Tuesday, August 14, 2018

DMS PTO Newsletter for 8/14/18 
Back to School PTO News and Information!
DMS PTO President Welcome Letter
Ready or Not...  The start of school is right around the corner! The DMS PTO is gearing up for another full year of activities for the students, community-building events, financial support of innovative ideas in the classroom, and other displays of appreciation to the staff & teachers who do so much for our children. Your ideas, time, and donations are all vital in order for this to happen. Please consider a donation ($10 suggested), volunteering your time, and/or attending meetings, as you are able. We will endeavor to keep you up to date with DMS & PTO happenings through this (weekly) newsletter, at www.dorseyvillepto.org, and through our facebook page www.facebook.com/DorseyvillePTO. Best wishes for all of you to have a fun & rewarding year at DMS!

Enjoy the last bit of summer!
Veronica Harris, DMS PTO President
DMS PTO Meeting Dates Announced
2018-19 School Year
Monthly meetings are scheduled for the following Wednesdays:

September 5
, 9:00 AM, at DMS

October 17, 7:00 PM, location TBD
November 149:00 AM, at DMS
December 129:00 AM, at DMS
January 169:00 AM, at DMS
February 207:00 PM, location TBD
March 209:00 AM, at DMS
April 179:00 AM, at DMS
May 159:00 AM, at DMS
Coming Up in September
Pepperoni Roll sales! Be on the look-out for more information about this teacher-led fundraiser to benefit the student activities fund.  YUM!
School Supplies!
DMS PTO School Store *New Inventory*
School Store - Our inventory will be updated for the start of the new school year.  New products will include gel pens, smencils, stylus' & better quality headphones. We will still carry basics like binders, folders and #2 pencils.  Stay tuned for more info and pricing...

Parent Volunteers (with valid clearances on file with the district) needed to staff the school store!  Click Here to Sign Up!
School Supplies Lists for 6th, 7th and 8th Graders Click Here!
School District Calendar for 2018-19
To download a copy of the School District Calendar, use the link below:


*Please Note: The 2019 spring break does not fall around the Easter holiday, as it traditionally has. This is due to the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) testing that is mandated by the state.
DMS PTO Volunteer Clearances
Click here to download the Volunteer Manual for the District:

NOTE: To Volunteer in our district - you must complete and turn in the following four (4) forms:
  • Volunteer Application
  • FBI Clearance (must be done through the "PA Department of Education" NOT the Department of Human Services. The District does not have access to verify fingerprint clearances obtained through the Department of Human Services - this applies to ALL OCCUPATIONS)
  • PA Criminal History Clearance
  • Child Abuse Clearance
All new volunteers must present clearances less than one year old. Download our Volunteer Manual for Complete Instructions.

Click here for a Volunteer Application Form

Click here for a Volunteer FAQ Sheet

To submit your application, please email or mail your application to:

Email: volunteers@fcasd.edu

Volunteer Coordinator
Fox Chapel Area School District
611 Field Club Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Start Collecting Box Tops for Education Now!
Box Tops For Education
Get a jumpstart to the school year!

First collection period
September 18th thru October 30th
DMS Course Description Guide 2018-19
And How HomeBase Works
To Download a copy of the DMS Course Description Guide published for the 2018-19 School Year, click on the following link:


How do students take advantage of HomeBase for Intervention and Enrichment?  To learn more, click the following link:

District School Safety Update and Upcoming Meeting
School safety was a topic of concern for parents last year due to events reported from around the nation.  To learn more about the district approach to school safety, click the link below to read a story published in the district's summer 2018 magazine:


The Fox Chapel Area School District will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. September 25, 2018, to share aspects of the district’s safety plan. Administrators and local police officials will discuss approaches aimed at enhancing prevention and response protocols throughout the district’s campuses. Parents and interested residents are encouraged to attend.

The meeting will be held in the Fox Chapel Area High School LGI (large group instruction) Room.

Fox Chapel Area School District
Confidential Safety Tip Line:
Call: 412-696-1420
Email: tip@fcasd.edu

Early reporting and intervention can help kids and save lives.  Thank you for the role parents play to help to build a culture of support and care for FCASD students.  Parent volunteerism and parent support is greatly appreicated and makes a difference!
Events Coming Up
Wednesday, 8/15, DMS Stadium Field:  Football Practice/Tryouts begin
Monday, 8/20, DMS:  All Other Fall Sports Practice/Tryouts begin
Thursday, 8/23 - First Day for all students
Tuesday, 8/28, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, DMS Auditorium: Grade 6 Parent Curriculum Night 
Monday, 9/3 - No School, Labor Day
Tuesday, 9/4, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, DMS Auditorium: Grades 7 & 8 Parent Curriculum Night 
Wednesday, 9/5, 9:00 AM, DMS: PTO Meeting
Friday, 9/7, 1:00 PM: DMS Early Dismissal 
Monday, 9/10: No School, Fall Break
Monday, 9/10, 7:00 PM, Fox Chapel Area High School, LGI Meeting Room: School Board Combined Agenda Study Meeting
Wednesday, 9/19: No School, Fall Break
Wishing your family a wonderful start to the 2018-19 School Year!