Oct
12

Family Giving Campaign

Dear Driscoll Families,

On October 16, 2017 we’re kicking off  the Family Giving Campaign. Our goal is twofold. We hope to raise $40,000, and we hope that 100% of our families will donate by November 17, 2017.

The Family Giving Campaign is the PTO’s major fundraiser for this school year. The Driscoll PTO raises money each year to fund the great programs like Science Solstice, and Arts Equinox, but also professional development for the awesome teachers we have here at Driscoll.

On Wednesday, November 1, from 6:00 – 8:30 pm a team of parents from most grade levels will “Dial for Driscoll”. We aim to contact each Driscoll family to either thank them for their donation, or encourage them to donate. If you get a call, answer the phone! Our parent volunteers will be eager to chat with you!

Sincerely,

Driscoll PTO

Donate below, via your myschoolanywhere account, or by bringing a check to the main office.



      

 

As a special thank you to all families that participate you will receive an exclusive Driscoll school magnet to demonstrate your school spirit! 

Oct
01

October Principal’s Corner

Happy October!

Over the last month, it has truly been an honor to see so many families at the Driscoll School. Whether it was at the back to school night picnic or at morning and afternoon drop off and pick up, the pleasant greetings and smiling faces are just a few of the many things that makes this community so special.

I look forward to seeing many of you during this week and next at Driscoll Open House. The schedule will be as follows:

Grade 1 and Grade 2: Monday, October 2 from 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Grade K and Grade 3: Wednesday, October 4 from 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Grade 4 & Grade 5: Friday, October 6 from 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Grades 6-8: Tuesday, October 10 from 8:00 am – 9:40 am

For K-5 Open house, parents/guardians will gather in the theater for a brief welcome by school leaders, PTO leaders and introduction of specialists between 8:00 am and 8:20 am. At 8:25 am, families will travel to their child’s classroom or other designated location for a brief presentation. During that time students will enjoy time at the playground, which will be supervised by staff. At 9:00 am, families will say goodbye and students will return to their classrooms. Additional details regarding Grades 6-8 Open House are forthcoming.

It is important to remember that Open House is a time for general questions about the school year. If you have individual questions about your child, please contact your child’s teacher via email or phone to set up a time to talk.

Oct
01

Driscoll Directory

Welcome Driscoll Families!  

Our PTO subscribes to the MySchoolAnywhere service for our family and faculty directories, online store, volunteer signups and email communications. It’s secure, easy to use, and free to families.

If you haven’t registered, please go to the site below, enter our school’s code and follows the steps to register your family.  You can specify what information you’d like to appear in the directory – or choose not to appear at all.

Returning Families – If you’re already registered, you will receive an email asking you to update your family information and display preferences for the new school year. You do not need to register again unless you don’t receive this email. 

Register at join.myschoolanywhere.com

Invitation Code:  DriscollDirectory

Once we’ve had a chance to verify your family information, you’ll receive an email with login credentials and instructions to access the system.

Questions? Contact our system administrator at driscolldirectory@gmail.com.

Install the Free app!  After you receive your login information, download the app by searching for MySchoolAnywhere in the iTunes App Store or Google Play.  The app allows you to access our directory, manage your family information, purchase in our store and signup for volunteer activities all from your phone!

Oct
01

Annual Family Giving Campaign

Dear Driscoll Families:

This month we will be kicking off our main fundraiser for the school year called the Family Giving Campaign. With a goal of $40,000, we hope our families will give generously so that we can continue to fund the programs our children know and love.

As a Driscoll family, you are members of the Driscoll PTO.  Our Parent Teacher Organization has amazing programs, including Art Equinox, Science Solstice, Driscoll After School Activities (DASA),  Early Release Movies, Book Fair, Spring Fair, and so much more!  The PTO also supports teachers as they continually keep instruction up-to-date.

This year’s Family Giving Campaign will begin on October 16 and finish November 17, 2017. During this month-long period of giving, we encourage our families to invest in Driscoll in a way that is meaningful to them. In addition to donations, we hope that families will join us in this community building effort, and sign on in one of the many roles outlined on the attached page. From Classroom Captains to Challenge Donors to thank you note writers, we hope our community will come together to run this giving campaign, and meet our $40,000 goal.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.
We look forward to an engaging and exciting school year.

Sincerely,

Val Frias, Alice Speck, and Kelly Chung
Co-Presidents, on behalf of the Driscoll PTO Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Family Giving Campaign is all about participation.  We need every parent to help out in any way they can. Here are some ways you can help. Email the PTO if you can help out with any of the following.

I’d like to be a Class Captain 
I’d like to be one of the parents who help encourage families in their child’s class to participate in the campaign.

I’d like to help with Family Giving Campaign Call Night
(tentative: Wed., November 1,  at 6:00 pm) I’d like to join the team of parents who get together for one night to call every family in the school. Dinner and drinks are provided and it is a great chance to meet and get together with other Driscoll parents. Don’t worry, we’ll train you, and give you a script!

I’d like to be a Class or Grade Challenge Donor 
As a challenge donor, I will commit to donate a certain amount per participating family. With this arrangement, my donation serves as a multiplier and makes every donation that much more important.  Challenge donors generally pledge between $50-$100 per child (and sometimes bundle as a group of friends to  get to this amount). At a $50 per child commitment and 100% participation, your gift would amount to $1,100 with 22 children in the class.

I’d like to help with thank you note writing
I can come to the school or write notes from home.

I’d like to help with corporate matching 
I’d like to research companies around the area and find out which one’s match gifts—and then remind parents to check with their employer.

I can help with this year’s Family Giving Campaign Tree hall decoration.
I am crafty and organized, and would love to join with fellow parents to help make this tree come to life. If you have questions, email driscollpto@gmail.com. Want to give now? Click on Donate on the top left of this website, or go to your Driscoll Directory account and click on store.

Sep
28

Driscoll Directory, and PTO Communications

Dear Driscoll Families, 

The Driscoll Directory is online again this year. 
 
1. NEW FAMILIES & RETURNING FAMILIES WHO DID NOT REGISTER LAST YEAR: To sign your family up with addresses, phone numbers, grade and classrooms, use this link: http://bit.ly/2dtq4TQ.
 
2. RETURNING FAMILIES:  If you signed up for the online directory last year, please confirm using the link (emailed to you this morning) that your family’s information is correct.
 
3. Once we have everyone’s information, on October 10, you will receive an email instructing you how to access the online directory. You will be able to access it on your computer, or via an app on your smart phone. It’s really user friendly. You will be able to search by grade level, class, faculty,  and last name. You can even print your class if you’d like. Additionally, you can sign up for events, and volunteer opportunities, and donate!
 
4. Watch this quick video (under 2 minutes) describing the system and it’s features: http://wi.st/2hwgp1K
 
5. Getting the mobile app on your phone is the best way to use this system. Check out how that works here: http://bit.ly/2xxgcBu
 
4. The online directory is private to Driscoll Families. Only Driscoll Families are able to sign up, and only Driscoll Families will be able to see the information. 
 
5. If you have questions, or need help entering your information, please email: driscolldirectory@gmail.com. Also, if you have feedback about the system you think would make it work better for our community, please share!
 
6. Having a directory so families can stay connected has been a longstanding tradition at Driscoll. From potlucks to playdates, and homework questions, you will have child and family information at your fingertips. Even if you’re only here for one year, we’d love to see full classes in the directory
 
7. PTO Communications: If you are still not signed up to receive the Monday Bulletin from the PTO, please email driscollbulletin@gmail.com, and our parent volunteers will get you set up. 

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