The Stallion Scoop: 20Apr17

The Stallion Scoop: 20Apr17
Posted on 04/20/2017
Stallion Scoop




The Principal Chronicles continue ... As I write this, I just finished one of the busiest weeks I have had in a long time. As many of my loyal readers know my two girls are involved in all kinds of things and last week was the big week for both of them.

My youngest had her play performance of Peter Pan. She was supposed to be doing The Sound of Music but they changed the play in the middle of the year. She was Checco (I know what you're thinking, who in the world is Checco?) one of Captain Hook's pirates. She had a total of five lines and was a part of three songs in the whole play. I cannot even tell you how many times we practiced those three lines. Since this was her first foray into acting, her actual "acting" ability needed some work. She is pretty skilled at looking at herself in the mirror and being a princess but actually acting took a lot of work. In the end, she did really well and I was able to put on my proud dad hat.

That same week, my oldest had her ice skating competition. As some of my loyal readers know, her ice skating competition is exactly 5 minutes of actual competing and around 6 hours of waiting around, getting pictures taken, doing hair, and looking at useless ice skating trinkets to buy. She did pretty well on one and not so well on the other. In her first competition, she finished 5th out of 6 and in the other she finished 2nd out of 5. Not bad and again I was able to wear my proud dad hat.

To celebrate these huge accomplishments we took the girls to Mt. Fuji. For those of you who are unfamiliar, it is a hibachi grill. That is where they set everything on fire, throw food all over the place, and cook right at your table. The girls had never been so we thought we would give it a shot. I'm not sure if any of you have ever been to Hibachi or not but it gets a little nuts. The first thing this guy did was to light our entire table on fire which of course the girls loved. Next, he started flipping around his cooking utensils to play some strange concoction of sound that may or may not is considered music in some cultures (who am I to judge Hibachi music?). Once the concert was over, he threw about 11 pounds of food on the table and started cooking everything at once. About every two to three minutes he either squirted something in someone's mouth or flipped some small piece of food for someone to catch or added some mysterious spice to the food (which of course he had to rattle the spice shaker against his fork for some reason). Probably his coolest trick was to make an onion volcano that shot fire out of the top. No one actually ate any portion of the onion volcano but it was pretty cool looking.

So if you ever have around a hundred dollars of disposable income laying around I would suggest going (of course, I did not realize at the time the actual cost of having someone play hibachi music while setting things on fire and throwing food). Note to self: Hibachi = need to budget and plan for in the future. Note to self #2: when celebrating large accomplishments with children, do not let them decide, default to ice cream.

That is it for this week. Don't forget to drive safely in and around our school. Stay tuned for next week's edition of the Principal Chronicles.....


Help Your Students Prevent The Summer Reading Slide: The “summer slide” is an all-too-common frustration for teachers and parents. Students who don’t read during the summer are likely to lose crucial ground. To help prevent your students from the “summer slide” and provide them with opportunities to strengthen reading skills during the break from school, we created a short guide with tips to help your students' parents prevent the summer reading slide. Download your copy now!


"Sonshine" Soiree: CTE's first Mother/Son dance will be Saturday, May 6th from 5:30pm - 8:00pm. The cost for admission is $15/person and includes a flower for each boy to give to his mom. Pizza & soda will be available for an extra charge and there will even be a visit from Batman and Spiderman. Please click on the link to register and bring cash (preferred) or check to pay at the door. If you have questions contact Kristi Harvey, the chair of this event. We hope to see all the CTE mothers & sons dance the night away! This event is open to the Parker community, so if you know someone else who would like to attend, please pass this information along. We are also seeking volunteers to help at this event. This would be a great opportunity for middle school or high school students to earn their community service hours. Click on the link to let us know how you can help.

American Furniture Warehouse Event: Who is shopping for a new mattress, couch, bedroom set, dinning room furniture, or home decor? AFW will donate a percentage of your purchase back to CTE for every purchase you make at any time! Use the school code CTES65 when making your purchase in the store or online. There will also be a special event from April 28th - May 7th that will support our school! Look for the flyer to come home in Thursday folders with more information.

Restaurant Night: Save the date for the next restaurant night at Chipotle in Cottonwood. It will be Thursday, April 27th, 4:00pm - 8:00pm. A flyer will come home soon in Thursday folders. Please make sure you either take the flyer, show them the flyer on your mobile device, or let them know you are there to support CTE. We will receive 50% of the proceeds! This is a big night, so please share with your neighbors, friends, and family!

Games Night: Come join Games Night, Friday, April 28th from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. This year Games Night will have some additions! Starting at 5:30pm 6th grade will sell pizza & drinks and all funds raised will help with 6th grade continuation. At 6:00pmwe will start the games! Play bingo for FREE and have the chance to win prizes! During intermission we will offer FREE ice cream! Prior to games night, during the intermission, and after the games StuCo will have a Cake Walk. More information can be found on the flyer. We look forward to seeing you there!

Teacher Appreciation Week: "The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement." - Charles Schwab
May 1-5 is Teacher Appreciation Week, and as we entrust our kids to them each day, we want our teachers to be at their best. To encourage our teachers, we hope to shower them with our appreciation through cards of any sort and kind during that week, whether they are hand-made, store bought, or even gift cards! We have attached a few templates to make it easy for you and/or your student to write a note to your teacher. Or you and your student can be creative and create your own card! Any sort of card will do. We want to express our thankfulness for all the teachers do for our students. This is a quick way to show with a few simple words what this year’s teacher has meant. The students will give the cards to their teachers anytime during Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you for taking the time to give back where so much as been given!


You're invited to the CTE Parent Academy for Literacy Learning [PALS]! Parents and students of K-3 grades please join us on May 10th, 17th & 24th for books and materials at your child's level to support summer reading. We will provide all materials and dinner and childcare for siblings! Please return this form to school by this Friday, April 21st. (MORE INFO)


Hello From Pine Lane Elementary School!
As members of our Chap Family, we would like to invite you to our Annual Pine Lane Elementary Bear Crawl on May 19, 2017 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm! In years past, our Bear Crawl has been a mud run, a color run, and an obstacle run. This year, we are excited to have a "slide the school" theme. We will have numerous slip and slides set up through our running path where participants will slide to the next portion of the track. The slides will have different colored paints to help us get messy and have a blast!
Here is the link to register for the Bear Crawl and we have attached a flyer here with details. We'd love to see you come out and have fun getting messy and fit with our school! We hope to see you here at Pine Lane Elementary on May 19th!

Sincerely, Jason Starkey - Principal
Pine Lane Elementary School


Tennis at CTE - $112 for 6 weeks starting April 18th.

TGA makes it convenient and fun for your child to learn and play tennis right on their school campus! Our proprietary curriculums for elementary school and middle school were created by TGA's education experts and the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Students will experience a mix of tennis instruction, rules & etiquette lessons, educational components, character development lessons and physical activity as they advance through the five-level program. Our screened and certified instructors have a passion for working with children and are trained to help your student athlete develop a strong foundation of skills and knowledge as well as a passion for the sport.

  • TGA provides all equipment
  • First-time students receive a TGA hat
  • Students earn achievement awards at every level
  • Maximum 8:1 student to instructor ratio
  • 5 student minimum enrollment to hold class

This is a 6 week class with the following dates: 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23 In case of bad weather we will have our class in the gym. Link to register.


STEAM CAMP @ Pine Lane Elementary - 17-20Jul17
SPACE CAMP @ Pine Lane Elementary - 6-7Jun17


Spring DCAGT newsletter
Parent Institute flyer
DCAGT [Douglas County Association for the Gifted & Talented]
DCSD Gifted Education News