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A Weekly E-Newsletter

April 29, 2015

A Message From the President

I can’t believe we are entering the month of May!  New officers have been elected for next year and preorders for school supplies have begun.  This month at school is a frenzy of activities, so buckle your seatbelts and hold on.

Early Voting for School Board Candidates has begun, and will continue until May 5, at the Administration Building.  Voting Day is May 9.  Please see the link below.  There are five candidates running for the three available positions.  With all the changes coming in our district, it’s important to elect the candidates you want to represent you.

Dripping with Talent is tomorrow, Friday, May 1, at 6:30pm in the cafeteria.  Popcorn and water will be available by donation.  Please come and support our students and staff as they share their talents.

Next week is Staff Appreciation.  Jill VandeWalle has put together a great schedule of events from the PTA.  Your own classes may be doing something as well for our teachers to help spoil them, so watch for emails from room parents.  Paperback beach reads and gift cards can be left in the designated boxes in the PTA workroom.  Please see the complete schedule of her events below.

The following week will be the PE Field Days.  These are by grade, from 8-10am, and students should wear their class shirts.

Mon, May 11 – PreK & Kinder
Tues, May 12 – 1st Grade
Wed, May 13 – 2nd Grade
Thurs, May 14 – 3rd Grade
Fri, May 15 – 4th Grade
Our final General Membership Meeting will be on Wednesday, May 20, at 8am, in Room 310.  We will be adopting our proposed budget for next year.  Immediately following, will be the first Fall Fair meeting. (Save the date: Nov 14, 2015)

Finally, school supply orders for the 2015-16 year are due by May 22.  Online orders can be placed until July 15.

Thanks again to the many volunteers I see at school and hope to see you in the halls soon.
Ricci Dunn

Congratulations to our new 2015/2016 Officers

President – Melissa Herweck
1st VP Enrichments – Adrienne Kendall
2nd VP Ways & Means – Ricky Reid
3rd VP Volunteers – Shelly Dennison
4th VP Communications – Leigh Ryan
Secretary – Heather Waller
Treasurer – Alison Ulrich

Staff Appreciation Week Begins

Here is the full schedule for our staff during the Annual Staff Appreciation Week.  We are in great need of books for our Wednesday event and donations to round out the week.  Check below to find out how we could use your help.

Monday – Our PTA will be providing breakfast to kick off their week.

Tuesday – Our PTA is providing an “End of Day Dessert Cart”.

Wednesday – “Book Shop” during lunch. We welcome donations that the teachers would enjoy for their summer pleasure reading.  This is not for their classroom library but rather for their own relaxation. Please bring your books to the workroom between now and Wednesday May 6.

Thursday – “Staff Luncheon and Boutique”.  Our PTA will provide the lunch, but we need boutique items. Any new gift or gift card donation for the boutique valued from $15-$25 would be greatly appreciated. Please deliver items to school no later than Tuesday, May 5, so we can get a final count and display.   Our goal is 100 gifts.

Friday – “Flowers and Notes” for teachers.  Have students bring fresh, homegrown or wild picked flowers for the teachers with a note of appreciation.  Room Parents, please make sure you have a vase for your teacher ready that morning!

Thank you in advance for helping treat our staff to a wonderful week.

Please email if you have any questions,
Jill Van De Walle
Staff Appreciation Chair

Congratulations to our Volunteers of Month:  Jill VandeWalle and Aubrey Munguia.

Jill has spent the year coordinating all the events for our staff and showering them with our love and support.  Aubrey has been volunteering all year with the outdoor classroom, ticket sales, and the staff lounge redesign that’s in progress.  Thanks for all you hours and please enjoy the designated parking spot on the front row by the crosswalk for the month of May!

“Pawsing” To Thank Our Watch D.O.G.S.

Our Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program has continued strong in April and a big thank you to all of the dads who have volunteered at DSE with the program this month: Steve Carrillo, dad of Bella and Lilly; Jeff Luttrull, dad of Kendall and Kylie; Garret McKenna, dad of Rose; Patrick Meadows, dad of Matt; David Robinson, dad of Zachariah; Ted Stillwell, dad of Sam and Tim.

Don’t Forget To Vote Early!

Elections are underway for the Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees.  Don’t miss your chance to cast an early ballot until Tuesday, May 5, at the DSISD Administration Building (510 W. Mercer St.).  For more information, and specific hours for early voting, visit

Dripping Springs Education Association Needs Your Input

The Dripping Springs Education Association is seeking parent and student input on questions for the upcoming Candidate Forum.  If you have an idea for a question or would like to hear the candidates’ position on any issue, please send your input to  We’d love to hear from you!

You are also invited to attend the Public Forum on Tuesday, May 5, at 7pm in the School Board Room.

Calendar Dates

MAY 2015

1 Pre-K Student Led Conference @ 2:15 PM Conferencia
1 PTA Talent Show @ 6:30 PM
5 National Teacher Appreciation Day Día Nacional de Celebracion de los Maestros
5 Fourth Grade Student Led Conference 9:00 AM Conferencia Presentado por el Cuatro Grado a las 9:00
6 Kindergarten Student Led Conference 8:00 AM Conferencia Presentado por el Grado de Kinder
6 CAC Team Meeting – 3:30 PM
Junta de Equipo CAC – 3:30 PM
7 GT Field Trip – Hill Country Science Mill Excursión de los estudiantes dotados y talentoso a Hill Country Science Mill
7 Music Program – First Grade @ 6:30 p.m. Programa de Musica – Primer Grado @6:30 p.m.
8 Fifth Grade Field Trip – Pacific War Museum Excursión del Quinto grado al Museo de la Guerra Pacifica
8 First Grade Student Led Conference 8:30 AM Conferencia Presentado por el Primer Grado a las 8:30
8 Third Grade Student Led Conference 1:00 PM Conferencia Presentado por el Tercer Grado a la 1:00
8 Second Grade Student Led Conference 2:00 PM Conferencia Preentado por el Segundo Grado a las 2:00
11 PreK & Kinder Field Day PreK & Kinder Día de Campos
12 Fourth Grade Field Trip – Bob Bullock Excursión del Cuatro grado a Museo de Bob Bullock
12 1st Grade Field Day 1st Grade Día de Campos
13 Re-test Only STAAR Reading – 5th Grade Pruebas de STAAR/Lectura – 5 Grado
13 2nd Grade Field Day 2nd Grade Día de Campos
14 3rd Grade Field Day 3rd Grade Día de Campos
15 Pre-K Field Trip – Thinkery Excursion de Pre-K al Thinkery
15 4th Grade Field Day 4th Grade Dia de Campos
20 PTA General Meeting 8AM Junta General de PTA 8AM
21 Leadership Day Día de Liderazgo
29 Kindergarten Field Trip – Thinkery Excursión de Kinder al Thinkery
29 Coffee with Principals – 9:00 AM
Café con la Directora – 9:00 AM

*The PTA website calendar is now live  Please note that, for the most part, this will list PTA events only.  Dates are subject to change.  For a complete SCHOOL calendar, .

Looking Ahead to District Events

Kinder Kamp 2015

DSISD Community Education Summer Camps