DuVall Elementary School

Week of February 19-23

Dear DuVall Parents,

DuVall apparel sale: Orders are due back on Thursday February 22nd. Payment is cash or checks made out to DuVall PTA. Click here for the form. PLEASE indicate if you are ordering an adult or youth when stating your size.

Election day is February 27th. Here are some facts about the millage:

  • The Operational Millage brings $41 million to our General Fund budget; that16% of the budget. 
  • Without this, we would sink to one of the lowest per-pupil general fund revenues in Michigan.
  • This is a millage renewal, not a new tax. For homeowners, the Operational Millage would drop from a maximum of 6.17 mills to 4 mills. The district assessed 2.04 mills for this year and expects the rate to settle at about 2.5 mills. The ballot will read 4 mills in case conditions change. The rate for homeowners could not go above 4 mills. 
  • For businesses in the district, the millage rate will stay at the 18 mill rate created with Proposal A changed school funding in 1994. This is where the majority of the funding ($34 million of the $41 million) comes from. This rate also applies if you own rental property.
  • The Operational Millage is part of the General Fund, which is used for daily operations. This money pays for staff, utility bills, classroom supplies, busing, etc. This is NOT A BOND proposal. This would not fund any major school construction or renovation projects.
  • If the Operational Millage Renewal does not pass, the district would need to cut $41 million from the budget. A 16% cut in daily expenses and would likely result in reductions in almost all programs and staffing areas.

This week’s notes:

  • Our Popcorn Days have been successful and we have not had to cancel any scheduled days this year. However, no one has signed up for the remainder of the days. If you can volunteer to help with popcorn please click here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A4AABAE22A46-duvall#/
  • There is a district Special Education PTA Meeting on February 26 at 6:30. The meeting will be held on Zoom. Click here to view the invitation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/19AYZYHS5SSONmX7YKROiHaHD0PlWfPDc/view?usp=sharing
  • The Mobile Dentist has changed to Thursday, 2/29 (was 2/21). You can register online or stop into the office for a permission form. https://www.myschooldentist.com/34209_schsrm The dental care is usually at no cost to you. All insurance is accepted including Medicaid and MiChild. A low cost self-pay option is available for those without insurance.
  • Our talent show will be Friday, April 26.
  • We are looking to borrow a few Wii Systems with Wii Sports Bowling added to it. We need this for April 19th for a Father/Son event. Please let me know if you have this system and would be willing to loan it to our PTA. Thank you to the Conway family for loaning us one!
  • We are in need of Ice Cream Social donations. at one that is willing to donate a gift card or items, it would be greatly appreciated. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we need as much help as possible. If you own a business or work Please see the attached letter to take to businesses to help explain our need. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lhmifUQIbGIO-UctLrqcUyYNAxLB9e39/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=104780840291113704430&rtpof=true&sd=true
  • 2024 Martian Marathon – 12:00 pm ~ April 13, 2024 @ Ford Field, Dearborn Group Registration Instructions: LINK: https://runningfitevents.redpodium.com/2024-martian-invasion-of-races Select “I am here to register as a group participant” TEAM NAME: DuVall – Blue Wave 12:00 TEAM PASSWORD:  PENGUINS24 Continue on with registration. You must select team name and enter password. The kids’ race is already discounted to $23 (thru March 4) so no coupon code is needed. If you would like to extend the invitation to your school community we are offering a school discount code. March 5 the price goes up to $26. Please note there are processing fees.
  • Martian Marathon Underground Printing T-Shirt Design Contest: Once again our screen printer Underground Printing will be offering this awesome contest for the kids! UGP invites children 12 and under to submit an original drawing to be used in the design for the front of the 2024 Martian Kids’ Marathon shirt! Check out all the details here: https://martianraces.com/images/2024/Martian_2024_Kids_Shirt_Contest.pdf
  • We are still in need of noon hour supervisors. This is a paid position. If you are interested, please contact the office.
  • To purchase a yearbook, go to: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/order/Lookupjob?jobnumber=14536124 The cost is $13.00.
  • We still have class shirts available. The cost is $7.25 and are available in the office. We ask students wear these on all field trips. We have a few donated, used shirts in the office. If you are unable to purchase one you can inquire in the office to see if your child’s size and grade shirt are available.
  • Our 5th graders will be having a bake sale on Election Day, February 27th. Money earned will help with the costs for their promotion ceremony and their after party. To volunteer or donate, click here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B4AACAF23A3FB6-47833201-election
DateThis Week’s ScheduleLunch First ChoiceLunch Second ChoiceWatch D.O.G.S.
MondayMid-Winter Break, No SchoolNo School
Tuesday5th grade band & strings
8:00 Math Club
2:25 Early Release:
Chicken NuggetsTurkey & Cheese Wrap 
Wednesday8:00 Music Club, Room 111
8:00 Penguin Players, Room 204
4:10 Chess match at DuVall vs. Nowlin
Hot DogStrawberry Yogurt Parfait
ThursdaySchool Bus Driver Appreciation Day: Thank you Ms. Kerri!
9:30 GSRP Field Trip, Michigan Science Center
5:30 PTA Founders Day, Byblos
PizzaTuna Sliders
Friday7:45 Running Club
Popcorn Day (provided we have volunteers)
10:30 Feeder Concert at Edsel Ford (5th Graders)
4:00 Doodle Club
Chicken & WafflesSunbutter & Jelly

Upcoming Dates: 

February 27: Election Day – No school for students – All teachers – professional development day

February 29: Donuts & Grown-ups

February 29: Mobile Dentist

March 2: Shamrock Shuffle

March 5: Parent Education Meeting, Student Health

March 13: PTA Meeting 6:30, Media Center and Zoom

March 18-22: Book Fair

March 22: Literacy Day

March 25-29, No school – Spring Break