9/12/17 Weekly Email


Homecoming Parade – Calling all future DGN graduates!  Come show your Panther Pride and march in this year’s DGN Homecoming parade this Friday, September 22nd!  Please wear PURPLE or your child’s t-shirt with graduation year (distribution of ordered shirts to come soon) and bring candy to throw to the crowd. Children in Kindergarten-3rd grades must be accompanied on the parade route by a parent or guardian.  Remind children to walk and stay with the PD group. Please meet outside at the DG North Main Street parking lotlike years past where everyone lines up. Any questions, please contact Sarah Houlihan at or Mandi Cosenza at

Gifts & Goods Fundraiser – Thanks to all who have participated in our Gifts and Goods fundraiser! If you have not yet participated, keep in mind 50% of all wrapping paper sales and 40% of all kitchen and home items will go directly to Pierce Downer PTA! You can order online or, with an order form, additional packets are available in the school office! Please contact Lora Dominow with any questions
STEAM (Science,Technology,Engineering,Art & Math) – 
  • Spanish Classes are being offered before school and during lunch this year!
    • Language Stars will teach Spanish on Tuesdays before school starting October 17th. Click here for information on how to register your child.
    • Language Labs will teach Spanish on Mondays during lunch/recess starting September 25th.  Click here for information on how to register your child.
  • Chess Club – Stay tuned for information about Chess Club. Time, day and start date of the session will be posted next week.

Service Learning Committee (SLC) – Check out our page on the PTA website to find out what service opportunities our Pierce Downer Families participated in over the summer!

  • Summer Beach Clean-up and BBQ in Union Pier, Michigan – August 7, 2017
  • Feed My Starving Children – July 18, 2017
  • Augie’s Drive for Supplies – June 17, 2017
  • Ronald McDonald House Cookie Baking and Tour – June 13, 2017

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Parent Workshop – Henry Puffer School along with the Henry Puffer PTA invite you to a parent education evening with Noah Rachlin at Herrick Middle School on Monday, September 25th at 6:30pm.  All district 58 parents are welcome! Click here for more information.


Annual Giving Campaign – Many PD families have already participated in our annual giving campaign. Thank you to those who have donated!  There is still time for us to reach our goal and continue to provide our kids with amazing programs!  Please give what you can. All amounts are appreciated. Click on PTA Membership & Annual Giving Flyer for more information.
Save the Dates-

9/19 – Half Day (Dismissal at 11:40am)
9/21 – Fun Lunch
9/22 – DGN Homecoming Parade right after school
10/4 – National Walk & Bike to School Day
10/5 – Fun Lunch
10/9 – No School- Columbus Day
10/10- No School-Teacher Work Day
For more information on school or PTA activities please visit the school web site or PTA web siteFor even more information on community events and activities please check out the District’s e-fliers page at District e-fliers.