8/16 Weekly PTA Email

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., roller skating party, ice cream social, 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 newly updated 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 2016/2017 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 Friday, August 26th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. Coach Josh will be providing the music, Skuddlebutts will be selling pizza and drinks and all kids will receive a sweet treat! There will also be a bounce house for the younger grades and an obstacle course for the older grades. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend.

Volunteer Sign Up – We have many wonderful opportunities for returning and new families to get involved and help with the various PTA activities and events this year! Feel free to sign up for one activity or many — we encourage all parents to get involved in some way. This information helps us form committees, especially those that need to be up & running in August (i.e.: New Family Welcome, Room Reps, Copy & LRC Helpers). Please sign up for what interests you. Your name/email address will be shared with the committee chair, who will then contact you before the event/task to discuss details.

To sign up for 2016/2017 PD Volunteer Opportunities:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp (formerly VolunteerSpot):
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – SignUp will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: SignUp does not share your email address with anyone.

First PTA Meeting – The first PTA meeting and New Family Welcome is scheduled for Wednesday, August 31st, at 7:00pm in the school gym. Babysitting is provided.

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-
8/26- Welcome Back Party, 4:00pm-6:00pm
8/31- 1st PTA Meeting & New Family Welcome, 7:00pm
9/13- Cirriculum Night 6:00pm- 7:30pm

For more information on school or PTA activities please visit the school web site or PTA web site. The “Community Outreach” tab of the PTA web site is a great resource for current special events happening in Downers Grove. For even more information on community events and activities please check out the District’s e-fliers page at District e-fliers.


Welcome to the “new” Pierce Downer PTA Website!

Hello Pierce Downer families!

As we begin a new school year, the Pierce Downer PTA (PD PTA) would like to say welcome to all new and returning families! Pierce Downer is a great school with exceptional teachers, a caring staff, and amazing students!

The PD PTA is looking forward to an exciting year. Our PTA works to improve the well-being of all students by providing enrichment programs and funding, as well as promoting advocacy and involvement throughout the school. The PTA encourages the collaboration of parents and teachers in order to promote and enhance the learning and education of our students. By becoming a member of our PTA, you’ll be a part of an organization that truly does make a difference in the lives of all children at Pierce Downer. Please explore our new website for the official calendar of meetings and other information.

The PD PTA is always looking for volunteers! There are many rewarding opportunities to enhance your child’s school experience and we invite you to take advantage of all the PTA has to offer. Our students, parents, and dedicated teachers are special, and Pierce Downer will continue to grow and improve because of this. We are looking forward to a fantastic school year!  Our monthly PTA meetings are a great way to get involved and stay informed.


Your 2016-2017 PD PTA Board Members

Laurie Hurst – Co-President

Colleen Loftus – Co-President

Lora Dominow – VP of Fundraising

Jennie Amidei – VP of Academic Enrichment

Bethany Keown – VP of Social Activities

Kristen France – VP of Operations

Mariah Cameron – Co-Treasurer

Anu Fisher – Co-Treasurer

Stephanie Vroman — Secretary