McDougle Elementary School PTA

Dear Parents and Families:


We’re excited to invite you to our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. Hosted by the MES PTA staff, this event is an opportunity for students of all ages to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. As always, all purchases benefit our school.


After missing out on many beloved traditions, our fall Book Fair will be a familiar, welcome, and safe event for our students. Here’s what you need to know about the Fair, which will take place from 12/4 until 12/10, 2021. We will not be able to have families indoors, but will hold two outdoor events that families may choose to attend. Please join us for Family Day on Saturday 12/4 from 2:00pm-4:00pm and for Family Night on Thursday, 12/9 from 4:00pm-6:00pm. We will also have the fair open a few days during the week for students and staff to purchase books.


  • Our Book Fair offers a cash-free payment option called eWallet. It’s a convenient digital account that your child can use for shopping at our Fair. Grandparents, friends, and others can contribute, too!

  • We are encouraging teachers to set up eWallets as well and share that with families so that you can contribute to your child’s teachers’ purchases of new books for the classroom.

  • If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop online at our school’s Virtual Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.


Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/mcdougleelementaryschool1


We’re excited to celebrate our love of books together at the Book Fair. We look forward to seeing your child there!

Estimados padres y familias:

Nos complace invitarlos a la próxima Feria del Libro de Scholastic. Este evento organizado por el MES PTA es una oportunidad para que los alumnos de todas las edades creen su biblioteca personal y profundicen su amor por la lectura. Como siempre, todas las compras benefician a nuestra escuela.

Luego de perdernos varias de nuestras tan queridas tradiciones, esta Feria del Libro de otoño será un evento familiar, acogedor y seguro para nuestros alumnos. Aquí encontrarán información importante sobre la Feria, que tendrá lugar a partir del 12/4 hasta 12/10, 2021. No podremos tener familias adentro, pero organizaremos dos eventos al aire libre a los que las familias pueden optar por asistir. Únase a nosotros para el Día de la familia el sábado 4 de diciembre de 2:00 p.m. a 4:00 p.m. y para la Noche familiar el jueves 9 de diciembre de 4:00 p.m. a 6:00 p.m. También tendremos la feria abierta algunos días durante la semana para que los estudiantes y el personal compren libros.


  • Nuestra Feria del Libro ofrece una opción de pago sin efectivo llamada “billetera electrónica”. Es una cuenta digital práctica que sus hijos pueden usar para comprar en nuestra Feria. ¡Abuelos, amigos y otras personas también pueden colaborar!

  • Estamos animando a los maestros a que también configuren billeteras electrónicas y las compartan con las familias para que usted pueda contribuir a que los maestros de su hijo compren libros nuevos para el aula.

  • Si no pueden asistir a la Feria, hagan sus pedidos en línea, en la Feria del Libro Virtual de nuestra escuela. Todos los pedidos se envían a domicilio. El envío es gratuito para pedidos de libros que superen los $25. Sus pedidos en línea también beneficiarán a nuestra escuela.


Visiten la página oficial de nuestra Feria del Libro para obtener más información, accedan a la billetera electrónica y comiencen a comprar en línea: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/mcdougleelementaryschool1


Nos complace celebrar nuestro amor por los libros con ustedes en la Feria del Libro. ¡Esperamos con ansias ver a sus hijos allí!

Volunteer Opportunity: Book Fair

If you are interested, please sign up for any slots that you will be able to volunteer using the sign up genius link below (it includes set up Friday and family events Sat. and Thurs). Please remember, if you do sign up for any of the indoor shifts, you will need to be an approved CHCCS volunteer.

Sign Up Genius, MES Book Fair: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C4CA4AA2AA0F85-book

CHCCS Volunteer Sign Up: https://www.chccs.org/Page/11070

Raise Craze - Way to Go Dolphins!

Dear McDougle Community,


Wow! Thanks to your generosity and kindness, this year's fundraiser was a HUGE success. We received over $15,000 in donations for the PTA to support McDougle Elementary School and our children have completed over 500 acts of kindness! We cannot thank you enough for your efforts and contributions and we look forward to putting them to great use!

MES Volunteer Opportunity - Art Room Volunteers

Ms. Zincone is in need of one or two parent volunteers who can help in the Art room a few hours each week. Parents must use this link, https://www.chccs.org/domain/2514 and be cleared through the district volunteer office. If interested, please start the application process and email Ms. Zincone for further details.

Principal Howard will be appearing on the Chris or Jenny Show (a local radio show with McDougle ES Parents Chris Amsbary or Jenny Cook) on FRIDAY DECEMBER 10TH at 10 PM! Check it out at 103.5 FM or online at https://wcomfm.org/

Families Helping Families/Families Que Ayudan a las Familias

Families Helping Families is kicking off our holiday support efforts and we need your help!


First, we are gathering coats and are in need of some specific sizes including toddler size 2T and 3T as well as several unisex big kid XL and/or adult mediums. We would also love clean, gently used unisex color winter hats and gloves of all sizes. Please bring new or gently used, clean coats (with working zippers and buttons), new hats, new gloves to McDougle Elementary School or drop off at Catherine Gravatt’s home at 304 Autumn Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. While we specifically need some smaller toddler and XL larger sizes, we are also graciously accepting a variety of sizes for both boys and girls.


Second, the majority of our gift giving will be given in the form of gift cards so families can purchase their own gifts as they see fit. If you are feeling especially festive, you are welcome to stuff a stocking with items such as markers, colored pencils, pop-its, squishies, etc. to donate by itself or along with a gift card. Gift cards from Target, Amazon, Walmart, and Food Lion or other grocery stores can be dropped along with coats at the school or Catherine Gravatt’s home (address above), mailed directly to the school (McDougle Elementary 890 Old Fayetteville Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516) attention of Laura Olley OR you can donate money directly to Andrea Clusiau via Venmo @AndreaClusiau or Catherine Gravatt @Catherine-Gravatt. If you donate via Venmo, please put in notes FOR MES HOLIDAY GIVING.


Please know we recognize the strain all families have endured over the last year and a half and there is never any pressure to donate if you are unable. Whatever you can contribute is greatly appreciated.


Donations should be completed by Friday December 10th end of day. If you need to make a separate arrangement or have questions please contact Laura Olley at lolley@chccs.k12.nc.us or 919-969-2435 X64380 or Andrea Clusiau aclusiau@gmail.com, or Catherine Gravatt @catherinegravatt@gmail.com.


Thank you for all you do and for all your support. Let’s make this a wonderful holiday for our MES!

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

Welcome to the 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 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!


Thank you to Katherine Kinsey for the new banner!