9/27/16 PTA Email

Annual Giving – Thank you to all who have contributed to our annual giving campaign. We have almost reached our goal! If you still wish to give please turn in your Membership and Annual Giving Form by Friday, September 30th or click here to give online. We have many more fun activities planned to help fund the remaining PTA programs for the year, stay tuned!
The Reading Games – The Reading Games is a reading program open to all District 58 students in grades 3 though 8. The goal of The Reading Games is to increase the quantity and quality of books our students read for enjoyment, and give students a chance to collaborate outside the classroom setting.  The program culminates in a tournament where teams of students compete against each other, answering questions about the books they have read.  This year’s Reading Games tournament will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Students should form their own teams and must have a minimum of 5 students, and may have a maximum of 8 students. To find out more on how to participate, what books to read and how to register please click on The Reading Games Flyer.  Please contact Sara Farrero at with any questions.
Girls’ Day Out – Thursday, September 29th is Girls’ Day Out in Downtown Downers Grove. Please shop using the Hall Pass flyer that came home with your student last week or by clicking here. 10% of the day’s Hall Pass sales will be donated to participating PTAs. The school with the MOST participation will receive an additional $250. Lets make Pierce Downer number ONE!
Chess Club – Chess Club is back at PD this fall! Chess Scholars will be offering classes beginning Tuesday, October 25th from 4pm-5pm in the gym and will run for 8 weeks. No experience necessary; the class is open to all students (K-6). Children will be taught the game and have guided practice time. Cost is $96 – register by October 11th. See Chess Club Flyer for registration and more information.
Spanish Classes – Spanish Classes are starting the 2nd and 3rd week of October. Language Stars is offering morning classes, and Language Labs will be teaching classes during lunch/recess. See the Language Stars Flyer and the Language Labs Flyer for registration information.
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. 
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 or Carrie Wells with any questions.
Destination Imagination – Interested in forming a Destination Imagination Team? Please email Allison Heverin at by tomorrow, Wednesday September 28, to either let her know the members on your team (and parent manager) or to let her know that you child is still interested but you are still working on forming your team. For more information about DI, please see the Destination Imagination Flyer
Thank you to Sarah Houlihan, Sara Farrero and Mandi Cosenza for coordinating the PD Marchers in last week’s DGN Homecoming Parade!
Save the Dates-
TODAYCoffee with the Principal, 2:00pm 
TONIGHT- Camp Edwards Meeting for 6th Grade Parents, 6:30pm at Hillcrest
9/29- First Fun Lunch
10/5- National Walk & Bike to School Day
10/6- Fun Lunch
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.