The Spot

Drayton Mills Elementary School's Monthly Newsletter

From the Principal...

DMES Families -

Welcome to "The Spot," a brand new format for our school newsletter. The name is a nod to our Dalmatian mascot, and I hope that this format allows us to get our message out to a wider audience via email, our website, Facebook, etc. It will also offer us great features like translation to other languages and the ability to embed pictures, audio and video. I look forward to hearing your feedback. I hope it also gives us a better platform to "advertise" school-wide progress on our BIG Goal.

As I told you in last month's newsletter, DMES's BIG Goal is to have every child reading on or above grade level. In October, we will share MAP and SC Ready data so that you can understand your child's progress towards this goal. October brings two opportunities to visit your child's classroom - PTO Fall Festival on October 10 and teacher conferences, many of which will be scheduled for October 24 and 29 - and the year's first report card goes home on October 24. It is going to take all of us to make progress on this worthy goal, and we are counting on your help!

In the midst of that hard work, there's lots of fun, too. We have Walk at School Day, Doughnuts with Dads, the Fall Book Fair, and Family First Breakfast. The month ends with Book Character Dress up Day and a parade!

We look forward to you support and participation, and, as always, we are grateful to you!

Thomas Webster, Principal


PTO is grateful for all of our recent volunteers! Back by popular demand, our Fall Fundraiser is again Spartan Marketing, and it will run October 3 - October 17. There are lots of opportunities for your children to earn prizes, and information is in the packets that will go home before the sale. Please remember that Spartanburg District Seven policy prohibits students doing door-to-door sale, so please sell to friends and family.

Information on how to become a "Publix Partner" is attached.

Thank you!

Shanta Brown

DMES PTO President

DMES October Events

Wednesday, October 2: Walk at School Day - parents wishing to walk with their children may park in Teacher Lot 2 (near car line) and join their children in the gym at 8 am.

Thursday, October 3: Begin PTO Fall Fundraiser

Friday, October 4: Doughnuts with Dads - students can bring an important man in their life to the DMES courtyard between 7:00 AM - 7:45 AM to enjoy doughnuts and juice! Please park in Teacher Lot 2 and enter through the car line doors.

October 7 - 11: DMES Fall Book Fair

Thursday, October 10: PTO Fall Festival from 6:00 - 7:30. DMES families can enjoy inflatables, games, and classroom visits. Information will go home on Monday, September 30 to buy tickets for supper: hot dog, chili, chips, cookie and a drink for only $4.00 a person! We look forward to seeing all of you there!

Monday, October 14: School Improvement Council (SIC) meeting @ 3:00 PM

This is the last day to vote for SIC candidates. Our current candidate is Tiffany Boswell, the mother of three DMES children. If you would like to vote for her, please do so by emailing

Thursday, October 17: End PTO Fall Fundraiser

Tuesday, October 22: Fall Picture Day

Thursday, October 24: Family First Breakfast - 7:00 AM - 7:45 AM. The first 250 people to join us get a free Chick-fil-a biscuit. Please park in Teacher Lot 2 and enter through the car line doors.

Report cards go home on this day!

Wednesday, October 30: Relay for Life Hat Day - students may donate a dollar to Relay for Life and wear a hat!

Thursday, October 31: Book Character Dress Up Day and Parade - students may come dressed as their favorite book character! No masks or weapons will be allowed.

The October lunch menu is attached below.