PTA News

2021/2022 School Supplies

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

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

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

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

Dragon Flyer – April / May 2021

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A Message from the Principal

 

The Little Dragon Family,

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

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

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

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

Every Dragon. Every Day.
Tyler Salyer


A Message from the PTA President

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

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

I want to say a special thanks to our board this year. Most PTA events have had to be totally reimagined-the board has taken on the challenge and made it an incredible year. They have worked tirelessly for our students and teachers to do things like a painted obstacle course on the bus lane, Donuts with Dragons, Teacher Appreciation Week, Dragon Dance, Dragon Dash, a virtual Paint Party, Dragon Wear, Teacher Treat Cart monthly…and I could go on and on. Thank you so very much to each and every one of you for being hard-working, being creative, being flexible, and most of all being good representatives of CES to our community.

If you are interested in joining the PTA Board next year, there will be applications out soon. We work hard, but we have a lot of fun doing it!

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

Maroon and White,
Amanda Cantrell

president@mycespta.org


A HUGE Thank you to our 2020/2021 Corporate Sponsors

PLATINUM SPONSORS

Michael Green, John Green & Co., REALTORS

M&M Construction

Republic Roofing and Restoration

 

GOLD SPONSORS

Ginny Mount School of Dance

Maureen Fraser, John Green & Co., REALTORS

Carrie Moore, Allstate Insurance

Bricks and Minifigs

DogTopia

Nu-Life Floor Care, LLC

Collierville First Baptist Church

Choate’s Air Conditioning, Heating, & Plumbing

STIX – Hibachi, Sushi, Asian Restaurant

Pace Lawn and Landscape

Yancey Farms Partners

American Veterans Restoration

901 Floors

 

GENERAL SPONSORS

TB Tees

John Worley Builders


Important Dates

 

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

General Membership Meeting

April 15, 2021

Check back on Facebook for more details.


Donuts with Dragons

Call 901-861-4404 to pre-order


Spring 2021 Dragon Wear


Dragon Dance 2021


Virtual Paint Party

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


Reflections Contest Winners


Teacher Braggin’ Dragons

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

Click Here to Download Printable Braggin’ Dragons.


Teacher Amazon Wishlists

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

Thank you so much for your support and appreciation!


CES-PTA Volunteer Opportunity

We may be in need of PTA volunteers this school year pending social distancing guidelines, school safety measures and health precautions. Should the opportunity arise, please consider sharing some time with us. 

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

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

Thanks so much!

volunteercoordinator@mycespta.org


Join the PTA of Collierville Elementary School

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

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

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

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

Our Goal: 100% Membership

Where does the money go?

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

 

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

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP


CES PTA Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

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

Five Levels of Sponsorship 

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

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE TO BECOME A SPONSOR


Giving Back Through Kroger

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

1. Go to Kroger.com

2. Create an account or Sign-in.

3. Register your Kroger Plus Card with your account.

4. Click on “My account.”

5. Under “Account Settings” select “Community rewards.”

6. Under “Find your organization” search for Collierville Elementary 1 PTA.

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


Box Tops for Education

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

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

 


What’s Been Happening!

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


2020 – 2021 Collierville Elementary School PTA Board

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

CES Mission and Vision

Mission

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

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

Beliefs
Collierville Elementary School understands the importance of the development of the whole child.

Educators reflect upon teaching practices for the purpose of professional growth and the continued enhancement of quality instruction as well as engage in on-going professional development and work collaboratively to share the knowledge we acquire.

All relationships matter and are essential to learning. Every learner is different. As educators
we meet each child where they are and allow them to be active participants in their learning.

Each of us must do our part to create a safe, respectful and positive environment that encourages learning and risk-taking.

A commitment to student success is a shared responsibility among students, parents, educators, staff, and the community. 

Every child deserves to have someone that loves them.

When you set high expectations, all will rise to the challenge by working hard, taking risks, and persevering.


PTA Objectives

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


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Dragon Flyer – December 2020 / January 2021

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A Message from the Principal

The Little Dragon Family,


We are halfway there! When we started the year, there were many questions and some
anxiety about what in-person learning would look like. While we’ve had to make many
adjustments along the way, it’s because of the diligence and focus of our parents and school’s
faculty and staff that we’ve been able to maintain a safe environment for everyone. I would ask
that we continue to be mindful of all safety precautions in order to keep each classroom open
for in-person learning. While I know firsthand that it’s not always easy to keep your child home
when they present with any kind of sickness, this is necessary in order to protect the other
students, our faculty and staff, and all those that they come in contact with on a daily basis. I
pledge to do everything I can to keep the doors open as long as we can provide a safe learning
environment for our students.

Your support and encouraging words have meant so much to us this school year! If you
have not done so recently, please take a moment to write a quick, short note or email to your
child’s teacher letting them know how much you appreciate them. They are reinventing all of
their typical classroom traditions and celebrations this year to provide an engaging and fun
learning environment that kids are excited about. They truly are heroes!

I want to encourage you as parents to keep investing in your children. My girls are only
six years old, and I daily feel pulled in so many directions that take away from me being the kind
of dad I know I should be. Our parents here at CES are truly amazing! You all spend time with
your kids at home, take them to community events, and pay for them to do a variety of
activities that you may or may not have had access to as a child. This holiday season just
remember that what your child needs more than anything on a list is YOU! They need you to be
present and to spend time with them doing things that they like to do. Remember that the days
are long, but the years are short. Make the most of each day!

Every Dragon. Every Day.

Tyler Salyer


A Message from the PTA President

Hello Little Dragon Parents & Students,

As we wrap up first semester, I am looking back so very proud of our Little Dragons. They have
worked hard and adjusted better than could have ever been predicted. Our teachers have
provided a safe learning environment while loving and reassuring our kids every single day. The
kids that are learning from home have been incredibly resilient, and their parents (grandparents,
aunts, uncles, and friends) have been there to help every step of the way. This has been a
school year like no other, and I could not be more impressed with our students, our teachers,
our staff, and our parents.

We held our annual Dragon Dash fundraiser in October. We hit our budget goal, and we hope
that the kids had a fun day running (and playing games!) on the track. Andrea McGhee, our
Fundraising Events Chairperson, did an incredible job planning a fun day for our Little Dragons.
Katie Cockrell, or Fundraising Sponsorship Chairperson, secured incredible donations from
local businesses. Please take a close look at our list of sponsors. Take a visit 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.

This is usually the part where we list out all of the fun events we have planned for 2021. Instead,
we are taking everything one semester at a time. We don’t know what fun next semester will
hold, so 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 2021!


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

Maroon and White

Amanda Cantrell

president@mycespta.org


A HUGE Thank you to our 2020/2021 Corporate Sponsors

PLATINUM SPONSORS

Michael Green, John Green & Co., REALTORS

M&M Construction

Republic Roofing and Restoration

 

GOLD SPONSORS

Ginny Mount School of Dance

Maureen Fraser, John Green & Co., REALTORS

Carrie Moore, Allstate Insurance

Bricks and Minifigs

DogTopia

Nu-Life Floor Care, LLC

Collierville First Baptist Church

Choate’s Air Conditioning, Heating, & Plumbing

STIX – Hibachi, Sushi, Asian Restaurant

Pace Lawn and Landscape

Yancey Farms Partners

American Veterans Restoration

901 Floors

 

GENERAL SPONSORS

TB Tees

John Worley Builders


Important Dates

 

December 11 Teacher Treat Cart
December 18 Last Day 1st Semester             1/2 Day of School

 


Dragon Dash 2020

Dragon Dash 2020 was a success!  In a year of so many uncertainties, we want to extend a very sincere appreciation to 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 of the wonderful things that we do for the school and faculty.  This year we exceeded our goal and raised around $23,000!  We should expect to see Mr. Salyer kissing an animal sometime soon to reward the kids for their participation!

 


Teacher Braggin’ Dragons

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

Click Here to Download Printable Braggin’ Dragons.


Teacher Amazon Wishlists

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

Thank you so much for your support and appreciation!


 

CES-PTA Volunteer Opportunity

We may be in need of PTA volunteers this school year pending social distancing guidelines, school safety measures and health precautions. Should the opportunity arise, please consider sharing some time with us. 

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

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

Thanks so much!

volunteercoordinator@mycespta.org


Join the PTA of Collierville Elementary School

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

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

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

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

Our Goal: 100% Membership

Where does the money go?

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

 

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

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP


CES PTA Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

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

Five Levels of Sponsorship 

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

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE TO BECOME A SPONSOR


Giving Back Through Kroger

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

1. Go to Kroger.com

2. Create an account or Sign-in.

3. Register your Kroger Plus Card with your account.

4. Click on “My account.”

5. Under “Account Settings” select “Community rewards.”

6. Under “Find your organization” search for Collierville Elementary 1 PTA.

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


Box Tops for Education

App Icon

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

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

 


What’s Been Happening!

“Fall Clean-Up Day” was on October 21, 2020. Lisa’s Garden was cleaned out and knock out roses were planted in the planter boxes. 

 

When the kids were off school on Election Day, November 3, 2020, Donut Hutt hosted Donuts with Dragons!

 

 

Faculty and staff were treated to Frost cupcakes on November 13, 2020. We love to show them our support and appreciation.

Over Thanksgiving break, members of the PTA Board painted more fun bus lane games for the kids to enjoy during recess. 

   

 


2020 – 2021 Collierville Elementary School PTA Board

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

CES Mission and Vision

Mission

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

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

Beliefs
Collierville Elementary School understands the importance of the development of the whole child.

Educators reflect upon teaching practices for the purpose of professional growth and the continued enhancement of quality instruction as well as engage in on-going professional development and work collaboratively to share the knowledge we acquire.

All relationships matter and are essential to learning. Every learner is different. As educators
we meet each child where they are and allow them to be active participants in their learning.

Each of us must do our part to create a safe, respectful and positive environment that encourages learning and risk-taking.

A commitment to student success is a shared responsibility among students, parents, educators, staff, and the community. 

Every child deserves to have someone that loves them.

When you set high expectations, all will rise to the challenge by working hard, taking risks, and persevering.


PTA Objectives

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


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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

Dragon Flyer – Summer 2021

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A Message from the Principal

The Little Dragon Family,

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

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

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

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

Every Dragon. Every Day.
Tyler Salyer


A Message from the PTA President

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

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

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

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

Maroon and White,
Amanda Cantrell


A HUGE Thank you to our 2020/2021 Corporate Sponsors

PLATINUM SPONSORS

Michael Green, John Green & Co., REALTORS

M&M Construction

Republic Roofing and Restoration

 

GOLD SPONSORS

Ginny Mount School of Dance

Maureen Fraser, John Green & Co., REALTORS

Carrie Moore, Allstate Insurance

Bricks and Minifigs

DogTopia

Nu-Life Floor Care, LLC

Collierville First Baptist Church

Choate’s Air Conditioning, Heating, & Plumbing

STIX – Hibachi, Sushi, Asian Restaurant

Pace Lawn and Landscape

Yancey Farms Partners

American Veterans Restoration

901 Floors

 

GENERAL SPONSORS

TB Tees

John Worley Builders

 

Want to become a 2021/2022 PTA sponsor?

Email us for more information:fundraisingsponsorship@mycespta.org

 

 


School Supplies

 

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

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

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

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


CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Congratulations to all of our Reflections and Citizenship Essay winners!

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

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

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


Lifetime Achievement Award

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


Giving Back Through Kroger

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

1. Go to Kroger.com

2. Create an account or Sign-in.

3. Register your Kroger Plus Card with your account.

4. Click on “My account.”

5. Under “Account Settings” select “Community Rewards.”

6. Under “Find your organization” search for Collierville Elementary 1 PTA.

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


Box Tops for Education

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

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

 


What’s Been Happening!

Dragon Dance Glow Party

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


WELCOME OUR

2021 – 2022 Collierville Elementary School PTA Board

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

CES Mission and Vision

Mission

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

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

Beliefs
Collierville Elementary School understands the importance of the development of the whole child.

Educators reflect upon teaching practices for the purpose of professional growth and the continued enhancement of quality instruction as well as engage in on-going professional development and work collaboratively to share the knowledge we acquire.

All relationships matter and are essential to learning. Every learner is different. As educators,
we meet each child where they are and allow them to be active participants in their learning.

Each of us must do our part to create a safe, respectful and positive environment that encourages learning and risk-taking.

A commitment to student success is a shared responsibility among students, parents, educators, staff, and the community. 

Every child deserves to have someone that loves them.

When you set high expectations, all will rise to the challenge by working hard, taking risks, and persevering.


PTA Objectives

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


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Dragon Flyer – February / March 2021 edition

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A Message from the Principal

The Little Dragon Family,

I hope this finds you doing well and having a great semester! We are moving right along and
working with each student to achieve their fullest potential. If you have not already, now would
be a great time to wash all backpacks, lunch boxes, coats, gloves, hats, etc. Overall, our school
has done an excellent job staying healthy, and we all want to keep it that way. Finally, thank
you for making sure your child is at school when they are able and taking them to the doctor
when you have concerns.

It has been so cold outside! I know that often kids go from the house to a car that’s parked in a
garage without thinking they need a coat. We are asking you to please make sure they bring
one with them to school on those cold days. Unless it is below freezing, they will still go outside
for recess and possibly stand outside for dismissal as well. I know firsthand that kids put up a
fight about not wanting to bring or wear a coat, but this is a life skill that we must teach them
to keep themselves and everyone they come in contact with healthy. If you need a coat for your
child, please contact me or one of our school counselors.

We are proud to announce our Teachers of the Month for this school year. These are teachers
who display excellence in all they do and have been nominated by their peers. This year we are
honoring Mrs. Debbie Herring (Speech and Language Therapist), Mrs. Amy Murdock (2nd Grade),
and Mrs. April Munier (5th Grade Language Arts). Our Teacher of the Year will be honored in
May and is Mrs. Libby Green (1st Grade). We are grateful to have so many fantastic teachers at
CES and want to congratulate those that have been recognized this school year.

Every Dragon. Every Day.

Tyler Salyer


A Message from the PTA President

Hello Little Dragon Family and students –
I hope everyone is ready for an amazing second semester. This time last year, we had no idea what was about to happen. Our Little Dragons have proven to be resilient, tough, and brave in the face of such a weird time. Thank the teachers for keeping our kids safe, healthy, and learning every day!

February is a month usually dedicated to LOVE…..love for one another…….love for that special person in your lives…..and love for our children, your children, the Little Dragons. Stop and think about why you LOVE that your child is a Little Dragon.

– I love the dedicated teachers and staff that go above and beyond for our children in the classroom on a daily basis (in person and virtually);
– 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 started 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 (in person and CVA).

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

Maroon and White

Amanda Cantrell

president@mycespta.org


A HUGE Thank you to our 2020/2021 Corporate Sponsors

PLATINUM SPONSORS

Michael Green, John Green & Co., REALTORS

M&M Construction

Republic Roofing and Restoration

 

GOLD SPONSORS

Ginny Mount School of Dance

Maureen Fraser, John Green & Co., REALTORS

Carrie Moore, Allstate Insurance

Bricks and Minifigs

DogTopia

Nu-Life Floor Care, LLC

Collierville First Baptist Church

Choate’s Air Conditioning, Heating, & Plumbing

STIX – Hibachi, Sushi, Asian Restaurant

Pace Lawn and Landscape

Yancey Farms Partners

American Veterans Restoration

901 Floors

 

GENERAL SPONSORS

TB Tees

John Worley Builders


Important Dates

 

February 11 Parent Conferences
February 15 No School – Donuts with Dragons
March 5 Dragon Dozen Scholarship Deadline
March 5 Community Reader Day
March 8-12 Teacher Appreciation Week
March 15-19 No School – Spring Break

 


Donuts with Dragons

***Pre-order your donuts by 11:00am Sunday, February 14***

Pick up on President’s Day, February 15
Donut Hutt will donate back to the school,
25% on pre-orders, 15% on walk-in orders

Prices and options:

$1 Glazed, chocolate, BB, old fashion, mini cini, vanilla iced, maple iced, maple bacon,
strawberry iced, sprinkles in choc/van/straw icing, oreo, red spiderweb
$1 Filled:  raspberry, strawberry, lemon, apple, bavarian cream, white cream
$2 Big donuts: apple fritters, big cini, long johns with bavarian cream, choc/cinn/glaze twist
$10 Bakers Dozen

 

Call 901-861-4404 to pre-order


Dragon Dozen Scholarship


Teacher Appreciation Week


Reflections Contest Winners


Teacher Braggin’ Dragons

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

Click Here to Download Printable Braggin’ Dragons.


Teacher Amazon Wishlists

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

Thank you so much for your support and appreciation!


CES-PTA Volunteer Opportunity

We may be in need of PTA volunteers this school year pending social distancing guidelines, school safety measures and health precautions. Should the opportunity arise, please consider sharing some time with us. 

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

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

Thanks so much!

volunteercoordinator@mycespta.org


Join the PTA of Collierville Elementary School

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

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

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

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

Our Goal: 100% Membership

Where does the money go?

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

 

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

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP


CES PTA Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

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

Five Levels of Sponsorship 

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

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE TO BECOME A SPONSOR


Giving Back Through Kroger

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

1. Go to Kroger.com

2. Create an account or Sign-in.

3. Register your Kroger Plus Card with your account.

4. Click on “My account.”

5. Under “Account Settings” select “Community rewards.”

6. Under “Find your organization” search for Collierville Elementary 1 PTA.

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


Box Tops for Education

App Icon

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

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

 


What’s Been Happening!

Mr. Salyer kisses a …… ???????????????????????????????

Why? Because, our little dragons raised $24,849 for our school during Dragon Dash!!!

VIEW VIDEO HERE

 

 


2020 – 2021 Collierville Elementary School PTA Board

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

CES Mission and Vision

Mission

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

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

Beliefs
Collierville Elementary School understands the importance of the development of the whole child.

Educators reflect upon teaching practices for the purpose of professional growth and the continued enhancement of quality instruction as well as engage in on-going professional development and work collaboratively to share the knowledge we acquire.

All relationships matter and are essential to learning. Every learner is different. As educators
we meet each child where they are and allow them to be active participants in their learning.

Each of us must do our part to create a safe, respectful and positive environment that encourages learning and risk-taking.

A commitment to student success is a shared responsibility among students, parents, educators, staff, and the community. 

Every child deserves to have someone that loves them.

When you set high expectations, all will rise to the challenge by working hard, taking risks, and persevering.


PTA Objectives

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


Stay Connected