PTA General Business Meeting May 2022
Please join us on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 7 pm for our final MES PTA general business meeting (virtual only)! We hope you can join us! Topics to discuss include Staff Appreciation Week recap, the PTA and SIT elections, and end of the year celebrations! All are welcome!
Staff Appreciation Week 2022/La Semana de Agradecimiento al Personal
taff Appreciation Week is coming up on May 2nd - 6th. This year we are going to GO BIG for our teachers and staff! It's been 2 years of CRAZINESS and our teachers and staff have been superheroes. They have bravely shown up for our kids every day so we’re going to Knock'Em Out with Gratitude! Throughout the week, we will be doing daily raffle prizes, a super hero breakfast, a taco Tuesday buffet, and more! Photos from Staff Appreciation week are here. On Thursday at 7am, we will show up to cheer for them as they enter the school. There are several ways you can sign up to help. We recognize that everyone’s schedule is different and we appreciate any help you can give.
La semana de agradecimiento al personal se acerca del 2 al 6 de mayo. ¡Este año vamos a IR EN GRANDE para nuestros maestros y personal! Han sido 2 años de LOCURA y nuestros maestros y personal han sido superhéroes. Se han mostrado valientemente para nuestros hijos todos los días, ¡así que vamos a Knock'Em Out con gratitud! A lo largo de la semana, haremos rifas diarias de premios, un desayuno de superhéroes, un buffet de martes de tacos, ¡y más! Las fotos de la semana de agradecimiento al personal están aquí. El jueves a las 7 am, nos presentaremos para animarlos cuando entren a la escuela. Hay varias formas en las que puedes registrarte para ayudar. Reconocemos que el horario de cada persona es diferente y apreciamos cualquier ayuda que pueda brindar.
¿Preguntas? ¿Sugerencias? Comuníquese con StaffAppreciation@mesptanc.org
MES 2022 Yearbook Now Available for Order/ Ahora están disponibles los anuarios de MES para el año 2022
The yearbooks books will cost $21 each, and are available to order at https://www.k12paymentcenter.com/Home/Login until April 29th. The yearbooks should be delivered in early June. After you log in with your account, please select School Fees. You will then be able to select available fees, and information about purchasing the yearbook should appear on your screen. You can also pay by sending cash or a check to McDougle Elementary.
Los anuarios costarán $21 cada uno y están disponibles para ordenar en https://www.k12paymentcenter.com/Home/Login hasta el 29 de Abril. Los anuarios deberían ser entregados a principios de Junio. Después de iniciar sesión con su cuenta, seleccione Tarifas escolares. Luego podrá seleccionar las tarifas disponibles y la información sobre la compra del anuario debería aparecer en su pantalla. También pueden realizar los pagos enviando efectivo o un cheque a nombre de McDougle Elementary.
SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT TEAM/ EL EQUIPO DE MEJORAMIENTO ESCOLAR
The School Improvement Team (SIT) is a school committee made up of school administrators, teachers, staff, parents and students for the middle and high schools, who serve as an advisory body to the principal in developing, reviewing, and implementing the School Improvement Plan (SIP). The School Improvement Team is required by NC State Law. The term “parent” refers to a student’s parent or legal guardian. SIT is an organizational body in the school system that is dedicated to improving the educational system and its outcomes through a school specific/local and cooperative framework. Schools are encouraged to advertise SIT openings in forums that will draw the attention of diverse populations.
The School Improvement Team (SIT) typically meets monthly for approximately 1-2 hours. SIT members serve a two-year term. You can be elected to two - consecutive two-year teams (4 years total). The SIT for each school will determine the meeting schedule for each year and the dates are posted on the school website. CHCCS policy 3430, states that at a minimum, schools will have the following suggested representation of parents from grades: Elementary - 2 parent representatives (K-2 and 3-5). MES has multiple openings for parent representatives available for the upcoming academic year term.
The application for the School Improvement Team (SIT) is found at https://forms.gle/pmi1VSp1TqVovaaF7. The deadline for applying for the SIT is MAY 2, 2022 for both electronic and paper submission. For paper applications, this is the date the application must be mailed/postmarked.
If you have questions about this application, please contact Aleza Friedman at email@example.com.
Please join us on Monday April 25, 2022 at 7 pm for our next MES PTA general business meeting (virtual only)! We hope you can join us! Topics to discuss include Staff Appreciation Week, upcoming elections for PTA Officers and SIT, and end of the year celebrations! All are welcome!
Staff Lounge Snack Donations
Family Portrait Sessions!
Danell Beede photography is holding an MES family portrait fundraiser day for MES on April 9th from 9-6 pm. This is separate from the MES school picture day. For information on these minisessions, and to schedule your time slot, please visit https://www.dbeede.com/events/mcdougle-elementary-photo-fundraiser. Danell Beede Photography está organizando un día de recaudación de fondos por medio de retratos familiares para MES el 9 de abril de 9 a 6 pm. Esto es independiente del día de fotografías escolares de MES. Para obtener información sobre estas minisesiones y para programar su horario, visite https://www.dbeede.com/events/mcdougle-elementary-photo-fundraiser
Campaign for Racial Equity - April 6, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Staff Lounge Remodel
Parent Opportunity: NC Department of Public Instruction's New Parent Advisory Council
Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration
CHCCS will be holding Pre-K and Kindergarten registration event - "Popsicles in the Plaza" on March 19, 2022 at the Food Lion @ Carrboro Plaza,104 NC-54 Unit A, Carrboro, NC 27510 from 11:30-2:30. There will be chalk drawing, face-painting, Buster the Bus, and other activities!
Campus Beautification Meet-Up on March 20, 2022
All are welcome to the next MES Campus Beautification committee (Gardens & Grounds) event on Sunday, March 20th from 1pm to 4pm. Sign-up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A48A5AA2BA2F58-mcdougle .
Do you use a compost service? Now is a great time to donate your compost to MES. If you have compost to donate please contact Heather Kennealy at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will use it!!
For more information on meeting goals and needed supplies, see https://www.mesptanc.org/programs-and-events/gardens-and-grounds. We look forward to seeing you!
Staff Appreciation Committee Updates
The PTA is in the beginning stages of planning for Staff Appreciation Week. We are seeking volunteers to help with organizing the agenda for that week and helping to execute the events we hope to hold. If you are interested in helping out, please email Brandie Ehrmann at email@example.com. A committee meeting (virtual) will likely take place in early to mid March.
The MES PTA Board is looking for 6-8 volunteers to assist in the cleanout of the current teacher lounge area. There are some items that require HEAVY lifting, so a mixture of people with cleaning skills, organizational skills, and physical strength is essential to making this a success. The current dates for this event are March 12th and 13th. The initial goal on the 12th is to work for a minimum of 4 hours beginning at 9 am on Saturday and see how efficiently the crew is able to empty the space. We aim to clear the current lounge area and then clean the space and prep for painting. On Sunday March 13th from 1-5 pm, we will finish emptying and prepping the room, as well as begin to re-paint the space and prepare it for the new furniture additions and decor. The Staff Appreciation Committee is targeting the completion of this renovation by the first week in May (Staff Appreciation Week), so getting off to a strong start this particular weekend in March is essential to meeting this goal. If you are able to help (even if for a couple of hours during these windows on this weekend), we ask that you sign up using this link to let the Committee know. We appreciate you volunteering your time and energy in order to make this a successful project for the Spring of 2022.
2022-2023 MES PTA Executive Board
Building a strong community takes the whole community. The MES PTA Nominating Committee is responsible for finding nominees for the Officers for the Executive Board of the 2022-2023 McDougle Elementary School PTA. We are looking for people to join the McDougle Elementary PTA in leadership roles for the 2022-2023 school year. According to our bylaws, these elected positions include: President, Vice President, 2nd Vice President, 3rd Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary.
MES PTA FEBRUARY MEETING TONIGHT
Please join us on February 8, 2022 at 7 pm for our next MES PTA general business meeting (virtual only)! We hope you can join us! All are welcome! Topics to discuss include beautification of the school grounds, staff appreciation week, and nominations to the 2022-2023 MES PTA Board! We hope to see you there!
The Public School Foundation 2021-22 Teaching Chairs
Nominations open Jan 1-31, 2022
MES PTA General Business Meeting January 2022
Please join us for our first PTA (virtual only) meeting of 2022 on January 11, 2022 at 7 pm. To join the video meeting, click this link: meet.google.com/hpj-pcxe-gdm. We hope you can join us!
MES SIT January Meeting
Please join the MES SIT on Monday January 10, 2022 at 5 pm! The meeting is virtual, and can be joined by logging in at https://meet.google.com/knu-usdu-qyv?hs=224. The School Improvement Plan, agenda and minutes are available at https://www.indistar.org (once posted). The user name and password for Indistar are both GuestS15429.
Winter Holiday Celebration for MES Teachers and Staff
As 2021 draws to a close the MES PTA would like to take a moment to thank all MES Staff with a luncheon on Thursday December 16, 2021. We are seeking contributions from the MES community to make this a successful event. The luncheon will feature soups and baked potatoes. There is a sign up form available at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C4BAFA72EA1FF2-teacher1 for you to contribute your family's favorite recipe or supplies. In order to make this event successful, we need numerous contributions, so please review the sign up and let us know how you can donate. If you want to contribute in a way outside of what is listed on the form, please reach out to our Staff Appreciation Chair, Brandie Ehrmann at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also seeking volunteers to assist with set up and clean up before, during and after the event. You MUST be registered as a CHCCS volunteer to participate, so please ensure you are. If you need to sign up, please visit this link for how to register. Thank you all of your support of our organization, and more importantly, our wonderful Staff.
Celebración de las vacaciones de invierno para los maestros y el personal de MES
A medida que el 2021 llega a su fin, el PTA de MES quisiera tomar un momento para agradecer a todo el personal de MES con un almuerzo el Jueves 16 de Diciembre de 2021. Estamos buscando contribuciones de la comunidad de MES para hacer este evento exitoso. El almuerzo contará con sopas y papas al horno. Hay un formulario disponible en registrohttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C4BAFA72EA1FF2-teacher1 para que contribuya con la receta o los suministros favoritos de su familia. Para que este evento sea un éxito, necesitamos numerosas contribuciones, así que revise el registro y háganos saber cómo puede donar. Si desea contribuir de una manera diferente a la que se indica en el formulario, comuníquese con nuestro presidente de agradecimiento al personal, Brandie Ehrmann en email@example.com. También estamos buscando voluntarios para ayudar con la instalación y limpieza antes, durante y después del evento. DEBE estar registrado como voluntario de CHCCS para participar, así que asegúrese de estarlo. Si necesita registrarse, visite este enlace para saber cómo registrarse. Gracias a todos por su apoyo a nuestra organización y, lo que es más importante, a nuestro maravilloso personal.
If you are interested in learning more about the COVID-19 vaccine for children, or are looking for ways to discuss the vaccine with your child/children, you may find the following resources from Johns Hopkins University (available in English, Spanish, and Arabic) and the CDC helpful. The American Academy of Pediatrics created a short video about how mRNA vaccines work available on YouTube.
On December 12, 2021, CHCCS hosted Dr. Danny Benjamin of the ABC Science Collaborative in a webinar regarding the latest science, strategies and research on COVID-19 and children's vaccines. If you missed it, here’s a link to the video recording.
Please click here for helpful resources regarding talking with children about changes related to COVID-19.
Raise Craze - Way to Go Dolphins!
Dear McDougle Community,
MES SIT DECEMBER MEETING
Please join the MES SIT on Monday December 13, 2021 at 5 pm! The meeting is virtual, and can be joined by logging in at meet.google.com/qnd-rddj-enj . The School Improvement Plan, agenda and minutes are available at https://www.indistar.org (once posted). The user name and password for Indistar are both GuestS15429.
Winter Book Fair
Thank you to all the Dolphins, Volunteers, Staff, and Families who made this year's winter book fair such a success! If you still have books on your wish list, Scholastic will give back 25% in rewards to MES when you shop at either the virtual fair or the Scholastic book store through December 16! Information is available at https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=mcdougleelementaryschool1
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/
McDougle Day at Grata Cafe!
Do you enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme, “I Will Change the World By...,” calls for your own unique interpretation through the arts. Pick up submission guidelines and an entry form today from the MES front desk or download it using the links below and return it either to your classroom teacher or directly to Brandie Ehrmann by November 15, 2021 with your entry. For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships at PTA.org/Reflections/Awards. Don’t forget the NCPTA virtual art gallery!
Families Helping Families/Families Que Ayudan a las Familias
MES FHF is an easy way to participate in the MES community and provides opportunities to help in a variety of ways, which in turn, enriches all of our lives. Check out the web page and sign up today! More information about Families Helping Families is found here.
November PTA General Business Meeting
We hope you will join us at our November 9th MES PTA general business meeting at 7 pm (virtual only). Topics to be discussed include updates on the MES Campus Beautification Committee, the Winter Book Fair, the PTA annual fundraiser Raise Craze, and open discussion. We look forward to seeing you!
MES SIT NOVEMBER MEETING
Please join the MES SIT on Monday November 8, 2021 at 5 pm! The meeting is virtual, and can be joined by logging in at meet.google.com/kkf-xqfz-rsu. Minutes from the October SIT meeting are viewable here. The School Improvement Plan, agenda and minutes are also available at https://www.indistar.org (once posted). The user name and password for Indistar are both GuestS15429.
MES Directory 2021-2022/ Directorio de MES 2021-2022
MES Directory Opt In Form (2021-2022 school year). You may choose what is included in the directory. Please submit your response by noon on Friday, November 5, 2021.
Formulario de suscripción al directorio de MES (año escolar 2021-2022). Puede elegir lo que se incluye en el directorio. Envíe su respuesta antes de 12:00 pm del viernes 5 de noviembre de 2021.
Celebrate National Principals Month!
October is National Principals Month! Help us show Ms. Howard how much we appreciate her, and all she does for McDougle Elementary School! You can send Ms. Howard an e-card and have your scholar record a video (using the password "McDougle") on Flipgrid.
Disability Awareness Month
Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!/ ¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana!
We will be posting Dolphin created work celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in the upcoming weeks. For virtual events and more information celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, check out the resources available at https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/ . CHCCS has also created a site celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.
Publicaremos el trabajo creado por los Delfines para celebrar el mes de la Herencia Hispana en las próximas semanas. Para eventos virtuales y más información sobre la celebración del Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana, consulte los recursos disponibles en https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/ . CHCCS también ha creado un sitio que celebra el Mes de la Herencia Hispana.
Hispanic Heritage Month Student and Staff Parade
October PTA Meeting
Please join the MES PTA tonight, Tuesday October 12, 2021 from 7-8 pm! The agenda for tonight's meeting is linked here. The meeting is virtual, and all information for logging in is below. We hope you can join us!
MES SIT OCTOBER MEETING
Please join the MES SIT tonight, on October 11, 2021 at 5 pm! The meeting is virtual, and can be joined by logging in at https://meet.google.com/nde-dmnn-hrs or dialing +1 518-797-6193 PIN: 999 626 637#. The School Improvement Plan, agenda and minutes are also available at https://www.indistar.org (once posted). The user name and password for Indistar are both GuestS15429.
Please vote for parent reps for the MES SIT by Thursday, September 30, 2021.
Fall Photo Fundraiser, September 26, 2021
This is not your typical school photo fundraiser! Come join fellow Dolphin Danell Beede of Danell Beede Photography for a 10 minute fine art portrait session. The cost of $25 includes the 10 minute session and a gallery of a dozen edited images. Prints and digital images are available for purchase separately. Multiple children are welcome in one session.
100% of the session fee proceeds supports the MES PTA!
You can sign up for a session at www.dbeede.com/fundraising/mes
McDougle Elementary School Picture Day
A photographer from Strawbridge Studios will be at MES on 9/9/2021 to photograph your Dolphin(s)!
This link will allow you to sign up to receive updates via email regarding your child(ren)'s school portraits. These updates include promotions, additional deals and the ability to order more pictures at a later time. When entering student information, please be sure to enter the student's name as it is on file at the school.
BACK TO SCHOOL VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE
MES will have a virtual Open House on September 1st from 6:00pm-7:10pm. There will be two sessions for each grade level in English and in Spanish. Please use the links in the flyer to choose which session you will attend. You only need to attend one grade level session; other open house opportunities include Gifted Education, Specials, Special Education, and meeting Support Staff.
August General Business Meeting
Tuesday, August 31 at 6 pm, Google Meet Only
All are welcome to attend! Agenda items include the introduction of the 2021-2022 MES PTA Board, approval of the 2021-2022 budget, discussion of community building initiatives, and time for open discussion.
The agenda for tonight's meeting is available here.
Outdoor Meals: Urgent Help Needed
Dear MES Families,