• From September 26 (Additional emails were sent on September 27 regarding Duck Samford Stadium expectations and on September 28 regarding the "Where's the Bus?" app.)

    Greetings DMS Families, 

    It is hard to believe we are closing in on the end of the first nine weeks of school! October is the busiest month of the school year so while this email is lengthy, I hope you will take the time to review all information pertaining to several upcoming events!  Titles of each event are highlighted in green and time-sensitive deadlines/dates are highlighted in bright yellow.

    AHS Spirit Day
    This Friday, September 30th, we are asking students and teachers to wear AHS blue/black/white to celebrate a big football game Friday night against Opelika!

    PTO Fall Meeting and Family Dinner
    Our annual PTO meeting and family dinner is next Monday, October 3rd with the Book Fair opening at 4:30 p.m., family Chic-Fil-A dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m., and the PTO program beginning at 6:00 p.m.

    You may order a Chic-Fil-A Box Meal on My School Bucks for $8.00 per box. The last day to place an order is Friday, September 30th.The box contains a chicken sandwich, bag of chips, cookie, and bottled water. You may attend the meeting without participating in the family dinner order.

    Our PTO meeting will include approval of the PTO budget, information about the upcoming Butter Braid fundraiser (Oct. 4 – Oct. 23), and a program focused on several of the technology platforms used at DMS such as Schoology, Savvas Math, PBIS Rewards, and PowerSchool.

    Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) Great Break Event – Friday, October 14th
    The first PBS Great Break of the year will occur on Friday, October 14th in the later afternoon.  

    Great Break is a reward activity that allows students to spend their PBIS Reward bucks on a preferred activity for an hour during the school day. Students can choose from a variety of activities ranging from football, karaoke, Wii dance, canvas painting, jewelry creation, watercolor, 4-square volleyball, and many more!

    Tickets for Great Break go on sale this Tuesday (Sept. 27th) morning at 8:20 a.m through the PBIS Rewards AppTickets cost $100 PBIS Points.  

    We have announced this date for several days on the morning news. We have provided a detailed video and “practice round” simulation for students to use tomorrow in Bridge class to ensure they know how to secure a ticket for their preferred activity. Students will use their school-provided iPad and the PBIS Rewards app to select their event.

    There are several activities that will sell out quickly so make sure your child considers what they might want to attend but has at least 2-3 backup activities if their preferred option sells out quickly. Students should only purchase one ticket to one event and there will be no refunds for those who purchase multiple tickets nor for students who are absent on the day of the event. Tickets go off sale on Friday, September 30th at 8:30 a.m.

    Book Fair – October 3rd – 7th
    We are excited to host our fall Book Fair in the DMS Media Center beginning Monday, October 3rd! Please review all information at this link for details and instructions about the book fair: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/drakemiddleschool1

    Teams will have a dedicated shopping day as follows:

    • October 3rd – Cosmic Cats and Pumas
    • October 3rd – Open Book Fair 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in advance of PTO Meeting
    • October 4th – Leopards and Panthers
    • October 5th – Lions and Tigers
    • October 6th – any student with money or e-wallet funds
    • October 7th – any student with money or e-wallet funds

    Book Fair hours are 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. daily.

    Please visit the DMS Website for more information AND virtual/online shopping options! You will also find links to show you how to set up an E-Wallet for student use! Please consider using one of these online payment options!

    We still need parent volunteers!  Please click this link to volunteer to help work the Book Fair!  https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/8050e4aafaa2aa02-fall

    The Book Fair will open between 4:30-5:30 p.m. for students and parents to shop prior to the annual PTO Meeting and family dinner on Monday, October 3rd.

    If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Laura Hardy lshardy@auburnschools.org.

    Friday, October 14th - Author Visit – Josh Funk
    The week of October 10th is National School Lunch Week and we have the wonderful opportunity to host author Josh Funk, author of “Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast”. Mr. Funk will speak to our students about the writing process and tips on writing and publishing a written work!

    If you would like to pre-order an autographed copy of this picture book, please view the attachment, and click the QR code. The deadline to order is Saturday, October 1st.

    On October 11th at 6:30 p.m., Josh Funk will host a special event at Well Red bookstore for students and families. Please consider joining us for this special event and a chance to meet Josh Funk in person.

    NEW Club Opportunity - Creative Writing Club
    The Wordsmiths Creative Writing Club is a new opportunity that will meet monthly on the second Thursday of the month from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. This club will begin on October 13th. If you are interested in participating, please review the attached permission form and return to Mrs. Early (Leopard) or Mrs. Parsons (Cosmic Cat) or the office.

    HNH Flu Vaccine Clinic – Friday, October 7th
    There will be a Flu Vaccination Clinic for students at DMS on Friday, October 7th. Permission forms were sent home this past Thursday, Sept. 22nd and an additional copy is attached to this email.

    This clinic is for all students who are NOT insured by PEEHIP. Please complete the section of the form related to your child's Health Insurance. 

    Completed permission slips are due to the school nurse by Monday, October 3rd.

    Help Stock the PBIS Rewards Store
    https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=s.signup&urlid=10C084BA8AE28A6FA7-help1&useFullSite=true&fbclid=IwAR2u3TyhVmykrYQBIUVly2o5eX9CtgNSEobLdNjyWe8Kd6SBC6Y8ZteUVOU&mibextid=07ACJ6

    Birthday Ice Cream Treat
    Families can purchase $1.00 ice cream cups through our school cafeteria to celebrate your child’s birthday with their static class during lunchtime.  If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Marsha Baugh (our cafeteria manager) at mbaugh@auburnschools.org with your child’s name and the date that you’d like to celebrate.  Mrs. Baugh will then let you know the total that needs to be deposited into the cafeteria account.

    Beat Bama Food Drive
    Since 1994, the Beat Bama Food Drive and the Food Bank of East Alabama have united students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to help fight hunger and food insecurity in East Alabama by challenging the University of Alabama and the Food Bank of West Alabama to see who can collect more non-perishable food to help the needy.  

    DMS students can bring in canned foods from Monday, October 3rd through Wednesday, November 16th at 8:30 a.m. There will be a team competition with the winning team earning an outside lunch and teachers earning an off-campus lunch. DMS Ambassadors will count points and totals will be announced weekly during the morning announcements. Last year DMS collected and donated 2,199 pounds of non-perishable food!

    Please review the attachment for details, but here are a few of the most needed items:
    Peanut butter—5 points
    Canned meats, fruits, vegetables – 1 point each
    Canned and boxed meals, soup, macaroni and cheese, etc. - 1 point each
    Canned or dried beans – 1 point each

    Box Tops
    Please consider downloading the Box Tops For Education app to scan your grocery receipts and help earn funds for our school.  See the links below for further information:
    Video How-to:   https://www.boxtops4education.com/How-To-Earn
    General Info.:  https://www.boxtops4education.com/About

    Please review the attached document and download the Box Tops for Education app here: https://btfe.smart.link/c2jjdifkw?referral_code=RUZW2SNV

    Upcoming Events to Mark on Your Calendar: 
    Fall PTO Meeting and Family Meal - Monday, October 3rd 
    Fall Book Fair – October 3rd – October 7th
    PTO Butter Braid Fundraiser – October 3rd – 24th
    Fall School Pictures (for the DMS Yearbook) - Wednesday, October 12th 
    Great Break - Friday, October 14th
    Parent Conference Day - Monday, October 17th **We do not meet with all parents as they do in most elementary schools. Invitations will be sent by teams to those requiring a parent conference.  
    PTO Restaurant Night at Mikata – October 20th 
    Unity Day (Bullying Prevention Awareness) – Wednesday, October 19th Wear Orange!
    Red Ribbon Week/Bullying Prevention Week/Spirit Week - October 24th - 28th  
    Monday – Dress for Success (dress nicely for the Gogue field trip)
    Tuesday – Pajama Day
    Wednesday – Camo and Pink Day
    Thursday – Extreme Team Day (wear your most spirited team colors/clothing)
    Friday – Book Character Day
    Field Trip to Gogue Performing Arts Center – Monday, October 24th 
    Veterans Day Program - Thursday, November 10th at 9:30 a.m.
    PTO Restaurant Night at Marco’s Pizza – week of November 14th  
    Holiday Spirit Week - December 12th - 16th
    Great Break - Friday, December 16th

    Thank you for your continued partnership and support.  If we can be of support, please don't hesitate to reach out.

    Best regards,

    Sarah Armstrong
    Principal
    J. F. Drake Middle School



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