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

Important Updates: Food Distribution and Child Care

Food Distribution

Changes to federal food program rules may affect food distribution. It’s important that families fill out the WCPSS free and reduced lunch application no matter where we are currently learning. Please note that last year’s qualifications expire 30 days after the first day of school and this form must be filled out annually. Details here:

Child Care

With school now underway, many working parents are facing the added stress of finding a safe place for their children during the day that can also support their remote learning. The good news is that there is ample licensed child care available across the state, and there are a number of organizations helping families access it.

  • In partnership with Child Care Resources and Referral, the NC Department of Health and Human Services created a free hotline to connect families to licensed care for their school-age children. Families can call the hotline at 1-888-600-1685. DHHS also published a guide for parents on What to Know When Looking for School-Age Child Care.
  • The Families and Schools Together (FAST) Initiative is a community effort to help address the childcare needs facing our community during remote learning. There are providers currently offering childcare at below-market rates who have the capacity to enroll more children. Scholarships and subsidies are available on a case-by-case basis. Please visit for more information.