The Dunwoody Springs Dispatch

A Project Based Learning School

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October 4, 2017

Ivy Goggins, Principal

Denise Haltrecht, Asst. Principal

Upcoming Events

  • 10/5 International Night 5:30-7:30
  • 10/6 Teacher Workday - NO SCHOOL
  • 10/9 Columbus Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL
  • 10/17 School Governance Council Meeting – Open Meeting / guests welcome at 7:30 a.m.
  • 10/20 Coffee and Conversation with Principal Goggins - for new parents at 7:45 a.m.
  • 10/30-11/3 Red Ribbon Week
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Reminders From Ms. Goggins

Long Weekend Ahead

NO SCHOOL – Friday, October 6 and Monday Monday, October 9


Number of tardy students

Mon. 9/25 28

Tues. 9/26 18

Wed. 9/27 27

Thurs.9/28 12

Fri. 9/29 43

Total week 128

We know that traffic in the area can be challenging, so please take advantage of the school bus and/or plan to leave a few minutes earlier.

Please be reminded that students who are tardy:

  • Miss the morning announcements

  • Have a rushed start to their day

  • Require repeated directions, which delays the start of learning for all students

  • Interrupt instruction for all

  • Learn unprofessional / negative behaviors – arriving late is insensitive to others.

Apartment Fire / Community Support Needed

By now you may have heard about the fire at Azalea Park Apartments last Friday afternoon.

Two of our families lost all of their belongings in this fire, but thankfully, there were no major injuries or loss of life.

As a community we are coming together to collect household items, new or gently used clothing, books and toys for these families.

The children’s sizes are listed below:

KK girl size 5 clothing and size 10.5 shoes

KK boy size 6 clothing and size 11 shoes

4th grade girl size 10-12 clothing and size 4 shoes

2 toddler boys sizes 12-18 months and 3T

As you can imagine, the families will need household items as well. If you have smaller items in good condition to donate, please bring

them to the school. For larger items such as gently used furniture, please contact our school Social Worker, Jasmine Iverson, via email at with information.

Coffee and Conversation with Principal Goggins - for new parents October 19th at 7:45am

School Governance Council Meeting – Open Meeting / guests welcome at 7:30 on Tuesday, October 17th.

Thank you to CITY NATIONAL BANK for donating backpacks FILLED with school supplies and books to our school.

We truly appreciate Ms. Randa Brooks, City National Bank employee and mom of Isaiah and Elijah! Thank you for supporting our school.

If you have not visited lately, please stop by to see our newly updated media center! It truly is a kid-inspired, fun place to learn, collaborate and enjoy a good book. Thanks to last year’s seed fund grant, written by the School Governance Council, our children can enjoy this new learning space.

We have one vacant seat on the School Governance Council. Please email Ms. Goggins if you would be interested in serving

The council meets once per month at 7:30 - 9:00 am. The council is comprised of 10 members including parents, community members and staff and provides these individuals with a leadership role in the management of our school.

Change of Transportation Update & Forms

Transportation changes will only be accepted in writing via fax using this form ( or via email to by 12:30p.m. on the day of the change. Last minute changes will not be accepted. If you have questions regarding the changes, please contact the front office.

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International Night

Thursday, Oct. 5th, 5:30-7:30pm

8100 Roberts Drive

Sandy Springs, GA

Students, parents, family, & friends are invited to come to school and see our cultural performances, our student parade of nations, and experience a journey around the world learning about the food & culture of many different countries. See you there!

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 October 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.
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Dunwoody Springs Elementary Community Service Project

Mahatma Gandhi’s idea, “Be the change you wish to see in the world” has inspired us to begin a schoolwide community service program! This year, we’re challenging our students to be outstanding citizens and leaders by claiming, “I am the change!” We will give students several opportunities to step up to this challenge and make a difference in our world!

Our first community service project will help families and other elementary children affected by the hurricanes in Texas & Florida.

We are collecting 3 items:

  • elementary age books for school libraries that were destroyed in Texas

  • paper towels for clean-up efforts in Florida

  • disposable diapers of any size

Donations will be collected through Friday, October 13!

Contact Mrs. McLane, School Counselor, with any questions. We’d like to thank the North Atlanta Church of Christ for letting us partner with them in this community service project!

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Check out our new art teacher's website!


We are very fortunate to be in partnership with Chestatee Counseling Center who provides therapeutic counseling services for students during the school day. They are a Medicaid provider accepting Amerigroup, Centpatico and Wellcare. Contact Sandee Isaacs, LCSW, directly for more information. 678-948-8390 or