Dragoneer Newsletter en Español: Sept. 20

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¡Saludos a la comunidad del dragón!

¡Otro año y otro gran comienzo! Estamos muy emocionados por todas las oportunidades que ofrece un nuevo año escolar. Es maravilloso ver tantos rostros familiares y darles la bienvenida a nuestros nuevos dragones. Sé que todos nuestros estudiantes se beneficiarán de la mentalidad creativa e innovadora de nuestro personal. ¡Gracias por ser parte activa de la comunidad DES! ¡Este año será increíble!

~ Director Burns

MARQUE SUS CALENDARIOS

  • 21 de septiembre: trabajo del profesor – ¡NO HAY ESCUELA!
  • 22 de septiembre: ¡Día del pijama!
  • 28 de septiembre: Bluegrass Band para 4to y 5to grado
  • 29 de septiembre: Salida temprana (1:15 pm)
  • 4 de octubre: Sesiones de información de 3er Grado AIG (detalles abajo)
  • 4 de octubre: Se cierra la ventana de nominación AIG de 4to y 5to grado (detalles a continuación)
  • Octubre 19-27: Feria del Libro de Otoño (¡detalles próximamente!)
  • 20 de octubre: Colección de First Box Tops
  • 26 de octubre: Evento para la escuela en United Skates of American Halloween (detalles próximamente)

¡BIENVENIDO AL DRAGONEER!
Una gran parte de nuestra misión como PTA es servir de enlace entre la escuela y la familia de cada estudiante. Una forma de hacerlo es a través de este boletín electrónico, la Dragoneer. Tratamos de enviarlo dos veces al mes, y damos la bienvenida a sus ideas para el contenido. Si tiene anuncios o eventos para compartir, por favor enviarlos a través de nuestro formulario de contacto o enviar un correo electrónico: dragoneer.dpta@gmail.com. Como estamos trabajando para refinar nuestra lista de correo electrónico, podemos haber incluido familias que ya no tienen hijos en Douglas. Si ese es usted, por favor, vaya a la parte inferior de este correo electrónico y haga clic en “unsubscribe.” O puede responder a este mensaje y nos encargaremos de ello. ¡Gracias!

MENSAJE IMPORTANTE SOBRE CARPOOL
“Como me ha dicho el Departamento de Policía de Raleigh, los guardias que ayudan a cruzar a los estudiantes de la escuela son responsables de la seguridad de los estudiantes que cruzan las calles. No son responsables de dirigir el tráfico. Por favor, ser un miembro respetuoso del carril de carpool y cumplir con nuestra práctica de revestimiento en Ortega y no cortar en Windsor. Gracias por ser un buen ejemplo para nuestros estudiantes! ” ~Principal Burns

CODIFICACIÓN / CLUB DE TECNOLOGÍA
Si su estudiante de cuarto o quinto grado está interesado en la tecnología y le gustaría explorar la codificación, eche un vistazo a nuestro nuevo club de codificación de viernes por la mañana. Traído a usted por el equipo de Mathletes, haremos este club de codificación en el otoño y luego Mathletes comenzará en la primavera.

Cuándo: Antes de la escuela, Viernes, 6 de octubre, semanalmente los viernes. Por favor, entregue sus formas en la biblioteca antes del 29 de septiembre. Casa sesión será una hora completa de 8-9 am.

¿Que es esto? Google CS primero-basado, manos en, mirada temprana de la diversión en la codificación. Haremos el club de juego con temas. Tendremos ocho sesiones en octubre y noviembre.

¿Dónde? En el salón de la Sra. Lasher en el 5 º grado.

JAM DE BLUEGRASS PARA LOS GRADOS 4 Y 5
Douglas está emocionado de anunciar que Ray Cardwell y Tennessee Moon se presentarán para los grados 4 y 5 el jueves 28 de septiembre a las 10 am como parte de la semana de Bluegrass de la International Bluegrass Music Association en Raleigh. Este rendimiento es apoyado por Estados Consejo de las Artes de Raleigh y Condado de Wake en asociación con WCPSS, Condado de Wake, y la Asociación Internacional de Música Bluegrass.

FANCY NANCY CLUB
¡El club Fancy Nancy está aceptando miembros! El club es para kindergarten y amigos de primer grado. Leemos un libro y luego discutimos los temas literarios del libro. Después de la discusión, hacemos un arte basado en el libro. El club está limitado a los primeros 10 amigos que entregan formularios de permiso, que se encuentran en la biblioteca. El club se reunirá los jueves por la mañana a las 8:00 am en el Salón de Arte. Es gratis y funcionará durante ocho semanas. Por favor, póngase en contacto con Renee Fields en rfields@wcpss.net.

ATENCIÓN PADRES DEL 1º GRADO: ¡SE NECESITA PERIODICOS!
La Sra Fahrenthold, nuestra impresionante maestra de arte necesita a los estudiantes de primero que traigan periódicos – sólo el papel de periódico en blanco y negro (no volantes, anuncios o revistas). ¡Gracias!

4ª Y 5ª VENTANA DE NOMINACIÓN DE GRADO AIG ESTÁ ABIERTA
Todas las nominaciones para la cuarta y pruebas AIG quinto grado deberán presentarse a más tardar el 4 de octubre. Por favor enviar su candidatura por correo electrónico a la maestra de su niño o al Coordinador de AIG Heidi Bledsoe: hbledsoe@wcpss.net.

La quincena 4ª y 5ª Ventana de Pruebas AIG es del 5 al 18 de octubre.

3er GRADO INFO SESIONES: AIG Y LEER PARA ALCANZAR
Los padres de tercer grado que deseen discutir el proceso de identificación de AIG y el programa Read to Achieve están invitados a asistir a una sesión de información el miércoles, 4 de octubre. Por favor, elija una reunión para asistir si desea más información:

1:30 pm – Estación de Colaboración

6:00 pm – Centro de prensa

Las invitaciones serán enviadas a casa el lunes, 25 de septiembre. Si la fecha y tiempos anteriores no son convenientes, por favor, póngase en contacto con Heidi Bledsoe en hbledsoe@wcpss.net con preguntas sobre el programa AIG o Sara Bruner en sbruner@wcpss.net con preguntas sobre la Leer para Lograr programa.

ÚNETE AL COMITÉ DEL JARDÍN
¡Necesitamos su ayuda en el jardín! Los miembros del comité del jardín no necesariamente tienen que tener un pulgar verde. Hay varias tareas – tomar fotos, actualizar el blog del jardín, ayudar con la programación de clases para trabajar con la Sra. Engstrom en el jardín, ayudando con las actividades de jardín, ayudando con la planificación y el desarrollo del jardín de mariposas que debe ser terminado por el final de octubre de 2017. ¡Hay tantas maneras de ayudar! Póngase en contacto con Heidi Bledsoe en hbledsoe@wcpss.net si usted está interesado en ayudar a que nuestro huerto escolar una experiencia maravillosa para todos nuestros estudiantes dragón.

CLUBES ANTES Y DESPUÉS DE LA ESCUELA
Cualquier padre que le gustaría dirigir un club, por favor, póngase en contacto con Heidi Bledsoe en hbledsoe@wcpss.net para obtener información acerca de cómo obtener su club comenzó. Nos encantaría un club español, yoga, caminar, campamento de entrenamiento, juegos de mesa, etc. ¡Las posibilidades son infinitas!

FALL TEK CLUB PREVIEW
Los formularios de inscripción de TEK Club y las descripciones completas de los clubes se irán a casa pronto en carpetas verdes. Los clubes se jugarán los martes, 17 de octubre al 5 de diciembre (6 sesiones que saltarán el 31 de octubre y el 21 de noviembre) de 4: 15-5: 30 pm TEK supervisa a los estudiantes antes del inicio de los clubes.

La inscripción tendrá lugar el viernes, 29 de septiembre, de 8: 45-9: 15 am fuera de la oficina. Usted o su hijo pueden dejar el formulario de inscripción y el pago el viernes por la mañana.

He aquí un vistazo a nuestra caída TEK Clubs:

  • Cool Concoctions (Grados K-2, impartido por Sydney Komyati)
  • Hambre de libros (Grados K-2, impartido por Amelia Sheaffer)
  • STEAMtastic aventuras con el Dr. Seuss! (Grados 1-4, impartido por Marlie Lasher)
  • ¿Quién lo hizo? Un club de misterio (Grados 2-5, impartido por Carol Owen
  • STEMtastic Ciencia- Exploración de Codificación y Robótica (Grados 2-5, Impartido por Heidi Bledsoe y Dasa York)
  • Maestro de cocina (Grados 2-5, impartido por Ashley Setser)

Póngase en contacto con Julie Sullivan con cualquier pregunta: julie@tailoredenrichmentkids.com.

¡NO ESTÁ DEMASIADO TARDE PARA UNIRSE A LA PTA!
¿Por qué necesita unirse a la PTA cada año? Al unirse a la PTA, se cuenta en una capacidad oficial y luego podemos solicitar subvenciones y demostrar que tenemos participación activa de los padres por nuestros números registrados de la PTA. Si nos perdiste en Meet the Teacher y Open House, no es demasiado tarde para unirse a la PTA. Simplemente descargue este formulario y envíelo con un cheque de $12 al maestro de su hijo.

ACTUALIZACIÓN DRAGONFIRE
Todavía estamos perseverando en nuestra máquina de sumar, pero parece que hemos hecho tanto nuestras metas oficiales y estiramiento para Dragonfire!! Muchas, muchas gracias por sus cheques, dinero en efectivo y por supuesto COINS la semana pasada!

Hablando de monedas, estamos muy contentos de anunciar las cinco clases principales de la guerra de monedas:

  • # 5 – Graduados de la 1ra de la Sra. Aston
  • # 4 – Los estudiantes de 1er grado de Ms. Parrish
  • # 3 – 1er grado de la señora Porter
  • # 2 – 2do grado de la Sra Setser
  • Y el Gran Ganador es … ¡Los estudiantes de segundo grado de la Sra. Boylan! ¡Felicitaciones!

En honor a un trabajo bien hecho, los estudiantes y el personal de Douglas tendrán un día de pijama este viernes, 22 de septiembre! * Zapatillas de conejo opcional*

NOCHES DE EVENTO CON LOS DRAGONES
Spirit Nights revisa muchas cajas importantes para nuestra comunidad … Diviértete. Recaudar dinero para nuestra escuela. Apoyo a las empresas locales.

Gracias a todos los que se unieron a nosotros en b el jueves pasado bueno! El tiempo era maravilloso y la compañía incluso mejor. Nos planteamos cerca de $700 para la PTA, ¡guau!

Nuestro siguiente Evento de Noche será un partido del patín de Halloween en Estados patines de América!! Marque sus calendarios para el 26 de octubre. Los detalles están llegando pronto. Y la noche de espíritu de noviembre estará en Tijuana Flats en Quail Corners el miércoles 15. Vamos a poner nuestro taco.

El equipo de recaudación de fondos de la PTA ha planeado varias noches espirituales nuevas junto con algunos favoritos anuales. Echa un vistazo al calendario escolar en el sitio web de Douglas y planea unirse a nosotros durante todo el año. Por favor, póngase en contacto con Espíritu Noche Silla Tene Williams-Marcus en tashakiw@yahoo.com para más detalles.

ENLACE SUS TARJETAS DE COMPRAS
¡Hola familias de Douglas! ¿Sabía usted que las tarjetas VIC Harris Teeter hacen más que ocupar espacio en su llavero? ¡En efecto! Simplemente vincule SU tarjeta a NUESTRA escuela, podemos beneficiarnos de su programa Together In Education, TIE. La próxima vez que visite su vecindario HT, dígale a una cajera en su próximo viaje de compras que le gustaría vincular su tarjeta a la escuela # 2294 DOUGLAS ELEMENTARY PTA. También puede vincular su tarjeta desde el sitio web de Harris Teeter. ¡Haga clic aquí!

Hablando de las tiendas de comestibles que oscilan … Lowes Foodsis  incluye Douglas como un socio en su Back2Schools carrito Para programa efectivo! Por favor tome un momento para visitar su programa de sitio web para vincular su tarjeta a Douglas. Recibiremos una porción de su factura de comestibles en sus artículos de marca privada. Haga clic aquí para vincular su tarjeta de recompensas fresco. Gracias, Lowes Foods!

BOX TOPS PARA LA EDUCACIÓN
Estaremos recolectando Box Tops nuevamente este año, ¡para que podamos ganar algunos excelentes productos y herramientas para nuestra escuela! Tenemos dos fechas de vencimiento. El primero es el 20 de octubre. Por favor, recuerde enviar sus Box Tops antes de esta fecha. Para que sea divertido, tendremos una pequeña competencia entre las clases. Las dos primeras clases en general para la primera colección recibirán una fiesta de pizza y helado! Además, su maestro recibirá un regalo especial también!¡Necesitamos entre cinco y siete voluntarios para que esto suceda! Si está interesado en ayudar a cortar y contar los Box Tops, por favor siga este enlace para registrarse:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080F45A9A828A4FC1-boxtops. Para obtener más información, póngase en contacto con Lisa Coleman en LisaColeman6832@gmail.com.

Dragoneer Newsletter in English: Sept. 20

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Greetings Dragon Community!

Another year and another great start! We are so excited for all of the opportunities a new school year brings. It is wonderful to see so many familiar faces and to welcome our new Dragons. I know all of our students will benefit from the creative and innovative mindset of our staff. Thank you for being an active part of the DES community! This year will be amazing!

~ Principal Burns

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

  • Sept 21: Teacher Workday – NO SCHOOL!
  • Sept. 22: Pajama Day!
  • Sept. 28: Bluegrass Band for 4th & 5th grades
  • Sept. 29: Early Release (1:15 p.m.)
  • Oct. 4: 3rd Grade AIG Info Sessions (details below)
  • Oct. 4: 4th & 5th grade AIG nomination window closes (details below)
  • Oct. 19-27: Fall Book Fair (details coming soon!)
  • Oct. 20: First Box Tops collection
  • Oct. 26: United Skates of American Halloween Skate Spirit Night (details coming soon!)

WELCOME TO THE DRAGONEER!
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 or send us an email: dragoneer.dpta@gmail.com. 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!

IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT CARPOOL SAFETY
“As stated to me by the Raleigh Police Department, the school crossing guards are responsible for the safety of students crossing the streets. They are not responsible for directing traffic. Please be a respectful member of the carpool lane and adhere to our practice of lining up on Ortega and not cutting in at Windsor. Thank you for being a good example for our students!” ~ Principal Burns

CODING/TECHNOLOGY CLUB
If your 4th or 5th grader is interested in technology and would like to explore coding, check out our new Friday morning Coding Club. Brought to you by the Mathletes team, we will do this coding club in the fall and then Mathletes will start in the spring.:

When? Before school, starting Friday, Oct 6, weekly on Fridays. Please have your forms turned in to the media center by Sept 29. We will go the full hour from 8-9 a.m. each session.

What is this? Google CS first -based, hands-on, fun early look at coding. We will do the gaming-themed club. We will have eight sessions in October and November.

Where? Ms. Lasher’s room in the 5th grade modular.

BLUEGRASS JAM FOR 4TH AND 5TH GRADES
Douglas is excited to announce that Ray Cardwell & Tennessee Moon will perform for 4th and 5th grades on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. as part of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass week in Raleigh. This performance is supported by United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County in partnership with WCPSS, Wake County, PineCone, and the International Bluegrass Music Association.

FANCY NANCY CLUB
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.

ATTENTION 1st GRADE PARENTS: NEWSPAPERS NEEDED!
Ms. Fahrenthold, our awesome art teacher, needs 1st-grade students to bring in newspapers — only the black and white newsprint (not fliers, ads or magazines). Thank you!

4th & 5th GRADE AIG NOMINATION WINDOW IS OPEN
All nominations for 4th and 5th grade AIG testing should be submitted no later than October 4. Please submit your nomination by email to your child’s classroom teacher or to AIG Coordinator Heidi Bledsoe: hbledsoe@wcpss.net.

The fall 4th and 5th AIG Testing Window is October 5-18.

3rd GRADE INFO SESSIONS: AIG & READ TO ACHIEVE
Third-grade parents who would like to discuss the AIG identification process and Read to Achieve program are invited to attend an information session on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Please choose one meeting to attend if you would like more information:

1:30 p.m. – Collaboration Station

6:00 p.m. – Media Center

Invitations will be sent home on Monday, Sept. 25.

If the above date and times are not convenient, please contact Heidi Bledsoe at hbledsoe@wcpss.net with questions regarding the AIG program or Sara Bruner at sbruner@wcpss.net with questions about the Read to Achieve program.

JOIN THE GARDEN COMMITTEE
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.

BEFORE- AND AFTER-SCHOOL CLUBS
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!

FALL TEK CLUB PREVIEW
TEK Club registration forms and full club descriptions will be going home soon in green folders. Clubs will run on Tuesdays, Oct. 17- Dec. 5 (6 sessions skipping Oct. 31 and Nov. 21) from 4:15-5:30 p.m. TEK supervises students prior to the start of clubs.

Registration will take place Friday, Sept. 29, from 8:45-9:15 a.m. outside of the front office. You or your child may drop off the registration form and payment on Friday morning.

Here’s a peek at our fall TEK Clubs:

  • Cool Concoctions (Grades K-2, taught by Sydney Komyati
  • Hungry for Books (Grades K-2, taught by Amelia Sheaffer)
  • STEAMtastic Adventures with Dr. Seuss! (Grades 1-4, taught by Marlie Lasher)
  • Who Did It? A Mystery Club (Grades 2-5, taught by Carol Owen)
  • STEMtastic Science- Exploring Coding and Robotics (Grades 2-5, taught by Heidi Bledsoe and Dasa York)
  • Master Chef (Grades 2-5, taught by Ashley Setser)

Please contact Julie Sullivan with any questions: julie@tailoredenrichmentkids.com.

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN THE PTA!
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 and Open House, it’s not too late to join the PTA. Just download this form and send it with a check for $12 to your child’s teacher.

DRAGONFIRE UPDATE
We are still plugging away on our adding machine, but it looks like we made both our official and stretch goals for Dragonfire!! Many, many thanks for your checks, cash and of course COINS last week!

Speaking of coins, we are so pleased to announce the top five classes of the coin war:

#5 – Ms. Aston’s 1st graders
#4 – Ms. Parrish’s 1st graders
#3 – Ms. Porter’s 1st graders
#2 – Ms. Setser’s 2nd graders
And the Big Winner is … Ms. Boylan’s 2nd graders! Congratulations!

In honor of a job well done, the students and staff at Douglas will have a pajama day this Friday, Sept. 22! *Bunny slippers optional*

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

Thank you to everyone who joined us at b good last Thursday! The weather was wonderful and the company even better. We raised close to $700 for the PTA, wow!!

Our next Spirit Night will be a Halloween Skate Party at United Skates of America!! Mark your calendars for Oct. 26. Details are coming soon. And November’s spirit night will be at Tijuana Flats in Quail Corners on Wednesday the 15th. Let’s get our taco on.

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.

LINK YOUR SHOPPING CARDS
Hey Douglas families! Did you know that Harris Teeter VIC cards do more than just take up space on your keychain? 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 Foods 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!

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
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: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080F45A9A828A4FC1-boxtops.

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

It’s Dragonfire Time!

We’re about halfway through our 11th annual Dragonfire Fundraiser, and we need your support to finish strong!

Our 2017 goal is to raise $10,000.

Dragonfire is our annual passive fundraiser in which 100% of the donations go directly to the Douglas PTA. In past years, Dragonfire has been responsible for a wide range of campus contributions including:

  • Arts, Science, Math and Literacy Nights
  • Playground Upgrades
  • Classroom Smartboards
  • Classroom Libraries

This year we are planning to invest in:

  • Visiting Artists
  • Field Trip Scholarships
  • Staff Support
  • New Extracurricular Clubs
  • Technology Upgrades

Please encourage your students to participate in the fundraising fun, too. Plastic baggies went home in Monday folders for them to fill with piggy bank and chore change and compete in the Classroom Coin War!

The winning classroom will be awarded a fun day with Mr. Burns!

Does your Dragon want to play soccer with Mr. Burns?  Have lunch outside with Mr. Burns? How about create a class art project with Mr. Burns? Conduct a scientific experiment with Mr. Burns?

Here is their chance! Each classroom will have a collection jar and change will be totaled at the end of Dragonfire. The winning class will be announced on WDES, our student-produced morning TV news show.

Dragonfire information (and registration forms) went home in Monday folders. If you have any questions, please contact our Fundraising VP, Morgan Blue: morgansblue@gmail.com. Thank you for everything you do for our awesome school. Let’s give Dragonfire our all to help make Douglas even more awesome!

Dragoneer Newsletter

WELCOME TO THE DRAGONEER!
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!

PTA GENERAL MEETING
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!

IT’S PTA MEMBERSHIP TIME AGAIN!
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.

DRAGONFIRE IS COMING!
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 WITH THE DRAGONS
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.

LINK YOUR SHOPPING CARDS
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!

BLUEGRASS JAM FOR 4TH AND 5TH GRADES
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.

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

JOIN THE GARDEN COMMITTEE
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.

BEFORE- AND AFTER-SCHOOL CLUBS
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!

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
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:
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080F45A9A828A4FC1-boxtops.

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

IMPORTANT DATES
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!

volunteer

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.

Welcome!

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Thanks for visiting the new Douglas Elementary School PTA website! We’re really excited to create this space, and we hope it serves as a helpful resource for you.

Check out the links in the menu above to learn more about who we are, all that we do and how you can become involved. If you have questions, ideas or concerns, please feel free to drop us a line through the contact page. And stay tuned for regular blog posts (that will be published below this one), including our bi-weekly newsletter, the Dragoneer.

Here’s to a wonderful new school year!