Thursday, March 14, 2013

Happenings at Dunwoody Elementary School

Dunwoody Elementary School Girls on the Run

Dunwoody ES has started two Girls on the Run teams, with a total of 30 girls participating. Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization that teaches girls (in grades 3-5) about understanding yourself, having confidence in your beliefs, and to always "keep moving forward." The lessons are taught through discussion and by physical activity (running). Each girl practices and strives to achieve the ultimate goal of completing a 5k race at the end of the season. The DES group meets twice each week. Pictured are sponsors (left to right, front row): Donna Fialkowski, Robin Hollis, Kelly Dye; (left to right, back row): Katie Grubbs, Chrissie Shelton, and Klaretta Young.

Orchestra Ensemble DES

On March 7th, the DES String Orchestra Ensemble, led by Ms. Natia Esartia, participated in the annual District 4 Orchestra Festival hosted by Lakeside High School. The ensemble, which is comprised of all students from the 5th grade Strings class at DES, received the Superior rating (1 out of 5) from all three judges, impressing them with how well they played and how well they presented themselves.

Dr. Seuss Day

Below is the schedule of events leading up to and on that day.

Monday:           The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins Day (Hat Day)
Tuesday:          Fox in Sox Day (Wear crazy socks)
Wednesday:    Wacky Wednesday (Dress Wacky)
Thursday:        Sleep Book PJ Day
Friday:              Character Dress Up Day-Character Parade (Dr. Seuss themed costumes   
                             encouraged but not required for the character parade).

Lessons incorporating a Dr. Seuss theme were planned by teachers for that week or the week prior and work displayed outside classrooms. Dr. Seuss centers were incorporated into classroom and grade levels rotated between the centers. Ms. Lisa Gurin, DES Media Specialist, organized Seuss themed activities/centers in the library that week and streamed Seuss videos throughout the day.

Buddy Readers were assigned; Each 4th and 5th grade teacher chose 1 student to read a Dr. Seuss book to a kindergarten class and in doing so, earned a Tiger Paw as a reward/incentive.

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