11/15/16 PTA Email

Fall Book Fair – The Scholastic Book Fair begins this week in the LRC.  Students will preview the fair during LRC time on Wednesday before we open up to the public on Wednesday afternoon.  Come out and support the LRC and the love of reading!

The fair will be open to all on the following dates/times:

  • Wednesday, November 16th from 3pm-8pm
  • Thursday, November 17th from 8:20am-8pm

PTA Meeting – Thank you to all PD parents who attended the PTA meeting and presentation by Lisa Marsicano. Lisa has made her presentation available to our parents. If you are interested, you can access it here:  Executive Function Presentation. The meeting minutes can be viewed here.

Variety Show – Please mark your calendars and tell your kids to put their thinking caps on for the 2017 Variety Show! Dates are as follows:

  • Thursday, January 26th – Auditions 3:00pm-5:00pm in the PD Gym
  • Friday, January 27th – Auditions 3:00pm-5:00pm in the PD Gym
  • Monday, February 6th – Rehearsal – First Half of Show 3:00pm-5:00pm in the PD Gym
  • Tuesday, February 7th – Rehearsal – Second Half of Show 3:00pm-5:00pm in the PD Gyn
  • Thursday, February 23rd – DRESS/TECH REHEARSAL (Beginnings/Ending/Bows) 3:15pm-5:15pm at TIVOLI
  • Saturday, February 25th – Tivoli Show 10:00am-12:00pm

More information and application coming soon! If you have any questions regarding the Variety Show, please contact Matt Lodding at

Reflections – We are so proud of our Pierce Downer students.  We had 23 entries in this year’s PTA Reflections contest, “What is Your Story”.  The entries are an amazing display of our school’s creativity and talent.  Here are our participants:

  • Visual Arts:  K-2n grade: Paige Moore, Sydney Moore, Avery Moore, Priya Fisher, Avery Miller, and Owen Henrikson; 3rd-5th grade: Kendall Arnold, Eva Henrikson and Mackenzie Wells; 6th grade: Abbey Goddard
  • Film Production:  K-2nd grade: Hannah Klemz; 3rd– 5th grade: Rajan Fisher
  • Photography:  K-2nd grade: Jimmy Gruszka, Priya Fisher, Sajan Komanduri, and Aamir Aslam ; 6th grade: Makena Presson
  • Dance:  3rd-5th grade: Sydney Miller and Rylin Conway
  • Literature:  3rd-5th grade: Pallavi Fisher
  • Music Composition:  3rd-5th grade: Malini Fisher, Sydney Peterson, Emily Van Houtan

Thank you to all of our participants.  They have recently been judged at Pierce Downer, and then many will proceed to compete at the District level.  All participants have earned themselves a coupon for a free scoop of ice cream from Everyday’s A Sundae that they will receive in the next couple of weeks.  Great work, students!

6th Grade Yearbook – 6th grade parents- the deadline to turn in your pictures is November 23rd. Please see the email that was sent out by room reps for all of the details.

STEAM Classes-  For more information and to register for any of the classes listed below, click the link on STEAM Class Information and Registration

  • Stage Stars (8 week session for K-6th graders)
    • Pierce Downer Gym and Stage
    • Monday 11/28/16 – 02/13/17
    • Your time to shine, it’s acting time! In Afterschool Stage Stars children will learn theater terms, play games, and act in short skits. Every student will have the opportunity to play at least one lead role per session.
  • Bricks4Kids Engineering (6 week session for K – 2nd graders)
    • Pierce Downer Gym
    • Monday 11/28/16 – 01/30/17 (no class no school 12/19, 12/26, 01/02, and 01/16)
    • Students will explore a variety of brand new STEM related themes and topics! Each week the students will build a different moving model.
  • Bricks4Kidz new Jr. Robotics (6 week session for 3rd – 6th graders)
    • Pierce Downer Gym
    • Monday 11/28/16 – 01/30/17 (no class no school 12/19, 12/26, 01/02, and 01/16)
    • How would you like to turn your next LEGO® creation into a robot, programmed to do exactly what you tell it to do?

Service Learning – Don’t miss these upcoming hands-on opportunities the Committee has put together for our students:

  • Friday, November 18 from 4pm – 5pm : Tour of The Wellness House in Hinsdale – The Wellness House supports, educates and empowers individuals affected by cancer and their families.  RSVP to by Thursday, 11/17 at 3pm!  Space is limited.  Click on link below for more information and registration.
  • Saturday, November 19 from 8am – 10:30am R.E.A.P. (Restore, Education, and Preserve) – Help preserve Belmont Prairie (Cross St and Haddow Ave in Downers Grove) by collecting seeds, restoring trails and removing invasive bush. RSVP by TODAY, 11/15. Be sure to fill out and bring the waiver as well.

Click Service Learning Events Information and Registration to learn more and register.

Service Learning Veterans Day Cards – The Service Learning committee worked with Mr. Sisul to have students make thank you cards for Veterans during a recent indoor recess session.  On Thursday November 10th, 70 wonderful cards made by Pierce Downer students were delivered to the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital for Veterans Day (photo below).  They were going to be distributed by hospital staff to the veterans receiving care at the hospital.  The students and teachers did a great job supporting this effort to honor our country’s Veterans!

Save the Dates-

TODAY – Coffee with the Principal, 6:30pm

TOMORROW – Parent Teacher Conferences & Book Fair

THURSDAY – Fun Lunch

THURSDAY – Parent Teacher Conferences & Book Fair

11/23-11/25 – Thanksgiving Break – No School

12/1 – 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.

Veterans Day Cards