August – September 2022 Dragon Flyer


📨 A Note from Mr. Ruiz

Dear Little Dragon Families,

Welcome back to school! I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful summer and found time to make some lasting memories with your loved ones. We at CES are excited about the start of a new school year! Our faculty and staff have been hard at work to build some new and exciting traditions for our students. Last year, many of our teachers traveled to the Ron Clark Academy, an innovative and highly engaging school, where we learned about how a house system can help ALL students feel connected, increase confidence and motivation, and prepare them for the future. We are excited to bring the house system to CES this fall and can’t wait to share more details with you soon.

As a faculty, we also updated our mission and vision, and we are excited to share that with you.

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

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

We are excited to welcome some new faces to CES! We will be sharing more about these new Dragons through our social media accounts and through ParentSquare. Be on the lookout!

Upcoming Dates:

  • August 8 – First day of school for grades 1-5
  • August 8-11 – Kindergarten screenings and stagger week
  • August 15 – First day of school for kindergarten
  • August 15 @ 9:15am – Kindergarten Coffee (for all K parents) in the cafeteria
  • August 18 @5:30pm – Back to School Night
  • August 25 & 26 – Fall Pictures
  • August 29 – September 2 – House Hype Week!
  • September 2 – House Sorting Ceremony!

I consider it a great honor to be serving as the principal of Collierville Elementary School. I look forward to continuing the tradition of academic excellence and creating an environment where our students feel loved and accepted. If I can be of help in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at jruiz@colliervilleschools.org. I am looking forward to another incredible year!

Go Dragons!

J. Michael Ruiz

✉️ Message from PTA President

Welcome back Little Dragon families! We hope everyone had a wonderful summer. For all our new families, we want to extend a warm welcome to Collierville Elementary School — we are so glad you’re here! This is the first of six editions of the PTA’s Dragon Flyer newsletter. We include all important upcoming dates and events to mark on your calendars, as well as showcasing all the fun things the PTA is doing. Be sure to take a look to stay up to date on all the happenings! You can also follow our Facebook page, Collierville Elementary School PTA. Not on Facebook? No worries! We will also send email updates via the ParentSquare app.

We were excited to kick off the 2022-2023 school year by welcoming back all of our teachers with a catered Chick-Fil-A breakfast on July 27th, organized by our Hospitality Chair, Jala Walker. We were thrilled to be able to speak about our Impact Grant program, which through the PTA’s fundraising efforts we were able to provide each classroom and specialty teacher money to purchase things they need for their classroom. And new this year, we were also able to provide each grade level with money to purchase new recess equipment!

The PTA Board of Managers has been hard at work planning for this school year! Please see important dates for August and September below:

August

  • 8th: First Day for Students
  • 8th-12th: Kindergarten Screening/Staggered Days
  • 15th: Kindergarten Coffee in the Cafeteria (for parents of Kindergarteners)
  • 18th: Back to School Night

September

  • 5th: Labor Day – NO SCHOOL
  • 8th: Grandparents Day for last names A-L @ 7:45am on the Football Field
  • 9th: Grandparents Day for last names M-Z @ 7:45am on the Football Field
  • 22nd: Parent Conferences 4:15-7:15pm
  • 26th: Professional Development Day for teacher – NO SCHOOL
  • 29th: General Membership Meeting @ 6:00pm in the gym

Be sure to mark your calendars for our biggest fall fundraiser, Dragon Dash, coming up on October 28th! Parents are invited to join their Little Dragons down at the track as they run 4 laps to raise money that directly funds the PTA’s budget. This money as well as the money raised at our spring fundraiser, Fair In The Lair, helps the PTA to put on events such as Grandparents Day, Donuts with Dragons, Walk to School Day, and Memphis in May. They are also used to fund the above-mentioned teacher impact grant program and Wishlist items. Wishlist items are things specifically requested by the school and PTA. More information will be sent home regarding fundraisers later in the year, so be on the lookout!

The beginning of a new school year means it’s time to renew or purchase your PTA membership! Every year, our goal is to have 100% membership, which means there is a membership for every student, staff, and faculty member at CES! If you have more than one student at CES, we encourage you to purchase one to represent each student. Anyone can be a member of the PTA: parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and neighbors! There are two ways to sign up — via a QR code that will be emailed out (simply scan and sign up online) or the membership form that will be sent home during the first weeks of school (fill out and return back to school with your student with cash/check payment). If you have any questions, please reach out to our Membership Chair, Lydia Farmer via email at membership@mycespta.org

We are looking forward to a great year! If at any time you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact anyone on the PTA board. We are here to help!

Sincerely,

Laura Wiseman

President, CES PTA 2022-2023

📜 Mission, Vision, & Beliefs

Mission

  • At Collierville Elementary School we surround our Little Dragons with love, hold them 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.

💰 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 $20,350 with an additional $6500 that is new this year and will go towards grade level recess equipment. 🎉 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 Heather Summers for more details or any questions. Treasurer@mycespta.org.

Heather Summers
CES-PTA Treasurer 2022-2023

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 👨‍🏫

  • Katie Gabb – Art
  • Erica Gilmer – 5th Grade
  • Sean Greene – PE
  • Natalie Jewell – Occupational Therapist
  • Cher Johnson – 4th Grade
  • Jennifer King – Kindergarten
  • Erika Myers – Nutrition Tech
  • Clint Petrowski – Plant Manager
  • Melissa Polly – Kindergarten
  • Beth Prieur – Parent & Community Involvement Coordinator
  • Lauren Pumphrey – 2nd Grade Interim
  • Allyson Ruddick – 3rd Grade Interim
  • Megan Schubert – Kindergarten
  • Katy Thomas – Kindergarten
  • Elizabeth Whitby – 5th Grade
  • Sherrell Wiseman – Attendance Operator

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.  

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.

Bus Riders

Bus riders enter and 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.

PresidentLaura Wisemanpresident@mycespta.org
Past PresidentMilly Mountpastpresident@mycespta.org
Vice PresidentAmanda Cantrellvicepresident@mycespta.org
SecretaryLindsey Guillsecretary@mycespta.org
TreasurerHeather Summerstreasurer@mycespta.org
ParliamentarianLindsay 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 Friedelfamilyevents@mycespta.org
Fundraising EventsJamie Halupnik/
Michelle Lamansky
fundraisingevents@mycespta.org
Fundraising SponsorKatie Cockrellfundraisingsponsor@mycespta.org
Health & SafetySarah Highthealthandsafety@mycespta.org
HistorianEmily Pinnerhistorian@mycespta.org
Hospitalityhospitality@mycespta.org
LegislativeGina Johnsonlegislative@mycespta.org
MembershipLydia Farmermembership@mycespta.org
Parent InvolvementBeth Prieur/
Jala Walker
parentinvolvement@mycespta.org
Special EventsAmber Bachspecialevents@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!

Summer Edition 2022 Dragon Flyer

Summer Edition 2022



📨 A Note from Mr. Ruiz

Dear Little Dragon Families,

Thank you all for a wonderful school year!  Though we began with some challenges, our community always remained focused on what is most important: our students.  We aim to create an environment at CES where all students feel safe and loved.  When you walk the halls of CES, you will see children and adults who are smiling and excited to be at school.  You will see parents volunteering and investing their time and energy into helping CES be exceptional for the students and staff.  We are an incredible school because of the people who make up our Little Dragon community.

As we head off into summer, we hope that our students and families will find time to have fun and recharge.  Play is so important for a child’s development, and we hope our students have plenty of time to do just that.  Our teachers and staff have been hard at work to bring some new and exciting things to CES next year!  We can’t wait to share with you our vision and journey for the future of CES.

Thank you for your partnership in your child’s education.  At CES we believe that every dragon has a story, and we thank you for sharing your stories with us.  If we can ever be of assistance to you and your child, please do not hesitate to reach out.  We know that together we are better!

Wishing all of our Little Dragons a wonderful, safe summer!

All the best,

Michael Ruiz

✉️ Message from PTA President

Who is glad summer is here?!  I hope you are able to slow your pace and enjoy a less structured season with your family. As of June 30, I roll off as President of our PTA. I have been so grateful for my time serving here. I have gotten to see firsthand how hard our teachers and staff worked throughout a pandemic and its aftermath to keep our Little Dragons on track, learning and growing. I am so proud to call CES home for my kids, and I know their years here will impact them forever. I look forward to serving next school year as Vice President. I hope if you are looking for ways to get involved you will reach out to me or someone else on the board. We do what we do because we love our school and the community it has built.

Enjoy your summer…August 8 will be here before you know it!

Maroon and White,
Amanda Cantrell
president@mycespta.org

Message from Incoming PTA President

Hello Little Dragon Parents and Students,

My names Laura Wiseman and I am so excited to be transitioning into the role of PTA President for the 2022-2023 school year. My husband Neil and I moved to Collierville 10 years ago when he came to work for the Town of Collierville . We fell in love immediately and are proud to call Collierville home. We have two daughters, Avery and Maysen. Avery is 11 and was a proud Little Dragon all through elementary school and will be in 6th grade at West Collierville Middle. Maysen is 9 and will be in the 4th grade. I also teach preschool at Collierville First Baptist.

The PTA Board is already in full swing planning for next year. We have many exciting events planned for our Little Dragons and their families! Our two biggest fundraising events are Dragon Dash which takes place in the fall and Fair in the Lair which happens in the spring. All the money raised from these events come straight back to the school in the form of impact grants for our teachers, funding for our other events throughout the year, class shirts for the students, new recess equipment for each grade level, treat cart days for our teachers among other things. The PTA is proud to host such events as Grandparents Day, Donuts with Dragons, and Walk to School Day in both the fall and spring.

I look forward to being able to meet and engage with as many of you as possible. The PTA is always open to input from parents, so please feel free to reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns. It’s going to be a great year!

Dragon Love,
Laura Wiseman

Collierville Elementary School has two options available to purchase school supplies for the 2022-2023 school year.

1 – Purchase supplies yourself at your retailer of choice. The above pictures provide a guide on what items to purchase based on your student’s grade.

2-Purchase the pre-packaged Kidz School Box through Knowledge Tree. Please click on the link below to place your order.

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

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Coming August 2022…

📜 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.

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.

Good Luck Next Year to our 5th Graders!

📝 Citizenship Essay Awards 📝

The theme for the essay was “Celebrate Our Country by…” The second place
winner was Fletcher Woodward and the first place winner was Summit Freidel.

Fair in the Lair Wrap Up

📷 🎨 ✏️Cultural Arts Reflection Awards 📷 🎨 ✏️

• First Place Photography- Mia Woods
• First Place Literature- Loretta Nash
• Second Place Literature- Nolan Guill
• First Place Visual Arts– James Robbins
• Second Place Visual Arts– Sunshine Jordan
• Third Place Visual Arts– Aurelius Ayala Smith
• Fourth Place Visual Arts– Olivia Guill

PTA Lifetime Achievement Award 2021-2022

Tyler Salyer

Memphis In May: Ghana Wrap Up

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 PresidentMilly Mountpastpresident@mycespta.org
Vice PresidentAmanda Cantrellvicepresident@mycespta.org
SecretaryLindsey Guillsecretary@mycespta.org
TreasurerHeather Summerstreasurer@mycespta.org
ParliamentarianLindsay 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 Halupnik/
Michelle Lamansky
fundraisingevents@mycespta.org
Fundraising SponsorKatie Cockrellfundraisingsponsor@mycespta.org
Health & SafetySarah Highthealthandsafety@mycespta.org
HistorianEmily Pinnerhistorian@mycespta.org
Hospitalityhospitality@mycespta.org
LegislativeGina Johnsonlegislative@mycespta.org
MembershipLydia Farmermembership@mycespta.org
Parent InvolvementBeth Prieur/ Jala Walkerparentinvolvement@mycespta.org
Special EventsAmber Bachspecialevents@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!

April – May 2022 Dragon Flyer

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
president@mycespta.org

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

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.

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

3rd GRADE
9:15-10:00
Crain, Dormayer, Deneweth, Holt

10:10-10:55
Hall, Haycook, Harrold

5th GRADE
11:05-11:50
Bowden, Floyd, Jernigan

LUNCH/BREAK FOR FIELD DAY HELPERS

1:10-1:55
Munier, Scherffius, Victorson

4th GRADE
2:05-2:50
Eddings, Freeman, McGuire

3:00-3:45
Nichols (Steele), Simpson, Wileman

Tuesday, May 3
K-2nd

Kindergarten
9:15-10:00
Argiro, Faught, Conner

10:10-10:55
Moody, Rhea, Smith

2nd Grade
11:05-11:50
Cobb, Campbell, Ledbetter, McCray

LUNCH/BREAK FOR FIELD DAY HELPERS

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

1st Grade

1:55-2:40
Belyeu, Bobbitt, Green, Greene

2:50-3:35
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!

February – March 2022 Dragon Flyer

February – March 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/

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 and CVA).
» 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 Sunday, March 6, 2022.
» Scholarships will be notified and awarded at the General Membership meeting on April 14, 2022 at 6:30pm

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

Important Dates

Feb 21President’s Day -NO SCHOOL
Feb 24Parent Conferences 4:15-7:15
Mar 4Community Reader Day
Mar 7-11Teacher Appreciation Week
Mar 14-18Spring Break- NO SCHOOL
Mar 24-25Donuts with Dragons
Apr 1Professional Development Day- NO SCHOOL
Apr 13Spring Clean Up Day
Apr 15Good Friday- NO SCHOOL
Apr 21 General Membership Meeting
@ 6:30pm in the CES GYM
Apr 23FAIR IN THE LAIR

📨 A Note from Mr. Ruiz

Dear Little Dragon Families,

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season with their loved ones.  Thank you to all our families for making our first semester so fantastic.  We are grateful for the Little Dragon community and know that you all are a big part of why CES is such a great place to be!  We are looking forward to all the amazing things scheduled for semester 2 including the opening of our brand-new gym in April!

We are kicking off February with Black History Month.  Our students will be studying some of the prominent African Americans who helped shape our country.  Our LAMPS classes will also be getting involved.  In Library, we will have African American speakers come and talk about their careers.  K-2 will also do an author study.  In music, students will learn African American songs.  Students will be studying African American artists in art class and learn about athletes in PE.  In STEM, students will be learning about African American engineers and inventors.  We are excited for our students to learn about the many African Americans who have contributed to our country.

We are also placing an emphasis on kindness in February by kicking off Kindness Month.  We believe that it is important for our students to not only be strong academically but also be upstanding citizens.  Our students will have a daily quote to help them focus on kindness.  They will also be given daily challenges where they can demonstrate kindness to others.  Students caught being kind will also earn kindness tickets that will be entered into a drawing for fun prizes.  We hope the activities this month encourage our students to always remember to be kind.

Here are some upcoming important dates:

February 24th – Parent/Teacher conferences (4:15 – 7:15)

March 3rd – Our 5th graders visit CMS and WCMS (9:00 – 11:00)

March 4th – Community Reader Day

March 7-11 – CASE Spring Benchmark

March 24 – 25 – Donuts with Dragons

We are looking forward to a great 2nd semester!  Please reach out if I can ever be of assistance to you. 

All the best,

Michael Ruiz

✉️ Message from PTA President

Hello Little Dragon Family and students –

February is a month usually dedicated to LOVE!

Stop and think about why you LOVE that your child is a Little Dragon.

  • I love the dedicated teachers & staff that go above and beyond for our children in the classroom on a daily basis;
  • I love the technology that we have at our fingertips to help the Little Dragons learn daily;
  • I love our building. I love the amazing murals painted on the walls by our talented art teachers, the history that is in the walls, and the new gym that will be completed VERY soon;
  • The PTA – for the hardworking board members who organize generous donations from families and community members and are able to provide opportunities to the Little Dragons such as Community Reader day, Memphis in May day, Teacher Treat Carts, Reflections contest, Citizenship essay competition, Teacher meals during Teacher Appreciation Week and conference night, and class t-shirts for all of our students).

I challenge you to think of why you LOVE that your child is a Little Dragon. The next time someone asks what school your child attends, follow up with one of your reasons why.

Ask your Little Dragon why they LOVE being a Little Dragon. You never know what they may say…maybe it’s pizza day, maybe it’s recess on the soccer field, maybe it’s Mr. Finley’s unicorn hat.

We are looking forward to a fun second semester! Fair in the Lair will be held April 23. Be on the lookout for more information coming home soon! As always, we send information through our facebook page and Parent Square.

Maroon and White,

Amanda Cantrell
president@mycespta.org

Fair In The Lair

Save the Date: April 23, 2022 10:00am-2:00pm

Have a nomination for the PTA for 2022-2023?

Click the link below to print a nomination form.
https://mycesptaorg.files.wordpress.com/2022/01/copy-of-execcommnominform.pdf

📜 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.

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.

🐝 Spelling Bee Representatives 🐝


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!

Donuts with Dragons

Students with the last name beginning with A-L
➡︎Thursday March 24 ~ 7:45am
At the CES football fields

Students with the last name beginning with M-Z
➡︎Friday March 25 ~ 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

👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 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!

December 2021 – January 2022 Dragon Flyer

December 2021 – January 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/

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 and CVA).
» 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 Sunday, March 6, 2022.
» Scholarships will be notified and awarded at the General Membership meeting on April 14, 2022 at 6:30pm

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

Important Dates

Dec 16Class Holiday Parties
Dec 171/2 Day of School
Jan 4 Students Return to School
Jan 11Spelling Bee
Jan 17MLK Day- NO SCHOOL
Feb 19CES Teacher Breakfast
Feb 21President’s Day -NO SCHOOL
Feb 24Parent Conferences 4:15-7:15
Mar 4Dragon’s Love to Read Day
Mar 7-11Teacher Appreciation Week
Mar 14-18Spring Break – NO SCHOOL
Mar 24-25Donuts with Dragons

📨 A Note from Mr. Ruiz

Dear Little Dragon Family,

It’s hard to believe that we are wrapping up our first semester of this school year!  In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, I could not let the opportunity pass me by to express my gratitude for the incredible community that makes up CES.  I am so thankful for our students who are the reason we come to work every day, for the teachers who go above and beyond to make learning fun and engaging for our students, and for our families who support the work we do in so many ways.  CES truly is a special place.

We’ve 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 socks, wacky outfits, and even a few Cats in Hats!  Dragon Dash was a HUGE success!  The rain could not keep the fun and excitement away, and we were so happy to be able to have our parents join us this year!  We smashed our goal of $30,000 – raising over $40,000!  Yes, that means I will become a human sundae before the end of this quarter!

In November, we celebrated Veterans Day by welcoming local veterans, including some of our parents, to come speak to our 4th and 5th graders about what it means to them to serve our country.  It was an honor to host them, and we are so grateful for their service!  Once again, our Little Dragons stepped up and showed their generosity during our Food Drive. As a school, we were able to donate 2600 lbs of food to the Collierville Food Bank!  What an awesome way for our students to give back!  We also announced that CES has been awarded the Apple Distinguished School designation for another 3 years!  We are so proud of the daily work our teachers do to use technology as a resource for creating opportunities for our students to experience.  It is a huge honor and not one that many schools are able to attain.

Most recently, we were able to host the return of our Open House and Book Fair.  It was awesome to see so many of our families in the building!  Our students were so excited to share the incredible things they have been learning about and the work they have been creating.  When we return from Thanksgiving break, we will wind down quarter 2 with a lot more learning and holiday festivities.  We can’t wait for another great semester.  CES is the best!

Happy Holidays Little Dragon families!

All the best,

Michael Ruiz

✉️ Message from PTA President

Hello Little Dragon Parents & Students,

As we round out the first semester, I am so proud of our school. Our teachers and staff continue to impress me with how flexible they can be every single day. They continue to love our kids well while teaching them in the oddest of times. Things are on the way to becoming more and more “normal,” and I hope we never forget how our teachers persevered for our kids during this time. I continue to pray for our families that have been deeply affected by Covid 19, and I hope our community can continue to be a support system for them.

We held our annual Dragon Dash fundraiser in October. We exceeded our budget goal by $10,000!!! We were so grateful to welcome parents back on campus for this fun event. Andrea McGhee, 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 are moving forward with our schedule in hopes that all the scheduled events will take place. We have Fair in the Lair planned for April 16. This event is a carnival type family day that is always a lot of fun. We will have another Donuts with Dragons day, Memphis in May day, and Teacher Appreciation Week. Please follow our facebook page to stay up to date on any information you may need.

I would love to encourage everyone to continue offering grace when there is confusion, a helping hand when there is a need, and a kind word any chance you can. We will continue to be in this together, so here’s to 2022!

I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.

Love in Maroon and White,

Amanda Cantrell
president@mycespta.org

What’s Been Happening?

📜 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.

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.



Mr. Ruiz will be participating in the human ice cream sundae event soon!

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 over $40,000. Congratulations Little
Dragons!

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!

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