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5/9/17 PTA Email

Artcot – JUST ADDED – Chinese Folk and Classical Dance!  The doors open at 6pm for you and your family to explore nine countries around the world!  The Cultural Dancing will now begins at 6:30 (Starting with the Chinese Folk and Classical Dance) in the gym and should go until about 8pm.  The event ends at 8:30pm.  Hope to see you all there! Click here for more information.

Fun Run – Join us for our annual one-mile Fun Run/Walk this Thursday at 3:15pm, rain or shine!  Last-minute registrations will be accepted in the school office through Thursday afternoon or at the registration table the day of the event, but the racing bibs and drawstring bags are limited so please sign up ASAP.

All parents need to be aware of the street closures at pick-up time on Thursday due to the Fun Run.  The street closures are in place to ensure student safety during the Fun Run.

  • Oakwood Avenue from Grant to Chicago
  • Chicago Avenue from Oakwood to Downers Dr.
  • Downers Drive from Chicago to Grant
  • Grant Street from Downers to Oakwood
  • Seeley Avenue from Grant to Chicago

These closings will take effect at 2:00 pm and will be in place until approximately 4:00 pm.

End of Year School Party – End of Year Party is right after the Fun Run this Thursday May 11!  After working up a sweat, come around to the back of the school and dance away with Coach Josh!   Every kids will also get a popsicle!!  Please stay with your kids as this is not a drop off event.  The social is over at 5:15!

Summer Math Club – Don’t let your student’s math skills fall behind this summer! Summer Math Club packets will come home in the upcoming weeks. Please click this link to print out the opt-in flier and turn in to your teacher by Monday May 15th. Sheets will not be posted online this year. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Ordway- lisaordway1@gmail.com.

Kickbowl 2017 – Looking forward to seeing all of the PD boys out on the field with their lucky lady – remember it can be Mom, Aunt, Neighbor or Friend! Cllick here for the registration form. Please turn in your form and $20 (cash or check only) by May 16!  Please reach out to Bethany Keown with any questions or concerns at bsk_bab@msn.com.

Field Day – Field day is Wednesday, June 7th. Please help make it a great day for the kids by volunteering to chaperone games and activities such as face painting, volleyball, chicken toss, kickball, crazy relays, dodgeball and more! Click this link to sign up: http://signup.com/go/DOaeljO You can work the morning shift (K through 3rd) or the afternoon shift (4th through 6th); you can even sign up for both! Any questions contact Sara Purgatorio at sarapurgatorio1@gmail.com.

Service Learning – The following events are for PD students and their families! The Service Learning Committee has set everything up for you. Just choose an activity for your family and RSVP. Every activity requires an adult chaperone. Click Service Learning Events Information and Registration  to learn more and to register for events listed.These events are for PD students and their families!

  • Facility Tour at Sharing Connections
    • 5111 Chase Ave. Downers Grove
    • Wednesday, May 10th at 4:00 pm
    • All ages are welcome with adult supervision. Learn more about neighbors helping neighbors and how your family can help!
    • Registration for this event is full. Please contact Melanie Jankauskas ocmaj01@comcast.net with questions.
  • West Suburban Humane Society – Would you like to learn how WSHS safely cares for the animals? Sign up for a tour Wed, May 17th, 6:30 – 7:30pm. Only 17 spots available. For more information and to register click https://fs22.formsite.com/dgforms/form17/index.html. This will be an hour of learning, seeing, and touching the animals. Meet at the Humane Society. Suggested donations are listed on the registration form. Any questions, email Jennie Amidei jenamidei@gmail.com.

School Supply Kits – Place your student’s school supply kit order now for the 2016/2017 school year.  Order & pay ONLINE ONLY via www.carlsonschoolkits.com.  For complete ordering information click on ​ 2017 Supply Kit Flyer.  Orders will be accepted through Friday, May 19th.
Student Assembly – Last Friday morning, May 5th, students attended a PTA sponsored assembly, entitled “Wheel of Wisdom.” This fun, educational, and interactive assembly is set up like a game show where contestants can answer questions, spin the wheel, and rack up points. Questions ranged from grade level subject material to more lighthearted topics about Pierce Downer school. Be sure to ask your student how they fared in the game show!
Thank you to Teri Bonk and Joanna Matthies for organizing Teacher Appreciation Week! We also want to say THANK YOU to all who helped make Teacher Appreciation Week 2017 the best that it could be!  Thank you to all who donated time, tasty baked goods, pretty paper products, beautiful center pieces, generous gift cards and so much more to make the week so special! The teachers and staff from Pierce Downer definitely felt VERY appreciated! If you donated a baked good item on a plate or platter and did not stop in the lounge at the end of the day to pick it up, please do so as soon as possible.  Thank you again to all who so generously donated to make Teacher Appreciation Week 2017 so wonderful!

Save the Dates 

THURSDAY –  Fun Run, 3:15pm

THURSDAY – End of Year Party, immediately following Fun Run

FRIDAY- Artcot, 6:00-8:30pm

5/18 –  Fun Lunch

5/19 – School Spirit Wear Day

5/29 – No School- Memorial Day

5/30- KickBowl, 6pm

6/7 – Field Day

6/8 – 6th Grade Breakfast, 9-11am

6/9- Last Day of School- Half Day

For more information on school or PTA activities please visit the school web site or PTA web site. For even more information on community events and activities please check out the District’s e-fliers page at District e-fliers.

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5/2/17 PTA Email

Artcot – Artcot is May 12th from 6:00pm-8:30pm at Pierce Downer. Come travel the world with your kids as they explore different cultures. There will be activities, food tasting, art, pictures and more. This is a family event – no kids are to be dropped off. All you need to do is show up and enjoy! Look for the flyer in Tuesday folders or click here.

End of Year School Party – The End of Year School Party is May 11th at 3:15pm (ending at 5:15pm). Right after you run your mile in the Fun Run head to the back of the school to celebrate your school year! Coach Josh will be spinning tunes and every kids gets a freeze pop. This is a family event – no unattended children!  

Calling all PD Boys! – KickBowl 2017 will be May 30th (rain date is May 31th) starting at 6pm!  Pick your favorite lady in your life – mom, sister, aunt, family friend – make sure she is a ringer!  Look for the flyer in Tuesday folders or click here.  Please return the form and $20 (cash or check only) to the office by May 16.  We will let you know your teams by May 23.

Field Day – Field day is Wednesday, June 7th. Please help make it a great day for the kids by volunteering to chaperone games and activities such as face painting, volleyball, chicken toss, kickball, crazy relays, dodgeball and more! Click this link to sign up: http://signup.com/go/DOaeljO You can work the morning shift (K through 3rd) or the afternoon shift (4th through 6th); you can even sign up for both! Any questions contact Sara Purgatorio at sarapurgatorio1@gmail.com.

Teacher Appreciation Week– It’s Teacher Appreciation Week 2017!  We have been working very hard to coordinate a beautiful and appreciative week for our OUTSTANDING teachers at Pierce Downer, but we could definitely use a few more donations.

  • We are still in need of gift cards for the Friday gift card raffle.  The gift cards can be of any denomination and from any place of your choice.  Any and all gift cards are very much appreciated!  It is our goal to give each one of our teachers a gift card on Friday. We have a ways to go before we reach that goal just yet. If you would like to donate gift cards for the gift card raffle, please drop them off in the green Teacher Appreciation gift card collection bag in the school office by the fax machine.
  • We are still looking for volunteers to send in various food items, centerpieces, supplies, and/or help with a set-up or clean-up of the lounge.  We have recently added a few more items needed for various days throughout the rest of the week to the sign up.
  • If you have any questions, please contact either Joanna Matthies at joanna@matthiesbuilders.com or Teri Bonk at terib618@aol.com.  Thank you in advance for all of your generous donations and help to make the 2017 Teacher Appreciation Week the best that it can be!

Service Learning – The following events are for PD students and their families! The Service Learning Committee has set everything up for you. Just choose an activity for your family and RSVP. Every activity requires an adult chaperone. Click Service Learning Events Information and Registration  to learn more and to register for events listed.These events are for PD students and their families!

  • Facility Tour at Sharing Connections

STEAM Classes– For more information and to register for any of the classes listed below, click the link on STEAM Class Information and Registration

  • Science Workshop- Catapults with Mike Schaefer.  Grades K-6th. Monday, May 8th, 3-4:30pm, in the Pierce Downer Gym.  A Science Workshop where you’ll learn how to build catapults! Cost is $5, register by Friday, May 5th.  Register by clicking the link above.

Fun Run – Please remember to turn in your Registration Form for the Fun Run/walk next Thursday, May 11th. We hope you will join us for this one mile walk or run.  Please fill out the Fun Run Registration and turn into the office with cash or check made out to Pierce Downer PTA.  The entry fee is $5 per person and preschoolers are free.  Please return your registration by May 5th to guarantee a drawstring bag.

School Supply Kits – Place your student’s school supply kit order now for the 2016/2017 school year.  Order & pay ONLINE ONLY via www.carlsonschoolkits.com.  For complete ordering information click on ​ 2017 Supply Kit Flyer.  Orders will be accepted through Friday, May 19th.

April Meeting Minutes – The meeting minutes form the April PTA Meeting can be viewed here.

Thank you to Bethany Keown for organizing a fun Cubs outing for our families!

Save the Dates 

THIS WEEK – Teacher Appreciation Week

THURSDAY – Fun Lunch

5/11 –  Fun Run, 3:15pm

5/11 – End of Year Party, immediately following Fun Run

5/12- Artcot, 6:00-8:30pm

5/18 –  Fun Lunch

5/19 – School Spirit Wear Day

5/29 – No School- Memorial Day

5/30- KickBowl, 6pm

6/7 – Field Day

6/8 – 6th Grade Breakfast, 9-11am

6/9- Last Day of School- Half Day

For more information on school or PTA activities please visit the school web site or PTA web site. For even more information on community events and activities please check out the District’s e-fliers page at District e-fliers.