Springing ahead with new programs and a new website

A Weekly e-Newsletter

February 27, 2015

A Message from the President

Thanks to all those who attended our general membership meeting this week.  The nominating committee for next year’s board is Ricky Reid, Leslie Rhode and Aubrey Munguia.  If you, or anyone you know, is interested in serving on next year’s board, please contact any of these ladies in person, or email Ricky at waysandmeans@dsepta.org or Leslie at membership@dsepta.org.  Nominations will also be taken from the floor, at the election meeting being held on Wednesday, April 29, at 8am in Room 310.

At the same meeting, we also read proposed changes/updates to our current By Laws and Standing Rules for the Dripping Springs Elementary PTA.  A link with a copy of those rules and the proposed changes are on our newly updated and launched website.  Thank you to Leigh Ryan and Dana Mihaly for the hours spent updating our web presence and making it so much more user friendly!   We will vote to adopt these changes at our meeting on Wednesday, April 29, at 8am in Room 310.

See you in the halls.  Ricci Dunn

Don’t Forget!  Spirit stick sales this Friday!

DSES Website Gets New Face,
More Functionality

Renewing your PTA membership, signing up to volunteer and accessing more news and events are about to get easier!  Visit our newly launched website at www.dsepta.org to find out what’s in the works!  In an effort to streamline our PTA processes, DSES parent Leigh Ryan has made our new site a one-stop shop for gaining information, getting involved and giving back.  A special thanks to our board and membership for supporting this exciting project!  We welcome comments as we move ahead.  Please email communications@dsepta.org with your thoughts and suggestions.

PTA Book Fair Brings in Big Funds

The first PTA run book fair was a huge success.  The students raised over $200 in the All for Books change drive to benefit classroom libraries, and the PTA made over $4,000!  Thank you to my wonderful co-coordinators (Amy Goertz, Carol LaBarre, and Cheryl Russey) and to everyone who volunteered at the fair; helped decorate, set up, or take down; judged the coloring contest; or came by to browse or shop.  A lot of wonderful books went to our classroom libraries and even more went home with happy kids.

See you at the book fair next year!

DSE Watch D.O.G.S. Debut a Huge Success

The first DSE Dads and Kids Pizza Night was a big success!  Over eighty dads and their children attended the Pizza Night to enjoy pizza and drinks and to learn about the Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) Program.  Watch D.O.G.S. is an innovative program being used by schools across America which helps them to be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life.We would like to thank these local business for their sponsorship of the DSE Dads and Kids Pizza Night through their generous donations of pizza: Domino’s Pizza, Grand Slam Pizza, Hill Country Ranch Pizzeria and Pizza Hut.All of the full day slots for the DSE Watch D.O.G.S. program for this school year have been filled, but there are still slots available to help in the mornings during the week of Field Day, May 11-15.  Sign up for those slots can be done online at http://vols.pt/DyLYT5 or by emailing the Watch D.O.G.S. parent coordinator, Katheryn Daniel, at katheryndaniel@hotmail.com.Thank you!

Save the Dates

*Saturday, April 11 is the Annual Father/Daughter Ball.  This annual event is open to little girls ages 4-12, plus younger siblings, and is sponsored by Denise Ladner.  More information can be found on the DSISD website.  Go to Community Services on left toolbar, then Online Registration, and click on Community Programs, then General Interest and you’ll see the third option is the Father/Daughter Ball.  Early Registration ends April 4, and all couples must be registered by April 9.  There are no walk-ins allowed for the ball and photo packages are available when registering.

*May 1 is the annual DSE Talent Show ! 
More details to come.

Calendar Dates


26  Music Program – Fifth Grade @ 6:30 p.m.

Programa de Musica – Quinto Grado@ 6:30 p.m.
28 Marathon Kids Final Mile @ Burger Ctr

Ultima Milla: El Evento de “Maratón Kids” @ Centro de Burger

Habit 1 — Be Proactive

You’re in Charge
I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.