Oct 09

Fall Carnival October 27th @ 6:30 p.m. – Dinner at 5:30 p.m.

The Fall Carnival is approaching fast!   We need volunteers to make this years event a huge success.  Thank you in advance for your support of this great event!!  

Dinner from 5:30 pm to 6:15 p.m., and the Festival games begin at 6:30 p.m. Click here for the Pizza Order form: Fall Fest 2017 (Pizza Order Form)

Here are just a few things we will need assistance with:

  • Donations (See Fall Festival 2017 Flyer for by Grade Level information)

  • Vendors (Reserve your table!…See Fall Vendor 2017 for more Info.)

  • Silent Auction (Donation Items needed…email – driverpta@gmail.com to share)

Additional Needs:

  •  DJ

  • Photo Booth/Photographer

  • Bounce Houses

  • Street Lights

  • Hay Ride

  • Games

  • Face Painters

  • Scarecrows

  • Bales of hay

  • Animals (horses for rides, petting areas for animals)


For additional information click on the following link below: 



Oct 06

PTA Reflections Contest – Deadline December 15th

Please submit entries to the Driver Elementary PTA by Dec. 15th!

“Parents, help your student enter the PTA Reflections Contest!”

There are five categories:

  1. Dance Choreography,

  2. Film Production,

  3. Literature,

  4. Music Composition, and

  5. Photography.

All information, rules, and permission forms are located on the VAPTA.org website.”              https://www.vapta.org/arts-and-education/reflections


Oct 06

Driver PTA News

Click here for the Driver PTA Update

What is the PTA?
The National PTA (Parent, Teacher Association) comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. The Driver PTA is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization that exist to advocate for our children locally here at Driver. We need your help as we partner for our children’s success!
Membership supports our children and child advocacy everywhere. Driver has approximately 600 students and 100 PTA members to date. Let’s bring our numbers up! Membership
Fee- $5
Please consider joining the 2017-2018 Driver PTA
We cannot exist without you !

Oct 04

Grandparents Week @ Driver Elementary will be Oct. 9th – 13th

Driver Elementary will observe Grandparents’ Week Monday through Friday, October 9th through October 13th.

Each student may invite grandparents to have lunch in the school cafeteria.

We would like to try something a little different this year and designate a specific day for each grade level to come out and have lunch (please see the attached flyer – GRANDPARENT’S Week 2017).

Please note:  Early Start and ECSE have not been assigned a designated day; therefore, you may come on any day.

We are hoping this will help your experience to be a little more enjoyable.

Please note:  it is not mandatory that you come on the designated day. If you have a scheduling conflict, you are welcome to come any day.

Adult lunches are available in the cafeteria for approximately $2.75 without tea and $3.00 with tea which can be paid by cash only (small bills are appreciated).

A child who does not have a grandparent in Suffolk may invite an aunt, uncle, or other adult in the family. 

Click on the link below for lunch times by teacher and menu for the week:  (It is a PDF document you may print if needed.)


Oct 02

Fall Picture Day will be Friday, Oct. 13th

Friday, October 13th  is Fall Picture Day!  

Lifetouch is using a pre-paid system for pictures.

Pictures are available for purchase with:

a Credit Card ON-LINE

Use Picture Day ID :  VA137060Q0 to order on-line

(Write Payment Code on Envelope after purchase is made on-line)



(Using the envelope provided with the Life Touch Flyer.)


 – Click Life Touch Flyer for Flyer Image in PDF format.

If you would like to purchase and Individual package, please fill out the Individual Picture order form, enclose your payment, and send it with your child before or on Friday, October 13th.

  • The student must have the order form with them on picture day.

  •  Make checks payable to “Lifetouch”.

  •  Lifetouch will refund your money if you are not satisfied with your picture.

  • You can make your payment online with a credit card.  **You will be given a payment code to write on your order envelope.**  Just write in the code and send the envelope with your student.

Oct 02

PTA Open House will be Thursday, Oct. 5th @ 6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 5th – PTA Open House @ 6 pm 

Come out and meet your child’s teacher 


see the school’s data!!  

We look forward to seeing you there!!

(PTA Meetings will now be held on Thursdays.)

Oct 02

Fall Picture Day is Friday, October 13th!

Friday, Oct. 13th is Fall Picture Makeup Day!  

Lifetouch is using a pre-paid system for pictures.

Pictures are available for purchase with:

a Credit Card ON-LINE



(Using the envelope provided with the Lifetouch flyer.)

Click Here for Life Touch Flyer

  • If you would like to purchase and Individual package, please fill out the Individual Picture order form, enclose your payment, and send it in with your child on/before Friday, October 13th.

  • The student must have the order form with them on picture day.

  •  Make checks payable to “Lifetouch”.

  •  Lifetouch will refund your money if you are not satisfied with your picture.

  • You can make your payment online with a credit cardYou will be given a payment code to write on your order envelope Just write in the code and send the envelope with your student.

Sep 27

Year Long “Rock Painting” Project – Rock Donations Needed!!

Also in Honor of “Disabilities Awareness Month”,  we would like to ask for your help over the course of this school year, with a “Rock Painting” project!

Since this is our final year at Driver, we are hoping to leave a lasting impression of our love, understanding, and growth as a school, and as individuals.  This would build on the Autism motto “All the pieces fit together.”

Collecting the rocks, all painted differently, would promote the belief and feeling that… “It takes EVERYTHING and EVERYONE to make a school and community work! –  (The pieces all fit!).”  

Please send in a rock/rocks to school as soon as you can. The rocks will be collected and given in class sets to the teachers, for each student in the classroom to paint when their classroom teacher and /or Art teacher plans for the class rock painting project during the year.

We will close this “extended” project out on the last week of the year, by taking one day to have students and staff (current and former) place their rocks in a designated place in front of the school to say a “Good Bye!” to Driver Elementary.

Thank you in advance for your help, support and assistance with this school wide and year long project!

Sep 27

October is Disabilities Awareness Month

In honor of October being “Disabilities Awareness Month” this year at Driver Elementary we will be:


  • displaying an array of words written the way a person with dyslexia would view them.  This will promote conversation, letter recognition, and communication.

  •  setting up a program to utilize wheel chairs. Ms. Woods has once again graciously offered to come in and demonstrate how people who live without the use of their legs adapt. She will demonstrate using a wheel chair, and hand chair, and allow our students to try them out (with assistance). This will promote exercise, understanding, and interaction between all the kids.

  • providing teachers with biographical information about famous individuals who have a disability. Teachers will be able to include this information in their weekly newsletters and/or on their class/grade level blog. Websites with additional information will also be shared to promote discussion at home.



At the PTA/ Open house on Thursday, Oct. 5th. @ 6 p.m. we will have:

  • a Sign Language Interpreter to sign the meeting.

  • on display at the PTA table “Disability Awareness” bookmarks & stickers available for each child in attendance to the PTA/Open House.

  • a “Disability Awareness” table accessible to all parents and students to learn about disabilities, test out braille, sensory gloves, and have an eye mask that mimics being blind to try out as well. We are hoping this promotes discussion at school and at home.

  • Local Restaurant Menu’s  written in braille and with just pictures on display.

Sep 21

DES will need Male Volunteers to help launch the “Watch D.O.G.S.” Program

Driver Elementary School is very excited about bringing the “Watch D.O.G.S.” Program here to provide positive male role models in our students lives.  We need your help to make this wonderful program a success for our students.

WATCH D.O.G.S. is a one-of-a-kind school-based, father involvement program that works to support education and safety.

Please follow this link: Watch D.O.G.S. to find out more information about the program.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the Watch D.O.G.S. program here at Driver Elementary School, please let your child’s teacher know so we can provide you with the contact information of our DES parent  who will be heading up the program here at school.

Please remember that you will need to be an approved volunteer, through Volunteer Connect, to be an active participant working with the students in school.

Thank you in advance for your interest and participation in this wonderful program!