“You just can’t hide that Pearsontown pride!”


NC PTA Mission Statement~to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

Important Dates and Events

  • 5/24/20-Audit Committee Meeting, 4:30-6 pm via Zoom, email ashallamf@gmail.com if you would like to join this meeting


  • 6/2/20-PTA General Body Meeting via Zoom, 6:30 pm
    • 2020-2021 PTA officer elections will take place
    • Additional information listed below


  • Virtual Staff Appreciation Week is over, but you can still show your appreciation!
    • If you missed getting to send something to your student’s teachers/staff, the PTA can still get you any teacher or staff’s all about me sheets.  Please email ptownpta.@gmail.com with the teacher/staff sheets you are requesting.
  • Yearbook orders have been placed!
    • Stay tuned for pickup options at the end of the month

PTA committee meetings are open to all current and interested parents/caregivers (you must be a current PTA member in good standing to serve as a committee member)

Panda Spirit Days are every Friday!  Wear your Pearsontown, Boosterthon, or Class T-shirt to show your Panda Pride!

Visit the Pearsontown Elementary PTA Facebook page for additional photos and information about PTA, Pearsontown, and community events

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PTA General Body Meeting and 2020-2021 Officer Elections

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 6:30 pm 

To participate in the General Body Meeting and Elections every participant must do/have the following:

  • Make sure your email that was used to join PTA is the correct email.  Any changes must be emailed to ptownptaelections@gmail.com asap.  No changes will be made after 6:30 pm on 6/1/2020.
  • Every member who wishes to vote must be logged into the zoom meeting separately.  For example, if a couple is watching the meeting together, both must have a device registered for the meeting with their individual emails.  The voting will take place on the screen of whatever device you are using and only one person can vote per email registration.  
  • Please submit all questions/concerns about the elections to ptowptaelections@gmail.com
  • If you are not currently a Pearsontown PTA member and you wish to join to be able to attend and vote during the meeting/election, you may do so at bit.ly/ptownpta (scroll to bottom of page for membership payments) or from the online store link on this site.  You may join from now up until 24 hours before the start of the meeting.

While we know this situation isn’t ideal for everyone, due to the unprecedented pandemic, your PTA is trying to do the best we can in order to move forward with the PTA in order to plan for next school year.

Zoom meeting/Registration to participate in General Body meeting and election:

And now a little bit about the nominees who were chosen for the slate:

Larissa Rimkevicius Shore-Nominated for President

Larissa has a kindergartner, and third grader and absolutely loves being part of the Pearsontown family. This has been her second year as PTA VP. In the past three years she has had the pleasure of being a part of beautification, staff appreciation, and media center committees, as well as help lead Boosterthon.  She’s looking forward to the possibility of serving as President to help continue to make Pearsontown the best school possible for all our students, staff, and parents. 

 Jennifer Hemmerlein-Nominated for Vice President 1

Jennifer has a rising k and 4th grader at Ptown.  She has several years of experience serving on the Ptown PTA as she was Secretary for two years and is currently the Co-Chair for the Advocacy and Wellness Committee.  Also, for the last two public elections, she was the site coordinator for Kids Vote!  She hopes to become a great resource for families and the entire PTown community as well as a voice for advocacy.  Jennifer is motivated by her desire to help to continue to make the PTA accessible and inclusive.    

Danielle Jackson-Nominated for Vice President 2

For the past year, Danielle has served as Co-Chair of the Advocacy and Wellness Committee.  Although their year was cut short, they were able to host several events, such as the Race-Based Conversations with Kids Matter, led by Dr. Ronda Taylor Bullock and a SmartTalk Conversations with Kids.  Danielle’s passion lies in the well being of not just her children, but all children. She feels it is important to be in a role that will allow her to ensure that our children receive the best our school and community have to offer.  

Ashalla Freeman-Nominated for Secretary

Ashalla Freeman works full-time outside her home and has two kids enrolled at Pearsontown (rising 2nd grader, exiting 5th grader). She and has been an active member and volunteer in the Pearsontown PTA for >4 years, having served as Chair of the Membership-Nominating Committee and currently serving as Chair of the Audit Committee. Ashalla is passionate about supporting Pearsontown students, their families, and the school, and enhancing the success of Pearsontown community. She is committed to these efforts and will remain an active PTA volunteer even if she is not elected to an officer position. 

Heather Gray-Nominated for Treasurer

Heather is a mom to 3rd, 5th grade, and 6th grade kids. She has spent her career in sales and just completed her Masters in Business Administration. Heather believes it is important for the PTA to enable and support the initiatives of Pearsontown, especially with regard to equity and reducing the achievement gap between students. With her attention to detail with regard to finances, Heather will use her knowledge and expertise to succeed in the role of Treasurer, if elected. 

During the election portion of the meeting, nominations for any of the officer positions may be made from the floor.

  • You may self-nominate or be nominated by someone else.
  • If you accept the nomination from the floor, you will be given one (1) minute to introduce yourself and state your reason(s) for wanting to serve as an officer.
  • For all positions a virtual ballot vote will be used (Zoom poll vote).

For officer position descriptions, visit the “About PTA” page on this site, officer descriptions are listed in purple)

Thank you to everyone who participated in Virtual Spirit Week and stay tuned for another virtual event!

Virtual Spirit Week - PJ Day

Ms. Baucom rocking her PJs!


Pearsontown Elementary Website

Visit HERE for grade level instructional plans and more

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DPS Information

Visit HERE for meal locations, supplemental lesson plans, and more

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Interactive Food Distribution Map

Need food? Look up food pantries and feeding locations near you via this interactive #durham map on @endhungerdurham site, built with support from @durhamhealthnc and @cityofdurhamnc @durhamcounty GIS staff. 



DPS Foundation is coordinating directly with our school district and youth-serving non-profits to fund meals and remote learning resources for DPS students affected by the COVID-19 school closings.  To make a donation, go to bit.ly/DPSFCovid19.

                     Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update                          

Thank you to the PTA Advocacy and Wellness Committee for putting the following information together for our Panda families!

We understand this is a difficult time for our community.  In this factsheet, we have provided some resources that may be helpful in explaining coronavirus to your kids and in understanding the best methods to protect yourself and your family from getting sick.

Talking with children about coronavirus

A comic for kids on the coronavirus: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus

Additional tips from United States Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html

What we can do to slow the spread

Wash hands frequently and avoid touching your face.  Here is some guidance to improve on hand-washing techniques:  https://www.who.int/gpsc/clean_hands_protection/en/

Social distancing:  What is it?  Social distancing means avoiding close contact with people (the CDC recommends staying at least 6 feet away from others) and reducing how often you meet up with others.  The goal is to reduce the transmission of coronavirus from one person to another.  Currently, there is no vaccine for this new virus so social distancing and hand washing are our most effective methods for slowing down the virus spread.  More information, go to: https://hub.jhu.edu/2020/03/13/what-is-social-distancing/

Why is it important to slow down the spread of the virus?  While most people who get the virus will have mild symptoms, some people will develop severe symptoms.  People at high risk are older adults; people who have diabetes, heart disease, or lung disease; and people that are immunocompromised.   In addition, our hospital systems can get overwhelmed if we do not slow down the spread of the virus.  For more information for high risk groups, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html.

But my kids and I are not high risk so I’ll be fine to go out as usual.  Yes, if you or your kids get the coronavirus it may not be severe. But if any of you interact with someone in the high risk category within a two week period of contracting the coronavirus (this includes the initial time period when you may not show symptoms), you may pass it on to them inadvertently. 

How do I implement social distancing?  This article explores questions of restaurants, play groups, etc. https://medium.com/@ariadnelabs/social-distancing-this-is-not-a-snow-day-ac21d7fa78b4

Ways to support children during this time  Children will react to and follow your verbal and nonverbal reactions so remain calm, reassuring, and available to talk.   Encourage kids to eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly; all are important for good mental and physical health.  For exercise, some ideas include walks, bike rides, and kicking a ball.  Rekindle those family traditions of cooking, playing cards and board games, and reading books together. If possible, limit television viewing or information access on the Internet/social media related to the coronavirus as it might be upsetting to your children.  More tips at:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2020/03/14/parenting-tips-coronavirus/

Tips and Other Resources

Durham City COVID-19 Updates and Response:  


United States Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

Tips include

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services:

Coronavirus FAQ  https://www.ncdhhs.gov/es/frequently-asked-questions-about-covid-19#can-you-get-covid-19-from-touching-contaminated-objects?

Ways to stay healthy  https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina/individuals-families

Finally, a public health perspective:  If we all feel that we overreacted at the end of all of this, then the prevention measures worked!

Ways to connect with your PTA

  • Join the PTA-memberships are $8 per member per school year
  • Bookmark our website at ptownpta.com
  • On this site, you can sign up for the Pearsontown PTA Newsletter and get announcements and news sent straight to your inbox. It’s easy-sign up today!
  • Like Pearsontown PTA on Facebook 
  • Check out the PTA bulletin board next to the PTA office.
  • Listen for school phone announcements from Mr. Teal on Sunday evenings,
  • Sign up for a committee. It’s a great way to get involved in your PTA.  See the list of PTA committees on the “PTA Committees” page on this site.
  • Email the PTA with questions, comments, ideas, ptownpta@gmail.com
  • Attend PTA meetings. General body meetings are open to everyone!

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