11/22/16 PTA Email

Earth Week – Every April the Healthy Kids Committee hosts Earth Week activities; past activities have included make your own reusable bag, hug a tree and group hike. The Healthy Kids committee is seeking volunteers to help plan and execute this week’s events. Please contact Deidre Omahen at if interested.

STEAM Classes-  Last chance to register for the following STEM/STEAM classes. Click here for 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 –  Click Service Learning Events Information and Registration to learn more and to register.

  • West Suburban Community Pantry:  Our December Service Learning Opportunity will be with the West Suburban Community Pantry.  More information will be provided in the next PTA newsletter.  Or, you can always check out the Service Learning Committee’s page on the PTA Website for updates!
  • Wellness House Tour:  21 Pierce Downer Students attended the Wellness House tour and information session held last Friday.  They learned about the supportive programs the organization offers to those families affected by cancer.  The kids were all engaged throughout the session and at the end of the experience made ‘gratitude cards’ for those members of the community that take advantage of the services.  What an enriching experience for all.  Check out the attached photo below!

Shopping for the Holidays? – Please consider shopping through Amazon Smile and designating Pierce Downer PTA to receive a donation of .5% for every purchase you make.  Simply click on this link to start shopping. 

Thank you to our Book Fair co-chairs, Megan Altholz and Meghan Gibbons, and to all the parent and student volunteers that made our Book Fair a success! And thanks to all the parents and students who generously supported the Book Fair during conferences last week!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

Save the Dates-

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

12/1 – Fun Lunch

12/12- Spirit Day- Pajama Day

12/15 – 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.