Category Archives: Teacher Appreciation Events

Back to School Bash and Movie Event

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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!


New Year, Teacher Appreciation Renewed

Welcome back!

I hope everyone had an amazing Winter Vacation and is back into the swing of the school year!

Dunwoody Springs begins the new year with some great news.  The Atlanta Business Chronicle just published its CRCT comparison of public schools in the Metro Atlanta area.  I am very pleased to report that Dunwoody Springs scored the second highest of the schools in the Sandy Springs Cluster, and our scores were higher than half of the schools in the Dunwoody Cluster, my former stomping grounds.  (Is it wrong that I want to giggle “tee hee hee” every time I look at the article?)

Although we did well, there is always room for improvement.  And now we must look to our amazing teachers to lead our children through the next round of CRCT and to even greater bragging rights next year.

I hope you have been as impressed with your students’ teachers as I have this year.   In our parent-teacher conferences, my students’ teachers clearly knew my children, knew their strengths and weaknesses, and adjusted their teaching when necessary to help keep my children’s interest and enthusiasm.  In fact, one teacher told me that she simply teaches the entire class material from a higher grade level.  While the students are only responsible for the material in their grade level, the students haveproven that they were capable of handling the advanced material.    Outstanding.

Please show our teachers how much we support them during Teacher Appreciation Week, which begins tomorrow.  You should have received suggestions and ideas from your child’s room parent.  If not, click on the Teacher_Appreciation_Week linkn for some inexpensive and thoughtful ideas.

Also, the PTA is showing our appreciation with a Chinese luncheon for our teachers on Wednesday, January 30th. To help, please sign up through the link below for item(s) needed to complete the luncheon.

Nonperishable items may be left at the front desk on Tuesday, January 29th. Perishable items may be brought in Wednesday morning by 8:30. Thank you very much for your help! We know the teachers will LOVE it!!!

And to all of the Dunwoody Spring Elementary School Teachers, we know your job can seem thankless at times.  Please know how much we support you and appreciate all of your hard work.

May Updates Galore

I saw the PTA e-blast today that announced that we had 14 days until the end of the school year.  Was I the only one to reach for a glass of wine?  Where did this year go?!

Although the academic year is coming to an end, the school is still buzzing with activity:

Authors and Artist Night – Tuesday, May 1st – Please join us tomorrow evening at 6PM as we celebrate our young Authors and Artists.  This will be a great opportunity to see and hear the masterpieces that our students have created.  Please come and support them.

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon – Thursday, May 3rd – As you all know, this week we are celebrating our Teachers.  If my child had actually given me the pink Teacher Appreciation Week form, I would have known to bring flowers to the teachers on Monday and school supplies on Tuesday.  If you are still inclined to donate supplies, I understand that copy paper is also especially appreciated.

Wednesday – Help the teachers relax with a spa treatment – soaps, bath salts, lotions.  Even the male teachers might enjoy a soothing music CD or a gift card for a coffee at Starbucks.

This Thursday, we will be hosting a luncheon for all teachers and staff and are in need of your help with a few items.  Please take a look at this Sign Up Genius and assist if you can.

And for Friday, ask your student to make a homemade card to thank your teacher for all of his and her hard work this year.

Pre-K Lottery Drawing  – Friday May 4th – The Drawing for the Pre-K Lottery will be held in the Media Center at noon.  Please contact the school for further information.

Relay for Life Flea Market – Saturday, May 5th  – Come help fight for a cure for cancer and do a little shopping.  Support the Relay For Life Flea Market!

Field Day – Friday, May 11th – Our Annual Field Day is quickly approaching and we desperately need your help!  Please consider volunteering your time and having fun in the process.  Please see the sign up genius for the time slots.  Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Also Due May 11 – Parent Input for Fall Placement.  Here is your opportunity to discuss your child’s strengths and weaknesses and to help Ms. Friedman match your child’s needs with his or her teacher next year.   Be sure to complete the Dunwoody Springs Elementary Parent Input for Fall Placement.

Have a great week!

Welcome Back!

Oh behalf of the PTA, the Dolphin Diva would like to welcome you back to school!  We hope you had a very restful and happy vacation, and we wish you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

We have a lot of exciting activities this month.

This Friday, Jan. 13, is our PTA Annual Teacher’s Appreciation Chili Luncheon.  Please bring one of the following:

Chili – 20 gallon bags of regular, vegetarian, turkey or chicken chili

Crackers or bread

Cheese – 10 bags

Sour Cream – 10 containers

Hot Sauce

Jalapeno slices


Of note, I just checked, and Kroger has 16 oz of shredded cheese on sale for $2.99, ground beef in the roll on sale for $2.69/lb, and sour cream on sale for $1.99.  Publix has several different cheeses on sale, including Cabot (8 oz bar for $2.50), Sargento (8 oz for $2.50) and DiGiorno Cheese (6 oz cup in deli for $2.40).  Publix also has Jennie O’s ground turkey on sale for $3.49/lb.

School is closed on Monday, Jan. 16, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Feel free to post any plans you may have for your children that day on the website; I’m sure we all could use a few good ideas.

Friday, January 27, is Career Day.  Please contact your children’s teachers and volunteer to speak about your career.  Last year, I spoke to a class about owning my own business, and I’m pretty sure we had a few budding entrepreneurs.

With the new semester comes new after-school activities.  The World Language Institute, Inc. offers a full immersion Spanish class on Wednesdays from 2:30 – 3:30 pm.  Classes start Wednesday, Jan 11, and runs every Wednesday until May 9.  Space is limited to 12 students, and the cost is $255 for this semester.  If you are interested, please contact the Language Learning Center at 678-242-8712.

Finally, I hope you will join me in this New Year’s Resolution:  remembering to log in my children’s reading minutes into the Read to Lead Website. I am the worst about this, but I know that by making this confession, you will keep my nose to the grindstone and my children’s noses to their books.

Have a great week!

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Chili Luncheon

PTA is hosting our Annual Chili Luncheon for the teachers and staff on Wednesday, January 19th from 10:30am-1:00pm.  Please help show your support by contributing something from the following list.  All non-perishable items can be dropped off  anytime.  Perishable items can be dropped off on the 18th or the morning of the 19th.
Chili – white, regular, black bean, vegetarian (please put in ziploc bags for easier clean-up)
Shredded cheese
Hot Sauce
Sour cream – regular, light or fat free
Corn bread
Fresh Fruit
Veggie trays
Desserts – brownies, cookies, cakes or pies
Canned sodas
Bottled water
Please respond to Terrell Swarbrigg – to let her know what you are able to help with.  Remember this counts as your volunteer hours.

Many thanks for your continued support!

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