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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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If you love your school, your teachers and everyone and everything else about Dunwoody Springs, it’s time to let everyone know!  Click on the following links to spread the word and tell everyone what you love about Dunwoody Springs!!
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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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.

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Valentine’s Day Lunch

heartsJoin your student for lunch on Friday, February 13th.  Treasure the moment and have a Valentine photo taken while you’re visiting as well! Photos are available to purchase and take home for $5 each (cash only).

When: Friday, Feb. 13
Fliers came home in your child’s book bag detailing lunch times for each teacher/class.

Cost: $3.25 per guest lunch. Cash only.
Valentine Photos: $5 each. Cash only.

Don’t miss this special opportunity to join your sweetie for lunch!

News you need to know!

Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 12.11.37 AM80’s DANCE – Tomorrow, Friday, March 21st

Remember the 80’s? Time to relive them: put your dancing shoes on (and your big hair, neon clothes, legwarmers, rubber bracelets, shoulder pads, big earrings, parachute pants … you get the idea) and join us for a fun filled night reliving the 80’s with your Dunwoody Springs friends and family. “Like, it’s totally going to be the most tubular dance of the year, for sure!!! So be there or be square.”

When – this Friday 6:00-8:00 PM (no drop offs, all students must be accompanied by an adult)

Price – $8 for two or $10 for the entire family

Concessions will be for sale. See you there

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Our annual International Night is being held on April 3rd. During this time, the DSES students’ artwork will be displayed and available for purchase. Help is needed checking out and packaging the artwork being sold. We are asking for a few parents to just sign up for 30-minute shifts. Please sign-up with this link. Thank you and see you on April 3rd!



Ready to raise your hand? The PTA is always looking for volunteers! If you think you would like to help in any capacity next year, whether it’s holding a chair position on our 2014-2015 PTA Board of Directors or helping us out whenever you can, please let us know! Contact Joy Streeter for more information (

As the End of the Semester Approaches . . .

As a blogger, I am nothing if not consistent.  I start off strong until life gets in the way.  By the end of the semester, I am hiding my face in shame from every PTA member and parent.  Fortunately, Joy has done an amazing job keeping us current with all of the school activities.

While the semester is coming to an end, life at DSES remains very busy.


Have you heard of the new store near Perimeter called “Five Below?  It’s an amazing new store filled with items perfect for holiday gift giving and the best part? NOTHING IN THE STORE IS OVER $5!!

What’s even better? This weekend from Friday, Dec. 14th through Sunday, Dec. 16, if you bring the invitation sent home with your child this week to Five Below at Perimeter Point, 10% of your purchase will go straight to Dunwoody Springs Elementary School! Make sure you bring the flyer and shop away!!

Store hours are 8am-10pm every day.  Five Below at Perimeter Point 1155 Mt. Vernon Hwy. ATL 30338 (770-481-0425) In the Home Goods shopping center by the movie theater and Sports Authority.


Most class holiday parties are scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 19th.  Please check with your teacher or room parent to find out if you can help somehow, whether it’s volunteering during the party or providing supplies.


Wednesday, Dec. 19 is PAJAMA DAY!!! Bring in $1 and you get to spend the day comfy and cozy in your PJs all day long!!!


Don’t forget to read over the holidays and enter your minutes online!!!


Congratulations to all participants! They all produced wonderful works of art and were ALL winners!!!

Pre-K: Joshua S-Visual Arts (VA); K: Heidi N-VA, Jesse M-VA, Angelique C-VA, Stephanie H-VA, Parker B-VA;  1st: Joelle S-VA;  2nd: Paul W-Photo, Clara H-VA, Jake M-Photo, Gabrielle Z-VA and Lit, Sophia M-VA; 3rd: Jasmine M-Photo, Sneha D-VA, Sophia H-Photo, Derek V-VA; 4th: Joy H-Lit, Elyssa G-Photo, Katherine D-Photo; 5th: Joline S-Photo, Jacquelyn A-Photo, VA and Lit

THANK YOU TEACHERS AND STAFF OF DUNWOODY SPRINGS.  We have had an amazing semester, and we look forward to a fabulous 2013.

AND FINALLY, while I don’t have any great free activities for the holiday, I do have a few goodies that may add some holiday cheer.

–       Enjoy gift cards?  Check out this list of stores and restaurants that offer bonuses when you purchase a gift card this holiday season.  Buy a gift for a friend and keep a little something for yourself.

–       Braves Musuem and the “Toys for a Tour” – Children who bring a new and unwrapped toy to Turner Stadium through Dec. 22 will received a free tour admission to the Braves Museum when accompanied by a paying adult.  What is really neat about this promotion is that the offer is valid for up to four children for each paying adult.  Cost of admission for the adult is $12.00.

–       The Holiday Spirit program at the Atlanta History Center.  This Saturday, December 15, from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, you can explore how people celebrated Christmas in seasons past at the Atlanta History Center.  The exhibition includes exhibitions of celebrating Christmas during the Civil War in 1862 and during the Great Depression of 1933.  It also includes Atlanta’s own Pink Pig, Percival.  Radio Disney will be on site with music, games and prizes from 11 am to 1 pm.   The exhibit is included with the price of admission, and you can get a $2.00 discount by purchasing tickets on-line.

On behalf of the Dunwoody Springs PTA, HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY!  School resumes Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.  See you next year!

Where does the time go?

I turn around and discover that almost two weeks have passed since my last post.  So much has changed in these two weeks.   I went from shorts and tee-shirts to jeans and a sweater.  My yard went from a green mat to a patchwork of colored leaves.  And school is in full swing.  Be sure to schedule your parent-teacher conference so that you know how your child is doing in class as well as what you can do to make sure your child succeeds in school.

Please remember these important dates this week:

Wednesday, October 10 – School photos.    Bring your best clothes and a smile to school on Wednesday!

Thursday, October 11 – Spirit Night at Chuck E. Cheese, 925 North Point Drive, Alpharetta, GA – Let’s turn Fun into FUNds! From 5-8 p.m. this Thursday, join your classmates in the fun and come out to the Northpoint Chuck E. Cheese for the first DSES Spirit Night of the year! Come play and eat with Chuck E. and your school friends! What a great way to have fun and support our school! Reminder stickers will go home with students on 10/11. KEEP THESE STICKERS!! You will be able to redeem the stickers for 10 free tokens. Chuck E. Cheese will donate 15% of all sales back to DSES from all sales generated at this event! A parent and/or guardian must be present – no drop offs! Show your spirit and wear your uniform or spirit wear!

Friday, October 12 – REFLECTIONS Art Contest Deadline – OCT 12 is the deadline for all Reflections artwork! There is still time to encourage your student to participate! 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. If you still need an entry form, please let your child’s teacher know right away or stop at the front desk to pick up an entry packet. Final Artwork is due Friday, Oct. 12. All entrants will be honored with a medal and special school reception.

Next week is equally as busy:

Monday, October 15 – No School.  Teacher Work Day.

Saturday, October 20 – Tanner Photography – All photo session slots are filled! We will not be accepting any further order forms – but we are in need of volunteers to help the day of! Please click on the following link and pick a time slot that works best for you to volunteer! Thank you for participating!!

Have a great week!

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!


Join DSES’s Back to School Bash (and much, much more)!

I hope everyone had a very enjoyable Labor Day Weekend!

Can you believe that school has already been in session for two weeks?  August is behind us.  The leaves on the trees have started to turn yellow.  This means it must be time for . . .

The 2012 Back to School Bash!  The Back To School Bash begins at 5:30 pm on Saturday, September 15, at Dunwoody Springs.  Come join your school friends and all of their families for an amazing evening.  The price of admission ($2 per person) includes carnival games, inflatables, a DJ and a Flash Mob.  Bring a tee shirt for the tie-dye station, and $1 will get you a turn on the cake walk.  Most importantly, come view the LIFE SIZE Angry Birds Slingshot.  (Dare I ask who is being shot from the slingshot?).

What would a party be without food?  Stay for dinner and, for a very reasonable price, enjoy hotdogs, hamburgers, pizza, chips, drinks, and ice cream desserts.

Be sure to brink a blanket or lawn chairs for the 7:15 showing of Alvin and the Chimpmuks: Chipwrecked  on a giant inflatable movie screen.   We may even have popcorn for the occasion.

Volunteers and supplies are still needed for this event!  It’s a great way to meet other DSES parents, students, teachers and staff.  Please sign up at

Great American Fundraiser.  Why wait for the holiday season when you can shop early and raise money for the school?  This week marks the kickoff for our Great American Fundraiser.  Students will receive a packet of information detailing the products that are for sale and the prizes that are available for reaching certain sales goals.  I, myself, am a big fan of the frozen cookie dough; it has saved me many times when I realized that I had no food to bring to an event that evening.  Ready, set, sell!


GolfSquad update.  GolfSquad classes will be offered on Mondays at 2:30 for 12 weeks beginning September 17.  The  GolfSquad Fall (children 6 and older) is  an hour-long program that costs $250.  The GolfSquad Primer (ages 4-6) is a 30-minute class that costs $150.00.   Register today, and teach your child a sport that they can enjoy their entire lifetime!

KidzArt.  Have an artistic child?  Check out KitzArt, a class taught Mondays from 2:25 – 3:25 for 13 weeks.  In this program, each student creates a one-of-a-kind project each session and each class.  The program encourages “out of the box” thinking and balances guided instruction with creative freedom.  The winter semester costs $156, and you can register your child online at

Spanish Classes with World Language Institute.  Sign up for this one quickly – the first class is September 5.  This 14-week class is a full immersion language class taught by native speakers offered every Wednesday.  Tuition includes a CD with music and a workbook/journal.  Students also have access to e-books and other on-line activities to increase their knowledge of Spanish.  The cost for the Fall semester is $240, and the 16-week Spring semester  is $270.


Whole Foods 5% Day to Benefit Ison Springs Elementary PTA!!  Come out to Whole Foods Sandy Springs (5930 Roswell Rd.) on Tuesday Sept. 11th and load up those shopping carts!  5% of ALL sales that day (7am-10pm) will benefit Ison Springs Elementary PTA.  There will also be a school supply drive so bring any school supply to donate and Whole Foods will match your donation!  Enjoy an afternoon performance by the Hawkettes (cheerleaders) and Rubies (dance team) from 3:30-4:40pm.

Have a great week!

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!

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