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12/7/21 Weekly Email

NEW INFORMATION
 
SLC Volunteer Opportunity – The Service Learning Committee is offering another opportunity for your family to give back this holiday season. A group from PD will be volunteering at Feed My Starving Children on Monday December 20th from 9-10:45am at their facility in Aurora. If you are interested, please sign up with the link HERE and make sure to review the volunteer requirements. Also, everyone will get a free hairnet just for showing up! :) Please contact Carin Hawkins with questions at 513-446-3242 or carinhawkins@yahoo.com.

Sweetheart Dance  – SAVE THE DATE! Sweetheart Dance is returning. Mark your calendars – Thursday, March 10th. More details to come!

Reflections – The PD PTA wanted to share that unfortunately, we will not be participating in the National PTA Reflections Art Contest this year.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, the submission deadline has passed and we were unable to participate in a timely fashion.  We look forward to participating in this amazing program for the 2022-23 school year! To find out more information about the National PTA Reflections program, please click here.

 
REMINDERS
 

December Dine “Inn” Event – Let’s keep raising some “dough” with our next Dine-“Inn” event.! We have almost made our goal of making $500 for our school – let’s surpass it! Order your take n bake pizzas with Home Run Inn! Enjoy a complete and easy stress free meal with pizzas, salads and even cupcakes and lighten your holiday work load! Pizzas are even freezable!! Order NOW by this Thursday December 9th, with pickup on December 15 after school at 4:00. See a few pictures of the pizza options before you order.  Click here for ordering instructions and QR code!

UPDATE! Minted Holiday Cards – There is still time to get those holiday cards ordered! Once again, Pierce Downer is partnered with Minted! New this year…..The first five schools to place 5 orders by this Friday, December 10th will receive an additional $500 added to their total fundraising goal! Simply use our unique code FUNDRAISEPIERCE at checkout and we’ll receive 15% of the proceeds from your purchase – you’ll also get 20% OFF your order. It’s that easy! Click here for more information and Shop at https://www.minted.com/

Reading Games – We are happy to announce that the District 58 Reading Games will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at O’Neill Middle School. Registration will open soon, so begin to form your teams now! The Reading Games is a free and fun district-wide reading competition for District 58 students in grades 3-8. The program aims to introduce new genres of books to students and to encourage students to enjoy reading. Students form teams of 5-8 children, collaborate to read 12 books, and answer trivia questions. More information about The Reading Games and book lists can be found online at https://www.readinggamesdg58.com.  We will include more information once registration opens. In the meantime, feel free to contact Amy Hancock amy@itoph.com with questions.

PD Holiday Crossing Guard Collection – If you would like to contribute to the Crossing Guards Holiday Gift please drop off your donation in the box marked “Crossing Guards” in the PD School Office. If you would like your name listed on the cards please make sure to add your name/last name on your envelope. No checks please, as the money is going directly to the crossing guards. Please drop off your contribution at PD anytime from now through Wednesday, December 15th!

Amazon Smile – Don’t forget when holiday shopping you can also support Pierce Downer while ordering from Amazon Smile! Go to Smile.amazon.com, sign in with your Amazon credentials, choose and select Pierce Downer as your charity.  A percentage of your eligible purchases will go directly to our school! Thank you for your support!

A HUGE Thank you from the Service Learning Committee for all the generous contributions PD families made to our holiday stocking stuffer/clothing drive.  Because of you we were able to donate nearly 60 stockings filled w/ wonderful toys, games etc., winter coats and clothing and Target gift cards to Sharing Connections.  They will be distributing to families in need this month.  Thank you so much and Happy Holidays!

Save the Dates –

12/10 – Fun Lunch
12/15 – Home Run Inn Pickup at PD
12/17 – Classroom Holiday Parties
12/20 – 1/3 – Holiday break
For more information on school or PTA activities please visit the school web site or PTA website. Also please subscribe to the PTA calendar. For even more information on community events and activities please check out the District’s e-fliers page.
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11/30/21 Weekly Email

NEW INFORMATION

Reading Games – We are happy to announce that the District 58 Reading Games will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at O’Neill Middle School. Registration will open soon, so begin to form your teams now! The Reading Games is a free and fun district-wide reading competition for District 58 students in grades 3-8. The program aims to introduce new genres of books to students and to encourage students to enjoy reading. Students form teams of 5-8 children, collaborate to read 12 books, and answer trivia questions. More information about The Reading Games and book lists can be found online at https://www.readinggamesdg58.com.  We will include more information once registration opens. In the meantime, feel free to contact Amy Hancock amy@itoph.com with questions.

December Dine “Inn” Event – Let’s raise some “dough” with our next Dine-“Inn” event.  Order your take n bake pizzas with Home Run Inn! Enjoy a complete and easy stress free meal with pizzas, salads and even cupcakes and lighten your holiday work load! Pizzas are even freezable!! Order now by December 9th with pickup on December 15 after school at 4:00. See a few pictures of the pizza options before you order.  Click here for ordering instructions and QR code!

Pierce Downer End of Year Crossing Guard Collection – If you would like to contribute to the Crossing Guards Holiday Gift please drop off your donation in the box marked “Crossing Guards” in the PD School Office. If you would like your name listed on the cards please make sure to add your name/last name on your envelope. No checks please, as the money is going directly to the crossing guards. Please drop off your contribution at PD anytime from December 1st through Wednesday, December 15th.

Holiday Parties at PD – Please calendar this Friday, December 3rd at 9:00 am to sign up for classroom Holiday parties at PD.  If you already volunteered at the Halloween party (grade specific if you have more than one student at PD) this year, please let other volunteers sign up to help out.  More information will be included in Friday’s signup link!

 REMINDERS

Fun Lunch – Our next Fun Lunch is Zazzo’s pizza on December 10, 2021! Fun Lunch orders are due TOMORROW Wednesday, December 1st. Please note December 10th is the only date available for purchase at this time. You will need to register on www.boonli.com, whether you are a new or returning Pierce Downer family. Click on “register” to create an account with Boonli.  Please make sure to register each of your children that will be participating.  The school password is PDE257. You must go to the shopping cart and pay online to complete the order.  There is a nominal processing fee so that we can offer our lunch program online. If you have any questions regarding Fun Lunch please contact Beth Riley at eapolito@gmail.com.  Thank you!

SLC Events: Calling all Elves!! Please help families in need through these opportunities:

  • Take Home Jingle: Holiday Stocking Stuffer Event (Event is closed) – If you picked up a stocking before Thanksgiving, please note that stocking return dates to Pierce Downer are Thursday 12/2 and Friday 12/3.  SLC members will have a table set up in front of the school to collect stockings. If you didn’t pick up a stocking, there are other ways to donate, see below! 
  • PADS Urgent Needs & Sharing Connections Coat Drive – Contribute to the DuPage PADS Urgent Needs & Sharing Connections Coat Drive to support families in need during this holiday season.  Needed items can be sent to school with your child and dropped in the Christmas decorated bins near the office, or you can drop off items on our collection days 12/2 or 12/3 after school. DuPage PADS Amazon Wish List here: https://bit.ly/DuPagePadsWishList.  Sharing Connections Coat Drive information please click https://www.sharingconnections.org/donate-toys.html. Any questions, please contact Mimi Doll Modica, mimi4712@gmail.com

Art Awareness – Don’t forget to sign up for Art Awareness and volunteer in your child’s classroom!  Please click HERE to sign up and be sure to read each volunteer spot very carefully. If you have any questions on Art Awareness, please email Jamie Moss at jkmdds@hotmail.com or Jana Sutherland at sutherland.jana@gmail.com

Minted Holiday Cards – There is still time to get those holiday cards ordered! Once again this year, Pierce Downer is partnered with Minted! Simply use our unique code FUNDRAISEPIERCE at checkout and we’ll receive 15% of the proceeds from your purchase – you’ll also get 20% OFF your order. It’s that easy! Click here for more information and Shop at https://www.minted.com/

Save the Dates –

12/10 – Fun Lunch
12/17 – Classroom Holiday Parties
12/20 – 1/3 – Holiday break
For more information on school or PTA activities please visit the school web site or PTA website. Also please subscribe to the PTA calendar. For even more information on community events and activities please check out the District’s e-fliers page.