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2/21/17 PTA Email

PD All School Yearbooks ORDER DEADLINE TODAY! – Please click on the link to purchase your 2016/2017 Pierce Downer All School Yearbook for $16.00.  This year we are ordering directly through Jostens website.  If this is a problem or if anyone has any questions – please contact Leah Thulin:  leahthulin@sbcglobal.net.  Yearbooks will be on sale until February 21. Click here to: BUY A YEARBOOK OR head over the PD PTA website for the link: http://piercedownerpta.org.
 
Variety Show –This is it ! The Variety Show is Saturday!  Turn in your DVD/Pic forms and money so you and your children will remember this awesome show. If you have misplaced your form the office has extras in the folder labeled The Variety Show DVD/Pic Forms. Thursday Feb 23 is the deadline!  

District 58 Board Candidate Forum – There will be four open positions on the District 58 Board of Education at the end of the current term. As a service to our community, our middle school PTAs are hosting two candidate forums to help voters make informed decisions in preparation for the election April 4th. Please RSVP through the links below if you are able to attend:
  • Herrick Middle School- TOMORROW, Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 7-8:30 p.m. Register at https://goo.gl/forms/qGFBwMdlOlHZw8xg1

    • Candidate forum, part 2! Since we do have a time limit and would like to give each candidate equal opportunity to provide their input, we have chosen a format that mixes scripted answers with open Q&A. The candidates will briefly introduce themselves and take turns answering key questions based on community feedback. If enough time remains at the end of this process we will open the floor to individual questions from the audience. Please RSVP via the link above to let us know you will be in attendance and to tell us about the topics that most interest you. Your feedback will be used to help generate the key questions that comprise the bulk of the forum.
  • Please note that, as members of the Illinois PTA, O’Neill, Herrick, and all other DG58 PTAs do not endorse any particular candidate(s). We are offering this forum as a service for all of our community members.
Destination Imagination – Please come out to Glen Ellyn on March 4th to support the five Piece Downer teams that are participating in this year’s Destination Imagination program.   The tournament is taking place on at Hadley Junior High, 240 West Hawthorne, Glen Ellyn, IL. The is a super inspiring day, and the best way for anyone who might be interested in the program to get a true sense for what DI is all about. Whether your children are interested in DI, or just want to root on their friends, this is a great event to attend!  Team names, times, and challenges are below:

  • 9:20 – Room 130 – Golden Fires (3rd grade team led by Deidre Omahen and Elizabeth Kuchta) (Vanished – Fine Arts Challenge)
  • 10:00 – Gym B – Mystical Marshmallows (6th grade team led by Sue Lesley) (In it Together – Structure Challenge)
  • 10:00 – Room 134 – As Cool as Cucumbers Can Be (2nd grade team led by Lynn Enright and Kam Sidhwa) (Top Secret – Science Challenge)
  • 12:00 – Library Media Center – Do or Di (5th grade team led by Sara Farrero) (3-Peat – Improv Challenge)
  • 12:20  – Room 134 – Code Red (3rd grade team led by Melissa Brenner) (Top Secret – Science Challenge)

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! 

  • Feed My Starving Children- This is a family event – for Pierce Downer students and their families. Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization that helps turn hunger to hope.  Children and adults hand-pack meals specifically designed to reverse malnutrition for starving children around the world.  Please click on the following link to sign-up: http://volunteer.fmsc.org/Register/Group/JoinGroup.aspx?gid=985127
    After you register your name, be sure to click “add members” to add the name of each member of your family that will be attending so that we can get an accurate head count.  For any questions, please contact Anu Fisher at fisheranu@gmail.com.

    • Date:March 2, 2017
    • Time: 6pm – 7:30pm
    • Location: 555 Exchange Ct., Aurora, IL
  • Kindness Pouches –The SLC is proud to be partnering with Student Council again on the Kindness Pouches!  We are collecting warm socks, hand warmers, granola bars, trail mix and chapstick to distribute to the homeless.  Items can be dropped off in the bins next to the LRC throughout the remainder of the school year.
STEAM Classes– For more information and to register for any of the classes listed below, click the link on STEAM Class Information and Registration
  • Common Threads (Kindergarten- 3rd Graders) – LAST CHANCE! Cooking for Life with local chef Rae Ellen. Learn about nutrition and healthy cooking.  Students will make and eat a healthy snack during class.
    • Monday, February 27th from 3-4pm in the Pierce Downer Gym
    • Register by THIS Thursday, February 23rd!
    • Click on link above for more info and to register.
Become a Subscriber Service Learning Committee (SLC) and/or STEAM! – Have you been forgetting to sign up for events posted in the PTA Newsletter? Do you want information from the Service Learning Committee (SLC) or STEAM Committee sent directly to you? Become a subscriber! If you would like to sign up for regular informational emails from either the SLC or STEAM Committee, please click https://fs22.formsite.com/dgforms/form8/index.html and fill out the form. We will add you to our email list and send you updated program/event dates, details and contact information right to your inbox.  You can unsubscribe to the emails at any time by emailing Stephanie Vroman at Stephanie@formsite.com.


The Sweetheart Dance was a huge success!  All the little ladies looked lovely in their fancy wear!  We want to thank the committee – Melanie Jankauskas, Amanda Moore, Beth Adamo, Erin Guth, Kristy Pauley and Sara Purgatorio.  Looking forward to next years gala!


Save the Dates 
2/25 – Variety Show at the Tivoli, 10am
3/2 – Fun Lunch
3/3 – No School – Teacher Inservice Day
3/16 – Fun Lunch
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2/14/17 PTA Email

PD All School Yearbooks on sale NOW! – Please click on the link to purchase your 2016/2017 Pierce Downer All School Yearbook for $16.00.  This year we are ordering directly through Jostens website.  If this is a problem or if anyone has any questions – please contact Leah Thulin at leahthulin@sbcglobal.net.  Yearbooks will be on sale until February 21. Click here to: BUY A YEARBOOK or head over to the PD PTA website for the link at http://piercedownerpta.org.

Six Flags Great America “Read to Succeed” Program – Read & earn a ticket to Six Flags Great America!  Students who log six hours of reading before Friday, February 17th earn a free ticket to Six Flags Great America! Forms due to their homeroom teacher by 2/17/17 (extended deadline). Any questions, please contact Laima Palubinskas (laimapal@yahoo.com) or Jen VanHoutan (jennifervanhoutan@yahoo.com).

Variety Show – The Variety Show is February 25 and now is your chance to order your DVD and pictures of your very talented children!  Please get the form and money into the office by Thursday February 23! 

District 58 Board Candidate Forum – There will be four open positions on the District 58 Board of Education at the end of the current term. As a service to our community, our middle school PTAs are hosting two candidate forums to help voters make informed decisions in preparation for the election April 4th. Please RSVP through the links below if you are able to attend:

  • O’Neill Middle School -Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 7:15 p.m. Register at http://omspta.wixsite.com/mysite
    •  O’Neill Middle School PTA invites you! We are hosting a candidate forum for the District 58 School Board on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 7:15 p.m. in the cafeteria. The candidates will briefly introduce themselves. We will collect questions from the audience and have the candidates answer the questions that reflect the audience as a whole. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the candidates and be an informed voter in April. Please RSVP via the link above to let us know you will be in attendance.
  • Herrick Middle School- Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 7-8:30 p.m. Register at https://goo.gl/forms/qGFBwMdlOlHZw8xg1
    • Candidate forum, part 2! Since we do have a time limit and would like to give each candidate equal opportunity to provide their input, we have chosen a format that mixes scripted answers with open Q&A. The candidates will briefly introduce themselves and take turns answering key questions based on community feedback. If enough time remains at the end of this process we will open the floor to individual questions from the audience. Please RSVP via the link above to let us know you will be in attendance and to tell us about the topics that most interest you. Your feedback will be used to help generate the key questions that comprise the bulk of the forum.
  • Please note that, as members of the Illinois PTA, O’Neill, Herrick, and all other DG58 PTAs do not endorse any particular candidate(s). We are offering this forum as a service for all of our community members.

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!

  • Feed My Starving Children- This is a family event – for Pierce Downer students and their families. Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization that helps turn hunger to hope.  Children and adults hand-pack meals specifically designed to reverse malnutrition for starving children around the world.  Please click on the following link to sign-up: http://volunteer.fmsc.org/Register/Group/JoinGroup.aspx?gid=985127
    After you register your name, be sure to click “add members” to add the name of each member of your family that will be attending so that we can get an accurate head count.  For any questions, please contact Anu Fisher at fisheranu@gmail.com.

    • Date:March 2, 2017
    • Time: 6pm – 7:30pm
    • Location: 555 Exchange Ct., Aurora, IL
  • Thank you to all the volunteers who participated in our Valentine craft making event at theLexington Health Care Facility yesterday! We had a total of 15 volunteers (including students & parents) that made crafts, gave out Valentine treats, and visited with the residents. Many of the residents said the visit “made their day!”

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

  • Common Threads (Kindergarten- 3rd Graders) – Cooking for Life with local chef Rae Ellen. Learn about nutrition and healthy cooking.  Students will make and eat a healthy snack during class.
    • Monday, February 27th from 3-4pm in the Pierce Downer Gym
    • Click on link above for more info and to register.


Save the Dates 

THURSDAY- Fun Lunch

2/20 – No School- Presidents’ Day

2/25 – Variety Show at the Tivoli, 10am

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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2/7/17 PTA Email

PD All School Yearbooks on sale NOW! – Please click on the link to purchase your 2016/2017 Pierce Downer All School Yearbook for $16.00.  This year we are ordering directly through Jostens website.  If this is a problem or if anyone has any questions – please contact Leah Thulin at leahthulin@sbcglobal.net.  Yearbooks will be on sale until February 21. Click here to: BUY A YEARBOOK!
Variety Show – The Variety Show is coming up on Saturday, February 25th at 10am.  If you want to remember your kids incredible talents please look out for the form coming home in todays folders for the DVD purchase ($20) and/or a 5×7 professional picture ($5).  The form and the money needs to be turned in by Thursday February 23 to the office folder labeled Variety Show DVD/Pics!  District 58 Board Candidate Forum – O’Neill Middle School PTA invites you! We are hosting a Candidate Forum for the District 58 School Board on Tuesday, February 14 at 7:15pm in the cafeteria. The candidates will briefly introduce themselves. We will collect questions from the audience and have the candidates answer the questions that reflect the audience as a whole. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the candidates and be an informed voter in April. Please visit the O’Neill website (http://omspta.wixsite.com/mysite)to let us know you will be in attendance. Being members of the Illinois PTA, O’Neill and all other District 58 PTAs do not endorse any one candidate. We are offering this forum as a service for all of our community members.

Sweetheart Dance – Guys and Sweethearts this Friday is the last day to RSVP to the dance!  The dance is Tuesday February 14 from 6:30-8:30 at Pierce Downer.  Coach Josh will be spinning tunes, a Photo Booth will be there and a sweetheart rose for your girl at the end of the night!  Please sign up via this link https://fs22.formsite.com/dgforms/dance/index.html ($21) or drop a check in the office in the Sweetheart Dance Folder for $20. RSVP no later than this Friday, February 10th. We hope to see you there!

Reading Games – The Games are fast approaching!  If you are interested in purchasing a Reading Games t-shirt, orders are due by this Friday, February10th. Place your orders here-  http://store.zimmzang.com/readinggames. As always if you have any questions, you may visit the Reading Games website at https://sites.google.com/site/dg58thereadinggames, or email The Reading Games coordinators at readinggamesdg58@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!

  • Kindness Pouches –The SLC is proud to be partnering with Student Council again on the Kindness Pouches!  We are collecting warm socks, hand warmers, granola bars, trail mix and chapstick to distribute to the homeless.  Items can be dropped off in the bins next to the LRC throughout the remainder of the school year.
  • Lexington Nursing Care Center – Please join the SLC for our February volunteer opportunity!  We will be visiting the residents of the Lexington Nursing Care Center in Lombard (2100 S. Finley Rd.) to make Valentine crafts together.  The event will be Monday, Feb. 13 at 3:30.  All craft materials will be provided.  We have space for 15-20 volunteers to join us! It really brightens the day of the residents to have young visitors. Please note that all students must be transported and accompanied by an adult during this event. Please RSVP by Friday, February 10th to Becky Meyers at beckym598@yahoo.com.

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

  • Common Threads (Kindergarten- 3rd Graders) – Cooking for Life with local chef Rae Ellen. Learn about nutrition and healthy cooking.  Students will make and eat a healthy snack during class.
    • Monday, February 27th from 3-4pm in the Pierce Downer Gym
    • Click on link above for more info and to register.


Save the Dates 

TOMORROW & THURSDAY – Parent Teacher Conferences

2/10 – Spirit Day – Mismatch Day

2/16- Fun Lunch

2/20 – No School- Presidents’ 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.