Did You Know?

Did you know…

…you can now join PTA online? Click here to create your account and sign up for membership!

…you can order spirit items online? Click here to create your account (if you haven’t already done so) and purchase some cool Dowell gear!

…PTA is offering FOUR membership packages at various price points this year. Click here to see what comes in each package and what works best for your family.

…when you join Dowell PTA at any level, you receive a set of coupons from generous local businesses? This year’s coupon packet is jam-packed with offers you and your kids will enjoy using!

…Dowell PTA has a Facebook page! Like us and join in the conversation…and please share with your fellow Dowell friends!

…PTA will hold its first General Meeting of the year on Thursday, August 16th. Ohana Shaved Ice will be on site for complimentary treats from 6-6:30 p.m., then we’ll have a brief meeting to go over the year’s events and review/vote on the 2018-19 budget. This is a very important meeting so please make plans to join us!

…you can reach out to us anytime at dowellpta@gmail.com. Questions? Suggestions? Want to help out? We’d love to hear from you!

PTA is giving away an Amazon Fire!

Early bird gets the worm!

Purchase any Dive Pack membership package between now and Friday, August 3rd to be entered in a drawing for an Amazon Fire!

New this year, we have THREE levels of Dive Packs to choose from: Junior Dive Pack ($25), Dive Pack ($50) and Deep Sea Dive Pack ($75). Also new this year, you can join PTA online! Click here to learn more and check it out!

Our basic membership package, the Dolphin Pack, is still only $6. (But not eligible for the Fire giveaway.)

The Fine Print: Both online and in-person purchases are eligible for the giveaway. Purchases must be made during the Meet & Greets on July 27, 30 or 31, or submitted to the PTA mailbox by noon on Friday, August 3, or online no later than 11:59 pm August 3rd. One entry per household. Winner will be notified via email, so be sure to include your email address when submitting form.

Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year!

If this is your first year at Dowell Elementary, the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) extends a very warm welcome to each of you. If you are a seasoned Dowell family, we hope you are as excited as we are to return to school and reunite with our Dowell Dolphin community!

As you start the year, remember that PTA’s main focus is the children of our school and community. With that in mind, I encourage each and every one of you to join PTA and become a part of our team. The number one reason to join PTA is to benefit the children. But there are many more advantages:

  • By becoming a PTA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.
  • By volunteering with your PTA, you gain valuable experiences and personal confidence. It’s an opportunity to put your skills and hobbies to good use, for a good cause.
  • By getting involved, you’ll be part of the solution, helping to make positive change.
  • PTA functions provide opportunities to meet other parents and teachers.
  • The PTA is a forum for exchanging ideas; please attend the PTA meetings throughout the year to make suggestions and provide your input.

As your PTA president this year, I am looking forward to strengthening our working partnership with Cobb County Schools, the Dowell administration, our amazing teachers and invaluable staff to provide an excellent learning experience for our children.

Each year, Dowell PTA invests time, energy and money on programs and events that enhance our children’s experiences at school. Our perennial goal is to grow in membership and participation in order to add more to the programs, events, and other needs of our school. Your membership goes a long way in helping us meet our goals. If you want to learn more about the workings of PTA, suggest ideas or offer help in any way, please contact us.

Wishing your family an incredible year!

Joanna Capo
Dowell Elementary PTA President 2018-19

PTA 3rd General Meeting / Weds., May 2nd

PTA 3RD GENERAL MEETING
Wednesday, May 2nd / 2:45 PM
Dowell Elementary Media Center

Due to the cancellation of the Dowell Talent Show, our PTA 3rd General Meeting cannot take place on the night of May 2. After speaking with Principal Dinizio, the best way to ensure quorum in order to conduct business would be to hold the meeting during the Staff Meeting already scheduled that same day.

So please plan to attend this important 3rd General Meeting on Wednesday, May 2, at 2:45 pm. At this meeting we will elect a new Board for the 2018-19 school year. As we mentioned in the monthly newsletter sent out earlier this week, we are in great need of parents — Moms AND Dads, Grandparents, anyone with a vested interest in a child attending Dowell — to help be a part of the PTA.

Working Parents: You are a valuable resource as well, so don’t count yourselves out! Many of our current Board members have jobs, so we understand the importance of time management. There are many ways for you to get involved outside of typical school/office hours. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and learn more.

We have many activities and programs in place, and the more people that help, the less of a time constraint and workload it is on everyone. Here are just a few of the ways anyone can get involved:

  • Serve as an Executive Board Member. (We especially need a Secretary for 2018-19!)
  • Have a special interest or talent? Serve as a Committee Chair.
  • Share a love of reading with our students during the Book Fair.
  • Help our students select and purchase gifts during the Holiday Shop.
  • Plan and coordinate special events, such as Breakfast with Santa, Winter Dance and Spring Carnival.
  • Keep our website and social media channels up-to-date and relevant.
  • Help coordinate the Reflections Art Contest which recognizes students for their creativity.

If you have an interest in being part of the Dowell PTA Board, please contact us ASAP at dowellpta@gmail.com or download and fill out this Volunteer Interests form.

Thank you!

Don’t End the Year Without a Yearbook!

Don’t have FOMO on the yearbook! The 2017-18 yearbooks are in and will be distributed over the next two weeks to those who have pre-ordered, starting with 5th grade. (Remember, if you purchased a PTA Dive Pack membership, a yearbook is included.)

There will also be several opportunities between now and the end of school to buy a yearbook. Your first chance will be next week, Weds., May 2- Fri., May 4, before school in the lobby. The cost is $30, cash or check (payable to Dowell PTA). Credit cards will be accepted with a $2 fee.

But bypass those lines! Fill out this form and submit payment to the PTA mailbox by Tues., May 1 to have your student’s yearbook delivered delivered to his/her classroom.

Spring Carnival is Friday, April 20th!

Join us Friday, April 20th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the school for our annual Spring Carnival!

RAIN OR SHINE!
 
Don’t miss out on the fun! We’ll have a Bungee Jump, dual Hoop Shot, Bounce Houses, Obstacle Course, Wacky Ball, Alien Blaster, your favorite classic carnival games…and, new this year, Hamster Balls!
 
Purchase wristbands for access to all rides and games:
 
  • $10/person pre-ordered. (Click the image above for a pre-order form.)
  • $12/person at the door.

(No charge for children 3 and under.)

Please Note: All students MUST be accompanied by an adult for the entire evening. Students will NOT be dismissed from ASP to the Carnival. Parents do not need to purchase wristbands for themselves if not participating in activities.

Parents: We are looking for volunteers to help with various tasks during the carnival. Just 45-minute shifts! Click here for more info and to sign up.

Pizza by the slice, chips, water and soda will be available for cash purchase ($1 each). First come, first serve.

Also, don’t miss the Kona Ice Truck!

Come out and have fun with your friends before school ends!

All proceeds benefit our school, so thank you for your support!

Otter’s Spirit Night TONIGHT!

How about a pop quiz to start the week? 

I don’t want to cook dinner tonight because:

A) It’s Monday.
B) It’s rainy and cold.
C) I’m still recovering from the lost hour of sleep.
D) Otter’s Chicken is hosting a Dowell PTA Spirit Night tonight from 5-9!

Correct Answer: “D” We’ll also accept “All of the above”! See you tonight at Otter’s Chicken!

Address: 3625 Dallas Hwy SW, Marietta, Georgia 30064 (In The Avenues West Cobb)

URGENT! Volunteers Needed for Book Fair

Come. Sit. Stay … Beg?

Yeah, just as our pets beg us for treats, attention, etc. … we’re having to do the same!

We are in great need of volunteers to help with our “Paws for Books” Book Fair next week! We particularly need people in the mornings, from 7:00 to 9:00. If you can donate some time, please click here to sign up!

If we are short on volunteers, unfortunately we may have to limit our operating hours. All Book Fair purchases benefit our school, so limited hours hurts the bottom line and reduces the amount of money our school receives.

Shifts are mostly 2 hours, with a couple of 3-hour shifts needed. Volunteers who work a total of 5 hours get $5 in Scholastic money to spend at the fair.

Please sign up today!

Book Fair is March 5-9!

Come. Sit. Read! It’s time to dig up some purr-fect new books at our Paws for Books Book Fair.

Book Fair Dates/Times:
March 5-9
M/W/F: 7:15 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
T/Th: 7:15 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
We’ll also be open during Multicultural Night, Weds., March 7!

New at this Book Fair!
  • eWallets: A digital payment option. eWallets can be loaded starting: Feb. 19th-March 9th
  • Online Shopping for Book Fair: Feb. 28th-March 9th
  • Students and Staff: Help us create the “Dowell Paws Hall of Fame” at the Book Fair! Send in a picture of you with your pet (bonus points if you’re reading a book in the picture!) Email your photos to dowellpta@gmail.com.
#dowellbookfair

Winter Dance is February 1!

It’s cold outside, but come warm up the dance floor at our Winter Dance! 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Free admission. Come dressed to impress!
 
Dinner & desserts available for purchase. Pre-order and save! Click here for a pre-order form. (Click here for Spanish version.)

Dinner includes: 1 pasta dish, salad, garlic bread and 1 beverage.
 
Pre-Ordered Dinner Tickets: $5
Dinner Tickets at the Door: $7
A variety of desserts available for $1 each
 
Photographers will be on hand to take pictures for $2. (Photos will be delivered to students the following week.)
 
Please make sure all students are accompanied by an adult the entire evening.
 
Pick up your pre-ordered tickets at the PTA table when you arrive at the dance. Dinners are first-come, first-served.