Monday, September 10, 2018

DMS PTO Newsletter for 9/7/18 
Thank you to parents and administrators who attended our first meeting!
First DMS PTO Meeting Recap
DMS PTO President Welcome
by Veronica Harris
Thank you to everyone who came to the first DMS PTO meeting - it was standing room only!!! I know 9:00 AM isn't convenient for everyone, so please keep in mind that the next meeting will be 10/17 at 7:00 PM at Ketchup City Creative in Sharpsburg.  We hope to have at least as many attendees again!  In the meantime, we will endeavor to keep parents informed through this newsletter and our DorseyvillePTO facebook page. 
Click Here to see volunteer service descriptions and to join the committee work that interests you, (or the committees that need you the most)! 

Contact with any volunteer questions or to submit your name.

Next DMS PTO Meeting: October 17th at 7:00 PM
at Ketchup City Creative in Sharpsburg

DMS Fall Student Social Date: October 26th from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Download the DMS PTO meeting Agenda Here.
Meeting notes will be shared on the DMS PTO website when they become available!
DMS PTO Directory Deadline Extended!
Each year, the DMS PTO publishes a student directory for the benefit of families to contact one another for birthday party invitations, to form study groups, arrange athletic carpools, etc.

To confirm your student listing, or to opt out of the DMS PTO Student Directory, please either complete the online form, or return a paper copy of the directory form (even if you have checked a box indicating your preference on the district emergency contact card).

2018-19 Student Directory Listing Form  Click Here to submit online.

Advertising in the DMS PTO Directory?  The deadline has been extended for student directory listings and advertisements to September 14th.  Register now to let the DMS community know about your business!

To Advertise in the 2018-19 Student Directory  
Click Here to submit Ad Form.
FCASD Considers Medically Recommended
Changes to School Start Times
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Click Here to Read the full CDC Report:
Schools Start Too Early
July 30, 2018
The FCASD has responded to concerned parents interested in exploring ways for Fox Chapel Schools to meet new recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics that middle and high schools start at 8:30 AM or later by offering a parent survey.  There may be many strategies to explore the possible adoption of the AAP recommendations.  What are your ideas?

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that teenagers aged 13 to 18 years should regularly sleep 8 to 10 hours per day for good health. Adolescents who do not get enough sleep are more likely to:
  • Be overweight.
  • Not engage in daily physical activity.
  • Suffer from symptoms of depression.
  • Engage in unhealthy risk behaviors such as drinking, smoking tobacco, and using illicit drugs.
  • Perform poorly in school.
During puberty, adolescents become sleepy later at night and need to sleep later in the morning as a result in shifts in biological rhythms.1 These biological changes are often combined with poor sleep habits (including irregular bedtimes and the presence of electronics in the bedroom).2 During the school week, school start times are the main reason students wake up when they do.3 The combination of late bedtimes and early school start times results in most adolescents not getting enough sleep. -CDC

Click Here for the survey (now containing an open ended response field) offered by the FCASD administration.  Responses due by September 19, 2018.
Athletic Travel Release Forms
Athletic Events are already popping up on our calendars!  If this is your first year with a seventh or eighth grader playing sports, PTO parents have a tip for you!  If you need to pick up your student from an event, or you are arranging a carpool for athletic events, download the Travel Release Form and submit to athletic coach.
Download the FCASD Athletic Department Athletic Travel Release Form Here
Support Student Council
FC Spirit Wear Sale
Student Council Advisors, Season Gigliotti and Erin Wetherill, encourage families to check out the selection of Spirit Wear available this year.

The items will be on sale until September 16th and all orders are completed online.  Student Council will have samples of items at DMS Curriculum Nights.  Since the District is promoting FC Spirit each Friday, this will be a great time for families to order new gear!  There really is something for Everyone!

Click Here to Shop FC Spirit Gear!  Show off your new gear with photos!  #fcproud
Pepperoni Roll Sale
*Parent Volunteer Opportunity*
Thank you to PTO volunteers assisting teachers in the sorting and distribution of pepperoni roll orders. This teacher-led fundraiser that raises money for the Student Activities Fund is made so much easier with your help!

We still have volunteer slots available!
Click Here to Sign Up!
The Easiest Fundraiser!
Giant Eagle Apples for 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 DMS School Code: 5494

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.

To verify a card, or register a new card:
1. Visit
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!
Gym Shirts & School Supplies!
DMS PTO School Store *New Inventory*
School Store - New products will include gel pens, smencils, stylus' & better quality headphones. We will still carry basics like binders, folders and #2 pencils.  Price List Click Here

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!
Events Coming Up
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
Monday, 9/17: Camp Guyasuta Field Trip Teams 6A/B
Tuesday, 9/18: Camp Guyasuta Field Trip Teams 6C/D
Wednesday, 9/19: No School, Fall Break
Thursday, 9/20: DMS Musical Read-Through and Parent Meeting
Friday, 9/21, 6:00 PM: DMS Band Performs at HS Football Game
Wednesday, 9/25, 6:30 PM, Fox Chapel Area High School, LGI Meeting Room: District Meeting on School Safety
Friday, 9/28, 4:00 PM, Fox Chapel Area High School, Front Lawn:Community Homecoming Carnival and 7:00 PM Football Game
 Thank you for volunteering your time!