Easy Ways to Support Your School

schoolFundraising is a crucial component of our PTA’s mission to enhance the lives of our children and teachers. Our funding helps to fill the gaps in our school budget. One of the ways you can help raise money for our school — many at no cost to you! — is to participate in the programs below. Please share this info with family members, neighbors and friends who can also link their grocery and retail accounts. As you can imagine, these dollars add up quickly!!

Link your Harris Teeter and Lowe’s Foods Cards to Douglas Elementary

**They require that you link our school every year or it expires!

Log onto https://www.harristeeter.com/together-in-education

Or link your card in any store right at the register to Douglas Elementary #2294

Log onto   http://www.lowesfoods.com/back-2-schools/

Or register at guest services in any store to Douglas Elementary #60112

Earn money for Douglas while you shop on Amazon!

Visit https://smile.amazon.com/ref=smi_se_saas_lsmi_smi  and link Douglas Creative Arts-Science Magnet School PTA.  Once it’s set up it’s easy to use!

**The only catch is you must go to smile.amazon.com each time you shop in order for Douglas to earn .5% on each eligible purchase you make.

Support Douglas when you shop at the Teach Me Store

For details log onto https://www.teachmestore.com/pta-support

No registration required! Simply mention Douglas Elementary at checkout and 10% of your purchase goes to Douglas!

Box Tops Go a Long Way

Start cutting out box tops now (found on tons of products you buy at the grocery store) and keep them in a Ziploc bag. We’ll put the request out several times a year to send them in with your child and our PTA volunteers will do the rest to ensure we receive $.10 for each box top collected!

Spirit Nights

Come out for good food and fellowship with your Douglas family, and raise money for our school at the same time. These events are held at neighborhood locations, so you’ll be supporting local businesses, and a portion of the profits go to Douglas. Be sure to mention you are a Douglas Elementary family at each event so we get credit!

Book Fair

Twice a year, the Douglas PTA partners with Scholastic to host our book fairs. Our spring and fall book fairs allow students time to browse with their classes and make wish lists for parents. After class preview days, we invite families to shop together during our sales days.

Fall Fair: November 8-16, 2018
Spring Fair: April 4-11, 2019

Douglas 5th Grade Legacy Project

garden project

Help our 5th graders complete their Legacy Project with Artist in Residence Shannon Newby!

We are in need of supplies for our 5th-grade student team to create an amazing bug hotel and wire art to enhance our vegetable garden. This is a project that will stay at Douglas for enjoyment for years to come and is a unique opportunity to integrate our arts curriculum into this year’s legacy project.

Donations are due Oct. 12 and may be left on the cart outside magnet coordinator Heidi Bledsoe’s office. Thank you!


Dragonfire is Here!

dragonfireDragonfire is Douglas’s annual passive fundraiser. Held in the 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.

The 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 2018 goal is $12,000 and our campaign is planned for the week of September 24.

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!

Flyers are going home in your students’ folders this week. There are a number of ways to donate, including check, cash and these online options:



Thanks in advance for your support! Please contact our VP of Fundraising, Lea Ann Cook, if you have questions or need more information: leaanncook3@gmail.com.


Fall 2018 Spirit Nights!

skate party

The Douglas PTA partners with area businesses to host Spirit Night fundraisers for school projects. These community-building events check so many important boxes — Having fun. Raising money for our school. Supporting local businesses.

The PTA has a fun mix of events planned this fall!

  • B.Good — September 12, 4-8 p.m.
  • United Skates of America — October 4, 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Tijuana Flats — October 24, 5-8 p.m.
  • Milton’s (Six Forks location) – November 13, 5-10 p.m.

Stay tuned for future Spirit Night dates on our calendar in the sidebar … or check out the school calendar on the Douglas website and plan to join us throughout the year. If you have questions, please contact Spirit Night Chair Daphne Flowers at daphnejflowers@hotmail.com.

Get to Know Mariela Matias

If you’ve ever walked into the front office at Douglas, you’ve met Mariela Matias. She’s the smiling face that greets visitors, helps students and juggles a million other duties each day. This is her first year in this position at Douglas, and if you haven’t already, it’s not too late to welcome her! Read on to learn more about Mariela:

What is a typical day like for you at Douglas?

My typical day at Douglas must start off like any other day, with a cup of coffee! There is never a dull moment at the office. I deal with any correspondence that might come by, answer phone calls, organize, file, and welcome our parents and students, as well as translate for our Spanish-speaking families, and take care of students with any medical needs, just to name few of my duties. In the free time, well there isn’t much of a free time around here …

What has your first year been like, so far?

My first few months at Douglas have been great. Teachers, staff and parents have been supportive and welcoming! It has been an easy transition and my coworkers have made me feel comfortable.

Where did you work before you came to Douglas?

I used to work at Douglas back in 2013 as a part-time clerical assistant for about a year. In 2014, I moved to Harris Creek Elementary School. Harris Creek is a multi-track, year-round school with nearly 1,200 students. At Harris Creek, I worked for a year as a media assistant and clerical assistant, then I worked for two years as a receptionist. As much as I loved working at Harris Creek and I live five minutes away from school, I was ready to move back to a traditional school and spend more time with my family and have more time to do my volunteer work. When the opportunity came along to move back to a traditional school and Douglas was an option, there was no doubt I wanted to move back to Douglas where I had started … It feels like I’m back at home!

What is one “fun fact” about you that people might not know?

One ‘fun fact’ about me would be that I love to travel and take new adventures. Oh! and did I mention I love coffee? I am a coffee addict!