January 24, 2016
DES News
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Last Chance to Order Your Yearbook
PCMS Informational Coffees for Rising 6th Grade Parents
Volunteer of the Month
School Store Volunteers Needed
PCMS Foundation Needs Volunteers
Dunwoody Volleybal Jr. Wildcats Camp
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Wednesday, January 27, 7:45am - Principal's Coffee
Friday, January 29 - STEM Day

Next Week
Monday, February 1 - Staff Appreciation


From the PTO Co-Presidents

On Thursday, January 21, we held our PTO General Membership meeting where our Nominating Committee was chosen. These individuals were nominated by other parents within the school's PTO and will have the lofty task of choosing the 2016-2017 PTO Executive Committee candidates. The following PTO members will serve as our PTO Nominating Committee:
  • Fara Yarborough
  • Kristen Pardo
  • Alison Woodrow
  • Amanda Rountree
  • Elaine Mach
  • Laura McSwiney
  • Mary Kay Morris
  • Alternate: Laurie Nichols
The open positions for the 2016-2017 Executive Committee are as follows:
  • Co-President (2 year term)
  • VP of Ways and Means
  • VP of Communications
  • VP of Programs
  • VP of Academic Affairs (typically held by a staff member)
  • Secretary
  • Financial Secretary (2 year term, 2nd year serves as Treasurer)
Please contact any member of the Nominating Committee, or e-mail Jennifer Fenmore, if you are interested in serving on the 2016-2017 PTO Executive Committee or would like additional information regarding the positions.

 Last Chance to Order Your Yearbook

January 31 is your last chance to order your yearbook for the 2015 - 2016 school year! We will not be taking any more orders after this date!  This is also your last chance to personalize your child's book with either icons or have their name on the cover. 

The cost of the yearbook is $35.

You can order from the comfort of your home, just by clicking here: http://jostensyearbooks.com?REF=A01108851


PCMS Informational Coffees for Rising 6th Grade Parents

Peachtree Charter Middle School invites all parents of 5th graders to our informational coffee to learn more about PCMS and what you need to know to prepare your rising 6th grader for middle school.

The informational coffee will be held in the PCMS cafeteria on Sunday, January 31, at 2:00pm. The informational session will last 1 hour and will be followed by a school tour.

You will receive information about the summer bridge program offered to 6th graders to help with the transition to PCMS, typical 6th grade schedules, band/orchestra/choral offerings, daily PE and the accelerated math program. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the school's principal and teachers.

PCMS tours are offered to parents by appointment if you are not able to attend one of the coffees.

B. Scott Heptinstall
Principal, PCMS


Volunteer of the Month
Congratulations to Jill Rosen! She logged the most hours for the month of December and gets to use the reserved/specially marked parking space for the entire month of January! If you log the most volunteer hours for the month of January, the parking space will be yours for the month of February!

Congratulations to Melanie Blackburn!  She won the December volunteer of the month drawing and will be taking home a gift certificate to The Wing Factory.

It's easy to log your hours in order to be considered for the January Volunteer of the Month parking space and the January volunteer drawing!! Simply go to the Dunwoody Elementary PTO website and follow the Log Volunteer Hours link.


School Store Volunteers Needed

The School Store needs volunteers for Tuesday & Thursday mornings from 7:10-7:40am. This is a great opportunity to get to know the staff and many of the kids before the work day even begins. 

The success of our school store is entirely dependent on volunteers and works best for everyone when we have two volunteers at each shift. 

Please consider signing up for one of the shifts at the following signup genius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0949acad22a13-school
Please contact Kim-Lee Yarberry or Dana Coulter if you have any questions.

Kim-Lee Yarberry
Dana Coulter
PCMS Foundation Needs Volunteers

Attention Parents of rising 6th graders:

Are you looking for a significant way to contribute your time and talents to Peachtree Charter Middle School?  The PCMS Foundation is looking for volunteers for the coming school year (2016-2017).  We especially need volunteers with experience in the accounting, legal, and marketing fields and are specifically looking for a Financial Secretary for the 2016-17 school year.   Parents of rising 6th graders are welcome to join as this is a great way to learn about and support your child's new school! 
The Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to securing long-term educational enhancements and health and wellness initiatives, promoting staff development, and supporting academic extracurricular activities for Peachtree Charter Middle School.  The Foundation is committed to maximizing faculty effectiveness as leaders and supporting the students' academic and personal excellence.
Some highlights of how the Foundation supports student and faculty excellence:
  • Provides salary support for the School Clinicians
  • Provides funding for the HATponics self-sustaining ecosystem program for 6th and 8th grade 
  • Provides funding for the rising 6th grade Summer Bridge program
  • Purchases supplemental class books and classroom supplies as requested by teachers 
  • Sponsors Academic Teams (including learning materials, travel & competition expenses)
  • Provides supplies for the Art Department
  • Supports the faculty's long-term planning meetings 
In addition, the Foundation helps pay for many important PCMS programs such as teacher and staff appreciation, Patriot Games, cultural arts, school beautification and the Learning Garden.
To get more information about the Foundation, go to www.peachtreechartermiddleschool.org/pcms-foundation
 or contact shariwassell@gmail.com.  For specifics about the Financial Secretary position, contact Nihat Guven at nihatg@hotmail.com.  Interested candidates are invited to attend monthly Board meetings starting on January 21, 2016 to get a better understanding of the role.  
Board of Directors
Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation


Dunwoody Volleybal Jr. Wildcats Camp

Dunwoody Volleyball Jr. Wildcats Spring Camp is around the corner! This program is for 3rd through 8th graders and teaches young athletes volleyball skills and love of the game.

Dunwoody Volleyball Jr. Wildcats  will lay the foundation for the Peachtree Middle School and Dunwoody High School volleyball teams for the future.  There are many former Jr. Wildcats currently playing on the DHS JV & Varsity teams, on year round volleyball clubs, and on college teams!  Our next Jr. Wildcats camp will be at St. Lukes and begin on Thursday, March 10th and end on March 31st. There are a total of 6 sessions (March 10, 16, 17,  23,  30 and 31st).

For more information and to sign up for this camp, go to http://dunwoodyjuniorwildcatsvolleyball.weebly.com/ or contact stevegoldin7@gmail.com or call 770-330-5532

Visit the following websites for more information on Dunwoody Volleyball: DHS http://dunwoodyvolleyball.weebly.comPeachtree Middle School peachtreemsvolleyball.weebly.com and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Dunwoodypeachtreejrwildcatsvolleyball.

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