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1/7/20 Weekly Email

NEW INFORMATION

PTA Meeting – All are welcome to attend our next PTA meeting, which is on Wednesday, January 15 at 2:15pm at Pierce Downer in the LRC. More information to come next week.

Sweetheart Dance – Please save the date for Daddy Daughter Dance which is scheduled for Thursday, February 27th from 6:30-8:30pm at PD!  More information to come!

Reflections – Last month, at Herrick Middle School, PTA Reflections held and award ceremony honoring all of the student entries that advanced to the DuPage East District level. In addition, we announced the student entries that further advanced to the Regional level competition.  Pierce Downer will have 6 students entering the Regional competition, with a total of 9 advancing projects, this is an amazing accomplishment! Below is the list students who advanced, along with their respective categories.

  • 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

We would like to thank ALL the artists for their outstanding contributions. We will be displaying a few projects in the library through the month of January.  Stop on in and take a look at the creative projects.  We are so proud of our students!

Joint SLC/Student Council Event – Let’s continue to spread some cheer! Join the Service Learning Committee and your Student Council Monday, January 20th, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, from 10:30-11:30 AM to share your time and talent with the long term residents at Lexington Health Care Center, 2100 South Finley Road in Lombard. We’re looking for volunteers who play musical instruments or dance, who would like recital practice to perform a song of your choice in the dining room where our event will be held for about 20 Lexington residents. There is no piano but a keyboard is available. There is enough room for a small group of Irish dancers, for example. The residents would LOVE to see you shine – your performance doesn’t have to be perfect! In addition, there will be crafts and interactive games for all to participate and make connections across generations. We anticipate meeting in the Lexington Health Care Center Lobby at 10:15 AM. Please join us! Kindly RSVP via email to Jennie Amidei at jenamidei@gmail.com and we’ll plan accordingly. Thank you!

REMINDERS
STEAM – Currently enrolling for Bricks 4 Kidz. See below for details!
  • Bricks 4 Kidz Lego Classes – ACT FAST-Classes fill up quickly. Bricks 4 Kidz® is excited to return to Pierce Downer Elementary! Their after-school enrichment classes provide an exciting atmosphere for students to build unique creations, play games, and have loads of fun using LEGO® bricks. A winter session is being offered for grades K-6 beginning next Friday, January 17th from 3-4pm. This class is 8 sessions. Click here for more information and registration details.

KOHA – Don’t forget! Through January 15th, KOHA invites the community to shop local and earn money to support your District 58 schools! Shop and spend at participating KOHA businesses throughout the holidays and the school with the highest number of receipts uploaded wins! KOHA will double the winning school’s combined receipt dollar amount, up to $1,000. Please note that all receipts must be uploaded within 14 days of purchase.  Click here to learn more!

 
Save the Dates –
1/10 – Fun Lunch – Zazzo’s
1/15 – PTA Board Meeting 2:15
1/24 – Fun Lunch – Mojo’s
1/28, 1/30 – Parent Teacher Conferences
2/8 – Trivia Night
2/27 – Sweetheart Dance
 
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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12/17/19 Weekly Email

NEW INFORMATION
 
Spirit Wear – Spirit Wear will be distributed this Thursday, December 19th at the end of the school day. If you do not want your student to pick up your order, please contact Vikki Jacknow at victoriajacknow@gmail.com for other arrangements. Thanks you for supporting Pierce Downer and showing your school pride by purchasing PD Spirit Wear this year!
 
REMINDERS
 
STEAM – Currently enrolling for Bricks 4 Kidz and Chess Scholars! See below for details!
  • Bricks 4 Kidz Lego Classes – ACT FAST-Classes fill up quickly. Bricks 4 Kidz® is excited to return to Pierce Downer Elementary! Their after-school enrichment classes provide an exciting atmosphere for students to build unique creations, play games, and have loads of fun using LEGO® bricks. A winter session is being offered for grades K-6 beginning Friday, January 17th from 3-4pm. This class is 8 sessions. Click here for more information and registration details..
  • Chess Scholars – Still time to sign up!  Chess Scholars is offering classes which began this past Monday, December 16th from 2pm-3pm. It will run until March 9th. No classes 12/23, 12/30, 1/20, 2/17. 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 PDE12.16.19 to register.
KOHA – This holiday season, KOHA invites the community to shop local and earn money to support your District 58 schools! Shop and spend at participating KOHA businesses throughout the holidays and the school with the highest number of receipts uploaded wins! KOHA will double the winning school’s combined receipt dollar amount, up to $1,000. Please note that all receipts must be uploaded within 14 days of purchase.  Click here to learn more!
 
Pierce Downer End of Year Crossing Guard Collection – Last week! If you would like contribute to the Crossing Guards End of Year Gift please drop off your donation in the box marked “Crossing Guards” in the School Office. Cash only and add your name to envelope.  Please drop off your contribution at PD by the end of school day tomorrow, Wednesday, December 18th.
December “Minute of Empathy” – If you missed the video presentation from www.SharingConnections.org, take a Minute (of Empathy) to watch this short video https://vimeo.com/359383446 and discuss with your family how you can “furnish hope” for families in need in the near future.
 
SLC Thank you – Thank you to the 40+ Pierce Downer families who stuffed 105 Christmas Stockings for Sharing Connections recipients last week! Another big thank you goes out to all those (teachers and families!) who donated gifts for the stockings and the army of helpers who helped prepped the donations, decorated the gym, checked-in students, assisted at the craft tables, set up the lunch tables, hooked up A/V, cleaned up the gym, etc. These service opportunities cannot happen without all of YOU! Please continue to spread the love & kindness not only during this season, but way into next year!! (Our January Event will be a visit to a nursing home.)
 
Thank you to all who participated in the City BBQ Fundraiser last week, because of you we raised $415 for Pierce Downer!
 
Save the Dates –
12/23 – 1/3 – Winter break
 
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.