Dragon Nation Newsletter

January 2020

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Happy New Year!

What a blessing to be together in the year 2020! It seems like just yesterday we were all preparing for Jan 2000 and all of the mysteries it would bring. Hopefully, this year was just a calm and relaxing change of the decade for your family.

As we begin our second semester together, I am sure you are already thinking about all of the events that will happen this school year: STAAR testing, PK and Kinder graduation, 5th grade end of the year awards, field day. So many things still to come! For now, we take it one day at a time.

I hope one of your new year's resolutions was to find a way to volunteer up at the school. Either in a classroom, with PTO or maybe in the library. We need you to be a part of our school experience. Don't be shy, sign up to be a volunteer today. Feel free to call the office to get more details about supporting our school.

I am sure you have noticed our new playground on the front side of the building. Any day now we will be able to play on the new equipment. If you are wondering why they put it toward the back and not on the existing playground area, remember we will be adding 11 new classroom on the old playground area next year. We are growing! One more reason we need you!

Remember to follow is on Facebook, sign up for Remind messages and always look at our school website. Stay informed. Stay involved. We appreciate you!

Warmest wishes,

Carolyn Parker

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A big thank you to Ms. Riojas, our PTO President, and our other volunteers who made the Winter Fest a huge success! It was a blast! Thank you to all of the families who came out to join us and had a good time.

We will have a PTO meeting on Wednesday, Jan 15 at 4:30 in our school library. Please come join us as we look to vote in a new treasurer and secretary. We will also be planning our next school-wide event, Movie Night on Friday, Jan 24. Come share your talents and ideas. Pizza will be provided for all adults who attend the PTO meeting! All are welcome!

Looking for volunteers to read with our younger Dual Language students

If you have some flexibility in your schedule and you are interested in reading with some of our younger students, contact the school to see how you can volunteer. We will be sending home a flyer this month with information on how volunteers can sign up. Once we have a group, we will set a training date to get you started. All volunteers must go on-line, to the district website, to apply to be a volunteer. It is very easy to do. Try this link to start the application:


Please consider supporting our students.

Full Color Yearbook on sale now! $15

What a perfect stocking stuffer... a Dessau ES Yearbook! Currently they are on sale for $15!

Visit www.balfour.com and enter Dessau Elementary School or send in the form to the front office. Ms. Jessica can help you with your order!

5th grade parents: For $5 you can create a special message that will appear on the back pages of the yearbook celebrating your 5th grader on completing elementary school! You can hand write it or type it up on-line. Ms. Jessica can help with your order!

A+ Federal Credit Union Green Apple Youth Memberships

Help your child learn to save money by opening their first savings account at A+Federal Credit Union. To help you get started, A+ will make the initial $10 deposit for you! After that, it is up to the student to continue to deposit their allowance or birthday money.

To help students establish a good habit, A+ will visit our school once a month to collect deposits. When the student makes a deposit, they will get a little fun gift in exchange! How fun!

Forms to start the process are available in the office. A+will visit our campus on Dec 5, Jan 2, Feb 6, March 5, April 2 and May 7. Please consider this wonderful opportunity.


Who: Dads, Grandfathers, & Uncles with their DES children

When: January 23, from 7:00 am - 7:25 am

Where: In the gym

What: This is a time to come be active with your child. We will have several activities the children have done during PE. This is their chance to teach you something fun they have done.

From the Librarian, Ms. Walker

Now available at the library: The Horse Museum by Dr. Seuss and illustrated by Andrew Joyner. Seuss’s non-fiction book is a colorful look at an artist’s creative process and traces the horse as a subject in art through the ages. The manuscript, recently discovered among some other unpublished papers, features familiar Seuss characters throughout its pages. Come check it out!

Just a reminder that parent check out is available on Mondays from 3:15 to 3:45. We have a nice selection of books (in English, Spanish and bilingual) and games available. Parents may check out a total of four items at a time, including two games for some family fun!

Calendar of events

Calendar of events:

Jan 15:

PTO Meeting 4:30 - 5:30 in the library

Jan 20

No School!

Jan 23:

Groovin with Dads in the gym 7:00 am

All Dads, Uncles and Grandfathers welcome to come participate in morning exercise and games with their student.

Jan 24:

Movie Night, Time to be announced

Feb 1 (Saturday)

PfISD Elementary UIL at PHS

Parents of participants are encouraged to attend the awards ceremonies

Feb 6:

Spring Class Pictures

Feb 14:

Valentines Day Party Day

See teacher for details

Feb 17:

No School

Feb 27:

DES Career Day

If you would like to attend and show off your career, please contact Ms. Henry, our counselor

March 13:

No school / Staff PD :)

March 16- 20:

Spring Break

March 30:

CAAC 3:00 - 5:00

Parents are welcome to attend (in the library)