Giraffe Gazette

Community Giraff-E-News - April 25, 2024

Dear Giraffe Nation, 

This week is dedicated to recognizing the invaluable contributions of volunteers like you, who generously give your time, talent, or treasure. As we celebrate Public School Volunteer Appreciation Week, I want to acknowledge the remarkable contributions of our volunteers who enrich our student's learning experience and support our educational mission at DMA. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Spring Town Hall meeting. Your involvement and valuable input help us continue to improve and grow as a school community.

This week's newsletter has so much to know, celebrate, and recognize. Please read through it carefully to be fully informed. Together, let's keep building a positive and supportive environment for our students, campus, community, and each other.

Together, we Make A TALL Difference Every Day with Every Child! 

Tabitha J. Preston


To the BEST Administrative Team

I just want to express my sincere appreciation for all that you do for our school. Your hard work, dedication, and commitment are truly invaluable to our success. Every day, you manage countless tasks, support our staff, and ensure that our school runs smoothly. From coordinating events to handling the logistics of day-to-day operations, your efforts are critical to creating a positive environment for our students and faculty.

We are grateful for everything you do to make DMA a wonderful place to be

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Reminders -Upcoming Events

  • April 27- Lone Star Challenge 9 a.m-5 p.m @ Skyline H.S
  • May 2- School Lunch Hero Day
  • May 3- NO SCHOOL Inclement Weather Day

Recordatorios - Proximos


  • 27 de abril- Desafio Lonestar 9 a.m-5 p.m en Skyline H.S
  • 2 de mayo- Dia Del Héroe Del Almuerzo Escolar
  • 3 de mayo- NO HABRÁ CLASES Dia Del Mal Tiempo

Let's Show Our Cafeteria Staff Our Support And Appreciation!

Dallas ISD’s Food and Child Nutrition Services is honored to celebrate and recognize our hard-working cafeteria staff across the district. From preparing healthy foods for thousands of students, adhering to strict nutrition standards and navigating student food allergies, to offering service with a smile, Dallas ISD nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate.

Please vote for our cafeteria staff! The voting contest is available at to appreciate their hard work. The school with the most votes will be recognized across the district.


A Note From Mr. Marvin

Our PTO would like to introduce DMA families to 1st Day School Supplies. Pre order for the 2024/2025 school year with ease. All list have been teacher approved and will be shipped directly to DMA ready to distribute


VOTE FOR America's Favorite Teacher

Ms Leslie is currently in 5th PLACE! Thursday, April 25th will be another round of cutoffs, please keep voting to keep Ms.Leslie in the Top 5. Help Ms. Leslie be America’s Favorite Teacher and win $25,000, a much-deserved trip to Hawaii, and a feature in Reader’s Digest. Voting for the Top 5 on April 25th. Vote daily to keep her in the top 5 to move on to the next round! She is currently #5. Let's show our DMA support by voting daily!

Click here to vote!

Look Ahead

Join our DMA YouTube Channel Every Morning @ 7:55 am for our Morning Announcements. Next Week's Hosting Class: Ms. Moore's Class 

Volunteer Opportunity

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Montessori Moment

How Parents Can Support Montessori At Home

Parent Resource

Parent Curriculum Support Information

Parental involvement plays a significant role in shaping a student’s educational journey. In an effort to assist parents with understanding what their children are learning, the Academic Services team has released a Parent Curriculum Support Website.

This platform serves as a resource hub, offering activities that are designed to bolster learning in Reading Language Arts, and Mathematics. By encouraging parents to utilize these resources at home, we empower them to become active participants in their child's education and foster a supportive learning environment beyond the classroom.

Dallas ISD Parent Information and Resources



Elevated Engagement Podcast

Elevated Engagement with Dallas ISD is a weekly podcast created for Dallas ISD parents in English and Spanish to educate and create awareness for new initiatives and trending topics within the district. The podcast is available here on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Links will be shared to each episode via Instagram and Facebook.

Click Here To Register For Mental Health Workshops

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Discover Dallas Parks

Dallas City of Learning | Free or Low-Cost Educational Summer Activities

Summer Learning



DMA Family Spring Survey Has Reopened!

HELP DMA GROW! Take a few moments to complete our spring parent survey, the class with the highest participation will receive a popcorn/juice party. we appreciate your feedback. Please email a screenshot of the completion to Mrs. Medellin so that we may also show you some love at

Mrs. Medellin knows how to make Giraffes Stand TALL and reach our parent survey goals. Thank you, Mrs. Medellin, for going above and beyond the call of duty! You serve our DMA community with grace and love.

Perfect Attendance Goals

Click here to review our T99 attendance policy


PK3-PK4 Registration Instructions English PDF

PK 3-PK4 Instrucciones para registro PDF

PK4 - 6th Grade Returning Students Registration Instructions PDF

PK4-6to Grado Instrucciones para registro PDF

News from Nurse Natalie

Water Intake

Please encourage your children to drink water, especially as we move into warmer months. Below are guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding recommended fluid intake for children.

Total Fluid Intake Recommendations Based on Age

1-3 years old

4-8 years old

8 years +

4 cups

5 cups

8 cups

Adjust based on heat, humidity, and activity* Also, follow any recommendations from your doctor.

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Let's keep DMA healthy!

School Information

School starts at 8:00 am

School Ends at 3:20 pm

Important / Importante

We will not release students after 2:00 p.m. unless you have contacted the school or campus administration for an emergency to do so.

No dejaremos salir a los estudiantes después de las 2:00 p.m. a menos que se haya comunicado con la administración de la escuela o del campus por una emergencia para hacerlo.

Click here to read our DMA Safety Letter for Arrival & Dismissal

Haga clic aquí para leer nuestra carta de seguridad DMA para llegadas y salidas.

Uniform Expectation

 The uniform policy is enforced at DMA, and your support is necessary to ensure that your child wears the appropriate uniform and footwear. This ensures their safety, as improper shoes can lead to injuries. Your cooperation in this matter is highly appreciated.  Please see our SCOC for more information here.

Crocs are not allowed as part of Dallas ISD uniform policy.

Clothes with holes are not allowed as part of Dallas ISD uniform policy.

Do you have your DMA Carplacard for your car rider? Have you received your QR Code if your child is a walker?

¿Tienes tu DMA Carplacard para tu coche? ¿Ha recibido su código QR si su hijo es un andador?

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April Specials Schedule

DMA Monthly Assessment Calendar

TALL Things Are Happening @ DMA!

Mr. Marvin and our Upper giraffes had a blast representing DMA and showcasing their GAMER talents.

Congratulations Mr.Marvin !

District's Poetry Slam Finalist !

Harold Lee was Named in DISD’s Top Ten for Poetry Slam Finalists and WON a $1K Scholarship! With 29 schools putting forth 58 contestants, our very own 5th-grade DMA giraffe, Harold Lee, was named in the district’s top ten pool of finalists, earning a $1K Scholarship! Putting on a masterful performance before an audience filling the auditorium, he made DMA shine as he stood TALL and moved the audience…. with THE RHYTHM OF HIS LIFE!!

DMA’s Giraffes recognized at Dallas ISD’s 6th Annual Poetry Slam! DMA’s 1st place winner, Harold Lee, and 2nd place winner, Faith Payne, were both recognized alongside other district finalists at a fun-filled night of poetry and spoken word! We are DMA proud to see our giraffes standing TALL!

Family Community Engagement

PTO Meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month @ 5:30

DMA PTO - Parent Corner

Our new website!

The DMA Solar Beat Bash PHOTOBOOTH PICTURES ARE AVAILABLE. Please see the contact information below.

LaTesha Van


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