9/10/19 Weekly Email


Battle of the Bands – Hey Pierce Downer Parents, Please consider signing up to play in a band for Battle of the Bands this year! This event
REALLY needs some new folks to join, so if you’ve been on the fence about signing up, this is your year! We need you!  Please sign up to be in a band by November 8th by clicking here. Questions, please contact Mariah Cameron at or Allison Heverin at
Artcot – Interested in creating an Art Adventure?Artcot volunteers are needed for this event to run. Artcot is on Friday, Oct 25th.  Join in for a meeting on Thursday, Sept 12th at 7pm in the Downers Grove Library Conference Room B. Can’t make the meeting, but would like to help or have Questions? Please contact Ziba Irvin at  Please see attached flyer by clicking here.
Committee Members and Co-Chairs Opportunities for many PTA Committees
Did you like seeing the chalk on the first day of school or do you like helping others? If so, consider joining the Service Learning Committee or being a co-chair.
Do you like to plan STEAM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Art/Math) classes for students at our school? Consider joining the STEAM Committee.
Do you enjoy teaching kids? Consider being a Junior Great Books Parent Leader some weeks this winter. Any interest in helping with Earth Week, Fun Run, Panther Pacers, Survivor Snack Challenge, Morning Yoga, Fitness, Nutrition, Waste Free Wednesdays, helping with the Monarch Way Station or Butterfly Garden? Consider Joining Healthy Kids Committee to help with one or all our events. Please take a look at the sign up and consider joining any of these. We need you.
PTA Meeting Minutes – The PTA meeting minutes from last week’s meeting can be viewed here.

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. Click here to view the Annual Giving form.

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.

Charleston Wrap (Gifts & Goods Fundraiser) – Thanks to all who have participated in our Gifts and Goods fundraiser (packets went home last week).  If you have not yet participated, keep in mind that 50% of all wrapping paper sales and 40% of all kitchen and home items will go directly to the Pierce Downer PTA! You can order online or with an order form, additional packets are available in the school office. The sale runs through next Tuesday, September 17th.
Please contact Vikki Jacknow with any questions at

Chess Scholars – Chess is back at PD for the 2019-20 school year!  Chess Scholars will be offering classes beginning Monday, September 23rd from 2pm-3pm.  It will run for 9 sessions. No experience necessary; the class is open to all students (K-6). Children will be taught the game and have guided practice time. Click on this link for flyer and registration Chess Scholars Flyer.

Save the Dates –

Now – Tuesday, 9/17 – Charleston Wrap Gifts & Goods Fundraiser
9/20 – Fun Lunch
10/4 – Fun Lunch
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.