"...that the children of men may become children of God."
The Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) mission here at CTCS is to promote Christian fellowship within our school community, to encourage unity and communication among the school board, administration, teachers and parents. Through our fundraising efforts, we assist in improving the facilities, and the atmosphere at CTCS all with the purpose of educating students with the transforming truth of Christ through Kingdom Education.
There is no need to sign up to join. Everybody is automatically a part of the PTF. We have meetings on the first Thursday of each month held in the cafeteria. Most of the meetings take place at 8:15am, but we do have two nightly meetings during the year, as well. I encourage each of you to attend and participate in PTF. Your involvement in our school is very important because it helps us to not only accomplish our goals but it brings about a sense of unity. Getting involved in these different events and activities is also a great way to be a part of your child’s life here at CTCS where they spend most of their days!
If you are interested in volunteering in any way, please click here.
Janene Graeff, PTF President, welcomed everyone to the meeting. Free dress day for students whose parents attended this meeting will be April 15, 2014.
Deborah Beene, one of our 5th Grade Prayer Mom, opened the meeting in prayer.
In Attendance: Jamie Good, Jill Wisener, Laura Frazier, Jana Whitaker, Allison Booth, Janie Minzak, Christina Marshall, Melissa Bohannon, Deborah Beene, Brittany Norman, Karin Holdampf, Sarah Sewell, Mande Liles, Angie Stringfellow, Beth Mixon, Janene Graeff, Lisa Shatto, Jason Shatto, Kori Hutson, Ty Jackson, Molly Jones, Jenny Stermer, Robyn Thompson, Chris Schirner, Kelly Berkshire, Adela Hauck, LeeAnn Boore, Shanna Degenhardt, Beth Andres, Tanya Cosper, Audrey Rinehart, Petara Monroe-Woodberry, Alicia Chaney, Debbie Lange, Julie Sincleair, Mandy Hollinger, Debbie Tracy, Julie Martin, Debbie Shipp, Kim Won, Gladys Santiago, Jessica Amos, Melody Euler, Susie Marek, Jenifer Luce, Kristin Morris, Patrice Sorenson, Pauline Charles-Thomas, Staci Sellears, Will Sears, Kassie Thompson, Steven Thompson, Paula Kuth, Lisa Applegate, Debby Morris, Suzanne Steeves
Mr. Thomas, Superintendent “What you just heard (about the 8th grade retreat) is what Kingdom Education is all about. That doesn’t happen everywhere.” Mr. Thomas said he has had the opportunity for the past 16 years to see God working in the lives of students on a day to day basis. He thanked all those present and his Lord for the blessing of serving at CTCS. His life has changed because of it. He’s also giving thanks for the excitement to come. The Father has a plan; He is in control. One of the greatest things we can teach our children is “I have breath, I have life, I have purpose.” He read I Thessalonians 2: 4-9: “ But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts. For neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak for covetousness—God is witness. Nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, when we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us. For you remember, brethren, our labor and toil; for laboring night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God.” Paul says they were pleased to impart not only the gospel, but their own lives. That’s what you do when you serve God at CTCS. You are investing your life into another’s life. By the work that you see, by the service that you see, that is preaching the gospel. He closed with 2 Cor. 9: 6-9 “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.”
8th graders Kyle Parsons, Abby Chiles, Taylor Humphrey, and Jack Sewell gave a report on the Wilderness Retreat. Kyle Parsons talked about the second day when the 8th graders went rock climbing on Enchanted Rock. Besides being a lot of fun, it symbolized that in life we have to get over obstacles, you can’t do it by yourself: you need help. Abby talked about the 3rd day when they went canoeing. The adults drew names so the students would canoe with someone other than their best friends so they could get to know someone new. The correlation to their spiritual life was that you can’t wait until you are in the middle of an obstacle to decide which way you are going to go. The 8th graders could watch the people canoeing in front of them and learn from their mistakes and then decide which way they wanted to go. Taylor said on the second day they had the question, “Who are you going to trust?” The 8th graders were blind folded when it was dark outside and they were tired, and they had to trust the person in front of them to keep them on the right path. Jack said one of the most important aspects and one of his favorite on the retreat was the fact that they had to do everything together. They had to trust that everyone would do his/her own part because if someone didn’t, something would go wrong. They cooked together, put up tents together, and did everything else together. Jack said because of the retreat he is closer to everyone in his grade, and he is so glad he got to be a part of it. Janene thanked Sarah Sewell for all she does for the retreat program. The students always come back closer to the Lord and closer to each other.
Spring Used Uniform Sale: Julie Sincleair
We had our spring used uniform sale. The total amount of money raised was $1,440.00. Families made $713, and PTF received $727. Our big sale is scheduled for July 21; Drop off will be July 16-18. Parker uniforms will also be on campus July 21. Julie thanked everyone who helped with the sale, and also gave a big thanks to Lisa Shatto for handling all the money .
Art Auction: (Thurs. April 24 from 6:30-8:30)-Christina Marshall
The theme for this year’s art auction is Broadway and “old school” Las Vegas. They will have sodas, candy, and a Popcorn Bar. A new place on 2305 has donated all the popcorn. She has seen some awesome baskets and really cool projects. We’re doing a raffle this year; the winner of the raffle will receive $500 off of tuition for next year. You can buy tickets in the office for $10 a ticket or 3 for $25.
Walk-A-Thon is April 25th.
Jamie Good offered to make a collective order for anyone interested in coil bracelets or lanyards for the kids as they walk (deadline for that was April 3.) We have a couple of different templates, one for 50 and one for 100.
We also need a few volunteers to sign up for concessions. Melissa Bohannon and her sister Ashley Emmons are chairing that. So we have a place for you in concessions if you’re not working as a lap counter or in activities. Please plan on being here that morning. Start getting your pledges and donations. The theme is walk by faith, not by sight. Mary Brooks has already received over twice the amount of sponsors and donations for the T-shirts than she has ever received.
Thank you-Janene Graeff:
Janene thanked all of the home room moms, prayer moms, and class coordinators for their service all year long.
Eph. 6:7 - Serve wholeheartedly as unto the Lord!
Janene thanked all chairs and co chairs for all committees during the year and gave them a small thank you gift.
Angie Stringfellow thanked Janene Graeff for the incredible job she has done this year as PTF President!!!!
PTF Gift Announcement-Janene Graeff
We want to bless the teachers, students, and school with the funds raised from PTF fundraisers.
We are offering (2) $1,000 scholarships for returning students.
The ice machine at the school broke. We are going to purchase the school a new ice machine with the good ice.
We are giving $4,000 to the school as a whole to improve technology. That may not seem like much, but the proceeds from The Bob Smiley concert Wed. April 16th will also go towards technology. Please encourage your friends to attend.
A scholarship has been set up for teachers/staff who have children at the school. PTF is contributing $6,000 towards that teacher/staff scholarship fund. You are being a part of blessing our teachers and students by being a part of PTF.
This is now the time to fill the Committees/Chairs for next year. Our May meeting is the time when this year’s committee chairs pass the torch to next year’s committee chairs. All of our committees come with binders, information, etc. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. You can however personalize your committee and add your touches to make it your own.
One of PTF’s biggest needs for next year is a President and Vice President.
We have been without a VP this year. Historically the VP would become the President. On the board for next year we have Janene Graeff as Past President, Angie Stringfellow as Treasurer, and Ashley Emmons as Secretary.
(Update*** We now have a full PTF board for next year! Praise the Lord! Kassie Thompson will be serving as PTF President, and Deborah Beene will be serving as Vice President! Please thank these ladies for stepping up to serve when you see them.)
School Board Update: Stephen Thompson, School Board President-
We’ve been in search for a HOS since last August. We have a new HOS. He is Brian Littlefield. He comes to us from First Baptist Academy in Dallas. He is married to Jacquejoy who is a licensed real estate agent. He has two sons. One is in the 8th grade and one in the 10th grade. Coaches, they appear to be pretty good athletes! Brian has 23 years of experience in the education field. 1991-1992 Science teacher and coach at North Shore Middle School in Galena Park, Texas 1992-1994 Science teacher and coach at Westview Middle School in Pflugerville 1994-1997 Assistant Principal at Park Crest Middle School in Pflugerville 1997-2000 High School Assistant Principal at Pflugerville Connally High School 2000-2002 High School Principal at Hutto High School 2002-2007 Superintendent and High School Principal at Hyde Park Baptist Schools in Austin 2007-2009 Superintendent of Schools at Hyde Park Baptist Schools 2010-2013 Head of School and Principal positions at First Baptist Academy Brian holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. He is also pursuing his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership K-12 from Dallas Baptist University. He has two years left for that. His career is marked by a high level of performance in all facets of school leadership, in both public and private Christian environments. He has provided leadership resulting in enhanced operations, improved academics, and sound financial management. Brian has placed Christ at the center of his life and lives each day with that awareness. He has an authentic faith and one that translates into genuine care and compassion for students, their parents, faculty, and staff. He has a heartfelt passion for Kingdom Education and is committed to a philosophy of education that instills Biblical principles into the lives of students through their formal education. Brian views Spiritual Leadership as the first and foremost responsibility of the Head of School. His view of Christian education and his personal faith enables him to provide leadership to promote the vision and mission of the school. He views being the instructional leader as the second most important responsibility. He must support all activities, not just some, equip students in a nurturing environment, and not become complacent. He loves development and communicating with people to impact the students by getting people excited about Kingdom Education. And, after you spend a few minutes with him, you will see his passion and love for Christian education. Initiatives he is credited with in his career are: Creating an emergency operating fund. Obtaining a commitment to suspend the practice of tapping into prepaid tuition for current operating expenses. Establishing a development/fundraising program. Improving course offerings to include AP and Honor classes. Requiring teachers to meet qualifications for State of Texas Certification as well as ACSI. Creating an environment where academic rigor is accepted. Developing and implementing an admissions/marketing program resulting in significant growth in the student population. Building new athletic fields. Promoting programs that enabled faculty to improve their performance and enrich their experience in the classroom. Initiating a capital campaign to raise $14 million. In recent years, he has also gone through many of the same challenges we have been facing. His main goal for Kingdom Education is to build it, grow it, and expose it to as many people as possible. He wants to grow it beyond our boundaries. He challenged the search committee in the first interview we had with him. He asked, “How do we know we’re Christ-centered? It looks good on paper, but how do we know? It’s all over the website, but how do we know?” I’m just glad it was a rhetorical question. I was starting to sweat a little bit as the Search Committee looked around at each other. Because right now, I know there would be a lot of different answers. I look forward to the day where every single one of us here can answer that question without hesitation and have uniformity in our responses. He will be on campus 2 to 3 days this month and 2 to 3 days in May, and will begin full time in mid-June. I received an email from him at 11 last night. He said that everyone at FBA had been informed and they are working out all of the details on the transition. It was a little tougher than he thought it would be, but can feel God’s hand on everything and definitely feels His calling to CTCS. FBA is sad, but excited for his new opportunity. He has been praying for us as well. He is preparing his house to put it on the market and has begun packing. He is planning on making some weekend trips to house hunt. He also asked me to send him the current year’s master schedules and administration to begin familiarizing himself with the staff and their specific responsibilities. He’s ready to go and there is no doubt in mind that he will hit the ground running. Let’s embrace this moment of change and celebrate. Let’s celebrate that God has provided. Let’s celebrate the next steps that God has planned for CTCS. Let’s celebrate Kingdom Education and the people that believe in it. Let’s celebrate Brian and what he will bring to CTCS. I ask that we commit to prayer for the Littlefield family and their transition. Pray for FBA as they embark on what we have completed. Pray for your School Board as we finalize this process and for CTCS as we strive to expose as many people as possible to Kingdom Education.
Treasurer’s Report (on the back of Agenda)-Lisa Shatto:
Mande Liles, one of our 8th Grade Prayer Moms, closed the meeting in prayer.