Eagle Eye Weekly (EEW)


October 28, 2018


Schedule This Week
  • Wednesday, October 31:
    • Halloween parade 2-2:30 pm Thursday,
  • November 1:
    • Snack Cart – Grade 4 classes asked to donate; Fresh popcorn available (no supplies needed for fresh popcorn)
    • School Committee Meeting 7-9 pm
    • Snack Cart – Grade 4 classes asked to donate; Fresh popcorn available (no supplies needed for fresh popcorn)
    • School Committee Meeting 7-9 pm

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Dates to Remember!


Tuesday, Nov 6th – No School
Thursday, November 8 – General PTO Meeting 9-11:00 am
Friday, November 9 – Veteran’s Day Program for students
Monday, November 12 – No School
Tuesday, Nov 13th – PE Night 6-7 pm

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Annual Giving: Let’s Do This!


Douglas students are fortunate enough to have assistants in every classroom. But to be this fortunate, we need to show our support financially. The recent change in District funding has minimized the ability for the school to fund assistants outside of the PTO. We want to be able to continue providing the same level of support through the coming years but we need your help!

With only three days left, the annual giving campaign is $2,000 short of its goal. If each family who has yet to donate gives a minimum gift of just $10 we will surpass our goal of raising $10,000! Donate by 5 pm on Wednesday, October 31 and you will automatically be entered into the Grand Prize drawing!

Donate now by going to the Annual Giving page on the PTO website or sending a check (payable to the Douglas School PTO) through backpack express.

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Annual Giving: The Quest for the Grand Prize!!


The Grand Prize drawing is this Thursday, November 1! All families who have contributed to Annual Giving will be entered to win:

  • Get out of Snack Cart Free for the rest of the school year.
  • Two tickets to the Spring Auction (March 9)
  • Four tickets to Douglas Night at the Lowell Spinners (June date TBD)

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Halloween Parade — Wednesday, October 31


Our Halloween Parade will begin at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, October 31. Assuming that the weather cooperates, we will have a short procession around the front circle several times and then back to the classrooms. All classes can either join the parade or participate as spectators.

In order to make Halloween a positive experience for all students, we are asking that:

  • Students should bring in costumes that they may easily put on themselves in their classrooms. They should be able to put the costume on over their street clothes.
  • Students should NOT plan to paint their faces or spray paint their hair.
  • Students should NOT wear gory, bloody or frightening masks or wear scary costumes.
  • Props should have no sharp points; toy guns, knives and swords should not be brought to school.

Officer Stackhouse is scheduled to visit Douglas to speak to students in grades K-­2 about Halloween and safety guidelines.

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PTO General Meeting — Thursday, November 8


Mark your calendars now for the next PTO meeting, which will be held on Thursday, November 8, 9-11 am in the mod across from the library (Work and Play room). Dr. Whitbeck and Mrs. Larrenaga, along with one of the school council members, will present on the Responsive Classroom. Coffee and treats provided!
All parents and guardians of Douglas students are welcome.

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22nd Annual Veterans Day Program — Friday, November 9


The Veterans Day Program presented by the Douglas fifth graders will be held the morning of Friday, November 9. Please have your student wear red, white, and blue to show our patriotic spirit. If your child is involved in scouts, please have them wear their scout uniform that day.

Parents of fifth graders are invited to attend the rehearsal on Thursday, November 8, at 9am in the cafetorium. Due to space limitations, we cannot accommodate parents at the actual ceremony, so the rehearsal is your chance to see your child perform.

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Calling All Community Veterans!


Please extend an invitation to all veterans in your life–family, friends, and neighbors–to our annual Veterans Day assembly, happening this year on Friday, November 9. For a variety of reasons, some veterans are reluctant to talk about or celebrate their service. But everyone who comes is glad they did–one Douglas grandparent told his family that it was the first time anyone had thanked him, and he has been coming back every year since. You can also send us copies of photos of the veterans in your family for our wonderful lobby display. You can download the invitation flyer here: http://douglasschoolpto.org/veterans-day/

Any questions? Email Jill Maxwell at jillhmaxwell@gmail.com.

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The Douglas School Library Book Benefactor Program


The Book Benefactor Program provides an opportunity for families to donate books to the Douglas School Library. Donating a library book is a meaningful way to honor an individual student, a class, a graduating sixth grader, or a special teacher or staff member. All donations are used to purchase new materials for the library!

The library has a selection of new books set aside for donation – we have just updated the list! Parents and students are welcome to stop by the library to browse the selections. Information on the Book Benefactor program can be found at Douglas Book Benefactor Program

To donate a book, just choose the book(s) you wish to donate, complete the Donation Request Form (on the web site), and submit the form and check to the Douglas School Library.

If you have any questions, please contact Sasha Opel at sopel@abschools.org. Thank you for your support!

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New This Year!! MINTED.COM is giving back to Douglas Elementary School!


Thinking of holiday cards, birthday gifts, invitations, or a quick picture to hang on the wall?! Douglas Families will save 15% on ALL purchases between November 1st and November 30th (with discount code :FUNDRAISECTDOUGLAS) and MINTED.com will donate 15% back to the school!

Share the code with neighbors, family and friends, but please don’t cross post to any discount coupon websites. Check out the website this week, make a plan and the discount savings start November 1st! There are so many great gifts, cards, and home décor options available! If there are any questions, please email: Susan Giulietti.

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Food Services News — Automatic Payment and Low Balance Alerts


Wondering how much money is in your child’s lunch account? If your child has an account balance on Sunday of $5.00 or below, you will receive an email from the Food Service Department. You can also go online to School Cafe to set up a low balance alert and/or automatic payment. (Note: Our vendor released a new parent portal, SchoolCafe, which replaces ParentOnline. Your login information is the same. Automatic payment settings need to be updated each year.)

Visit the Food Services website for more details, including the food service form you can use to send in cash or check for prepayment.

And don’t forget that breakfast is available for students this year, beginning at 8:30am (20 minutes before school starts). The cost for breakfast is $1.75. Visit Breakfast at Douglas for more information!

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**The objective of the Douglas PTO is to promote quality in education by facilitating parent and faculty communication, by encouraging parent involvement, and by providing programs and funds that support the school. To learn more about getting involved, send an email to cochairs@douglasschoolpto.org. For questions about your subscription to these announcements, contact technology.secretary@douglasschoolpto.org.


Douglas School PTO, 21 Elm St., Acton, MA 01720
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