Monday, September 10, 2018

DMS PTO Newsletter for 9/7/18 
Thank you to parents and administrators who attended our first meeting!
First DMS PTO Meeting Recap
DMS PTO President Welcome
by Veronica Harris
Thank you to everyone who came to the first DMS PTO meeting - it was standing room only!!! I know 9:00 AM isn't convenient for everyone, so please keep in mind that the next meeting will be 10/17 at 7:00 PM at Ketchup City Creative in Sharpsburg.  We hope to have at least as many attendees again!  In the meantime, we will endeavor to keep parents informed through this newsletter and our DorseyvillePTO facebook page. 
Click Here to see volunteer service descriptions and to join the committee work that interests you, (or the committees that need you the most)! 

Contact volunteer@dorseyvillepto.org with any volunteer questions or to submit your name.

Next DMS PTO Meeting: October 17th at 7:00 PM
at Ketchup City Creative in Sharpsburg


DMS Fall Student Social Date: October 26th from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Download the DMS PTO meeting Agenda Here.
Meeting notes will be shared on the DMS PTO website when they become available!  www.dorseyvillepto.org
DMS PTO Directory Deadline Extended!
Each year, the DMS PTO publishes a student directory for the benefit of families to contact one another for birthday party invitations, to form study groups, arrange athletic carpools, etc.

To confirm your student listing, or to opt out of the DMS PTO Student Directory, please either complete the online form, or return a paper copy of the directory form (even if you have checked a box indicating your preference on the district emergency contact card).

2018-19 Student Directory Listing Form  Click Here to submit online.

Advertising in the DMS PTO Directory?  The deadline has been extended for student directory listings and advertisements to September 14th.  Register now to let the DMS community know about your business!

To Advertise in the 2018-19 Student Directory  
Click Here to submit Ad Form.
FCASD Considers Medically Recommended
Changes to School Start Times
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Click Here to Read the full CDC Report:
Schools Start Too Early
July 30, 2018
The FCASD has responded to concerned parents interested in exploring ways for Fox Chapel Schools to meet new recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics that middle and high schools start at 8:30 AM or later by offering a parent survey.  There may be many strategies to explore the possible adoption of the AAP recommendations.  What are your ideas?

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that teenagers aged 13 to 18 years should regularly sleep 8 to 10 hours per day for good health. Adolescents who do not get enough sleep are more likely to:
  • Be overweight.
  • Not engage in daily physical activity.
  • Suffer from symptoms of depression.
  • Engage in unhealthy risk behaviors such as drinking, smoking tobacco, and using illicit drugs.
  • Perform poorly in school.
During puberty, adolescents become sleepy later at night and need to sleep later in the morning as a result in shifts in biological rhythms.1 These biological changes are often combined with poor sleep habits (including irregular bedtimes and the presence of electronics in the bedroom).2 During the school week, school start times are the main reason students wake up when they do.3 The combination of late bedtimes and early school start times results in most adolescents not getting enough sleep. -CDC

Click Here for the survey (now containing an open ended response field) offered by the FCASD administration.  Responses due by September 19, 2018.
Athletic Travel Release Forms
Athletic Events are already popping up on our calendars!  If this is your first year with a seventh or eighth grader playing sports, PTO parents have a tip for you!  If you need to pick up your student from an event, or you are arranging a carpool for athletic events, download the Travel Release Form and submit to athletic coach.
Download the FCASD Athletic Department Athletic Travel Release Form Here
Support Student Council
FC Spirit Wear Sale
Student Council Advisors, Season Gigliotti and Erin Wetherill, encourage families to check out the selection of Spirit Wear available this year.

The items will be on sale until September 16th and all orders are completed online.  Student Council will have samples of items at DMS Curriculum Nights.  Since the District is promoting FC Spirit each Friday, this will be a great time for families to order new gear!  There really is something for Everyone!

Click Here to Shop FC Spirit Gear!  Show off your new gear with photos!  #fcproud
Pepperoni Roll Sale
*Parent Volunteer Opportunity*
Thank you to PTO volunteers assisting teachers in the sorting and distribution of pepperoni roll orders. This teacher-led fundraiser that raises money for the Student Activities Fund is made so much easier with your help!

We still have volunteer slots available!
Click Here to Sign Up!
The Easiest Fundraiser!
Giant Eagle Apples for Students
Shop. Scan. Support Our School. This program is a great way for our school to earn funds for our schools' overall educational needs. Is your Giant Eagle Advantage Card® registered?  Now’s the time to check!

All you need is our DMS School Code: 5494

You can divide your support among more than one school... so please consider adding DMS if you have not done so already. If you are already signed up, you don't need to do anything else.

To verify a card, or register a new card:
1. Visit www.gianteagle.com/AFTS.
2. Log in to your account.
3. Click on the "My School Programs" page
4. Click "Add another school"
5. Enter the school code, 5494.
6. Done! Please encourage your extended family and friends to register too!
Gym Shirts & School Supplies!
DMS PTO School Store *New Inventory*
School Store - New products will include gel pens, smencils, stylus' & better quality headphones. We will still carry basics like binders, folders and #2 pencils.  Price List Click Here

Parent Volunteers (with valid clearances on file with the district) needed to staff the school store!  Click Here to Sign Up!
School Supplies Lists for 6th, 7th and 8th Graders Click Here!
Events Coming Up
Monday, 9/10: No School, Fall Break
Monday, 9/10, 7:00 PM, Fox Chapel Area High School, LGI Meeting Room: School Board Combined Agenda Study Meeting
Monday, 9/17: Camp Guyasuta Field Trip Teams 6A/B
Tuesday, 9/18: Camp Guyasuta Field Trip Teams 6C/D
Wednesday, 9/19: No School, Fall Break
Thursday, 9/20: DMS Musical Read-Through and Parent Meeting
Friday, 9/21, 6:00 PM: DMS Band Performs at HS Football Game
Wednesday, 9/25, 6:30 PM, Fox Chapel Area High School, LGI Meeting Room: District Meeting on School Safety
Friday, 9/28, 4:00 PM, Fox Chapel Area High School, Front Lawn:Community Homecoming Carnival and 7:00 PM Football Game
 Thank you for volunteering your time!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Link to the DMS PTO Meeting agenda for 9/5 - here. :)
DMS PTO Newsletter for 8/31/18 
Thank you to parents joining the PTO this fall and to those who continue to show their support!
Upcoming PTO Meeting Agenda
Join us this week for the First DMS PTO Meeting
Wednesday, 9/5, 9:00 AM, DMS Conference Room
We are looking forward to reconnecting with you!  Join us Wednesday morning to receive any updates from the DMS Administration (if time permits for them to join us), for a Treasurer’s Report, Committee Updates and to learn more about ways to get involved with the PTO at DMS!

The full meeting agenda will be shared on the DMS PTO website as soon as it is available!  www.dorseyvillepto.org
Emergency Contact Cards * Now Online *
DMS Returning Students need to update their Emergency Contact Cards.
How do I get started?
Logon to your PowerSchool Parent Portal Account. If you do not have an account, please request an account by sending an email to: community_help.fcasd.edu.
From the Parent Portal:
1. Select the student you wish to register along the top
2. Select the Returning Student Registration icon on the left side for 2018-2019
3. Agree to the terms and conditions
4. Click Begin Forms, Complete all Required Fields and Submit.

Repeat the process for Each Returning Student!
Advertise with the DMS PTO
Place an Ad for your business in the PTO Directory!

Support the DMS PTO and allow the DMS community to support you! Take an ad in the student directory that will be distributed to all students and staff.

Click Here for Online Form (Submit by September 6th)!

If you have any questions, please contact directory@dorseyvillepto.org
DMS Curriculum Nights
*Parent Volunteer Opportunity*
Thank you to staff and volunteers who helped make the Sixth Grade Curriculum Night a huge success!  It was so much fun to see some familiar faces and to meet some families new to DMS.  Thank you to parents joining the PTO this fall and to those who continue to show their support!

Please join us to volunteer an hour to help set up & staff the DMS PTO table during Curriculum Night. Volunteers are needed to greet parents and share PTO information. 

7th & 8th Grades: Tuesday, September 4, 6-8pm
Click Here to Sign Up!
Support Student Council
FC Spirit Wear Sale
Student Council Advisors, Season Gigliotti and Erin Wetherill, encourage families to check out the selection of Spirit Wear available this year.

The items will be on sale until September 16th and all orders are completed online.  Student Council will have samples of items at DMS Curriculum Nights.  Since the District is promoting FC Spirit each Friday, this will be a great time for families to order new gear!  There really is something for Everyone!

Click Here to Shop FC Spirit Gear!  Show off your new gear with photos!  #fcproud
Pepperoni Roll Sale
*Parent Volunteer Opportunity*
We are looking for a few PTO helping hands to assist teachers in the sorting and distribution of pepperoni roll orders. This is a teacher-led fundraiser that raises money for the Student Activities Fund. The PTO pitches in to help with this fundraiser each fall.  Click Here to Sign Up!
The Easiest Fundraiser!
Giant Eagle Apples for Students
Shop. Scan. Support Our School. This program is a great way for our school to earn funds for our schools' overall educational needs. Is your Giant Eagle Advantage Card® registered?  Now’s the time to check!

All you need is our DMS School Code: 5494

You can divide your support among more than one school... so please consider adding DMS if you have not done so already. If you are already signed up, you don't need to do anything else.

To verify a card, or register a new card:
1. Visit www.gianteagle.com/AFTS.
2. Log in to your account.
3. Click on the "My School Programs" page
4. Click "Add another school"
5. Enter the school code, 5494.
6. Done! Please encourage your extended family and friends to register too!
Gym Shirts & School Supplies!
DMS PTO School Store *New Inventory*
School Store - New products will include gel pens, smencils, stylus' & better quality headphones. We will still carry basics like binders, folders and #2 pencils.  Price List Click Here

Parent Volunteers (with valid clearances on file with the district) needed to staff the school store!  Click Here to Sign Up!
School Supplies Lists for 6th, 7th and 8th Graders Click Here!
Events Coming Up
Monday, 9/3 - No School, Labor Day
Tuesday, 9/4, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, DMS Auditorium: Grades 7 & 8 Parent Curriculum Night 
Wednesday, 9/5, 9:00 AM, DMS: PTO Meeting
Friday, 9/7, 1:00 PM: DMS Early Dismissal 
Monday, 9/10: No School, Fall Break
Monday, 9/10, 7:00 PM, Fox Chapel Area High School, LGI Meeting Room: School Board Combined Agenda Study Meeting
Wednesday, 9/19: No School, Fall Break

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

DMS PTO Newsletter for 8/14/18 
Back to School PTO News and Information!
DMS PTO President Welcome Letter
Ready or Not...  The start of school is right around the corner! The DMS PTO is gearing up for another full year of activities for the students, community-building events, financial support of innovative ideas in the classroom, and other displays of appreciation to the staff & teachers who do so much for our children. Your ideas, time, and donations are all vital in order for this to happen. Please consider a donation ($10 suggested), volunteering your time, and/or attending meetings, as you are able. We will endeavor to keep you up to date with DMS & PTO happenings through this (weekly) newsletter, at www.dorseyvillepto.org, and through our facebook page www.facebook.com/DorseyvillePTO. Best wishes for all of you to have a fun & rewarding year at DMS!

Enjoy the last bit of summer!
Veronica Harris, DMS PTO President
DMS PTO Meeting Dates Announced
2018-19 School Year
Monthly meetings are scheduled for the following Wednesdays:

September 5
, 9:00 AM, at DMS

October 17, 7:00 PM, location TBD
November 149:00 AM, at DMS
December 129:00 AM, at DMS
January 169:00 AM, at DMS
February 207:00 PM, location TBD
March 209:00 AM, at DMS
April 179:00 AM, at DMS
May 159:00 AM, at DMS
Coming Up in September
Pepperoni Roll sales! Be on the look-out for more information about this teacher-led fundraiser to benefit the student activities fund.  YUM!
School Supplies!
DMS PTO School Store *New Inventory*
School Store - Our inventory will be updated for the start of the new school year.  New products will include gel pens, smencils, stylus' & better quality headphones. We will still carry basics like binders, folders and #2 pencils.  Stay tuned for more info and pricing...

Parent Volunteers (with valid clearances on file with the district) needed to staff the school store!  Click Here to Sign Up!
School Supplies Lists for 6th, 7th and 8th Graders Click Here!
School District Calendar for 2018-19
To download a copy of the School District Calendar, use the link below:

http://www.fcasd.edu/component/phocadownload/category/1-about-the-district.html?download=2060:2018-19-calendar

*Please Note: The 2019 spring break does not fall around the Easter holiday, as it traditionally has. This is due to the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) testing that is mandated by the state.
DMS PTO Volunteer Clearances
Click here to download the Volunteer Manual for the District:

NOTE: To Volunteer in our district - you must complete and turn in the following four (4) forms:
  • Volunteer Application
  • FBI Clearance (must be done through the "PA Department of Education" NOT the Department of Human Services. The District does not have access to verify fingerprint clearances obtained through the Department of Human Services - this applies to ALL OCCUPATIONS)
  • PA Criminal History Clearance
  • Child Abuse Clearance
All new volunteers must present clearances less than one year old. Download our Volunteer Manual for Complete Instructions.

Click here for a Volunteer Application Form

Click here for a Volunteer FAQ Sheet

To submit your application, please email or mail your application to:

Email: volunteers@fcasd.edu

Volunteer Coordinator
Fox Chapel Area School District
611 Field Club Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Start Collecting Box Tops for Education Now!
Box Tops For Education
Get a jumpstart to the school year!

First collection period
September 18th thru October 30th
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DMS Course Description Guide 2018-19
And How HomeBase Works
To Download a copy of the DMS Course Description Guide published for the 2018-19 School Year, click on the following link:

http://www.fcasd.edu/resources-dms/dms-files.html?download=2011:course-description-guide-18-19

How do students take advantage of HomeBase for Intervention and Enrichment?  To learn more, click the following link:

http://www.fcasd.edu/who-dms/about-dms/homebase-i-e.html
District School Safety Update and Upcoming Meeting
School safety was a topic of concern for parents last year due to events reported from around the nation.  To learn more about the district approach to school safety, click the link below to read a story published in the district's summer 2018 magazine:

http://www.fcasd.edu/component/phocadownload/category/1-about-the-district.html?download=2224:safety-article-may-2018

The Fox Chapel Area School District will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. September 25, 2018, to share aspects of the district’s safety plan. Administrators and local police officials will discuss approaches aimed at enhancing prevention and response protocols throughout the district’s campuses. Parents and interested residents are encouraged to attend.

The meeting will be held in the Fox Chapel Area High School LGI (large group instruction) Room.

Fox Chapel Area School District
Confidential Safety Tip Line:
Call: 412-696-1420
Email: tip@fcasd.edu


Early reporting and intervention can help kids and save lives.  Thank you for the role parents play to help to build a culture of support and care for FCASD students.  Parent volunteerism and parent support is greatly appreicated and makes a difference!
Events Coming Up
Wednesday, 8/15, DMS Stadium Field:  Football Practice/Tryouts begin
Monday, 8/20, DMS:  All Other Fall Sports Practice/Tryouts begin
Thursday, 8/23 - First Day for all students
Tuesday, 8/28, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, DMS Auditorium: Grade 6 Parent Curriculum Night 
Monday, 9/3 - No School, Labor Day
Tuesday, 9/4, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, DMS Auditorium: Grades 7 & 8 Parent Curriculum Night 
Wednesday, 9/5, 9:00 AM, DMS: PTO Meeting
Friday, 9/7, 1:00 PM: DMS Early Dismissal 
Monday, 9/10: No School, Fall Break
Monday, 9/10, 7:00 PM, Fox Chapel Area High School, LGI Meeting Room: School Board Combined Agenda Study Meeting
Wednesday, 9/19: No School, Fall Break
Wishing your family a wonderful start to the 2018-19 School Year!