Parent Engagement Network

The Downtown Montessori Academy PEN is an all-volunteer led parent group dedicated to supplementing and enriching the education of students by providing opportunities for parent involvement. All parents of enrolled children are members.


  • Opportunity to connect with other parents through active participation
  • Opportunity to develop and implement activities for children aligned with school-wide and classroom curriculum
  • Opportunity to exchange ideas in an organized forum
  • Opportunity to support the teachers and administrators
  • Opportunity to earn volunteer hours
  • Opportunity to fundraise for school


  • Provide essential leadership regarding the parent network activities in order  to  facilitate effective and positive communication among all parents
  • Facilitate effective and positive communication with all parents regarding PEN activities
  • Ensure effective and efficient communication between PEN and the Head of School
  • Provide, at a minimum, communication with the parents on a monthly basis
  • Ensure that committee chairpersons stay focused on the specific area while supporting the specific and identified needs of the school community


  • Planning meetings in September and January
  • Monthly informal Meetings: 2nd Friday of each month in the Main Building Music Room right after Drop Off. A quick meeting to checking in with PEN Co-charis and sup-committees.



COMMUNITY:  Promote community-building through educational and fun events

  • Ice Cream Social (Week before school starts)
  • Open House / Supply Drop Off (August)
  • Harvest Fest (September)
  • Fall Ball (October)
  • Kringle & Coffee Sale (November)
  • Holiday Happiness (December)
  • Administrative Professionals Day (April)
  • Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week (May)
  • Green Fest (Spring)
  • Annual “Big” Fundraiser (Spring)
  • DMA Dash (May)
  • Field Days (June)
  • End of Year Picnic (June)
  • Graduation (June)
  • Parent Education Series (2 per school year)
  • Conference Treat Bags
  • Spirit Wear

 VOLUNTEERISM:  Support school-wide and classroom needs

  • School Preservation/Maintenance
    • Minor repairs
    • Painting
    • Skills
    • Tools
    • Time
  • Classroom Prep and Planning
    • Making materials as identified
    • Planning classroom projects as identified
    • Making copies
    • Sharing individual talents
  • Library Committee
    • Organize
    • Develop and management
  • Recess Supervision
    • Assist with supervision
  • Field trip Chaperons
    • As identified by need
  • Literacy Activities
    • Reading Buddies
    • Rosetta Stone
  • After School Clubs and Sports
  • Fundraisers


September 2017


September 2017


Box Tops for Education
Ask your friends and family to help your child collect Box Tops for DMA. Our school can earn up to $20,000 a year!

The Funding Factory
Bring in your old cell phones, iPods, empty ink jet and laser cartridges. Each qualifying item can earn $1 – $20.

Target’s Take Charge of Education Program
Register your Target Charge Card in store or online. Each purchase can earn money for our school. Our Group number is 118016.

Amazon Smile
When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Downtown Montessori. No need to make a new account, it’s the same Amazon site you know and love.

Shop Primary with our school’s unique link and 10%-15% of that sale goes directly back to our school.  Plus new customers get 20% off their first order with code: DMA  Plus, you receive an additional discount if you buy 3 or more of one item.  To find DMA dress code approved items, use the color filter at the top of the kids page and select sky, pool, cobalt, cornflower, navy, slate-blue, khaki, white and/or black to see your choices.

Lands’ End
Shop at our school’s custom website and see a list of our approved dress code items with just a simple click. Every purchase helps us earn money for our school. Our school code is 900134222