Originally delivered on 3/27/2023 11:22 am

SUBJECT: The Preston Press 3/27/2023

March 27, 2023Preston Elementary PTAVolume 6 Issue 13
Important News
SPRING BOOK FAIR is almost here!

Our Spring Book Fair is only TWO WEEKS AWAY and it’s sure to be S’more Fun than ever!!

March 27, Mon. 8am-3:30pm

March 28, Tues. 8am-3:30pm

March 29, Wed. 8am-3:30pm and *5pm - 6:30pm 

March 30, Thurs. 8am-3:30pm

March 31, Fri. 8am-1:00pm

Parents will have the opportunity to shop with their student during lunch time and after school. Online shopping will also be available starting March 20th - April 4th HERE

 *The book fair will be open from 5 pm - 6:30 pm during Heritage Night! Stop by and visit the book fair for some book or treats.  

We could use your help! CLICK HERE to sign up to volunteer at the book fair!

Spring Picture Day – April 5th

Traditions Portraits will be clicked at Preston on April 5th for individual spring pictures and for class pictures. Smiles will be all around!

School Holiday! Mark your Calendar!
Important - STAAR Test Dates
Message from Principal, Ms. Lemons
Traffic Route at Preston

Please take a moment to review the information below regarding traffic and carpool routes. Your cooperation is vital in helping make sure our carpool runs efficiently. (The traffic flow map is included for your reference.)

  • Pull all the way forward before letting students exit the vehicle, even in the rain/cold.
  • Obey signage; ex: Right Turn ONLY when exiting front carpool.
  • Students should be ready to exit the vehicle quickly and independently, using the passenger side of the car. 
  • Stay in the carpool line rather than cutting through the parking lot or going around the line of cars.
  • The carpool lane runs the smoothest with a systematic approach. Visualize a roller coaster ride: a set of cars pulls up, students get out, the set of cars leaves, the next group pulls up, etc.
  • If you choose to park in the parking lot (not preferred), parents MUST park and walk their child across the crosswalk. Drop-off in the parking lot is NOT PERMITTED.
  • Students and families should never cross Hilliard Dr. when walking/biking to school, unless at the designated crosswalk.
  • Driving on the wrong side of the street is dangerous and should be avoided for the safety of all.
  • Families may use either carpool line for morning carpool.
  • Afternoon carpool is grade level specific (K-2 students with older siblings in the front; 3-6 students in the gym).

FOR ALL PES TRAFFIC, HILLIARD DRIVE is NOT a thru street during carpool times. Those who are violating our specific traffic routes are causing unnecessary delays.

  • If coming from Ridgeview Drive, you should not be accessing the front carpool line.
  • If coming from Baugh/Emporio Drive, you should not be accessing the gym-side carpool line.

Thank you for your help in following these PES guidelines.

GATE Academy

The Gifted & Talented department will host a webinar for parents providing information on the GATE Academy at Vaughan Elementary and the lottery selection process for the 2023-2024 school year.  

This year’s informational meeting will be held via Zoom webinar on March 30, 2023 at 6:00 pm.  Interested viewers may join using the link here. Registration is not required.  

The GATE Academy lottery is open to Allen ISD students currently in grades K-5 who are already identified for gifted/talented services.

Prekindergarten Update & Enrollment for 2023-2024

In the 2023-2024 school year, Allen ISD will serve eligible students in a full-day Prekindergarten program.  The program will consist of both monolingual and bilingual classes and will be located at George J. Anderson Early Childhood School.  Enrollment opens on Monday, April 3rd.  Please click on the links below for more information.

2023-24 PreK Enrollment Flyer- English

2023-24 PreK Enrollment Flyer- Spanish

Are You Moving?

This information request is for parents of current Kinder - 5th grade students.  

If you have moved or will be moving over the summer and already know that your child will not be returning to Preston Elementary, please complete the information below by April 28, 2023. If your child will not attend Preston due to the AISD boundary adjustment, you do not need to provide that information. 

If you have any questions, please email Natalie.Sawyer@allenisd.org Thank you so much!

Student Moving form

AISD Community Engagement Night

What's better than a night filled with pancakes, games for kids, and learning for adults? Not much!

Allen ISD is excited to host our second Community Engagement Night! This event will be held on Tuesday, April 11 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Boon Elementary School (1050 Comanche Dr, Allen, TX 75013). A family-friendly pancake dinner will be served from 5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria for all who attend! Find more information HERE.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here to register now.

Varsity Game Schedule
Field Day shirts are on sale NOW!

Field Day at Preston is May 22nd. The Field Day shirts are on sale now through April 14th. Order yours today!!

Purchase a Field Day shirt HERE! https://allenisd.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Preston-2023-Field-Day-TShirts/ScsULHq

Parent Input for 2023-24

We are beginning to plan for the 2023-2024 school year. If you would like to share input about your child’s academic, emotional, or learning environment needs, please use the link below for more information.

Parent Input for 2023-24

Kindergarten Registration

Get ready for 2023!!! Allen ISD’s Kindergarten Registration is now open for the Fall of 2023. Learn more and register now at https://www.allenisd.org/Kindergarten 

Earth Fest and Market Event

Saturday, April 15 from 2-6 pm at the Allen ISD STEAM Center.  At the event will be local ecological and environmental non-profit organizations, student clubs, programs, entertainment and a Farmers Market.  Learn more about the event and our vendors at our website HERE.

Summer Kids Club registration - 4/17

An exciting calendar of events and activities for our students is coming soon!

Save the Day for Backyard Bash!

Backyard Bash will be held on Friday, April 28 from 5:30-7:30pm on the Preston Playground. Coming Soon - More information & opportunities!

PTA News
PES Digital Art Fair is LIVE!

The PES Digital Art Fair is now LIVE on Artsonia! 👏🎉 

Your student’s artwork has been uploaded and you can choose from a wide range of products for purchase so you can display their art in a fun and memorable way! Framed art, coasters, etched items, mouse pads, t-shirts, tote bags, holiday ornaments- the possibilities endless and they all make perfect gifts! 

To see your child’s artwork, and to purchase items, click this link: https://www.artsonia.com/connect/ZDX6555K

When prompted and adding a student to your account, use this parent code: ZDX6555K 

Every purchase helps support our PES Art program. In fact, 20% of every keepsake purchase is donated to the school arts program at Jenny Preston Elementary School!


You get to keep your students' art work in a unique way AND are supporting a great cause - what could be better than that?!

FYI - the original art pieces will be returned to students so you can frame that version at home for display. 


Thank you, in advance, for your support! ❤️🦁🐾

Heritage Night is on March 29th

6th Annual Heritage Night will be hosted at Preston on March 29, 2023 from 6:00-7:30 pm.

Connect with our Preston community and celebrate our beautiful campus diversity.

Preston Publishers Author Reception

The Preston Publishers Author Reception will be held on April 18th from 5:30 to 6:30pm in the MPR and the library. 

Our young authors will be celebrated with refreshments and treats and have an opportunity to sign/dedicate their published books to the Preston library. We can't wait to honor our student scribes!

School Supply Pack Sales Coming Soon
School Supply Packs Coming Soon!

PTA will be selling school supply packs. This is a convenient and affordable service we offer to our families.  All packs contain the required school supplies for your child(ren)'s grade level! No running around to multiple stores at the last minute!  Packs will be delivered to your child's homeroom teacher and available at Meet the Teacher in the Fall! So easy for all! 

More info coming soon.  Ordering will be available on the PTA website next week!  

Volunteers Needed!

March 27                 Dai Tran

Looking Ahead
Monday, March 27
Spring Book Fair
Tuesday, March 28
Spring Book Fair
3:15p Run Club
Wednesday, March 29
Spring Book Fair
5:00p Book Fair Open
6:00p Heritage Night
Thursday, March 30
Spring Book Fair
Friday, March 31
Spring Book Fair
Tuesday, April 4
3:15p Run Club
Wednesday, April 5
Spring pictures
Friday, April 7
Student and Staff Holiday
Monday, April 10
Student and Staff Holiday
Bad Weather Make-up Day (if needed)
Tuesday, April 11
3:15p Run Club
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