Becoming a PTO
The results of the membership vote in March were in favor of dissolving our CO PTA membership and reforming as a PTO (Parent/Teacher Organization) at Drake.  We are now very busy 1) removing PTSA from all of our communications, websites, bulletin boards, etc. (per CO PTA's request), 2) drafting bylaws which will need to be approved and sent to the secretary of state, 3) applying for non-profit status, 4) preparing to purchase new insurance in the fall, and 5) taking care of taxes and changing bank accounts.  We will be set up and ready to go for our membership drive in the Fall!

Upcoming Events
   
Th  April 26   No School
F    April 27   Early Release 11:50 dismissal
W   May  2    Fairmount 5th grade Shadow Day 10:00-12:00 pm
W   May  2    DASH 2:30-3:15 pm
Th  May  3    Allendale and Choice Shadow Day 10:00-12:00 pm
Th  May  3    Fairmount 6th grade Shadow Day 10:00-12:00 pm
Th  May  3   After school clubs 2:30-3:15 pm
F    May  4    8th Grade Social at Boondocks 4:30-8:30 pm
Tu  May  8    7th Grade Band/Orchestra Concert 6:30-7:30 pm 
W  May  9    7th Grade Awards Assembly 7:45-8:45 am
W  May  9    8th Grade Band/Orchestra Concert 6:30-7:30 pm
T   May 15    Choir Explore Concert 6:30-7:30 pm

W  May 16    DASH 2:30-3:15 pm
W  May 16    Acanata Concert 6:30-7:30 pm
Th May 17    After School Clubs 2:30-3:15 pm
W  May 23    8th Grade to Elitches/7th Grade to Zoo
Th May 24    Last Day of School/Release at 11:50 am


Teacher Appreciation Week Plans in Motion

Teacher Appreciation Week begins on May 7th, and we wish to give a giant thank you to all the volunteers who signed up to bring goodies and supplies.  Our Sign Up Genius filled up so fast it made our heads spin.  What a wonderful, supportive community we have at Drake! Here is the schedule of events for the week:
Mon. May 7th- Bagel & Coffee Breakfast
Tues. May 8th- After School Ice Cream Treats
Wed. May 9th- Popcorn Bar
Thurs. May 10th- Chocolate Goodies
Fri. May 11th- A Picnic Lunch

Smoothie Day May 10th

PTO is partnering with Tropical Smoothie to host a smoothie Day on May 10th.  Watch for order flyers to come home next week and to be sent to parents via email.  There will be a choice of four different smoothies all of which are diary free.  Simply fill out the order form and return with $4.00 no later than Thursday, May 3rd, and your student will enjoy a smoothie delivered to their 6th period class on May 10th.


PTO Coffee Chat on May 9th

We know there are a lot of questions and concerns for parents with kiddos entering middle school, especially, perhaps this year with all the new changes.  With this in mind, Drake PTO will host a Coffee Chat for incoming parents on Wednesday, May 9th from 10:00-11:00 AM in the Drake Library.  At this event, parents can visit with and question other parents already a part of the Drake family, connect with one another, begin building a sense of community, and approach the coming year with greater confidence.  All current PTO members are invited to attend, and please bring that new mom or dad that you know would benefit from it!

Play Area Moving Forward

Drake PTO continues to play a major role in the development, planning, and installation of a playground at Drake. As mentioned last month, due to budget cuts from the district, the planned playground area was cut from the new build.  Our PTO felt that took urgent priority and voted for a majority of our funds this year go to ensure the completion of the play area.  A committee with some great experience in this arena has formed and met with the construction heads and administration to begin research and planning.  After looking at options, they are looking toward fitness/obstacle course type equipment as well as tables and seating to be added.  Plans are currently being drawn up, and they hope that within the next couple of weeks to be able to present a few different options to students and staff for feedback.  Once decisions have been made, they can send out for bids from various companies. While time is tight, we are relatively hopeful that the area will be completed in time for the first day of school in August. That is certainly the goal!


WEB Program Coming to Drake

Staff members approached the PTO at our March Meeting and asked for support for a new program that will kick off in the Fall.  The WEB program (short for "Where Everybody Belongs") is a nation wide middle school orientation and transition program that welcomes 6th/7th graders and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their middle school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, the program trains mentors selected from the 8th grade class to be WEB Leaders.  As positive role models, WEB Leaders are mentors and student leaders who guide the 6th/7th graders to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to middle school and help facilitate their success.  

WEB provides the structure for 6th/7th graders to receive both academic and social support and guidance from 8th graders who have been through the challenges that middle school poses.  The program also acts as an anti-bullying program for the school by providing it with a cadre of student leaders who look for bullying behavior and help stop it.

Overseen by a core group of staff who already attended training days this Spring, the 8th grade students will receive their training over a couple of days in the summer and will be ready to go on the first day of attendance by the 6th/7th grades.  The PTO Board is very excited about the possibilities of this program and are committed to supporting its success.


Businesses that Support Drake PTSA

Wedlake Photographic Studios                                  303-423-0933       www.wedlake.com
Ban Electric                                                                 303-424-1964      banelectric.com
Charles Mauro & Assoc. Attorney & Counselors        720/309-4123      cmmauro@msn.com  
At Law    
Hazel & Joe Vintage                                                    720/381-7067                
The Wedding Seamstress                                           720/435-1004      weddingseamstress.com
Level Best Roofing                                                      720/278-4545      levelbest-roofing.com
Piece Unique LLC.                                                        303/378-7916        
Acting Up Seminars LLC.                                             720/530-2909
Corn's  Appliance                                                         303/654-1321


 







General Meeting Schedule:

Please join us at 7 pm
at Drake
(The 3rd Wednesday of every other month)

September 20th
November 15th
January 17th
March 21st
April 18th

Join Drake PTO
We now offer business memberships!
If you would like to join the Drake PTO, fill out the membership form
 and send in your payment to the front office (make checks out to Drake PTO). Or join using our  online store  We will include you on our list for the 2017-2018 school year. 


How Drake PTO Helps Drake Middle School
The money we raise each year supports programs like the Drake Positive Behavior System, Google Chrome Books, continuous technology improvements such as Smartboards & Lap Tops, furniture replacement, Student Leadership Enrichment, Teacher Appreciation and Drake Families in need. These are only a sampling of the ways the PTO supports Drake Middle School.  We are always looking for volunteers to help in our fundraising efforts. Please contact drakemiddleschoolpto
@gmail.com if you would like more information