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S: James D. Kerr Elementary 2010 - 2011

FC: 2010 - 2011

3: James D. Kerr Elementary Kerr Elementary PTA Allen Council of PTA 2010-2011 -Ardath Streitmatter, Principal -Melanie Covington, Assistant Principal -576 Students -72 Staff Members -333 PTA Members

4: What a Year Cover Page and Statistics pg 1 Table of Contents pg 2 Kerr Background pg 3 Kerrific Staff pg 4-5 PTA Officers and Chairmen pg 6 PTA Meetings pg 7 Welcome to 2010-2011 pg 8-9 First Day of School pg 10 Tissues and Cheers pg 11 Volunteer Direction Mtg pg 12 The Meyerson pg 13 Boosterthon pg 14-15 Record Breaking Popsicles pg 16 Minute to Win It pg 17 Book Fair pg 18-19 My Very Own Book Donation pg 20 Author Visit pg 21 Art To Go pg 22 Reuse a Shoe pg 23 Class Parties w/ PTA pg 24-25 Restaurant Nights pg 26 Box Top/ Kroger/ Tom Thumb pg 27 Picture Days pg 28 Honoring Veterans pg 29 A Carnival Fun Fest pg 30-31 Field Day pg 32-33 Copy of Bylaws pg 34 Copy of Standard Rules pg 35 Copy of Annual Budget pg 36 Copy of Directory pg 37 PTA President's New Year Letter pg 38 Copy of Newsletters pg 39 One Voice- The Reason pg 40-41 | 2

5: James D. Kerr Kerr Elementary Namesake Mr. Kerr served on the Allen ISD Board of Trustees for a total of 24 years from 1974 - 1998. During his tenure, he held all board offices, including four years of service as board president. Mr. Kerr's commitment to Allen continues through his work with the Foundation for Allen Schools and the Allen Rotary Club. | Kerr Elementary Comet Mission The Kerr Elementary community of students, staff and parents will work together to create a nurturing, safe environment that promotes educating the whole child to become a life long learner. We will embrace diversity, model mutual respect, and meet individual needs so every child can learn. | We are creating the future. . . | . . . higher, faster, brighter! | Assistant Principal, Mrs. Covington, Mr. Kerr, and Principal, Mrs. Streitmatter greet the students every year. | 3

6: Acclaiming Administration and Staff < | Spectacular Special Education > | Stunning Specials Teachers ^ | Classy Kindergarten > Dignified Diversity < | 4

7: Fabulous First Grade | Super Second Grade | Trendy Third Grade | Fantastic Fourth Grade | Fanciful Fifth Grade | Sensational Sixth Grade | 5

8: PTA's Mission To make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. | Kerr PTA 2010-2011- Donna Neal, President; Kristi Silva, 1st VP; Julie Nogaj, 2nd VP; Carmen Christiansen, 3rd VP; Jennifer Livesey, Treasurer; Sacia Thornton, Secretary; Danielle Soffa, Parliamentarian; Dawn Wilcox, Historian; Laura Kaplan, AR; Heather Madrid, Allen Council Rep.; Sue Gill, Arts in Education; Kimberly Everson, Environmental; | 6

9: Connie Buskness, Hospitality; Jill Gentry, Membership/ Directory; Diane Ewing, Newsletter; Traci Akgul, Box Top Incentives and Marquee; Kristi Jones, Staff Appreciation and Scholarships; Jenny Coffey, Technology and Volunteers; Amy Williams, Youth Protection; Joann Hicks, Book Fair; Danielle Soffa, Fun Fest. Thanks to all for volunteering for the kids! | PTA Meeting Dates September 21st, 2010 ; November 16th, 2010; January 18th, 2011; March 29th, 2011; May 17th, 2011 | 7

10: Welcome to Meet the Teacher | This is a great night for all students to come and meet their teachers, see whose in their classes, purchase class shirts, get extra school supplies, and get ready for another Fabulous Year! | 8

11: And to the 2010-2011 School Year | 9

12: First Day Aug. 2010 Excitement fills the air. Kids are awake and to school early, parents are gathered, and teachers are eager to set the path that will help their kiddos soar. | 10

13: Tissues and Cheers Every first day has a few tears to go with it. Mrs. Streitmatter and Mr. Kerr took this gathering opportunity to comfort parents and let them know just how much they care. | 11

14: Volunteer Direction Meeting At the beginning of the year, AISD had a training class on proper volunteering procedures. Now we are trained and ready to get out there and deliver our best to the school. | Jenny Coffey- Volunteer Coordinator | 12

15: Field Trips that take us around the world; well sometimes they feel like it. With parent volunteers, the kids are able to expand their horizons. The fourth grade enjoyed the Meyerson Symphony Center this year. | Andi Sluis- PTA member, parent volunteer | 13

16: BOOSTERTHON | Healthy & Happy We Support Active Kerr Comets . Run Comets Run!

17: aka FUN RUN!! | This was our first year and we were so excited to teach our kids to be runners, to be active, to be leaders, and support them with funds per lap or just simply by participating. Every Child was a winner, and every child helped their school. | 15

18: The families of Kerr were so supportive that at first collection date we had 87% come in, breaking Boosterthon records, and by second collection date we had 96% of the funds in. Our Kerrific Kids were treated to popsicles for such amazing efforts! | 16

19: You have a MINUTE to WIN IT! Monday Morning Spirit Rallies are a great way we start the week here at Kerr. This particular Rally had something extra. The Kerr PTA held a contest and the students and teachers who read the most got to participate in Minute to Win It games. They were also awarded with Book Fair gift cards. | 17

20: Scholastic Book Fair | Scholastic Books Rock | 18

21: The kids and teachers love books!! Especially when they are free with AR points!!!! | Brought to you by PTA | 19

22: My Very Own Book | My Very Own Book is an organization that builds outside of school reading incentives for low economic neighborhoods. 61% of these households have no children's books. My Very Own Book helps these kids earn their own brand new books, and Kerr PTA was happy to donate to this organization. | 20

23: Sara Pennypacker | Author Visits to our school are a big deal! Our amazing librarian, Jane Jergensen, is always going above and beyond in our school, but one of the things we all love is the visits she arranges for different children's authors to come and visit with our Kerr Comets. This year Jane, along with the PTA, helped get Clementine author Sara Pennypacker to visit. | 21

24: Art to Go is an amazing program that brings exposure of different mediums, eras, and discussions that give the students a deeper education of the many avenues art has. PTA helps this happen.

25: Reuse A Shoe Another great community service our PTA is involved in is the Reuse a Shoe program. Students bring in gently used shoes that are then passed on to economically challenged homes within the Dallas area. | 23

26: Class Parties Fall, Winter, Valentine's, no matter the reason everyone loves a party. Our Kerrific Parents work their magic and give their best for the kids. | 24

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28: Each month we have several places the families can eat out at and help their school earn money at the same time. We all know how busy family life can be, and sometimes, meals on the fly is just what we need. The best part is seeing familiar faces in the crowd. | Scotty P's Purple Cow | Two Rows Dickey's BBQ | Chick-fil-A | Yummy!!! | 26

29: Box Tops Kroger Tom Thumb | Who doesn't grocery shop? Did you know you can shop and with each purchase a percentage of your total is donated to your school? Kroger and Tom Thumb are both partners with Kerr, you simply have to enroll in the Neighbor to Neighbor program at Kroger, and the Good Neighbor Program at Tom Thumb. Plus, most of your food items also have Box Tops on them which earns your school 10 cents per box top. Multiply that by the number of students we have, and you've just earned the school some new teaching manipulatives. | 27

30: Picture Days PTA Volunteers help run the schedule, make sure the kids are smiling, and of course pass on the GQ tips. | 28

31: Veteran's Day | We honor those who have sacrificed, fought, and defended our freedoms. We also call them family. | 29

32: games food music Fun auction friends books | 30

33: Fest | 31

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35: Field Day is the perfect ending to every school year, especially when the Mayor Declares it Kerr Day! | 33

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42: V O I C E | O N E | 40

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