Spring is around the corner and it is a busy time at Durant Road Middle School! Your PTA continues to work to help support our students, teachers and staff. At this point in the year, our focus shifts towards planning our end-of-the-year activities. We have been selling Krispy Kreme donuts once a month the past few months. All the proceeds from those sales go to the 8th grade end-of-the-year events. If you are interested in helping with the end-of-the-year picnics or 8th grade dance, please email our Chair Nicole Luna at email@example.com.
The final weeks at DRMS are a busy time, especially for our 8th graders who will soon be leaving DRMS for High School. Look for lots of information coming your way from our Guidance Counselors regarding selection of classes for their freshman year. This all takes place before the end of this school year.
Spring Sports Try Outs begin this week for Boys’ Soccer, Girls’ Softball and Track. If you have an athlete you can still buy a season pass for all spring sports from our sister parent group, the Sports Booster Club! This saves you $ as all home events cost $5 at the gate. Go to the DRMS Athletics’ page and download the form if you would like to buy a season pass. Turn it in to the front office with your cash/check! Also, the Sports Booster Club and all DRMS spring Athletes will continue to sell raffle tickets for our BIG 50/50 raffle! The pot is over $2,000 so the minimum you can win is $1,000! The winning raffle ticket will be drawn on May 4th! Please consider supporting our athletes! Raffle tickets are $5 a piece and you can buy more at a discounted price.
Our Music programs are gearing up for the spring, as well! The Spring Band concert is Thursday, May 18th. This free concert is something that our fantastic band students look forward to where they can showcase their musical talent. Speaking of “showcasing,” DRMS will be presenting a great afternoon of talent with our Student Showcase in May! Is your student someone who has a talent he or she would like to share? Then this may be their chance! More details on this fun and fabulous event will be coming out soon!
Your PTA is working to help make the transition for the 2017-2018 Executive Board Members a smooth one. There are still several important roles that need to be filled. If you are interested in being a part of the PTA Board, please email me and I will get you connected!
Fall is just around the corner, and that means we are busy at Durant Road Middle School! The first quarter is already over for Track 1, and our other Tracks are not far behind in completing their first quarters.
It’s a great time to share with all of you what we have been doing in the PTA to help support our school and your students!
First, we are finishing up our biggest fundraiser of the year, the GoPlaySave fundraiser! A big THANK YOU to all families who supported our school by purchasing or selling one of more of these books. This fundraiser truly determines what we can support and accomplish for our school. Congratulations to Ms. Miles 6th grade homeroom who were the top in selling our GoPlaySave books and have won an Ice Cream party compliments of the GoPlaySave organization!
We have already hosted 3 Teachers’ Luncheons this year. We held our traditional “Welcome Back” luncheon for our teachers during the first week in July before the new school year officially began for our students, and we have hosted two others, too! It is a DRMS tradition for the PTA to host a luncheon on all Early Release Days. We do this not only to show our support for our Teachers & Staff, but also because this allows them to have an opportunity to share some quality time together before they begin their afternoon training. That’s right! It’s an Early Release day for our students, but our Teachers use that time for effective planning and team initiatives. Please consider helping our wonderful Hospitality Committee by donating something delicious to our next Early Release Day luncheon. You can find that SignUpGenius each time we have one about ten days in advance on our PTA Facebook page. Speaking of our PTA Page, please “like” it so that you’ll get all of the news about DRMS in your Facebook Feed! Don’t have a Facebook page? It is a public site, so you can google DRMS PTA FACEBOOK and view the site even if you are not a Facebook user!
We begin to accept Teacher applications for mini-grants in October. This format helps Teachers who are members of the PTA acquire needed items for their classroom with the financial support of our PTA. Teachers can apply once per semester for up to $250 in mini-grant money!
We wrapped up our Fall Book Fair this week and it was a big success! The money we raise goes directly back into our Media Center to purchase new books and other needed items. Again, this event takes the effort of many volunteers, and we thank everyone who came out to help!
Fall Sports games all begin next week at DRMS! We have a strong tradition of great athletics programs! Our Coaches all instill in our students that they are Student/Athletes with an emphasis on being a Student first! Our sister Parent Volunteer Group, the Sports Booster Club is doing a 50/50 raffle this year! How this works is that our athletes will be selling these tickets all year long, and whoever is the winning ticket holder will get 50% of the entire pot! There is a minimum of $1,000 that is in the pot to start! The raffle drawing will be on May 4th. All proceeds go to support our Sports programs. See any Athlete to buy raffle tickets. Details and rules are on the DRMS Athletic site. Also, if you have not joined our Sports Booster Club, please consider doing so! It’s a great way to show your DRMS spirit and get into our games at a discounted price. Forms to join are on the Athletic site, too!
A few other things to Remember… we have begun collecting Box Tops! Please send them in with your student to give to his/her homeroom teacher. We have a contest in effect now where the homeroom that turns in the most Box Tops will win a Breakfast party! It’s the 6th Graders, vs. 7th Grade vs. 8th Grade to see who rules the school! When the weather is still warm outside, we have Kona Ice come the second Friday each month! Kona Ice serves during all lunches and is a cool treat for our kids, and an easy fundraiser for our school!
Thanks as always for your support of our school!
A Letter from the PTA President:
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! It is great to be back and ready for an exciting new school year. It is my pleasure to serve as the Durant Road Middle School PTA President, and I look forward to working with our Principal, Teachers and many of you Parent Volunteers who make our school a great place for our kids to learn and thrive!
Please meet our 2016-2017 PTA Officers:
Liz Crute : PTA President
Colleen Hodges : VP Fundraising
Brian Kindl: Treasurer
Laurie Kurke: VP Mini-grants
Kathy Parzygnat: Secretary
Carla Turchetti : VP Communications
Our kids are in Middle school at an exciting time! Technology changes and our expanding global perspective happens at such a rapid pace, we are constantly challenged to ensure our children will have the skills necessary to compete and thrive. I realize that our focus as a school and a PTA could not be more in-line right now by working together as educators and parents to help “prepare children to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world”.
DRMS is such a terrific school and the main reason for this success is due to the support of our wonderful teachers, staff and families. Whether you are stepping up on our PTA and coordinating a program, volunteering as a chaperone on a school trip, or donating funds to support our school, you are helping DRMS continue to be a great school. Your efforts are what make it possible for our teachers to offer outstanding education to our children. As parents and members of our PTA, your involvement is so critical to the collective success of our children and our school. Our PTA supports our school by providing the following throughout the year:
With our families constantly tracking in and out, it is important to us to focus on and improve communication. Our PTA has this space on the DRMS web site where we will update this site with news and important information as needed. For more daily updates, please consider “liking” our PTA page on Facebook!
The PTA is what connects our teachers and parents and makes our school strong. As your student begins a new school year, I will ask you to join us in making a difference in your child’s education. Our goal is to have 600 PTA members this school year! Will you be one of them? Your membership costs just $8.00! Forms will be available at our Open Houses (July 21th for Tracks 1, 2 & 3 and on August 11th for Track 4) and will also go home with your student during their first week of school. Decide today to help the PTA provide support through your time and funds for our teachers and staff so we can prepare our children for the world that they will face as they continue through school and on into adulthood. We are ready to go to work! Here’s to a great school year for all of our kids!
DRMS PTA President