10/31/17 Weekly Email


Donate Candy for Troops – Dreading all the candy your kids bring home from Halloween?  Have no fear!  From November 1st- 8th you can donate your unwanted/extra candy. Simply drop candy in the collection boxes in the front school lobby. The Healthy Kids Committee in collaboration with FedEx is collecting candy to be sent to Operation Gratitude who will send the candy to our troops stationed overseas during the holidays.  

Box Tops – Box Tops can be found on everything from
bath tissue to office supplies! A complete list of products can be found at You can also download the Box Tops for Education App to collect box tops virtually! Don’t forget to ask friends, family, and coworkers to clip box tops too! Once you spot the label, simply cut it from the package and send it to school with your child. For every box top received, PD will earn 10 cents to help us purchase the items we need most.

Box Tops can be brought to school anytime in ziploc bags labeled with the number of clipped items inside. A gray box labeled Box Tops can be found in the school office. We will be running a friendly competition in early February which will be grade level vs grade level for one week. The winning class will earn an in-school special prize! Any Box Tops submitted before the competition will be evenly divided amongst the grades. You can hold Box Tops as well until the competition in February.

Student Drop Off Procedure – Click here to view the drop off procedures for both Grant and Oakwood.  Please remember if you are in the drop off line to pull all the way forward and to have students ready to get out of the car. Also, please do not park or stand in the handicap parking space in front of the school when dropping off or picking up your child(ren).
Reading Games – We are excited to see so many teams reserve spots for the 2018 Reading Games! If you have a child who would like to participate but does not have a team, you may request a spot during our individual student registration. Individual student registration will open Wednesday, November 1st at 9am, and will close Sunday, November 5th at 9pm.Although we cannot guarantee a spot on a team, we will do our best to match children to existing teams, or to assist you in creating a new team, by November 15th. You will need to provide your child’s name, grade, and school, reading level (1 or 2), and an indication of whether you could volunteer as a team leader if a new team is formed. Please note, students who are on an existing team do not need to register. Please go to to register your child. May the books be in your favor.  Questions, contact

PD Spirit Wear – Pierce Downer Spirit Wear is now available through November 4th! Place your order asap. Everything is priced at cost, the PTA is NOT making money on this sale. We want as many kids as possible to be in spirit wear this year!
Click here to order – Contact Katie Collins at with any questions.

  • Stage Stars: Acting is fun…Perform in a play! Classes will be on Mondays from November 13-December 18 from 3pm-4pm in the gym. No previous acting experience necessary. This class is open to students in grades 1-6. Click here for flyer and registration.
  • French (New Offering!): French Classes are being offered during lunch this year! The Language Labs wants to continue further enriching young minds by offering the option of a new weekly foreign language: FRENCH! Madame Marie-Colette a native from Normandy, France is ready to teach her lessons in fun and engaging ways! Classes will be on Fridays during lunch/recess from December 1-March 16 for all students (K-6). Click here for flyer and registration.
CALLING ALL BAD MOMS!! – THERE ARE ONLY 13 TICKETS LEFT! It’s going to be a night you don’t want to miss! Grab your friends, neighbors and acquaintances and join your fellow PD Moms at a special screening of A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS!  All proceeds benefit Pierce Downer PTA. Join us Monday Nov. 13th, 7:00pm at the Hollywood Blvd. Theatre. Doors will open at 6pm, seating is first come, first served. There is a 1 item purchase per person, that includes popcorn, water, etc. There will also be a drink special for the night.  Click here to register and view specials. Once the theatre sells out, there will be a waiting list for cancellation, so gather your fellow Bad Moms and buy your tickets TODAY!!

Battle of the Bands –  TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO SIGN UP! 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:  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.

Save the Dates-
THURSDAY – Fun Lunch
11/7- Coffee with the Principal, 10am
11/8- Coffee with the Principal, 6:30pm
11/14 – Pajama Day
11/15 – Fun Lunch
11/15 – Parent Teacher Conferences
11/16 Fun Lunch
11/16 – Parent Teacher Conferences
11/22-11/24 – Thanksgiving Break
11/27 – No School – Teacher Inservice
11/30 – Fun Lunch
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.