Dragoneer Newsletter

A big part of our mission as your PTA is to serve as a link between the school and each student’s family. One way we do that is through this e-newsletter, the Dragoneer. We try to send it twice a month, and we welcome your ideas for content. If you have announcements or events to share, please submit them through our quick Contact form. As we’re working to refine our email list, we may have included families who no longer have children at Douglas. If that’s you, please scroll to the bottom of this email and click “unsubscribe.” Or, you can reply to this message and we’ll take care of it. Thanks!

The PTA will have a general meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 7, right before the school Open House. We will vote in this year’s board members, review the budget, and talk about planned initiatives for the 2017-2018 school year. Hope you can join us!

Why do you need to join the PTA every year? By joining the PTA, you are counted in an official capacity and we can then apply for grants and show that we have active parental involvement by our registered PTA numbers. If you missed us at Meet the Teacher, it’s not too late to join the PTA. We’ll have a membership table set up at the Open House on Thursday. Or, download this form and send it with a check for $12 to your child’s teacher.

First things first, what IS Dragonfire? Dragonfire is Douglas’s annual passive fundraiser. Held every fall, this is a fun and easy way for the PTA to kick off the school year and start investing in campus and classroom projects.

Our Dragonfire fundraiser allows the PTA to retain 100% of the money raised to support all of the PTA programs for your children. Please consider asking your employer if there is a matching donation program where you work.

Our 2017 goal is $10,000 and our campaign is planned for next week, September 11-15.

To get the excitement going and have all of our little Dragons included in the fun, we will have a coin war between classrooms. Change will be collected and counted daily with results being announced during the daily WDES broadcasts. The class that brings in the most change will be awarded with “Mr. Burns as teacher for the day!” Mr. Burns will join students as a co-teacher for half of an instructional day. He will participate in class recess, maybe an art project, perhaps a trip to the media center, lunch, etc. — It is up to the class as to how they will spend time with our amazing and hands-on principal.

If we reach our goal, we’ll have a school-wide pajama day!

Forms and change bags will be going home next week in green folders. Keep an eye out for details!

Spirit Nights check so many important boxes for our community… Having fun. Raising money for our school. Supporting local businesses.

Our first spirit night will be Thursday, September 14th at b.good restaurant in North Hills. Douglas will earn 25% of all sales from 4-8 p.m. Let b.good handle dinner!

The PTA fundraising team has planned several new spirit nights along with some annual favorites. Check out the school calendar on the Douglas website and plan to join us throughout the year. Please contact Spirit Night Chair Tene Williams-Marcus, tashakiw@yahoo.com, for details.

Hey Douglas families! Did you know that Harris Teeter VIC cards do more than just take up space on your key chain? Indeed! By simply linking YOUR card to OUR school, we can benefit from their Together In Education, TIE, program. The next you visit your neighborhood HT, tell a cashier on your next shopping trip that you would like to link your card to school #2294 DOUGLAS ELEMENTARY PTA. You can also link your card from the Harris Teeter website. Click here!

Speaking of grocery stores who ROCK… Lowes Foodsis includes Douglas as a partner in their Back2Schools Cart To Cash program! Please take a moment to visit their program website to link your Fresh Rewards card to Douglas. We will receive a portion of your grocery bill on their private label items. Click here to link your Fresh Rewards card. Thank you, Lowes Foods!

In conjunction with the International Blue Grass Festival in downtown Raleigh this fall, Douglas was selected by the International Blue Grass Music Association as one of a few schools to host a blue grass band to play for the students! Our 4th and 5th grade classes will enjoy a bluegrass show on Friday, Sept. 29,10-10:45 a.m.

The Fancy Nancy club is accepting members! The club is for kindergarten and 1st grade friends. We read a book then discuss the literary themes of the book. After the discussion, we make a craft based on the book. The club is limited to the first 10 friends who turn in permission forms, which are located in the Media Center. The club will meet on Thursday mornings at 8:00 a.m. in the Art Room. It is free and will run for eight weeks. Please contact Renee Fields at rfields@wcpss.net.

Chorus rehearsal starts this Thursday, Sept 7, at 8:00 a.m. in the Music Room.

We need your help in the garden!  Members of the garden committee don’t necessarily have to have a green thumb.There are myriad tasks — taking pictures, updating the garden blog, helping with scheduling classes to work with Mrs. Engstrom in the garden, helping with garden activities, helping with the planning and development of the butterfly garden which must be finished by the end of October 2017. There are just so many ways to help! Contact Heidi Bledsoe at hbledsoe@wcpss.net if you’re interested in helping make our school garden a terrific experience for all of our Dragon students.

Any parent who would like to run a club, please contact Heidi Bledsoe at hbledsoe@wcpss.net for information about how to get your club started. We’d love a Spanish club, yoga, walking, boot camp, board games, etc. The possibilities are endless!

We will be collecting Box Tops again this year, so we can earn some great products and tools for our school! We have two “due by” dates. The first one is October 20. Please remember to send in your Box Tops by this date. To make it fun, we will be having a little competition between the classes. The top two classes overall for the first collection will receive a pizza and ice cream party! Plus your teacher will receive a special treat as well! We need between five and seven volunteers to make this happen! If you are interested in helping cut and count the Box Tops, please follow this link to sign up:

For more information, contact Lisa Coleman: LisaColeman6832@gmail.com.

Sept. 7: General PTA meeting (5 p.m.)
Sept. 7: School Open House (5:30-6:30 p.m.)
Sept. 11-15: Dragonfire Fundraiser
Sept. 14: Spirit Night at b. good North Hills (4-8 p.m.)
Sept 21: Teacher Workday
Sept. 29: Bluegrass Band for 4th & 5th grades
Sept. 29: Early Release (1:15 p.m.)

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