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5/10/22 Weekly Email

NEW INFORMATION
 
School Supply Kit Ordering – Today we kick off online ordering for school supply kits for the 2022-23 school year.  This year, Pierce Downer is partnering with Bright SchoolKitz to offer families quality kits, convenient handling/delivery, and reasonable pricing.  The PTA does not profit from the sale of any kits and purchase is voluntary. 
Below are instructions on how to purchase, and important info to review:
  • Review this FLYER for ordering details, pricing, and lists of included & optional items for each grade level.  Please order for your child’s next fall school grade.
  • Order today through July 20th (NO late orders can be accepted). Please note prices INCREASE after June 6th, so order today!
  • A la carte ordering is not available.  Kits must be ordered in full.
  • Kits are delivered directly to the school in August, and will be waiting for students in their classroom when they arrive on the first day of school.  (Parents will NOT take kits home and sort/label items)
  • Take note of items NOT included in the kits or available as optional purchase items such as gym shoes, old sock, and various band/orchestra items and send those with your student as needed next fall.
  • Please hold on to your order confirmation until kit is delivered to your child.  (You should receive this immediately following placing your order.)
  • One more time: Please remember to order for your child’s NEXT school year grade.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Susan Plocher at susan.plocher@gmail.com

PTA Meeting and Volunteer Luncheon – Please join us on Thursday, May 19th at Emmett’s. Doors open at 11:30am / meeting starts at 12:00pm. 

This is open to ALL parents who have served in ANY volunteer capacity during the course of the year. The PTA can not provide the breadth of programs without the financial support and volunteer support from our community. 
We will be approving the PTA board slate for next year and other year end business.  

All are welcome and the cost is $10.00 per person. Please sign up HERE if you are able to come!

Son’s Plus One Kickbowl 2022 – Calling all PD Boys for the annual kickball tournament with your favorite lady!  The date is May 19th from 5:30-8:30pm and pizza will be served!  Please sign up HERE by May 16th at noon (when signup closes).

Bar Chido Dine Out – Please join us for our LAST dine-out of the school year on Thursday, May 26h, from NOON to 9pm at Bar Chido. Dine-in, or carry out and 15% of your check will go back to our school.

End of the Year Party – Immediately following Fun Run on Thursday, June 2nd from 3:30-5:30pm. Join us for DJ, pizza, treats and a few other surprises as we wrap up a great 2021-22 school year! Please see FLYER for more details.

REMINDERS

ARTCOT this FRIDAY – Don’t forget! Join us this Friday, May 13th from 6:30-8:30pm for ARTCOT! Grab your passports to visit 6 countries around the world, create art, experience different cultures, and enjoy some foods you might not have tried before. Please wear clothes you can paint in. Consider bringing in an old shirt to screen print on. Check out dance instruction and performances by Pure Vibe Dance Center! We still need volunteers, so please email Carrie at carrie.c.garman@gmail.com as we need some help during the event.

PD FUN RUN 2022 / Thursday June 2nd at 3pm –  MORE EXCITING NEWS!! DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL THURSDAY EVENING, MAY 12TH!
1 mile fun run/walk Please register at the following links:
Ticket: https://piercedowner.memberhub.com/store/items/702741
Additional T-Shirts:  https://piercedowner.memberhub.com/store/items/702743
Should you have any questions, please contact Sarah Houlihan at sarahhoulihan@me.com.

District 58 Ukrainian Aid Drive: The Service Learning Committee will have a bin in the school lobby to collect medical supplies and medicine for Ukraine from now through this Friday, May 13th. The District has paired with a DG-based Ukrainian owned company, Precision Circuits, to collect and ship these items on May 14th.  More details here. Medical Supplies and Medicines needed include:
  • Bandages, tourniquets, slings, braces;
  • Surgical medical aides;
  • Burn creams & pads, wound care, hydrocortisone, eye wash;
  • First aid kits, gauze, elastic wraps;
  • Disposable gloves, alcohol wipes;
  • Soap, antiseptic wipes; and
  • Aspirin, pain killers, Benadryl, Pepto-Bismol pills, Cold/Flu

PLAY! at Pierce:  Please visit our website to complete the Community Input Survey.  We are heading into design stages and need everyone’s input.  This is a playground for all our children and we understand that not everyone can join our committee, but we need input from everyone!  The survey is available until May 15th, so don’t delay!

Teacher Experience Raffle – Thank you to all who participated in the Teacher Experience Raffle.  If your name was pulled, you should have received an email over the weekend.  Thank you to our wonderful teachers for donating their time to provide memorable experiences to our students! 

Thank you to all who helped with Teacher Appreciation Week and to all who donated and helped make the week possible! A big thank you to Heather Paulis and Debbie Myszynski for getting snacks and drinks for the week, Jen Hearne who organized and printed teacher signs and stars for all of the staff, and our decorating helpers – Jen Hearne, Heather Paulis, Francesca Rabchuk, Kelly Henrikson, and Liz Rossi. Thank you to Veronica Roche for gathering donated succulents and plants from Home Depot. Finally, a HUGE Thank you goes out to Jen Meggos and Viktoria Jacknow for their efforts and time to make this week so special.

Save the Dates –

5/13 – Artcot
5/19 – PD PTA Volunteer Luncheon
5/19 – Kickball Event 
5/21 – PLAY! at Pierce Golf Event 
5/26 – May Dine Out – Bar Chido
5/26 – Orange & Brew Night 
6/1 – School Assembly
6/2 – Fun Run & Year end party
6/3 – Field Day
6/8 – 6th grade breakfast
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.
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5/3/22 Weekly Email

NEW INFORMATION
 
District 58 Ukrainian Aid Drive: The Service Learning Committee will have a bin in the school lobby to collect medical supplies and medicine for Ukraine from 5/2-5/13. The District has paired with a DG-based Ukrainian owned company, Precision Circuits, to collect and ship these items on May 14th.  More details here. Medical Supplies and Medicines needed include:
  • Bandages, tourniquets, slings, braces;
  • Surgical medical aides;
  • Burn creams & pads, wound care, hydrocortisone, eye wash;
  • First aid kits, gauze, elastic wraps;
  • Disposable gloves, alcohol wipes;
  • Soap, antiseptic wipes; and
  • Aspirin, pain killers, Benadryl, Pepto-Bismol pills, Cold/Flu

Teacher Experience Raffle Tickets Available for Purchase – Teacher experience raffle tickets are NOW available for purchase on Memberhub through this Friday May 6th at 12pm. Raffle tickets are $10 for 10 entries. There is no limit on the number of raffle tickets that may be purchased. Winners will be notified via email on Sunday, May 8th. When purchasing raffle tickets you will be prompted to select if you would like additional bonus entries for an extra $1 – $2.50. Please note that this fee does not go to the Pierce Downer PTA but rather is given directly to Memberhub. Thank you to our wonderful teachers for donating their time to provide memorable experiences to our students! Raffle tickets may be purchased HEREYou may also purchase via a mobile device by texting ‘Raffle22’ to (919) 626-3277.

Save the Date for the PD PTA Volunteer Luncheon – Thursday, May 19th at 11:30 – This is open to ALL parents who have served in ANY volunteer capacity during the course of the year. The PTA can not provide the breadth of programs without the financial support and volunteer support from our community. We will be voting on year end budget spending, approving the PTA board slate for next year and other year end business. Details on the luncheon to come in next week’s newsletter!!

Save the Date for the End of the Year Party – Immediately following Fun Run on Thursday, June 2nd from 3:30-5:30pm. Join us for DJ, pizza, treats and a few other surprises as we wrap up a great 2021-22 school year!
Save the Date for the May Dine Out at Bar Chido – To be held on Thursday, May 26th from 12pm-9pm, more details to come!

Save the Date for the Orange and Brew Night – To be held on Thursday, May 26th all day, more details to come!

 

REMINDERS

 
PD FUN RUN 2022 – EXCITING NEWS!! ADDITIONAL T-SHIRTS ARE NOW ONLY $15 EACH!! Those who already purchased will be refunded the difference.

1 mile fun run/walk Please register at the link below.  You must be registered to participate. Families are welcome to join. Cost is $20 per family which includes 1 t-shirt.  Additional t-shirts are $15.  (If you only have one child the cost is $20.  The reduced price of $15 is for additional shirts only.)  Orders are due by May 9th!!!
Ticket: https://piercedowner.memberhub.com/store/items/702741
Additional T-Shirts:  https://piercedowner.memberhub.com/store/items/702743
When: Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 3:00pm (rain or shine)
Where: Pierce Downer Elementary School
Time: 3:00pm (immediately after school dismissal)
Other: any questions, please contact Sarah Houlihan at sarahhoulihan@me.com
Top 10 runners will get balloon and picture.  (10 girls / 10 boys).
Following the race participants can enjoy water, bagels and bananas.  
**Please note: The streets will be blocked off for the race.  Please plan accordingly as parking will not be available on the street near the school.

PLAY! at Pierce:  Please visit our website to complete the Community Input Survey.  We are heading into design stages and need everyone’s input.  This is a playground for all our children and we understand that not everyone can join our committee, but we need input from everyone!  The survey is available until May 15th, so don’t delay!

 

Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make this year’s book fair possible, and to all of the shoppers who made it a huge success. We raised over $2,500 for the PD library! It was great to see so many excited readers perusing the bookshelves!

Thank you to our Battle of the Bands committee (Mariah Cameron, Matt Garman, Allison Heverin, Sarah Scholz, Kelly Henrikson, Amy Hancock, and Jennifer VanHoutan) and all the performers for making this year’s Battle of the Bands a huge success! Also, thank you to Justin Odenbach and Tim Heverin for helping out with equipment needs, Brian Moore for emceeing, and all of the PTA members who worked the door.

 

Thank you Teacher Appreciation Week – Rolling out the red carpet for our PD staff! Students created stars sharing why they feel their teacher is a super star, which line the halls. Each day has a movie themed meal with that movie playing in the lounge to enjoy! Snacks provided throughout the week as well. Click HERE to see pictures. Thanks to all who donated and helped make this week possible! 

Save the Dates –

5/2-5/6 – Teacher Appreciation Week
5/13 – Artcot
5/19 – PD PTA Volunteer Luncheon
5/19 – Kickball Event 
5/21 – PLAY! at Pierce Golf Event 
5/26 – May Dine Out – Bar Chido
5/26 – Orange & Brew Night 
6/1 – School Assembly
6/2 – Fun Run & Year end party
6/3 – Field Day
6/8 – 6th grade breakfast
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.