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A LETTER OF GRATITUDE FROM YOUR PTSA PRESIDENT

 

As this school year comes to a close, I want to thank all of you who joined our PTSA this year.

 

EVERY. SINGLE. STUDENT benefitted from your support. With record-setting membership numbers (with only 40% of our families participating), here is just a few highlights of what we were able to do:

  • Install shade umbrellas at every outdoor table.

  • With the support of a private donor, we were able to match our district’s contribution for a permanent shade structure for P.E. This is being installed in the Fall.

  • We created budget line items for:

    • Student Support Services

    • Multi-Language Learner Hospitality

    • Electives Classes

  • We purchased Basketball Jerseys for our Basketball Teams.

  • PE got ALL new Pickleball nets, paddles, and balls.

  • Our entire staff & student community participated in the Holocaust Remembrance PERMANENT Art Installation “The Butterfly Project.”

  • With the help of another private donor, we created & furnished the “BEST ROOM EVER” – a private space for group meetings & hangouts for students first.

  • We worked closely with ASB, investing in campus branding & beautification, with the purchase of our light up DÑO letters for community events & our fence décor that greets students, staff & visitors with our DIEGUEÑO school spirit.  

  • Every single classroom got a MINI-GRANT for enriched curriculum, materials & supplies that goes beyond what public funding can provide.

  • We purchased scripts & music books for Drama & Band.

  • With our new Cougar Hall, we improved our ability to host performances there. We now have enhanced stage capabilities with student-run lighting, pipe & drape wings, digital backgrounds, and stage furniture.

  • We have new powerful portable speakers for community events, as well as staff & student fun during the school day.

  • Our Yearbook team has new refurbished cameras.

  • We threw a few staff parties to celebrate all they do for our families. Staff Appreciation lunches, New Student meet & greets, Multi-Language Learner/ELAC gatherings, and small holiday celebrations.

  • Our counseling center got supplies for group projects like friendship bracelets, gingerbread houses, and prizes.

  • We provided anonymous field trip scholarships for students & families in need.

  • We hosted a successful and engaging Red Ribbon Week.

  • We provided healthy snacks for ALL students during CAASPP testing weeks.

  • We partnered with two GENEROUS Diegueño families in their vision to host inaugural fundraising events for our school: Poker Night & 90s Night. Combined these events raised over $17,000!

  • Finally, we are putting on 8th Grade Promotion with an upgrade in sound & décor, to create a more special feeling for this short ceremony that marks an important time in our kids’ lives. On to high school!

 

This is ALL because of YOUR support. We know this year also came with some very hard times. Our hope is that our students & staff always feel supported & included when they are here. We hope their two years at Diegueño are filled with feelings of belonging & purpose and we can carry these traditions on to future DÑO students.

 

I know I also speak for your PTSA Executive Board when I say we are so proud & honored to have served this community and I personally can’t wait to do it again next year.

 

I hope those of you who are returning will join me in whatever capacity you can.

 

I want to send a special thank you out to our Board members who are not returning next year: Stephanie Peters, Stephanie Munoz, Paula Baldwin, Stephanie Turl, and Cathy Atkins. I know some of you will be back again in the future, but for now…please know we are all so thankful for everything you have done for our school these past couple of years. Your advice, volunteer time, opinions, physical labor, and laughs have kept me going.  THANK YOU!

 

Of course, Diegueño wouldn’t be the incredible place it is without MISSY NUÑEZ, the true heart of our school. Missy, it was wonderful working with you this year and we ALL wish you a relaxing, fun, and joyful retirement. We’ll miss you. THANK YOU for everything you’ve done for our families & community over the last 25 years! Words are simply not enough.

 

Have an incredible summer everyone!

 

Staci Valdez

DÑO Parent of an incoming 8th Grader (?!?!)

PTSA President

You have a tremendous opportunity to make an impact on your child's education!
Support Diegueño Middle School's PTSA.
Make your donation & join today.

Your Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is the BEST! 

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE DÑO PTSA TODAY!

 

Why Join and Donate?

  • There is NO EEF request - just PTSA.

  • Our students need YOU to invest in their success by funding Academic Classroom Support in the form of TEACHER MINI-GRANTS & classroom supplies for their evolving educational needs.

  • Our goal is at 85% participation for the school year. PTSA funds DIRECTLY BENEFIT 100% of students.

  • ASB spending is limited to student-led activities so we can support them if we meet our goal. ASB is like student government & they plan cool events.

Where Does My Money Go?

 

  • Academic Support: Mini-Grants & classroom supplies for TEACHERS

  • Experiences: Speakers in fields of internet safety, anti-bullying, drug/alcohol awareness, stress management, funding field trips and making school a fun, connecting space. 

Every contribution directly benefits DÑO students.

We are thankful for any donation amount.

Membership is activated at $25.

Scholarships are also available - contact the front office.

Due to our large and VITAL fundraising goal, we are asking for a minimum donation of $180, which equates to one dollar per school day.

Please consider these recommended & incentivized amounts:

  • Basic Support: $60

    • 2024 - 2025 Incentives TBD

  • Dollar a Day: $180

    • 2024 - 2025 Incentives TBD

  • Gold Sponsor: $360

    • 2024 - 2025 Incentives TBD

  • Platinum Sponsor: $500

    • All above incentives & VIP Seating and Parking at 8th Grade Promotion

  • Diamond Sponsor: $1,000

    • All above incentives & VIP Bike Parking (limited available)

  • Cougar Benefactor: $3,000+

    • All above incentives & Name Plaque on campus

  • Custom Donation Of Your Choosing

    • Membership is activated at $25.00

  • All Membership Levels give you access to the DÑO Family Directory

Business Sponsorships are also available. Please contact stacilaw@gmail.com for details.

 

Your contribution will support: Academic Enrichment, Mini Grants, Campus Beautification, Campus Environment, Connectedness and Safety, Parent and Student Speakers, Student Clubs, PE Enrichment, Career Day, Back to School Night, Staff Appreciation, Red Ribbon Week, Art Enrichment, Geography Bee, & MORE!

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We also offer CORPORATE MATCH donations and can work directly with your employer to facilitate, if needed.
Email stacilaw@gmail.com with any questions.
CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE DÑO PTSA TODAY!

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