10/26/21 Weekly Email


You’re PAWsome Yard Signs – Here’s a great way to surprise your kids with some Pierce Downer spirit! From November 1-23, you can have 5 paw shaped yard signs installed in the front yard of your choice for the day! Cost for 5 signs is $25. Purchase your experience HERE and make sure to include your name, phone number and address where you would like signs to be placed. Signs will be installed and removed by the “You’re PAWsome” team. Signs will remain in yards for 24 hours and will arrive between 11/1-11/23. Pictures of the PAWsome signs can be found HERE.

Battle of the Bands is BACK – We are so lucky to have so many musically talented individuals in our neighborhood. It has been our yearly tradition to recruit parents and form bands that get together to practice- with the end goal of performing at Ballydoyle in the spring. This year’s performance date is scheduled for the evening of Saturday, April 30th. In order to continue this ten year tradition- WE NEED YOU!! Do you play an instrument? Do you sing? Have you never performed on stage, but always wanted to? Now is your chance! We are looking for musicians of ALL ability levels to perform. You do not need a full band to register, we are happy to help form bands.

If you think that you or someone you know might be interested in joining, please fill out this FORM by November 8th. If you would like more information before committing, there is a space on the google form to indicate that as well. You can also reach out to us directly with any questions that you might have- Mariah Cameron at or Allison Heverin at

Art Awareness and Reflections – Great news, both of these programs are back for this school year! We are still in need of co-chairs to assist Jamie Moss in Art Awareness and Teri Lawson in Reflections, please contact Francesca Rabchuk ( if you are interested (descriptions of these programs follow):

  • Art Awareness – This program supplements the school’s art program with in-class, parent-taught, monthly art lessons. Monthly responsibilities of the co-chair include sending out monthly notices and lesson plans to classroom volunteers. Twice a year (mid and end of school year), do inventory of AA cabinet supplies, purchase and replace supplies. Sporadically, pass reimbursement forms onto the treasurer, maintain cabinets/supplies and answer volunteers’ questions. Requires minimal time but occasional school visit.
  • Reflections – Reflections is a national PTA art program where students submit entries pertaining to 6 different artistic categories. Primary responsibilities include getting kids excited for the program (sending blurbs to the newsletter, visiting classrooms), ensuring that each participant follows the program rules, collecting and organizing projects for judging and celebrating each student’s achievements.

Halloween Candy Collection – PTA Healthy Kids Committee is collecting Halloween Candy Donations at Pierce Downer from Monday, Nov 1st through Friday, Nov. 5th. All Halloween Candy Donated will be given to the DG Fish Pantry and the St. Joe’s Food Pantry for families in need. Students may bring in candy bags to school into the front office where the PTA Healthy Kids Committee Candy Donation bins will be. Thank you in advance for donating your Halloween Candy! 


Fun Lunch Orders – The PTA is excited about the return of the Fun Lunch program!  An email went out earlier today with detailed instructions on how to order the first Fun Lunch meals no later than November 10th.  Don’t forget to log onto to order for your student’s first Fun Lunch date of November 19th. The school password is PDE257.

STEAM – The STEAM committee is excited to bring back a full year of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math offerings to PD.  Please follow this newsletter for additional programs throughout the year.  Please contact Ami Johanson at with any questions, thank you!

  • Young Rembrandts: Young Rembrandts is BACK at Pierce Downer this year with drawing classes on Tuesdays 3-4PM.  Click here for the flyer and enrollment information. Classes begin the week of November 2nd and run until Dec 14. All students grades K-6.
  • NEW! – Spanish Club – The Language Labs will be offering Spanish classes starting from Wednesday November 3rd from 3pm-4pm.  It will run for 26 weeks. The class is open to all students (K-6). Click on this link for flyer and registration.

Minted Holiday Cards – Getting ready to send your holiday cards? Once again this year, Pierce Downer is partnered with Minted! Simply use our unique code FUNDRAISEPIERCE at checkout and we’ll receive 15% of the proceeds from your purchase – you’ll also get 20% OFF your order. It’s that easy! Click here for more information and Shop at

Holiday Wreath Sale – For the first time, PD PTA is offering Holiday Wreaths!  Each wreath is handmade of balsam fir in Giles, WI.  We are offering two sizes of wreaths, 20” and 26” and they are adorned with a red velvet bow and three pine cones (click here for pictures). These fresh wreaths have a 6-8 week life expectancy. The 20” wreath is $25 and the 26” wreath is $35. Wreaths will be delivered to school the week of Thanksgiving. If you are unable to pick up your wreath, we also offer delivery for $10. Our sale starts NOW and ends on Monday, November 1st and orders can be placed on MemberHub. Please contact Vikki Jacknow with any questions at:

Save the Dates –

10/29 – Halloween Parties at School/Parade
11/25-11/27 – No School
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.