DMS PTA News May 2021

PTA MEMBER OF THE MONTH

Our May volunteers of the month are a special group of parents who have poured their hearts into Downing for many years. They are leaders, party planners, fund-raisers and most of all the givers of their time and talents. We salute the following board members for a strong finish and wish them the best as they rise to high school with their 8th graders:

Cyndi Little, Jennifer Tipton, Wendy Pickett, Nicki Henry

 


OFFICIAL DOWNING PTA BOARD 2021-22 & OPENINGS

The Downing Middle School PTA would like to announce its 2021-22 Executive Board
as approved at our April General Meeting:

President, Tish Raymond
Secretary, Elizabeth Cline
Treasurer, Dawn Mansfield 
Vice President, Ways and Means, Bevin Jacobs
Vice President, Membership, Beth Currey
Parliamentarian, Liz Bose
 
We have several open board slots for the 2021-22 school year, including:  
 
• Hospitality (2-4 spots) – coordinate monthly Teacher Appreciation goodies
• Community Outreach (2 spots) – coordinate weekly LOVEPACs food donations + clothing/holiday and yearbook needs with DMS counselors for Downing students. 
• Arts in Education (1 spot) – promote, collect and judge Reflections entries (occurs in the fall).
• Web site (1-2 spots) – update PTA website, currently being redesigned for easy layperson use.
 
Text President Tish Raymond at 713-855-2359 if you are interested in volunteering!   

 


MEMBERSHIP AWARDS

As we reflect on this most unusual year, yes, this past year got off to a rocky start, but the students, teachers, administration and parents, pivoted.  And then pivoted again.  Though some storm clouds remain, there is definitely a clearing ahead! Despite the many challenges (like never being able to see each other in person!), your PTA worked hard to grow our DMS membership and to give a voice to our students, parents and teachers. 
 
We are happy to announce Downing Middle School earned several PTA Awards for the 2020-2021 calendar year: The Golden Apple Award (100% of faculty as members), The Student Membership Award (at least 25 student members, which we far surpassed!) and the MARS Membership Award (50 men as members).  It was also just announced Downing earned the GOLD Voice for Every Child Award, Texas PTA’s most prestigious membership award.
 
So a HUGE Thank You to YOU for supporting your children’s school this year and we look forward to serving the needs of all our Downing students, parents and staff next year!

 


EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Thanks to the active participation and generosity of our PTA membership and community, we were able to make several donations to enhance Downing’s educational opportunities for all students, including:
 
      • Patio heaters, sees starter kits & shelving for the future Downing STEM greenhouse
      • Craft supplies galore for Mrs. Bell’s classes
      • Batteries for Mrs. Hardwick’s tubers
      • Lawn darts for the PALS class
      • Scholastic Scope Kits for ELAR students (all grades)

DOWNING MS PTA SCHOLARSHIP

Congratulation to Downing Alumnae HANNAH SPEAR, winner of the 2020-21 Downing MS PTA $500 Scholarship, administered by the Lewisville Education Foundation. We are proud to recognize a former Downing student each year and help with higher-education expenses. 

 


DOWNING DINE OUT


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


 

HOSPITALITY

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3-7 and our Hospitality Crew has lots of fun in store for Downing Teachers and Staff!
 
Tuesday — Lonestar Popcorn Snack Bag with Bottled Soda 
Wednesday — Cinco de Mayo catered Taco Lunch Box
Thursday —Dessert Day (including Buttermilk Sky Pies)
Friday — Gift Card Day with Sonic Drinks
Thank you to all our Downing Community members who contributed gift cards and drinks to put the exclamation mark on our Teacher Appreciation Week!

 
 
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