9/19/17 Weekly Email


Homecoming Parade – The homecoming shirts will be distributed TOMORROW after school at 3:00 If you can’t make it, ask a friend or neighbor to pickup and we will deliver the remaining.  We have a few extra shirts for purchase in case you didn’t get a chance to send in the an order.  $12 cash or check.  
Please wear your t-shirt to school on Friday, 9/22!
Everyone walking in the parade please wear PURPLE or your child’s t-shirt with graduation year 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 lot like years past where everyone lines up. Any questions, please contact Sarah Houlihan at or Mandi Cosenza at

Directory Spot – We are excited to announce that the Pierce Downer Directory App is now available! PTA members, you have been set up as a user for DirectorySpot and can now download it for free from the App Store (iPhone users) or Google Play (Android users), or you can also access the data from the web.   For those that have purchased a family PTA membership and wish to add their children as users please email with email and first/last name.  They will then be added as a user.  For directions on how to access/download the directory spot app and website, click here. If you have any data changes or questions throughout the year, please contact Stephanie Vroman at
STEAM (Science,Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) – 
  • Chess Club – Chess Club is back at PD this fall. Chess Scholars will be offering classes beginning Monday, October 2nd from 3pm-4pm in the gym and will run for 5 weeks. No experience necessary; the class is open to all students (K-6). Children will be taught the game and have guided practice time. Register by Sept 25th for early bird price! Click here for flyer and registration.

Yorktown Center School Bucks – SHOP. SHOW. WIN!!! After shopping and dining simply show your Yorktown Center receipts at the Guest Services desk, below the Eatery to accumulate points for Pierce Downer!  For every dollar spent, Pierce Downer will receive one point. This includes AMC Theatre ticket stubs AND Target!!   First place wins $10,000! This is a very easy way to raise money for our school! For more information visit


Battle of the Bands –  Hey Parents!  Do you sing in the shower?  Do you secretly play guitar in your basement?  Do you want to learn how to play the triangle?  No musical talent, but you would love to be on stage?  Join the Pierce Downer Battle of the Bands!  This fun spring event is made up of Pierce Downer parent and teacher bands.  All experience levels are welcome!  Please sign up via the following link:  Deadline to sign up is Tuesday, October 31st.  We are planning on playing a kid friendly show at DGN and an adults only show in the spring.  For photos and info from previous years, click on Contact Kristen France at with any questions.

Girls’ Day Out – Thursday, September 28th is Girls’ Day Out in Downtown Downers Grove. Please shop using the Hall Pass Flyer. 10% of the day’s Hall Pass sales will be donated to participating PTAs. The school with the MOST participation will receive an additional $250. Lets make Pierce Downer number ONE!

Gifts & Goods Fundraiser – TODAY is the last day to get your orders in! Thanks to all who have participated! 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.
Become a Subscriber to the Service Learning Committee (SLC) and/or STEAM Committee! – If you would like direct reminders sent to your inbox about classes/events, become a subscriber! Just click and fill out the form. (You can unsubscribe to the emails at any time by emailing Stephanie Vroman at
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.
Save the Dates-

THURSDAY – Fun Lunch
FRIDAY – DGN Homecoming Parade right after school
9/25- Parent Workshop, 6:30pm at Herrick
9/28 – Girls’ Day Out, Downtown DG
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.