3/3/20 Weekly Email


Magical and Educational Evening Assembly at PD – Come one, come all to see Scott Green, magician and educator, here at Pierce Downer on Tuesday, March 24th at 6:00pm! Scott uses magic to teach and will delight your whole family!  Click here to find out more about Scott Green and plan on attending this amazing free event!

Reflections – On Tuesday, February 25th, PTA Reflections held and award ceremony at Glenn Westlake Middle School in Lombard to honor all student entries that advanced to the DuPage East Regional level. In addition, they announced the student entries that further advanced to the State level competition.  Pierce Downer had 6 students continue to the Regional competition, with 5 students advancing to state!  What stunning achievements! Below is the list students who advanced to Regionals (along with their respective categories). Click here for picture (from left to right-Beatrix Hawkins, Ingrid Dombrowski, Briley Steffes, Avery Miller & Greyson Miller)

    • Film Production: 3rd-5th grade – Avery Miller
    • Dance:  3rd-5th grade – Avery Miller
    • Music Composition:-3rd-5th grade – Beatrix Hawkins & Briley Steffes
    • Visual Arts:  K-2nd- grade – Greyson Miller, 3rd-5th grade – Avery Miller, 6th grade – Ingrid Dombrowski
    • Photography: 3rd-5th grade – Meili Fleener & Avery Miller

SLC Empathy This month, the SLC’s Moment of Empathy is focused on cancer awareness.  In 2019, roughly 1.8 million people were diagnosed with cancer in the United States.  The American Cancer Society is a large non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.  While most people know them for their support of research, the American Cancer Society tries to attack cancer from all angles. They advocate for healthy lifestyles to help you prevent cancer.  They research cancer and its causes to find more answers and better treatments. They fight for lifesaving policy changes, both locally and nationwide.  And they provide everything from emotional support to wigs or a place to stay during cancer treatment.  Please take a moment to share this video on cancer awareness with your family.

SLC’s March Event – Inpatient Kid Care Event – On Friday, March 13th from 3:05-4:45 pm, The Service Learning Committee is excited to partner with the Child Life Specialists at Edwards hospital in Elmhurst. We wanted to support children who are patients at Edwards hospital who are receiving medical care (i.e., cancer treatment, etc.) as well as the nurses who lovingly care for them. We will be making fleece blankets and birthday signs for patients. For the nurses, we will assemble and decorate handmade birthday cards to include in “birthday kits” we will provide to the nurses so they have supplies on hand to celebrate their patients’ birthdays. We also get to hear from a Pierce Downer mom who is a nurse. She will explain why this event is SO important. As always, parent supervision is required. This is NOT a drop-off event. Your entire family is welcome to come even if the kiddos do not attend PD. We are asking for a $5 donation per child participating to cover the cost of the materials. LAST DAY TO REGISTER IS TOMORROW – March 4th. Please click here to register.

***If you have a 5th or 6th grader interested in being an SLC Ambassador (student leader) and would like to volunteer at this event, please register him/her by clicking the same link. We are in need of helpers at the craft tables and check-in table.


STEAM – Currently enrolling for Chess Scholars and there is still time to sign up! Chess Scholars is offering classes on Mondays from March 16th – May 18th from 2pm-3pm. (No class on 3/30). 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 PDE3.16.20 to register.  

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 by Friday, March 13th if you are interested in serving on the executive board.

Thank you – The SLC would like to thank the 8 hard-working families who set up PADS at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and First United Methodist Church last week. Because of you giving of your time, 90+ families slept in warm beds last week! If you would like to see this service opportunity return, please email Jennie Amidei at

Thank you – The Sweetheart dance was a huge success! Thank you all that were able to join the fun!  Also a big thank you to Bethany Keown, Dee O’Driscoll, Sara Purgatorio, Jennifer Klemz, Lisa Ordway, Beth Adamo and Leah Thulin! You all made the dance so special for the girls!

Save the Dates –

3/3 – Variety Show Rehearsal (3:00-5:00) at PD

3/6 – Fun Lunch – Great American Bagel

3/13 – Fun Lunch – Zazzo’s

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

3/24 – Magic in the Classroom (Scott Green)

4/18 – Battle of the Bands at Ballydoyle

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.