Douglas Magnet Elementary Named Magnet Schools of America 2023 School of Distinction

Douglas Creative Arts & Science Magnet Elementary School has earned recognition from Magnet Schools of America (MSA) for their academic excellence, commitment to diversity and community engagement. Douglas Magnet Elementary School was named a 2023 National Magnet School of Distinction by MSA, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools.

MSA national merit awards are given to magnet schools that demonstrate a commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful desegregation and diversity efforts, and strong parent and community involvement. To be considered for a merit award, member schools must submit an application that is scored by a panel of educators.

MSA is a nonprofit organization that provides support and assistance to magnet schools across the nation and represents approximately 4,300 magnet and theme-based schools nationwide. 

Way to go, Dragons!

Thanksgiving Pies for Teachers

Any way you slice it, we’re thankful for our Douglas teachers and staff! Show your gratitude to them this Thanksgiving and gift a Douglas teacher or staff member a delicious pie.

Pies are $11 and sales support our neighbors at Sanderson High School’s Academy of Finance. The specific flavor of pie will be determined by the PTA. Pies will be delivered directly to the school on Nov. 21. You do not need to do anything after finalizing your purchase! Easy peasy!

We have close to 85 employees and we’d love to show our thanks each and every amazing Douglas staff member with a pie. Please purchase your pies by the end of the day, Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Thank you for supporting our awesome teachers and staff!

Dragon Fire is Here!

Dragon Fire — Douglas Elementary’s annual no-fuss fundraiser — starts today! Dragon Fire is one of our two main fundraisers for Douglas, and it raises money for programs, equipment and other needs that benefit our children and school. 100% of the funds raised go to Douglas. No selling stuff to friends and family!

Your gift matters. Any amount you’re able to contribute makes a difference. The PTA pools these funds together to make a bigger impact than any of us can do alone. Increase your impact by asking your employer if they’ll match your donation (our tax ID is 56-1644792)!

Our goal is to raise $16,000 in the 16 school days of November. 

The $16,000 will allow PTA to fund:

  • Staff appreciation
  • Campus interior and exterior beautification
  • Teacher grants
  • Cultural arts programs
  • Portable projectors
  • Soccer goals
  • Updated furniture for the Media Center
  • Decodable texts for students

 How can I contribute? 

Thank you so much for supporting our Douglas community!

Share Your Thoughts: School of Excellence Survey

Douglas Elementary is in the process of applying for a School of Excellence designation, a program through the national PTA. Part of this is getting feedback from families, administrators and teachers during the school year. We invite you to respond to the survey anonymously.

Douglas está en proceso de solicitar designación de School of Excellence, un programa a través de la PTA Nacional. La PTA Nacional solicita comentarios de las familias, administradores y maestros. Le invitamos a responder de forma anónima: Encuesta en español

Carpool Tag and Q2 Supply Pick-Up

Come by the school on Friday, Oct. 23, to pick up supplies for the second quarter. Also, there are two times available if you need to pick up a carpool tag or drop off medication.

Here’s the schedule:

9-10:30 OR 2-3 – Plan B carpool tag pick-up, medication drop-off
10:30-11 – Kindergarten Virtual Academy (VA) supply pick-up
11:15-11:45 – 1st Grade VA supply pick-up
12-12:30 – 2nd Grade VA supply pick-up
12:45-1:15 – 3rd Grade VA supply pick-up
1:30-2 – ALL 4th Grade supply pick-up
2:15-2:45 – ALL 5th Grade supply pick-up

A Message From Principal Burns on Plan B Return to School

Good morning, Plan B Families!  We are excited to begin welcoming students back to campus soon!  We have been working tirelessly to create a safe plan for all students and staff.  Below you will find a link to a folder with important reopening information that I urge you to read carefully.  When you open this folder, you will have access to information about Arrival & Dismissal, Day to Day Guidelines, Before & After School Care, Symptom Screening Procedure, When Your Child Can Return to School After Illness, Learning Schedules; and, a school map.  

We will hold a question and answer session on Monday, October 19, from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. via the following Google Meet link:  We will also be issuing carpool numbers to families and collecting medication on Friday, October 23, from 9:00-10:30 & 2:00-3:00 via the bus loop (parking lot to the right of the school).  

¡Buenos días, familias de Plan B! ¡Estamos emocionados de comenzar a dar la bienvenida a los estudiantes al campus pronto! Hemos estado trabajando incansablemente para crear un plan seguro para todos los estudiantes y el personal. A continuación encontrará un enlace a una carpeta con información importante sobre la reapertura que le recomiendo que lea atentamente. Cuando abra esta carpeta, tendrá acceso a información sobre llegada y salida, pautas del día a día, cuidado antes y después de la escuela, procedimiento de detección de síntomas, cuándo su hijo puede regresar a la escuela después de una enfermedad, horarios de aprendizaje; y un mapa escolar.

Realizaremos una sesión de preguntas y respuestas el lunes 16 de octubre, a partir de las 6:00 p.m. a las 6:30 p.m. a través del siguiente enlace de Google Meet:  También daremos números de carpool a las familias y recolectaremos medicamentos el viernes 23 de octubre de 9: 00-10: 30 y 2: 00-3: 00 a través del circuito de autobús (estacionamiento a la derecha de la escuela).

Virtually Unstoppable,

Derek H. Burns