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 firstname.lastname@example.org
BACK TO SCHOOL BASH VOLUNTEERS
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 (email@example.com).
VOLUNTEERS!!! YES, YOU!!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTA – The PTA is always looking for more volunteers! If interested, please contact Robin Winner (email@example.com)to 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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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:
Don’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:
Ongoing – 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. www.dsesread2lead.org
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.
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.
Keep up on social media:
Follow us on Twitter! @DunwoodySprings and Facebook too (Dunwoody Springs PTA) and of course, don’t forget to subscribe to blog updates – subscribe here: https://dscspta.wordpress.com
Hope your New Year is off to a great start and we’ll see you soon!!
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
- 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 FSUTAG@Yahoo.com for information.
We can’t wait to see you there!
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.
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.
FIVE BELOW FUNDRAISER
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!!!
READ TO LEAD
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!
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!
BACK TO SCHOOL BASH
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!
SPIRITWEAR ORDERS DUE THIS FRIDAY, SEPT. 28st!!
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!!
GREAT AMERICAN FUNDRAISER
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!!
REFLECTIONS ART CONTEST
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 www.boxtops4education.com.
Have a great week!
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: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E044DAEA92C7-back
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 http://www.boxtops4education.com/ 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 https://twitter.com/DunwoodySprings.
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!
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 http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E044DAEA92C7-back
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 www.kidzartnga.com.
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.
HELP A LOCAL SCHOOL
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!
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 Park? Radio 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!