Saturday, September 23, 2017

PTO Newsletter 9/22/17

DMS PTO Newsletter for 9/22/17 
Deadline Extended for Donations for the Raffle Baskets!
We are off to a great start in our collection of items for the raffle baskets, but we would like to have even more!

Donations for raffle baskets for the fall fundraiser are now due on Wednesday, September 27.

The raffle baskets will be on display, so folks can purchase tickets, at the Fox Chapel Homecoming Carnival on October 6th, at the Dorseyville School Store, and at our Middle School Musical in mid-November.

PLEASE HELP by donating items related to your child's Team Theme listed below. If you'd rather donate for another theme, please do so instead!  If you don't have the time or desire to shop, please consider making a tax-deductible monetary donation to DMS PTO for us to use towards the purchase of a larger item for the Raffle Baskets.

Please send in any monetary donations or lottery tickets in an envelope marked PTO RAFFLE BASKETS and have your child give the envelope to their homebase teacher. Checks can be made out to DMS PTO. Donated items are needed by September 27th.  Donated items (with the exception of money or lottery scratch offs) may be placed in the PTO RAFFLE ITEMS BOX in the main vestibule until Friday, September 29th.

TEAM THEMES ARE AS FOLLOWS...

6A  LOTTERY TREE (scratch off lottery tickets)
6B  LOTTERY TREE (scratch off lottery tickets)
6C  OUTDOOR ADVENTURES (bug spray, sunblock, flashlight, binoculars, hat, camping items, sidewalk chalk, bubbles)
6D  CRAFTY ITEMS (art and craft type items)

7A  FAMILY FUN (board games, trivia, checkers/chess, puzzles, deck of cards, movie, movie candy, popcorn)
7B  FAN GEAR (sports items of any type)
7C  TOTALLY TEEN (gaming items, movie tickets, gift card, anything teens would like)
7D  CRAFTY ITEMS (art and craft type items)

8A  FAMILY FUN (board games, trivia, checkers/chess, puzzles, deck of cards, movie, movie candy, popcorn)
8B  FAN GEAR (sports items of any type)
8C  TOTALLY TEEN (gaming items, movie tickets, gift card, anything teens would like)
8D  PAMPER MOM (lotions, bath soaps, hair products, nail polish, any items moms would like)

If you have any questions, or would like to become more involved with our PTO's Fall Fundraiser of Raffle Baskets, please contact Kelly DiNatale at dinatalek@gmail.com or (412)779-5328.  DMS PTO thanks you in advance for your generosity, and with your support we are certain to have a successful Fall Fundraiser!
Spotlight on Sports
Congratulations to Coach Pete Shiner and DMS social studies teacher, Assistant Coach, Matthew Lapatka, as well as to the sixty DMS cross-country runners, on another highly successful Fox Chapel Middle School Invitational! The annual event is one of the largest middle school races in Western Pennsylvania, featuring over forty schools and approximately 1200 runners this year. More than fifty parents donated items and volunteered to set up, park cars, sell items, staff the course and finish line, and clean up afterwards under the organization of Larry Van Dyke. The high school cross country team members also volunteered on the hot day. The whole event was a great showcase for our community. 
Sign Up to Staff the School Store
We continue to need volunteers (with clearances) to sign up for a Tuesday or Thursday lunch-time session in the coming weeks and months to run the school store. The school store carries many student essentials including locks, pencils, notebooks, gym shirts, and more. Staffing the store is a fun way to be involved at DMS.  Choose a time to volunteer with a friend and you will have plenty of time to catch up and chat while you visit with students and provide them a great service. Or, make a new acquaintance while being able to subtly check up on your student.

Sign up here!
Last Chance to Advertise in the Directory
We will still accept artwork and payment for ads in the school directory through Wednesday, 9/27. Use this link for instructions. 
Box Tops Collection Starts Monday
Vie for a team prize and earn money for our school just by turning in some otherwise worthless cardboard rectangles! Our first collection of the 2017-18 school year begins on Monday, September 25th and will end on Friday, October 27th.

Parents, please be on the look out for Box Top Collection baggies to come home next week with your kids. Please send in your non-expired Box Tops with your student and they can put them in the Box Top collection box in the main entryway. If your special baggie gets lost, you can just use your own labeled with the grade and team.

This year there is a contest between the teams in each grade.  The team that brings in the most Box Tops in 6th, 7th and 8th grade (for the year) will win a prize.
District Forum Meeting Held on 9/19 at DMS
Here is a recap from our very own district forum representative Kelly C.

PSSA scores continue to rise across all buildings in the district since the tests were realigned in 2014. The district is focused on the individual growth of every student and conducts Benchmark testing four times per year to address the needs of each student.

We toured the new building updates to DMS, including the maker space, media center (library), and the modern and welcoming updates to walls, lockers and flooring. We also toured the mobile fab lab. It is a tiny house constructed by high school students and it will visit elementary classrooms to give hands-on lessons related to the STEAM curriculum.

School start times are currently under study and consideration. The district wants to poll 1300 student athletes in Fox Chapel to determine the impact of shifting school start time. They are also considering the needs and opinions of all stakeholders, teachers, staff, families, and how to implement this change. Bus schedules and costs are an important part of the process. Parent input is welcome and needed.

The sex and drug education curriculum is being revamped.  Based on student and parent input, the district has revamped its sexual health education curriculum. There is now a focus on SSR (Sexual Risk Reduction) as opposed to a focus on an abstinence-only curriculum. Now there will be more robust conversation about relationship issues, consent, violence, birth control and STD avoidance and treatment. The focus will be on making healthy choices and having open conversation. The drug education component is also under review to make curriculum more relevant to the current opioid epidemic.

The next District Forum meeting is Tuesday, November 14 at 6:00 PM in the high school's LGI (large group instruction) room. 
First PTO Meeting of the Year
More than twenty people attended the first PTO meeting of the year on Wednesday. Here's what you missed if you weren't one of the attendees.
  • President Veronica Harris welcomed the attendees.
  • Mr. Nauhaus gave a construction and school staffing update.
  • Treasurer Tanya Hussein updated the group on finances through August.
  • Raffle Basket Coordinator Kelly DiNatale extended the deadline for raffle basket donations.
  • Raffle baskets will be on display at the High School Homecoming, DMS musical, and during DMS school store hours.
  • Sandy Simpson reminded everyone of easy, ongoing fundraisers: BoxTops, Giant Eagle Apples for the Students (school # 5494) , and Shoparoo.
  • Site-based representative, Liz Rambeau, let us know about a possible recycling program at the school, and will have a formal request for PTO funding in the near future.
  • Student Social coordinators, Patty Lee and Melissa Compton, will start planning for the student social on 11/3 soon... updates will be forthcoming.
  • There were other committee updates and comments from attendees... full minutes will be posted on the PTO website next week.
Events Coming Up
Monday, 9/25: Box Tops collection begins
Tuesday, 9/26: Picture Day. Click on the link for more information
Wednesday, 9/27: Donations for raffle baskets for fall fundraiser are due
Wednesday, 10/11, 11:30 AM: Early dismissal
Wednesday, 10/18, 7:00 PM: PTO Meeting
Don't forget to send in those non-expired Box Tops and raffle donations.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Newsletter for 8/25/17


Join the PTO and Get a Directory!
This year, you can join the DMS PTO for free! Of course, we always appreciate your donations, but you are not required to donate to become a member. This year, for the first time, all members (and remember, membership is free) will receive a printed and bound student directory! Even if you were a member last year, you need to resubmit the membership form. To become a member, go to this link and print then fill out the form. Forms will be available at the curriculum nights also. After it is filled out, you can photograph or scan it and email it to membership@dorseyvillepto.org or send it to the school office.
PTO Sponsored Teacher Breakfast
On their first day back to school, the teachers fueled up on food, drinks, and hospitality, all provided by the PTO.
Two Painless PTO Fundraisers

Apples for the Students

Shop. Scan. Support Our School. Apples for the Students starts again September 2nd, 2017. 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 school code, 5494, to verify a card or register a new card. 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.

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. 
Want to Volunteer at DMS This Year?
"Clearances" are necessary to volunteer at PTO sponsored events at the school such as student socials, teacher appreciation luncheons, the turkey trot, and field day, and are also required to work at the school store. You can read more about the requirements on our website, www.dorseyvillepto.org and Dorseyville's website (scroll to the bottom). As of right now, the district is planning to maintain its policy in terms of still needing district-specific clearances even from those who have clearances for other organizations and business sectors. If you already have clearances, keep in mind that they are good for five years.
School Store Open Every Day First Two Weeks of School (If You Volunteer. . .)
Your students can purchase gym shirts, available in sizes Youth Large, and Adult Small through Extra Large every day for the first 2 weeks of school (from 10:30 - 1:00 PM), and Tuesdays and Thursdays the rest of the year during lunch periods. The school store carries many student essentials including locks, pencils, notebooks, and a whole lot more. However, the school store will only happen if you sign up to help. . .

We need volunteers (with clearances) to come in to DMS for a couple of hours and run the school store -- that is, pull the merchandise out of the closet, help students find items, and collect their money. It is a very fun way to be involved at DMS and you can do it once or many times. Choose a time to volunteer with a friend and you will have plenty of time to catch up and chat while you visit with students and provide them a great service. Or, make a new acquaintance while being able to subtly check up on your student.

Sign up here!
About the Newsletter
This year all subscribed parents will receive a PTO newsletter once a week, usually on Fridays. We will spotlight PTO events, opportunities to contribute to the PTO, DMS teachers and staff, and DMS special events, programs, and news. If you have any questions about these newsletters, have something to contribute, or know someone who would like to subscribe, please email comms@dorseyvillepto.org. If you would like to unsubscribe, scroll to the bottom of the newsletter and click "unsubscribe from this list."
Events Coming Up
Tuesday, 8/29: First Day of School
Thursday, 8/31, 6:00-8:00 PM: Sixth Grade Curriculum Night
Monday, 9/4: Labor Day, No School
Thursday, 9/7, 6:00-8:00 PM: Seventh and Eighth Grade Curriculum Night
Friday, 9/8, 1:00 PM: Early Dismissal, DMS Only
Monday, 9/11, 7:00 PM: School Board Meeting, High School LGI Room, Open to the Public
Tuesday, 9/19, 9:00 AM: District Forum Public Meeting, High School LGI Room
Wednesday, 9/20, 9:00 AM: First PTO Meeting of the Year
Thursday, 9/21: No School
All of us from the PTO wish you and yours the very best for the start of the school year!
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Dorseyville Middle School PTO
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PittsburghPA 15238

Saturday, August 19, 2017

DMS PTO Newsletter For 8/19/17

DMS PTO Newsletter for 8/19/17 
Your PTO Here With Some End-Of-Summer News
This year all subscribed parents will receive a PTO newsletter once a week, usually on Fridays. We will spotlight PTO events, opportunities to contribute to the PTO, DMS teachers and staff, and DMS special events, programs, and news. If you have any questions about these newsletters, have something to contribute, or know someone who would like to subscribe, please email comms@dorseyvillepto.org.

There has been a lot of activity at DMS over the summer. Here are some construction updates from Mr. Nauhaus:
  • New entrance/exit for the campus
  • Main office renovated
  • Innovation lab constructed where old library existed
  • Front entrance and Lobby area renovated
  • New doors on many classrooms as well as all entrances/exits to the building
  • New lighting/ceiling in all classrooms and hallways
  • Lockers repainted
  • New air units in all classrooms
  • New air units, windows, ceiling, divider in the gymnasium
  • New tile on the floor in entranceway/lobby area and some hallways
  • New carpet in auditorium
  • Media package updates in some classrooms
  • Faculty restrooms updated
  • Renovated Art classrooms
  • Renovated FACS classroom
  • Renovated Kitchen area in cafeteria
Make sure you attend a Curriculum Night (see below) to check it all out!
Want to Volunteer at DMS This Year?
"Clearances" are necessary to volunteer at PTO sponsored events at the school such as student socials, teacher appreciation luncheons, the turkey trot, and field day, and are also required to work at the school store. You can read more about the requirements on our website, www.dorseyvillepto.org and Dorseyville's website (scroll to the bottom). As of right now, the district is planning to maintain its policy in terms of still needing district-specific clearances even from those who have clearances for other organizations and business sectors. If you already have clearances, keep in mind that they are good for five years.
First Day Back for Teachers Breakfast, 8/22/17
You don't need clearances for this volunteer event! Welcome the teachers back with a light breakfast on their first day. Bake, donate, or help serve the teachers before they head off to a day of learning and meetings. Sign up here! 
Grade Level Curriculum Nights
Curriculum Nights give parents and guardians a chance to walk in their student's shoes for a little while. Parents and guardians will first visit their student's home-base teachers and after receiving his or her schedule, will attend a short overview of each of the student's classes. It is a chance to meet your student's teachers and get a quick look at the learning and activities that are planned for the year. This is an event for adults, not students. This years' curriculum nights will take place as follows:
  • Sixth Grade - Thursday, August 31st, 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Seventh and Eighth Grade - Thursday, September 7, 6:00-8:00 PM
Please look for a PTO table at these events. 
Raffle Baskets Are This Fall's PTO Fundraiser
The DMS PTO will once again be creating raffle baskets as part of our fall fundraising efforts.  We hope to have the baskets on display at the High School's Homecoming Carnival in October, as well as at the DMS Musical in November.

We would LOVE to have YOUR help!  If you would like to contribute an item for one of our baskets, or would be willing to assist in soliciting donations for the baskets, your aid would be tremendously appreciated!  Donations are tax deductible!  Please reach out to Kelly DiNatale at dinatalek@gmail.com or (412) 779-5328. 
School Store Open Every Day First Two Weeks of School
Your students can purchase gym shirts, available in sizes Youth Large, and Adult Small through Extra Large every day for the first 2 weeks of school (from 10:30 - 1:00 PM), and Tuesdays and Thursdays the rest of the year during lunch periods. The school store carries many student essentials including locks, pencils, notebooks, and a whole lot more. However, the school store will only happen if you sign up to help. . .

We need volunteers (with clearances) to come in to DMS for a couple of hours and run the school store -- that is, pull the merchandise out of the closet, help students find items, and collect their money. It is a very fun way to be involved at DMS and you can do it once or many times. Choose a time to volunteer with a friend and you will have plenty of time to catch up and chat while you visit with students and provide them a great service. Or, make a new acquaintance while being able to subtly check up on your student.

Sign up here!
Events Coming Up
Tuesday, 8/29: First Day of School
Thursday, 8/31, 6:00-8:00 PM: Sixth Grade Curriculum Night
Thursday 9/7, 6:00-8:00 PM: Seventh and Eighth Grade Curriculum Night
Wednesday 9/20, 9:00 AM: First PTO Meeting of the Year
Read in Next Week's Newsletter about Box Tops, Apples for Students, and the New Innovation Lab.

Friday, May 26, 2017

DMS PTO Newsletter for 5/26/17

DMS PTO Newsletter for 5/26/17 
PTO Grant Recipient
Every year the PTO provides grants to teachers of up to $250 to help them make purchases to enhance their curriculum or to help reach educational or community outcomes. One of the recipients this year was Mr. LaPatka, 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher. He purchased some strategy games to add to his collection, and since then, many students have enjoyed playing them during lunch or other free times.
Box Tops Success!
Congratulations to all of you for raising over $1,000.00! And, thanks to our brave and dedicated Box Tops organizer, Sandy Simpson!
Collection of Concert Clothes
Are your children growing?  Some students may be outgrowing their performance clothing for chorus/orchestra/band concerts.  If you have gently-used white shirts and black pants/skirts to pass along, please have your student place them in the bin located in the main office by June 7th.  This clothing will be pressed and stored for us over the summer and will be made available to our students who need a loaner next school year and in the years to come. This is just to have an emergency supply for kids who forget their uniform or have a ketchup explosion at lunch, not necessarily to supply each musician/ singer with a uniform. There are bins at all of the elementary schools as well. Thanks to Elizabeth Rambeau and Anne-Marie DeGeorge for organizing.
A Couple of Reminders. . .
iPad Collection:
iPad turn in days are Monday. June 5 (grade 7), Tuesday, June 6 (grade 6), and Wednesday, June 7 (grade 8). Grade 8 must also turn in a charging brick and cord with their iPad or they will be billed.
More About Yearbooks:
Have you purchased a yearbook?  If you don't remember, your student can check with their home base teacher. A limited number of yearbooks are still available for purchase.  
If you want to order a 2017 yearbook please send $25.00 exact cash or a check payable to DMS - along with your student's name, and home base teacher's name - to Mrs. Montgomery.  Yearbooks will be distributed on Monday, June 5th during home base. DMS yearbooks from 2015 and 2016 will be on sale on June 5th for only $10.00 each. 
Email questions to:  maryjo_montgomery@fcasd.edu
Events Coming Up
Monday 5/29: No School
Wednesday 5/31: Kennywood Day, dismissal at 11:30
Monday 6/5: Yearbook distribution -- students might want to bring colored pens or markers for signing
Thursday 6/8: Field Day at DMS 11:15-3:00. Students might want to bring water bottles for themselves.
Thanks to all of you who have signed up to help with Field Day! We are probably all set, but if you are interested, we could probably use about six more volunteers.  Please sign up here.
Clearances are required.
Volunteers are needed from 11:15 AM until 3:00 PM and will rotate through various activities throughout the day. 
Friday 6/9: Last Day of School, dismissal at 11:30
Have a Great Holiday Weekend!
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Our mailing address is:
Dorseyville Middle School PTO
3732 Saxonburg Blvd.
PittsburghPA 15238