• Greetings DMS Families,

    Please read the information below for specific instructions and information relative to our 6th Grade Dance this Friday, March 22nd from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

     

    Time and Admission:
    The dance begins at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 8:00 p.m. and will be held in our DMS cafeteria. Admission is $5.00 cash at the door or using a pre-purchased wristband (instructions below).

     

    Concessions at the Dance: Please encourage your child to bring small bills and no coins!!

    • Pizza - $2.00 per slice (no guarantee on pizza availability if you don’t pre-pay)
    • Soda/Water - $2.00
    • Candy - $2.00 (Hershey’s, Reese’s, Kit Kat)
    • Glow Items - $1.00 or $2.00 based on value

     

    Pre-Purchasing Opportunity on My School Bucks:
    In an effort to reduce the amount of money students will need to bring, families have the option of purchasing admission and concessions using My School Bucks. Please visit www.myschoolbucks.com where you can:

    • Pre-pay for admission $5.00.
    • Pre-pay for concessions $5.00 which includes two slices of pizza and a drink.
    • Candy and glow items are not available for online purchase.
    • We will not accept any online purchases after midnight TONIGHT, March 19th.
    • A wristband will be provided to students for pre-purchases on Friday, March 22nd before they leave school. 
      • They will be instructed to put the wristband(s) on and wear it until it is removed by a staff member at the dance as their method of payment for admissions or concessions.
      • Broken wristbands will not be accepted as payment.
      • Red wristbands indicate a purchased admission.
      • White wristbands indicate purchased concessions.

     

    Attire: 
    The dance is not necessarily a dressy event, although you will see students in everything from sequins to T-shirts. Many students enjoy getting a little more dressed than they would for school, but some come in school clothes and that's perfectly acceptable. School dress code is expected as the minimum standard.

     

    Supervision:
    Teachers volunteer their time to work the door, sell concessions and provide supervision during the dance. We are grateful for the support of our teachers allowing us to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for our students. If you have questions or concerns about this experience, please feel free to reach out to me via phone or email. I believe that you will find this to be a fun and memorable experience for your children, but I recognize that if you've never experienced a DMS school dance before you may have questions or uncertainties.

    Drop Off and Pick Up and Transportation Patterns:
    Detailed drop off and pick up information is attached in a map format to this email. Please read the information below VERY carefully in preparation for Friday’s dance. Arrival and dismissal can sometimes take 30-45 minutes so please prepare accordingly.

     

    COSMIC CATS, LEOPARDS, LIONS  Beginning of Dance DROP OFF INSTRUCTIONS using the back car loop

    1. Turn on Spencer Avenue from North Donahue Drive.
    2. Proceed around the school and then turn LEFT into the car loop to load and unload students. (This is the opposite direction of our normal car loop.)
    3. After drop off, you will be required to turn left to exit the car loop and proceed to the stop sign at the intersection of Clark Ave. and Spencer Ave.
    4. If you are carpooling, follow the instructions for the team associated with the driver’s student.

     

    PANTHERS, PUMAS, TIGERS  Beginning of Dance DROP OFF INSTRUCTIONS using the front driveway.

    1. Turn into the main front Drake Middle School entrance off North Donahue Drive.
    2. Proceed right around the loop to drop off students at the front of the school.
    3. Please use Cary Drive (straight) or turn right onto North Donahue to exit.
    4. If you are carpooling, follow the instructions for the team associated with the driver’s student.

     

    ALL TEAMS – End of Dance PICK UP INSTRUCTIONS 

    1. Turn on Spencer Avenue from North Donahue Drive.
    2. Proceed around the school and then turn LEFT into the car loop to load and unload students. (This is the opposite direction of our normal car loop.)
    3. After drop off, you will be required to turn left to exit the car loop and proceed to the stop sign at the intersection of Clark Ave. and Spencer Ave.
    4. At the stop sign, you will be asked to continue straight on Boykin Street out to HWY 14/MLK Drive where you can turn left or right depending on your destination.

     

    At pick-up, you have three ways to provide your child’s name:

    • If you are normally a car rider, display your normal pick-up tag and we will utilize the normal calling system to retrieve your child.  
    • If you are not a car rider, you may write your child's first and last name on a sheet of paper and place it on your dashboard. 
    • You may state your child's name to school personnel with walkie-talkies and we will use that information to retrieve your child.
    • If you are carpooling, provide all student names to school personnel.

     

    Important Safety Notes:

    • At the end of the dance, we will only release your children from the cafeteria if we speak to you in the car line. This plan is in place to promote maximum student safety at the conclusion of the dance.
    • Please do not text your child and ask them to come outside - we will not allow them to leave the building unless we have confirmation that you are in the car line. 
    • Please do not park on or off campus and walk up to either drop off/pick up location to attempt to retrieve your child.
    • Students WILL NOT be allowed to walk home after the dance due to safety concerns. Please arrange a ride. They may walk to the dance but they need a ride home.
    • Please Be Advised:
      • The "stop sign" intersection of Spencer and Clark will be barricaded, and no cars will be allowed to enter from that direction.
      • Please DO NOT utilize the Spencer/Clark intersection and roadway; you will be asked to make a three-point turn and return to the Spencer/Donahue intersection. 

     

    Thank you in advance for your patience with the dismissal process. We are looking forward to an enjoyable Friday night with our students!

     

    Best regards,

    Sarah Armstrong
    Principal
    J. F. Drake Middle School



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