12/17/19 Weekly Email

Spirit Wear – Spirit Wear will be distributed this Thursday, December 19th at the end of the school day. If you do not want your student to pick up your order, please contact Vikki Jacknow at for other arrangements. Thanks you for supporting Pierce Downer and showing your school pride by purchasing PD Spirit Wear this year!
STEAM – Currently enrolling for Bricks 4 Kidz and Chess Scholars! See below for details!
  • Bricks 4 Kidz Lego Classes – ACT FAST-Classes fill up quickly. Bricks 4 Kidz® is excited to return to Pierce Downer Elementary! Their after-school enrichment classes provide an exciting atmosphere for students to build unique creations, play games, and have loads of fun using LEGO® bricks. A winter session is being offered for grades K-6 beginning Friday, January 17th from 3-4pm. This class is 8 sessions. Click here for more information and registration details..
  • Chess Scholars – Still time to sign up!  Chess Scholars is offering classes which began this past Monday, December 16th from 2pm-3pm. It will run until March 9th. No classes 12/23, 12/30, 1/20, 2/17. No experience necessary; the class is open to all students (K-6). Children will be taught the game and have guided practice time. See attached flyer for more information.  To sign up online, please visit here. You will need to enter the course code PDE12.16.19 to register.
KOHA – This holiday season, KOHA invites the community to shop local and earn money to support your District 58 schools! Shop and spend at participating KOHA businesses throughout the holidays and the school with the highest number of receipts uploaded wins! KOHA will double the winning school’s combined receipt dollar amount, up to $1,000. Please note that all receipts must be uploaded within 14 days of purchase.  Click here to learn more!
Pierce Downer End of Year Crossing Guard Collection – Last week! If you would like contribute to the Crossing Guards End of Year Gift please drop off your donation in the box marked “Crossing Guards” in the School Office. Cash only and add your name to envelope.  Please drop off your contribution at PD by the end of school day tomorrow, Wednesday, December 18th.
December “Minute of Empathy” – If you missed the video presentation from, take a Minute (of Empathy) to watch this short video and discuss with your family how you can “furnish hope” for families in need in the near future.
SLC Thank you – Thank you to the 40+ Pierce Downer families who stuffed 105 Christmas Stockings for Sharing Connections recipients last week! Another big thank you goes out to all those (teachers and families!) who donated gifts for the stockings and the army of helpers who helped prepped the donations, decorated the gym, checked-in students, assisted at the craft tables, set up the lunch tables, hooked up A/V, cleaned up the gym, etc. These service opportunities cannot happen without all of YOU! Please continue to spread the love & kindness not only during this season, but way into next year!! (Our January Event will be a visit to a nursing home.)
Thank you to all who participated in the City BBQ Fundraiser last week, because of you we raised $415 for Pierce Downer!
Save the Dates –
12/23 – 1/3 – Winter break
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.