Friday, January 13, 2017

PTO Events Coming Up:

PTO Meeting on Wednesday, 1/18, at 9:30 at DMS.
Agenda items include reviewing the PTO budget for the second half of the school year, making plans for a spring student social event, discussing a PTO presence at "Parent Night" on March 28th, looking at our annual hospitality committee calendar, deciding what to do for "Teacher Appreciation" in May, and starting to plan our spring fundraising campaign.

We encourage all parents to attend. Opinions and input are always welcome. 
Book Club Coming Soon
The DMS PTO Parents' Book Club will be discussing the books Queen Bees and Wannabes and Masterminds and Wingmen by Rosalind Wiseman. We don't know exactly when the book club will meet, so start reading now (one or both) so you will be ready for an exciting and insightful discussion.
Spring Social on Friday, March 24.
Tell your students to get their dance moves ready for a fun social event for all DMS students. Anybody who is interested in helping with the festivities (either in planning or the day of), please reply to this newsletter or write to

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Teacher Lunch

On Monday, after school and before parent/ teacher conferences, the PTO sponsored lunch for the teachers, and it was appreciated. Here's a nice note from a teacher to thank us:

Hi All,
Thanks so much for the awesome lunch today! It was certainly appreciated by all. The selection of everything was overwhelming, and it was all delicious.
Thanks again for all that all of you do to keep DMS a special place for EVERYONE!
Dave Dadowski

Monday, November 7, 2016

Join the PTO for Coffee

Please join us tomorrow, November 8, 2016, from 10:30-12:30 in the main lobby outside the auditorium at DMS for PTO-sponsored coffee and snacks during the parent/ teacher conferences.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Basket Raffle and Fall Festival

So many exciting events coming at for the PTO!

Fall Festival

The fall festival is this Friday, November 4, from 6:00-8:30. Tickets are for DMS students only and are only $1! They can be purchased at school or at the door of the gym, where the event will be held. Attendees should also bring an item for the Sharpsburg food pantry. There will be a DJ, photobooth, pizza, and ice cream. Tell the middle schoolers to join the fun! We could also use some help with preparations. Please consider signing up to help.

Basket Raffle

Please send students in with their item for the fall fundraiser, the basket raffle. Items are due tomorrow. The suggested donations are broken down by grade and team as follows:

      6A----sports craze
      6C----family game night

      7A----reading and writing craze
      7B----arts and crafts
      7C----lets go camping

      8A----a night out
      8B----winter fun
      8C----school spirit
      8D----fitness craze

Please consider signing up (here) to help sell tickets and be part of the drawing and notification of the winners.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

DIstrict Forum

Please consider attending the district forum at Fox Chapel Area High School on Thursday, 11/15 at 9:00. They will be discussing facilities and buildings. Here is a link to a flyer.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Basket Raffle, PTO Fall Fundraiser

Please help us create a successful fundraiser.

This week is our final week for basket raffle collection! Thank you so much to everyone who has already brought in donations, but we would love to have more items.

Students should bring donations to any one of their team teachers. Please have students bring in items according to the theme, which is assigned by grade and team and is listed below. If you would like to make a monetary donation instead, the check can be made out to the DMS PTO, and we will use the money to supplement the donations as needed. This check can also be given a team teacher.

6A---Sports craze
6C---Family game night
6D---Sleepover party

7A---Reading and writing 
7B---Arts and crafts
7C---Let's go camping 

8A---A night out
8B---Winter fun
8C---School spirit 
8D---Fitness craze

Help with this fundraiser is needed for next weekend! We are looking for folks to go shopping to complete gift baskets and to artfully put together baskets. If you are interested, please email Patty Lee at

More information about ticket sales and the drawing will be coming soon.

Monday, October 24, 2016

DMS Fall Festival

Time for a party! (link to a flyer, here.)

On Friday, November 4, from 6:00-8:30 PM, a fun fall festival will be held in the DMS gym and cafeteria and is open to all DMS middle school students. Activities and amenities will include pizza, an ice cream bar, a photo booth, and a DJ and dancing.

How to get in:

Tickets will be sold for $1.00 each at the School Store (during lunch) starting Monday, October 30. Tickets will also be sold at the door, but it is helpful if tickets are bought ahead of time so the organizers know approximately how many guests to expect. It is also asked that attendees bring a donation for the Sharpsburg food pantry of any of the following: paper towels, facial tissues, toilet paper, napkins, diapers, canned fruit, spaghetti sauce, or cans of soup.

Dress Code: 

Students are encouraged to wear jeans, flannels, and/ or plaid to be consistent with the Fall Harvest theme, but that is not required. School dress code rules are in effect. Please leave backpacks, purses, bags, etc. at home.


Please pick up students promptly at 8:30. If students go home with someone other than a parent, they should bring a note signed by their parent.

Want to Help?

Parents with clearances are needed to sell tickets, bring donations, and chaperone. Please use this link to a "Sign Up Genius" to sign up.


Please email Patty Lee at