October LetterPosted by Spencer Ziegler on 10/5/2018
September LetterPosted by Spencer Ziegler on 9/6/2018
August LetterPosted by Spencer Ziegler on 8/2/2018
July LetterPosted by Spencer Ziegler on 7/22/2018
April LetterPosted by Spencer Ziegler on 4/29/2018
RISING 6TH GRADE PARENTS
Welcome to Durant Middle School! Durant Middle School is a great place to be! Our dedicated PTA strives to support our students and staff in a variety of ways. We contribute financially by supplementing teacher mini-grants, supplies and equipment. We host the school Book Fair, Spirit Nights (including McTeacher Night), Box Tops, Teacher Luncheons and Teacher Appreciation week, 8th Grade end of the year activities, and Cultural arts presentations/performances among many other programs.
We invite you to join, and become involved in the PTA. Whatever your talent, interest, or time availability, we can help you find a perfect fit. We would LOVE to plug you in to the Durant community! You can fill out the PTA membership form when you receive your orientation packet or when your student brings it home at the beginning of the school year. We are excited that this year you will be able to join both through the paper form as well as directly online through our MemberHub site link https://drms.memberhub.com/dues. We recommend that every parent join the PTA. The membership dues contribute to the funds we have to support the school. Membership is also the best way to stay informed of all the important PTA information throughout the year.
We are currently looking to fill out our chair and committee member positions for next year. Interested? Join us for coffee on May 23nd at 9:30am at Durant Road Middle School in the conference room. If you cannot come to the coffee, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org OR find us at the 6th grade orientations.
UPCOMING EVENTS YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS! SPREAD THE WORD!
May 23rd 9:30 am – PTA Meet and Greet coffee in the DRMS conference room - come meet me and find out about open positions on next year’s PTA board and committees.
April 30 and May 14 are 6th grade orientations at Durant Road Middle School! Learn all about Durant Road Middle School, hear what’s going on in their classrooms so you can be informed about their education. Mark your calendars now!!
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Current open positions on DRMS PTA
Box Top Coordinator - makes contests and collects box tops
Book Fair Chair and committee – Works with Media Center Director on annual Book Fair
Spirit night coordinator – coordinates all spirit nights
Splash Dash Coordinator and committee – coordinates committee in charge of yearly color run fundraiser
Hospitality Chair ( Gretchen McDuffy) and committee – coordinates and plans all teacher appreciation functions including early release luncheons, snow day breakfast, teacher appreciation week and others as needed. For this we need someone on a track OTHER THAN TRACK 4 TO HELP WHEN GRETCHEN IS TRACKED OUT )
Chair/Committee for 8th grade activities – coordinates 8th grade dance and picnic
Pod Parents – will help distribute email information to their pod.
6/2, 6/3, 6/4
Jen Oldson, DRMS PTA president
October LetterPosted by Spencer Ziegler on 10/25/2017
Durant Road Middle School PTA – First Quarter Update
Fall is finally in the air and things sure have been busy at Durant Road Middle School! Congratulations to all our tracks on completing their first quarter.
Here are a few updates on PTA activities in support of our school and students.
Book Fair – we are almost done with our Fall Book Fair! Sales will continue until October 27 so there is still time to come by and shop if your student has not already done so. All money raised from the book fair goes directly back to our media center to purchase new books and other needed items, and Spirit Wear is also for sale to support the PTA. We are looking for volunteers to help with the book fair until it ends – please see the SignUp Genius http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acad2f4-drms to see what shifts are available.
Spirit Nights – we have two great Spirit Nights in November to help raise money for our school:
Dinner & Dessert Spirit Night – Wednesday, Nov. 8: Subway and Bruster’s in Falls Village have teamed up for a Dinner & Dessert Spirit Night on Wednesday, Nov. 8. A portion of sales (dine-in and to go) will go toward our school so please come enjoy dinner and a sweet treat and – please remember to say you’re with Durant Road Middle School!
McTeacher Night is Back! Thursday, Nov. 30: McTeacher Night, one of DRMS’s most popular Spirit Nights, will be held from 4:30-7:30pm Thursday, Nov. 30. Participating teachers will work the registers and drive-thru window at McDonalds on the corner of Durant and Falls of Neuse. Hope to see you there at this fun event!
Box Tops – We have begun collecting Box Tops and our first contest is ending THIS FRIDAY 10/27. The homeroom that turns in the most Box Tops will win a breakfast party, so please send them in with your student to give to his/her homeroom teacher. Another contest will be close behind so keep your eyes out and collect those box tops! Don’t forget to ask friends and family and co-workers!
Volunteers – the PTA needs your help! We are in need of volunteers this year to help with activities in a number of ways – whether it’s sending in items for teacher luncheons, counting Box Tops from home, or helping at a school event. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities please let me know. We also post signup sheets on Facebook and send them via email.
The PTA began using a new communications tool this year called MemberHub. Unfortunately we’ve experienced a few glitches that have prevented parents from receiving MemberHub messages in a timely manner, but we are working to resolve those issues. To sign up for MemberHub, please go to https://drms.memberhub.com/join/uggtfy. Please also check your junk/spam folders for emails as we have heard a lot of emails from MemberHub have ended up there. We will also start sending more direct email messages and post more frequently to our PTA website https://www.wcpss.net/domain/3290. To get the latest news about PTA and school events, please “like” our Durant Road Middle School PTA Facebook page.
Teacher Luncheons/Teacher Appreciation – One of the special things that the PTA does for our teachers is provide lunch for them on most of the early release days when the students get to leave early and the teachers stay to work. We need all the help we can get with these afternoons including donating items, helping to cook food, set up and clean up! We will especially need some great cookie bakers ( or purchasers ) as well as we prepare cookie boxes December 1. Please be one the lookout for sign-ups as each early release approaches! If you are interested in becoming part of the Hospitality committee please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks as always for your support of our school.
Jen Oldson, PTA President
June LetterPosted by Spencer Ziegler on 5/30/2017
As the saying goes, time flies when you are having fun! And it has been a great three years for us at Durant Road Middle School! I, along with several other PTA Board Members and Committee Chairs, have kids who are going to High School this August, but there are fabulous Board members who will be staying on and new members who will bring new excitement and new ideas, too!
Here are your 2017-2018 PTA Executive Board Members:
President- Jennifer Oldson
Treasurer- Brian Kindl
VP Communications- Carla Turchetti
VP Mini-Grants- Stephanie DeVries
VP Fundraising- Amy Fulk
Secretary- Moira Mitchell
The final month of the school year is a busy one! Track 1 is about to track out, but before they do the 8th Grade Dance takes place this Friday, June 2nd from 6:00- 8:00 PM! For those of you parents who have 8th graders, this night is a great DRMS tradition and a very special evening for all who attend! If your 8th grade student has not turned in his/her permission form and $ for the end-of-the-year events, there is still time! Please make sure that they give this to their homeroom teacher ASAP!
Track 1’s 8th grade picnic is their last day of school, June 7th. Yearbooks will be given out before then, so please remind your student to bring his/hers as this is the day most of the kids get theirs signed by all their friends! (Tracks 2, 3 & 4 8th Graders will be having their picnic on their last day of school, June 30th.)
Tracks 2, 3 & 4 begin EOG testing on June 19th. (Track 1 will be finishing up their EOGs this week.) While no one (at least that I know) looks forward to taking tests, there are things that you can do to help your student be prepared. A good breakfast and a good night’s sleep are what experts tell us are two of the most important things! Click on this link below for other ideas to help your student relax and feel confident.
Another great tradition at DRMS is the End of the Year Awards ceremonies! Track 1’s is Tuesday, June 6th, Tracks 2 & 3 is June 28th, and Track 4’s is June 29th. Tickets are required. More information is available on the DRMS website.
On a personal note, it has been a true pleasure for me to be a part of DRMS in this role. I am proud of our school and the great relationship our families have with our Administration and Teachers. I encourage all parents to continue to support our school through the PTA, Sports Booster Club, Band Booster Club and other ways, too!
Finally, Here’s to your student’s continued love of learning and academic success! Our 8th graders are a diverse group! They are going to 23 different High Schools in Wake County, and as far away as Switzerland for High School. May the connections and friendships that they have made here, last them a lifetime! To all of our 8th graders, “Oh the places you’ll go, Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting….So… get on your way!” – Dr. Seuss.
April LetterPosted by Spencer Ziegler on 4/19/2017
Spring is here in North Carolina and we are in the 4th and final quarter of the school year! Lots going on as your PTA works to finish out the school year, too!
First, our annual Teachers’ Appreciation week is coming up the week of May 8th – 12 for Tracks 1,2 & 4! (May 22nd -26th for Track 3) Your PTA has some nice things planned for our teachers and staff, and we hope your student will recognize their teachers, too! More details regarding what we will be doing will be on our Facebook page in the next few days!
We are in full swing with our Spring Sports season! There is still time to come out and cheer on your Softball, Boys’ Soccer and Track & Field athletes! The full spring Sports schedule is on the DRMS website under Athletics!
Do you have a student who likes to sing, dance, can tell a good joke or maybe even juggle? Then he or she may want to partake in our Student Showcase! This fun event in scheduled for May 16th! Students interested in auditioning for this event should see our Chorus teacher Ms. Micks for more details and a permission slip.
We are gearing up for the end-of-the-year 8th grade dance and picnics! These are BIG events for our 8th graders as they are about to finish their time at DRMS and move on to High School. Students from DRMS head in many different directions and these events are wonderful traditions at our school! We need parent volunteers to help with both the dance and the picnics. Please see our Chair Nicole Luna to get involved! Nicoleluna651@msn.com . We particularly need parents of 6th and 7th graders to help out with these events!
Last, we are in the process of getting a new PTA Executive Board set up for the 2017-2018 school year. Whether you can volunteer often or infrequently, there is a role for you! Many of our PTA Board members are leaving DRMS this year, and we want to ensure we leave our wonderful school in great shape with parent support! Email me if you want more information! Lcrute@aol.com
Here’s to a fantastic final quarter for your student!
February LetterPosted by Spencer Ziegler on 2/13/2017
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!
Coffee with Liz CrutePosted by Spencer Ziegler on 1/5/2017DRMS Parents-Are you potentially interested in stepping up and taking on a bigger role with our DRMS PTA? If so, please come out and learn more on Friday, January 27th from 8:00 am - 9:00 am in the DRMS conference room. Liz Crute, the current PTA President, will share with you different roles and opportunities that may be perfect for you! Coffee will be served! :-)Our PTA has been a positive part of DRMS for decades, and our goal is to continue that wonderful tradition! But we need parents to do this! Please sign up here. This will be informational and fun. No pressure! Email Liz Crute at Lcrute@aol.com or call her at 919-605-5262 if you have questions!Thank you!