9/17/19 Weekly Email


DGN Homecoming Parade– Calling all future DGN students!  Order your shirts with your graduation year to walk in the DGN homecoming parade on Friday, October 4th right after school!  Shirts are $12.00/each.  A flyer will be sent home with students soon, and you can click here to order.  ORDERS ARE DUE FRIDAY 9/27! Any questions, please contact Vikki Jacknow at
STEAM– Currently enrolling for Language Labs and Chess Scholars. Please remember to like and follow Pierce Downer PTA on Facebook for flyers and info. If you would like to be a part of our committee or see if it may be a good fit for your volunteering time, please email Kate Urban at  You can be involved as much or as little as you like!
  • Spanish, French and Mandarin: The Language Labs are back at Pierce Downer this year to host THREE different language classes: French, Spanish, and Mandarin.  Click herefor general information about all 3 language classes.  Click herefor the flyer and enrollment information. Classes begin the week of September 30th and run for 25 weeks. All students grades K-6.
  • Chess Scholars – Chess Scholars will be offering classes beginning next 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.
Reading Games – The 2020 Reading Games team registration opens soon, so start forming teams! The Reading Games is a free and fun district-wide reading competition for District 58 students in grades 3-8. The program aims to introduce new genres of books to students and to encourage students to enjoy reading. Students form teams of 5-8 children, collaborate to read 12 books, and answer trivia questions.
Team registration opens on September 22 through October 15. All teams completing registration during this time will able to participate. The Games returns to O’Neill Middle School on Saturday, February 22. Please check the reading games website and click herefor the list 1 and list 2 books. Contact Nancy Deaton nadeaton@gmail.comwith questions.

Charleston Wrap (Gifts & Goods Fundraiser) – REMINDER, order deadline is today, Tuesday 9/17 for Charleston Wrap Fundraiser! Click hereto order online. School Code: 11468.  Great holiday gift ideas, items will be received and distributed before winter break.  50% of all wrapping paper sales and 40% of all kitchen and home items will go directly to Pierce Downer PTA!  Please contact Vikki Jacknow with any questions at

Annual Giving Campaign – Many PD families have already participated in our annual giving campaign – thank you to all those that have contributed! Please consider donating $85/per student to fund all of our current PTA programs (or donating an amount that 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.
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– Artcot Museum will be on Friday, October 25th. We need parents interested in planning, gathering supplies, and running an art room.
No experience needed nor do you need an art background to help. You can choose your room or we can provide you art projects and ideas.
Please email if you are interested in helping at this fun art event. Ziba Irvin at
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.
In addition, the Variety Show is looking for a chairperson(s), please consider helping to continue this amazing Pierce Downer student showcasing tradition which takes place at the Tivoli!! Take a look at the sign up and consider joining any of these by clicking here.
Save the Dates –

Now – Tuesday, 9/17 – Charleston Wrap Gifts & Goods Fundraiser
9/20 – Fun Lunch
10/4– Homecoming Parade 3:15pm
10/4 – Fun Lunch
10/14– No School – Columbus Day
10/15– No School – School Improvement
10/15– Parent Teacher Conferences (pm/evening)
10/17– Parent Teacher Conferences
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.