PTA News Splash

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 4:03pm


Next PTA General Membership Meeting - Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 7pm in the DOES Media Center.  Interested in learning about the PTA and what it does?  Do you want to get more involved but aren't sure how?  The Dayton Oaks PTA holds 4 general membership meetings throughout the school year.  They are a great opportunity to learn more about important topics from the administration, hear about upcoming plans from the PTA, and participate in the decision-making process.  We will be providing more information about the open board and committee positions for next year and voting on a few budget amendments.


DolFun Run Purchases: The PTA is working together with the administration to complete the purchase of the alternative seating options and the books to create more culturally diverse classroom libraries.  In

addition, we have decided to devote some of the money, in conjunction with funds received by the school, to purchase an electronic LED sign for the entrance to the school.  This will allow more effective and timely communication updates for our school community!  We will be presenting the

options for this sign as well as a budget amendment to allow the PTA to contribute these funds at the next general membership meeting 2/27.


PTA Open Positions Next Year, 2019-2020: We would like to get a jump start on filling open positions for next year's PTA.  This will ease the transition by allowing those interested in the officers or chairperson positions to learn the ropes from the person currently in that position!

  • Treasurer: Manages bank account, handles disbursements.
  • Secretary: Takes minutes at meetings, publishes student directory, coordinates room parents, handles correspondences and weekly PTA newsletter (The News Splash)
  • After School Programs: Plans and schedules all PTA-sponsored after-school activities.
  • Cultural Arts: Plans and schedules educational programs (such as Gymkana) for school. Most of the planning place mostly during the summer.
  • Fall Festival: Coordinates this fall-themed event.
  • Gifts of Gratitude - 2 people: Coordinates this staff/bus driver appreciation program at the end of the school year.
  • Reflections: Chairs this committee with a sponsoring teacher which recognizes talent in the arts (music, literature, dance, drama, etc).

For more details see Job Description of PTA Executive Board Positions and Committee Chairs in the PTA Website under “Publications” and/or contact Ellen Sowry at or any member of the board or committee of interest. We will also be discussing and providing information about any unfilled positions at the next PTA General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, February 27.

JA (Junior Achievement in a Day) - Tuesday, February 26.  Please show your support by volunteering in your child's classroom or by assisting the PTA with contributions to the volunteer breakfast and lunch that day.  A sign-up will be coming out soon.  


Reflections Reception for all participants - Wednesday February 27, 2018 from 6:30-7:00pm (prior to PTA General Membership meeting) - Congratulations to all the students who participated in the PTA Reflections program.  We are very excited that two of our students won at the county level and are now moving on to the state contest.  Liam Olson came in second at the county level in the Intermediate Division for Literature and Alec Sun came in third at the county level in the Primary Division for Music Composition. 


Culture Night – Wednesday, April 3, 6:00-8:00pm: Save the Date! Mark your calendars for this evening of cultural food, entertainment, and enrichment! Families are encouraged to wear the traditional clothing of their culture. We invite families to represent their culture by sharing food, a short performance,or cultural items. Please contact Hailing Zhang ( if you are

interested in representing your culture at the event or if you have any questions.


DolFun Run Dance Party – Let’s give a big shout out to Carissa Bayer, Ginger Picker and the volunteers for a fun and unforgettable dance party on January 25! Thank you to all our DOES students, families and staff! Our successful fundraising campaign would not have been possible with your help and involvement.



Join the PTA: Go to the membership link on our website: to print the form or join online using PayPal.


Earn Cash Back for DOES:

  • Certifikid Gives Fundraising Program: Attention all Certifikid shoppers!! See details below for an easy way to get extra money for DOES!!!!
    • Dayton Oaks promo code is DOE
    • Share this promo code with your school/organizations parents, friends and family. Attached is a flyer to help you share this information. Simply enter your organization's unique code in the space provided and share.  
    • Use it UNLIMITED times at checkout for up to 80% off farms, festivals, holiday events, activities, classes, entertainment, unique gifts, restaurants and more! 
    • With your purchase of $20 or more, CertifiKID will donate $5 to your school/organization! 
    • This promotion expires June 15, 2019. Organization’s promotional code must be used on a minimum of 10 orders for the organization to receive payment. Payment will be issued after the June 15th expiration. 
    • Contact if you have any questions.
  • Box Tops/ Cashback for Schools: Thank you to everyone who made January's boxtops snowball fight contest a success!! In a month, with everyone's participation we raised a little over $300 for DOES!! 
    • Mrs Fratta's 4th grade class won 1st place with 470 boxtops submitted! Each member of the class received a goodie bag and Mrs. Fratta received a gift card of her choice!
    • 2nd place with 190 boxtops was Mrs Lindahls 5th grade class. Mrs. Lindahl came from behind in the last week of the contest!!!! She received a stress squishie and a chic fila gift card. Her class received snowball fight pencils and erasers.
    • 3rd place with 180 boxtops was Mrs Michners 1st grade class!!! Mrs. Michner also received a chic fila gift card and stress squishie ball. Her class received snowball fight bookmarks and snow ball stickers!
    • It was a close fight...all the following teachers/classes had around 100 boxtops!! Mrs. Kolansky's 1st grade (100), Mrs. Vandenburge's 4th grade (110),  Mrs Hahn's 4th grade (100),  Mrs. Walker's 4th grade (160), Mrs. Cunningham's 2nd grade (90).

Thank you to everyone who brought in box tops and helped make our contest a success! Keep bringing in boxtops (please check expiration dates!) Stay tuned for the next contest!!

  • Amazon Smiles: Shopping with Amazon Smiles is an easy way to earn money for DOES.  Simply visit - you will find the same exact low prices, selection and convenient experience as on with the added bonus that 0.5% of your purchase price will be donated to DOES! On your first visit to just select Dayton Oaks Elementary as the organization you wish to support.
  • Giant A+ Rewards: This program earns cash for our school – just by doing your regular shopping.  Please log in to to register your card and choose Dayton Oaks (ID #05391) as a designated school.  Your family and friends can designate Dayton Oaks, too!
  • Harris Teeter: Log onto and click on the “About Us” tab.  Under the “Community” link select “Together in Education” and follow the instructions.  DOES school ID is 8552.  Harris Teeter does not carry their designations over each year, so you MUST re-designate Dayton Oaks each year.


Food on the 15TH: Thank you to all the wonderful students and parents that have made the last several months of Food on the 15th such a success!! We are so thankful for our Dayton Oaks Families!!  As we go into the winter months, we would love it if you could send in some extra non-perishable foods with your kids as donations tend to drop during these next few months. We will accept any items but here are some suggestions: 

Grains: Pasta, Rice, Mac and cheese, soups- dried or canned (no ramen noodles) 

Proteins: canned chicken, tuna, peanut butter, beans

Vegetables: canned peas, corn, mixed veggies etc., Fruit: canned peaches, pineapple, fruit cocktail, oranges, pears etc.

Breakfast Items:  low sugar cereal, oatmeal, breakfast bars


PTACHC (PTA Council of Howard County): Serves the 73 PTA groups of Howard County by creating a unified voice to advocate for children and education. The council meets monthly with members from each school to discuss important topics and monitoring upcoming legislative issues that can impact our quality of education. For more information go the DOES PTA website look up PTACHC under “Community”.


Dayton Oaks Spirit Wear: is available year-round through our online store,  Check out all the fun t-shirts, shorts, pants, hoodies, sweatshirts, polos, bags, and much more! 


Special Education: Make sure to follow Howard County SECAC on Twitter and Facebook as well as check the website for updates.


Howard County SECAC

Under law, Howard County Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee (SECAC) advises the school system on the needs of students with disabilities.



Memory Books: Call for Photos!  There were and are lots of fun activities during January & February- chorus concert, band concert, dance party, kindness challenge spirit days, lunar new year celebration, fit family event, and Valentine's Day activities.   Please send any pictures from those events to  Make sure to include grade level and description.  We will do our best to include as many photos as we can but there is no guarantee that every photo sent will be included in the memory book.  Thank you!


DOES PTA After School Program: New Year, new after school activities- check out all the great options. Go to “After School Activities” on the PTA Website for a complete listing and to register.

  • NEW!!! YOGA: beginning on Monday 11 February! Register on the DOES PTA website!

YOGA Develops focus, flexibility, strength, and coordination through yoga poses, stories, songs, drawings, and games. Classes enhance energy while teaching children how to remain calm and centered. Children learn basic movements in a fun, relaxed setting. Benefits increase patience, posture, confidence and self-esteem. Poses are learned individually, with partners, and groups. To register for classes, please visit