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2/11/20 Weekly Email

NEW INFORMATION

Trivia Night – Thank you so much to everyone that came out to Trivia Night! It was a HUGE success and fun was had by all. Thanks especially to some of our key sponsors – RE/MAX, Matthies Builders, Zach Frazier Orthodontics and all of the Pierce Downer family-owned businesses, the generosity of our local businesses and, of course, the PD Parents and staff that attended and also bid from home.A special thanks to the entire Trivia Night Committee – Co-Chairs Veronica Roche and Megan Shoemaker, members Vicky Farag, Lindsay Frost, Eric Meyers, Mike Morrissey, Mary Purcell, Beth Riley and Randy Riley. This success could not have happened without your hard work!

We’re proud to announce that we were able to raise over $25,000 at the event!**All auction items won are being delivered today, Tuesday February 11th.  Please check your mailboxes and front porch.

Author Fest is February 19-21st – The following authors are coming to Pierce Downer School: Suzanne Slade, Bibi Belford, Natalie Rompella and Jacob Grant. Jacob Grant will present to Kindergartners, Natalie Rompella will present to 1st, 4th and 5th grade students, and Bibi Belford will meet with 6th grade students.We are really lucky these authors are coming to present to our students during Author Fest. Pierce Downer PTA is sponsoring this amazing event!  Author Fest is designed to help foster students love of reading and writing, possibly promote their love of art as well.  There is also a chance to meet the authors as…..the Downers Grove District 58 PTA Council is hosting a Book Signing/ Meet the Author Event at the Downers Grove Public Library Feb 21st 6:30-8pm.  Students may bring a copy of their book or buy one to be signed. Students can take a photo with their favorite author. All proceeds go back to PTA Council. Please click here to see flyer.

SLC Empathy – This month, the SLC is focusing on bringing joy to children in hospitals.  Please take a quick moment with your family to visit the link here and create a Valentine’s Day card for a pediatric patient at Lurie Children’s Hospital.  Each card you make will be printed and given to a child in the hospital to help offer encouragement and brighten their stay.  Thank you for sending a “Handful of Love” to a child in need!

SLC February Event – A great way to help people experiencing homelessness is to set-up up beds for PADS recipients. More information and signup to come soon in February.

Open PTA Executive Board Positions for 2020/2021 – If you have a desire to serve on our PTA Executive Board, please let us know!  The following positions are opening up:  Co-President (this will be filled by a current member on our Executive Board), VP of Social, Secretary and Co-Treasurer. We are also always looking for new Chairpersons for many other positions on our PTA. The sign up for chairpersons will be sent out at the end of the year.  Please contact piercedownerpta@gmail.com by Friday, March 13th if you are interested in serving on the executive board.

REMINDERS

Sweetheart Dance – Its almost here….The Sweetheart dance is Feb 27th!  Come dance under the moon with your girlfriends and special guys!  Sign up TODAY! Please click here to sign up!  Hope you all can make it!

FREE PTA Event – Be Internet Awesome! – Please attend this Thursday, February 13th at 6:00 pm in the Pierce Downer gym to listen to an extremely informative presentation regarding Safety on the Internet given by our own PD staff and PTA.  Pierce Downer was able to schedule this event through a PTA Grant, so it is completely free to the community.  Best of all, because of this grant, food will be provided, prizes will be handed out, and each family will get to take home a series of guidelines to help us all navigate through internet safety better.  Please use this Google form to RSVP. Questions? Contact Mrs. Collins at school.

PTA Meeting – The minutes from our February meeting can be viewed here.

Save the Dates –

2/13 – PTA Event on Internet Safety
2/17 – No School President’s Day
2/21 – Fun Lunch – Zazzo’s
2/21 – Variety Show Auditions (3:00-5:00) at PD
2/27 – Sweetheart Dance
2/28 – No School DuPage County Institute
3/3 – Variety Show Rehearsal (3:00-5:00) at PD
3/19 – Variety Show Rehearsal (3:15-5:15) at Tivoli
3/20 – Battle of the Bands Kids Show
3/21 – Variety Show (10:00 am) at Tivoli

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.

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2/4/20 Weekly Email

NEW INFORMATION
 
Trivia Night – This Saturday is Trivia Night and we are so excited to say that we are SOLD OUT!! Thank you for your support! We look forward to a fun evening. Don’t worry if you cannot attend the event on Saturday, we will be sending a link to bidding on the amazing silent auction items and teacher experiences in the next few days. 
Sweetheart Dance – To all the lovely ladies out there, it is time to grab your guy for the Sweetheart Dance. The dance is Thursday, Feb 27th from 6:30-8:30 at PD!  Please click here to sign up!  Hope you all can make it!

Assembly – The PTA will be sponsoring an assembly next Tuesday, February 11th on Harriett Tubman. Harriet Tubman lived a truly remarkable life that all started living and working with her family on the Brodess plantation.  When she faces the prospect of being sold “down South,” she makes her escape through the Underground Railroad to glorious freedom in Philadelphia, PA, returning 19 times to rescue over 300 others.  For more information on Harriett Tubman, please click here.

SLC Empathy – In light of the joint SLC/Student Council Event at Lexington Healthcare Center, the student council would like the focus of this month’s Moment of Empathy to be Alzheimer’s Awareness.  Alzheimer’s disease causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. The Alzheimer’s Association provides care and support to all those affected by Alzheimer’s; they advocate for public education; and they are the largest nonprofit funder of scientific research for a cure.  Please take a moment to share these videos with your family to learn more about a great cause.  

Alzheimer’s Association page for kids, please click here.
Video about the Alzheimer’s Association, please click here.

Reflections – Congratulations to our Pierce Downer students who will be going on to compete at the state level for the Reflections Art Program. We have 5 students from Pierce Downer who will receive awards at the state level for Reflections! State level judging will occur sometime in the Spring, when these students find out if they will advance to Nationals!  The following students, along with the title of their work, have advanced to state.

  • Avery Miller- Being A Girl is Strength Itself- Dance
  • Avery Miller- New Town, New School- Film
  • Beatrix Hawkins- Wildflower-Music
  • Briley Steffes- Perfect-Music
  • Meili Fleener- Cat Eyes-Photography
  • Avery Miller- Look Within To Find Your Heart-Photography
  • Avery Miller- Avery’s Inner Self-Visual Arts
  • Greyson Miller- Mr. Eye- Visual Arts

The 6th annual Illinois PTA Spotlight event is scheduled for Sunday, May 3, 2020 at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.  There will be an awards celebration and these students projects will be displayed in the art gallery along with other projects that advanced to State.  We are so proud of our students!

REMINDERS

PTA Nominating Committee –The PTA is looking for volunteers interested in serving on the nominating committee for next year’s board elections.  We need to elect two general PTA members to this committee, in addition to one current board member.  Individuals on the nominating committee are responsible for reviewing the applications of individuals interested in serving on next year’s PTA Board in the event that we have more than one individual interested in a particular position.  After reviewing the applications, the committee will make a recommendation to the current board with regards to which candidate they feel is the most qualified.  Anyone interested in serving on this committee should submit their names to Stephanie Vroman at pdptapresident@gmail.com before Friday, February 7th.  From those interested, we will elect two members to serve on the committee at a general PTA meeting scheduled for February 10th at 10:30 am in the conference room outside the office.  All current PTA members are welcome to attend this meeting and vote on the members of the nominating committee.

FREE PTA Event – Be Internet Awesome! – Please save the date for Thursday, February 13th at 6:00 pm in the Pierce Downer gym to listen to an extremely informative presentation regarding Safety on the Internet given by our own PD staff and PTA.  Pierce Downer was able to schedule this event through a PTA Grant, so it is completely free to the community.  Best of all, because of this grant, food will be provided, prizes will be handed out, and each family will get to take home a series of guidelines to help us all navigate through internet safety better.  Please use this Google form to RSVP. Questions? Contact Mrs. Collins at school.

PTA Meeting – Please find minutes to the January PTA meeting here.  

Save the Dates –

2/7 – Fun Lunch – Jason’s Deli
2/8 – Trivia Night
2/10 – General PTA meeting 10:30 am
2/13 – PTA Event on Internet Safety
2/17 – No School President’s Day
2/21 – Fun Lunch – Zazzo’s
2/21 – Variety Show Auditions (3:00-5:00) at PD
2/27 – Sweetheart Dance
2/28 – No School DuPage County Institute
3/3 – Variety Show Rehearsal (3:00-5:00) at PD
3/19 – Variety Show Rehearsal (3:15-5:15) at Tivoli
3/20 – Battle of the Bands Kids Show
3/21 – Variety Show (10:00 am) at Tivoli
 
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.