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The Stafford Elementary School Student Council  is hosting a coat drive to benefit students.  A letter is attached with program information that can be distributed to businesses or churches.  Please support this very worthy cause!

Stafford students, employees, and their families continually demonstrate their willingness to give back!  During the months of November and December numerous campaigns took place to collect canned and non-perishable food items, gift wrap, toiletry gift sets, Christmas toys and gifts.  Student organizations  worked with local churches, Second Mile Mission, Houston Food Bank, East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministries Food Bank, YIP Countywide Toy Drive and the district Angel Tree program.  Open the link below to see video of the YIP Countywide Toy Drive.

It’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Program time!  HLSR judges from throughout the greater Houston area will travel to the Margaret Havens Library and Media Center to evaluate and award student art.  The community is invited to also enjoy the artwork at a Family Art Night in the library on Wednesday, January 11, 2012, from 6-8 pm.  The free event will include, food, face-painting, and activities.  Go Spartans!

Videos of School Board meetings can now be viewed from the district web-site! Open the About SMSD tab on the district home page, select Board of Trustees and Board Operations on the pull-down menu and  select the meeting you want to watch. Highlights from the December meeting include: Recognition of cross-country runners and outstanding employees; parent and community volunteers from the primary school and Stafford Spartan Athletic Booster Club (SSABC); presentations by students in the Graphic Art program and Principal Kim Vu; and a STAAR update.

Stafford Elementary School is hosting the district UIL academic contest  for students in grades 3-8 on Friday, January 27, 2012.  Over 300 students are expected to travel to Stafford to compete!  Students in grades PreK-6th (Primary, Elementary, and Intermediate) will be on an Early Release schedule that day to accommodate the event.  Students attending the middle and high schools’ will remain on a regular schedule.  Go Spartans!

January is the month that schools across the state recognize school board trustees for their volunteer service, dedication, and hard work.  These elected officials spend numerous hours in preparation and deliberation, at no compensation, to perform the enormous job of governing the district.  Messages of appreciation from students will fill the Board room at Monday’s (January 9th) regular meeting and a short reception for current and former Board members will be held at 6:30 pm. The community is invited.

A free information workshop on funding for college will be given at 6:00 pm on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at the George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview Drive, in Richmond.  Co-sponsored by the George Foundation and Fort Bend County Libraries, attendees will learn, ask questions and get answers about scholarship, funding and library resources.  For additional information, a flyer is attached or call  (281) 342-6109.

Several scholarships are being offered by local organizations with upcoming deadlines.  The George Foundation scholarship program is based on financial need and is available to all graduating seniors attending a Fort Bend County public high school.   Applications and guidelines for the 2012-2013 academic year are now available on the Foundation’s website at : (www.thegeorgefoundation.org) and will be available through the postmarked deadline, March 15, 2012.  For additional assistance email tkopnicky@thegeorgefoundation.org or call 281-342-6109.  The Houston Works scholarship application is attached and its deadline is February 17th.  Additional information for it can be found at www.houstonworks.org.  The deadline for the Texas Caucus of Black School Board Members (TCBSBM) scholarship is January 27 and the link to its application follows.  In addition to scholarships, TCBSBM also offers a $500 Classroom Grant to an educator for their outstanding job in engaging students to be successful.

2012 TCBSBM $1000.00 Scholarship
2012  OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD

Grainger, a Stafford company that supplies industrial products, donated $5,000 to the Stafford Education Foundation to fund five $1,000 scholarships for students pursuing technical fields!  Applications for the scholarships will be announced in the spring.

January is National Mentoring Month and SMSD partners with the experts in mentoring – Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS)!   BBBS is recruiting both “Littles” (children under 18) and “Bigs” (adult mentors) and Stafford students in all grades need your support.  For additional information go to www.bbbstx.org.

Stafford High School science teacher, Mrs. Alejandra Guzman, was nominated as  ExploreLearning’s Educator of the Month for December 2011!  ExploreLearning provides science virtual lab programs called Gizmos to educators and Mrs. Guzman has used their product for several years.  To learn more about Mrs. Guzman and her award, open the link below.

http://news.explorelearning.com/newsletter/2011/12/#article5

Any child under the age of 5 that resides in Stafford can receive a FREE book monthly mailed directly to his/her home!  The books are a gift from the Oyster Creek Rotary Club in conjuction with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and Stafford Primary School.  To apply, open the link from the primary school webpage below.

http://classroom.stafford.msd.esc4.net/webs/sps/dolly_parton_imagination_library.htm

DonorsChoose.org is a website that allows teachers to solicit donations for their classrooms from people across the country.  From art supplies to iPads, no request is too bid or too small.  To learn more about its success open the link below to read how the program assisted teachers in Austin, TX.

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