Volume 12, Issue 4
October 11, 2002
Morrisville Elementary Empowers Learners to Know and Grow
President’s Note…. • Education level / skills
• Decision-making skills
Dear Morrisville Family, • Attitude toward school and school personnel
• Support for the school
What is Parent Involvement? Parent involvement is the active
role parents accept in the education of their children and So you can see that the involvement of us, the parents, at
youth. It is more than just attending a meeting, although it Morrisville is one of the key reasons that we are a School of
certainly can begin there. Three types of parent involvement Excellence once again. Please consider getting actively
are critical in a young person’s education. The National PTA involved at school if you are not already. There are many
identifies them as follows: opportunities to help whether it is at the school or at home.
• Parents as first educators in the home Now is the time to contact a committee chairperson and let
• Parents as partners with the school them know that you want to help. If you need some guidance,
• Parents as advocates for all children and youth in society please call me so we can talk about your areas of interest and
How does Morrisville Elementary School benefit from Parent find the right niche for you at Morrisville.
Involvement? Here are a list of improvement areas:
Please come join us for a wonderful evening event on
Thursday, October 29th for the PTA General Meeting and
• Achievement Literacy Night. Dinner will be served from 6:00 – 6:45, then a
• Motivation and attitudes towards school, short business meeting will be from 6:45 – 7:00 followed by
homework, and teachers the Literacy Night Events! Don’t Miss It!
• Attendance Sincerely,
• Decrease in the rate of suspension for Carolyn Bishop
disciplinary reasons (Excerpts of this article taken from the National PTA Annual
• Communication with teachers and Resources Guide)
• Morale (self-esteem)
• Teaching effectiveness (proficiency)
• Job satisfaction
• Communication / relations with students,
parents, families, and community
Tuesday, October 29th General PTA Meeting
• Community support of school
and Literacy Night
Parents Tuesday, October 17th Box Tops Collection, Track 3
• Communication / relations with children and Tuesday, November 5th PTA Board Meeting. 7:00 pm
teachers Friday, November 8th Box Tops Collection, Track 2
Friday, November 8th Mask, Marvels and Wondertales,
Tracks 1,2 and 4
Principal’s Message… Are Your Ready for the Fall
Thanks to all parents and students who participated in our
Shoe Collection for families in Haiti. We helped to fill an Weather?
entire garage. Marlo Honneycutt (first grade, Track 3
teacher) will be part of the Hope for Haiti Foundation that will
We now have Morrisville Sweatshirts available to order.
be delivering medical supplies and shoes October 23-30th. We
Please note that the Hooded Royal Blue Sweatshirt will have
appreciate your generosity and want to thank the Student
the logo printed in white. (Sample hanging in school office.)
Council and Mr. Hooper for help with this drive.
The Ash Grey Crewneck Sweatshirt will look exactly like this
year’s T-shirts, 4 color logo
Most students have completed their first quarter of school and
many teachers are conducting conferences and sending home
first quarter report cards at this time. Some grade levels are Morrisville Sweatshirt
having student-led conferences and it is always exciting to see Order Form
how this process engages your children in their learning. Student’s Name:
Teachers should be sharing Morrisville Quarterly Benchmarks
with you in conferences (or at Open House) and alerting you Teacher:
to any interventions or programs at our school that can benefit Track:
your child. The new report card reflects changes and
modifications based on input from parents and staff last year
and we hope the improvements provide a clearer snapshot of Item Quantity Cost
your child’s progress.
Hooded Royal Blue Sweatshirt
Youth Small ____ x $20.00 = _______
The PTA will be planning a special Literacy Night on October
Youth Medium ____ x $20.00 = _______
29th. Please plan to join us that evening! We look forward to a
Youth Large ____ x $20.00 = _______
fun-filled night for families – more details to follow.
Adult Small ____ x $20.00 = _______
Thanks for your continued support.
Adult Medium ____ x $20.00 = _______
Adult Large ____ x $20.00 = _______
Adult X-large ____ x $20.00 = _______
Adult XX-Large ____ x $20.00 = _______
Adult XXX-Large ____ x $22.00 = _______
Directories are Here! Ash Grey Crew Neck Sweatshirt
Youth Small ____ x $17.00 = _______
The directories have been distributed to all tracks! You Youth Medium ____ x $17.00 = _______
should have received one if you joined the PTA this year. Youth Large ____ x $17.00 = _______
You will only receive ONE per family and they were sent
home with one of your children. Please check all backpacks! Adult Small ____ x $17.00 = _______
If you joined and did not receive one yet, please contact Adult Medium ____ x $17.00 = _______
Sheree Keever at email@example.com or Linda Gamble at Adult Large ____ x $17.00 = _______
Adult X-large ____ x $17.00 = _______
Adult XX-Large ____ x $19.00 = _______
Art By Me Total Amount Paid:
Make checks payable to
If you picked up an Art By Me packet or had one sent home to Morrisville Elementary PTA
you, do not forget the deadline on Friday, October 18th. All
packets must be returned to your teachers with the artwork, the
order form completed and the payment made out to
The Morrisville Star Messenger is a publication of the Morrisville
Morrisville PTA. You will receive your order the week of Elementary PTA. Please submit copy via email to
December 2nd. Any questions please contact Andrea Lanahan firstname.lastname@example.org , or drop it in the box in the teacher’s
at 461-0345 or email@example.com. workroom.. The PTA reserves the right to edit all submissions
Elementary School PTA Presents
A Night to Celebrate Literacy
Tuesday, October 29th
Schedule of Events
6:00pm – 6:45pm Hot Dog Dinner
6:45pm – 7pm General PTA Meeting
& Book Character Parade
7pm – 8:30 pm Main Program
Used Book Swap
New Book Sale
Visit the Publishing Center
Come dressed as your favorite character from a book, have dinner,
find out about exciting happenings at Morrisville during the PTA
meeting, participate in the Character Parade and then meet and listen
to some STAR readers from the community. Planned are guest
readers from the local media, government and school system. You will
also have the chance to swap a used book for a new to you book
(watch for a flyer in the near future about how to participate in the
used book swap but start saving those used books now!) and/or visit
the new Book Sale. While you’re at it, drop by the STAR publishing
center to see how Morrisville STAR authors have books published!
Science Education Update
A meeting was held in September to discuss what it is Morrisville wants to do this year with its
Science program. We have developed several sub-committees to help divide and conquer the many
different areas of our science program, they are as follows:
• Science / Math Fair (science/math projects displayed and demonstrated)
• Science Go Round (a day long, hands-on science experience for the whole school)
• Science Kits (replenish the FOSS kits used at school by our teachers)
• Science Web site (help create and update the new Morrisville Science web site)
• Scientists in the Classroom (professionals brought in to enhance the science learning experience
in the classroom)
• Take Home Science Kits (create take home science initiatives for our students to check out from
If any of these areas are of interest to you, please contact Carolyn Bishop at 303-4460 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Another planning meeting is coming up in October (date to be
FREE MONEY FOR
OUR SCHOOL!! Summer’s Last Fling Was a Success!
Q. If Morrisville is not having fundraisers this
Do you shop at Harris Teeter, Kroger, Food Lion, year, why have Summer’s Last Fling?
Target or KMart or get your telephone service
through Verizon? If so, you can earn extra money for
A. Because its fun for the kids.
Our focus this year is to make the fundraising simpler and
HARRIS TEETER: Go to Customer Service next time you are easier, and put our focus on providing fun activities for
in the store and ask them to link your VIC card to Morrisville our children. Hence, Summer’s Last Fling. However, did
Elementary. Our Together in Education school code is #1022. you notice this year that the Fling cost less. We reduced
Purchase any Harris Teeter Private Label product between the cost to play games, sold food and drinks at near cost
August and May and we will receive a percentage of your price, and had better prizes. In the past the Fling has
sales.. (You must link your card every year to continue made a profit of approx. $7000. This year we made a
participation) little more than $2000. (Difficult to get it down to zero,
because we never know how many people are going to
KROGER: Go to Customer Service next time you are in the show up on the day, and we don’t want to lose money)
store and ask them to link your Kroger Plus Card to Morrisville
Elementary. We will earn points to purchase educational
Many thanks to Naglaa Sockar and Karen Keren for
equipment from their catalogue. If 100 shoppers sign up
nd chairing the Food and Drinks Committees. You both did
before Nov. 2 , we will get an additional 10,000 points!
a fantastic job. Thank you so much for all your help.
FOOD LION: Call Customer Service on 1-800-210-9569 or Thanks, also, to Dava Jarman for donating the CD cases.
visit www.foodlion.com/shp_lssconsumers.asp to link your These made wonderful prizes.
card. Select Register MVP card. You will enter your Food
Lion MVP number, name and then choose Morrisville The PTA hopes you enjoyed Summer’s Last Fling and look
Elementary. At the end of each quarter, Food Lion will divide forward to seeing you again next year.
the funds proportionally among all registered organizations
depending on their total accumulated sales. (You must link
your card each year to continue participation)
Box Tops 4 Education Update!
TARGET: If you already have a Target Visa card or Target Our first collection date was September 27 for Track
Guest card, call 1-800-316-6142 or visit www.target.com to link 4. Track 4 came in with
your card – our school number is 81126. If you would like to 1,970 Box Tops!!! That's
sign up to get a card, go to a Target store to complete an
application form, making sure you designate Morrisville
$197.00 collected in a
Elementary on the application form. We will receive 1% of any little over 4 weeks! GREAT
purchase made at Target using the visa card or guest card, JOB!!! Keep up the good
and ½% of purchases made elsewhere using the visa card. work for your next
KMART: You need to apply for a School Spirit card either by
signing up online, www.kmartschoolspirit.com or by filling out
an enrollment form at the service desk at any Kmart store. Congratulations to Mrs. Cherry's 3rd Grade Class! Ms.
This is not a credit card. It will take about 3 – 4 weeks to Cherry’s class collected the most box tops - 312.
receive the card. Present the card at the register with any They will receive an ice cream party when they
purchase. Kmart will divide funds among all registered track back in!!! Mrs. Ramsey's class was 2nd with
organizations depending on their total accumulated sales.
205, and Mrs. Dycus' class, third, with 127. We'll
VERIZON: For existing customers, call 1-877-X-CREDIT to round up some goodies for them as well!
sign up for the Extra Credit for Schools program. If you want to
switch long distance coverage to Verizon, you can enroll online Mark your calendars. Our next collection dates are:
at: www.verizon.com/longdistance/extracredit/ . We will Track 3 - October 17
receive 5% of your monthly long distance usage.
Track 2 - November 8
Lowes Foods and Walmart do not have a program at this time. Track 1 - December 6
If you know of any other store that has a similar program,
please contact Linda Gamble on 319-9507 or These 3 tracks have longer collection periods, so we
email@example.com. are hoping for lot of Box Tops! Remember you can
Shop at Learning Express and Earn Money go to the website boxtops4education.com for more
info. Track 4 start clipping again for your second
for the Morrisville PTA
Shop at Learning Express, Corner of Cary Pkwy and
Tryon Rd, between Monday October 28 and Friday If you have any questions about Box Tops 4
November 1 and get 10% discount off your entire Education please contact Freda McKenzie at
purchase. Learning Express will also donate 10% of firstname.lastname@example.org
your total purchase to our school.
Ever wonder how your PTA donations are being
spent? Each month in this newsletter, we will
spotlight an area of recent PTA funding.
This month's spotlight is shining on Keirstin Belson and Anna
Gilman and the wonderful Morrisville Directories that they
tirelessly worked to put together. The PTA funded nearly $1600
in printing costs and offers them as a thank-you to parents and teachers who join the PTA. These directories are an invaluable
resource. Thank you Keirstin and Anna!
The spotlight is also shining on Mr. Doug Hooper, Morrisville’s Assistant Principal, for all of his efforts in
obtaining shade structures for each of the playgrounds. The PTA funded nearly $6,200 in making these
wonderful additions to our playgrounds. The funding came from the 2001-2002 PTA fiscal year, but the
structures have just recently been installed.
If you have a chance, walk out onto the playgrounds to look at the shade structures. They are aesthetically
pleasing, offer a great amount of shade for our children on hot days and are able to be taken down in the
event of severe inclement weather. Mr. Hooper supervised the entire project and ensured that our
children’s safety was thought of foremost in their implementation. Thank you Mr. Hooper!
Thank you to all who have contributed to the PTA, it was your dollars that made the above possible.
The Morrisville Star Messenger is Going Online
The Morrisville Star Messenger needs your help! In an effort to trim costs, speed up delivery times, and make access more
convenient to parents, the Morrisville Star Messenger will begin an e-mail notification system for an on-line version of the Messenger
beginning November! Today, the September Messenger can be viewed on-line at http://morrisvillees.wcpss.net/pta/pta.htm as a pdf
file. Have you seen it? October will be there soon.
We currently have a list of 250 families signed up to receive the newsletter e-mail alerts (from the blue sheets at the beginning of the
year). Please consider signing up if you haven’t. When the newsletter is ready, you will receive a simple e-mail alert. No need to
worry about the size of the file—it’s only a note. Simply click on the link and voila! The benefits are great. With more families
signed up, we can reduce costs greatly. You will receive the newsletter as soon as it is completed to be viewed in your own time. If
your tracked out.--.no more old news! And, if you need to see a previous issue, that’s easy too. Send the link to family members if
To sign up, complete the form below and return it to the Morrisville PTA Newsletter Committee
Student 1 Student 2 Student 3
Email address 1
Email address 2
If you are not able to receive the newsletter via e-mail notification home a newsletter in your child’s Friday folder. Please let us know.
I am not able to receive the newsletter via e-mail because
_____I do not presently have an e-mail account.
_____Email is inconvenient for me.
The Character Education Committee is happy to Cultural Arts
report the Cary Towne Center Character
Reward Program is underway. The October At Morrisville
character trait is RESPECT. You should have
received an introduction letter explaining the The Morrisville PTA Supports Cultural Art Programs for
program as well as the voucher sheet. Use the all students. This is in keeping with the goals of the
voucher sheet to describe how your child Wake County School system whose philosophy is as
exhibited RESPECT and return it to school. A follows:
certificate will be sent home shortly after. For the
year round schools there is some leeway with “Involving the "whole child" in the arts gradually
expiration dates due to track outs but please try to teaches many types of literacy while developing
use your coupon as close to the expiration date intuition, sensitivity, reasoning, imagination, and
as possible. dexterity.”
Character Kid Lunch also started in September. The PTA Cultural Arts Committee has been hard at work
Throughout the month, students are scheduling performances for our students.
acknowledged by their teacher for exhibiting good
character by having their name placed on a We are excited to announce our first performance will be
reward ticket. The ticket gets placed in a box and Mask Marvels & Wondertales by Michael Cooper, a self-
at the time for Character Lunch two names are taught mask maker. Mr. Cooper will bring his multiple
pulled to attend. The students bring their lunches heads, enormous nose and great sense of humor! He
to the front office meeting room where they will combine his masks with classical and original stories
convene with others who were selected, and that encourage creativity, compassion and a greater
receive a Character Reward Certificate, fun sense of self-worth. The performance of Mask Marvels
coupons and cookies. Most of the time our and Wondertales will be for tracks 1, 2 and 4 on
mascot, "Character Cat", visits for a photo. November 8th. If you would like a preview of what our
If you have any questions about these programs, students will be seeing visit
please call Lorraine Galkowski at 387-1585 or http://www.themaskedmarvel.com/# .
Denise Noonan at 460-9449. More details about As the year goes on we will be sure to update you on the
other events to come will be in future PTA coming performances. All tracks will have a chance to
Physical Education at
Flowers, Plants or Ferns?
Morrisville We would love to have donations of flowers for our big
All classes have been working hard pots outside the school building. We would also love
on ball skills, and Grade 5 is working some ferns or other appropriate potted plants for our
with the technology of heart monitors and digital foyer. If you would like to contribute, contact Carol Riley,
pedometers to increase their knowledge of wellness. Literacy Specialist at school or email to
Please stop in the Multi-Purpose Room any time and join CBRILEY@wcpss.net. Thank you!!
Although spring may seem like months away, planning Do you have 30 minutes? Maybe 15
has already begun for Field Day 2003. As you travel minutes? Or, even 10 minutes?
through your house and wardrobe as the seasons are The Morrisville Media Center is still in need of parent
changing, please set aside any Adult size clothing. The volunteers. Please consider volunteering. Each day
clothing will be needed for the Fireman’s Relay and hundreds of books need to be re-shelved. Helping is as
other Field Day events. simple as stopping into the library, grabbing a cart,
rolling it over to the shelves and placing the books in
Please also keep the Field day dates on your calendar. I label order. Volunteers are welcome any day at any
would love to have you volunteer time to work one of the time for any period of time.
centers, or just to come and enjoy the day with your
child. The dates are: Contributions of Printing/Copying Services
Do you have use of a high-speed copier? Or, do you
Track 2 and 4 April 25 (Rain Date May 2) know someone who might like to donate printing/copying
Track 1 and 3 May 23 (Rain Date May 27) services? The Morrisville Star Messenger is still in need
of copying/printing services either donated or
Rebecca Tucci, RTUCCI@wcpss.net discounted. Please contact
Physical Education Instructor email@example.com or 380-0710.