11/18/20 Weekly Email


PD Yearbook – Even though the Pierce Downer Yearbook won’t be out for months, now is the time to get photos of the children for inclusion in the yearbook. We have created a Google Drive folder where photos can be stored. Obviously, this year does not look like the typical year, with the students switching from hybrid to remote learning.  We ask that you send any pictures you may have of the students outside of the school or remote learning from your home.  The teachers and staff at PD are also contributing what pictures they have been able to take of the students this year.  A few things to consider, Photos that are close enough to see the expressions on faces work the best. Action shots also work very well, as they convey movement and interest. The more pictures we collect early and often, the more we have to choose from when the time comes to lay out the yearbook! Please contact our yearbook chair, Karen Mellen, directly with any questions or with photos

If you have photos, please go ahead upload directly to a folder on the Google Shared Drive that was set up for this:

Pierce Downer 2020-21 Yearbook Photos – Google Drive

PTA Website Calendar – Did you know that the PTA maintains an event calendar for Pierce Downer?  Don’t miss out on our school events and subscribe today!  Click to get started.  


Evereve Style Social – This Thursday, November 19th join us for a Style Social at Evereve in Burr Ridge from 10am-8pm!  15% of total sales will be donated to the Pierce Downer PTA.  See the attached flyer for more information, and make sure to RSVP to Megan Shoemaker at  Please note that all in-store purchases that day will be able to be returned by exchange only. We hope to see you there!  If you’re unable to attend but would still like to take part in the event, Evereve is offering a “Dressing Room To Go” service. Call the store today and order a bag for pick up. Their stylists will pull together 10-15 items that you can pick up and return within 48 hours. You only pay for what you keep! In addition, you can phone in specific orders directly to the store. Don’t forget to mention that you’re shopping for the Pierce Downer PTA Fundraiser when you call! 

Pierce Downer Spirit Wear – Spirit wear is currently on sale! There are several new items as well as everyone’s old favorites this year! All items will be delivered to your homes before our winter break and make great gifts for the holiday season! All orders are due by Wednesday, December 2nd. Please click here to order and click on this flyer for more information.

SLC  – The Service Learning Committee is pleased to offer TWO OPPORTUNITIES for PD families to help our neighbors in need this holiday season! We are excited to partner once again with Sharing Connections!!

1.)   HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE for 5-9 year olds struggling with poverty (toy ideas and links below)

2.)   HOLIDAY MOVIE NIGHT WITH YOUR FAMILY – start a new tradition and watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” with your family this season (link below)

If you’d like to learn more about Sharing Connections and the important work they do, please check out this video with your kiddos: Some ideas for toys include: Lego sets, ethnically diverse dolls/Barbies, walkie-talkies, remote control toys, sports items, light up dance mat, and action figures. You can find more ideas on their Amazon wish list. (They are requesting new, unwrapped toys.) Sharing Connections is glad to receive multiples of the same toy, and $25 gift cards to Walmart and Target are welcome as well. The Toy Drive will run from now until November 25th. Please consider how your family can help, and drop off your donations on the front porch of the Amidei’s house at 4941 Cornell Ave. To participate in the family movie night, register TODAY at The deadline for registration has been extended to November 20th. Any questions, please contact Jennie at or Carin at Thank you!

Downtown Dollars Fundraiser – Need a teacher gift, stocking stuffer, or creative way to thank a coach or colleague? Support local businesses and the Pierce Downer PTA this holiday season with Downtown Dollars!  Downtown Dollars are gift certificates that can be used at participating local shops and restaurants. They have no expiration date, and the PTA receives 10% of all Downtown Dollars purchased. Commit to helping local businesses this holiday season with Downtown Dollars.  Our Downtown Dollars Fundraiser runs through November 20th with delivery the weekend of November 20th – 22nd.  Order your Downtown Dollars today by clicking here! Contact Megan Shoemaker at with any questions.

Minted Fundraiser – Support our school while buying your holiday greeting cards! New this year is a partnership with Minted! Through your purchases of greeting cards, stationary and digital artwork, PD receives 15% back and you receive a 20% discount! Please go to and enter our fundraising code FUNDRAISEPIERCE at checkout. This offer lasts through December. See flyer for additional information!!

Thank you to all who participated in our City BBQ fundraiser last week!  Because of you, the PD PTA was able to raise $352.00!!

As a reminder, due to the holiday, we will not have a newsletter next week.  The PTA wishes all of our students, families, teachers and staff a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving.  

Save the Dates –

Nov 19 –  Evereve Style Social

Nov 25-27 – No School

Dec 14 – Gattos Dine Out

For more information on school or PTA activities please visit the school web site or PTA website. Also please subscribe to the PTA calendar. For even more information on community events and activities please check out the District’s e-fliers page.