DMS PTA News April 2021

We blinked and Spring Break is over and Easter is almost here!  Despite all the (so very many) distractions and challenges we have had this year, you and your kids are doing an incredible job!  And our Downing teachers and staff?  They are INCREDIBLE!  Thanks to each and every one of you, families, students and teachers, who show up every day and give it your best!

 
The PTA is always looking for additional ways to support our students and staff and your PTA membership is one way we can do that.  If you are new to Downing or have had “Join the PTA” on your list for a while, we would love for your support!  Just click HERE
And as always, we thank you for supporting your Downing PTA!

 

DOWNING DINE OUT DATES

Come join us for a very special Downing Middle School PTA “Dine-Out” fundraiser on Wednesday, April 7th! One Stop Nutrition in Highland Village right next to LA Fitness has AMAZING nutritional shakes, custom made-to-order! Not only do they make some of the best shakes around, but their knowledgeable staff can help you with all your nutrition needs. Stop by ANY TIME during open hours (8am – 8pm) on April 7th and mention Downing Middle School PTA when you check out. One Stop Nutrition will generously donate a portion of the sales to support the students and staff at Downing!


Costa Vida Dine-Out Nite is coming for Taco Tuesday on May 4th, from 5-9pm! Come out and celebrate Cinco de Mayo a day early while supporting your Downing Middle School PTA. Keep an eye out for the flyer coming soon!


HOSPITALITY

Our fabulous DMS teachers & staff were recently treated to Smoothie King as we wish them a smooth last 9 weeks with our students!

Get ready for Major League Baseball Opening Day! Our DMS Hospitality Crew & Staff have a yearly tradition of celebrating Opening Day with favorite ballpark inspired foods. This year we will deliver Cane’s four packs, chips and a fun ballpark inspired treat on April 1st.
Go DMS and Go Rangers!

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up, May 3rd-7th. We are in the process of planning a fun week for our amazing DMS staff.  Please be on the lookout in late April for ways you can help contribute and make TAW a huge success.


BOX TOPS

We need your help earning cash for Downing Middle School with Box Tops!  DMS has earned $142, well below our goal for the year…..  
Right now you can refer-a-friend and when they scan their first receipt, you’ll BOTH earn 20 Bonus Box Tops for DMS!  
SEE PRODUCTS & LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BOX TOPS APP HERE.  
 
YEARBOOK

Have you ordered your Downing Yearbook?
No? Not Sure?
Go to www.balfour.com
Questions? mickk@lisd.net
 
AMAZON SMILE

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

PTA Member of the Month

April’s PTA member of the month, Dawn Mansfield, brings a depth of accounting expertise to the treasurer position that makes the whole organization better. Some PTA jobs allow you to “fake it until you make it.” Treasurer is not that job. Dawn brings a calm, collected perspective to the PTA’s books. Her vast experience and practical outlook have been indispensable. This year has created so many question marks, financial and otherwise. Dawn has calculated and recalculated budgets, forecasts and plans. Her expertise has helped calm a choppy year! We are grateful for her leadership and dedication to Downing Middle School. 

Downing PTA Board 2021-22 Openings

The Downing PTA will be following Texas PTA pandemic-year guidelines to extend the role of our current Executive Board through the 2021-22, which eliminates the need for elections this spring. 

We do have several open positions and are looking for volunteers willing to help!
 
Positions include:
• Hospitality/Teacher Appreciation (2 spots) — organize monthly events (goody bags, lunches, drinks, etc.) to celebrate Downing teachers and staff.
• Community Service — (2 spots) — coordinate with counselors to arrange for LovePACs and food/personal-care items to be available to Downing students in need (on-going commitment). 
• Website — update our website with current information. (Separate from Social-Media; ongoing commitment, most busy in the late summer)
• Arts in Education — promote, collect and judge Reflections entries (occurs in the fall). 
 
We are holding off on filling all our in-person-event positions until we have a better idea of what LISD will allow on-campus during the 2021-22 school year. If you are interested in helping with a Social, Color Run, or Hoop It Up,
email HERE for more information. 

Official Notice:  Update PTA By-Laws and Standing Rules

The Texas PTA requires every local PTA to update its By-laws and Standing Rules every three years. Our Parliamentarian Nicki Henry assembled a committee and has proposed updates to our current By-laws and Standing Rules to reflect our current operations. We will be discussing and voting on those changes at the General Meeting on May 18 at noon. This will serve as our official notice of these proceedings.