McDougle Elementary School PTA

Advocacy Alert from the CHCCS PTA Council


Parents and school community members - we need your voices!


Our school board has submitted their budget to the county commissioners who are about to decide whether or not to meet the critical needs of our students. We need your voices. Please consider sending out the below message and politely reach out to the BOCC and advocate for our students, teachers and staff.


WHAT: Send a letter urging the county commissioners to fund our schools

WHEN: Deadline to send is Tuesday 5/18 at 3pm

WHO: send to ocbocc@orangecountync.gov


Please feel free to copy the below message directly into your email, or personalize it with your urgent budget concerns. For more in-depth information about the needs of our schools and how the proposed budget plans to address them, visit CHCCS 2021-22 Proposed Budget Request.


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I am writing to express support for the per pupil funding requests of Orange County Schools (OCS) and CHCCS, and am requesting that the Board of County Commissioners fully fund the budget requests. Our schools have gone underfunded even before the pandemic with funding below the national average for similar districts. This is not a new issue. This is not about filling an emergency gap , but rather about meeting the ongoing needs of our students, staff and teachers. This isn't about filling a temporary pandemic-driven need, but about funding our schools at the level that is currently needed.


The proposed county manager’s budget offers no new funding but keeps per pupil funding flat. Without this increase, our school board will have to make cuts. The county manager is showing 48% of overall budget going to OCS and CHCCS, lower than the historically 49.5 % - 50.5% allocated in the past. A percentage point or two translates to millions of dollars for schools, and has a direct and lasting impact on our students and school community. The county received $28 million under American Rescue Plan Act but the county’s manager budget is allocating $0 out of that pot to schools. How is this justified, particularly when other counties, such as Wake, are suggesting increases that align with the received Rescue Plan Act funds? The current Chapel Hill Special District Tax rate (amount per $100) is the lowest it has been since 1998. Funding our schools at the needed level not only supports our students, but allows our districts to pay teachers and staff a living wage.


The pandemic has highlighted the critical role of our schools in our community, and has exposed the even wider achievement and opportunity gap for our students. Our school district serves as not only an educational institution, but also provides healthcare delivery, social worker support, housing coordination, employment counseling, and food source for so many families. Again, although these critical roles were highlighted by the pandemic, the need is not new, nor does it end when the crisis is over.


CHCCS PTA Council

chcptacouncil@gmail.com

Webpage: http://chccsptacouncil.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CHCCSPTACouncil/

Twitter: @chccsptacouncil

MES PTA Board Nominations 2021-2022

Building a strong community takes the whole community. We are looking for people to join the McDougle Elementary PTA Board for the 2021-2022 school year. There are multiple ways to volunteer and get involved and support the MES PTA and McDougle Elementary School.

The MES PTA Nominating Committee is responsible for finding nominees for the Officers of the 2021-2022 McDougle Elementary PTA. According to our bylaws, these positions include:

President

Vice President

2nd and 3rd Vice President(s) (optional)

Treasurer

Secretary

If you are interested in being a member of the MES PTA Board, please email either Tara Spector at tbre1982@yahoo.com or Brandie Ehrmann at president@mesptanc.org.

Together we can make a difference.


Construir una comunidad fuerte require de toda la comunidad. Estamos buscando personas para unirse a la Junta de la PTA de McDougle Elementary para el año escolar 2021-2022. Hay múltiples formas de ser voluntario e involucrarse y apoyar a la PTA de MES y la Escuela Primaria McDougle.

El Comité de Nominaciones de la PTA de MES es responsable de encontrar candidatos para los Oficiales de la PTA de McDougle Elementary 2021-2022. De acuerdo con nuestros estatutos, estas posiciones incluyen:

Presidente

Vicepresidente

2do y 3er Vicepresidente(s) (opcional)

Tesorero

Secretario

Si está interesado en ser miembro de la Junta de la PTA de MES, comuníquese con Tara Spector en tbre1982@yahoo.com o Brandie Ehrmann en president@mesptanc.org.

Juntos podemos hacer la diferencia.

HAPPY TEACHER AND STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK

The MES PTA wishes everyone a wonderful teacher and staff appreciation week. On behalf of all Dolphin students and parents, please know just how wonderful each of you truly are and that you are appreciated for your role in our McDougle community.

On May 6th, the Dolphin Community sponsored a breakfast for all MES teachers and staff, with biscuits, sliders, donuts, and coffee from Rise, as well as assorted other treats and drinks!

On May 3, 2021, each teacher and staff member was given a gift bag filled with a variety of treats and hand lotion. Boxed lunches were catered by the Root Cellar. For dessert, there were custom made caramel apples, cake pops, and cookies donated by Pk's Sweet Confections!

Staff Appreciation Week 2021 - Kudoboard

Hello McDougle Elementary Families!

During a year without precedent, our teachers and staff have worked tirelessly to support every student, while also taking care of their own families. Thanks to all those who donated to this week's staff appreciation events. Please join us in showing how much you care for the MES community by leaving a message of support and appreciation on our virtual Kudoboard! Kudoboard for MES Teachers and Staff | Kudoboard


¡Hola familias de la escuela primaria McDougle!


Durante un año sin precedentes, nuestros maestros y personal han trabajado incansablemente para apoyar a cada estudiante y al mismo tiempo cuidar de sus propias familias. ¡Gracias a todos los que donaron a los eventos de agradecimiento al personal!Únase a nosotros para demostrar cuánto se preocupa por la comunidad de MES. Por favor, ¡deje un mensaje de apoyo y agradecimiento en nuestro Kudoboard virtual! Kudoboard for MES Teachers and Staff | Kudoboard

Congratulations to Katarina Lucia Rosario-Soto, for being the North Carolina 2020-2021 State Reflection Winner - Dance Choreography Intermediate (3-5 Grades)! And for earning the Award of Excellence for Dance Choreography at the National Reflections Level! We are very proud of you!

For more information about this year's NC Reflections contest, please go to https://ncpta.org/index.php/2021-state-reflection-winners-2/. A list of National Winners is posted at https://www.pta.org/docs/default-source/files/programs/reflections/reflections-2020-2021/reflections-winners-list-20-21.pdf.

MES Families Helping Families Supply and Gift Card Drive

Hello, Dear Parents and Caregivers,


We hope that you are doing well a year on in the pandemic, and with your child(ren)’s school day whether that’s in person or remote. It has been a very difficult time for many of us, but we’ve seen how in many ways our community has rallied to try to meet some of those needs. The support we give to one another is the most important factor in getting through hard times.

To that end, we are asking for those that can, to pitch in again, for a grocery card drive and for a few items that we have requested in a sign up genius.


We could use Food Lion or Walmart cards (or any gift card), as well as balls, backpacks, and a few other items. SignUpGenius


We will be collecting the grocery cards the week of May 17th. You can give cards or items to Laura Olley, School Social Worker, via your child’s teacher, at the front desk at school, or during drop off you can hand them to a staff checking temperatures. You can also mail cards or have items shipped to McDougle Elementary 890 Old Fayetteville Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 ℅ Laura Olley.


Thank you so very much for your ongoing support of our Dolphin Community!

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Olley, lolley@chccs.k12.nc.us 919-360-5255


Pre-K and Headstart Registration (2021-2022)

If you have a 3 or 4 year old or know someone who does, please see this enrollment information.

Mission: Make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year at McDougle Elementary!

The PTA provides a link between school, home and the wider community. We work together to organize events and raise funds to support children’s learning and to make the environment for our students the best it can be.

We encourage you to use this website to access current information about PTA events, volunteer needs, contacts, committee activities, and meeting minutes, as well as find printable forms and useful links.

There are so many opportunities to help make McDougle an even better place for our children and many of these are through the PTA. So, we look forward to having you join and thank you in advance for giving your time and energy to support your school, children and community.

We are proud to be a part of this wonderful community of students, parents, teachers and supporters!

¡Bienvenidos al año escolar 2020-2021 en McDougle Elementary!

El PTA proporciona un vínculo entre la escuela, el hogar y la comunidad en general. Trabajamos juntos para organizar eventos y recaudar fondos para apoyar el aprendizaje de los niños y hacer que el entorno para nuestros estudiantes sea el mejor posible.

Le recomendamos que utilice este sitio web para acceder a información actualizada sobre los eventos del PTA, las necesidades de los voluntarios, los contactos, las actividades del comité y las actas de las reuniones, así como para encontrar formularios imprimibles y enlaces útiles.

Hay tantas oportunidades para ayudar a que McDougle sea un lugar aún mejor para nuestros niños y muchas de ellas son a través del PTA. Por lo tanto, esperamos que se una y le agradecemos de antemano por dar su tiempo y energía para apoyar a su escuela, sus niños y su comunidad.

¡Estamos orgullosos de ser parte de esta maravillosa comunidad de estudiantes, padres, maestros y seguidores!


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