The Stallion Stampede

Janie Stark Elementary Parent Newsletter

August 22, 2021

Dear Stallion Families,

We appreciate your partnership in educating your child! Families play a crucial role in student learning. When families and school teams work together, they can jointly support students’ education, health, and development.

More than 50 years of research demonstrates that families are important partners for student learning. Research also shows that the level of family engagement within a school can have a significant impact on student outcomes and is linked to higher academic achievement, better student behavior, and enhanced social skills. It can increase graduation rates, test scores, and attendance. Please see ways you can engage with us and our PTA in this week's newsletter.

To the BEST of days,

Mrs. Putman


Curriculum Night

Join us this week for Curriculum Night! Due to safety protocols, the district has asked that all sessions be offered virtually. Your child's teacher will share more information and the virtual link through ParentSquare this week.

Your child's teacher will offer two sessions so please choose the one that works best for your schedule!

Tuesday, August 24th (5:30-6:15 OR 6:30-7:15) - 2nd and 4th grade
Wednesday, August 25th (5:30-6:15 OR 6:30-7:15) - Pre-K, 1st, 3rd, Communications, Support Center
Thursday, August 26th (5:30-6:15 OR 6:30-7:15) - Kinder, 5th


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.


Stark Students are STELLAR!

Building off of the language and themes of Leader in Me, we have redesigned our STELLAR Stallion expectations this year. We believe that every student is a leader and is STELLAR, kind, and loving here at Janie Stark!

Ask your child about the STELLAR Stallion Expectations and Leader in Me!

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Morning Drop-off

Morning Drop-off

The doors will open for students at 7:00 am. Students may enter through the front door or cafeteria door. Please pull all the way forward to drop off your child. We will have several staff members on duty to assist your child out of the car.

Please do not drop students off in the parking lot. To ensure the safety of all students, please park and walk them to the crosswalk.


Breakfast and Lunch Menus

There's an app for that! Printed calendars will not be distributed this year. All menus can be found online by clicking here or you can download the "NutriCafe" app to your phone to access the breakfast and lunch menus for the year.

NutriCafe website is also available if you do not want to download the app.


Cafeteria Meals

Breakfast is served daily starting at 7:00, and both Breakfast and Lunch are free for all students.

As a reminder to parents, in order to receive the food for free, the child needs to take the whole meal. If your child wants to just get a milk, snack, etc., they will have to purchase those a la carte at individual prices.

If you have not signed up for free/reduced lunch, please take a moment and do so at this link:


Join PTA Today!

If you are interested in joining the PTA, you can sign up through Texas PTA. Encourage your spouses, partners, grandparents, and even siblings to join!

Dues are $7.00 plus a $1.50 processing fee.

To become a member, go to Select your school district (Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD) and PTA (Janie Stark Elementary) and fill out the remaining information, add to cart and checkout.

Thank you to everyone that attended our first PTA meeting. We had an amazing turn out! Our next Stark PTA Meeting is Tuesday, September 7th from 6 to 7 pm. More details to come about location.


Dads' Club

Calling all Dad’s, Father figures, and Grandfather’s interested in participating in some exciting events this school year, please reach out to Jason Davila at

Dad's club would like to start helping out with Stark car drop off on Friday mornings. Please email Jason if you are interested in helping!


Room Parent Volunteers Needed!

Attention Parents - we are in search of Room Parent Volunteers to help organize the class parties throughout the year. Help your kiddos celebrate by participating in their Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and End of Year party! If you are interested, please email Linden Urquieta at


Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, August 24th

Curriculum Night for 2nd grade and 4th grade (5:30-7:15 pm)

Wednesday, August 25th

Curriculum Night for Pre-K, 1st grade, 3rd grade, Communications, and Support Center (5:30-7:15 pm)

Thursday, August 26th

Curriculum Night for Kinder, 5th grade (5:30-7:15 pm)

Friday, September 3rd

No School

Monday, September 6th

District Holiday - No School

Wednesday, September 15th

Dot Day!

Friday, September 17th

Fall School Picture Day


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