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 August 4, 2013
In This Issue
New Staff Members Announced - From our Principal
Introduction from our new Assistant Principal
It's Time to Register Your DES Students - This Wednesday, August 7!
New Parent Orientation - Thursday, August 8
Welcome Coffee for prospective Partners in Education and Sponsoring Businesses - Monday, August 12
From our Principal

Dunwoody Parents,

No matter how long I serve in my profession, I still become excited about the start of a new year!  I  love to see the excitement of the students whether they are returning or just starting for the first time. Elementary school years are so precious, and I remind you to enjoy every moment!

We will welcome everyone to a new year with new staff members.  I've tried to keep our website updated with new staff members, and  you must remember that positions could still change.  I will closely monitor the class size numbers, and I assure  you that we will comply with the State guidelines.  I am happy to introduce the following new staff members:

  • Keisha Sims (Assistant Principal Grades 3-5): Masters Degree in School Counseling, Bachelor of Science in Special Education, working toward EDS in Leadership and Administration at Georgia Southern University
  • Rachel Risinger (PK teacher): Graduate of Michigan State University, Early Childhood
  • Jennifer Pannullo (Grade 1 Teacher): Graduate of Georgia Southern University, Early Childhood
  • Ashley Smith (Grade 1 Teacher): Graduate of Shorter College, Early Childhood
  • Denise Saltman (Grade 3 Teacher):  BA from University of Massachusetts, Mercer University - Early Childhood, Gifted Certified - GSU
  • Megan Lenahan (Interrelated SPED): BA from Florida State in Social Science, Masters from Florida State in Reading Education
  • Monique Newsome (MOID SPED KDG): Ph.D. University of Georgia in Language and Literacy Education, Masters of Special Education
  • Kathryn McDougal (Grade 2): Graduate of Western Michigan University, Early Childhood
  • Celestia Greig (SPED Para): Graduate of GA State University, Early Childhood
  • Alexia Gedward (PK Para): Graduate of Valdosta State University, seeking a teaching degree
  • Angela Moss (SPED Para): Graduate of Georgia State University, Early Childhood
  • Jordan McDuffie (PK Para): Graduate of Georgia Southwestern University, Bachelor of Science of Psychology
  • Elyse Quarterman (SPED Para): Attending Mercer University in the field of Early Childhood Education

All teachers have been eagerly preparing for the arrival of your children. We can't wait to see their happy faces walking through our front doors. Our first mission is to make sure your children are safe and happy, and then we seek to provide a quality, rigorous education. Thank you for trusting us with your children!

Jennifer P. Sanders

Dunwoody Elementary School
1923 Womack Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Phone (678) 875-4002
Fax (678)-875-4010

From our new Assistant Principal
My name is Keisha Sims and I am truly honored to join the school/community of Dunwoody Elementary for the upcoming 2013-14 school year. My educational experiences include, but are not limited to; Special Education, School Guidance Counseling, Professional Development and Leadership, and Administration.  
As a new member of the leadership team, I  will support and implement the leadership of Mrs. Sanders, serve as an instructional resource for teachers, collaborate and support  parents/community stakeholders but, more importantly, to enhance the educational opportunities for our students. I look forward to meeting and working with each and every one of you.
It's Time to Register your DES Students!

Dunwoody Elementary School Registration Day

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

 8:30am - 3:00pm


Even if your children are current DES students or you have pre-registered a rising Kindergartener or a new student to DES, it is mandatory that you come to school on this day (August 7, 2013) to show current Proof of Residency and fill out additional paperwork in your child's classroom. Please note: class assignments are tentative until the final student count.


Proof of Residency:

  • Original and copy of a current utility bill (gas, water or electric bill within last 60 days) and if renting, a signed Lease and current utility bill within last 60 days
  • Original and copy of your Photo ID
  • Important - You will need to show the originals and have a copy of these for each child attending DES
  • For more information on Proof of Residency and other forms and documents you may need, please reference the District's website at the following link:


Dunwoody Elementary will not have a separate Open House this year. You will have the opportunity to meet your teacher and bring in your school supplies on Registration Day.


If you are interested in volunteering to help out on Wednesday, August 7, for one or more shifts, please email Kris Mamaghani at


1st Shift 7am-10am

2nd Shift 9:45am-12:45pm

3rd Shift 12:30pm-3:30pm 

New Parent Orientation

Attention parents new to Dunwoody Elementary! 


New Parent Orientation on Thursday,

August 8, at 8:15am


DES Media Center


Let us answer your questions:


How does carpool work?

When can I visit my child?

How do I communicate with the teacher?

How do I know what my child is learning?

What is PTO? How can I become involved?


Welcome Coffee

For prospective Partners in Education and Sponsoring Businesses


Monday, August 12, 8:30am


Companies interested in hearing about the wonderful marketing opportunities available at DES should join us for this informative coffee.  We'll provide breakfast and a brief presentation, then we'll have an interactive session to help you decide which plan is right for your business. 


From gifts in kind to monetary donations, we have something for you! Reaching over 700 families in the Dunwoody area just makes sense.  See you on the 12th!

Do you have any friends with children coming to Dunwoody Elementary for the first time this year?  If so, please forward this email to them and encourage them to sign up for the DES eNewsletter, Tiger Talk.  Future communications about our fabulous school will be sent to those who have subscribed  Sign up for Tiger Talk.