October – November 2021 Dragon Flyer

October – November 2021


Donuts with Dragons

Students with the last name beginning with A-L
➡︎Thursday October 21 ~ 7:45am
At the CES football fields

Students with the last name beginning with M-Z
➡︎Friday October 22 ~ 7:45am
At the CES football fields

Every Little Dragon is welcome to bring ONE special adult to Donuts with Dragons

RSVP information coming soon

Important Dates

Oct 4-8Parent Pal Appreciation Week
Oct 6Walk to School Day
Oct 8Dragon Dash Pep Rally
Oct 11-15Fall Break- NO SCHOOL
Oct 21-22Donuts with Dragons
Oct 23Race for the Ville
Oct 25-29Red Ribbon Week
Oct 29DRAGON DASH
Nov 10Fall Clean Up Day
Nov 11Veteran’s Day Celebration
Nov 18Open House & Book Fair
Nov 22-26Thanksgiving Break-NO SCHOOL
Dec 2Spelling Bee
Dec 171/2 Day of School

National Walk to School Day

Cultural Arts: Reflections Contest

Do you enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme, “I Will Change the World By…,” calls for your own unique interpretation through the arts. You can email the PTA Cultural Arts Chair at culturalarts@mycespta.org to get a submission guidelines and an entry form. Please return by October 1st 2021. For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships  at PTA.org/Reflections/Awards. 

We will be giving out a sweet treat from Smallcakes Cupcakery & Creamery to every child who enters the Reflections program.


📨 A Note from Mr. Ruiz

Dear Little Dragon Family,

I am so grateful for the incredible community we have here at CES!  We have amazing students who love their school, wonderful teachers and staff who care for our students every day, and fantastic parents who support the work that we do.  The tragedy that happened in our community last week has reminded all of us not to take for granted the blessings that we have and the loved ones we hold close.  I am so thankful to all of those who keep our students safe every day.  We love our Little Dragons and count it a privilege to help them learn and grow.

It has been a fantastic first quarter here at CES!  CES was announced as a Reward School by the State of Tennessee for outstanding scores in achievement and growth.  Our students and teachers worked hard last year and were able to demonstrate their learning and growth – even in the middle of a pandemic.  We were also able to welcome many of our students’ grandparents to CES for donuts and coffee on the football field.  Many community members came to CES to read to our students for Little Dragons Love to Read Day.  For Childhood Cancer Awareness Month our students were able to wear their PJs to school for a fundraiser, and as a school, we raised over $5,000 dollars to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Growing up as a missionary kid in Taiwan, I learned to speak Chinese. I have loved teaching our students new Chinese words every week through our morning announcements.  They are quick learners and will speak to me in Chinese as I walk through the halls of CES.  As I have visited our classrooms, I have been so impressed with our teachers who do a fantastic job of making learning fun for our students.  2nd grade had their first annual Olympic Games as they are studying the Greek culture.  The students had so much fun jumping over hurdles and running relay races! CES truly is an incredible place to be!

I am looking forward to quarter 2 and all the fun things we have planned for our students.  Thank you all for your continued support.  We are grateful to be partners with you in your children’s education.

All the best,

Michael Ruiz

✉️ Message from PTA President

Hello Little Dragon Parents & Students –

We have had such a great start to the school year. It has not always been easy, but our Little Dragons have proven to be ready, respectful, and responsible. Our school theme this year is “Every Dragon has a Story.” Our hope is that Little Dragons are quick to listen and quick to help when needs arise.

We had a wonderful time at our Grandparent’s Day on the Football Field. The weather could not have been better, and it was so fun to invite the grandparents on to campus for breakfast.

We have started planning for Dragon Dash! It will be held October 29 during the school day. Going along with the school theme, the Dragon Dash theme is “Seuss on the Loose!” We truly hope to provide a fun day for our students and raise money in the process. All the money we raise during DD goes directly back into the school to fund the PTA budget for the year. This covers things like new playground equipment, tables for classrooms, and all of the events PTA hosts. There will be more information coming home soon, so be on the lookout!


Thank you to our Little Dragon Corporate Sponsors. We have many community business members who have graciously pledged their financial support for our school. Every year it amazes me how generous our community is, especially coming off such a hard year for small businesses. Stop by these businesses and let them know the little dragon students appreciate them.

Have you paid your $7 per person membership dues this school year? It is our yearly goal to have 100% participation school-wide. Beth Prieur can give you a classroom update as to how close you are to 100%. Drop her an email: memebership@mycespta.org.  You can also sign up for PTA memberships online at: mycespta.org.

The cultural arts Reflections contest, Parent Pal week, Donuts with Dragons, and Teacher Treat Carts are a few other things we are excited about offering this semester. Check out our facebook page for more information and look for blue papers in your child’s folder. As always, please reach out with any ideas or concerns you may have.

Maroon and White,

Amanda Cantrell

president@mycespta.org

Parent Pal Week: October 4-8

📜 Mission, Vision, & Beliefs

Mission

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

Vision

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

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.

Red Ribbon Week: October 25-29

more information coming soon

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

October 29, 2021

🐉 Parents are welcome to come this year.
🐉 More information will come home in your students Wednesday folder.

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!

August – September 2021 Dragon Flyer

August – September 2021


Grandparents Day

Students with the last name beginning with A-L
➡︎Thursday September 9 ~ 7:45am
In the CES Cafeteria

Students with the last name beginning with M-Z
➡︎Friday September 10 ~ 7:45am
In the CES Cafeteria

RSVP information coming soon

Important Dates

Aug 91st Day for Students
Aug 10-12Kindergarten Screening
Aug 12Virtual Back to School Night (1st – 5th grade)
Aug 16-19Kindergarten Staggered Week
Aug 23First Day for Kindergarten
Aug 23Virtual Back to School Night for Kindergarten
Sept 6Labor Day – NO SCHOOL
Sept 9-10Grandparents Day
Sept 17D.E.A.R Day
Sept 23Parent Conferences
Sept 27Professional Development Day – NO SCHOOL
Sept 30CES PTA General Membership Meeting
Oct 4-8Parent Pal Appreciation Week
Oct 6Walk to School Day
Oct 8Dragon Dash Pep Rally
Oct 11-15Fall Break- NO SCHOOL

📨 A Note from Mr. Ruiz

Dear Little Dragon Families,

I want to extend a BIG welcome to all of our new and returning families!  It is a great honor to be serving as your new principal, and I look forward to working alongside each of you in helping our students thrive here at Collierville Elementary School.  It was so wonderful meeting many of you during our Meet the Teacher and Principal day. I am glad our Little Dragons and their families were able to meet their teachers in person this year. We can’t wait to meet all of our students as they come back to school on August 9th!

There are a lot of exciting things in store for this new school year including the opening of our brand-new gym later in the year!  We could not be more excited for our students to have access to this new state-of-the-art facility.  Construction is underway and the excitement builds as we see progress being made.  We are grateful for the many people who made this new gym a reality! We are also excited to open back up our playgrounds for our students to enjoy during recess.  One of my favorite past times is playing kickball with my 5th graders at recess time.  I hope to get out there and play again with all our Little Dragons!

At CES we know that “Every Dragon Has a Story”.  We have students who come from a variety of different cultures and backgrounds.  We know that all of our students have so many different talents and gifts; we also recognize that many have faced hardships and challenges.  No matter where our students have been, we want all of our students to feel at home at CES.  Every Little Dragon has a story that is special and unique, and we celebrate each one of them.

It’s time to open up the doors to the 2021-2022 school year!  Welcome back Little Dragons!  Let’s have a great year!

Your Principal,

J. Michael Ruiz

More information coming soon!

✉️ Message from PTA President

Hello Little Dragon Parents & Students –

Welcome back, Little Dragon Families! As you can see from this Dragon Flyer edition, we are again choosing to “go green” by utilizing emails as our way of distributing our newsletter. You can also stay up to date by following the CES PTA facebook page and by downloading the ParentSquare app.

The two big PTA dates for next school year are Dragon Dash on October 29, 2021 and Fair in the Lair on April 23, 2022. These are our two fundraisers for the year, and they fund our budget as well as teacher impact grants.  We will also have an opening of the new gym, Donuts with Dragons, and a few other fun things throughout the year.

Dragon Dash….dust off your tennis shoes parents, we invite you to join the Little Dragons as they run 4 laps around the track for our fall fundraiser on October 29th. This fundraiser funds our budget and provides wish list items – – what’s that, you are wondering? Our budget allows the PTA to have events for the students such as Grandparent’s Day, Donuts with Dragons, Memphis in May day, Walk and Bike to school day and many other fun and educational events. Wishlist items are items requested by the school and our principal. A few examples of things we have been able to provide in the past are collaborative learning tables for every classroom, Promethean Boards for most classrooms, restocked grade level recess supplies, and educational learning seminars and conferences for our teachers and staff.

Now that August is here it’s time to renew your PTA memberships. Our goal each year is to have 100% memberships – that means a membership for each student, staff, and faculty member at CES. If you have more than one student at CES please consider purchasing enough memberships to represent each student. Anyone can be a PTA member; parents, students, grandparents, aunts/uncles, and even neighbors. Your membership ensures you will stay connected to the PTA throughout the school year, but I promise we will not hound you for money or volunteering time. The membership roster is how we build our email data base each year. Beth Prieur is our membership chair; drop her an email if you have any questions: membership@mycespta.org.

Speaking of volunteering, we have multiple areas at CES that rely on our loyal and loving volunteers. We need volunteers in the health room, cafeteria, copy room, and library. If you have a few extra hours here or there, please contact Lindsay Tilson at volunteercoordinator@mycespta.org.

2021-22 is going to be a great year for our Little Dragons. Please know I have a great board of volunteers that help make each PTA event a success. They are the behind the scenes brains, creativity, and muscle that pull off an amazing school year for our kids and teachers. If you have any questions about any aspect of PTA we are all just a click away via our CES PTA emails (see the list of officers later in this edition for specific email). Don’t hesitate to drop us an email with a question or concern.

Maroon and White,

Amanda Cantrell

president@mycespta.org

📜 Mission, Vision, & Beliefs

Mission

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

Vision

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

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.

💰 Impact Grants

In 2011, the CES-PTA began the IMPACT Grant Program. IMPACT Grants are awarded to CES faculty every year to provide additional support to CES students. Each year the CES-PTA hosts the annual Fair in the Lair/Book-fair along with all Dragonwear sales to provide funding for the IMPACT program.

Great news! We will be awarding IMPACT Grants to CES faculty totaling $19,425.00. 🎉 These grants will have a profound impact on your students. Thank you for supporting these events and this important initiative at CES.

CES faculty can pick up a reimbursement sheet in the lounge and turn them in to the Treasurer’s PTA box. Please reach out to Milly Mount for more details or any questions. Treasurer@mycespta.org.

Milly Mount
CES-PTA Treasurer 2021-22

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.

👩‍🏫 Welcome New Little Dragon Faculty and Staff 👨‍🏫

  • Michael Ruiz, Principal
  • Luanda Harrold, 3rd Grade
  • Sarah Faught, Interim-4th Grade
  • Lori Jernigan, 5th Grade
  • Hunter Steele, Interim-5th Grade
  • Bethany Holland, Counselor
  • Staci Jones, ESL
  • Tiffany Wuzzardo, Gifted
  • Bronwen Kirk, Library
  • Lisa Plunkett, Intervention

Transportation Information

Students are allowed on campus beginning at 8:40 a.m. All external doors are locked promptly at 9:00 a.m. After 8:59 a.m. you cannot drop your child off on campus – you must escort your child to the office for check-in. Dismissal will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m. each day. The Little Dragon family wants our students to dismiss as safely as possible. It is going to take some time for our students to get used to dismissing from school while social distancing. As a result, we will need as many staff as possible in the building supporting students as they learn our new procedures. Once our students understand the procedures for a safe dismissal, we will begin to look at how we can modify the way parents pick up their children in order to make dismissal more efficient. We anticipate if changes will be made, they will occur after Labor Day. 

Car Riders

Car riders enter and exit in the rear parking lot. Returning families, please continue to use your car rider numbers from last year. New families will were assigned car rider numbers on  Orientation Day.  The car rider line begins on White Road, turns onto Carruthers, and then turns left on Burrows (see map). You will enter the parking lot from there. There is NO LEFT TURN from White Road or Burrows to Burrows during car rider line. Parents, please DO NOT turn left into the line in the mornings or afternoons. Please proceed down White Road and, if necessary, down Hermitage Trail until you reach the end of the line. Interrupting the line will cause a slow down in the process. PTA volunteers will be out to help direct traffic.  During drop-off and pick-up please postpone any phone calls while waiting in the car line.  During pick-up we are required to place your child in the back seat. Important change in procedures; CES faculty will signal when it is clear for a child to exit/enter their car. The child will open and close their own car door.

Bus Riders

Bus riders enter an exit at the North side of the building (K-1 Hall).

Walkers / Bike Riders

Walkers/bike riders enter and exit at the end of the building closest to their home, North (K-1 Hall) or South (2-3 Hall). No students should be walking in front of the building on Peterson Lake Road.

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!

Meet Principal Ruiz

To our Little Dragon Community,

I am completely humbled and honored to step into the role as principal of Collierville Elementary.  The 2021-2022 school year will begin my 15th year in education.  My educational journey began in January of 2007 as a student teacher in kindergarten at Germantown Elementary School.  From the moment I stepped foot into a classroom I knew I had found my calling.  The opportunity to invest in changing young lives has been far more rewarding than I ever could have imagined.  That fall I was hired to teach 5th grade Language Arts and Social Studies at GES.  I spent the next 7 years having the most fun of my life planning engaging lessons, dressing up in goofy costumes, playing kickball at recess, and creating memories for my students that they would hopefully take with them the rest of their lives.

In 2014, at the start of the new municipal school districts, I joined Germantown Municipal School District as an assistant principal at Houston Middle School.  I spent the next 7 years walking alongside teachers to support them in being the best educators they could be for our students.  I spent time developing mentorship programs for our middle schoolers so that they could see how their actions could create positive changes and impact the lives of others.

And now I begin my 15th year in education.  I could not be more excited to join an incredible school system in Collierville Schools and serve as the leader of what could only be described as THE best elementary school in the state – Collierville E!  I am excited to get to know our students, our teachers, and our families.  My goal is to continue the mission that has been set in place – to equip Little Dragons with the skills necessary to be successful in learning, leadership, and life.  It is my vision that Collierville E is a place where all students feel welcome, loved, and valued.

As we begin a new school year, I am grateful that we are able to see many of our in-person events return.  I am thrilled to open back up our playgrounds and cafeteria for our students to enjoy! We have a lot of exciting events planned for this new school year, and we can’t wait to see all of our Little Dragons walk back into the building on August 9th.

If I can ever be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to reach out me at jruiz@colliervilleschools.org or (901) 853-3300.  I am looking forward to an incredible school year!

Your Principal,

J. Michael Ruiz

2021-2022 Current Board Members

If you have any questions about any aspect of PTA we are all 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 Large Brooke McDuffyN/A
Member at LargeIsabelle GiraldoN/A
Member at LargeRachel Davis N/A
Member at LargeAnne CalderwoodN/A

Dragon Flyer – Summer 2021

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A Message from the Principal

The Little Dragon Family,

WE did it! We made it through the entire school year during a pandemic. When I say, “we” I mean the school employees, the kids, and the parents and families that make our community so special. We banded together and supported one another through so many uncertainties and questions. While we all had some fears and worries at various times during the year, we persevered and made it through a school year unlike any we’ve ever experienced before, and hopefully will never experience again. Thank you for loving your children so well and giving them the courage and support they need to come to school each day, ready to learn. Thank you for ensuring your children are healthy and keeping them at home when they aren’t. Thank you for checking on our teachers and letting them know you are in their corner. You have been a blessing to us and for that I sincerely say, thank you.

As we look towards the upcoming school year we anticipate returning without masks or social distancing and plan to have events as we normally would. As we’ve all seen, things can change very quickly, but this is what we’ve been told to plan for, so that is what we’re doing. As a result, parents will be able to attend school for things like lunch visits, Meet the Teacher Night, and other events throughout the school year. It’s important to me to build on the school’s relationships with parents by giving you ample opportunities to come and see all the great things that go on at CES.

Registration information for the 2021-2022 school year can be found on our school’s website. If you already attend CES and do not have a change of address, then you do not need to come to school prior to the first day. Teachers will be contacting families in late July/early August concerning class placements. Information for incoming kindergarten families can be found on our website as well.

Have a great summer and enjoy the weather! If you have any other specific needs that I can help with, please don’t hesitate to reach out (tsalyer@colliervilleschools.org).

Every Dragon. Every Day.
Tyler Salyer


A Message from the PTA President

Hello Little Dragon Parents & Students –
I am thrilled to lead the PTA board this upcoming year on my second term as President. We have had a crazy ride of a year, and I am looking forward to things getting back to “normal” in August.

Next school year I will have two Little Dragons at CES – a 5th grader and a 2 nd grader. My other dragon attends WCMS in the 7th grade, and I have one more at home who will be a Little Dragon next year. I am so proud to call CES our home!

The two big PTA dates for the next school year are Dragon Dash on October 29, 2021, and Fair in the Lair on April 23, 2022. We will also have an opening of the new gym, Donuts with Dragons, and a few other fun things planned. Please join our Facebook page to keep up with us…there may be a summer event coming up!

August 9th will be here before you know it, so enjoy your summer with your kids. I look forward to helping CES have the best year yet.

Maroon and White,
Amanda Cantrell


A HUGE Thank you to our 2020/2021 Corporate Sponsors

PLATINUM SPONSORS

Michael Green, John Green & Co., REALTORS

M&M Construction

Republic Roofing and Restoration

 

GOLD SPONSORS

Ginny Mount School of Dance

Maureen Fraser, John Green & Co., REALTORS

Carrie Moore, Allstate Insurance

Bricks and Minifigs

DogTopia

Nu-Life Floor Care, LLC

Collierville First Baptist Church

Choate’s Air Conditioning, Heating, & Plumbing

STIX – Hibachi, Sushi, Asian Restaurant

Pace Lawn and Landscape

Yancey Farms Partners

American Veterans Restoration

901 Floors

 

GENERAL SPONSORS

TB Tees

John Worley Builders

 

Want to become a 2021/2022 PTA sponsor?

Email us for more information:fundraisingsponsorship@mycespta.org

 

 


School Supplies

 

Collierville Elementary School has two options available to purchase school supplies for the 2020-2021 school year.

1 – Purchase the pre-packaged Kidz School Box through Knowledge Tree. Your student’s school supplies will be shipped directly to your home. Please click on the link below to place your order.

https://www.kidsschoolbox.com/collierville-elem

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2 – Purchase supplies yourself at your retailer of choice. The included file provides a guide on what items to purchase based on your student’s grade.


CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Congratulations to all of our Reflections and Citizenship Essay winners!

A special congratulations to the students who achieved recognition at the state level:

Emma Morrow, 5th grade, Reflections Award of Merit for Dance Category Loretta Nash, 2nd Grade, Reflections Award or Excellence for Music Category

The Citizenship Essay Program promotes and encourages participation in becoming responsible citizens. Students were asked to write an essay based on the theme: “How has the pandemic affected me?” 
 
On Wednesday, April 14, Blister, Mr. Salyer and PTA President, Amanda Cantrell, congratulated all of our finalists with a certificate and medal. 
 
Olivia Guill, Kindergarten, CVA
David McKnatt, 2nd Grade, Ms. Murdock
Nolan Guill, 4th Grade, CVA
Emilia Madea, 4th Grade, Ms. Nichols
 


Lifetime Achievement Award

We are excited to present our 2021 PTA Lifetime Achievement Winner, Officer Loggins! We are thankful for him everyday!


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.


Box Tops for Education

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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. 

 


What’s Been Happening!

Dragon Dance Glow Party

Our PTA hosted a cop/fireman stop! We are so thankful for all they do for our community! 


WELCOME OUR

2021 – 2022 Collierville Elementary School PTA Board

President Amanda Cantrell president@mycespta.org
Past President Milly Mount pastpresident@mycespta.org
Vice President Laura Wiseman vicepresident@mycespta.org
Secretary Jami Dickens secretary@mycespta.org
Treasurer Milly Mount treasurer@mycespta.org
Parliamentarian Autumn Freidel parliamentarian@mycespta.org
Communications Lindsey Guill communications@mycespta.org
Cultural Arts Cristina Smith culturalarts@mycespta.org
Dragon Wear Sarah Hight dragonwear@mycespta.org
Family Events Kimberly Allen familyevents@mycespta.org
Fundraising Events Andrea McGhee fundraisingevents@mycespta.org
Fundraising Sponsor Katie Cockrell fundraisingsponsor@mycespta.org
Health & Safety Jaime Halupnik healthandsafety@mycespta.org
Historian Candice Busby historian@mycespta.org
Hospitality Ashley Wagner hospitality@mycespta.org
Legislative Melissa Brown legislative@mycespta.org
Membership Beth Prieur membership@mycespta.org
Special Events Amber Bach specialevents@mycespta.org
Volunteer Coordinator Lindsay Tilson volunteercoordinator@mycespta.org
Parent Involvement Whitney Thrower
Brooke McDuffy
parentinvolvement@mycespta.org

CES Mission and Vision

Mission

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

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

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.


Stay Connected

2021/2022 School Supplies

Collierville Elementary School has two options available to purchase school supplies for the 2020-2021 school year.

1 – Purchase the pre-packaged Kidz School Box through Knowledge Tree. Your student’s school supplies will be shipped directly to your home. Please click on the link below to place your order.

https://www.kidsschoolbox.com/collierville-elem

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2 – Purchase supplies yourself at your retailer of choice. The included file provides a guide on what items to purchase based on your student’s grade.

Dragon Flyer – April / May 2021

View Online

A Message from the Principal

 

The Little Dragon Family,

We are in the home stretch of the school year, and what a year we’ve had! I cannot thank you enough for all you do to support Collierville Elementary School and those that give of themselves each day so that every Little Dragon can have a bright future. I especially want to thank you for making our faculty and staff feel special during Teacher Appreciation Week. We have the BEST faculty and staff in the town, and your kind words and gifts meant a lot.

We are working through end-of-the-year celebrations and events. Our goal is to keep all students safe while still keeping as many of our traditions that make CES such a special place. More information will be communicated by your child’s teacher as it becomes available.

State testing is coming up for third through fifth grades. Please make sure your child is well-rested, has a great breakfast, and is encouraged to do their best on the test. However, also make sure your child knows that how they do on an assessment does not define how amazing and wonderful they are as a person. The last thing we want for any child is for him/her to stress over how well he/she is going to do. While we are a school that is proud of the high-test scores we’ve had in the past (we’ve led the district in growth and have been recognized as a Tennessee Reward School), we recognize that no assessment can measure the great things about your child that make him or her unique and special. A test cannot tell you how much your child is loved or cared for at Collierville Elementary, nor does it take into account the challenges a child may face outside of the school and parents’ control. This year more than ever, we are proud of what every child has been able to overcome to make it through the school year. We hope you will encourage your child every single day to do their best academically but even more so to be a friend to those in need and have compassion toward others.

I am always a phone call or email away. I try to frequently post and share some of the great things going on at school on the CES Twitter account. You can follow us at @CESLittleDragon.

Every Dragon. Every Day.
Tyler Salyer


A Message from the PTA President

Hello Little Dragon Family and students –
We are in the home stretch for summer! Our Little Dragons have proven to be resilient, tough, and brave in the face of such a weird time. Thank you, teachers, for keeping our kids safe, healthy, and learning every day!

In April, we will have our spring fundraiser (a paint party), Dragon Dance, and spring Dragon Wear. The Virtual Paint Party is happening next Thursday night. A special thanks to our amazing art teachers, Mrs. Hanks and Mr. Miller, for helping make this event happen. We can’t wait to see everyone’s Town Square paintings! On April 15 and 16, we will have a fun time set aside called Dragon Dance! We hope this gives the kids an opportunity to have some fun at the end of this crazy year! Our Dragon Wear is currently for sale, and we have cute tees, tanks, and SOCKS!!

I want to say a special thanks to our board this year. Most PTA events have had to be totally reimagined-the board has taken on the challenge and made it an incredible year. They have worked tirelessly for our students and teachers to do things like a painted obstacle course on the bus lane, Donuts with Dragons, Teacher Appreciation Week, Dragon Dance, Dragon Dash, a virtual Paint Party, 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, there will be applications out soon. We work hard, but we have a lot of fun doing it!

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

Maroon and White,
Amanda Cantrell

president@mycespta.org


A HUGE Thank you to our 2020/2021 Corporate Sponsors

PLATINUM SPONSORS

Michael Green, John Green & Co., REALTORS

M&M Construction

Republic Roofing and Restoration

 

GOLD SPONSORS

Ginny Mount School of Dance

Maureen Fraser, John Green & Co., REALTORS

Carrie Moore, Allstate Insurance

Bricks and Minifigs

DogTopia

Nu-Life Floor Care, LLC

Collierville First Baptist Church

Choate’s Air Conditioning, Heating, & Plumbing

STIX – Hibachi, Sushi, Asian Restaurant

Pace Lawn and Landscape

Yancey Farms Partners

American Veterans Restoration

901 Floors

 

GENERAL SPONSORS

TB Tees

John Worley Builders


Important Dates

 

April 2 Good Friday – NO SCHOOL
April 5 NO SCHOOL – Donuts with Dragons
April 6 Dragon Wear Orders Due
April 8 Virtual Paint Party
April 15 General Membership Meeting
April 15 and 16 Dragon Dance
May 3 and 4 Field Days
May 14 Memphis in May Day
May 26 1/2 Day of School – Last Day

General Membership Meeting

April 15, 2021

Check back on Facebook for more details.


Donuts with Dragons

Call 901-861-4404 to pre-order


Spring 2021 Dragon Wear


Dragon Dance 2021


Virtual Paint Party

This year, Mrs. Hanks and Mr. Miller will host a virtual paint party! The deadline for order was Friday, March 26. Paint kits should go home on April 6. We hope you enjoy this fun evening. And thank you, as always, for your support for our school!


Reflections Contest Winners


Teacher Braggin’ Dragons

We all know we have the best teachers around! We are switching things up this year and giving the kids an opportunity to brag on the lead Dragons for all their hard work and dedication each and every day. It’s been a challenging year, but our teachers and staff continue to go above and beyond to serve our kids and families. What a great opportunity to teach the kids to keep fighting for the good, keep being kind, keep caring and showing love.  Send in this Braggin’ Dragon to the front office bragging on a teacher or staff member. We will display them in the teacher’s lounge on a bulletin board and give them to the teacher after it has been displayed.

Click Here to Download Printable Braggin’ Dragons.


Teacher Amazon Wishlists

The Collierville Elementary PTA is teaming up with our school’s faculty to help supply our classrooms and to provide an easy way to gift our teachers. Click the image above or click here to be directed to our teacher directory to view their Amazon Wishlist. By using the provided Smile.Amazon link, 0.5% of your purchase will also be given back to Collierville Elementary PTA. This will provide even more opportunites for our school!

Thank you so much for your support and appreciation!


CES-PTA Volunteer Opportunity

We may be in need of PTA volunteers this school year pending social distancing guidelines, 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 fill out the online form.

We will also try to post any available opportunities via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Thanks so much!

volunteercoordinator@mycespta.org


Join the PTA of Collierville Elementary School

For sixty years, Collierville Elementary has provided the students of the community with an outstanding education. The faculty, staff, and administration consistently receive straight A’s on their school report card. This school is still strong in providing quality education and it’s located just down the street from your house. It’s up to us as a community to help keep CES the strong educational institution it is.

The PTA at Collierville Elementary has many areas where we need extra parental support. Most of the events that your child participates in are provided with help through the PTA. All funds raised by the CES-PTA help provide items that enrich your child’s education—from reading materials to advancements in technology. The PTA plays a vital role at your child’s school.

The PTA also provides many opportunities to serve our community and students. Our volunteer staff helps monitor the cafeteria, make copies for the teachers every week in the copy room, provide meals at various functions through our hospitality committee, take care of the school grounds through our beautification committee, and provide first aid and assistance to students in the school health room.

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: 100% Membership

Where does the money go?

National PTA Dues $2.25
State PTA Dues $2.00
CES PTA  $2.75

 

You can feel out this online form OR send in your membership fees with your student in an envelope marked CES-PTA Membership.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP


CES PTA Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

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! 

Five Levels of Sponsorship 

*Platinum Sponsor ($1,250): Receives name on plaque posted in the school, recognition at our general meetings, a sign near car rider line, space on the Dragon Dash t-shirt, banner at PTA sponsored events, recognition in Dragon Flyer & CES PTA website 

*Gold Sponsor ($600): Receives a sign near car rider line, space on the Dragon Dash t-shirt, recognition at PTA sponsored events, recognition in Dragon Flyer & CES PTA website 

*Silver Sponsor ($400): Receives space on the Dragon Dash t-shirt, recognition at PTA sponsored events, recognition in Dragon Flyer & CES PTA website 

*Bronze Sponsor ($250): Receives recognition at PTA sponsored events, recognition in Dragon Flyer & CES PTA website 

*General Sponsor ($100): Receives recognition in Dragon Flyer & CES PTA website

CLICK HERE TO BECOME A SPONSOR


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.


Box Tops for Education

App Icon

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. 

 


What’s Been Happening!

THANK YOU to all who celebrated our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week!  It was truly an amazing week and all of our teachers received so much love from all of us!


2020 – 2021 Collierville Elementary School PTA Board

President Amanda Cantrell president@mycespta.org
Past President Milly Mount pastpresident@mycespta.org
Vice President Laura Wiseman vicepresident@mycespta.org
Secretary Jami Dickens secretary@mycespta.org
Treasurer Brooke McDuffy treasurer@mycespta.org
Parliamentarian Melissa Brown parliamentarian@mycespta.org
Communications Emily Clemmer communications@mycespta.org
Cultural Arts Anne Calderwood culturalarts@mycespta.org
Dragon Wear Ashley Wagner dragonwear@mycespta.org
Family Events Kimberly Allen familyevents@mycespta.org
Fundraising Events Andrea McGhee fundraisingevents@mycespta.org
Fundraising Sponsor Katie Cockrell fundraisingsponsor@mycespta.org
Health & Safety Jaime Halupnik healthandsafety@mycespta.org
Historian Isabel Giraldo historian@mycespta.org
Hospitality Rachel Davis hospitality@mycespta.org
Legislative Autumn Freidel legislative@mycespta.org
Membership Allyson McLean membership@mycespta.org
Special Events Amber Bach specialevents@mycespta.org
Volunteer Coordinator Lindsay Tilson volunteercoordinator@mycespta.org
Parent Involvement Whitney Thrower parentinvolvement@mycespta.org

CES Mission and Vision

Mission

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

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

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.


Stay Connected