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DES News
In This Issue
From our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
No Summer Camp this year, please make alternate arrangements
PTO Board Nominating Committee - Thursday, January 31
Ski trip postponed until Saturday, February 2
PCMS Informational Coffee for Rising 6th Grade Parents - Sunday, February 3
Girls on the Run After School Program Registration Now Open
DES Jumps for Jump Rope for Heart next month!
DCPC Meeting Wednesday, February 6
Class Photos on Thursday, February 21
Lunch Bunch Needs You!
DES Recycling
Volunteer Opportunity in the Media Center
Marist School is offering a Parenting Course for the Community


Calendar At a Glance

Thursday, January 31, 5pm - PTO General Membership Meeting (Election of

       the Nominating Committee)

Thursday, January 31, 5:30pm - 4/5 and DES Singers Music Program 

Saturday, February 2 - DES Ski Trip

Sunday, February 3 - PCMS Informational Coffee for rising 6th grade parents

Wednesday, February 6 - DCPC Meeting at PCMS

Friday, February 15 - Box Tops Deadline

Thursday, February 21 - Class Photos


See all these events and more on the Dunwoody Elementary PTO Gmail Calendar


From our Principal

We have recently received the results from our Fall administration of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. The ITBS is a nationally normalized test that measures how our students compare relative to other students across the nation taking the same test. We administer the test to students in grades 1, 3, and 5 as part of the process for Gifted eligibility. Our teachers do not explicitly teach skills measured on the ITBS.

Scores are provided as a percentile, and a score at the 50th percentile is considered average. Dunwoody students consistently score well above average. Our scores for Fall 2012 are as follows:

Grade 1
Reading - 93rd percentile
Language - 85th percentile
Math - 82nd percentile

Grade 3
Reading - 80th percentile
Language - 82nd percentile
Math - 86th percentile
Social Studies - 82nd percentile
Science - 85th percentile
Composite - 87th percentile

Grade 5
Reading - 78th percentile
Language - 78th percentile
Math - 81st percentile
Social Studies - 83rd percentile
Science - 82nd percentile
Composite - 81st percentile


Jennifer P. Sanders

Dunwoody Elementary School

From the PTO Co-Presidents
Well, it seems that January has nearly slipped through our hands! We are approaching our last week of the month and have had a fun-filled, action- packed January here at DES. Shari and I would like to take a moment to thank all of the families who have contributed to the Tiger Fund for 2012-2013 because those funds have helped us provide wonderful programs and special events for our students. For example, last week your children got to meet and experience the words of visiting author David Sargent as he took your children on a journey through his books about man's best friend. These kinds of special events would not be possible without the donations from our DES families to the 2012-2013 Tiger Fund!


As we round out January, we will be preparing for the 2013-2014 school year by voting and electing our 2013-3014 Nominating Committee, who will be charged with putting together the slate for the officers of our PTO Executive Committee for next year. Please join us on January 31st starting at 5:00pm as we select those individuals. We will also be unveiling beautiful historical canvases that evening, which were paid for by the Dunwoody Historical Preservation Trust. These canvases highlight the 5 buildings that have housed Dunwoody Elementary School students over many years, as well as the historical figures who helped shape our school's rich history. The Dunwoody Singers and the Band and String concerts will follow at 5:30pm.


Amy LeVasseur and Shari Wassell

PTO Co-Presidents

Summer Camp
Dunwoody Elementary will not offer a summer camp this summer. Please make alternate plans if your child typically attends.

Upcoming Events

2013-2014 PTO Officers Nominating Committee

The time has come to choose our PTO Officers for the next school year. At a very brief PTO meeting in the cafeteria on Thursday, January 31 at 5pm, we will take names of those PTO members wishing to serve on the Nominating Committee. This committee will create a slate of officers for the PTO Executive Committee for 2013-2014. Any member of the PTO who is in good standing and has paid their dues can take part in this process by suggesting someone to serve on the Nominating Committee or volunteering him/herself to serve. We will vote on 7 members and 1 alternate for the committee. Please take time and consider serving or nominating another PTO member to serve in this very important role.

Attention all Snow Bunnies and Shredders

We have about 20 families going on our upcoming ski trip.  Due to extreme weather, the ski trip has been postponed until Saturday, February 2nd.  It's not too late to sign up! Please keep in mind that all 4th and 5th graders may attend without a parent. All other students must have parental supervision. Inexperienced skiers will have a lesson on the mountain. We did not have enough interest to do lessons at the school.

PCMS Informational Coffee for Rising 6th Grade Parents

Peachtree Charter Middle School invites all parents of 5th graders to an informational coffee to learn more about PCMS and what you need to know  to prepare a rising 6th grader who might attend PCMS.


The informational coffee will be on Sunday, February 3 at 2pm at PCMS.

The coffee will be 1 hour including a school tour. Meet in the PCMS Media Center. You will receive information about the summer bridge program offered to 6th graders, typical 6th grade schedules, band/orchestra/choral offerings, daily PE information, and the accelerated math program.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to ask questions to the school's  principal and teachers.


Tours of PCMS are offered to parents by appointment if you are not able to  attend during this time.

girlsontherunGirls on the Run

Girls on the Run After School Program - Registration is Now Open! (Space is limited!)

We're excited to announce that DES is starting two Girls on the Run (GOTR) teams. GOTR is an organization determined to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The teams will meet after school two days a week for fun lessons and training runs for the GOTR 5K in late April.

Meeting Times:
Team 1 - Mondays and Thursdays from 3-4:30 pm

Team 2 - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-4:30 pm

Register Online:

Space is limited, register early! First come, first served basis.

For more information, contact: Ms. Grubbs at DES

DES Jump Rope for Heart
Dunwoody Elementary School students will JUMP FOR THEIR HEARTS AND HELP SAVE LIVES. Students at elementary schools are jumping at the chance to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation's No. 1 and No. 3 killers.
Starting on Thursday, January 24th - Friday, February 22nd DES will try to raise money for the American Heart Association, which funds lifesaving heart and stroke research.
Jump Rope for Heart teaches students how physical fitness benefits the heart and shows them that volunteering can be a fun and positive experience for the whole community. The need to educate children about the importance of physical activity couldn't be more necessary! Money is NOT required in order to participate in the program; however, any money given will help and is appreciated. Please note: we ask that children not go door-to-door or ask strangers for donations. You can make donations online at Our school goal is $20,000.00, so please help in any way.


Jump Rope for Heart is co-sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Please help our students help others by making a donation. If you would like to help, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 (1-800-242-8721). You can also visit them online at

Thank you for helping people in our community fight America's #1 and #3 killers - heart disease and stroke!


Coach K and Mrs. Reynolds

What: Jump Rope for Heart Celebration
When: TBA 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Where: DES GYM

Each student that raises $200 or more will receive an invitation to the Jump Rope for Heart Celebration. These students are allowed to "Bring a Buddy!" (Student currently enrolled at DES only.) The students will enjoy pizza, juice, music and receive their prizes from the American Heart Association.



Dunwoody Chamblee Parents' Council (DCPC) Meeting

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 9:15am
Location: Peachtree Charter Middle School
Speaker: Dr. John D. Barge, Georgia State School Superintendent


DCPC meets monthly on the first Wednesday of the month, starting with refreshments at 8:45am. The meeting starts at 9:15am and ends by 10:30am. Meetings are held at various public venues within the Dunwoody Chamblee area. Meetings are open, and topics are geared toward the interests of parents and guardians with children in Dunwoody and Chamblee schools in the DeKalb County School District. There is no charge for attendance. All parents are encouraged to attend.


For more information, go to

Class Photos  

IT'S PICTURE TIME AGAIN!!! On Thursday morning, February 21st, Sure Shot Photography will be taking our class photos. This date was moved forward a week from the previously scheduled date, so please make note of the change on your calendars. There will not be a makeup date for the class photos. If you have any questions about the class photos OR the individual photos that were taken earlier, please feel free to contact Christy Archibald at

Get Involved

Lunch Bunch Needs You!

Help with opening juice boxes, ketchups and cleaning up spills! Great way to pitch in at DES and see your child in middle of their school day!


lunch bunchYou will also help with our recycling efforts by collecting the students' drink pouches and putting them in the appropriate container, thereby earning a small profit for the school and helping save our environment.


Go to the following link and sign up for as many dates and times as your schedule allows:


Remember to log your volunteer hours after each shift worked. You can do this through the DES PTO website or in the front office.

DES Recycling

We're Helping Save the Earth - One Bag at a Time

Our Recycling Center is set up inside the school next to the doors to the gymnasium. Students and parents can drop off their ink cartridges, batteries, paired shoes, pop tops, plastic bags, drink pouches, cell phones and plastic or aluminum containers at anytime.

Thanks for helping DES save the environment.

Media Center Volunteer Opportunity

Looking for a way to get involved in school a few hours a month? Come help out in the Media Center. Our primary role is to help Ms. Gurin, the media specialist, with the re-shelving of books. Due to DeKalb County budget cuts, she no longer has an assistant this year, so our help is vital to keeping the media center running smoothly. She needs help for 1 hour each day. Typically, you will help from 11:30am - 12:30pm, but we can be flexible with the time.


Please visit our Sign Up Genius site: or contact Jill Rosen at


Remember, we are still asking for 10+ hours for all parents. Those that have already acquired these, will get stars on their puzzle piece for each additional 10 hours. These will equate to raffle tickets for a drawing at the end of the school year.

Community Information

Marist School is offering a Parenting Course for the Community


We don't usually promote outside businesses or schools not in our feeder path, but we think this course would be very helpful for our DES families. If you are able to attend, please register with Marist at the link below.


Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun!™

Instructor: Ms. Jenni Ellis


This Love and LogicŪ parenting program is designed to help parents raise respectful and responsible children. The road to raising respectful and responsible children begins well before your child enters elementary school, which is why this program was designed specifically for those who have children younger than seven years old. Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun™ will give you specific answers and actions for some of the most difficult moments as the parent of a young child.


Session 1: Handling misbehavior without breaking a sweat and teaching children to listen the first time.

Session 2: Avoiding power struggles and how creating limits is key in having happier parents, happier children, and happier families.

Session 3: What to do when your children leave you speechless!


You will learn practical skills that you can use immediately and are building a foundation that will carry your child through the rest of his or her life.  Join us as we laugh, learn, and become better parents.


Cost:  $100 per person

Time:  7-9 p.m.

Location:  Marist campus


Instructor Jenni Ellis has been in education for 16 years and currently serves as the Assistant Principal at Marist School.  Her years of experience with adolescents have led her to the conclusion that those children who were brought up to be responsible and resilient are the most successful.  Almost four years ago Jenni became a parent herself.  She began implementing Love and LogicŪ strategies when her son was 15 months old and she wish she had done it sooner.  In an effort to help parents, including herself, navigate the adventures of parenting Jenni became an independent facilitator of the Love and LogicŪ Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun!™ curriculum.


To register, please go to:

Tiger Talk Information

Tiger Talk Newsletters Archived

Ever need to find an old newsletter to get an announcement? Tired of searching through your thousands of emails for it? All newsletters are archived on Look for "Tiger Talk" under the "news" menu, or click HERE.
How to Send an Announcement Using Tiger Talk


Tiger Talk is the weekly e-newsletter of the Dunwoody Elementary School PTO. Every Sunday, we publish information that is pertinent to the students and parents of DES. The submission deadline for each issue is 10 p.m. on Tuesday. All announcements must be brief and sent in writing as an email to Announcements will run for two weeks prior to the event or as applicable. If you have any questions about Tiger Talk, please contact the editors at

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