This year, the early bird award goes to Sam Hershey! He was the very first parent to join the PTA this summer, before school even started. Here’s what he had to say about why the PTA is so important to him:
“We are very excited to be a part of the Douglas community/PTA. We are big supporters of public education, and we understand the important role our son’s teachers and the administrators at Douglas will play in his growth as a person. It’s important to us that they know how much we appreciate them. We also appreciate the many parents before us who have contributed countless hours to make Douglas a great school. Now it’s our turn to step up and continue the tradition.”
Why, thank you Sam! Please follow Sam’s lead and join online today!
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: https://www.wcpss.net/meals
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 www.wakefast.org for more information.
In this issue, you’ll meet our awesome school counselors, get resources for food and tips for stress and anxiety, and learn about some fun volunteer opportunities — plus lots more, including a video greeting from our Dragon-in-Chief, Principal Burns. Happy reading!
Principal Burns will be sharing information and answering questions regarding the upcoming school year at the following times on Wednesday, August 12. Just click the link for the session you want to attend, and it will open in Google Meet at the given time:
As we approach the 2020-2021 school year, the Douglas PTA board has already been meeting regularly with our organization’s purpose at the forefront of our planning.
In a normal year, the Douglas PTA is the sole funding mechanism for teacher stipends and grants, our community garden, our butterfly garden, schoolwide projects, various school clubs, the spelling bee, mathletes, Odyssey of the Mind — the list goes on. We also support the school library through the Scholastic Book Fair, fund the Cultural Arts Program, and fund our school food pantry. We pay for these programs through two major fundraisers, and to be honest, we are not sure what those fundraising opportunities will look like this year.
Our prospects to fulfill our purpose and programs this year will look different than in prior years, but we will earnestly continue to support our students, families and teachers. Health and safety will be a priority and our beloved events and fundraisers will need to be reconstructed as we look toward new opportunities to support our organizational goals.
If you have ever considered joining the PTA, this is the year to join and help us.
We welcome all input from our families, teachers, and the wider community. Please see the link below to join the PTA and watch this space for further information on the start of school.
We would like to show our Douglas teachers that our school families have their backs and have set a goal for 50 families to join the PTA this week ahead of the school year starting. Please support our school community by joining and/or donating at https://douglas.memberhub.store/.