Book Fair Needs Volunteers!

📚 📚  ALL IT TAKES IS TWO!  📚 📚

Two hours, that is. We need volunteers during our Book Fair next week! The Book Fair is our biggest fundraiser and one of Dowell students’ favorite activities! We don’t want to reduce operating hours due to a lack of volunteers. Please consider signing up for a two-hour shift any day next week. Thank you!

Sign Up Here to Volunteer!

Book Fair Raffle: Download Your Artwork Here!

At this fall’s upcoming Book Fair, a raffle is available for all students! Decorate an “Enchanted Forest Book Fair” coloring sheet and be entered to win a package of books! One winner for each grade level!

How To Enter:
1) Print off one of the coloring sheets below. Be sure to click the sheet specified for your child’s grade level.

2) Have your child create their masterpiece! They can color the sheet however they like.

3) Return the sheet to your child’s teacher or the PTA mailbox by Friday, October 12. (Be sure their name is on it!)

Artwork will be displayed in the Media Center during the Book Fair, October 15-19. A random winner from each grade level will be selected to win a Book Fair prize pack!

The Gnome
(Pre-K, Kindergarten & 1st Grade)
The Owl
2nd & 3rd grade
The Logo
4th & 5th Grade

The Book Fair is Coming! October 15-19

“Who, Who Knows Where a Book Will Take You?” says the Owl.

Are you ready to enter our Enchanted Forest Book Fair? The magic runs October 15-19 in the Dowell Media Center!

The Book Fair runs during Conference Week/Early Release Week, so be sure to drop in when you’re visiting the school for your conferences! Book Fair operating hours are as follows:

  • Mon/Wed/Fri: 7:15 am – 3:00 pm
  • Tue/Thurs: 7:15 am – 6:00 pm

You can also shop the Book Fair online October 1-19 and upload funds to an e-wallet so students can go “cash free” when they shop at school! Click here for more details and to set it up.

We’re hosting a special Book Fair raffle for students. More details to come soon…stay tuned!

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)