8/20/19 Weekly Email

Welcome back!  The Pierce Downer PTA is busy planning for the upcoming school year and we want to extend a warm welcome to each of our Pierce Downer families.  PD is a wonderful community school and the job of the PTA is to enhance what the school offers and build a strong community for our children and families.  Our PTA funds many school activities (e.g., field trips, art awareness, assemblies), hosts social events for families (e.g., daddy/daughter dance, mother/son kickbowl, fun run), and provides unique academic enrichment opportunities for the kids (e.g., Reflections art program, STEAM, Artcot).

The PTA primarily communicates through email ( and our web site (  Each Tuesday the PTA will send an email through Gmail letting parents know about upcoming PTA programs and volunteer opportunities.  We hope all families will become members of the Pierce Downer PTA and share in the voting decisions on all the activities/items our PTA funds.  Membership information to come soon!

Weekly Email Contact – You are receiving this email because you provided your preferred email address to District 58 when your registered your PD student for the 2019/2020 school year, and you checked the box to indicate that this information could be shared with the PTA.  If you wish to add, delete, or change this email address at any point during the school year, please contact Jennifer Klemz (PTA VP Operations) at  We are happy to include up to two email addresses per family.  Be sure to add to your contacts so emails don’t fall into your Spam folder.

Welcome Back Party – Please join us on the school playground for a fun family event on Tuesday, August 27th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. A DJ will be providing the music, there will be face painting, Zazzos will be selling pizza and a drink for $4 (CASH ONLY), and all kids will receive a sweet treat! All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend.

First PTA Meeting –  The first PTA meeting and New Family Welcome is scheduled for Tuesday, September 3rd at 6:30pm in the school gym. Babysitting is provided.

2018-2019 PD PTA Volunteer Opportunities – The Pierce Downer PTA is beginning to plan our volunteer opportunities for the 2019-20 school year and will again be using Sign Up to help us organize our volunteer efforts.   We are still in need of a lot of volunteers! Some of the open spots include- Variety Show Chair, Authors Fest Chair, Junior Great Books Chair, 6th Grade DVD Chair,6th Grade Yearbook Chair, STEAM Chair, Room Reps, Service Learning Chair, & Trivia Night Chair. There are also many open spots on several committees.
  • Click this link to view descriptions and sign up:
  • Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on Sign Up)
  • Choose your spots – Sign Up will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
  • Your name/email address will be shared with the committee chair, who will then contact you before the event/task to discuss details.
  • Note: Sign Up does not share your email address with anyone. Questions? Please contact Stephanie Vroman
Back to School Coffee – Please stop by the PTA table Thursday morning (8/22) in the back lot between 8:00 and 8:45am.  We will be providing complimentary coffee and answering any PTA questions.
Directory Spot – Pierce Downer PTA uses the Directory Spot App to list student/family contact information, classroom lists, and staff lists. For new families, this is a great tool for sending invitations, cards, getting email addresses, and setting up playdates!   In order to get access to this application you must join the school PTA.  Directory Spot is usually available and up- to -date around the 2nd week of school.  Additional information will be coming soon.  Please email Stephanie Vroman at if you do not wish to have your family listed in the directory.

School Supply Kits – If you ordered school supply kits from Carlson’s online back in May, they will be delivered directly to the school and will be waiting for the students in their classrooms on the first day of school.  The teachers will direct the students in labeling their supplies using the pre-printed name labels provided by Carlson’s.  Take note of the items that were NOT included in the kits (gym shoes, art smock, old sock, headphones, band/orchestra items, etc.) and send those with your student as needed on the first day.

Save the Dates –

8/20 – New Family Welcome Night 6:30pm

8/22 – First Day of School, PTA coffee until 8:45am
8/27 – Welcome Back Party, 5:30pm-7:30pm
9/2 – No School – Labor Day
9/3 – 1st PTA Meeting & New Family Welcome, 6:30pm
9/5 – Picture Day
9/5 – Curriculum Night 6:00pm- 7:30pm
10/25 – Artcot 6:00pm

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.