Classroom Volunteer Signup 2019-20

As mentioned at Curriculum Night, we are using an online system for parents to volunteer for classroom parties and Art Awareness.  Starting today, you may sign up via the SignUp website. A few points about this automated system:

  • Once you click on the Sign Up link below, select your desired classroom, then enter your email address.  Note:  Sign Up does not share email addresses;  this allows them to send out an automated reminder prior to the event.  You are now at the main screen where you can view positions by month (simply click on the tab for Sept 2019, Oct 2019, etc.).  Position descriptions will provide details such as event, date & time, quantity, and what is expected of the volunteer.
  • Be sure to “Confirm Your Spot(s)” before closing the web page.
  • It is easier to view and navigate Sign Up on a full-screen computer.  The mobile browser works, but it is a little harder to move between months, and it will not show the names of other volunteers (critical if you plan to work with a friend on Art Awareness, for example).
  • In order to ensure parents have equal opportunities to volunteer, parents may only sign up for one classroom party per year for each child.  This limit will be lifted 24 hours after the sign up is released.  After noon on Saturday, September 7th, parents may sign up for additional parties if available.  There is no limit for Art Awareness sign ups. You may sign up for as many as you would like.
  • For more details about our Classroom Party format and guidelines, click here.
  • For a complete description of Art Awareness, click on Art Awareness Program. You can also view lessons on our website at The password to view lessons is- AA2018 Keep in mind that an Art Awareness lesson can be held at any time during your designated month, on a day/time that is mutually agreeable for the parent volunteer(s) and classroom teacher.  Exception: 1st and 5th Grades run art immersions on pre-determined dates.  Please sign up for 1st and 5th Grades only if you can commit to the exact date and time listed on Sign Up.
Thank you for volunteering!  We could not run these wonderful programs without the help of our PD parents.  If you have any questions, please email Jennifer Klemz at or

9/3/19 Weekly Email

First PTA Meeting –  The first PTA meeting and New Family Welcome is TONIGHT, September 3rd at 6:30pm in the school gym. Babysitting is provided. The Pierce Downer PTA will also start their annual giving campaign and you will be able to purchase your PTA membership at that time. To view the preliminary proposed budget, click here.
Curriculum Night – Pierce Downer’s Curriculum Night is THIS Thursday, September 5th starting at 5:30pm (check the school web site for your grade’s specific time slot).  Each classroom’s PTA Room Representative will speak briefly about their role and how you can sign up online for classroom parties and art awareness.  The online sign-up will be released the following day, Friday 9/6 at noon via PTA email.

Annual Giving Campaign – It’s been a great start to this new school year and your PTA has been hard at work!  What we worry about the most at this time is “are we going to raise enough money to support all of our PTA sponsored programs this year?”  We sure hope so!   That’s why we are again launching our Annual Giving Campaign! This year it will cost the PTA $85/per student to fund all of our current programs. If every family donated $85 per child, we would not have to do any other fundraisers.  While we know this isn’t possible, we are asking parents to donate what suits your family.  We hope to have 100% participation this year.  The amount we receive from this campaign will determine the rest of the year’s fundraising goals. Click here to view the Annual Giving form.

Please give what you can.  All amounts are appreciated.  The Pierce Downer PTA is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization.  Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Charleston Wrap (Gifts & Goods Fundraiser) – Packets are going home with your student this week.  50% of all wrapping paper sales and 40% of all kitchen and home items will go directly to the Pierce Downer PTA! You can order online or, with an order form, additional packets are available in the school office!
The sale runs from Tuesday, September 3rd through Tuesday, September 17th.

Stop by the display cabinet (outside of the office) before TONIGHT’s PTA meeting or at curriculum night to see a sample of the items being sold.
Please contact Vikki Jacknow with any questions at

Pierce Downer PTA Facebook page – If you are on Facebook, please “like” the PD PTA Facebook Page!
Box tops – The ALL NEW BOX TOPS program!!  No longer do you need to shop, clip and send in box tops! Simply download the Box Tops App, look for the NEW Box Tops labels on store bought items, SCAN your receipt and send your Box Tops virtually to support Pierce Downer!
Any Box Tops you have already clipped can still be sent into school and will be submitted in late fall. Cut box tops can be turned in until they are no longer located on items. Please contact Jen Meggos at if you have any questions.
STEAM – The STEAM committee is excited to bring a full year of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math offerings to PD.  Please watch this newsletter and the PTA website (STEAM tab) for additional programs.  In addition, if you would like to be a part of our committee or see if it may be a good fit for your volunteering time, please email Kate Urban at  You can be involved as much or as little as you like!
  • Chess Scholars – Chess is back at PD for the 2019-20 school year!  Chess Scholars will be offering classes beginning Monday, September 23rd from 2pm-3pm.  It will run for 9 sessions. No experience necessary; the class is open to all students (K-6). Children will be taught the game and have guided practice time. Click on this link for flyer and registration Chess Scholars Flyer.
Thank you to Sara Purgatorio, Dee O’Driscoll and Sabrina Gagnon for coordinating the Welcome Back Party!
Thank you to Elizabeth Riley, Megan Shoemaker and Victoria Farag for coordinating and organizing fun lunch orders!

Save the Dates –

9/3 TONIGHT – 1st PTA Meeting & New Family Welcome, 6:30pm
9/5 – Picture Day
9/5 – Curriculum Night 5:30pm- 7:30pm
9/6 – Fun Lunch Zazzo’s
10/25 – Artcot 6:00pm

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.