President's Corner

November 2021

Greetings DCS Families and Community Members,

What would you do if you had unlimited time? Would you sleep more? Work more? Spend more time with your family and friends? Binge watch more shows on streaming?

I am constantly challenging myself to boost efficiency and carve out extra minutes of the day to do all the things that need doing without completely losing my mind. In an age when we are constantly infiltrated with gadgets and gizmos designed to streamline our lives, none of them seem to really make change systemic enough to disrupt the busyness of life. I mean, it is great that I can sync my phone and laptop to my car so that I can make that rare phone call to someone whose phone number I can’t remember or find that address to plug into my mom-mobile’s GPS, but the time it took to set all of that up does not really offset the time saved by dictating orders to my car’s smart system.

What has helped, however, is people. Good old-fashioned people power, and nowhere has that been more true than in my role with DCPTA.

Two months into the school year, and this point has been proven time and time again. I saw it happen recently during our Halloween Bash, an event I dread most years because of the extensive planning and set-up it requires. But, as event chair Gus Geidel said repeatedly, “many hands make light work.” That motto was brought to fruition when a cadre of volunteers showed up the night before the event to bring everything together for a successful event. Instead of being at the school deep into the night, our small army had everything done in just two hours.

It happened again when DCPTA decided to deliver Halloween candy to quarantined students who were unable to trick or treat this year. We sent out the DCPTA bat signal and by the end of the day we had candy secured, monetary donations and bags packed and ready to deliver to students. Pooling short windows of time into collective efforts is how organizations like ours thrive.

If you are not a member of DCPTA yet, I encourage you to take advantage of our $5 early bird pricing through November 15th at We are holding a membership drive contest for each grade/classroom that helps students win prizes when their family signs up for membership... and as always, scholarships are available. (Just email me and I’ll make sure you are taken care of.) Feel free to reach me any time.

As we gather in thanks this November, I will surely share my gratitude for every person who participates with DCPTA. Your help makes us strong and personally, it makes me pretty darn happy, too.

Yours in spirit,

Deanna Fox