Friday, November 3, 2017

Friday Newsletter for 11/3/17

DMS PTO Newsletter for 11/3/17 
Spotlight on Fil Prevost, Front Office Secretary by Danielle Bradley
This month our spotlight is on a very important person at DMS, secretary Fil Prevost. If you have ever been to the DMS office or called the school, chances are very good that you have seen or spoken to Ms. Prevost. She is usually the first person you see in the office, always greeting everyone with a smile.

She is married to a former FCA social studies teacher/ tennis coach and has three children and four grandchildren. She began subbing in the district and switched to full time in 2001.

At first she worked at Hartwood Elementary for the morning and then walked over to the middle school for the afternoon. Now she shares her secretarial talents exclusively with DMS.

She is the first point of contact for parents and enjoys getting to know them as well as the students. One of her main jobs at DMS is attendance, which is a big job when you consider the large number of students and all of their late arrivals, early dismissals, and school activities. She wants parents to know how important it is to send in notes in these instances. This way she can inform the teachers when a student will not be in class or has to leave at a certain time. Another job she has is getting forgotten lunches and iPads to the students as well when parents bring them to the office. She also helps to coordinate buses for field trips throughout the year. In addition, she assists the principals with anything they need. She is in the office over the summer as well preparing for every new school year.

Ms. Prevost works with Ms. Wargo and Ms. Celender to keep the school office up and running.  She truly loves her job and says that the students keep it interesting!  
Fall Student Social Tonight
Students should only attend the social if they have already purchased a ticket.

Students should be dropped off and picked up at the FRONT of the building. Drop off at 6:30pm. Pick-up promptly at 8:30pm.

Extra pizza, ice cream, chips & beverages will be sold for $1.00 per item at the event.
Raffle Basket Tickets on Sale Starting Monday
The baskets will be on display starting Monday, November 6 and will continue to be on display until Saturday, November 18. That's only two weeks, so make sure you take advantage of the chance to win one of the amazing baskets! Tickets will be available for purchase during parent-teacher conferences on November 6 and 7; November 9, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 during lunch time at the school store; and during the DMS musical on November 16, 17, and 18 before the show and during intermission. Winners will be drawn during the intermission of the musical on Saturday, November 18.

1 Ticket / $2
3 Tickets / $5
8 Tickets / $10
20 Tickets / $20

Please volunteer to sell raffle tickets on 11/6, 11/7, (at parent teacher conferences), 11/16, 11/17, and/ or 11/18 (at the DMS Musical). There are plenty of choices available. No need to have clearances to sell during these times.

We also need volunteers to sell tickets on Monday, 11/13, Wednesday, 11/15, and Friday, 11/17, during lunch time in the school store area. Clearances are needed if you are selling tickets during these times. Thanks in advance!
Teacher Luncheon
On November 7, parent-teacher conference day, the PTO will provide a catered lunch for the teachers. We need volunteers to help decorate, serve lunch, and clean up afterwards. The need is for 11/7 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Please sign up here if you can help. Thanks to those of you who volunteered already, but we could use a few more. You don't need clearances for this one! 
DMS Fall Musical, Honk, Jr.
Come see Honk Jr. the Musical, where you learn that different isn't bad, and that you should never judge a bird by his feathers!
Show times are:
  • Thursday, November 16 at 7:00 PM
  • Friday, November 17 at 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, November 18 at 10:00 AM
Tickets can be purchased by following this link.
Parent Book Club
Please join the DMS Parenting Book Group for a discussion of iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of UsThe Wall Street Journal reports this book is, “central to understanding this generation’s experience.” For a primer on this recent release, check out this article written by the book’s author, Jean Twenge, in the September 2017 issue of The Atlantic,
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/hasthesmartphonedestroyedageneration/534198/

We will meet 7:00 PM, Wednesday Nov. 29 at the Giant Eagle Cafe. For more information, to get on the book group’s email list, or if you have questions, check the DMS Facebook page or email lauridane at gmail with questions.

Should be a rousing discussion—hope to see you there!
Apples for the 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 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. 
Can you Staff the School Store on 11/9 or 11/14?
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. Currently we need someone (or two) for 11/9, 11/14 and 12/12. In addition to selling tickets for the basket raffle fundraiser, the school store carries many student essentials including locks, pencils, notebooks, gym shirts, and more.

Sign up here!
Events Coming Up
Friday, 11/3, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM: Fall Student Social; Drop off at the front door.
Sunday, 11/5, 2:00 AM: Daylight Savings Time ends; set your clocks back one hour
Monday, 11/6:  Raffle baskets on display and tickets available!
Monday, 11/6:  Half day for students
Monday, 11/6, 12:30 - 6:30 PM:  Parent Teacher Conferences
Monday, 11/6, 7:00 - 7:30 PM:  School Board Meeting, Kerr Elementary
Tuesday, 11/7:  No school for students
Tuesday, 11/7, 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM: Parent Teacher Conferences
Tuesday, 11/7, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM: PTO provides lunch for teachers
Thursday, 11/9: Lifetouch picture retake day
Monday, 11/13, 7:00 - 7:30 PM: School Board Meeting, High School LGI Room
Tuesday, 11/14, 6:00 PM: District Forum Meeting, High School LGI Room
Wednesday, 11/15, 9:00 AM: DMS PTO Meeting, at DMS
Thursday, 11/16, 7:00 PM: DMS Fall Musical, Honk Jr.
Friday, 11/17, 7:00 PM: DMS Fall Musical, Honk Jr.
Saturday, 11/18, 2:00 PM: DMS Fall Musical, Honk Jr.
Wednesday, 11/22, 11:30 AM: Early Dismissal
Thursday, 11/23 - Monday, 11/27: Thanksgiving break. No school
Wednesday, 11/29, 7:00 PM, Giant Eagle Cafe: Parent Book Club 
Monday, 12/4, 7:00 - 7:30 PM, High School LGI Room: School Board Meeting
Don't forget to set your clocks back!

Friday Newsletter for 10/27/17

DMS PTO Newsletter for 10/27/17 
Fall Student Social Next Friday, Nov. 3
The fall student social is one week from today! Tickets will be on sale at the school store during lunch Monday through Thursday of next week (Oct 30 - Nov. 2) for $5. All tickets must be purchased in advance. You can volunteer to help sell tickets with the sign up below.

Sign up here to volunteer to sell tickets, set up, clean up, or chaperone during the party. We are especially looking for help with set up and clean up. No clearances needed to help clean up. Any adults who come to chaperone may dress up in costume if they want.

Activities planned are the following:
  • DJ and dancing
  • Photo Booth with props
  • Costume contest to be judged by teachers volunteers with gift cards to the winners
  • Games including ping pong, apple-bobbing, giant Jenga, a large inflatable football-toss game, "chair basketball," and corn hole
  • Crafts including flower pens and origami
  • Food – 2 pieces of pizza, drinks (Turner Dairy lemonade or iced tea), and a Blue Bunny frozen dessert
Does anyone have a cornhole set we could use for the student social? If so, please respond to this newsletter and let us know. Thank you!
Raffle Baskets On Display Soon
The baskets will be on display starting Monday, November 6 and will continue to be on display until Saturday, November 18. That's only two weeks, so make sure you are ready to get a chance to win one of the amazing baskets! Tickets will be available for purchase during parent-teacher conferences on November 6 and 7; November 9, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 during lunch time at the school store; and during the DMS musical on November 16, 17, and 18 before the show and during intermission. Winners will be drawn during the intermission of the musical on Saturday, November 18.

1 Ticket / $2
3 Tickets / $5
8 Tickets / $10
20 Tickets / $20

Please volunteer to sell raffle tickets on 11/6, 11/7, (at parent teacher conferences), 11/16, 11/17, and/ or 11/18 (at the DMS Musical). There are plenty of choices available. No need to have clearances to sell during these times.

We also need volunteers to sell tickets on Monday, 11/13, Wednesday, 11/15, and Friday, 11/17, during lunch time in the school store area. Clearances are needed if you are selling tickets during these times. Thanks in advance!
Teacher Luncheon
On November 7, parent-teacher conference day, the PTO will provide a catered lunch for the teachers. We need volunteers to help decorate, serve lunch, and clean up afterwards. The need is for 11/7 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Please sign up here if you can help. You don't need clearances for this one! FYI, so far, no one has signed up.
Parent Book Club
Please join the DMS Parenting Book Group for a discussion of iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of UsThe Wall Street Journal reports this book is, “central to understanding this generation’s experience.” For a primer on this recent release, check out this article written by the book’s author, Jean Twenge, in the September 2017 issue of The Atlantic,
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/hasthesmartphonedestroyedageneration/534198/

We will meet 7:00 PM, Wednesday Nov. 29 at the Giant Eagle Cafe. For more information, to get on the book group’s email list, or if you have questions, check the DMS Facebook page or email lauridane at gmail with questions.

Should be a rousing discussion—hope to see you there!
Apples for the 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 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. 
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. Currently we need someone (or two) for 11/9 and 11/14 and several dates in December. In addition to selling tickets for the fall student social, the school store carries many student essentials including locks, pencils, notebooks, gym shirts, and more.

Sign up here!
District Forum
District Forum provides an opportunity for Fox Chapel Area parents and residents within the community to discuss district-wide topics of interest with the school district administration.  This organization encourages parents to get involved by attending District Forum public meetings, held four times per year, to learn more about what is happening in the district that impacts all schools and students.  The next District Forum public meeting will be Tuesday, November 14 at 6:00 PM in the High School LGI room.

District Forum encourages parents to show their support for our schools by attending not only District Forum meetings, but also school board meetings. School board meetings are open to all to attend.  The next school board meetings are:  Monday, November 6 at 7:00 PM at Kerr Elementary and Monday. November 13 at 7:00 PM at the High School in the LGI room.
Events Coming Up
Saturday, 10/28, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM: National Prescription Drug Take-back Day. The Aspinwall police station (Commercial Ave 15215) will be collecting unused / expired drugs.
Friday, 11/3, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM: Fall Student Social
Monday, 11/6:  Raffle baskets now on display and tickets available!
Monday, 11/6:  Half day for students
Monday, 11/6, 12:30 - 6:30 PM:  Parent Teacher Conferences
Monday, 11/6, 7:00 - 7:30 PM:  School Board Meeting, Kerr Elementary
Tuesday, 11/7:  No school for students
Tuesday, 11/7, 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM: Parent Teacher Conferences
Tuesday, 11/7, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM: PTO provides lunch for teachers
Thursday, 11/9: Lifetouch picture retake day
Monday, 11/13, 7:00 - 7:30 PM: School Board Meeting, High School LGI Room
Tuesday, 11/14, 6:00 PM: District Forum Meeting, High School LGI Room
Wednesday, 11/15, 9:00 AM: DMS PTO Meeting, at DMS
Wednesday, 11/22, 11:30 AM: Early Dismissal
Thursday, 11/23 - Monday, 11/27: Thanksgiving break. No school
Wednesday, 11/29, 7:00 PM, Giant Eagle Cafe: Parent Book Club 
Monday, 12/4, 7:00 - 7:30 PM, High School LGI Room: School Board Meeting
Hope to see you at the Student Social!
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