Science Fair Saturday @ Driscoll

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for participating in the Driscoll Science Fair! We are excited to learn more about your children’s projects.
Below is some important information for this Saturday:

Grades K-2: Cafeteria
Grades 3-8: Gymnasium
9:00AM    School Open for Scientist Setup
9:30AM    Judging Begins
10:30AM    K-2 Awards Ceremony in Cafeteria
                  3-8 students should remain at their posters for judging
11AM     Science Presentation for all ages (thanks to Driscoll parent Tad Gallion!)
11:30AM    3-8 Awards Ceremony in Gymnasium

Please note that K-2 students will be presenting their posters to judges, but there will not be individual winners. In grades 3-8, the judges will use the state middle school scoring system and trophies will be awarded to the top project for each grade. While it is an excellent experience for the children to practice presenting their work, the goal here is for children to be excited about science and to learn the scientific method. All children will receive a participation award for their hard work.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!
Melina Fan & Benjie Chen
(parents of Christopher, 4W, and Theo, KShea)

P.S. If you are on a team that provided only a single email address, please share this information with the other members of your team. Thanks!


Help Wanted:

Some of these positions can be done from home, others require a bit more time, so please consider saying YES! 

MONDAY BULLETIN AND SOCIAL MEDIA: Do you love communication, social media, and have an eye for details? The PTO is looking for a parent to take over the role of how we communicate for the 2018-2019 school year and beyond. This can completely be done from home and includes knowing how to use Mailchimp, Facebook, and Twitter. If you’re interested, please email

PTO SECRETARY: The PTO Executive Committee is seeking a Secretary for the start of the 2018-2019 school year. The Secretary is a 3 year term and the position includes both record keeping and communication. The Secretary records the meeting minutes at the Executive Committee meeting each Monday, and records and distributes the minutes at general PTO Board meetings. The Secretary also helps recruit committee chairpersons, and help keep the calendar of events for the PTO. If you think this may be the right fit for you, please email the pto:

PTO CO-CHAIR: The PTO is currently seeking a third co-chair for the 2018-2019 school year. Alice Speck is rolling off the Executive Committee at the end of the school year after 3 years of service. (Thanks Alice!) The new co-chair will work with Ryan Garms, and Patricia Salic as co-chairs, and Marina Burdenko as Treasurer. The co-chair position isn’t as daunting as it may seem. The main details are: we meet every Monday of the school year from 8-9am, have a handful of general board meetings throughout the year, raise money during our annual Family Giving Campaign, give away money to teachers through our grant process twice per year, and make decision about our PTO run programs and events that happen throughout the year. The position of co-chair is a 3 year term. If you think this may be the right fit for you, please email the pto:

IMMEDIATELY IN NEED OF A DASA COORDINATOR: We need someone to organize and manage DASA (Driscoll After School Activities)!  We are looking for two people to work along side eachother to coordinate introductory after school programs and be the liaison between instructor, Driscoll parents and children.  Some tasks would include web site input, spread sheets, and advertising. Our Spring DASA session is beginning very soon, and we’d like to get someone lined up to shadow the current DASA coordinator. If you think this may be the right fit for you, please email the pto:

THE SPRING FAIR NEEDS YOU: The Spring Fair team is seeking an additional co-chair to join them! The Spring Fair co-chairs will be organizing a $25,000 single day event that hosts 800-1,200 people. They will need to coordinate with multiple vendors as well as city and school district agencies. They must plan for, order, and purchase supplies in advance. They will also need to organize and manage 400-500 volunteer hours before, during, and after the event.  Close collaboration with school staff at multiple levels and the PTO board is a must. Some experience with fundraising and event planning is helpful, but not essential. The planning and organization starts in January each year, but can be managed by e-mail, phone calls, and a monthly planning board meeting until late April. May can get extremely busy. Keep in mind the co-chairs will need at least two full weekdays away from work the week of the fair – the event date and the rain date. Taking a third day off helps your sanity but isn’t totally critical. :) If you are heavily involved with coaching or managing a spring sport, this probably isn’t for you, but if you are really interested in doing both, we certainly wouldn’t say no! Say yes!


Science Fair Deadline Approaching

Dear Driscoll Families,

Welcome back from the February break!  We want to remind all families that it is not too late to sign up for the Driscoll Science Fair!  The deadline to register is Friday, March 2nd.  

See more information below.

Driscoll Science Fair- Saturday, March 10, 2018
Driscoll School Gymnasium & Cafeteria

QUESTION: Will I rock the foundations of science with my work at the Driscoll School
Science Fair?

HYPOTHESIS: I most certainly will!

1. Registration form (available in Main Office, Library, and Driscoll Science Fair web site)
2. Ideas for a science fair project. Ideas for projects can be found at

1. Complete registration form on line at, or sign up in the Main Office.
2. Formulate question, propose hypothesis, design experiment, collect data, make
observations, draw conclusions.
3. Keep log book and develop attractive tri-fold poster.
4. Present results at Science Fair on March 10, 2018.

DATA: All grades invited to participate!!!
Family and Friends invited to admire.

CONCLUSIONS: Best Science Fair ever!

We look forward to seeing you there!


Dr. Talukdar, Mr. Youkilis, and Driscoll P.T.O.


Developing Digital Citizenship Skills at Driscoll

Developing Digital Citizenship Skills at Driscoll
Thursday, March 15 at 7:45-8:30 in the Driscoll Library
A brief presentation on how teachers at Driscoll work to help students become safe and responsible users of technology. We’ll also discuss some of the challenges parents and teachers face in dealing with ever changing technology and provide some suggestions for families.
All Driscoll parents are welcome.


Read Across America Week @ Driscoll!

Driscoll students in grades K-5 will join millions of their peers across the country this week to celebrate the 21st annual National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America. During this weeklong event, we will cultivate a community of readers at Driscoll through read alouds, book talks, book dress-up, and photos with our favorite books. Families, we encourage you to participate at home, reading a beloved book each night together.

Friday, March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. In celebration of his book collection and what they have done for readers across America, K-5 students are invited to dress up each day of the week according to the following schedule.

Monday, 2/26 – Fox in Socks : Wear silly or mismatched socks.

Tuesday, 2/27 – Green Eggs and Ham : Wear the color GREEN

Wednesday, 2/28 – Wacky Wednesday : Let’s get silly! Wear your clothes backwards, inside out, or mismatched.

Thursday, 3/1 – The Cat in the Hat : Wear your favorite hat.

Friday, 3/2 – Sleep Book : Wear pajamas or comfy clothes.

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