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.)

We Need YOU!


We are nothing without our volunteers! There are a few positions to be filled as the new year begins. Please consider helping out with one of these important roles:

Reflections Program Chair
This volunteer will help the school administer the NC PTA Reflections arts program. If you’re interested or have questions, contact PTA President Jeannine Moore: douglasdragonpta@gmail.com

Hospitality Co-Chair
You’ll work with the other co-chair, Tonya Denning, to plan and produce activities throughout the year for staff and families, such as teacher appreciation and new parent events. If you’re interested or have questions, contact PTA President Jeannine Moore: douglasdragonpta@gmail.com

Yearbook Committee
If you’re interested in helping with any aspect of this year’s school yearbook, please contact Yearbook Committee Chair Viki Redding: viki@vikiredding.com.

Thank you!

You Asked, We Answered! A Handy FAQ for Douglas Families

As we start a new school year, even the most seasoned Douglas families have questions about everything from carpool to special events. Here is the first in a series of FAQ blog posts, based on an informal poll we conducted this summer.

We received so many great questions that they couldn’t all fit in one post! This first installment focuses on transportation and the school schedule. Other FAQ posts will be coming soon!

What is the bell schedule?

8:45 a.m.: First bell, school doors open
9:15 a.m.: Start of classes
3:45 p.m.: School day ends
4:15 p.m.: Final bell, all carpool/walker children must be picked up

What time does school let out on early release days?

The first bell rings at 1:15; all children in carpool should be picked up by 1:45. After-school care runs on its normal schedule, until 6 p.m.

What is the bus schedule?

Everything you need to know about bus routes is on the “Transportation” page of the school website: http://www.wcpss.net/Page/21988.

How do carpool drop-off and pick-up work?

Drop-off: The school doors open at 8:45 a.m., so cars line up along Ortega Road (toward Lambeth Drive). Once the bell rings, Safety Patrol students and school staff will help children get out of their cars in the driveway in front of the school. Children must be dropped off by 9:15. If you are running late, please park and walk your children into the front office.

Pick-up: The school day ends at 3:45. Cars line up along Ortega Road (toward Lambeth Drive) and must display carpool numbers in the front window (hanging from rearview mirror) so that staff can see them. Your children will be called and instructed to proceed to one of the colored dragon paw prints on the sidewalk immediately in front of the school entrance. Safety Patrol and school staff will help your children get into the car. Children must be picked up by 4:15.

How does before/after school care work?

Douglas provides before- and after-school care programs in house. Before-school care starts at 7 a.m., and after school care runs until 6 p.m. After-school care operates like usual (until 6 p.m.) on early-release days. Student enrollment forms, parent information sheets and payment schedules will be available at Meet the Teacher night and Open House. You can also apply for enrollment anytime during the year by contacting the school office. Here is more information from WCPSS.

How does pick-up and drop-off for appointments work?

It’s important to let your teacher know (by their preferred method of communication – it’s different for every teacher) that your child will miss class for a medical, dental or other appointment. To pick up your child, come into the front office and ask that he or she be called for dismissal. You’ll need to sign them out on the computer in the office. When you bring your child back to school, be sure to have a note from the doctor, dentist, etc., and give it to the school receptionist.

If I need to pick up my child early from school, what do I do?

If you know in advance that you will be picking up your child early from school, let your teacher know by sending a note. If it is a last-minute pick-up, come inside to the front office to sign out your child. The staff will call for your child to be dismissed.

If my child needs to go home with another child, what do I do?

Any change in departures must be written in a note for the classroom teacher. The classroom teacher will send notes to the office to be copied and returned to the classroom teacher. No students are allowed to leave campus in any way other than what is set up by the parents at the beginning of the year. This includes children wanting to go home with another student. Prior notification to the classroom teacher and/or the office is required.