The Stallion Stampede

Janie Stark Elementary Parent Newsletter

September 10, 2023

Dear Stallion Families,

One of my goals as principal has always been to make school fun and engaging for our students. Research has proven that when schools and teachers use activities that make learning engaging and fun, students are more willing to participate and take risks. Having fun while learning also helps students retain information better because the process is enjoyable and memorable.

This is the reason days like Dot Day are so important to me. While it is fun to dress up in dots or make a piece of art from a dot, it is also activating thinking processes that allow students to connect learning to different contents and experiences. This deepens the level of understanding and enables students to better retain new information.

The BEST of days to me are those that are memorable, fun, and engaging!

To the BEST of days,

Mrs. Putman


Dot Day!

This Friday, September 15th, we will be celebrating International Dot Day! This is a day based on Peter H. Reynold's book "The Dot" to support creativity, courage, and collaboration in our children. In this story, a teacher dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities to be brave enough to "make her mark". It all starts with a small dot on her paper and goes on to break through into her confidence and courage.

All students are invited to wear polka dots on Friday! Teachers will be doing activities that relate to the book "The Dot" and encouraging our Stallions to be creative and courageous.


The Leader in Me - Be a Lighthouse Family!

Become a Stark Lighthouse Family!

This year we invite families to learn about the 7 Habits with us and to engage with your child at home around the habits through ideas and suggestions in this newsletter each week. By completing activities linked in the newsletter, you and your family could be a Stark Lighthouse Family!

In order to become a Leader in Me Lighthouse Family, complete at least one activity per habit. There are 7 Habits, so you would complete 7 activities throughout the year and your family would be a Lighthouse Family and will be invited to our Lighthouse Family dinner in April!

In the newsletter there will be a new activity each week for you to choose from. To receive credit for the activity, we ask that you submit a Google Form and send in a photograph to be displayed in the hallway to show that you completed the activity!


Understanding Habit 1: Be Proactive

To be proactive means to take responsibility for your choices and behaviors. Proactive people say, “I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and

moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.”

Activity #1: Soda Pop Head

Read the book Soda Pop Head by Julia Cook. Take a picture of you and your family demonstrating the difference between a Proactive Person and a Reactive Person using bottles of water and soda. Upload your picture to the Google Form or send to your child's teacher as your evidence!

Proactive People

  • Take responsibility for their choices
  • Take initiative to make positive things happen
  • Stay calm when things don’t go their way, even if they feel angry

Reactive People

  • Make choices based on feelings, moods & emotions
  • Wait for something to happen to them
  • Explode when things don’t go as planned


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Fall Picture Day

Fall Picture Day is Friday, September 22nd. Fall pictures are non-uniform pictures. Students are able to wear school appropriate clothing for pictures on this day.

Order online by clicking here or clicking the bar below.


September is National Fruits and Veggies Month!

“The month of September is National Fruits and Veggies Month! An easy way to observe is add in a healthy option at each meal. Having a snack? Reach for an apple rather than candy! Make pizza for dinner and offer veggie toppings to make it fun and accessible!

Plenty of ways to make delicious and nutritious additions!

PTA Healthy Lifestyles

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Student Meal Rates for 23-24

For the 2023-2024 school year, the school meal rates are listed below. Families can apply for free or reduced rates with the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) based on eligibility.

Lunch prices for the 23-24 school year are as follows:
Breakfast $2.25
Lunch $3.50

Please click here to apply for our Free and Reduced Lunch Rate for the 23-24 school year. Please apply as soon as possible. If you qualify, the district will notify you and your child will receive free or reduced lunches for the 23-24 school year.

If you need a paper application, please call our office at 972-968-3300 and we will assist you in the application process.


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23-24 Yearbooks are on sale now!

The 2023-2024 Janie Stark yearbooks are on sale now! Purchase your yearbook today for special pricing!

Ordering and personalizing your child's yearbook is easy!

Click here:

Enter the Janie Stark school code: 716358

Yearbooks are $22.00 until November 17th and only $8.00 if you want to add your child’s name to the front cover. You can also purchase personalization ads for an additional price.

Purchase your yearbook today before pricing increases on November 17th!

Yearbooks will be delivered to Janie Stark the week of May 13, 2024. Order today so your child does not miss out!


Need a Car Tag?

Are you and your family needing another car tag for dismissal?

Please click here to complete the Google form and order additional car tags. Please note that we will only print additional car tags once a week on Wednesdays, so your patience is appreciated. We will get you the additional car tag on Wednesdays when it is created.


Upcoming Dates

Friday, September 15th

Dot Day!

Wednesday, September 20th

CFBISD College Colors Day

Friday, September 22nd

Fall Picture Day (non-uniform)

Thursday, September 28th

3rd grade Specials Night

Friday, September 29th

Donuts from Dads (7:00 am)