Monday, January 14, 2019

DMS PTO Newsletter for 1/14/2019
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
― Maria Robinson
Next DMS PTO Meeting
DMS PTO Meeting
Wednesday, January 16th
Coffee at 8:45 AM and Meeting at 9:00 AM
DMS Conference Room B
 

Agenda items include PTO plans for the second half of the year, the treasurer's report and ways you can get involved in the PTO!

Save the Date!  Next PTO Meeting will be on February 20th at 7:00 PM
School Spirit Days!
Upcoming School Spirit Days:

Thursday, January 17th is Decade Day or Throwback Day
Friday, January 18th is FC Day, Wear Red, Black and White
Thursday, January 24th is PJ Day
Friday, January 25th is FC Day, Wear Red, Black and White
Thursday, January 31st is Hat Day
DMS Eigth Grade Parent Meeting
8th Grade Parent Scheduling Night
Tuesday, February 19th at 6:30 PM
DMS Auditorium
This event is an orientation event for eighth grade parents and students to learn about the class selection and scheduling process at the high school in anticipation of the freshmen year. Teachers from every academic department will be present to help explain the different course options available to incoming freshmen.

Eighth grade students are welcome to attend, however, the FCAHS School Counseling department will be presenting this same information to the 8th grade students at an assembly during Home Base on Friday, March 1st.

Note: In case of inclement weather on Tuesday, February 19th this event will be rescheduled for Wednesday, February 27th.


8th Grade Parent Scheduling Night Agenda 
6:30 - 7:00 PM 
FCAHS teachers from high school departments will be available in the DMS auditorium lobby to answer questions.

7:00 - 7:45 PM   
Mr. Ben O'Connor, FCAHS School Counselor, will present the high school scheduling process including graduation requirements and course selections in the DMS Auditorium.

7:45 - 8:30 PM   
FCAHS teachers will continue to be available in the auditorium lobby for parent and student questions.
DMS Security Updates
The district's newly acquired Raptor Visitor Management System will help protect students and staff by tracking visitors, volunteers, and contractors who come into our schools, thus providing a safer and more monitored environment.  In addition to visitor management, Raptor will also be used to manage and verify volunteer clearances.  Clearances will now be submitted through the Raptor System.

Click Here for a recent article about school safety - including 2 schools with the Raptor system - for parents who want to read more!

Volunteers with clearances already on file:

Parent volunteers with clearances that were current at the time of the switch have been uploaded into the Raptor System already.  The new system will send an email notification 90 days and 30 days prior to your clearance expiration date.

Prospective Volunteers:
  • Prospective volunteers will need to submit their clearances via the Raptor System. The district will no longer accept hard copies of clearances, nor emailed clearances.
  • When submitting clearances through Raptor, the prospective volunteer must have all three clearances ready for upload. All three are required for a successful submission.
  • Once approved, volunteers will receive an email via Raptor.
  • The most significant change will be the new timeline for volunteer approval. Clearances will be verified at the beginning of every month AND only once a month. Provided that all information submitted is correct, prospective volunteers can anticipate a 30-60 day waiting period before being approved.
Questions regarding volunteer clearances: volunteers@fcasd.edu
DMS PTO School Store
Parent Volunteers needed!
As 2019 kicks off I invite you to check your calendar to see if you can find time to volunteer at the DMS school store. Our kiddos appreciate the opportunity to pick up some supplies and I bet you'll enjoy the opportunity to check out those same kiddos during their day. Volunteer with a friend and you will be winning at scheduling your social time as well!

The link below has the details on how to run the store in addition to securing your spot.

Click Here to Volunteer!  *Volunteers must have Clearances.
DMS Spring Sports Update
DMS Athletic Department Physical
Due February 22, 2019

Students who are interested in participating in Spring Sports will need to complete and submit an athletic department physical (unless students have already submitted forms for fall sports participation).

Click Here for Instructions
Click Here for Cover Sheet

Spring Sports Registration is Now Open
Click Here for Power School Announcement and Registration Information
Events Coming Up
Wednesday, 1/16, 8:45 AM, DMS Conference Room B: DMS PTO Coffee
Wednesday, 1/16, 9:00 AM, DMS Conference Room B: DMS PTO Meeting
Thursday, 1/17: End of Second Grading Period
Friday, 1/18: No School
Monday, 1/21: No School *Martin Luther King Day Observed
Friday, 1/25: Report Cards Available
Monday, 2/4, 7:00 PM, Hartwood Elementary Library: School Board Agenda Meeting
Tuesday, 2/5, 7:00 PM, FC High School, LGI Room: FCAPAGE (Gifted Foxes) Meeting

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

DMS PTO Newsletter for 10/20/18 
Thank you to everyone who attended the DMS PTO meeting this week!
DMS PTO Student Social
The DMS PTO is organizing the Fall Student Social!
Friday, October 26th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

TICKETS (only $5) must be purchased in advance!
Available during school store hours 10/15 - 19, plus 10/23 & 10/25
No tickets will be sold at the door.
 
We need parent chaperones! 
Click Here to volunteer!

 

Details:  $5 ticket will include 2 slices pizza, 2 Turner beverages, 1 ice cream. The event features DJ/music, games (pingpong, corn hole, giant jenga), and a photobooth.  Can't beat the price for 2 hours of fun with friends!!!  Dress code is fall casual – school appropriate costumes welcome!
If you have any questions, please contact,
DMS PTO Student Social Coordinator
Patty Lee: 
palee1319@hotmail.com
Staff Appreciation Luncheon
On Monday, November 5th, the PTO is hosting a Staff Appreciation Lunch! We are kindly requesting monetary donations to help with the luncheon and raffle gifts!
Any amount is appreciated!! 
***To donate online please go to www.dorseyvillepto.org and click on the PayPal link on the right side of the page.***

Cash and check donations (made payable to DMS PTO) may be sent into school with your child in a ‘PTO Staff Appreciation’ labeled and sealed envelope and given to the front office.

Thank you for your support!
If you have any questions about donating, please contact
Staff Appreciation Luncheon Coordinator
Alison Persichetti: tpersichetti@comcast.net
Box Top Collection
Next Collection Deadline is November 1st!
Turkey Trot Fun Run/Walk
Student Council Fundraiser
It was a gorgeous day Friday for the Turkey Trot!  Thank you so much to parents for helping with the cookie social!
The Annual Turkey Trot, a student council-led community service project that raises money for holiday food for families in need here at DMS, was held on Friday, October 19th. The students solicited sponsors to participate in a fun run/walk on the DMS track.

Share your Turkey Trot event day photos!  #fcproud
Craft Fair Fundraiser for D.A.R.E.

Support the D.A.R.E. student education program run within FC Schools by shopping this Fundraising Event just in time for the holidays!
Vendor & Craft Fair Fundraiser for D.A.R.E
Sunday, November 11th from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Indiana Township Community Center
3710 Saxonburg Boulevard
If you have any questions, please email
D.A.R.E. Fundraising Organizers for Indiana Township:
Danielle: ladybugz24@msn.com
Sandy: hikingfalls5@verizon.net
Events Coming Up
Friday, 10/26: Early Dismissal at 11:30 AM
Friday, 10/26, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM: DMS PTO Sponsored Student Social
Friday, 11/2: Report Cards Available on PowerSchool
Sunday, 11/4: Daylight Savings Time Ends, Set Clocks Back One Hour
Monday, 11/5: Early Dismissal at 11:30 AM
Tuesday, 11/6: No School for Election Day, Parent/Teacher Conferences
Sunday, 11/11, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Indiana Township Community Center: D.A.R.E Fundraiser Vendor and Craft Show
Monday, 11/12, 7:00 PM, FCHS LGI Room: School Board Regular Business Meeting
Tuesday, 11/13, 7:00 PM, FCHS LGI Room: District Forum Meeting

Friday, October 19, 2018

Friday, October 19, 2018

Student Social - FALL PARTY! (poster attached) Friday, October 26, 2018, 6pm-8pm, DMS gym & cafeteria. TICKETS: $5 - must be purchased in advance. Available during school store hours 10/15 - 19, plus 10/23 & 10/25. No tickets will be sold at the door. 

$5 ticket includes: 2 slices pizza, 2 Turner beverages, 1 ice cream. DJ/music, games (pingpong, corn hole, giant jenga), and photobooth.  Can't beat the price for 2 hours of fun with friends!!!

Dress code: fall casual – school appropriate attire 
Questions? Contact DMS PTO Student Social Coordinator, Patty Lee palee1319(at)hotmail(dot)com
DMS PTO Newsletter for 10/12/18 
We need Parent Volunteers to help chaperone the Fall Student Social!
Next DMS PTO Meeting
Next DMS PTO Meeting
Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00 PM

Ketchup City Creative
612 Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Turkey Trot Fun Run/Walk
Student Council Fundraiser

Turkey Trot Fun Run/Walk Event
Friday, Oct. 19th from 2:20 pm - 3:05 pm
The Annual Turkey Trot is a student council-led community service project that raises money for holiday food for families in need here at DMS. The students solicit sponsors then participate in a fun run/walk on the DMS track.

We are looking for a few PTO helping hands to assist teachers with the cookie social following the annual Turkey Trot.

Parent Volunteers Click Here to Sign Up!

On Friday, October 19th, participating students will be dismissed to the track for the Turkey Trot Fun Run/Walk, followed by a brief cookie social in the Gym.

What a great way to show our community some love!  Share your Turkey Trot event day photos!  #fcproud
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Keep in mind that you can designate more than one school as the recipient of the money from Giant Eagle.  Our school number is 5494.

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Questons? Contact: fundraising@dorseyvillepto.org
DMS PTO Student Social
The DMS PTO is organizing the Fall Student Social!
Friday, October 26th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

TICKETS (only $5) must be purchased in advance!
Available during school store hours 10/15 - 19, plus 10/23 & 10/25
No tickets will be sold at the door.
We need parent volunteers to make the fall student social a success!
Click Here for the event flyer!
 

Details:  $5 ticket will include 2 slices pizza, 2 Turner beverages, 1 ice cream. The event features DJ/music, games (pingpong, corn hole, giant jenga), and a photobooth.  Can't beat the price for 2 hours of fun with friends!!!  Dress code is fall casual – school appropriate attire please!
Questions? Contact DMS PTO Student Social Coordinator, Patty Lee
Email: 
palee1319@hotmail.com
District Forum Public Meeting Summary
School District Budget Creation
Kimberly Pawlishak, FCASD Business Manager, gave an insightful presentation on Tuesday morning regarding how the school district budget is created annually.  Attendees included community members and parents, as well as, School Board Representatives Terry Wirginis, Sandra Garbisch, and Edith Cook, Ph.D., as well as David P. McCommons, Ed.D., Deputy Superintendent.  More detailed presentations about district spending were made by Timothy Mahoney, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services regarding the cost of student support services and Daniel Breitkreutz, Director of Ancillary Services regarding transportation costs, maintenance and custodial services, as well as infrastructure investments.

It was explained that the budget is created in multiple steps, beginning with a needs assessment at each building, with additional review at the district level.  Next the administration presents a proposed budget to a budgetary committee comprised of administrators, a few school board members and community members that were unnamed for financial advising.  Next the budget and annual financial planning strategies, including details about district investments of fund balances and debt repayment strategies, are presented to the School Board for a vote.  It was clarified that the School Board operates as a committee of the whole and that there isn't an official budget review committee within the School Board.
Save the Date for the Next DF Meeting:
Wednesday, November 13, 2018

Click Here! for the Fox Chapel Area District Forum YouTube Channel

To Learn More about getting involved in District Forum, or Representing your school in District Forum, Click Here!
DMS Teacher Appreciation Luncheon


Parent Volunteers Needed
Details Coming Soon!
Events Coming Up
Monday, 10/15: DMS Winter Sports Physicals Due to Nurse's Office
Wednesday, 10/17, 7:00 PM, Ketchup City Creative: DMS PTO Meeting
Friday, 10/19: HB Turkey Trot
Friday, 10/26: Early Dismissal at 11:30 AM
Friday, 10/26, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM: DMS PTO Sponsored Student Social
Friday, 11/2: Report Cards Available on PowerSchool
Sunday, 11/4: Daylight Savings Time Ends, Set Clocks Back One Hour
Monday, 11/5: Early Dismissal at 11:30 AM
Tuesday, 11/6: No School for Election Day, Parent/Teacher Conferences
Monday, 11/12, 7:00 PM, FCHS LGI Room: School Board Regular Business Meeting
Tuesday, 11/13, 7:00 PM, FCHS LGI Room: District Forum Meeting