2020-2021 Archive

PTA at Large Meeting

Please join us this Friday, May 14, 2021, from 9-10 am, for the final PTA General Business Meeting of the year. We will be discussing PTA initiatives such as Staff Appreciation Week celebrations and the National PTA Reflections Contest, as well as discussing SIT Elections and Nominations for the 2021-2022 MES PTA Board. Additional topics include an End of the Year Dolphin Picnic and open discussion. We hope to see you there!

Friday, May 14 · 9:00 – 10:00am

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/quh-ewwj-wxk

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 219-401-0716 PIN: ‪864 310 518#

End of the Year Dolphin Picnic

The PTA is trying to gauge interest in an informal, end of the year picnic. All activities will be outside, and will meet the guidelines set forth by Governor Cooper. Please let us know your preferences by May 14th https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfF-4r4A606CG39YTfOyxNIe01xui3FG1fOiqCwf94Kiky7-w/viewform?usp=sf_link

La PTA está tratando de medir el interés en un picnic informal de fin de año. Todas las actividades serán al aire libre y cumplirán con las pautas establecidas por el gobernador Cooper. Háganos saber sus preferencias antes del 14 de mayo. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfF-4r4A606CG39YTfOyxNIe01xui3FG1fOiqCwf94Kiky7-w/viewform?usp=sf_link

Staff Appreciation Week 2021

Hello McDougle Elementary Families!

Teacher Appreciation (May 3-7) is just two weeks away! During a year without precedent, our teachers and staff have worked tirelessly to support every student, while also taking care of their own families. Please join us in showing how much you care for the MES community. You can help us do that in two ways:

1. Make a financial contribution to our Teacher Appreciation Fund:

All funds gathered will be used for a teacher and staff breakfast and lunch and individual gift bags containing a few treats. Contributions can be made through the MES PTA PayPal Account.

2. Leave a message of support and appreciation on our virtual Kudoboard! Kudoboard for MES Teachers and Staff | Kudoboard

¡Hola familias de la escuela primaria McDougle!

¡Solo faltan dos semanas para la apreciación del maestro (del 3 al 7 de mayo)! 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. Únase a nosotros para demostrar cuánto se preocupa por la comunidad de MES. Puede ayudarnos a hacer eso de dos maneras:

1. Haga una contribución financiera a nuestro Fondo de agradecimiento a los maestros:

Todos los fondos recolectados se usarán para un desayuno y almuerzo para maestros y personal y bolsas de regalo individuales que contienen algunas golosinas. Las contribuciones se pueden hacer a través de la cuenta PayPal de MES PTA.

2. ¡Deje un mensaje de apoyo y agradecimiento en nuestro Kudoboard virtual! Kudoboard for MES Teachers and Staff | Kudoboard

Staff Appreciation Week 2021

Dear MES Families,

Staff Appreciation Week will be celebrated from May 3-May 7. Our MES teachers and staff are so amazing, and we want to celebrate all their achievements, efforts, and successes in making MES such a wonderful community! If you are interested in joining this committee and/or sharing your ideas, please let us know! https://forms.gle/nHSt8P12VkEBz9Zo9

Estimadas familias de MES,

La Semana de Agradecimiento al Personal se celebrará del 3 al 7 de mayo. ¡Nuestros maestros y personal de MES son increíbles y queremos celebrar todos sus logros, esfuerzos y éxitos haciendo de MES una comunidad tan maravillosa! Si está interesado en unirse a este comité y/o compartir sus ideas, ¡Déjenos saber! https://forms.gle/nHSt8P12VkEBz9Zo9

MES Supplemental Supply Drive

The MES PTA is assisting in gathering supplies for in-person and remote learning. The district has already provided MES with cleaning supplies and face masks, but the PTA wants to help provide extra materials for each classroom.

Currently, there are two supply lists:

  1. A school wide Amazon Smile wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/GMF1Q45PQWJM?ref_=wl_share.

  2. Ms. Z has created an art supply wishlist for MES students as well: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2JWM4UNGT39EB?ref_=wl_share

While these lists are convenient, we have noticed that some of these supplies may be far less expensive at local stores. It is not necessary to use the Amazon list to contribute - all donations are welcome, and may be dropped off at MES. We will be updating the Amazon Smile list regularly, as supply needs evolve and change.

Thank you in advance for your support and generosity! And many thanks to those who have already contributed

Community Arts Opportunity - Chatham Arts Council

Come enjoy a community arts event and see Ms. Z on May 2nd at ClydeFEST in the Wild! She will be performing at 2 pm! Please note that while the events are free, some stations require a reservation https://www.chathamartscouncil.org/clydefest-in-the-wild-2021/

SIT Elections

Hello McDougle Families!

School Improvement Team (SIT) nominations are now open! There will be 4 vacancies for the upcoming election cycle. If you would like to apply or nominate someone for the School Improvement Team, please complete the online application here by April 16th. Feel free to contact Tara Spector (tbre1982@yahoo.com) with questions. THANK YOU!

Congratulations to all of the MES "Of the Years" winners

Teacher of the Year - Morgan Hunt (5th Grade Teacher)

Classified Staff of the Year - Amy Porter (Special Education Inclusion Facilitator)

Exceptional Children Student Services Staff of the Year - Aveni Ghosh (School Counselor)

Distribution Day for Remote Students Only (4/12/21)

MES will distribute resources and supplies for Quarter 4 to all remote students tomorrow (April 12th) from 4pm to 6pm. The location for each grade level is listed below. If you have books at home that need to be returned to school, please bring them to the distribution tomorrow.

Kindergarten - Park and Go Lot

1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade - Kiss and Go (Front of School)

4th and 5th Grade - Bus Lot (Back of School)


The February MES School Improvement Team (SIT) meeting will be held on April 12, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. Information about attending the virtual meeting is found below. We hope you are able to attend!

Date: Monday, February 8, 2021 Time: 4:30 p.m.

Meeting Link: https://chccs.webex.com/chccs/onstage/g.php?MTID=ef30855400b388c5603566da4b9325d1f

Event password: join

Dismissal Dashboard Cards - Distribution 3/22/21

As MES prepares to open for in person learning on Monday, we want to be sure that we keep student safety at the forefront. This year, we will use dashboard cards to match students and parents during afternoon dismissal for carpool. In order to pick up your child, you will need to have this card displayed in your dashboard. We have new staff and new families and we want to ensure that every child is sent home with the correct adult. Please be patient with us as we work through this process.

On Monday March 22, 2021, from 9am-11am and then again from 4pm-6pm, we will have carpool card distribution. Parents will need to show identification so that we can verify relationship using the information in our system. Please come by to get your child's carpool card. We will give each family two cards.


This morning we take a minute to welcome back our teachers and staff. We cannot express enough gratitude for their dedication, grace, and flexibility over the past 12 months! We appreciate you!

Mask Pick Up and Book Drop Off March 16, 2021

MES has 5 cloth masks for each McDougle student that will be distributed next Tuesday, March 16th from 9am-11am and then again from 4pm - 6pm. Please drive through kiss and go to pick up your mask.

During this time, we are also asking parents to drop off any books that your child's teacher has asked to be returned. We need to use these books for other students and need them to be returned to the school. We will have bins outside labeled "K-2" and "3-5" for books to be returned to.

If for some reason you cannot make it to this event, you may come by the school at any day next week to pick up your child's mask and drop off books.

Informational Parent Sessions (March 11, 2021)

MES will host grade level reopening parent sessions on March 11th from 6pm-7:45pm. The schedule will be as follows.

Grade Level Session 1 - 6:00pm-6:30pm

Grade Level Session 2 - 6:35pm - 7:05pm

EC, ESL, AIG, and Intervention Drop In Q and A Session - 7:15pm-7:45pm (for families who have students currently being served)

Drop In Q and A Principal Session - 7:15pm - 7:45pm

Each family (regardless of learning commitment) is invited to attend one grade level session. If there are still questions, parents may come to the "Principal Session" for clarity. Grade level sessions will be available in English and Spanish.

Orange County Arts Commission's Big Night in For the Arts

WRAL presents Big Night In for the Arts, Featuring Ariana DeBose, Mandolin Orange, Branford Marsalis, Mike Wiley, and Scotty McCreery Thursday March 11, 2021 at 7pm. Proceeds will fund arts programming, initiatives for equity in the arts, and arts relief efforts. More information about this event, is available at https://bignightin.org/. Although this is not an MES PTA fundraiser, the MES PTA is grateful to have received numerous grants from the Orange County Arts Commission, including a 2020-2021 grant to fund a virtual poetry residence for our 5th grade students, and if you are able, we hope you consider tuning in!


The February MES School Improvement Team (SIT) meeting will be held on February 8, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Information about attending the virtual meeting is found below. We hope you are able to attend!

Date: Monday, February 8, 2021 Time: 5:00 p.m.

Meeting Link: https://chccs.webex.com/chccs/onstage/g.php?MTID=eb9475fbed78ea3b521fbe109b8403063

Event password: join

Volunteer Opportunity - Weekly Dance Party Volunteer - Filled

A huge shout out to Erin Miller for working with the MES school team to make the virtual dance parties happen for our Dolphins! We appreciate you!

Quarter 3 Distribution (1/25/2021)

If you were unable to pick up your child's quarter 3 resources on distribution day last week, you may stop by the school on any day during the week except Wednesday from 8am-4pm. Come to the front door and someone will help you. We want all of our students to have their materials for quarter 3.

Quarter 3 Distribution

MES' next distribution day will be on January 20th from 9am-11am and from 4pm to 6pm. Please choose which time you will come pick up your child's resources for Quarter 3.

Staff will practice social distancing and wear masks. All families should wear masks and remain in vehicles. Please have your child's name and teacher's name written on a piece of paper and placed on the windshield. You may elect to pop your trunk and we will place the materials in your trunk for contactless pick-up.

Distribution Locations

Kindergarten - Park and Go (top front parking lot)

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade - Kiss and Go (front of school)

4th and 5th Grade - Bus Lot (back of school)

MES PTA Scholastic Online Book Fair Now Through December 25, 2020!

Join us in celebrating a love of reading and supporting literacy for all Dolphins by shopping at the PTA's annual winter bookfair! Scholastic will give back 25% in rewards to the MES PTA when you shop through December 25th! The Scholastic Dollars the PTA earns helps to support literacy for all Dolphins. Previously, these Scholastic Dollars were used to purchase birthday books, and this fall the Scholastic Dollars enabled the PTA to purchase large orders of books that were sent home as instructional texts. Happy reading!


Our next General PTA meeting will be held next Friday, January 15, 2021 at 9 am via Google Meet. We hope that you can join us to learn more about the MES PTA, upcoming programs, and volunteer opportunities! The agenda for this meeting is linked here.


The January MES School Improvement Team (SIT) meeting will be held on January 11, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Information about attending the virtual meeting is found below. We hope you are able to attend!

Date: Monday, January 11, 2021 Time: 5:00 p.m.

Meeting Link: https://chccs.webex.com/chccs/onstage/g.php?MTID=eb1eb9a6b67a4927cb269716449fc9d66

Event password: join

MES Families Helping Families - Winter Warmth Coat and Gift Drive

MES Families Helping Families is kicking off our holiday support efforts and we need all hands on deck as the needs are vast and wide this season. We are doing things a bit differently this year as COVID is impacting our ability to shop, gather and wrap as we have in past years. We are staying nimble and figuring out ways we can continue to support our MES families and spread joy during the holiday season.

First, we will be gathering small gifts on a case by case basis however 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. Gift cards from Target, Amazon, Walmart, and Food Lion or other grocery stores can be 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 Catherine Gravatt via Venmo (@Catherine-Gravatt). If you donate via Venmo, please put in notes FOR MES HOLIDAY GIVING.

We realize everyone is under financial strain now more than ever so whatever you can contribute is greatly appreciated. There are several ways you can contribute.

1) Contribute a gift card or monetary contribution in any amount of your choosing (mail in or Venmo @Catherine-Gravatt

2) Sponsor one child in the amount of $50.00

3) Sponsor a family of four for $150.00

4) Sponsor a family of five for $200.00

5) Contact Laura Olley (lolley@chccs.k12.nc.us) to ask for a specific gift item to purchase and deliver to the school

Secondly, we are also hosting a “winter warmth” drive. Please bring new or gently used, clean coats, new hats, new gloves to McDougle Elementary School or drop off at Catherine Gravatt’s home at 304 Autumn Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. We need a variety of sizes for both boys and girls.

All contributions (coats, hats, gloves, gift cards, monetary donations) should be completed no later than Thursday, December 10th end of day. If you need to make a separate arrangement or have questions please contact Catherine Gravatt at gravattfive@gmail.com (txt 917-648-4566) or Laura Olley at lolley@chccs.k12.nc.us.

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

In-Person Learning and Learning Commitment Form

(District Message 11/30/2020)

As we prepare to reopen campuses, our team has been working to gather the latest information and strategies that will keep all of our students and staff as safe and healthy as possible. That information has been compiled into a document we call Welcome Back. You can access it here.

We have also created a short four-minute video that provides a sneak peek at how school will look once we return. Please take a few minutes to give it a look.

Welcome Back Video - English

Welcome Back Video - Spanish

Please submit a choice by the deadline of midnight on Sunday, December 6, 2020.

The choices are spelled out in some detail inside the commitment form, which you should have received for each student by email.

Your responses will be used to plan staffing and other logistics to serve students. If more than one adult in the family receives emails about this student, please discuss your preference and submit one response per student.

More information and guidance from the district regarding the reopening plan and COVID-19 is available at https://www.chccs.org/backtoschool2020 and https://www.chccs.org/Page/10491.

MES Virtual Family Fitness Night - December 3, 6:30-7:45 PM

Looking for some family fun? Great news! McDougle Elementary School hosted Family Fitness Night on Thursday, December 3 from 6:30-7:45 PM. Businesses in our community presented their brand of fitness for all families to enjoy. These businesses were United Tae Kwon Do, Carrboro Yoga Company, Fit on Main, High Fit with Ms. Watson, Crossfit Homeward, and Aerotrix Jump Rope Team. For more information about these businesses, please visit the Virtual Family Fitness Night page. Big thanks to Mr. Drexler for coordinating this great event for the whole family, and for all the businesses for participating!

Reflections Art Program 2021 Call for Entries

This year's theme is "I Matter Because..."

You can submit your original art in one of the following categories:

*Dance Choreography

*Film Production


*Music Composition


*Visual Arts

*Special Artists

More information about the Reflections Art Program is available on the NC PTA website, https://ncpta.org/index.php/programs/reflections-arts-program/

All entries are due by November 30th at 5 pm. If you would like to enter, please email president@mesptanc.org for an entry form.

Donation and Volunteer Opportunity From the CHCCS PTA Council

As Thanksgiving approaches, our PTA would like to ask our generous community to support CHCCS families in need. Our school social workers have received more requests for assistance than ever before. During Thanksgiving break, which will be a week-long this year, the daily breakfasts, lunches and snacks will be packaged for distribution on Monday, November 23rd. In addition, to make sure that the families in our community have plenty of nourishing food during the holiday week, we are partnering with the child nutrition team to provide an additional box of fresh produce.

Normally, our PTAs ask families to donate non-perishable items to holiday food drives. During remote learning, this type of food drive won't be possible. Instead, we're asking you to make a tax-deductible donation to a Public School Foundation Fund that will help our Child Nutrition Department purchase healthy food for our families in need. $12.50 will provide a family with a box filled with fresh apples, oranges, pears, tomatoes, kale, carrots, potatoes, and onions. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to provide 800 meal boxes. Please click here to make a donation: Food for Students Thanksgiving Donations. In the comments section of the donation form please add: "Thanksgiving Food". Donations will be accepted through November 8.

On Monday, November 23, we are gearing up for our biggest food distribution yet...as there is a need to get 18,600 meals out to children and families in a span of two hours. We will be preparing and packing from November 18-22. Please sign up to help out here. Times and locations are included in the link. As much as we would love for our volunteers to bring others with them, we are still limiting the people who go to the sites to just those adults who sign up. If you are able to help, we would love to have you. Thank you for being a part of this process to make sure that our families have a Happy Thanksgiving.


The November MES School Improvement Team (SIT) meeting is this Monday, November 9th at 5:00 p.m. Information about attending the virtual meeting is found below. We hope you are able to attend!

Date: Monday, November 9, 2020 Time: 5:00 p.m.

Meeting Link: https://chccs.webex.com/chccs/onstage/g.php?MTID=e93d5450a7045986c743e183f3dfb4638

Event password: join

Quarter 1 Survey - CHCCS

Just a quick reminder - if you haven’t already done so, please take a few moments to provide your feedback in our Quarter 1 check-in survey using the link provided: Survey Link: Please note that there is a drop-down menu for translation options at the top left-side of the screen. We’ve extended the deadline to complete the survey to this Friday, October 30, 2020.

Thank You,

Principal Howard


The October MES School Improvement Team (SIT) meeting is this Monday, October 12th at 5:00 p.m. Information about attending the virtual meeting is found below. We hope you are able to attend!

Date: Monday, October 12, 2020 Time: 5:00 p.m.

Meeting Link: https://chccs.webex.com/chccs/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed90a81f4eaf6c98b5ae69f79e2a1aa6f

Event number: 172 888 9915 Event password: join

Video Address: 1728889915@chccs.webex.com

You can also dial and enter your meeting number.

Our first General PTA meeting will be held next Friday, October 9th at 9 am via Google Meet.

Please join us and learn more about:

Meet this year's Board Members; Mrs. Howard's School Update; PTA Calendar; Fill the Aquarium Fundraiser; Equity Advisory Council Presentation & more

Thank you to all those who attended!

District Message (10/2020)

Greetings CHCCS Families. I am working on a recommendation to bring to our Board of Education on October 15 regarding the plan for eventually reopening our schools. Your input is crucial to the process. To that end, I have created a very short poll…it will take less than 60 seconds to complete. It is important to note this is not a vote, but this data will be very valuable in helping us make the best recommendation possible.

Please click here to access the survey, and I will need your responses by Sunday night (10/11/2020).

Thank you in advance for assisting in this process, and thank you for your continued support.

Dr. Jim Causby

Interim Superintendent

Call for Treasurer (September 2020)

Hello McDougle Families,

The PTA has an important role in helping provide support for our children, families, and staff. To do so we need to have a strong board and an even stronger member group.

Our amazing Treasurer must step down and we are looking for someone to fill this role. Without a Treasurer we cannot issue funds. If you are interested in this Board position please reach out to me at president@mesptanc.org.

If the Treasurer role is not right for you, there are other Board positions and membership is always open!

We look forward to being able to continue to serve you and our McDougle family.

Update: The position of treasurer has been filled as of October 9, 2020.