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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3732 Saxonburg Blvd.
PittsburghPA 15238

Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday Newsletter, April 28, 2017

DMS PTO Newsletter for 4/28/17 
Welcome to the Parents of Fifth Graders!
Thank you and welcome to all the rising 6th grade parents who attended the orientation on Tuesday and signed up to receive this newsletter! We hope you find it useful - with information about what's happening at school, interviews with teachers and staff, parenting information, signups for volunteer opportunities, and more.

We at the DMS PTO look forward to seeing you and working with you over the next several years. If you want to learn more about the PTO, please visit our web page: www.dorseyvillepto.org or visit us on Facebook. If you "Like" our page, your feed will automatically contain any update that we post to our site. We tend to post there in the middle of the week for last-minute reminders and up-to-the-minute news.

We have meetings on the third Wednesday of each month, alternating time and location between morning at school and evening at Panera Bread in the Waterworks Plaza. If you would like to volunteer with the PTO or learn more about it, please write to our president, Veronica Harris at president@dorseyvillepto.org.

If you want to have this newsletter and all PTO updates emailed to you, please subscribe by clicking on this link.
Spring Fundraising Campaign a Success!
Thanks so much to those of you who donated to the PTO for our spring fundraiser. We hope you liked the format and appreciated the simple way to support your students, their teachers, their school, and their community.

Of course, you are welcome to contribute to the PTO anytime. Just click here for a link to make a credit or debit card donation. This will take you to the Dorseyville web page. Just click on the Paypal button on the right side of the screen.
Parenting Articles and Resources
Our website is regularly updated with articles about current education, parenting, and adolescent development topics. If there is something that has come up in your household lately, please click here to see the resources that we have posted. If there is a topic you would like to learn more about, or an article you feel should be posted, please reply to this newsletter.
Teacher Appreciation Week
We have received an excellent response to our plea for volunteers for the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. There is still time to sign up to help with the Luncheon, which will take place on May 8.  Please contact Patty Lee if you have any other ideas or would like to contribute in other ways with teacher appreciation week.
Events Coming Up
Wednesday 5/10 and Friday 5/12: FACS Cafe at DMS 10:25-12:35. Parents, save the date to visit and/ or chaperone. We STILL need two volunteers with clearances each day to escort parents to and from the cafe. Here is the sign up.
Wednesday 5/17: PTO Monthly Meeting at 9:30 AM at DMS
Monday 5/29: No School
Wednesday 5/31: Kennywood Day, dismissal at 11:30
Thursday 6/8: Field Day at DMS 11:15-3:00. 
Thanks to those who have signed up to help with Field Day! We still need at least 15 more parents to help monitor students, run various lawn games, help with lunch, and monitor the bounce house. Please sign up here.
If you can spare a couple of hours that day, please come spend it with your middle schooler and friends! (If your middle schooler doesn't want to see you—we know how that can be—we welcome you to volunteer with other grades!)
Clearances are required.
Volunteers are needed from 11:15 AM until 3:00 PM. Activities include a picnic (in front of the school), inflatables and wounded warrior course (baseball side), dance (gym), and talent show (auditorium). In the event of rain, lunch and the dance will be in the cafeteria and inflatables will be in the gym.
Volunteers should arrive by 11:15 to get their starting location, and then will rotate throughout the day. 
PSSA Testing in Science Next Week for Eighth Grade
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3732 Saxonburg Blvd.
PittsburghPA 15238

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spring Fundraiser.

It's that time of year again. Please consider donating to the DMS PTO by writing a check or sending in cash. You can even donate through Paypal right on this site.

Teacher grants, student socials, educational programs... and more. Do you like what the PTO is doing? Please be a part of keeping it going! Donate any amount to the DMS PTO to show that you value what the organization does at the school. 


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

PTO Meeting Tomorrow -- Unless there is a delay.

Reminder: The next PTO meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, March 15, at 9:30 AM, at DMS. In the event that FCASD observes a 2 hour delay or has a snow day, the meeting will be rescheduled for next Wednesday, March 22nd.

The Financial Statement can be found here.

The Agenda can be found here.

Friday, February 24, 2017

It's Friday! So, there is a newsletter.

A Couple of Easy Ways to Help Teachers (and Students)
Mr. Duso and his 8th grade FACS students will be running a full-service restaurant next week on Wednesday and Friday.  They will have take out, delivery, and full table service.  The FACS Cafe allows students to get some real world working experience and job training, while learning about kitchen safety, cooking, and more.

Mr. Duso is also looking for one or two parent volunteers who have their clearances to help escort other parents who don't have their clearances. Please reply to this newsletter if you would be interested in being an escort.
Please Donate to the DMS Book Drive!
News and Other Information
DMS Student Social, Friday, March 24, from 6:00 - 8:30 PM at Dorseyville Middle School
Please Sign Up to Volunteer. Link Below.
Following up on the stellar success of the November student social (over 300 students attended), details have been revealed for the upcoming spring social. Your students will surely not want to miss this event!

The cost for the social will be $5.00. Tickets must be purchased at school before the event - no tickets will be sold at the door. The price includes all the fun that can be had (more on that below), 2 pieces of pizza, 2 drinks, ice cream, and snacks. What a deal!

Activities will be facilitated by a DJ and photo booth, which were both successful last time, as well as a corn-hole toss and craft tables. There will also be ping pong and ga-ga ball.

Parent Volunteers are needed to sell tickets at  school the weeks of March 6-10 and March 13-17. Volunteers are also needed on the day of the event (March 24th) to setup and decorate, and later, to chaperone. Please follow this link to sign up!
Follow Up On Screenagers
Several DMS parents and families attended SCREENAGERS at the Hillman Center at Shady Side Academy last night. It was an informative and entertaining look at finding the right balance of technology use in our lives. The creators of the documentary have a series of posts called Tech Talk Tuesdays to continue the conversation of growing up in the digital age; here is a link for more information. If there is enough interest, DMS can have its own screening at a later date. I know some of you have already expressed interest, but we are looking for others to please respond to this newsletter if you would like us to host a screening as well.
Order the Yearbook Soon Before the Sale is Over!
Yearbook sales continue just through the end of the month of February.  Books can be purchased online for $25.00 at www.yearbookordercenter.com. The school number is 4992 or the school code is DMS.

The yearbook committee is in need of images from the DMS dance and sporting events.  If parents have images to share they can upload them to the Herff Jones Eshare site and enter the school code, DMS.  They cannot guarantee all would be used but they would greatly appreciate receiving a variety of images.

Like always, if parents have questions or comments about the DMS yearbook please send an email to Mary Jo Montgomery at:
maryjo_montgomery@fcasd.edu
PTO and Other School Events Coming Up:
Book Club Next Week -- March 2nd!
The DMS PTO Parents' Book Club will be discussing the books Queen Bees and Wannabes and Masterminds and Wingmen by Rosalind Wiseman. Please read (one or both) to prepare for an exciting and insightful discussion that will take place at 6:30 PM on March 2 at the Panera Bread at the Waterworks. See the video on our facebook page for more information.
8th Grade Transition to High School Meeting, March 7, 6:30 PM
This meeting will take place at DMS (despite what was said earlier) and will allow parents to learn about what they and their students can expect in ninth grade.
Spring Fundraiser, March 13-24
All of the great events described above (and all of the other events that have taken place throughout the school year) would not be possible without your help. We hope we can count on you for your continued support. Information about the spring fundraiser will be coming soon!
Next PTO Meeting Will Be Wednesday, March 15, at 9:30 AM, at Dorseyville Middle School
DMS Parents Night, Tuesday, March 28th at 6:15 PM
All parents will be invited to get a sneak peek at some of the tools, learning games, and technology that our students use in the classrooms. There will also be information sessions on topics pertinent to raising adolescents. Mark it on your calendars!
Thank you so much for contributing your Box Tops! We will have more information about who and how much next week. 
Looking for your ideas . . .
Teacher appreciation week is the first week of May and we need your ideas! Please submit your thoughts about ways that we can show appreciation for our teachers by sending an email to president@dorseyvillepto.org.
Hope to see you at the DMS PTO Parents Book Club Next Week!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Newsletter is Here!

DMS PTO Newsletter for 2/17/17
Grants Given to Teachers
Mr. Shaw, English/ Language Arts teacher for team 8A, has used PTO grant money to purchase Raspberry Pi computers and copies of the Nintendo 3ds game “Mario Maker" for team 8A's upcoming STEMM project.

Students will use these materials to design (and market) original video games for a specific target audience. The theme of the games will be to challenge the players' problem solving skills. The end product will be an actual video game (or preliminary designs of a game) and a mock-up of a “Kickstarter” campaign for it. Students will present their ideas and designs to the entire team, competition style, in order to create the best possible product. In addition to enhancing their technical skills, students will also focus on communications and writing. They will be required to submit a written proposal and rational for their design before beginning the project. They will also need to create various promotional materials for their game, including artwork and instructions, which will help them prepare for and understand the field of technical writing. The project will begin in May.

Social Studies teacher Mr. LaPatka of team 8A has purchased strategy board games that deal with specific topics and eras in U.S. history to play with students during homebase enrichment sessions and lunch periods.
DMS Student Social, Friday, March 24, from 6:00 - 8:30 PM at Dorseyville Middle School
Following up on the stellar success of the November student social (over 300 students attended), details have been revealed for the upcoming spring social. Your students will surely not want to miss this event!

The cost for the social will be $5.00. Tickets, which must be purchased at school before the event, will include all the fun that can be had (more on that below), 2 pieces of pizza, 2 drinks, and 2 ice creams. What a deal!

Activities will be facilitated by a DJ and photo booth, which were both successful last time, as well as a corn-hole toss and craft tables. There will also be ping pong and ga-ga ball.

We will need 20 parent volunteers to supplement the 18 teacher volunteers, so please consider helping out.

More specific information will follow.
PTO and Other School Events Coming Up:
Screenagers Screening on Feb. 23rd at Shady Side Academy.
The one hour film will be shown on Thursday, February 23rd at Shady Side Academy. It is free and will begin at 7:00 PM. Parents from the Dorseyville community are officially welcome to attend. Please click on the school name to follow links to more information about the screening.
Book Club Fast Approaching -- March 2nd!
The DMS PTO Parents' Book Club will be discussing the books Queen Bees and Wannabes and Masterminds and Wingmen by Rosalind Wiseman. Please read (one or both) to prepare for an exciting and insightful discussion that will take place at 6:30 PM on March 2 at the Panera Bread at the Waterworks.
8th Grade Transition to High School Meeting, March 7, 6:30 PM
This meeting will take place at the high school and will allow parents to learn about what they and their students can expect in ninth grade.
Spring Fundraiser, March 13-24
All of the great events described above (and all of the other events that have taken place throughout the school year) would not be possible without your help. We hope we can count on you for your continued support. Information about the spring fundraiser will be coming soon!
Next PTO Meeting Will Be Wednesday, March 15, at 9:30 AM, at Dorseyville Middle School
DMS Parents Night, Tuesday, March 28th at 6:15 PM
All parents will be invited to get a sneak peek at some of the tools, learning games, and technology that our students use in the classrooms. There will also be information sessions on topics pertinent to raising adolescents. Mark it on your calendars!
Looking for your ideas . . .
Teacher appreciation week is the first week of May and we need your ideas! Please submit your thoughts about ways that we can show appreciation for our teachers by sending an email to president@dorseyvillepto.org.