9/26/17 Weekly Email

Chipotle Fundraiser – Take the night off from making dinner while supporting PD! Wednesday, October 4th, Chipotle will give 50% of orders placed between 4pm and 8pm to Pierce Downer!  Simply print this flyer or show it on your phone!
Help Wanted – We are looking for a parent to coordinate our spirit wear order in the next month. We have a few vendors other schools have worked with so we are looking for someone to decide on the right vendor and have a website set up by the vendor where parents can order. Please email Kristen France at if you are interested.
Reflections – The Reflections program is back again for the 2017-18 school year!  Last week, we met with each classroom to discuss the program and gain 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:  Within Reach. 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. Also, please note that NO 3D entries will be allowed this year in the Visual Arts category.
We have provided the required student entry forms to the students and you can find the same form link here.  All projects will be due to the students’ teachers by Friday, October 27th.  Please contact Jennifer Klemz or Donna Miller with any questions.

Annual Giving Campaign – Friday, September 29th is the last day to contribute to our Annual Giving Campaign. Thank you to those who have already participated!  Please give what you can. All amounts are appreciated. Click on PTA Membership & Annual Giving Flyer for more information.

Girls’ Day Out – THIS THURSDAY is the Downtown DG Shopping Day supporting our schools!  Shop our local downtown business and help Pierce Downer win money! Simply shop with your Hall Pass Flyer the school with the most amount of turned in hall passes will win an additional $250 on top of the donation all participating schools will receive. Last year PD came in second, lets go for FIRST this year!!

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

  • Language Stars will teach Spanish on Tuesdays before school starting October 17th. Click here for information on how to register your child.
  • Chess Club – Chess Club is back at PD this fall. Chess Scholars will be offering classes beginning Monday, October 2nd from 3pm-4pm in the gym and will run for 5 weeks. No experience necessary; the class is open to all students (K-6). Children will be taught the game and have guided practice time. Click here for flyer and registration.
Battle of the Bands –  Hey Parents!  Do you sing in the shower?  Do you secretly play guitar in your basement?  Do you want to learn how to play the triangle?  No musical talent, but you would love to be on stage?  Join the Pierce Downer Battle of the Bands!  This fun spring event is made up of Pierce Downer parent and teacher bands.  All experience levels are welcome!  Please sign up via the following link:  Deadline to sign up is Tuesday, October 31st.  We are planning on playing a kid friendly show at DGN and an adults only show in the spring.  For photos and info from previous years, click on Contact Kristen France at with any questions.
Yorktown Center School Bucks – SHOP. SHOW. WIN!!! After shopping and dining simply show your Yorktown Center receipts at the Guest Services desk, below the Eatery to accumulate points for Pierce Downer!  For every dollar spent, Pierce Downer will receive one point. This includes AMC Theatre ticket stubs AND Target!!   First place wins $10,000! This is a very easy way to raise money for our school! For more information visit

Thank you to Sarah Houlihan and Mandi Cosenza for coordinating the PD Marchers in last week’s DGN Homecoming Parade!

Save the Dates-

THURSDAY – Girls’ Day Out, Downtown DG
10/4 – National Walk & Bike to School Day
10/4 – Chipotle Fundraiser
10/5 – Fun Lunch
10/9 – No School- Columbus Day
10/10- No School-Teacher Work Day
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.

Council Reflections Committee Volunteers Needed

DG 58 is in great need of 4 Reflections Committee Chairs to facilitate the program at the district level. Reflections is an art based competition where children’s submissions can move from the school level to the National level. We are looking for dedicated, organized & enthusiastic parents to make this program happen this year. No art experience is necessary!! The ideal candidates will have had children who have participated in Reflections at the school or district level but the job can be easily taught and shared between new volunteers as well. More information about this position can be found HERE.
If we fail to fill these positions, then council has no choice but to “Suspend” the program until further notice.  A confirmed Committee by September 30 will avoid this situation.
Please email if you are interested.