Welcome back!  The Pierce Downer PTA is busy planning for the upcoming school year and we want to extend a warm welcome to each of our Pierce Downer families.  PD is a wonderful community school and the job of the PTA is to enhance what the school offers and build a strong community for our children and families.  Our PTA funds many school activities (e.g., field trips, art awareness, assemblies), hosts social events for families (e.g., daddy/daughter dance, mother/son kickbowl, fun run), and provides unique academic enrichment opportunities for the kids (e.g., Reflections art program, Destination Imagination, Artcot).

The PTA primarily communicates through email ( and our web site (  Each Tuesday the PTA will send an email through Gmail letting parents know about upcoming PTA programs and volunteer opportunities.  We hope all families will become members of the Pierce Downer PTA and share in the voting decisions on all the activities/items our PTA funds.  Membership information to come soon!

Weekly Email Contact – You are receiving this email because you provided your preferred email address to District 58 when your registered your PD student for the 2018/2019 school year, and you checked the box to indicate that this information could be shared with the PTA.  If you wish to add, delete, or change this email address at any point during the school year, please contact Kristen France at  We are happy to include up to two email addresses per family.  Be sure to add to your Contacts so emails don’t fall into your Spam folder.

Welcome Back Party – Please join us on the school playground for a fun family event on Monday, August 27th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. A dj will be providing the music, Zazzos will be selling pizza and a drink for $4 and all kids will receive a sweet treat! All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend.

First PTA Meeting –  The first PTA meeting and New Family Welcome is scheduled for Tuesday, September 4th at 6:30pm in the school gym. Babysitting is provided.

2018-2019 PD PTA Volunteer Opportunities – The Pierce Downer PTA is beginning to plan our volunteer opportunities for the 2018-19 school year and will again be using Sign Up to help us organize our volunteer efforts.   We are still in need of a lot of volunteers! Some of the open spots include- Variety Show Chair, Healthy Kids Chair, 6th Grade DVD Chair, VIP Day Chair, Room Reps, Service Learning Chair, Destination Imagination Chair & Trivia Night Chair. There are also many open spots on several committees.
  • Click this link to view descriptions and sign up: 
  • Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on Sign Up)
  • Choose your spots – Sign Up will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
  • Your name/email address will be shared with the committee chair, who will then contact you before the event/task to discuss details.
  • Note: Sign Up does not share your email address with anyone. Questions? Please contact Stephanie Vroman

School Supply Kits – If you ordered school supply kits from Carlson’s online back in May, they will be delivered directly to the school and will be waiting for the students in their classrooms on the first day of school.  The teachers will direct the students in labeling their supplies using the pre-printed name labels provided by Carlson’s.  Take note of the items that were NOT included in the kits (gym shoes, art smock, old sock, band/orchestra items, etc.) and send those with your student as needed on the first day.

Save the Dates-

8/23 – First Day of School

8/27 – Welcome Back Party, 5:30pm-7:30pm
9/3 – No School – Labor Day
9/4 – 1st PTA Meeting & New Family Welcome, 6:30pm
9/6 – Picture Day
9/11 – Curriculum Night 5:30pm- 7:50pm
9/20 – Half Day – dismissal at 11:40am

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.


6/5/18 Weekly Email

2018-2019 PD PTA Volunteer Opportunities – Help us plan ahead for next year! We are using to help us organize our committee volunteers. Please click this link to learn more about the positions available and sign up to help! 
Check Request and Reimbursement DEADLINE –  All check requests need to be submitted in the Treasurer’s folder in school by JUNE 8th for reimbursement.  That is also the last day the front office is open.  Please get your check requests in! Click here for the check reimbursement form. 

Summer Math Club – Don’t let your student’s math skills fall behind this summer! Please click this link for more information as well as print your sheets.  The first packet for students entering 1st-3rd grades will come home this week. The packets for all grades will also be on the district squirrel site. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Ordway at

THANK YOU to all of the parent volunteers who gave their time and talents to our school throughout the year.  The PTA could not accomplish all of the programs, events, and services for PD without your help!  We would like to take this opportunity to recognize the following committees/volunteers who we did not thank previously.  Many of these committees work behind the scenes on a daily or weekly basis without recognition:

Thank you to Sara and Pat Purgatorio for another successful Field Day! The kids all had a blast! Thank you to all of the Field Day Helpers! A special shout out to Mrs. French and Mr. Kubinski for all of their help!
Thank you to Laurie Hurst, Sara Farrero, Christine Bednard, Missy Hansen, Jennie Amidei, Lora Dominow, Lisa Ordway, Anu Fisher, Lindsay Degallo, Colleen Loftus and Jen Meggos for giving our 6th graders a farewell celebration that included a parent/student breakfast, DVD, and yearbook.  Their committees worked tirelessly to make this a special day with beautiful keepsakes for our 6th graders.
Thank you to John Doyle for coordinating the End of the Year Party. 
Thank you to Jamie Moss for coordinating and organizing the Art Awareness program!  With the assistance of many parent volunteers, we are able to give every class one extra art lesson a month.

Thank you to Lora Dominow for coordinating the Gifts & Goods fall fundraiser.

Thank you to Bethany Keown for organizing all of the social events this year.

Thank you to Lisa Ordway for organizing the Summer Math Club and for chairing our DGN Scholarship Program this year.

Thank you to LaVonne Czech and her committee for decorating the student birthday board all year.

Thank you to Diedre Omahen and the Service Learning Committee for helping our students connect with individuals and families in our community with activities throughout the year.

Thank you to our Sunshine Lady, Kelly Henrikson, for coordinating all the Sunshine activities for our school families, staff, and crossing guards this year.

Thank you to Jill Meyers for coordinating the ordering of school supply kits.  (And sorting them on a hot day in August!)

Thank you to Corey Peterson for organizing our classroom subscriptions.

Thank you to Kris Stevenson for serving as our LRC Coordinator, and to all of the weekly LRC parent helpers.

Thank you to Nicki Blattner for coordinating Fun Lunch and our New Family Welcome efforts this year.

Thank you to Kelly Henrikson for updating our outdoor message board this year.

Thank you to Leah Thulin and the committee for the wonderful all-school yearbook they produced.

Thank you to Kelly Dietrich for serving as our Copy Helper Coordinator this year, and to all of the weekly parent copy helpers.

Thank you to Laima Palubinskas and Jen VanHoutan for coordinating the Six Flags “Read to Succeed” Program.

Thank you to Ziba Irvin and the Healthy Kids Committee members for giving their time year-round to keep our kids physically active, nutritionally aware, and engaged in helping the environment.

Thank you to Laurie Siebert, Melissa Nuttal and Kelly Henrikson and the School Aesthetics committee that maintains our outdoor flowerbeds and mulch.

Thank you to Kate Urban and the members of the STEAM committee for running Destination Imagination and after-school workshops such as Mad Science, Bricks for Kidz, Chess Scholars.

Thank you to Elizabeth Dean, Nicki Blattner and Maggie Roth for coordinating the quarterly student assemblies.

Thank you to Jennifer Klemz and Donna Miller for chairing the Reflections Art Program.

Thank you to Jennifer Reina for maintaining our PTA website this year.

And finally, a huge thank you to our outgoing PTA President, 
Colleen Loftus. We all appreciate the many years you served Pierce Downer on the PTA Board.

We wish all of our PD community a safe and relaxing summer!!

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.