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Now THIS is the event you will not want to miss (insert loud cheers here)!  The annual BTS Bash is guaranteed fun for all!

When  ~ FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 6-9 PM

Where  ~ DSES Cafeteria & Gym

Cost  ~ $2 per person

Featuring ~ DJ, Interactive inflatables, Cake Walk ($1 extra per game), Tie Dye station (Bring your own shirt or shirts will be available for sale), contests, jewelry making, balloon animals and MORE!

Food (for sale) ~ Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Pizza, Chips, Drinks  *No outside food/drinks allowed *

Vendor Opportunity ~  Vendor tables available for $35. Contact Jessica at



We need YOU to help make this a success and a fun and memorable event! Please sign up with the following link for food donations and volunteer opportunities.  Nonperishable items may be dropped off at the front office the week of August 24th and perishable items by 10am on August 28th.  Thank you in advance for your help! Sign up here.



Thank you to all that have already renewed their PTA Membership for the 2015-2016 school year! The PTA has a lot of great plans for the upcoming school year by continuing to bring new and more technology into the classrooms, planning awesome school events for our students, and appreciating our teachers – just to name a few!  If you haven’t renewed, please submit $10 per student to your teacher in a marked envelope to cover the year!  Thank you in advance! It’s going to be a great year!



Don’t forget to order this years Spirit Wear! There are a variety of new styles you will want to wear proudly! We have cute rhinestone tees and cool dri-fit shirts. We even have rain jackets and more! You can even order for yourself- adults sizes are available!  Click here for the 20015 spirit wear DSES Order Form.   Please send in your completed order with payment by August 24.  Cash and checks accepted.  To pay with credit and/or see samples in person, contact Jessica Taggart (



Room Parent (classroom help – in and out of the room) – Some teachers are still in search of a Room Parent. What a great way to be more involved in your students classroom and be that “fly on the wall” you all know you want to be! Please contact Stephanie Mahan if you are interested or have questions about this great volunteer role

PTA – The PTA is always looking for more volunteers! If interested, please contact Robin Winner ( discuss what might be the best fit for you. We promise, there is something for everyone.

We look forward to a great year and never hesitate to contact us with questions and/or comments and especially if you’d like to volunteer.

~~ find us on Facebook  – Dunwoody Springs Elementary PTA 


Back to School Bash and Movie Event

Screen Shot 2013-08-14 at 12.08.46 AMSave the date!
Saturday, September 21st – 5:30 pm
Dunwoody Springs Elementary School’s Back to School Bash

Bound to be a blast you don’t want to miss! Join your Dunwoody Springs Elementary School community for a family event. Attend with your children to get together with old friends and meet new ones. (No drop offs; all students must be accompanied by an adult.)

Only $2 per person includes all activities:

Movie viewing at 7:15 pm:
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

  • Contests
  • Inflatables
  • DJ
  • Flash Mob
  • Cake Walk (additional $1)
  • Life Sized Angry Birds Slingshot
  • Tye Dye Station (bring your own shirt or buy one at the party)

Food for sale:
Hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, chips, drinks, ice cream treats

No outside food allowed. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs!

Vendor tables will be available for $25. Contact for information.

We can’t wait to see you there!

A Fabulous First Week with our Fabulous Teachers!

We’re not even finished with the first week of school, and I can already tell that it’s going to be a great year.  My third grader came home and said that he had such a good time in his class that he “forgot where he was.”  My fifth grader also loves his teachers this year, and he is quite proud that he has to travel from classroom to classroom to take different subjects.

Speaking of fabulous teachers, I would like to brag about DSES’s own Patrice Dawkins-Jackson, a first grade teacher (known as Ms. DJ to her students).  The US Department of Education selected Ms. DJ as one of 12 teachers selected to serve as a Teaching Ambassador Fellow.  This year, 625 educators nationwide applied for this honor.

According to the August 2, 2012 post in the Sandy Springs Patch, Ms. Dawkins-Jackson “will collaborate with other Fellows to provide specific outreach to teachers and to increase their understanding of federal education policies and programs, specifically how those interplay with state and local policies. Over the year, she also will be asked to share relevant school and classroom experiences with internal and external audiences.”

Congratulations Ms. DJ on your honor!

This Weekend.  And how should we finish this amazing first week of school?  Butterflies and a free movie!

On Saturday, August 18, the Dunwoody Nature Center will revive its annual Butterfly Festival.  Walk among tents filled with hundreds of butterflies.  Take a scavenger hunt, enjoy live music and animal encounters, and drink the signature drink of the day -“larval lemonade.” The festival runs from 10:00 am to 3:00pm, and the cost is $8 per adult, $5 for children ages 4-12, and free for children 3 and under.  Shuttle service will be available for off-site parking.

Tired from the festival?  Why not spend the evening watching a free movie at Brook Run ParkRadio Station B98.5 FM is hosting Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG) this Saturday after dark.   Come early for fun and freebies; stay late for a movie under the stars.

Have a great weekend!


Welcome to the new school year!  I hope everyone had a great summer and that you are ready for a fantastic school year!

Last year, I was amazed by the wonderful activities offered after hours at the school, but I totally forgot to blog about it until after the programs began.  This year, I sent my kids on a “Dolphin Dive” mission – to collect a copy of all of the information about the extra curricular activities offered at DSES.  Not only did they collect the information, but they spent the car ride home planning out their after school activities.

10 and Under Tennis.  Atlanta is a tennis town (look at the popularity of ALTA), so it is only natural that DSES offer tennis as an after school program.  With this kid-friendly program, children learn to play using smaller rackets and slower balls.  Tennis is offered twice a week – grades K through 2 meet on Monday and Wednesday, and grades 3-5 meet on Tuesday and Thursday.  Class time begins at 2:35 each day, but additional class times will be offered if enough of students enroll.  The cost is $100 for eight weeks.  For more information, check out the website  You can also contact the tennis coach, Julius Robertson, a certified tennis professional, at or 404.291.4550.

Championship Chess Club.  My oldest cannot wait to join the Chess club.  This club aspires to offer two levels of chess on Thursday afternoon from 2:20-3:20 in the Art room – one level for beginning players in first grade and below, and one level for children who already know the basics.  The program costs $130 for 8 weeks.  However, the Club must have 15 interested families to offer this program.  If you are interested, please send an email to, and type Dunwoody Springs Chess Club Interest in the subject line.  I hope that DSES can create a competitive team this year!

GolfSquad offers two programs this fall – a Fall program for children ages 7 and up, and a Fall Primer program for ages 4-6.  The Fall program meets for one hour each week for twelve weeks and teaches golf basics. The Fall Primer program meets for 30 minutes weekly for 12 weeks.  In addition to learning golf skills, the program incorporates simple math skills and golf vocabulary.  Children in both programs receive a handbook, a visor and water bottle. All training equipment and clubs are provided.  I don’t have information on the days or cost of the program, but I will add an update when I receive it.  For more information, go to or contact Ysreen Shores at 864-237-4553.

Imagine That! TechnoScience.  These classes look very cool.  Offered every Friday from Sept. 7 – Dec. 14, this program offers Lego Robotics, programming and Technology as well as Hands On Investigative Science that teaches physics and physiology.  Each program offers a challenge for the students to solve:  How do you explore an ancient tomb loaded with booby traps?  How can you protect an egg when dropping it from a tall tower?  Classes cost $298 if you register before August 27, and $318 thereafter.  For more information, check out the website at, or contact the program at or 770.455.1980.

Sandy Springs Recreation and Parks Department.   Sandy Springs offers the best program deals around.  For $25.00 (no, I did not leave off a zero), your child can attend soccer or basketball for an 8-week session.  The Fall Soccer program begins in September and is offered 3 days a week from 2:30 – 4.  PreK and K play on Monday; 1st and 2nd grade play on Tuesday, and 3-5 play on Thursday.   Basketball will begin in the winter, and soccer will be offered again in the spring.  For more information, contact our own school nurse, Paula Geiss, or call Trevor Ramos at 770.206.2040.

I hope you have found something for your child to enjoy once the school day ends!  Check out the blog for any additional programs that are offered this fall and throughout the school year.


The GolfSquad program will begin Monday, September 17, from 2:30 to 3:30 PM, and the program will run 12 weeks.  The cost is $250.  Grab your clubs!

Less Than Two Weeks and Counting!

Happy August to my fellow Dolphins!  Can you believe that school starts two weeks from today?  As usual, I have no idea where the summer went.

I would like to welcome the new families to Dunwoody Springs Elementary School.  We have a fabulous PTA, and we look forward to you joining our community.

The Dolphin Dive.  You should have received a mailer with information about this year’s registration, known as the Dolphin Dive.  Here, you will meet your students’ teachers, get school bus and carpool numbers, register for discounted school lunches (if you qualify), and learn about some of the fantastic after-school programs offered at Dunwoody Springs.

This year’s Dolphin Dive is scheduled for August 9.  Please register your children entering Pre-K to 2nd  grade from 3-4:30pm, and 3rd to 5th grade from 4 – 6pm.  If you have children in multiple grades, you should be able to register all of them at one time.   Remember that you will save lots of time by filling out the paperwork you received in the mail ahead of time and bringing it with you to Dolphin Dive.

PTA Registration.  The registration information also included information about joining the PTA.  For $10 per child, you can help sponsor a variety of PTA projects this year, including Read 2 Lead, the Reflections Art Program, and staff appreciation events.

New School Year, New School Website.  Take a few minutes to check out the new school website, located at

When I last checked, the old website was still live.   The old website is brown and green; the new website is white and blue and has the dolphin logo.  We hope that the old site will be taken down soon and the new website will be updated with all the information that you need.

School Supplies.  Have you noticed all the summer school supply sales?  Apparently, retail sales have been depressed all summer, so retailers have been trying to pull us in with some really incredible sales on school supplies.  Check out the Sunday flyers this week for sales at Office Depot, Office Max and Staples for some great deals.  A list of school supplies is still found on the old website under Fall 2011.

For those new parents, please be aware that Dunwoody Springs has a dress code (uniform guidelines are posted on the website).  I will try to post great deals on uniform clothing as I find them.  I will tell you that I’ve had great luck at Children’s Place and Lands’ End in the past.

This weeks’ Sunday paper showed the following deals:

–       Walgreens – 29¢ Paper Mate Pens and Mechanical pencils; 49¢ single subject notebooks; 9¢ two pocket folders

–       Walmart – 97¢ zipper binders or pencil boxes; 50¢ CraZArt washable markers and colored pencils; $1.84 6 count pink erasers; 82¢ filler paper

–       Target – never the best pricing for school supplies until about a week after school starts.  Then, stock up for this year and next!

–       CVS – Lots of $1 items – composition books, pencils, scissors, 1 subject notebooks

–       Office Depot – 1¢ folders; 25¢ composition notebooks, pens, crayons

Also, take note of the upcoming tax free shopping days on August 10 – 11.  Beware – pricing is not always the cheapest during these days, but many items are tax free.

Feel free to send the blog the best deal you have found; I’ll be happy to share it with the community.

Happy Shopping!  Enjoy the rest of your summer.

First Dolphin Dive Blog of the 2011-2012 Academic Year

Greetings Fellow Dolphins, and welcome to the Dunwoody Springs Elementary School 2011-2012 academic year! My name is Diane Weinberg, and I have been asked to help with this year’s blog. The PTA is busy preparing for this school year, so you should expect to receive a fair number of posts in the next several weeks.

1. Meet the Teacher Night, Thursday, August 11, 3:00 – 4:30pm (grades PreK, K, 1, & 2) and 4:00 – 6:00pm (Grades 3, 4 & 5)

I am very pleased to announce our first event of the year – Meet the Teacher Night. Please come to the school
– to meet your child’s or children’s new teacher,
– find your bus route,
– pick up a car pool number,
– register for after care,
– join school activities and the PTA,
– and buy spirit wear. (Go Dolphins!)
A copy of the flyer with this information is attached.

Meet the Teacher Night – August 11

2. Save the Date: Dolphin Block Party. Sept. 24 from 12 – 4 pm.
Mark this date on your calendars. Details to follow.

3. School shopping. Have you checked your newspapers lately? The school sales have started, and they have been great. This afternoon, I saw folders on sale at Walmart for 15 cents, and spiral notebooks for 20 cents. Lists for school supplies can be found on the DSES website,

This weekend, Old Navy has school uniform shirts on sale for $5.50 each.  You better believe that I will be there tomorrow afternoon.

Shopping tip. In talking with teachers, I have discovered that they tend to run out of certain supplies at the end of each semester, especially photocopy paper. Consider purchasing an extra ream (package of paper) and donating it to the classroom.

Have a great weekend!  In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, or if you hear about an amazing school supply sale, feel free to leave a post to the blog or to e-mail me at


School day starts 5 minutes early

6.30alarm2716905040_1f8eccb771_mSet your alarm a little early this year! Our school day now begins at 7:45 am and ends at 2:15 pm. This is a 5-minute shift from last year.

You don’t want to be late!

photo by quinndombrowski

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