8/29/17 Weekly Email

The first PTA meeting and New Family Welcome is TONIGHT in the school gym! New Family Welcome begins at 6:30pm. The PTA meeting will begin at 7pm. Babysitting is provided.


Annual Giving Campaign – It’s been a great start to this new school year and your PTA has been hard at work!  What we worry about the most at this time is “are we going to raise enough money to support all of our PTA sponsored programs this year?”  We sure hope so!   That’s why we are again launching our Annual Giving Campaign! This year it will cost the PTA $85/per student to fund all of our current programs. If every family donated $85 per child, we would not have to do any other fundraisers.  While we know this isn’t possible, we are asking parents to donate what suits your family.  We hope to have 100% participation this year.  The amount we receive from this campaign will determine the rest of the year’s fundraising goals. The Annual Giving Form is coming home in folders today or you can click here to view it.

Please give what you can.  All amounts are appreciated.  The Pierce Downer PTA is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization.  Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Lunchroom Supervisor -Pierce Downer is in need of more lunchroom supervisors. The office is currently looking for someone to work permanently/weekly on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  The hours are from 11:40-12:20.  This will be a paid position! Contact the school office or email Lauren Hopkins at if you are interested. 

Panther Pacers – The bi-weekly Panther Pacers program begins Tuesday, September 5th.  Panther Pacers is a program designed to keep kids moving during their lunch recess.  Twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays) during the Fall and Spring months, students can walk/run/skip around a “track” to earn tokens.  Eight laps around the field is equivalent to a mile, and for every mile students complete, they are awarded a token.  Special tokens are awarded for milestones such as the 5k, 10k, half, and full marathon.  Please let your students know about this fun program and encourage them to stay active as the weather begins to cool.  Contact Nicki Blattner at with any questions.
DGN Homecoming Parade – Calling all future DGN students!  Order your shirts with your graduation year to walk in the DGN homecoming parade on September 22nd right after school!  Shirts are $12.00/each.  The order form is being sent home in folders today or you can click here to view the order form.  Any questions, please contact Sarah Houlihan at or Mandi Cosenza at

Fun Lunch –  Online ordering for Fun Lunch is open at   If you did not receive ordering information by email last week, please go to our PTA web site.  Full instructions can be found hereThe deadline to submit your food orders is THIS Friday, September 1st  If you have questions regarding Fun Lunch please contact Nicki Blattner at

Save the Dates-
TONIGHT– 1st PTA Meeting & New Family Welcome, 6:30pm
FRIDAY – Fun Lunch Orders Due
9/4 – No School – Labor Day
9/7 – First Fun Lunch
9/7- Curriculum Night 5:30pm- 7:50pm
For more information on school or PTA activities please visit the school web site or PTA web siteFor even more information on community events and activities please check out the District’s e-fliers page at District e-fliers.

Fun Lunch Ordering Instructions

It’s time to order Fun Lunch!

We are very excited about Fun Lunch this year.  Fun lunches will be every other Thursday (see dates below).

The PTA offers the Fun Lunch program for all grades.  Fun lunch is an opportunity for parents to pre-order food from Skuddlebutts that will be delivered to school and distributed by a group of parent volunteers during the regular lunch times.  Please remember that Fun Lunch is completely optional.  You do NOT have to participate if your child is not interested.  You can also pick and choose which dates your child participates.  It is completely up to your family.   This is meant to be something fun for the kids and a day that you don’t have to pack lunches!

Below is the information you will need to register on, whether you are a new or returning Pierce Downer family.

Click on “register” to create an account with Boonli.  Please make sure to register each of your children that will be participating.  The school password is PDE257.

The website is very user-friendly and will fully explain how to order lunches.  You must go to the shopping cart and pay online to complete the order.  There is a nominal processing fee so that we can offer our lunch program online.

Keep in mind you are ordering now for the entire school year.  Fun Lunch ordering will end on Friday, September 1st There will be no exceptions to this, so please make sure you get all of your ordering in by this date.  The first Fun Lunch will be Thursday, September 7th and go every other Thursday until May 31st.

Fun Lunch dates for this year are –

12/21 (back to back because of winter break)
5/31 (last fun lunch for year)

If you have any questions regarding Fun Lunch please contact Nicki Blattner at  Thank you, and we look forward to another great year of Fun Lunch Thursdays!

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