The Dunwoody Springs Dispatch
A Project Based Learning School
May 20, 2019
5/23 - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony; 12:00pm
5/23 - Last Day of School
The SP2022 district staff and family surveys launched Monday, April 29, 2019. This brief 10-minute survey is critical in helping us understand how we are supporting our staff, families, and students across our district and schools.
ACCESS: The surveys will be sent via email to all families and staff from FCSS Communications. This year, the survey will have a drop-down menu in the top right corner to select three other languages: Spanish, Simple Chinese, and Korean.
The surveys will also be available electronically through this link https://tinyurl.com/Fulton2022.
The surveys will be available from Monday, April 29, through Friday, May 17. Thank you in advance for your participation as we seek this important data to assess our progress and drive improvements. If you have any questions regarding the survey administration please reach out!
2019 Field Day
ON FRIDAY MAY 17TH WE WILL BE CONDUCTING OUR ANNUAL FIELD DAY FROM 8:30 – 11:30 AM. OUR 28 STATION EVENT RUNS MOST EFFICIENTLY WHEN WE HAVE ENOUGH VOLUNTEERS TO WORK A STATION. THE CHILDREN HAVE BEEN TRAINED ON MOST STATIONS AND ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THEIR HOMEROOM TEACHER AND HISTORICALLY WE’VE HAD A WELL-ORGANIZED EVENT.
PLEASE CONTACT ME AT MY EMAIL ADDRESS IF YOU CHOOSE TO WORK A STATION. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR CHILD’S HOMEROOM TEACHER SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ASSIST THE TEACHER AND FOLLOW YOUR CLASS .
ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST REGISTER ON THE FULTON COUNTY WEBSITE AT LEAST 72 HOURS PRIOR TO THE EVENT. PLEASE FOLLOW THE VOLUNTEER LINK.
THANK YOU AND WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE !
End of the School Year Charge Policy
To recover charges and keep the cost of student meals to a minimum, beginning Monday, May 13th, your child(ren) will not be allowed to charge meals against their account if they do not have enough funds available. If your child(ren) has charges, please make plans to pay these as soon as possible.
Students who have a negative balance on their accounts will need to bring money to pay these charges before a regular meal can be purchased. If these charges are not paid, a courtesy meal will be provided to the student(s).
You may continue to pre-pay for your child(ren) meals using cash, check or mypaymentsplus.com. Money remaining in the students’ account will remain in their accounts until the next school year and all refunds are issued by request.
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for allowing your child(ren) to participate in our School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. It has been a pleasure serving them!
Back to Basics Basketball Camp
Matt Harpring, former Georgia Tech and NBA player, is doing his basketball camp again this summer at NYO (@ Chastain Park). His "Back to the Basics" Basketball Camp is open for campers ages 8–15 (2 groups – 8-11 and 12-15). This is the 17th year of doing his camp in Atlanta. Goals of the camp are teaching basketball techniques/fundamentals, discipline, respect for the game/each other and to learn valuable life lessons along with having fun. For on-line registration, you can go to Matt’s website - mattharpring.com . Questions can be directed to Jack Harpring at firstname.lastname@example.org. Acceptance will be based on the date that the registration is placed. Once spots are filled, no further registrations will be accepted.
Here are some details of the NYO Camp for 2019 :
Name of Camp : Matt Harpring's "Back to the Basics" Basketball Camp
Location : NYO Gym @ Chastain Park (140 W Wieuca Rd NE)
Times and Ages :2 Sessions ----1st Week – Monday thru Thursday (6/17 - 6/20/19) – 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (Ages 8-11 and 12-15)
2ndWeek – Monday thru Thursday (6/24 - 6/27/19) – 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (Ages 8-11 and 12-15)
It's a 4 day camp. We will be using both the NYO Gym in conjunction with the Galloway School Gym. Each age bracket will have it's own gym. Matt will be involved with both gyms.
Both sessions are for bothBoys and Girls.
There will be a cut-off after we reach a max number for each camp.
Full Session Price: $275 per camper (additional $3 Processing Fee)
Registration :On-Line (pay via credit card) –go to mattharpring.com (Matt’s website) or Mail–In (pay via check) –print out registration form and mail in form accompanied with check
Summer Learning Opportunities
Keep up the reading over the summer! One of the resources that would be most helpful is www.lexile.com/fab/GA. This is a site where you can search for just right books for your child to read throughout the summer months. Also, check out www.georgiastandards.org to review the standards that your child learned this past year, as well as preview standards for next year.
Dads at Dunwoody Springs
Dad’s at DSES,
Summer is a great opportunity to take that much needed break from school. However, we would like to ask that you make time to read with your children. We want to help our students avoid the Summer Slip ‘N Slide. That’s the reading regression students can have when they experience a long absence from school. Take your kids to the library or bookstore (both are cool and comfortable places on a hot Summer day) and pick out several books to read for the Summer. Make some time to read to and with your children. Try to have them read a little bit, every day. Consider replacing some of that time spent on devices with time spent with a book.
Do you know a deserving child who needs braces, but can’t afford it? The Gift of a Smile is closer than you think.
Two deserving children who attend a Sandy Springs Public School* will receive COMPLIMENTARY orthodontic care to celebrate the Georgia School of Orthodontics’ three-year anniversary. Nominate a deserving child* by May 12, 2019 at www.BracesToday.com/Gift for a chance to win $500 for YOUR school!
*Child nominated and school employee must be from a participating Sandy Springs Public School..
GSO is also offering a School Employee Discount of $300 off treatment! School employees receive $300 off orthodontic treatment for themselves, their spouse and children under the age of 18 living in the home.
***CLICK THE FLYERS BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION***
Planning for Summer
It’s hard to know how much and what kind of activity your child needs over the summer -- scheduled family activities, community camps, academic programs, or residential camps. That can be determined by you and your child, but it is known that children who participate in summer activities, experience learning gains and those who do not, lose some learning gains from the past school year.
There are many considerations when thinking about camps and programs your child might attend. Here are a few things to consider when looking at camps or programs.
The best camps:
Summer! Now What? Enjoy this sampling of PHP articles.
· Are physically and emotionally safe and welcoming places, with adequate staffing
· Provide a variety of activities --academic, physical, and social – based on a single goal or philosophy.
· If academically oriented, provide challenge and allow your child to explore higher-level concepts than they might get during the school year
· Provide active rather than passive learning experiences that build on your child’s interests
· Have staff who are trained in the academic and emotional needs of gifted students as well as those from diverse backgrounds.
· Have trained counselors who can help students who have difficulties finding friends or joining in activities
· Are flexible enough to meet your child’s academic, athletic, or musical ability without be overwhelming and have an end of session evaluation of progress made with next steps.
Talk with your child about the following:
· Is he ready for a residential camp or would he be happier coming home in the evening?
· Is the camp content interesting?
· How much structure would make him happiest?
· Download a list of questions to ask to ask about all camps and programs you are considering. It was created by Rachel Knox for a March 1997 article in PHP, but it is still very relevant.
· Read Denise Drain’s and Melissa Hasan January 2014 PHP article, Summer Enrichment or Just Hanging Out? What Parents Should Know About Extended Learning Opportunities.
Chestatee Counseling Center
We partner with DSES to offer counseling services for children and families who need help with:
* Depression and Anxiety
* Anger and Stress Management
* Divorce/Single Parent Families
* Parenting Support
* Behavioral Issues
* Crisis Intervention
* Coping with grief and loss
We are a Medicaid Provider Accepting: Amerigroup, Centpatico and Wellcare.
Please contact Stacy Wolff, LCSW, MAC directly for more information. 706-344-8462 email@example.com You can also contact Mrs. McLane, School Counselor, for a registration packet.
“THINK FIRST & STAY SAFE” Safety Presentations
The Think First & Stay Safe™ program is a research-based program that teaches specific personal safety education by way of interactive classroom lessons, role-plays and corresponding activities. Think First & Stay Safe™ enables students to take an active and necessary role in protecting themselves from harassment, abduction, bullying, exploitation, and various forms of abuse (physical, sexual, emotional). The Health Advisory Committee reviewed and approved this program. Selected components will be presented by the school counselor, Mrs. McLane, and classroom teacher at a scheduled time between May 6-16. If you are interested in seeing the curriculum beforehand, please contact Mrs. McLane at firstname.lastname@example.org or 470-254-4067. You may also choose for your child to opt-out of the presentation by signing the form that will come home or writing a note to or emailing Mrs. McLane.
Classroom celebrations at lunch
Dress Code Reminders
Please be reminded of our school dress code. We HIGHLY encourage our school uniform:
-tops: collared navy blue, light blue, white, red, black, or school spirit wear
-bottoms navy and khaki
-closed toed shoes
As we get into warmer weather, please know that the following are not permitted:
-head coverings (scarves, hoods, hats, bandannas)
-sandals of any kind
James Durbin was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 10. He was on American Idol season 10. He also recently released a new single called “Parachute”. He was given a guitar and chord book around the age of 10. He spoke with Autism Speaks and said, “I think music is like medicine and can be a benefit for anyone no matter what genre. There’s just so much you can learn. It’s all about focus and for me, not only on the Autism spectrum but also the Tourette’s spectrum, focus was something I needed help with. Music is my focus.”
Asperger’s Syndrome is one of several previously separated subtypes of autism that were folded into the single diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as of 2013. Individuals with Asperger’s exhibit deficiencies in social and communication skills. Their IQ’s are typically in the normal to very superior range.
Check out the links below for more information about Asperger’s Syndrome.
Social Emotional Learning
Social and emotional abilities are said to be indicators of how well a person adjusts to his or her environment, adapts to change and, ultimately, how successful she or he will be in life. Core development abilities such as conscientiousness, emotional stability, openness and agreeableness can be as or even more important than cognitive intelligence in determining future employment. Combining these skills and the 21st century skills listed below with academic development creates high-quality learning experiences and environments that empower students to be more effective contributors in their classrooms today and in their workplaces and communities tomorrow.
Essential 21st Century Skills
Cognitive Empathy -Ability to recognize accurately and understand another’s emotional state and use that understanding to influence your actions.
Teamwork - Ability to work effectively with peers from around the world & across different specializations.
New Leadership - The ability to collaboratively mobilize people in situations defined by change.
Change Making - Ability to analyze problems & implement solutions.
Academic Games at Home
Reinforcing skills and strategies at home is a great way for your child to work on their individual goals throughout the year. As we come upon the end of the year, remember that Imagine Learning, iRead, iReady and Learning.com are available for use at home through your child’s Launchpad account. They log in using their 10-digIt student ID number as the username, and their birth date as their password. Remember, you also have your math flashcards and reading questions and activities that were sent home at our first Student-Led Conference Night. Let your teacher know if you did not receive these and we will send them home! Here are some links to interesting reading and math activities you could do at home with your child:
Fulton County Schools Code of Conduct
Parents are asked to review school system rules and submit an acknowledgement signature form at the beginning of each school year.
The updated 2018-2019 Student Code of Conduct & Discipline Handbook web link is listed below. A copy may also be obtained in our school office.
Teachers will be reviewing the Code of Conduct during the first two weeks of schools. It is important that parents also discuss the Code of Conduct and potential consequences with their children.
After you have reviewed the Code of Conduct parents are requested to submit the Acknowledgment of Electronic Receipt by clicking on the link below. A hard copy can be obtained at our school office.
English Handbook: https://www3.fultonschools.org/codeconduct
Spanish Handbook: https://www3.fultonschools.org/codeconduct/home/indexspa
Our school is required by the State and our School System to obtain either an electronic
receipt or a signed receipt by September1, 2018. We ask that you submit this electronic form by next Friday, August 17th.
The bus rules must be followed by all students for safety reasons. School bus transportation can be denied if students do not conduct themselves properly. The following link provides a list of school bus rules.
Summer PBL That You Can Do at Home
Remember that PBL projects are all based on solving a problem, and include different academic standards to solve the problem.
Problem: Imagine that you are beginning Summer vacation and you don’t have any plans for what you will do. You could take a trip, plan different places to go, or anything that might be fun to do.
Make a product that outlines your plans for the Summer. It can include the places you will go, how much it will cost, how far away it is, how long it will take to get there, how many people go on the trip, other expenses, the date that you will take your trip, etc. Your product could be a trip itinerary, a brochure, or something made from an APP on a device.
Hopefully you will be able to research and plan some great ideas and then actually take your trip. This is something that the whole family can do together. Enjoy!
Positive Behavior and Intervention Support - PBIS
This semester, we will be focusing on a new schoolwide initiative to support positive behavior- PBIS. As a part of our PBIS initiative (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) students enjoyed a kickoff pep rally on January 11th to explain behavioral expectations and a reward system to reinforce positive behavior. Students will be receiving rewards for following school rules and making positive choices. Teachers and staff will assist with reinforcing appropriate behaviors in all areas of the school and will recognize students for modeling them. PBIS is an evidence-based framework designed to establish behavioral supports for social, emotional and academic success in schools.
Intervenciones de Comportamiento Positivo y Apoyos
Este semestre, nos enfocaremos en una nueva iniciativa de toda la escuela para apoyar el comportamiento positivo: PBIS. Como parte de nuestra iniciativa PBIS (Intervención y Apoyo de Comportamiento Positivo), los estudiantes disfrutarán de una reunión de lanzamiento el 11 de enero para explicar las expectativas de comportamiento y un sistema de recompensas para reforzar el comportamiento positivo. Vamos a presentar el uso de Class DoJo en toda la escuela como un medio para recompensar a los estudiantes por seguir las reglas de la escuela y tomar decisiones positivas. Los maestros y el personal ayudarán a reforzar los comportamientos apropiados en todas las áreas de la escuela y reconocerán a los estudiantes por ser modelos de estas reglas. PBIS es un marco basado en evidencia diseñado para establecer apoyos de comportamiento para el éxito social, emocional y académico en las escuelas.
Response to Intervention
Cafe Serves Georgia Grown Cucumbers at Lunch all May!
For the entire month of May, crisp, Georgia Grown cucumbers served at lunch are part of Fulton County’s School Nutrition Harvest of the Month Program. These Georgia Grown cucumbers are heading straight from Norman Park, Georgia to your lunch plate! Because the cucumbers are grown close to home it helps support your regional farmers and takes less fuel to get it to your cafe! Not only are these Georgia Grown cucumbers good for the environment, but also, cucumbers are great for your body, being an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium! Try a crisp Georgia Grown cucumber from the school café in May!
Guidelines on Special Diets
Who can receive a special diet?
- -Special Medical Needs
- -Physician/Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner Order
Who cannot receive a diet?
- Parent Orders
- Religious Preferences
- Cultural Preferences
Your Dolphin Café is looking for volunteers to help with lunch! This is an excellent chance to mingle with the students while serving nutritious & delicious food. Hairnets, gloves, and training will be provided for all eager volunteers! If interested please contact Café Manager Veronica Quarrels at 470-254-9302 or email@example.com.
Fulton County Schools Nutrition is now hiring!
GDOT - Major Mobility Investment Program
Please continue to monitor the GDOT website for updates. Use the link below to see additional meetings and opportunities to provide feedback.
Early Checkout Procedures
Our office staff spend the last 45 minutes of the day organizing and communicating transportation changes to teachers. This is a very detailed and important daily task. In order to prevent mistakes and risk student safety, we do not allow early checkouts after 2:00 pm. Thank you for understanding.
Change of Transportation Update and Forms
Traffic in our area can be quite a challenge. We ask that you plan accordingly to get students to school by 7:35 so they make it to their classrooms on time. Tardy students start their day behind, miss directions, and begin their day feeling rushed and anxious. They also negatively impact the class by causing the teacher to stop and repeat directions to bring your child up to speed. Please help our children to learn good habits and responsibilities by arriving each day on time and ready to learn.