Stafford students lend a helping hand

Image: Stafford Elementary student council members and gifted and talented students helped sort food at the Texas Food Bank.
Front Row (L-R)  Catie South, Taylor Souder, Easton Viator, Michael Travis, Morgan Chambers, Emily Janek
Middle Row (L-R): Noah Johnson, Sadie Hines, Nathan Sandoval, Hailey Mathers, Hannah Carr, Chase Hyles
Back Row (L-R):  Ryan Dabney, Taner Chambers, Matty Dickerson, Kimmy Hooker, Bryant Haake, Mrs. Jeanette Janek

Imagine, if you will, a giant warehouse filled with pallets holding huge boxes of all kinds of food products. And again imagine standing in front of this sea of boxes and your job is to sort every bit of it. You would think this would be overwhelming right? But not to our Stafford students!

IHS senior gives back

Image: Back of announcement board.

Recently, Corl McCarthy, an IHS senior gave her time and artistic talent to paint Stafford Elementary Library’s new announcement board. Corl remembers being a Stafford Tiger and enjoying her trips to the library. As an upper elementary student, she even assisted Mrs. Burkhalter with shelving and other occasional jobs. When asked to paint a fun border for the announcement board, she agreed to the task.

With help she made a difference

Image: Madison Dickerson (fifth grader) raised $1,100.00 for St. Jude Hospital with help from classmates and teachers.

Madison Dickerson is a very vibrant fifth grader that attends Stafford Elementary. She is smart, pretty, but best of all she has a very compassionate and giving heart. When she heard that April Mathers (1st grade teacher) had cancer and beat it through treatments, Madison wanted to help everyone beat cancer. So, she came up with a way to raise money for St. Jude Hospital.

Stafford Elementary’s 4th Grade Class — Austin Bound

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May 8, 2014: Royal-blue Austin t-shirts on everyone. The roar of a charter bus engine. Shouts of “I’m so excited!” and “It’s finally here!” The grinding sound of ice-chest wheels making their way across the pavement. It was an awesome day to be a Stafford 4th grader! We were loaded and headed to the Capitol Complex in Austin.

Pre-kindergarten Round-up at Stafford Elementary

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Pre-kindergarten Round-up at Stafford Elementary will be on May 1,2014 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Italy ISD is interested in providing an all day free pre-kindergarten to all children in our community who are at least 4 years of age for the 2014-2015 school year. If you are interested and would like your child to have the privilege of attending pre-school for no charge please attend this Round-up meeting. By attending this meeting you will help the school gain information that will be used to develop a cost analysis and proposal to better meet the needs of your children.

Jonathan Nash’s Last Day February 21st

Stafford Elementary principal, Jonathan Nash has submitted the following letter announcing his resignation to his students. He wanted to let the students know that he wishes the best for them and wrote this letter for them. His last day at Stafford will be Friday, February 21st.

First semester Honor Awards for Stafford

Image: Pre-K Star Students

Lots of fun and lots of awards to be had at Stafford Elementary’s first semester award assembly. Of course, as usual, the cafeteria was filled with proud grandparents, parents, friends and family. Everyone was there to see their loved one come up on stage and receive their award. There were very many names called and very many awards given.

Christmas Shopping at Stafford Elementary

Image: Here is a happy shopper!

Stafford PTO had their annual Christmas Store fundraiser last week. It was a wonderful way to raise money for the students and teach them about giving at the same time. Christmas time is all about giving and Stafford Elementary is all about teaching their students about giving.

Stafford Elementary celebrates Thanksgiving

Image: These pre-K students are really enjoying their dessert.

You have heard of Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly, well Stafford Elementary decked their halls with tables of food! As you went down several of the halls you saw lots of tables with green beans, chicken nuggets, fresh carrots, turkey, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese and so much more and we haven’t even mentioned all the tables overflowing with desserts.

Stafford students participate in Student Treasures Books

Image: This is a finished published book.

Sue Mendoza teaches special education at Stafford Elementary. Loving to write herself, Mendoza loves to have her students get excited about writing and what could be better than to have your own book published? So, she decided to make it a school project having the students write and illustrate their own books and get them published through Student Treasures Books.

Italy ISD recognizes U.S. Veterans

Image: Veterans Johnny Jones and Weldon Holley rise during the playing of service songs by the Gladiator Regiment Band.

The Italy Independent School District honored United States Veterans Monday morning with a community wide program. Students from elementary school through high school were involved in honoring the men and women who have served their country.

Flu shots available at Stafford Elementary

Italy ISD School Nurse, DeeDee Hamilton wants to inform the community that she has flu shots available for $20. Please call (972/483-6342) or come by the Stafford Elementary campus (301 Harris Street, Italy) between the hours of 8:00am and 3:00pm to get your flu shot. No appointment is necessary.

Red Ribbon Week celebrated at Stafford Elementary

Image: Brandon Ganske (P.E. teacher) and principal Jonathan Nash get into Red Ribbon week with all their “Camo.”

What fun the students of Stafford Elementary had last week celebrating Red Ribbon Week! Each day of the school week students were seen walking down the halls dressed in all red, as nerds, in camoflauge, in 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s garb and last but not least black and gold from head to toe!

Student Council President has his say

Image: Tanner Chambers (Student Council President) gives his speech over the loud speaker for all to hear.

Every morning, Principal Nash has selected students help him with the announcements to start out everyone’s day on a high note. Up beat music is playing softly in the background as the announcements are made to make students aware of the agenda for the day.

Stafford PTO selling Gladiator Spirit Ribbons

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The Stafford PTO will be selling spirit ribbons for this weeks game against the Crossroads Bobcats. Ribbons will be sold for $.75. We will be selling ribbons at both the high school campus and at Stafford during Thursday and Friday lunches. For more info please contact Tessa South at 469.285.9854. Go Gladiators!

Italy Volunteer Fireman teach fire safety at Stafford Elementary

Image: Italy’s volunteer firemen getting ready to show the Stafford students the fire truck.

Last week was fire safety week at Stafford Elementary. Students were being taught fire safety tips in their classrooms and practicing fire drills. But nothing is as fun as having the Italy volunteer firemen come in their big red fire engine and teach students how to be safe in the event of a fire.

Stafford Principal Jonathan Nash plays King in Cinderella

Image: Stafford Elementary principal Jonathan Nash in full costume in his roll as the king in Cinderella

Not only does Jonathan Nash (Stafford Elementary principal) have a passion for kids, but he also has a passion for theater. He has performed in more than 20 productions. And now he is playing the part of King Maximillian Godfrey Ladislaus Leopold Sidney Frederick John in the Waxahachie Community Theatre’s production of Cinderella.

Italy Lions Club vision screening at Stafford Elementary

Image: Lions Club bus is where the kids go to get their glasses.

Friday morning the Italy Lions Club had a large vision bus parked at Stafford Elementary ready to supply students with glasses. This bus has an eye doctor, vision equipment, glasses and helpful Italy Lions Club members ready to make sure every student that needs glasses receives glasses. It is like an eye doctors office on wheels. Italy Lions Club has been doing this for five years now.