DMS PTA News January 2022

NATIONAL PTA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDWe feel so fortunate to be a part of a supportive community dedicated to the education of our kids! 

Do you  know someone on the Downing PTA you feel deserves recognition for all their efforts to better our school, staff and students?  Perhaps this person who is doing their part to make a difference is a parent or a teacher.  Please take a quick minute to nominate a deserving PTA member for this honor!  Let’s kick off 2022 with hope and gratitude towards others.
All Downing MS PTA members are eligible for nominations.
Please complete the online Google Form HERE by Friday, January 14th, 2022.  

Thank you for starting this year by speaking life into others!

Superintendent news: as previously announced, LISD Superintendent Dr. Kevin Rogers is stepping down this month. The LISD Board of Trustees has appointed an interim superintendent — Mr. Gary Patterson, a retired San Antonio-area superintendent who has served in the interim role for several school districts since his retirement in 2014. LISD conducted community Town Hall meetings in December to gather feedback; in January they expect to interview candidates; they plan to announce a finalist in February and vote in the new superintendent in March per state mandates. The new superintendent would start in the spring/summer of 2022. 


Last call for Downing alumni who are high-school seniors to apply for the Downing MS PTA’s $500 scholarship. Please visit LEF’s scholarship application HERE to be considered for our award. Applications must be turned in by 4:30 p.m. January 7, 2022. 


Thanks to your generosity, a great time was had by all at the Holly Jolly Holiday Party on December 14th. Teachers and staff enjoyed eggrolls and wontons, meat and cheese platters, hummus, peanut butter, salad, veggies, chips, bread, crackers, and an assortment of desserts. Every staff member also chose a $25 gift card from our gift card trees, and a few lucky people received door prizes, too.
We’ll resume our monthly hospitality events on Tuesday, January 11th with hot beverages and snacks.
Hope y’all had a Holly Jolly Holiday, too!


Thank you to the Downing community for contributing to our Recycling Event. The PTA raised over $500 from your donations. We are thankful to our NJHS volunteers for unloading cars and to Sherry Trout for organizing a successful event! 

Holiday Hoodies arrived before the break! If you ordered a hoodie but have not yet picked it up, swing by the office! (Reminder: last names are based on orderer’s information.)


This will serve as an official notice that the Downing PTA will announce amendments/edits to its bylaws and standing rules (as required by the Texas PTA once every three years) at the Feb. 22 General Meeting to be held via Zoom at 7 p.m. 


Billowing clouds of color, smiling faces and happy kids… who could ask for more?! The Downing PTA will be hosting an in-school Color Run for all grades on March 4, 2022.

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.


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

Shop at Amazon and generate donations for Downing Middle School PTA.
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