New DES T-Shirt

The PPA is selling short and long sleeve DES t-shirts. An order form should have gone home yesterday or today so be looking for it. **The fit will be the same as our Spirit Shirt in the fall ** The cost is:

Short sleeve- Youth XS-Adult XL $14, 2X-3X $16
Long Sleeve- Youth XS-Adult XL $17, 2X-3X $20

Orders are due by Thursday, February 2. You can also order here on our blog page or send in the order form with your cash payment. 

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Duty Free Lunch

We need your help! We are hoping to treat the teachers to a Duty Free Lunch next Friday, November 18th.  Ideally we would have 1 parent or more from each classroom sit with the class while the teachers are able to participate in a “Bake and Take” event. 

Below is the lunch schedule. Please let us know which class you can sit with.  We will need extra volunteers to fill in,  so if you can come early or stay late that would be helpful.  Thank you!




10:25-10:45- Ray


10:30-10:50- Shaffer


10:35-10:55- Wenzelow

First Grade

10:45-11:05- Golson


10:50-11:10- Clark


10:55-11:15- Arrighi


11:00-11:20- Goodson  

Second Grade

11:05-11:25- Walker


11:10-11:30- Ballant




11:20-11:40- Sippial

Third Grade

11:25-11:45- Saucier


11:30-11:50- Stembridge


11:35-11:55- Wade


Fourth Grade

11:45-12:05- Maddux


11:50-12:10- Gisi


11:55-12:15- Noah


Fifth Grade

12:00-12:20- Galloway

12:05-12:25- Mattox


12:10-12:30- Simpson


12:15-12:35- Campbell



Thank you,


Leighann Fisher

PPA Volunteer Coordinator


"Volunteering is the ultimate form of democracy.  You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer you vote everyday about the kind of community you want to live in." -Author Unknown

Verification Letter

Hi Parents!  You probably received a letter within the last week or so and may have some questions.  MPS will implement an online registration for the 2017-2018 term.  To make sure they have correct data, the office is asking that you bring ORIGINAL copies of address verification.  They will make copies and return the originals to you.  This can be done by letting your child bring the paperwork, but the preferred method would be to have the student's responsible guardian bring it in to Mr Randle at the front office. 

The Forms of Acceptable Proof of Residence are:

  • Utility Bill or Deposit Receipts for electric or gas services only. (Must be current - within 30 days - for electric or gas service.)
  • Apartment or Home Lease/Mortgage (a. Apartment/Home Lease - Official Document - only to be used if all utilities are included; b. Monthly Mortgage Statement - must be current - within 30 days.)
  • Property Tax Records or Deeds - Tax Receipt, Property Deed - (Please blacken out any personal financial information.)
  • Income Tax Records - Copy of Check from the IRS, Correspondence from the IRS
  • Social Security Checks or other correspondence from Social Security Office
  • Correspondence from other U.S. Government agencies - (Dept of Human Resources, Food Stamp Office)
  • Employment Records - Paycheck Stub issued from employer showing physical address of employee within the last 30 days

Please take any TWO forms to the office for your child's records.  If they are any other questions, please contact Mr Randle in the front office.  He's happy to help! 

Red Ribbon Week!

The National Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31 each year.

DES definitely made this a memorable one!  Thank you to the kids (and their parents) who participated!  It was a lot of fun seeing everyone dressed up in the many different themes each day!  



10.  It's a GREAT way to meet families with children the same age as your own. 

9.  You will be become a greater part of your children's early learning experiences! 

8.  You can help raise money for a great cause - Your Children's Education! 

7.  You'll get to know the teachers at Dalraida and understand their needs and ideas.

6.  It's one more way to meet and talk with school administrators like the principal and vice principal. 

5.  You can create, plan, and execute FUN events for the whole family! 

4.  It's an hour or so each month from your hectic household routine. 

3.  Camaraderie. 

2.  You'll experience feeling of self-worth through volunteering your time and seeing your efforts pay off in smiles of your children and their friends. 

1.  And finally, the Number One Reason to join us is..... WE NEED YOU! 

WSFA Starting Off Strong in 1st Grade at DES


The first year of school for kids is very important. It's a crucial time in their life where an educator can really make a difference, and that's why Kim Golson from Dalraida Elementary decided to become a teacher!

"I decided to become a teacher later on in life, and I wanted to make a difference," Golson admitted. "I was given first grade right off the bat, and this is a good grade I think to make a difference with."

After teaching youngsters for 15 years, Mrs. Golson has learned a thing or two from her students.

"They are always up...if you are having a bad day, they are not. So they are ready to go and they look at you. They have taught me to look at the glass half full instead of half empty."

If there is one thing a teacher can do to expedite the process of learning, it's finding a way to make studying the material fun for the kids; Mrs. Golson has found a way to do that and infuse her competitive nature into the process.

"If I start you here and I'm trying to get you here," Golson said, "I am really competitive because I want you to get here."

Not only does it help her students get to the next level faster, it's also teaching them other qualities like compassion and empathy for others.

"I have also seen that (being competitive) instills empathy" the teacher said. "If someone doesn't get it, they will say "oh, you will get it next time!" so I think that will carry over with them as they get older, I hope."

Congratulations, Mrs. Golson. You're this week's Class Act.

Copyright 2016 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved.


Project 3D

Date: August 29, 2016

School Address: Dalraida Elementary School

440 Dalraida Road

Montgomery, Al 36109


I am writing to see if you and your business would be interested in sponsoring our “Project 3D” Drugs Awareness fundraiser.

“Project 3D” is a program that we will conduct at our school in October to raise funds to continue improvements to our outdoor classroom for our students. Students will be able to visit the outdoor classroom to read at their leisure, eat lunch, grow and nurture plants and flowers. Our school is hosting its second annual One Mile Fun Run, 5K, 3-on-3 basketball and jump rope tournaments. Our goal is to buy 250 runners’ medals and t-shirts to give to our runners as they finish the race. We need your help in purchasing the medals, t-shirts and goodie bags.

The objective of “Project 3D” is to increase awareness on Drugs. Do you know that Drugs affect one out of three children directly or indirectly in the United States? During this six week program, our students, staff, parents and community members will learn all the risks factors and how to live healthy lifestyles. Our participants will also learn lifelong skills in jumping rope, playing basketball, dancing and running.

If your business could help us, it would make a big difference in the lives of our students. If your business would like to make a monetary donation towards getting our outdoor classroom completed or buying our medals and t-shirts, please contact Dalraida Elementary School. In return, we could give your business exposure for helping a worthy cause by referencing your name on all printed material and acknowledgement on the local radio station. We also would like for you and your staff to be present at our events. We need volunteers from your school or business to help manage our events.

“Project 3D” events will be held the week of October 10th through the 15th at our school. The potential estimated audience will be around 400 people. I would be most appreciative of a telephone call or email to let me know of your interest.

My cell number is (334) 233-4831. The school’s number is (334) 260-1007 and the fax number is (334) 260-1071. My email is or I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for considering this request.

Sincerely yours,

Victor Crowell Physical Education Teacher

Principal Mrs. Harris

Montgomery County Board of Education

307 South Decatur Street • P.O. Box 1991 • Montgomery, AL 36102-1991

Phone (334) 223-6700 • Fax (334) 269-3076

Book Fair!

The Crane Book Fair is next week October 3-7!!!

We accept cash, as well as credit/debit cards with a $10 minimum.

We need YOUR help to make this book fair a success. We are looking for volunteers to lend a helping hand. We have 1 hour time slots every day beginning at 8 am and ending at 3 pm. Students love to see their parents and family members helping at school. Sign up today to be a volunteer! You can click here to sign up:

Lots Going On This Week!

It's been a busy week here at the PPA! 

We kicked off Snack Day Thursdays!  Thank you to all who prepaid!  If you did not, but still wish to purchase a snack, you can the day of.  We will be posted at the picnic table in front of the library from 7:30-8 for same day orders!  It's $1 for snack or $2 for snack and a bottle water.  Cash only!  This will be EVERY Thursday! 

Spirit Shirts have been ordered!!!  They should arrive to soon and we will deliver them to your students class!  Thank you for your patience! 

Our FIRST Spirit Night is right around the corner!  It will be on Tuesday, Sep 20th at Texas Roadhouse in Eastchase from 4-8!  It's KID'S NIGHT!  There will already be some great deals but Texas Roadhouse has sent us a coupon for each Adult Entree you get TWO kids meals free (Ranger Meals Excluded).  Texas Roadhouse will give us 10% of the receipts we collect at the end of the night!  Come out and make it a success!

The Mixed Bag Fundraiser is due on the 15th!  Make sure to send in your orders!  Remember, this is the ONLY fundraiser the PPA will be sending home this year!  We will keep you informed on the other fundraisers happening!   


Volunteers Needed!

DES is always in need of a few good people!  Whether it's to help make copies, watch a classroom, give the teachers and staff an extra hand, there is ALWAYS something to do!  Our Volunteer Coordinator, Leighann Fisher, will help point you in the right direction.  We don't just take moms and dads.  We love Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and Friends!  Please e-mail us if you are interested in helping!


Do You Have a 4th Grader?

The Nation Park Foundation announced Every Kid In A Park!  What is that?  A new White House youth initiative to get all 4th graders and their families to experience the places that are home to our country’s natural treasures, rich history, and vibrant culture FREE OF CHARGE! Beginning September 1st all kids in the fourth grade have access to their own Every Kid in a Park pass at This pass provides free access to national parks across the country.

Please vist for more information! 




The PPA has started our fundraiser and we need your help to make it a success! Did you know the PPA pays for all the copies at our school? This is our biggest expense costing us about $5,000 each year.

Mixed Bag packets went home last week so start selling now to family and friends.
Have family and friends out of town? Share or send the link below so they can order online. Your child will still credit and the order is shipped straight to them!
We will give prizes to the top 3 sellers and all children selling 5 or more products will win a Popsicle Party!!!

Spirit Shirts

Have you received the PPA pamphlet?  It will tell you how to join the PPA, sign up for snack, and order the PPA sponsored SPIRIT SHIRT!   This year's PPA shirt "You cannot hide our Panther Pride!" can be worn on Fridays!  (With uniform bottoms.)  There is another shirt/jacket order form.  This is a teacher sponsored fundraiser, not PPA, so please refer questions to the office.  If you have any questions about the SPIRIT SHIRT, please contact us!  We love to see kids (and parents) wearing their Dalraida Spirit! 

We have had a lot of our Kindergarten families ask if the shirts can come in Extra Small.  GREAT NEWS!  They can!  If you have already ordered but need to change the order to reflect the change, please contact us! 


#1 Only moms and teachers need to join the PPA.


A strong PPA needs the support of parents, family members, teachers, school staff, and community members. Anyone who cares about children belongs in the PPA!


#2 Joining the PPA means I have to volunteer.


The PPA appreciates everyone’s membership, whether or not a member volunteers. You will not be sucked in to a black hole of volunteering!


#3 I have to be a board member or chair a committee to join the PPA.


You do not have to serve on the PPA Board or chair a committee to join the PPA. Your beautiful smile and wonderful support will suffice!


#4 PPA membership never expires, I only have to join once.


Each new school year begins a new PPA membership year. Your PPA membership will be good for the entire school year!


#5 I don’t have the time to join the PPA.


If you are unable to volunteer your time, please consider becoming a member of the PPA and give your financial support. You will have the satisfaction of knowing that your support helps fund events and activities for the children throughout the school year!


#6 I’ll get roped into volunteering if I attend a PPA meeting.


There will be opportunities to get involved, but no pressure. Just pass along the signup sheet if you are unable to participate. No judgment here!


#7 The PPA is only for stay-at-home parents with nothing else to do.


Your fellow PPA members are family and community members who want to support the kids and the school. Most members are juggling bills, household chores, kids, sports, and homework, just like you!


#8 My child’s life will be the same whether or not I join the PPA.


Not only does membership put you in direct communication with other parents and teachers, it shows you child that you are interested and invested in their educational experience.


#9 The PPA has all the help they need.


The PPA always wants and always needs volunteers! If you choose to volunteer, you decide your time commitment!


#10 I have an idea but the PPA isn’t interested.

New ideas are always welcome! It’s important to keep our PPA fresh and exciting!


Welcome to the NEW PPA Blog!


New Dalraida families, I know what you are wondering, because trust me, I was confused too!  What does PPA stand for???  We are the Panther Pride Association. If you haven't guessed it, Panthers are the Dalraida mascot.  So why PPA and not PTA/PTO?  Well, the answer is simple!  Not being affiliated with the PTA/PTO, we do not have to pay to be a part of the organization.  That means all the money we collect stays in our school!  More supplies for our FABULOUS teachers and students!