Originally delivered on 12/5/2022 2:04 pm

SUBJECT: December Dragon's Breath Newsletter

Dragon's Breath Newsletter
December 5, 2022
Important Dates

12/5 - Last Day for free shipping for Spirit Wear

12/5 - 12/9 - Ability Awareness Week

12/6 - PTA General Meeting

12/7 - Early Release Day

12/13 - Book Fair Night for DuFief Families

TBD - Read-a-thon begins

12/23 - 1/2/2023 - No School

Tuesday, December 6th is our next PTA meeting at 7:00 pm on Zoom. 


Meeting ID: 729 623 5187

Passcode: dragons

Free Shipping Until Monday, December 5th

Did you miss any Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals?  

No worries!  You can still get some gifts for your loved ones by visiting www.dufiefspiritwear.com 

You can order T-shirts, sweatshirts, zip-ups, polos, pants, shorts, etc.  

Every purchase helps fund our school programs.

Monday kicks off Ability Awareness Week!  Students will meet Cody Michael Jones, who is a United States Paralympian and professional public speaker.  

Read more about him at his website: codymichaeljones.com

Our thanks to the committee who worked tirelessly to put together a fantastic week's worth of events: Mrs. Pape, Gabi Young, and Shari Haugabook


There are six DuFief families who need a helping hand. 

The Read - a Thon is coming!  Take adavantage of the holidays to read and ask your relatives to sponsor your reader!  Look for more information to follow.

Sign up for International Night!

January 20, 2023 will be International Night!  We're looking for families to sign up to showcase a country.  Last year, we didn't get enough participants, so please sign up using the link below so that our students can learn about different cultures!

For any questions, please contact Maitreyee Khankoje at kmaitreyee@gmail.com.

Signup here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4ba8ac2ba1fb6-dufief

Valentina's family recently posted an update on her journey:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-valen-beat-the-c-word.

Meal train volunteer info for the Solarte family can be found here: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/08y0d3

To all of the room parents and volunteers, who helped organize Fall Festival festivities!

To all of the participants and visitors to the Wax Museum, held on November 3rd! Thanks to Wendy Eldred for organizing.

To all who came to Chipotle and bought tacos and burritos on a very dark and rainy night, back in November. We raised $279.89! Thanks to Brandy Miller for organizing!

To Betty Ball, who is amazing and coordinated Coin Wars, two different Spirit Wear campaigns, and the PTA directory. Please thank her if you see her!

Amaey Shenai, for organizing this year's clothing drive!

To the brickmasters and visitors who came out to Lego Night on December 3rd! Winners are Tony T, Brock P, and Sami and Methansha! Also a big shout out to Bricks for Kidz owner Shannon Crider and her team for working with Wendy Eldred to put on a really fun school event.


Refurbished Car and Computer Sale


Give yourself or someone you love

an early holiday present


MCPS Automotive Trades (ATF) and Information Technology (ITF) Foundations Students Will Host a Refurbished Car and Computer Sale


When:                   Saturday, December 10, 2022, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 Where:                 Gaithersburg High School


Why: Three times a year, students from the ATF and ITF programs operate public sales where refurbished cars and computers are offered to the community at competitive prices. These sales provide ATF and ITF students with the opportunity to practice their customer service skills, earn Student Service Learning hours, and develop a deeper appreciation for community involvement.


Contact:               Kelly Johnson





Information: The MCPS ATF program relies heavily on car donations from the public. To donate or find out more information, contact Michael_C_Snyder@mcpsmd.org or 240.740.2047.






The DuFief ES PTA is an integral part of the school. We are a non-profit volunteer organization which serves to support the students, teachers, and staff at DuFief Elementary School.

I would like to encourage you to join our PTA. Joining the PTA does not mean you have to volunteer or serve as a board member.  This allows you the opportunity to participate in the decisions that impacts your child's education.

Click here to join: https://dufiefpta.membershiptoolkit.com/home

Directions for joining: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1M6WsNC_Us6PfzHfLKHpHTy50iw33CXy2/view 

Currently, we have 55 out of 198 families and 19 staff members who joined or renewed their membership this school year.

Dragon Swag

These two spiritwear shirt designs can be found on our membership website: https://dufiefpta.membershiptoolkit.com/store/9813

MCPS - Free, On-Demand Online/Virtual Tutoring Available for All Students, K-12


Seasonal Roots

Welcome DuFief Elementary School! Scroll down to join for just $25 + earn a $20 donation for DuFief ES students

Website: https://www.seasonalroots.com/DuFief/

It's time to link your Harris Teeter VIC card to start earning $$ for DuFief Elementary School. VIC cards can be linked to up to 5 schools, but you must sign up each year. 

Last school year, 22 families earned $217.91 for DuFief just by linking their VIC card and shopping at Harris Teeter.

Update: For the 22-23 school year, there are 16 participants and $15.50 in earnings. 

Amazon Charity Fundraiser

AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support DuFief PTA every time you shop, at no cost to you. So far this year, we have raised $132.60.



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Contact Your Board

President Dan Kaiser - dufiefpta@gmail.com

VP Ed. Programs Wendy Eldred - dufiefscience@gmail.com

VP Comm. - Open

VP Social Events - Open

Secretary Kristinza Giese- kristinza23@gmail.com

Treasurer Jean Wang - jeanwang.pta@gmail.com

Social Media Brandy Miller - brandymiller.pta@gmail.com

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