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Weekly Email 11/13/18

PTA Meeting & Parent Education – TONIGHT!- Our next PTA meeting is tonight at 7:00pm in the LRC.  Immediately following the brief meeting, we will have a guest speaker from MAVinS talk about their program. MAVinS partners with schools to provide supplemental services aimed at preventing violence in schools, empowering parents to carry those messages to their homes and ensuring every child sees school as a safe haven and every teacher can focus on teaching without the fear of violence. We will also have Janet Ibe Alikpala speak for a few minutes about the Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58 and KOHABabysitting will be provided.
 
Fun Lunch – Friday’s Fun Lunch is pizza day only. Please remember to have your children bring additional snacks and a drink.
 
Gifts and Goods – Thanks to all who participated in the Gifts and Goods Fundraiser! If you selected to have your Gifts and Goods items delivered to the school, they will be available for pick up on THIS FRIDAY (11/16) after school. Orders will be outside your child’s classroom.
 

Variety Show – Believe it or not, but we are already planning our 2019 Variety Show at the Tivoli Theater.  It will be held Saturday, February 23rd!  Matt Lodding has again graciously volunteered to chair this years show. However, we are still in need of parent volunteers to help with a few tasks.  Below is a sign up with the different volunteer opportunities.  The Variety Show has always been a big event at our school and is enjoyed by kids, parents, grandparents, etc. In order to keep making this a successful event we do need parent volunteers.  http://signup.com/go/cmFBHtd

 
Reflections – We are so, incredibly, proud of our Pierce Downer students. We had 17 entries
in this year’s PTA Reflections contest, “Heroes Around Me”. Students displayed passion, skill
and imagination through their art. The entries are an impressive display of our school’s creativity
and talent. Here are our participants:

  • Visual Arts: 
    • K-2nd grade: Amelia Dougherty, Alyssa Gibbons, Arya Komanduri, Greyson Miller
    • 3rd-5th grade: Meili Fleener, Nora Heverin, Tate MacDonald, Avery Miller
    • 6th grade: Aiden Dougherty
  • Film Production: 3rd– 5th Priya Fisher, Hannah Klemz
  • Photography: 3rd– 5th grade: Avery Miller 6th grade: Payton Conway, Dylan Nuttall
  • Dance: 3rd-5th grade: Emelia Jaikowski
  • Literature: 3rd-5th grade: Sajan Komanduri
  • Music Composition: 3rd-5th grade: Maddie Fleener
Thank you to ALL of our participants. They have recently been judged at Pierce Downer, and
many will proceed to compete at the District level. Those selected will be honored Wednesday,
December 5th during a ceremony at Herrick Middle School, with our very own Mrs. Collins
presenting. All the participants have earned themselves a coupon for a free scoop of ice cream
from Culver’s! They will receive their vouchers in the next couple of weeks. Great work to all our
budding artists!

 
Save the Dates-
TONIGHT – PTA Meeting & Parent Education, 7pm
FRIDAY – Fun Lunch – Zazzos Pizza
FRIDAY – Gifts and Goods Pick Up – after school
11/19 – 11/23 – Thanksgiving Break – No School
11/26 – No School – Teacher Inservice Day
11/30 – Fun Lunch

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.

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Weekly Email 11/6/18

NEW INFORMATION
 
PTA Meeting & Parent Education – Our next PTA meeting is Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00pm in the LRC.  Immediately following the brief meeting, we will have a guest speaker from MAVinS talk about their program. MAVinS partners with schools to provide supplemental services aimed at preventing violence in schools, empowering parents to carry those messages to their homes and ensuring every child sees school as a safe haven and every teacher can focus on teaching without the fear of violence. We will also have Janet Ibe Alikpala speak for a few minutes about the Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58 and KOHABabysitting will be provided. 
 
 
REMINDERS
Donate Candy for Troops – TOMORROW is the last day to donate! Dreading all the candy your kids bring home from Halloween? Have no fear! 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.  
 
SLC Shoebox Packing Party – THIS THURSDAY, November 8th, 3:10pm-5:00pm, Pierce Downer Gym. Here is a great way to kick off the holiday season with your family! Operation Christmas Child of Samaritan’s Purse www.samaritanspurse.orgdelivers shoe boxes full of toys/gifts to needy children around the world just in time for Christmas. To register, follow these 2 steps: 1.) Register you and your family here and 2.) Sign up here to choose what you will donate to the party. ALL DONATIONS SHOULD BE DROPPED OFF AT JAMIE MOSS’ HOUSE TODAY! Contact Jamie Moss at jkmdds@hotmail.com or (630) 445-3534 with any questions.
 
Trivia Night – We are still looking for co-chairs/chair to run Trivia Night. The event will be on a Friday/Saturday in February and the date can be set by the co-chairs/chair. The ladies who provided the trivia package for last year’s 80’s trivia night have agreed to share additional packages to be used for this year!  There are 3 options to choose from (College, Game Show or Hollywood).  Already having the content to use the co-chair/chairs responsibilities would include – firming up date/contract with the American Legion, obtaining MC for the event, decorations for event, managing the event, etc.  There is also a Trivia Night committee with 5 members to assist with the process. If interested please reach out to Nicki Blattner at pattonnicki@hotmail.com.
 

SLC- Feed My Starving Children – www.fmsc.org – Monday, November 19, 2:30pm-4:30pm, Aurora. Looking for a family outing during the long Thanksgiving break? Come join us at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora. Hand-pack dry nutritionally complete meals into bags which are then sealed, boxed, placed on pallets and shipped to children around the world. Click on the following link to register (be sure to choose November 19, 2:30-4:30): https://www.fmsc.org/volunteer-listing?location=Aurora%2C%20IL&distance=25&volunteer=1&time=Any%20Time%20of%20Day&date=11/19/2018-11/30/2018

 
Thank you to everyone that participated in the MOD Pizza fundraiser- we raised $287!
 
Save the Dates-
WEDNESDAY – Last day to donate candy to the troops
FRIDAY – Fun Lunch – Great American Bagel
11/13 – PTA Meeting & Parent Education, 7pm
11/16 – Fun Lunch – Zazzos Pizza
11/19 – 11/23 – Thanksgiving Break – No School
11/26 – No School – Teacher Inservice Day
11/30 – Fun Lunch

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.