The Dunwoody Springs Dispatch

A Project Based Learning School

September 21, 2016

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Ivy Goggins, Principal

Denise Haltrecht, Asst. Principal

Upcoming Events

  • 9/28 Picture Day
  • 9/29 International Night 5:30-7:30 pm
  • 10/7 New Parent Coffee 7:30 a.m.
  • 10/10 Columbus Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL
  • 10/11 Teacher Workday - NO SCHOOL
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School Picture Day Is Next Week

Individual school pictures will take place on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. All students will be photographed and the student photos along with order forms and information will be sent home for review approximately 3 weeks after the images are taken. At that time you can decide to purchase your package or return it to school in its entirety.


Plan your outfit the night before picture day! A clean and pressed outfit will create a beautiful portrait. Ironing the collar makes all the difference in close-up portraits! Fall Portraits are photographed as a standard head and shoulders pose. Choose colors that compliment your eye color and skin tone. White does not photograph well; solid colors and small patterns are generally best. Avoid spaghetti straps and off the shoulder tops, t-shirts with pop culture images, logos, superheroes and words.

SMILE! Be sure to show off your smile! Don’t have kid’s smile with their mouth closed – Natural smiles are best. Missing or gap teeth and braces are part of being a kid!

If you do not wish to have your child photographed, please email your child’s teacher no later than 9/27/16

Change of Transportation Update & Forms

Transportation changes will only be accepted in writing via fax or this form ( by 12 noon on the day of the change. Last minute changes will not be accepted. Transportation changes will no longer be accepted via phone, email or text. If you have questions regarding the changes, please contact the front office.

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Digital Citizenship at Dunwoody Springs

As part of Fulton County School's Personalized Learning Plan, all of our students are participating in lessons about digital citizenship. We are committed to teaching students to use technology safely and responsibly. Every Wednesday through the end of September is Digital Citizenship Lesson Day at DSES. Students focus on topics such as protecting their private information, safe online searching, showing respect online, dealing with cyber-bullies, and more. Please visit Common Sense Media for tools you can use at home to further support these goals.

Save the Date - International Night Is Coming-September 29th

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Project Based Learning is our choice at Dunwoody Springs. STEM and PBL have similarities and complement each other nicely. Our focus on literacy within PBL is key. As elementary educators, we recognize that a solid foundation in literacy, as we incorporate all other content areas, results in authentic, meaningful learning that lasts. Take a look at a great article on the Buck Institute’s Website about STEM and PBL. (Our staff was trained by the

Buck Institute – the leaders in PBL. )


PTA Spiritwear has been delivered! Please let April Moncrief,, know by Friday if you did not receive or if there were any mistakes with your order.

Testing Informatiion for 3rd and 5th Grades

The Fulton County Schools Assessment Department is pleased to announce that we are moving to a new norm referenced test this school year. Fulton County students have taken the ITBS Form A as part of Fulton County's balanced assessment plan for many years. ITBS Form A was published 15 years ago with content from approximately 1995 and has ten year old norms. In October, students in grades 3, 5, and 8 will be taking the Iowa Assessment Form E. Students will take the test online and schools will receive student level results in a usable electronic format within 5 business days. This school year will become a baseline year for trend purposes. To accommodate online testing and to allow schools flexibility, the testing window is expanded to October 17th through November 4th. Dunwoody Springs ES will develop our schedule in this window and will inform parents of specific dates as more information and communication materials become available in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please contact our testing coordinator, Ms. Haltrecht.

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Clinic Corner

Welcome back everyone! If your child requires medication at school, there are forms that must accompany all medicine distributed to students. Please stop by the clinic and Ms. Geiss will be happy to assist you. We are looking forward to a healthy school year. Feel free to contact Ms. Geiss if you have any questions.

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Box Tops

It's time to start collecting BOX TOPS!! Box Tops can be found on many boxed grocery items such as General Mills Cereals, Ziploc Storage Bags, Totino's Pizza, Green Giant Vegetables, Kleenex Tissues, Yoplait Go-Gurt, Annie's Cookies and Crackers AND MANY MANY MORE!!

Just cut them off participating products and turn them into your child's teacher by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14th. Class that turns in the most BOX TOPS will win a class party!!

CHESTATEE COUNSELING CENTER is here throughout the School Year!

We specialize in supportive counseling and provide services at home as well as at DSES throughout the school year and over the summer. If you are interested in receiving counseling services, please call 706-344-8462 or 678-948-8390 and/or email We are a Medicaid Provider and accept Amerigroup, Centpatico and Wellcare at no cost to you.

We look forward to the opportunity to help you!