Dragon Nation Newsletter

February 2020

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January was full of activities. We had our first PTO movie night, had our science fair projects judged by the Travis County Sheriff's Department, got our groove on with dads in the gym, celebrated 100 days of school and participated in the PfISD UIL event this past Saturday. Thank you to the parents who spent Saturday with us at the UIL event. Our students did a great job. I was most impressed with their positive attitudes and true enjoyment of the event.

Please make time to attend our math and science night this week! There will be family activities, science fair projects on display and science experiments to watch! PTO will be selling snacks. It will be fun!

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!


Carolyn Parker

Come join us for our Dessau ES Math and Science Night

Thursday, Feb 6

5:00 – 6:30

· Student and class Science Fair projects will be on display

· The Dessau Elementary School Jump Rope Team will perform

· Hands-on Math and Science Activities throughout the building

· Check out academic games & activities in our parent lending library

· Come look through a telescope (Viewing stars after the sun goes down)

· Scientists from The University of Texas conducting experiments

· Concessions sold by PTO

· Order a school t-shirt ($8) or yearbook ($15)

So much to see and do together as a family!

Counselor Appreciation Week

Join us this week as we celebrate Ms. Henry, our school counselor. Encourage your student to share with her how much she is appreciated.

Visit with the Principal, Feb 11

Come sit and hear about what is happening at school. Join me on Tuesday afternoon, Feb 11 from 3:30 - 4:30. I will share info on our TEA School Report Card, the Federal Report Card and the Texas Academic Performance Report. If you attended previous Principal Coffee's, you will already be familiar with this information. I also encourage you to bring ideas and suggestions to make our school the best it can be. I hope you are able to join me!

From the Librarian, Ms. Walker

There is an opportunity for student poetry to be published in the next Young American Poetry Digest, which is issued annually. This year’s preferred format is haiku.

More details are available at: https://www.youngpoets.org/for-educators.html

Electronic submission form is at: https://www.youngpoets.org/educators.html

The library has a copy of the 2018 Poetry Digest if you’d like to take a look. If you need additional information, feel free to email the organization at: info@youngpoets.org

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!

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What a great turnout we had at our last PTO meeting! At that meeting we were able to vote in our new secretary and treasurer, solidify plans for movie night and start planning our school dance on Thursday, Feb 27.

Stay tuned for information on our next PTO meeting and school dance.


Thank you for getting your children to school on time every day. School attendance is not only state law, it is important for their learning and development!

In an effort to help students understand the importance of coming to school each day our PTO is offering some incentives to help get them excited. For the month of February, every student who comes to school everyday, on time, will have their name entered in a drawing to win a free bike!

Also, since our PK students are experiencing some challenges, PTO is offering a separate prize that will keep them excited about being at school everyday on time! Parents, remember that once you enroll your student in PK, state compulsory attendance laws apply.

Thank you PTO for understanding how important strong school attendance is for our collective success!

Full Color Yearbook on sale now! $15 Price increases on Feb 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!

Sign up for text messages!

See the code below to sign up for text messages from the school. You can also access more information by visiting our school website and by following us on Facebook! We love to post pictures of things happening on campus on our Facebook page. Stay connected!
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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.

Calendar of events

Calendar of events:

Feb 6:

Spring Class Pictures

Math and Science Night

Feb 11:

Principal's Coffee 3:30 - 4:30

Feb 14:

Valentines Day Party Day

See teacher for details and times

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

Feb 27:

School Dance

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)