Hot off the Press – November PTO Newsletter!

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Our PTO Newsletter for November 2020 has just been published. Be sure to check it out!

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PTO MEETING TONIGHT AT 7 PM!

Parents,

Join us TONIGHT for the PTO‘s third public meeting of the school year. The meeting will start promptly at 7:00 PM. Zoom information will be sent from Davis Middle School. See you there!
– Davis PTO

Topic: October PTO General Assembly Meeting 

Time: Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020

Time: 7:00P-7:45P

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Everyday Purchases Support Our School!

Support the School (with your everyday purchases!)

AMAZON SMILE:  Help raise money for Davis Middle School while shopping online with Amazon!  Follow this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/31-1246476. Log on to your Amazon account and choose “Ann Simpson Davis Middle School PTO” as your charity and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the PTO!

KROGER:  Register for the Kroger Community Rewards: www.kroger.com/communityrewards; select Davis Middle School PTO as your Organization, Organization Number: VJ441

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September PTO Meeting Minutes

DMS PTO Meeting

September 23, 2020

Virtual Zoom Meeting 7 pm

Attendees: 

(Sign in sheet not available as meeting was virtual.  Secretary recorded names that appeared on Zoom call)

Tiffany Marr, Ginger Kockentiet, Elaine Spielberg, Ann Perez, Jason Snider, Birifan, Alejandra Arila, Jessica Sauter, Amy Starnes, David, Spielberg, Yvette, Techo Spark 5, SJ Foster, Venus Klochak, Natalie Rich, Andrea Chambers-Chrisp, Emilie, Helena Richards, Emily Bliss, Tanya Gure, Utkarsh Agrawal, Tiffany deSilva, Asch Mikhail, Pankajavalli Thirugnanasambantham, Tisha Rinker, Maria Dishop, Leann Evans, Dana Berger, Melanie Gamez, Jennifer Talley (31 total)

President’s Report – Tiffany Marr

Agenda, Communications, UnFundraiser, Spiritwear & Chat Q&A

Meeting called to order at 7 pm.  Tiffany welcomed everyone to the meeting.  She reviewed tonight’s agenda with the attendees.  

She then described ways to get information from the PTO.  This includes subscribing to our blog at dmspto.org – to get real time communications on activities.  Also you can follow us on various social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  We are also producing a monthly newsletter which is distributed on the Principals Friday email and also can be found on our blog under Newsletters.  Please sign up on the blog to stay up to date!

Principal’s Report – Dr. Ann Perez

Dr. Perez reported that Hybrid is off to a great start and that they appreciate everyone’s patience as they work out any remaining glitches.  RLA continues to progress on a good note too.

She reminded the parents that Breakfast & lunch are free everyday at school for everyone until the federal funds run out.  Students can grab either or both on their way into school and eat in the classroom and they are available when they leave school as a to go item.

The Davis Food Pantry is also up and running and available to students in need.  She remarked that a Davis staff donated their health incentive checks to the food pantry. This contribution was more than $4,000!

Parent Teacher conferences will be held on October 1 starting at 3:45 and running until 7:15 pm. All conferences will be virtual.  There will be individual and team conference times available.  Look for communication from teacher leads soon.  Every team will also be holding a Q&A for parents that they can attend virtually. 

Secretary’s Report – Jennifer Talley

Jennifer presented the previous month’s meeting minutes for review and approval.  Tiffany shared the minutes with the group on the screen.  The minutes were also posted to our blog for review prior to this meeting.  No comments were made.  Minutes approved – 1st Dr. Perez, 2nd Mr. Snider.

If you need to contact the PTO, remember you can email us at ptodavis@gmail.com

Treasurer’s Report –  Ginger Kockentiet and Asch Mikhail

Current balances for PTO Checking and Savings were shared with the group. We currently have $8,414.12 in checking and $31,429.75 in savings.  We target to maintain one years expenses in reserve in preparation for years when we might not raise as much money.

The proposed budget was then shared with the group.  Asch covered the major items and commented that we have lost income from a variety of events that can’t happen this year due to Covid-19.  This means we have put more emphasis on the UnFundraiser as an opportunity for parents to make a one time pledge and eliminate the need for kids to sell anything this year.

No questions.  Budget was approved.  1st Dr. Perez, 2nd Mr. Snider

UnFundraiser – Elaine Spielberg, Chair

Elaine shared the importance of this fundraiser as a way to raise funds and reduce risk to kids by eliminating the need to sell.  We have worked to communicate each week of the fundraiser with more emphasis as weeks progressed. We communicate via the blog, instagram, Facebook, Twitter and weekly messages from school.  We have also collected testimonials from parents which we have shared in our messaging.   We have added a surprise-surprise to reward folks that donate to our fundraiser.

We are looking to receive more pledges  and hopefully make this our one and done fundraiser for 2020-2021. 

Our goal is $35,000 and to date we have received $6,947.36 ($3,192.36 Square & $3,755.00 99 Pledges). This leaves us with a remainder of $28,052.64.  

If you haven’t yet contributed to our fundraiser, please consider making a donation.  Links to Square and 99 Pledges are available on our blog.

Spirit wear – Melaine Gamez

Melaine provided an update on our spiritwear program for 2020-2021.  She has been researching vendors who can support us with online shopping and contactless delivery.  We will most likely be using T&L Graphics. They currently supply the spirit wear for our sports teams at Davis. The price point will be a little higher to account for shipping.  However, we are not required to purchase minimum amounts in order to offer products.  They will also work with us to use our own designs.  She is working with them on a selection of items to offer for sale.  The audience requested masks and socks as these are popular items.  Once we narrow down options and have several logos to consider, Dr. Perez suggested we send Google form out to students to allow them to vote on which items they like best.    She can facilitate for us.

Melanie shared three logo options they currently have for consideration. The group gave the options their approval.  Melanie will continue working on designs and coordinate with Tiffany Marr and team before submitting spirit wear items to Dr. Perez.

Q & A – moderated by Tiffany Marr

Questions were posted to the Chat box on Zoom and also asked during conversation.

Can the safety lights on Sutter Parkway be turned on during school hours?

They do not seem to be operating at any point during the day.  Dr. Perez emailed the school resource officer for assistance. The lights are controlled by the City.  

Can you introduce the new Administrative Intern – Helena Richards?

Dr. Perez provided an introduction to Helena and complemented her on how quickly she has jumped right into life at Davis and has been a great addition and has recently just completed MAP testing for the school. Mr. Snider concurred with this assessment and said she has been a wonderful teammate!  Ms. Richards audio was not working on Zoom so she was asked to speak at our October meeting.

Meeting concluded at 7:46 pm

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Davis PTO Meeting Wednesday October 28 7 pm

Parents,

Join us on Wednesday, 10/28, for the PTO‘s third public meeting of the school year. Monthly meetings will remain “short and sweet”. 🙂 Zoom details will be emailed on Wednesday.


Topic: October PTO General Assembly Meeting 

Date: Oct 28, 2020 

Time: 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM 

Where: Zoom

See you soon!


– Davis PTO

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P.E.R.C. Book Talk October 28

Google Meet Code

https://meet.google.com/dwx-vvfy-aym

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Parenting Through the Pandemic

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Thank You DAVIS!!!

$11,677 Raised!
THANK YOU!

Davis Families,

This is our FINAL UNFundraiser message for the year (Whoo-hoo!). Thank You, THANK YOU for your support! Your generosity has been nothing short of amazing! I knew our “super powers” were a force to be reckoned with! 😉

If you crammed during finals week and still made an “A” or you do your best work at the 11th hour 😀, the platforms are still open just for you – but only until 11:59p on Saturday, October 10th. Links are below. Enjoy!

Square
99Pledges


I’d like to shout an extra special “THANK YOU!” to those who were unwavering in their efforts behind the scenes to bring the UNFundraiser to life!

👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

Elaine Spielberg 
Jill Polchow
Jennifer Talley 
Ginger Kockentiet 
Melinda Norfleet
Dr. Ann Perez
Jason Snyder
Helena Richards
John Bernans 
Susann Blair-Ewing

We will be sure to share how your donations were used to benefit Davis Middle School students and staff.

Happy Thursday! 🙂
Enjoy A Fantastic Weekend! 🥳

Tiffany Marr
DAVIS PTO

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Which Super Hero are You?

THE UNFUNDRAISER IS STILL ROCKIN’ AND ROLLIN‘! 🎶 
CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO

With 3 bonus days of giving, there’s still time for donations to be made during the UNFundraiser.  

Did you know that your time and talents can be a “donation” too? We encourage you to join us October 28th at 7:00 pm virtually for the next PTO meeting.  We’re always looking for fresh opinions, suggestions, and ideas! Being involved in the PTO is a wonderful way to show your support, especially if you wish to give monetarily but are unable at this time. 

We thank those of you who have already donated, and encourage you to keep spreading the word on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  (By the way, this is another way to “give”!)

SQUARE       https://checkout.square.site/pay/0fc50a8a51b44ce38d2398f680b2b55f (visit)

99PLEDGES https://app.99pledges.com/fund/thedavisun (visit)

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UnFundraiser extended to October 7th!

Special Announcment: The UNFundraiser has been extended until October 7th! There’s still plenty of time to make a contribution to support the school we all know and love!

WE believe in the power of community, the strength that is found when we pull together.  WE believe that we build one another up through generous efforts of everyone in Ann Simpson Davis Middle School. 

We also understand that not everyone may be in a position to donate monetarily, which is why we encourage you to donate your time, talents, or other resources to the PTO.  Join us October 28 for the next meeting and tell us your ideas!

If you are in a position to give, please take a moment to make your financial commitment to Davis Middle School by visiting either Square or 99Pledges donation sites.

SQUARE       https://checkout.square.site/pay/0fc50a8a51b44ce38d2398f680b2b55f (visit)

99PLEDGES https://app.99pledges.com/fund/thedavisun

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