The Stallion Stampede

Janie Stark Elementary Parent Newsletter

October 25, 2020

Dear Stallion Families,

This is my favorite week at Janie Stark! I’m so excited to continue the new tradition of Book Character Day on Friday! I loved seeing the creativity and fun that students put into their book characters last year. Even though it will look a little different this year due to COVID, we will still have fun, talk about having good character, and celebrate being drug-free in a safe way. Please see the guidelines for Book Character Day in the newsletter below. If your child is a remote learner, we encourage them to dress up as well!

We celebrate Red Ribbon Week with fun themes and activities, but we also use this week as a reminder to discuss the dangers of drug usage with students. I encourage you to continue this conversation at home with your child. Research shows that children of parents who talk to their children and teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't.

Our Stallions have bright futures ahead!

To the BEST of days,

Mrs. Putman


Red Ribbon Week

We will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week on October 25 - October 30. Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program celebrated by millions all over the US. We invite your child to participate in Red Ribbon Week through “theme days” to raise awareness of living a drug free life. We also encourage you to take this opportunity to talk with your child about the dangers of drugs.

Please see the calendar of theme days below. These days are meant to be stress free, meaningful and fun, so please do not feel like your child has to participate in each day. Make it work for you and your family!

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Book Character Day

During Red Ribbon Week, we will be celebrating “Good Character Counts!” on Friday, October 30th. All students are encouraged to dress up as a book character hero/heroine who exemplifies positive social-emotional characteristics (even remote students!). Students may dress in costume and are encouraged to bring the book that inspired their character. We encourage making costumes with any available materials you have on hand. Dressing in costume is not required.

Please note that traditional students must follow the CFBISD dress code. Please click here to see a copy of the 2020-2021 CFBISD Student Dress Code.

No violent, bloody, or scary costumes will be allowed. No masks or toy weapons of any kind may be brought to school. Scary make-up is also prohibited. We want this to be a fun and positive experience for everyone, so we appreciate you following these guidelines and expectations.

Here are some fun costume ideas to get your ideas flowing:

  • Pete the Cat by James Dean

  • The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane DeRolf

  • Eggbert The Slightly Cracked Egg by Tom Ross & Rex Barron

  • Percy Jackson by Rick Riordian

  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

  • Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

  • How Full is Your Bucket for Kids by Tom Rath & Mary Reckmeyer

  • Elmer (the Patchwork Elephant) by David McKee


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Virtual Scholastic Book Fair!

Our online Scholastic Book Fair continues this week - November 1st. All purchases benefit our school and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more! You can select from over 6,000 items, with free shipping on book-only orders for over $25.00. In addition, all orders will ship directly to your home.

The link to our Book Fair Homepage is live now!


Need Another 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.


Continue to Enroll in Meal Benefits

Even though all students eat free, please continue to enroll in meal benefits. This enrollment provides additional benefits for your family in reduced prices for other items.

Once we are unable to provide free meals for all children, students will be asked to pay for meals. If you need assistance, please complete the application as soon as possible.

Complete the application by clicking here.

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Room Parents

PTA works collaboratively to support teachers through our "room parents." Room parents support by gathering supplies for class parties, volunteering in the classroom (even virtually!), and encouraging teachers. If you are interested in supporting your child's home room teacher in this way, click on this link to learn more and show interest.


Upcoming PTA Dates

Upcoming Dates

  • October 26-30 - Red Ribbon Week
  • November 3 - Virtual PTA Board Meeting
  • November 23-27 - District Holiday