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PTA eNewsletter 4.3.17
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Weekly Message From Principal Mans
Stonewall Jackson Families:
Grades 3-5 CFA Testing begins on Monday, Derby Dress up day will be on Thursday, the Kinder field trip is on Friday, and grades 3-5 STAAR Prep is on Saturday from 9-11 for select students.

 Have a great week!
See What's Coming Soon!
We Have Posted All Confirmed Event 
Dates at SJE Through June!
Please mark your calendars.  
Dates are listed by month at the 
end of this newsletter and on the PTA Website, too!

Countdown to Auction
Weekly Update!
Get excited, Stonewall...it's almost DERBY DAY!!!  Don't forget - this Thursday, April 6th is Derby Day.  What is Derby Day?   It's the students' chance to get in on this year's Derby Auction theme by dressing in their Kentucky Derby finest!  The Auction Chairs will be videoing some of the students for a short video that will be shown at the Auction.  Not sure what to wear? 
hink bright spring colors!  Easter dresses, seersucker suits, gingham shirts with shorts or pants, bowties
and, of course, top it of with a hat!  Don't have a hat?  You can get creative with a paper plate, paper bowl and some silk flowers or bows!  Or wear your favorite headband or baseball cap.  Just have fun with it!

In other big news: Ticket sales start TODAY!  
Please use this link to go in and purchase your tickets: HERE!.  
This is for General Admission and includes food and open bar.  We will be opening up VIP, once we know how many spots we have available.  Please watch for communication related to that.  
You can also e-mail stonewalljacksonauction@gmail.com, if you are interested, and we will update you.

A communication containing information related to all things Auction will be in the Wednesday Envelopes this week, along with a ticket order form.  PLEASE make sure you read (and keep) this packet, as it will be very useful.

Finally, if your child made a hat, please make sure it is turned into the office NO LATER than Tuesday afternoon.  
Please also make sure the Hat Project form found here has been filled out Derby Hat Project.  If your child didn't fill it out, please e-mail a copy to Michele McDonough at mnmcdonough@yahoo.com.
Please continue to read the e-newsletter/blasts, check Wednesday Envelopes AND our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SJEAuctionParty/
What would make Grandparents and Special Friends Day 
at Stonewall each fall even more perfect?  

How about VIP reserved parking!  

New this year, grandparents and special friends who support auction by making a $25 donation will be entered into a raffle to win 1 of 2 VIP parking spaces for the 2017 Grandparent/Special Friends Day.

Simply have your child print out the attached letter, complete the greeting and signature and mail or hand-deliver to their grandparents and special friends.  It's a great way to support SJE and create special memories across the generations.

Questions?  Please contact Sara Hundley (sarajhundley@gmail.com)

FORMS are due by Friday, April 14th. Raffle Tickets are $25 each.

 Grandarents & Special Friends Day Flyer Here!
No School on Friday, April 14 and Monday, April 17
(these are inclement weather days)
 Includes eat in orders, to-go orders and alcohol.   Just mention SJE at checkout!
SMU Soccer Set To Host Free Kids Clinic 
 April 20 DALLAS (SMU) 
The SMU men's and women's soccer teams will host a free youth clinic for kids in kindergarten to eighth grade, Thursday, April 20 at Westcott Field. Registration will open at 5:30 p.m. and the clinic will run from 
6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
The clinic will be led by the SMU men and women's coaches, as well as the student-athletes and will focus on soccer basics.
Check-in will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Westcott Field. 
Participants should wear athletic apparel and tennis shoes/cleats.
Directions to Westcott Field can be found 
 Contact soccer@smu.edu with questions.
It's been a few months now, but many of you participated in a survey last fall for a 5-Year Strategic Plan for Stonewall. Thank you for your time in responding!
We wanted to provide an update for you on the 5-Year Strategic Planning process, which began after Woodrow developed its own 5-Year Strategic Plan, and DISD encouraged other schools in the Woodrow feeder pattern to do the same. 
Looking to build on what makes Stonewall great, we began our process with research last fall. In addition to the survey, we also interviewed parents of SJE students, SJE administrators and teachers and DISD administrators - and conducted an analysis of best-in-class elementary schools in our district, state and community. Based on our findings, we identified 5 Pillars as our best means of achieving our strategic priorities: 
  • Supporting teachers
  • Engaging parents
  • Enriching instruction
  • Utilizing technology
  • Building students' capacity for social-emotional-cultural learning
We also developed initiatives that map to each of these goals. For instance, we're working to broaden the use of classroom clickers as part of our pillar to utilize technology, and we're working to enhance teacher mentoring opportunities as part of our pillar to support teachers.
We invite you to learn more about the 5-Year Strategic Plan at our new website (https://www.sjefiveyearplan.org) and encourage you to consider volunteering to support our initiatives.
(Registration Closes Monday, April 17th)
Grades K thru 2 will compete from 12:30pm-3:30pm 
Grades 3 thru 5 will compete from 5pm to 8pm 
To reduce the chaos factor, reduce the food lines and improve the parking situation, the 2017 Games will feature a split day format as shared above. 
Our new split day format will also allow for competition at the single grade level, rather than combining grades as we did in the past. So 2nd grade boys will only compete against other 2nd grade boys, and so on. 32 teams per grade per gender. Due to capacity and time limitations, we'll be limiting the number of teams for each grade/gender to 32. For example, only 32 teams of 3rd grade girls will be permitted to register, and sign up will be on a first come, first serve basis. 

We want to have as many Stonewall teams as we can. Also if your student needs help assembling a team, please email me and I can assist you in finding 3 other grade level teammates. 
Please direct questions to stacy.huston@handymanmatters.com
Next PTA Workroom Date:
April 21st (130-250p)
Help Out. Chit Chat. Much Appreciated.
(Garden hacks that is!)
We are having a contest for 'Kid's Garden Hacks'! This is our theme this year at Earth Day. How cool would it be for your child to showcase their crazy good hack at Fair Park for up to 150K people?! They also get to be on YouTube for all their friends to see.
We are asking for submissions by either picture or video and we will feature them on Social Media over the next several weeks.
A committee will vote on the best hacks to be presented at Earth Day!
Submission Deadline is: April 15th
Please send your videos here: stonewall.gardens@yahoo.com

View our Stonewall Video Submissions
Make sure to place your order for our awesome Spring T-Shirts by Friday! 
 You don't miss out!

Once they are ordered they are ordered. 
We will not be ordering extras so make sure you get your order in!

Nurse Johnson's Notes
21-Day Challenge Winner Info & Recap
Mosquito Prevention Details
Get Moving! Tips to Increase Your 
 Physical Activity

Patricia Johnson RN BSN
School Nurse
Stonewall Jackson Elementary School
ph. 972-749-7205
fax  972-749-7201  

The Woodrow Wilson High School Performing Arts Department Presents the 
2017 Spring Musical 
Fun for the whole family, don't miss this sixty-year neighborhood tradition.  
Get your tickets now!
April 20 @ 7:30pm
April 21 @ 7:30pm
April 22 @ 7:30pm
April 23 @ 2:30pmDoors open 30 minutes prior to Showtime

TICKETS:  On Sale Now. General Admission Tickets: $10 in Advance, $12 at the door; Reserved Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door. All Advance Ticket Sales will end on April 19th. General Admission tickets only may be purchased at Veritex Community Bank at 2101 Abrams Rd and Lakewood Tom Thumb at 7331 Gaston Ave; and Reserved and/or General Admission tickets can be ordered using PayPal with a credit card or PayPal account online HERE!.

TICKET PICKUP: All online ticket orders are held for pickup at the Ticket Office on the date of the performance. Ticket Office will open 1 hour prior to Showtime. Theater Doors will open 30 minutes prior to Showtime. 2
Jenniferroberts354@gmail.com or call 214.324.096
JL Long Logo 2012
J.L. Long School Tour Schedule
April 4th
The tour starts at 9am.  
This is a great opportunity to learn more about J.L. Long
and the IB Middle Years Programme!
Ms. Ramirez 

Upcoming Dates to Note  
4-School Tour 930a
6-Derby Day (Kids can dress up at school for the Auction video) & SBDM
7- Kinder Field Trip
13-Founders Day/PTA Meeting 6p
14-Inclement Weather Day-No School
17-Inclement Weather Day-No School
18- 4th Grade Field Trip
20-Garden Board Meeting
21-1st Grade Field Trip, Box Tops Due & PTA Workroom Day
28-SJE Auction & Box Tops Free Dress Pass Day
29-White Rock Spring Games

2- School Tour 9:30a
3- 5th Grade Ballroom Dancing Program 8:30 am
4- SBDM 5:30
4- Construction Meeting 6p
8-10 - STAAR testing
10- PTA Meeting (note that we had to change it to Wednesday)
11-PTA Workroom (130-250p)
12- STAAR Dance (grades 3-5)
18- Field Day
19- Box Tops Due
23- Kinder Program 6p
24- Career Day
25- 3rd Grade Performance 6p
26- Box Tops Free Dress Pass
29- No school
30- 2nd, 3rd & 4th Grade Picnics
31- Kinder & 1st Grade Picnics
31- 5th Grade Award Ceremony 1:00p
1- 5th Grade Picnic
1- LAST DAY (early release day 11:55am)/ Flag Ceremony