Parent Education & PTA Meeting – Our next PTA meeting is on Tuesday, October 25th at 7:00pm in the Gym. Immediately following the brief meeting, the PD PTA presents executive function skills specialist and coach Lisa Marsicano
Lisa was recently featured on WGN News (https://youtu.be/HLQvFF8pefI) to highlight the importance of executive functioning skills. Lisa will discuss what it takes to help your child be a better listener, be better organized and help them improve their studying skills. Lisa’s practical advice, combined with proven strategies, will help you empower your child to improve their own executive functioning skills. Do you want ideas for how to avoid asking your kids to empty their lunch box every day? Or do you want ideas to help your student be more organized? Executive functioning skills span situations at home to situations at school. Please consider joining us for this 1 hour presentation in the PD gym. Babysitting will be provided. Please visit efscoach.com for a more detailed biography of Mrs. Marsicano.
Battle of the Bands – Calling all parents! Join the Pierce Downer Battle of the Bands! Please sign up via the following link: http://tinyurl.com/PDBOB2017. Deadline to sign up is Monday, October 31st. We are planning on playing a kid friendly show at DGN and an adults only show in the spring. Contact Kristen France at email@example.com with any questions.
Panther TinkRbot – This is the last week to sign up for Panther TinkRbot! The STEAM Committee is excited to partner with TinkRworks to bring exceptional and enriching STEAM experiences to Pierce Downer School! This program will focus on providing kids with hands-on, STEAM powered projects that foster a love of creating, enhance problem solving skills, expand upon the concepts taught in school and inspire curiosity. During Panther TinkRobt children will bring together motors, micro-computers, electronics and other materials to assemble, program and customize robots that reflect the Pierce Downer school spirit. This program is open to all 4th-6th graders. Please look out for the flyer in your child’s folder or click on the TinkRbot Flyer to learn more and register! Classes begin 10/17!
Reflections – The Reflections program is back again for the 2016-17 school year! We recently met with each classroom to discuss the program and heard so much excitement from the students! Reflections is a national PTA art program where each student is encouraged to submit an entry in one or more of 6 creative categories (listed below, along with the general rules and special artist links). This year’s Reflections theme is: What is Your Story? Click on the links below for detailed guidelines/rules per category from the Illinois PTA. Please review the rules carefully before your student begins his/her project.
- Rules for Participation
- Film Production
- Music Composition
- Special Artist
- Visual Art– Please note that the size limit of the Visual Arts category has been changed to no larger than 22 x 29 inches this year. This change is not reflected on the attached rules.
Click here to open the Student Entry Form which needs to be completed in its entirety to enter (including the Artist Statement). All projects will be due to the students’ teachers by Friday, October 28th. Please contact Jennifer Klemz firstname.lastname@example.org or Carrie Wells email@example.com with any questions.
Save the Dates-
10/20- Fun Lunch
10/25- PTA and Parent Education Meeting, 7:00pm in the Gym
10/26- Spirit Day: Superhero Day
10/27- Picture Retakes