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PTA Updates

Back to School Bash THANK YOU!
Thanks to all who came out for the Back To School Bash! IT WAS A BLAST! It doesn’t get any better than seeing Ms. Goggins in the Hamster Roll!  It was a huge success, and we couldn’t have done it without all of you!  A BIG THANK YOU to all who participated, donated items and/or volunteered your time! Thank you! Thank you!  Thank you!
Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 6.16.02 PMPAPA JOHN’S SPIRIT NIGHT
Take a night off from cooking and support our school! Papa John’s Spirit Night is TONIGHTs! Tuesday, Sept. 1.  Order from Papa John’s (8725 Roswell Rd. location) and 10% of the order will  go directly back to our school!  And no cooking for anyone! It’s a win-win for all! Call 678-461-4633 to order or order online. Click here to order online.
Curriculum Night will begin at 5:00 on Thursday, Sept. 3 with a Title I Parent Meeting.  This meeting will be led by Principal Goggins and she will cover the following:
– What it means to be a Title I School
– Your rights as a parent
– Our school wide goals
– How Title I funds will be spent
– Parental Involvement Opportunities this year
Curriculum night will follow immediately after from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  Childcare will be provided for DSES students.
box-topsBOX TOPS
It’s time to start collecting Box Tops! It’s such an easy way to earn money for the school! Plus, the class that collects the most Box Tops will win a party for their class!
Volunteer Opportunities
Some teachers are still in search of a Room Parent! What a great way to be more involved in your students classroom! Please contact Stephanie Mahan if you are interested
The PTA is always looking for more volunteers! If interested, please contact Jennifer Davis to discuss what might be the best fit for you! We promise, there is something for everyone!
 All volunteers MUST view the online Mandated Reporter’s training and complete the volunteer registration.  If you completed this last year, you just need to renew.  Please click here. There are two tabs on the top of the page – one is the “volunteer renewal form” and the other is “register to volunteer.” This must be completed before you do any volunteer positions in the school, including field trips.
Congratulations to the Love family, our 2015 Dolphin Dive raffle winners of a $100 Gift Card!!!   Thank you for joining the PTA!
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beachDon’t forget!! Coming up, we have a four- day weekend!  Enjoy NO SCHOOL on Friday, Sept. 4 (PBL Day) and Monday, Sept. 7 (Labor Day)! 
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Events and Dates to Remember

There is a lot going on…Please take a moment to note the following dates and events on your calendar:

Screen Shot 2015-01-11 at 11.32.36 PM**PAPA JOHNS SPIRIT NIGHT**

It’s time for another Papa John’s Spirit Night. This is a really easy way to help raise money for our school because a percentage of your order goes back to Dunwoody Springs PTA, even when you take advantage of a special offer.

When:  THIS Wednesday, February 11th

What:  10% of any order placed at the Roswell Rd. Papa John’s on February 11th will go directly back to Dunwoody Springs.

Where:  8725 Roswell Rd. 678-461-4633. (This location only.)

Click here to order online.


box-tops**BOX TOPS DEADLINE IS Friday, Feb. 20**
Don’t forget to bring in your Box Tops for education. Have you asked your relatives and friends to collect them for you?
Winning class gets a pizza party!!

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 10.00.51 AM**NEW DATE for STEM (Science) Night !! **

When: Thursday, March 26th
Time:  6-8 PM
Fliers to follow, but mark your calendar now. It’s sure to be a fun and educational evening.

Be sure to RSVP.





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boogie the night away! All proceeds benefit  5th-grade end-of-year activities.
When: Thursday, March 12
Time : 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost: 1 ticket: $5… 2 tickets: $8… 3 or more tickets : $10

Photos, pizza, baked goods and drinks will be for sale

Students must be accompanied by an adult.


Image credit for science night photo:

Updates from Dunwoody Springs PTA

Happy New Year!  Welcome back! We have lots of great things planned for the second half of the 2013-2014 school year and here’s a snapshot of what’s to come in the next few weeks:

IMG_20100916_185829Don’t forget! Wednesday, January 22nd is the Parent Resource Center Open House and Volunteer Day. Stop by anytime between 8:00 am and 1:30 pm to find out what incredible resources are available for checkout to help your child(ren) with their core academics!!

And while you’re there – give us a little bit of your time and volunteer in a class or wherever needed. No amount of your time is too big or too small. A helping hand is all you need!

Other calendar items:

Picture 3Ongoing – be sure to fill out your Read to Lead calendars. Fill out the paper calendar and return to your homeroom teacher or simply go online and enter your minutes there.

Friday, January 31 – Career Day

If you are interested in being a speaker in your child’s classroom, please sign up with his/her teacher as soon as possible.  We are hoping that each classroom will have between two and four speakers.  We would like you to schedule a time between 8:00 am – 10:00 am. The students look forward to hearing about your duties and responsibilities. Please stop by the lobby that morning to enjoy donuts and coffee as a “thank you” for participating. Thank you in advance.

Thursday, Feb. 13 – Dunwoody Springs Valentine Luncheon

Come spend lunchtime with your little loved ones!! Be sure to bring a little extra cash – Valentine photos and Candy Grams will be available for a small fee. Proceeds go directly to Dunwoody Springs. Be sure to check what time your little Cupid will be in the cafeteria. The lunch schedule will be sent home in backpacks.

Thursday, Feb. 13 – DSES Family Valentine Dancehearts

The fun continues into the night – It’s the 2nd annual DSES Family Valentine Dance from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Ticket prices are $5 for 1 ticket, $8 for two and $10 for 3 or more! Come dance the night away with your Dolphin Family! We guarantee lots of music, dancing and fun!  Pizza, drinks and baked goods will be for sale.  ALL STUDENTS must be accompanied by an adult.  NO drop offs! 

Friday, Feb. 14- Monday, Feb 17 – No School for the President’s Day Holiday
Need a reminder about important school holidays? Check out the Fulton County School System’s official online calendar.

Friday, Feb. 21 box-tops
BOX TOPS DUE. Keep clipping those box tops and bring them to school by the 21st. Top class wins.

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Hope your New Year is off to a great start and we’ll see you soon!!

Mark your calendars for events at Dunwoody Springs

Hello Dolphin Families!
Now that the school year has gotten off to a great start, it’s time to get a few fun activities going! Please read on for details!!
Annual Title I Parent Meeting
This Thursday, Aug. 29th at 5:30, Principal Ivy Freeman will share information about:
  • What it means to be a Title I School
  • Your rights as a parent
  • Our school wide goals
  • How Title I funds will be spent
  • Parental Involvement Opportunities this year
CURRICULUM NIGHT will follow immediately after the Title I meeting – THIS Thursday, August 29th from 6:00 – 8:00 –
Learn all about what your child will be learning and what great things our teachers have in store for our children this year!  You will not want to miss this important evening!


WHEN:  Saturday, September 21st
TIME:  5:30 PM
  • DJ
  • TYE DYE STATION (Bring your own t-shirt or shirts available to add’l cost)
  • CAKE WALK ($1 extra to play)
Items for Sale include:  Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Pizza, Chips, Drinks, Ice Cream treats
** VENDOR TABLES AVAILABLE : $25 each, contact for more information
This September, please encourage your children to read about Heros and Sheros – Real or imaginary, read about people who inspire you to do your best!
There will be a BUBBLE CELEBRATION on Oct. 3rd for all students who complete their Read to Lead calendars by Sept. 30.   We are encouraging families to fill out calendars online at, but paper calendars will be accepted.
Let’s make this our year for the most minutes read school-wide!!!
We have new spirit wear this year and as usual, they are super cute for the girls and super cool for the guys!! Please click on the following link to view the new styles and **NEW THIS YEAR*, you can place your order and purchase directly through our blog and pay via PayPal! T-shirts are $10 and sweatshirts are $20!
And while you’re there, make sure you sign up to get our blog posts sent straight to your inbox, to keep you in the loop on all things Dunwoody Springs related!
We collected over 10,000 Box Tops last year and made over $1,000 for our school!  Help win a pizza party for your child’s classroom!  There are 3 submission deadlines this year:  October 25th, Feb. 21st and May 14th.  The class with the most submitted by each deadline will win a pizza party!
What do you need to do? Simply, continue to cut out Box Top coupons on select groceries and household products into your homeroom teacher.  Ask grandparents and neighbors to collect too! Shop online? Go through and link to the website of your choice. You will also find a list of participating groceries. Such an easy way to earn money for our school!
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See everyone in a couple of days at Curriculum Night!

Give and ye shall receive . . .


Before I get too far in the post, I want to thank everyone who helped make our first Back To School Bash a total success! We could not have done it without you!!! We hope everyone had a great time and we are already looking forward to planning the next one!  We would also like to thank our community sponsors for their generous donations:

  • Mike Malloy, Fidelity Bank
  • Sheila Malloy, Atlanta Communities Real Estate
  • Dunwoody Fresh Market
  • Exxon on the Run, corner of Roswell Rd. and Northridge
  • Richard miller, Morris Hardwick Schneider, a real estate law firm

And did you see the article about our bash in the Sandy Springs Reporter?  Check out the Education section in the September 23 edition.  Dunwoody Springs continues to make a great name for itself and our community!


Do not miss out on the opportunity to purchase the newly designed spirit wear! Youth T-shirts are only $10!! And Adults only $12!! Spiritwear can be worn on Fridays in place of school uniform (uniform bottoms must still be worn) or wear your shirts loud and proud around the community and let everyone know how proud you are to be a Dolphin!!!

SPIRITWEAR ORDER FORM ATTACHED. Just print it out and turn it in by Friday!!


Hopefully you’ve had the chance to look through the new Great American catalogue that came home with your child on Sept. 7th!! Don’t forget you have until Sept. 28th to reach out and sell to your neighbors, relatives, co-workers etc.  Your child will earn prizes for selling! DSES will earn money for selling!! Now let’s get selling!!!  Orders due back to school on Friday, Sept. 28th.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Vision and Hearing Screening

Looking for an easy way to volunteer at Dunwoody Springs?  The annual Hearing and Vision Screening is being held on Thursday, Oct. 4th.  We need parents to help run the tests and keep the testing moving along throughout the day.  Volunteers needed from 7:15 – 1:30 – any timeframe is appreciated.  Please call the front desk if interested (770) 673-4060.  Thank you in advance!!


It’s that time of year again – time to get your child’s creative juices flowing and enter the 2012-2013 Reflections Contest – This year’s theme is “The Magic of a Moment” … one entry per student, per category.  Categories are visual arts, literature, photography, Dance, Film and Music Composition.  All grades are eligible.  Please let your child’s teacher know if they would like to enter and an entry packet will be sent home.  Final Artwork is due Friday, Oct. 12.  All entrants will be honored with a medal and special school reception.  For more information, check out the attached Reflections Flyer, or read about it on the National PTA webpage.


Not your ordinary school picture! On Saturday, October 20, you will have the opportunity to have a professional family portrait taken, while earning money for your school for only $20!!! Photo can include all siblings or the entire family! Fee includes one 11×14 portrait (value $65). Additional sizes, canvas wall portraits and/or holiday cards will be available to purchase. If interested, please fill out attached order form, along with $20 to the attention of DSES PTA.  What a great way to capture a moment and get a head start on holiday cards!!! The PHOTOGRAPHY ORDER FORM is attached.


Don’t forget to turn in box tops! The first deadline is Oct.19th! Start clipping and earn money for our school! Pizza party for the class with the most box tops collected!  Want more information about this program? Check out the website at

Have a great week!

PTA Updates: Back to School Bash, Fundraising, & Technology

First and foremost –mark your calendars for the Back to School Bash, this Saturday, September 15 at 5:30 pm at the school.  Admission is $2 per person.  Games, inflatables, and a life size Angry Birds slingshot – what more could you want?  Be sure to bring money for dinner and the cake walk.  Also, don’t forget your lawn chairs and blankets so that you can enjoy the 7:15 presentation of Alvin and the Chipmunks:  Chipwrecked.  Volunteers are needed and always welcome:

Did you know that we are planning a Flash Mob for the Bash?!  Start learning your dance moves now! The choreography can be found here on YouTube.  But don’t tell the kids; let them be surprised and impressed by how cool you can really be.


How can you contribute to the PTA and the school when the only free time you have is between 2 and 3 am?  Below are two of the easiest fundraisers you will ever encounter.

Box Tops = $$$$$ For Our School!!! This is one of the easiest ways to help raise money for our school! Last year, we collected over 10,000 box tops and earned over $1,000 that went directly towards enhancing your child’s school! YOU CAN HELP WIN A PIZZA PARTY FOR YOUR CHILD’S CLASSROOM! Please collect all year long and submit by the following deadlines: October 19th, February 15th, and May 17th! The class with the most box tops submitted by each deadline will win a pizza party! All you have to do is cut out the little pink box top coupons on participating grocery items and turn them into your homeroom teacher. Ask grandparents, aunts, uncles and neighbors to collect them too! Also if you shop online, you can register on click on the link directing you to the vendor of choice and you will automatically earn money by shopping through the link!

Domino’s Pizza Cards.  Here’s another easy way to earn money for our school – purchase a $10 Domino’s pizza card.  For every large pizza you purchase with the card at regular price, you will get a large pizza FREE!  The card is valid until June 2013 and pretty much pays off with the first pizza you buy!  DSES will make an automatic 50% profit on all cards sold!  If you are interested, send your child to school with $10 in an envelope marked with your child’s name and the words “Attn PTA.  Domino’s Pizza Card.” Have your child give the envelope to his or her teacher, and we will send the card home in your child’s book bag.

And of course, don’t forget our current Great American fundraiser, which is scheduled to end on September 28.


Dunwoody Springs is moving into the social media age.  You can now follow Dunwoody Springs on Twitter at @DunwoodySprings.  Don’t have a Twitter account but want to follow the Tweets?  Check it out at

We will be adding two new tabs to our webpage, including the How to Contribute tab.  How to Contribute includes information about the various fundraising programs we have throughout the year.  Many of these events are very passive – such as paying a Georgia Natural Gas bill or clipping box tops (see above).  Others involve more commitment – selling products for the Great American fundraiser.

Well, where does this fundraising money go?  Check out the new Events tab.  Here we discuss the events that the PTA sponsors throughout the year.  Many of our events are designed to create the DSES community, such as the 2012 Back to School Bash (discussed last week), the talent show and the school dance.  Others are geared to enrich the students’ abilities at DSES, such as the Read2Lead program and the Reflections contest.

On a sidenote, I’ve been playing with different themes for the PTA page.  Check back to see how the themes have changed and, more importantly, whether the changes have been successful.  A web guru yourself?  I’m not proud – contact me with your suggestions.  All input is appreciated!

Dolphin Dive Winner!  Congratulations to Sneha D’s family, the happy winners of the $100 Visa Gift Card that was raffled off at Dolphin Dive!  Enjoy!


Fundraisers, Speakers and Reflections, Oh My!

Block Party:

Thank you for everyone who attended and volunteered for the Block Party!  The event was fun for everyone, and I don’t think we could have asked for better weather.   I worked in the hot dog stand and had a great time meeting everyone.

This Week’s Events:

September 29 – The North Fulton Counsel PTA is meeting from 6-7pm at DSES.  The keynote speaker is the new Fulton County school superintendent, Dr. Robert Arvossa.

September 30 – This is the last day of the Great American Fundraiser.  Turn in your forms!  And be sure to buy frozen cookie dough.  Not only is it tasty, but it also comes in handy when your child informs you at 9pm that she has to bring something for a school event in the morning.

September 30 – If you have been meaning to have your child join the DSES band (run by Music Matters and led by our very own Mr. Patrick McAvoy), now is the time to do it.  September 30 is the deadline.  For more information and to register, check out or contact Mr. McAvoy.

A few additional reminders:

–       Reflections:  Start your projects!  The deadline is October 10.

–       Box Tops:  Bring them in to earn money for the school.

Have a great weekend!  And for those observing Rosh Hashanah – Shanah Tovah!  Have a happy and healthy new year!

Collect Box Tops for Education!

What’s an easy way to earn money for our school? Look for Box Top for Education labels on Cheerios, Betty Crocker, Kleenex, Ziploc, Hefty and many more. Click HERE to see participating products or visit

Ask your friends, neighbors and family members to clip and save Box Tops for you. Every Box Top we collect means money for our PTA! There are only a few more weeks to collect for this year!

Please clip those labels and send them in to your child’s teacher.

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