DMS PTA News September 2021

JOIN DOWNING PTA
 
Have you wondered if you joined the Downing PTA yet because there are soooo many To Do’s at the beginning of the school year?!  You are not alone. In fact, if you accidentally joined the PTA twice, you are also not alone!  It’s a crazy time!
 
In the midst of the crazy, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to help our students and teachers hit the ground running this school year.  When you join the Downing PTA, you are doing just that.  In fact, your membership last year enabled the PTA to create a new lounge area for the students this year!  Look for it near the front office.  And several teachers were able to purchase upgrades to their curriculum to enhance their students’ learning.
 
We have Adult, Family (we want Dads, too!) and Student memberships.  Students?  Yes!  They want a membership too!  That $5 membership gives them a FREE LATE HOMEWORK PASS, a voice in their school and a few small surprises throughout the year. Sweet!  And EVERY membership makes a difference.
 
Thank you for considering joining your Downing PTA this year!  Click HERE and choose the option that works best for your family. Many thanks for all you do to support our students, teachers and staff!

VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH

There’s volunteer effort and then there’s Volunteer Effort Extraordinaire with sprinkles and a cherry on top! Shelly Anderson went above and beyond when she heard about our plans to replace two aging couches in the student-lounge area. Shelly asked if she could offer her professional contract-furniture expertise: she showed us multiple innovative options, durable fabrics and outstanding price points. She did the measuring, ordering and — finally, after several delays — installing of our furniture last Friday. Ask your students — our new Diamondback-inspired seating looks fantastic, and is perfectly complemented by the new Downing mural that was painted over the summer. Thank you, Shelly, for helping the school welcome our students! 


WORTH THE WAIT

Our student-lounge furniture is finally here! Before the end of the 2020-21 school year, the Downing PTA was able to purchase new seating options and a rug for the area that welcomes students just inside the entrance to Downing.


PANDA EXPRESS DINE OUT
The next Downing Dine Out Night will be in September 14 at 10:30a – 9:30p.  Please be sure to tell them you are supporting Downing PTA so we will receive 20% back!  


REFLECTIONS

The PTA’s annual Reflections arts program encourages students to tap their inner creativity and express themselves through artwork. Students are invited to submit original artwork in one of six categories: Dance Choreography; Film Production; Literature; Music Composition; Photography; and Visual Arts. 
Mark your calendars as submissions are due October 29th.


HOSPITALITY

Even though it doesn’t feel like it, Autumn is just around the corner. In celebration, DMS Hospitality is planning a Goodbye Summer…Hello Fall feast on Tuesday, September 14th. Since we won’t have chili and soup weather yet, we’re planning a Mediterranean meal with slices of grilled lemon herb chicken served with naan bread, caesar salad, pasta salad, tomato and zucchini quiche, and fruit. Donations of desserts and beverages will be needed to make our feast a success.
Look for the sign-up toward the end of next week.


COMMUNITY OUTREACH

The Downing PTA Community Service Team could use your help and generosity this fall.  Click HERE to find out items needed for the weekly Diamondback Packs that are sent home as a community service to provide for student with food insecurity.  Descriptions list how many of each item are included weekly in each student pack and priority needs to fulfill our inventory.  Simply choose whatever you would like to purchase, it will be shipped directly to Downing MS.  Items can also be purchased locally and delivered directly to the school, high priority needs such as canned vegetables, tuna, chicken, pop tarts and fruit bowls.  Thank you!  


FALL RECYCLING FUNDRAISER



Lose the clutter and earn cash for your school — Downing PTA will be holding its fall recycling event on December 4 from 9 a.m. – noon in the South Parking Lot (by the track). Our recycling partners have an extensive list of items they’ll take — clothing to household goods to electronics. Clear out those closets before Christmas and help the Downing PTA!
For more information about what items are acceptable, individuals can click HERE


COLOR RUN


Due to the safety of our students and staff, we will be delaying the Color Run until Spring 2022.
We look forward to another awesome time!!


LEGACY GARDEN

Are you looking for a great way to contribute to our school and leave a lasting legacy for your student?  Ordering a personalized brick for our Legacy Garden is only $25.  After placing your order, you’ll be contacted to provide up to 3 lines (13 characters each) to be engraved on a brick for the Legacy Garden.
Click HERE to order.


BIRTHDAY GRAM

Celebrate your child and help Downing PTA all in one with a BirthdayGram—a birthday note, special candy delivery and lunchtime announcement for $15.
Click HERE to purchase a Birthday Gram


AMAZON SMILE
Shop at Amazon and generate donations for Downing Middle School PTA.
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DMS PTA News August 2021

JOIN DOWNING PTA

Welcome back!! Your Downing PTA is SO excited to host PTA functions and activities for the kids and teachers this year!  If you are a parent, DMS teacher, grandparent or guardian of a DMS student, we really need YOU!!  
 
Since last year was a challenge in regards to being able to host the super fun activities and serve our teachers every month, we would LOVE to be able to do that this year!  The DMS PTA  is committed to offering as many services you have been accustomed to in the past like new spirit wear and wrap packs.  As well as pouring into the teachers in a big way through morale-boosters such as teacher/staff lunches each month and funding teacher requests for classroom enhancements. We also are focused on helping our students through our Outreach program with motivational speakers and food and school supply assistance. 
 
We would love for you to be a part of the Downing PTA this year to help us do all we can to serve the students and teachers this year!  We have streamlined the process even more with our newly designed website to make it EASY.  Please click HERE and select Join Now.  You will then see the 4 different membership options.  And don’t forget to get your student a STUDENT PTA MEMBERSHIP!  That membership gives them one FREE LATE HOMEWORK PASS!
 
Thank you for considering joining our Downing PTA this year!  And thank YOU for all that you do to support our students, teachers and staff!
 
Beth Currey, VP Membership

VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH

You know, that moment when you sign up for a volunteer job and have no idea how to do it? Kara Steffens defines PTA pluck. Kara has intrepidly researched how our Wrap Pack selection and ordering system works and coordinated the delivery and handout of our school packs in a whirlwind back-to-school season. We appreciate her willingness to dive right into new things! 


SPIRIT WEAR

The Downing PTA hopes you’ll take a moment to visit HERE to purchase new Spirit Wear (we just added 2 super designs based on family feedback!)
 
Our first pass for ordering ends August 20, so please don’t delay.
 
As always, we thank you for supporting our school and showing off your DMS pride! If you have any questions, please contact Shelby Strafel via text at 601.850.3409.

DOWNING DINE OUT

Our first Dine-Out Fundraiser of the year is coming up on Tuesday, August 24th!  Stop by Costa Vida on Long Prairie Rd for Taco Tuesday between 4pm – 9pm and mention you are there to support Downing Middle School. Costa Vida will donate a portion of the proceeds, and you won’t have to worry about what to feed your family on the night of Open House. Everybody wins! 


HOSPITALITY

Our Hospitality team kicked off the back-to-school training week with a teacher/staff luncheon featuring oodles of Giro’s pasta, salads and bread, as well as drinks, fruit and desserts generously donated by Downing families. We are pumped for a great school year and are excited to continue lavishing attention on our hard-working Downing employees with monthly Hospitality Events. 


WRAP PACKS

Thanks to all the Downing families who purchased Wrap Packs!
The office still has additional wrap packs that can be purchased for a few more days.
6th grade- $55.06
7th grade- $54.27
8th grade- $54.36
Exact cash or check only please. 
We are proud to support our Downing students.


FALL FUNDRAISER

We are bringing back our recycling event for the fall…with the exact date to be announced. 


COLOR RUN


Due to the safety of our students and staff, we will be delaying the Color Run until Spring 2022.
We look forward to another awesome time!!


LEGACY GARDEN

Are you looking for a great way to contribute to our school and leave a lasting legacy for your student?  Ordering a personalized brick for our Legacy Garden is only $25.  After placing your order, you’ll be contacted to provide up to 3 lines (13 characters each) to be engraved on a brick for the Legacy Garden.
Click HERE to order.

 


REFLECTIONS


This year’s PTA Reflections theme empowers our students to imagine their role in changing the world. We are working with DMS Fine Arts teachers to encourage students to create original works of art in numerous categories. Entries will be due at the beginning of October, with exact dates to be announced.


BIRTHDAY GRAM

Celebrate your child and help Downing PTA all in one with a BirthdayGram—a birthday note, special candy delivery and lunchtime announcement for $15.
Click HERE to purchase a Birthday Gram


AMAZON SMILE
Shop at Amazon and generate donations for Downing Middle School PTA.
Click HERE to get started.