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 August 11, 2013
DES News
In This Issue
From our Principal - Safety reminders for the start of school tomorrow
From the PTO Co-Presidents - Saftey information and beginning of school year tips
NO LEFT TURN after 7:30am - Please read this message from the Transportation Committee
Girls on the Run team registration starts this week!
Welcome Back Coffee for all parents - Monday, August 12, 7:45am
Welcome Coffee for area Businesses - Monday, August 12, 8:30am
Use Sign-Up Genius this fall and help reward our teachers!
Dunwoody Junior Wildcats Fall Volleyball Camp
Expressions in Motion after school dance classes
Submitting an article to Tiger Talk - Deadline is Tuesday night!
"LIKE" us on Facebook - and Follow @DESAlerts on Twitter!


Calendar At a Glance

Monday, August 12 - First day of school!!

Monday, August 12, 7:45-8:15am - Welcome Back Coffee

Monday, August 12, 8:30am - Welcome Coffee for area business owners

Friday, August 16 - DES Spirit day - wear your DES gear!

Monday, August 19, 9-11am - Board of Directors meeting

Tuesday, August 20, 7:45-8:45am - Principal's Coffee

Thursday, August 22, 9-10am & 6-7pm - Room Parent meeting

Friday, August 23 - DES Spirit Day - wear your DES gear!


View the complete calendar on the Dunwoody Elementary PTO Website


From our Principal


Dunwoody Parents,

The first day of school is an exciting time, but it is a hectic time.  It
is important that you plan to leave home a little earlier than usual
because there will be longer lines and more traffic than usual.  Please,
please help us keep your precious little one safe by adhering to the
following procedures:

1.  Only park your car in a designated parking space, and only cross  traffic at designated pedestrian crossings.  Make sure you ALWAYS hold your child's hand!  If a parking space is not available, you will need to  utilize the lower parking lot at GA Perimeter College and walk to the school.

2. We encourage you to utilize the carpool line after the first week of  school.  The parking lot is not a safe place for children.  Our volunteers  will ask that you not walk your child into the building unless you have an  appointment with a teacher.  We encourage our children to be independent, and by the second week of school, they can all find their classrooms.  Letting your little children spread their wings is hard, but remember it's what we desire for them.  We have plenty of teachers and staff members to help any child who may have difficulties.

3.  We encourage you to not eat lunch with your children until after Labor Day.  The handbook says two weeks, but Labor Day is a better target.  We need to establish routines and procedures in the cafeteria that allow for us to keep children safe with regard to choking, food allergies, and social interactions.

4.  Absolutely no going to the classrooms after 7:40am!  The students must begin their instructional day at 7:45am, and it is critical that you abide by this policy.  If you are on the hallway at 7:40am, you must exit with the ringing of the bell.

5.  Buses may run late in the afternoons during the first week of school. Please be patient.  We generally load the buses much slower during the first week of school to make sure every student is on the correct bus. The process takes awhile, and so, your bus may arrive home later than typically expected.

6.  If your child has any special issues, please make sure to contact the  teacher via email within the first weeks of school to schedule a time to meet.  Any information you provide is helpful toward our providing the best service possible.

Thank you for helping us have a great, safe start to our year!

Jennifer P. Sanders

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

From the PTO Co-Presidents
As we come off of a very busy week of school preparation, we would like to take a moment to thank our wonderful parent volunteers who came out last week to help us have another successful Registration Day/Open House.  We would especially like to thank Kris Mamaghani, our Registration/Open House Committee Chair, who worked tirelessly all week.  We would also like to thank Celena Apple, last year's Registration/Open House chair for all of her support.  A big thank you to all of our committees who had a presence at registration along with the many parent volunteers who helped make everything run smoothly.  Last but not least, we would like to thank Mr. Frank Brake and all of our custodial staff for working all summer to ensure our school is in tip top shape for tomorrow morning. 
As we all prepare to send our children back to school tomorrow, we thought we would take a moment to give you a few reminders about Dunwoody Elementary School's Transportation Safety:
  • Arriving early during the first week of school is always a good idea!  Traffic will be thick, so plan on leaving home earlier than normal to accommodate for any delays you may encounter.  You may drop your children off as early as 7:00am. The tardy bell will ring at 7:40am.  
  • There will be NO LEFT TURN from the east exit after 7:30am due to safety concerns.  If you wish to turn left onto Womack Road after 7:30am, we ask that you exit on the west side of the parking lot where our crossing guard is present.
  • For your safety and for the safety of those children who will be entering the building in the morning and exiting in the afternoon, we ask that you remain off of your cell phone any time you are in the carpool line.  Carpool should be a distraction free zone for everyone.  
  • We understand that it will be a big transition for some students and parents during the first week of school and we welcome you to walk your child into school to help them get acclimated to their new classrooms and the building.  After the first week, parents who have appointments in the building are more than welcome to park in a parking space and come into the building before 7:40am. We ask that everyone else please utilize the carpool lane and follow our transportation guidelines.
We will have a Welcome Back Coffee open to all parents on Monday, August 12, from 7:45-8:15am in the Media Center.  This is a great opportunity to get more information about our school, sign-up for volunteer opportunities and meet other parents for a little social time before you start your day. We will also have a PTO table set up in the front hallway. We will have agendas, carpool numbers, Tour de Dunwoody and Tiger Fund information, as well as registration packets for new students.  
As we begin another school year, we are again reminded about how fortunate we are to have wonderful teachers, staff, and volunteers here at DES! We look forward to seeing you all bright and early on Monday morning.
See you around the school,
Amy LeVasseur and Amanda Rountree
PTO Co-Presidents
From the Transportation Committee
Parents, for safety reasons, we are now enforcing a "no left turn" rule after 7:30 am from the east exit of our parking lot.  If you are utilizing the carpool line and you wish to turn left onto Womack Road after 7:30am, we ask that you exit to the west side of the parking lot where our crossing guard directs traffic.  A new traffic map was included in the registration packet you should have received on August 7th. This packet outlines the new traffic flow for carpool and our transportation guidelines.  We believe that this is the best course of action to keep our students and families safe.

 DES Girls on the Run


Get on your mark, get set, GO! Lace up your running shoes because it's time for the fall season of Girls on the Run at DES. GOTR is a life-changing, character development program for girls in 3rd-5th grades.  Their mission is "to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running". 


Registration begins on August 14 at 9:00am, and ends on September 1. There will be 1 team of 15 girls. They will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-4:30pm beginning August 27. Please visit the website for registration information


We are looking forward to a fun and exciting Fall season!


Ms. Young
GOTR Site Coordinator 

Upcoming Events

Welcome Back Coffee


We will be having a Welcome Back Coffee open to all parents on Monday, August 12, from 7:45-8:15am in the Media Center.  This is a great opportunity to get more information about our school, sign-up for volunteer opportunities and meet other parents for a little social time before you start your day. We will also have a PTO table set up in the front hallway. We will have agendas, carpool numbers, Tour de Dunwoody and Tiger Fund information, as well as registration packets for new students.  

Welcome Coffee for Area Businesses

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!

Get Involved

Use Sign-Up Genius this fall and reward our teachers!

Community Information

Dunwoody Junior Wildcats Fall Volleyball Camp

The Dunwoody Junior Wildcats are now registering girls for their fall volleyball program.

The three-week program will run October 7 through 28 in the gymnasium at St. Luke's Presbyterian Church from 6 to 7:30pm. The sessions are open to current fourth- through eighth-graders and will help players develop their skills on the court through group drills and competitive play.
Sessions are designed to teach proper volleyball mechanics in a fun, safe, and learning environment that will challenge players to do their best in every drill and skill. Our coaches also provide individual attention for overall skill improvement. 

The cost is $95 per player. Each player will receive a Junior Wildcats T-shirt.

For more information, contact Junior Wildcats' director Steve Goldin at 770-330-5532 or by email at
. You can also call Lead Instructor Brent Bridger at 678-687-1898 or email

To register, please download the registration form and return to the address listed.
After school Dance Classes
Now registering for the 2013/2014 school year
Classes offered at:
Space is limited! Register soon!
WHO: Girls and boys in Pre-K
through 9th grade!
ALL students will have the opportunity to participate in a fabulous recital in May 2014!  
Expressions In Motion Dance L.L.C. | 404-993-4122 | |
Expressions In Motion Dance
P.O. Box 1662
Tucker, GA 30085

Tiger Talk Information

Tiger Talk Newsletters now Searchable!
Ever need to find an old newsletter to get an announcement? Tired of searching through your thousands of emails for it? Starting in the fall, 2013, all newsletters are archived, and searchable on!
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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