DLPMS November Newsletter

November 2019


Nov. 1………......…No School – Teacher DPPD

Nov. 15………………………...…..........….No School

Nov 22…………...1/2 Day, Release Time 11:30

End of First Trimester

Nov. 28-29…………..........………………..No School

Dec. 23-31………….........……………..Winter Break

Jan. 1-3……….………........…...……...Winter Break

Jan. 16……Parent Teacher Conf. 4-7:00 p.m.

Feb. 14…......…..1/2 Day, Release Time 11:30

Teacher DPPD 12:30-3:30

March 6………..…1/2 Day, Release Time 11:30

End of Second Trimester

March 27, 30-31…...…….......………Spring Break

April 1-3………………..……...........……Spring Break

April 10………….....…..No School (Good Friday)

April 23…...Parent Teacher Conf. 4-7:00 p.m.

May 22…………...........…………...………..No School

May 25………..……..No School (Memorial Day)

June 5…………….1/2 Day, Release Time 11:30

End of Third Trimester

Last Day of School

What is the PowerSchool Parent Portal?

With PowerSchool Parent Portal you can log in to and see all of your children’s information in one place. You will see their grades, assignments, attendance, schedules and school bulletins for each school your children attend. You will need a Parent/Guardian account, an Access ID and Password to link your student to your account. Please contact Ms. Elder at 989-466-7604 for that information. Then follow this link to www.almaschools.net and click on PowerSchool Portal to create an account.

How does the Student or Parent Portal match with the PowerSchool App?

The PowerSchool Mobile App syncs with the parent and student portals. You will see the same information using the App or the portal. You will need this code for the PowerSchool App. KCTM

Student Planner Online

You can also see what is going on in your student’s class by checking their planner online at www.almaschools.net. Then pick Donald Pavlik Middle School. Click on Planner Page and find your students grade level. This will show you what your student is working on in class.


This year the 7th grade science students participated in a three day pumpkin chemistry lab. The students designed, carved and exploded pumpkins to learn about chemistry and combustion!

Student Council

This year’s DLPMS student council advisors, Ms. Dubay & Ms. Seeley, took several middle school members to Luce Road’s Fall Festival on October 30th. At the festival, student council members helped out at several different stations and assisted the Luce Road teachers and students in their preschool through first grade classrooms. Various events that student council members had the opportunity to help run included: Halloween themed crafts, face painting, nutrition stations, serving snacks, games, chaperoning students, and several others. Students really enjoyed this day and the opportunity to take on a leadership role for many different elementary kids.

On October 31st, student council members also ran a “Halloween Selfie Station” in the middle school cafeteria, during 6th, 7th, and 8th grade lunches. Several members spent the days leading up to the event designing a Halloween backdrop. Middle school students were able to bring in $1 to have their phones during lunch and take selfies in front of the Halloween backdrop and with several different selfie props! Student council members helped to collect the money, offered to take their peer’s pictures, and monitored cell phone use during this event. The money raised from this event helps pay for Field Day t-shirts at the end of the year.

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Music Department Websites

Choir: www.almachoirs.weebly.com

AHS Band: almahsband.weebly.com

DLPMS Band: almadlpmsband.weebly.com

Please visit the sites for concert schedules, MSVMA/MSBOA festival performance times, handbooks, and monthly announcements.

November Music Booster Meeting

The November Alma Music Booster meeting will be held on Monday, November 4th, at 7:00 p.m in the Alma High School band room.


I would like to encourage you one more time to consider purchasing and using Scrip. Scrip, the Music Boosters’ ongoing fund raiser, is unique because the Boosters aren’t asking our students to sell anything. Rather, the Boosters are asking you to purchase a gift card to a retail store from which you plan to purchase items on a regular basis. Money earned from Scrip can be used toward any music related expenses for your child including our upcoming trip to Chicago. Scrip can be ordered/purchased at the Alma Sewing Center during regular business hours or online once an account has been set up. For more information visit almamusicboosters.org or contact Leslie Love, leslie.c.love@gmail.com.

Cheesecake Fundraiser

Please remember to pick up your son or daughter's cheesecakes on Monday, October 28th between 3:00-6:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church at 495 Charles Ave. in Alma.

Alma Turkey Trot 5k Race and Kids Fun Run

The Alma Music Boosters will be hosting the Alma Turkey Trot 5k Race and Kids Fun Run on November 23rd. More information can be found by visiting: facebook.com/almaturkeytrot

Choir Holiday Concert

On Wednesday, December 11th the middle school and high school choirs will be performing their Holiday Concert at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The students will be singing traditional holiday carols as well as some newer selections that are sure to become favorites. We will be closing this year’s concert with an invitation for all Alma High School Choir Alumni to join us on stage as we sing Silent Night. So, round up those choir alumni and join us for an evening of beautiful music.

December Band Performances

We invite you to join us for one of our many performances this holiday season. All concerts are free. See below for a list of our upcoming performance dates, locations, and times.

December 18, 6:30 p.m. AHS auditorium, featuring the 6th Grade Band

December 18, 7:1 5 p.m. AHS auditorium featuring the 7th Grade Band, 8th Grade Band and DLPMS Jazz Bands

December 19, 7:00 p.m. AHS auditorium, AHS Holiday Concert featuring the AHS Concert and Jazz Bands

Congratulations AHS Marching Band

Congratulations to the Alma High School Marching Band on a very successful marching season! The band earned a Division 1 Rating from all judges at District Marching Band Festival on Oct. 7. This is the highest rating possible!

The band also placed 1st in Class B at the Alma College Marching Band Invitational on Oct. 5 and was 2nd place overall out of 9 bands.


Release Date: October 30th, 2019

Media Contact: JAMIE FORRESTER Public Relations

(317) 551 – 0638




Honest life and career advice for aspiring young performers & their parents

Renowned New York Talent Scout Peter Sklar knows a thing or two about helping aspiring child stars achieve success. His list of protégés includes TV and film veterans Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon, Mischa Barton, as well as a wide array of current Broadway, TV, and film actors, singers and dancers.

Reality shows like American Idol and America’s Got Talent have springboarded some of the most talented kids in the nation into super stardom. But with so much available talent, what really sets one kid apart from another?

According to Sklar, any career- in or out of the arts- is about two things: self-image and health. He argues that these qualities outweigh looks, training, connections, and even talent, and apply universally.

“The people who sit behind the table are trying to decide two things: do they like you, and do they believe you,” Sklar tells young audiences. “If you don’t feel good about yourself mentally or physically, you won’t open up and show us who you really are. When that happens- no matter how smart you are, or what you’ve achieved, or what you look like- we’ve already lost interest.” He sums it up: “It’s about who you are as a human being.”

In “Broadway & Beyond”, a lecture for students and their parents on Wednesday, November 13th 6:00 PM at Alma High School in Alma, MI. Sklar will explain why his views are in sync with the needs of top New York and Hollywood agents and casting directors, as well as college admission boards, and job interviewers in virtually all fields.

Alluding to a dramatic rise in self-destructive behavior, such as smoking, drinking, drugs, and eating disorders among so-called “happy” teens, Sklar marvels at how often these activities secretly co-exist with good grades, good behavior, and virtually every other outward sign of stability.

“The kids I interview are the smartest and most talented- the highest achievers in the nation,” proclaims Sklar. “And they’re too often the most unhappy, unhealthy, and least employable.”

Sklar boasts an Ivy League pedigree, (Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University), formal training in concert piano, (Juilliard School of Music), and five decades of professional experience. He’s been the subject of multiple feature-length articles in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Kansas City Star and numerous others, was interviewed on E! True Hollywood Story, appeared as a guest expert on Donahue, and has had his work presented on the Bravo Channel, Good Morning America, and every major national television network.

He’s currently developing an original musical based on his experiences entitled “The Kid Who Played the Palace”, initially directed by the late William Martin, (Broadway’s “The Lieutenant”, recipient of five Tony Award nominations).

“Broadway & Beyond” is open to children, teens, young adults, and parents. There is no charge for admission, but reservations are required. Nobody under age seven (7) will be admitted with or without a parent, and students under age sixteen (16) must attend with their own mother or father.



1500 Pine Avenue, Alma, MI

RESERVATIONS: (989) 763-3857



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