HUGE success!  It was great to be able to have it outside and we were so happy to be able to have our parents join us to run with their child at the track this year!  We raised over $40,000! 

Congratulations to Mrs. Land for being this years Teacher of the year! CES is fortunate to have her as one of our music teachers.

Family house night is coming up Thursday, January 26th. Due to the remarkable amount of responses we had to divide it into 2 sessions. It will be a fun evening of events complete with chant offs. We are looking forward to showing you what the house system hype is all about!

All the best,

Michael Ruiz

✉️ Message from PTA President

Hello Little Dragon Parents & Students,
I can’t believe we have already started the second semester! Every year things seem to go by
faster and faster. The PTA is so grateful for the support from teachers, admin, students, and
parents for all our activities during the first semester. With out you all, we couldn’t do what we
do!
We held our annual Dragon Dash fundraiser in October. We raised $46, 280.01 exceeded our
goal!! Thank you to all the parents and grandparents for coming out to support your Little
Dragons for this fun event. Jaime Halupnik, our Fundraising Events Chairperson, did an
incredible job planning a fun day for our Little Dragons. Katie Cockrell, our Fundraising
Sponsorship Chairperson, secured incredible donations from local businesses. Please take a
close look at our list of sponsors. Visit their businesses and thank them for supporting our
school. All the money we raised stays at CES to be used for PTA sponsored events and for
items needed in the school.
We have an exciting second semester planned! We have Fair in the Lair coming up on April
22nd. This event is a carnival type family day that is always a lot of fun. We will have another
Donuts with Dragons, Memphis in May Day, and Teacher Appreciation Week, and new this year
we will be hosting a family movie night! Please follow our Facebook page to stay up to date on
any information you may need.
I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday Season, we look forward to a great 2023.

Thanks,
Laura Wiseman

📜 Mission, Vision, & Beliefs

Mission

  • At Collierville Elementary School, we surround our Little Dragons with love, hold them to high expectations, and engage them in rigorous instruction.

Vision

  • At Collierville Elementary School, we will forge Little Dragons who demonstrate strong character, a love for learning, and serve as future leaders.

Beliefs

  • 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.


Dragon Dash Wrap Up

We would like to thank everyone for their participation in this year’s Dragon Dash. Without the support of our students, parents, teachers and faculty we would not be able to do all the wonderful things that we do for the school and the faculty. This year we raised $46,280.01 Congratulations Little Dragons!

PTA Board 2022-2023

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

PresidentLaura Wisemanpresident@mycespta.org
Past Presidentpastpresident@mycespta.org
Vice PresidentAmanda Cantrellvicepresident@mycespta.org
SecretaryLindsey Guillsecretary@mycespta.org
TreasurerHeather Summerstreasurer@mycespta.org
ParliamentarianLindsey Tilsonparliamentarian@mycespta.org
CommunicationsAlyssa Martincommunications@mycespta.org
Community Affairs/EventsAndrea McGheecommunityaffairs@mycespta.org
Cultural ArtsCristina Ayala Smithculturalarts@mycespta.org
Dragon WearBrittany Stregerdragonwear@mycespta.org
Family EventsAutumn Freidelfamilyevents@mycespta.org
Fundraising EventsJaime Halupnikfundraisingevents@mycespta.org
Fundraising SponsorKatie Cockrellfundraisingsponsor@mycespta.org
Health & SafetySarah Highthealthandsafety@mycespta.org
HistorianEmily Pinnerhistorian@mycespta.org
HospitalityJala Walkerhospitality@mycespta.org
LegislativeGina Johnsonlegislative@mycespta.org
MembershipMilly Mountmembership@mycespta.org
Parent InvolvementLydia Farmerparentinvolvement@mycespta.org
Special EventsAmber Bach specialevents@mycespta.org
Volunteer CoordinatorTenoria Westvolunteercoordinator@mycespta.org
Member at LargeWhitney ThrowerN/A
Member at Large Ashley WagnerN/A
Member at Large N/A
Member at LargeN/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!

A DRAGON sized THANK YOU to our Sponsors!

Platinum

•901 Floors
•Republic Roofing & Restoration
•Maureen Fraser with John Green & Co Realtors
•American Veterans Restoration
•M&M Roofing, LLC

Gold

•Patriot Mortgage
•Stix
•Ginny Mount School of Dance
•Collierville First Baptist Church
•Your Window Guy
•Collierville Vision Center
•Joyce McKenzie with Crye-Leike Realtors
•Campbell Clinic
•Choate’s HVAC & Plumbing
•Bricks & Minifigs

Silver

•Chris Woods Construction Co Inc

Bronze

•Saddle Creek Orthodontics
•Brad & Keri Blair
•Urgent Care for Children