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 August 18, 2013
DES News
In This Issue
From our Principal - First week wrap-up, STEM Sponsors needed, and keep reading!
From the PTO Co-Presidents - Carpool Safety Reminders
Band & Strings Announcement
Be a part of the 2013-2014 DES Directory
WDES Information for Applicants
Principal's Coffee - Tuesday, August 20, 7:45am
Calling all Room Parents! Attend the Room Parent Meeting at 9-10am or 6-7pm on Thursday, August 22
PTO General Membership meeting/Curriculum Nights Rescheduled to Monday, August 26, and Tuesday, August 27
Girls on the Run team registration through September 1
Dunwoody Singers - Join the club and sing at the Braves Game!
Are you a Reader? Join the Reading Bowl Club
Morning Carpool Volunteers needed! Sign up here!
Volunteer for Lunch Bunch here!
Use Sign-Up Genius this fall and help reward our teachers!
Forming new Girl Scout Troops!
Dunwoody Junior Wildcats Fall Volleyball Camp
Expressions in Motion after school dance classes
Tiger Talk Archived
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 19, 9-11am - Board of Directors meeting

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

Thursday, August 22, 9-10am and 6-7pm - Room Parent meetings

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

Monday, August 26 - PTO General Membership Meeting/Curriculum Night (PK-2nd)

Tuesday, August 27 - PTO General Membership Meeting/Curriculum Night (3rd-5th)

Friday, August 30 - DES or Braves Spirit Day

Friday, August 30 - Dunwoody Singers perform at the 7:30pm Braves game

Monday, September 2 - Labor Day - No School


View the complete calendar on the Dunwoody Elementary PTO Website, and/or Subscribe to the GMail Calendar


From our Principal
Parents and Community,

The first week of school has been a glowing success!  The success is largely attributed to our parent community following school procedures, volunteers lending helping hands, teachers being prepared, and students having wonderful attitudes!  I think we only had two minor hiccups on the first day.
The first occurred when the fire alarm was accidentally pulled, and we had a spontaneous introduction to building evacuation.  The children and teachers handled the incident like veterans!  The teachers had a teachable moment, and we checked off one of our required fire drills for the month of August.

The other hiccup occurred at dismissal.  We proceeded slowly with dismissal to make sure all students were safely on their way home, and the result was a much longer process than normal.  By Tuesday, though, we were back on track and letting buses roll at a reasonable time.  I appreciate how patient all parents were on the first day whether waiting in carpool or at the bus stop.

I have met in an assembly with all students in grades 1-5 to review school expectations and talk about exciting school events.  Students are particularly excited about our new STEM process, and a letter was sent home in T.I.P. last week with more details.  I am currently looking for business partners so that we can proceed with our certification process.  We need to partner with companies and/or schools in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering or Math.  Partners will need to work throughout the year with our students and teachers by sharing ideas, lessons, and career information.  If you know of a potential partner, please contact me with the company name and contact.  Please send information to

Students are also asked to continue with their Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge until Labor Day.  Students who complete their logs and turn them into the teacher will be eligible for a reward and a chance to receive a grand prize.  Please assist your children in their endeavor to read each night. Children were told that in order to continue learning, they must continue reading.  They should practice reading like they would practice football, piano, or chess.

I have great expectations for a great school year, and I'm excited about all the possibilities. Thank you for allowing us to look after your precious children!

Jennifer P. Sanders

Dunwoody Elementary School
1923 Womack Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Phone: 678) 875-4002
From the PTO Co-Presidents
We had a wonderful first week of school at DES!  Students, thank you for bringing excitement and smiles back to school.  Parents, thank you for your patience.  Volunteers, thank you for your countless hours.  Faculty and staff, thank you for all your hard work! 
With the first week of school under our belts, we wanted to touch on a few points regarding safety and carpool.
Please refrain from using your cell phones in the carpool line.  We have so many children entering the building during carpool and we want to ensure the safety of each and every one of our students. 
NO LEFT TURN AFTER 7:30AM FROM THE EAST ENTRANCE.  If you choose to enter the east carpool line after 7:30am, please do not turn left onto Womack Road.  This will be a right turn only after 7:30am.  If you wish to go left on Womack Road, you MUST utilize the west entrance/exit where our crossing guard is present.  Signage will be posted immediately as a friendly reminder. We will request Dunwoody Police to help enforce this rule if necessary.
YOUR CHILD IS TARDY AT 7:40AM. The tardy bell rings at 7:40am.  If you are utilizing the carpool line and your child is not inside the building by 7:40am, they are considered tardy and must be signed in by a parent or guardian. 
Have questions about Dunwoody Elementary?  The Principal's Coffee is a perfect place to get those questions answered.  Please join us for the first Principal's Coffee of the year on Tuesday, August 20, from 7:45am - 9:00am. Mrs. Sanders will be there to answer questions and address any concerns you may have, and it will give you an opportunity to enjoy coffee and refreshments with other parents.
See you around the school,
Amy LeVasseur and Amanda Rountree
PTO Co-Presidents
Band & Strings


All students who were assessed for an instrument need to have their instrument rented by the first week of school.  New rising 4th graders to DES may choose to be in Band, Strings or General Music.  They should have received information during the first week of school in their TIP.  If you have any questions please contact one of our music teachers: Yvonne Miller ( or Natia Esartia ( 

Be a part of the 2013-2014 DES Directory!


Go to the PTO website at  Click on the "Be a part of the Directory" link under Parent Resources, or click HERE to enter the information directly. (You will be taken to a new page)


Inclusion in the directory is NOT mandatory The deadline for entries is September 15, 2013.


Directories will be distributed though your child's homeroom teacher later in the semester.  If you would like a directory and did not order one during registration, write us a note with your child's name, grade, homeroom teacher, include $5.00 (checks payable to DESPTO) and place it in the PTO mailbox in the School lobby.


WDES Information for Applicants
Dear Students and Parents,

We are looking for 4th and 5th grade students who are interested in joining the WDES: Tiger TV News morning show.  Applications are available online at, under Clubs & Activities or in the Media Center.

All applications are due by Tuesday, August 20, 2013.


Crew 2: September 4 - October 30, 2013
Crew 3: October 28, 2013 - January 8, 2014
Crew 4: January 6 - February 26, 2014

Upcoming Events

Principal's Coffee
Have questions about Dunwoody Elementary?  The Principal's Coffee is a perfect place to get those questions answered.  Please join us for the first Principal's Coffee of the year on Tuesday, August 20, from 7:45-9:00amMrs. Sanders will be there to answer questions and address any concerns you may have, and it will give you an opportunity to enjoy coffee and refreshments with other parents.
Calling all Room Parents!
If you have been chosen to work in your child's class as a Room Parent, please plan on attending the Room Parent Informational Meeting on Thursday, August 22 in the cafeteria.  
For your convenience, meetings will be held from 9-10am and from 6-7pm.  Please choose the meeting time that works best for your schedule. We look forward to seeing all of our wonderful Room Parents on Thursday
PTO General Membership Meeting/Curriculum Nights Rescheduled
Our PTO General Membership meetings in conjunction with Curriculum Nights have been moved to August 26th (Pre-K through 2nd grade) and August 27th (3rd-5th grades) in order to respect the start of Rosh Hashanah, which would have coincided with our second Curriculum night, originally scheduled for September 5th
We look forward to seeing you all on August 26th and August 27th!

School Clubs

 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 
Dunwoody Singers


The Dunwoody Singers is a choral group that meets once a week on Tuesdays after school.  If you are new to DES and have a 3rd, 4th or 5th grade student who is interested in trying out, please contact us as soon as possible (  Our first performance is singing the National Anthem at the Braves game on Friday, August 30, 2013!



Come Support our Dunwoody Singers at the Braves!!




The Dunwoody Singers were selected to sing the National Anthem at the Braves vs. Marlins game on Friday, August 30, at 7:35pm.  We have our own special seating area and ticket prices.  If you are interested in supporting us by coming to hear us sing, please contact Mrs. Miller ( 


Are You a Reader?


We are looking for 4th- and 5th-grade students who love to read! The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl (HRRB) is a fun, quiz-bowl type competition, where students strive to correctly answer questions about the current year's Georgia Book Award nominees faster than the opposing teams.
Ms. Gurin will sponsor an after-school club based on the Bowl for 4th and 5th graders. Members will read and discuss the nominated books.
Ten reading bowl club members will be selected to represent Dunwoody Elementary at the HRRB on January 25th, 2014.  Club meetings will be on the following Tuesdays in the media center from 2:30-3:00pm:


  • September 3 (Informational Meeting)
  • October 1, 22
  • November 5, 12, 19
  • December 3, 10, 17
  • January 7, 14, 21  

There is a sign-up sheet located in the Media Center.  Please visit the DES webpage for information and guidelines: -> Clubs and Activities -> Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Club

Get Involved

Carpool Volunteers Needed!
Welcome to another year at DES!
carpool volunteers neededWe are in need of volunteers to help with morning carpool!  Assure the safety of the children and make the drop off as smooth and quick as possible by signing up to help. If you can come a few mornings, please sign up or contact Ana Maria Lopez. Thank you!
Lunch Bunch
  lunch bunch
DES Lunch Bunch needs you! Lunch Bunch is a group of volunteers who help out in the cafeteria during lunch times. It's a great way to see your child during the day! Lunch bunch volunteers help children with their lunch needs (opening containers and cleaning up small messes etc.).


Come and meet your child's classmates and get to see what your child actually eats for lunch!

This is a great volunteer opportunity for those who have preschool-aged children and those who have an irregular work schedule.  Choose what days and shifts you can work! There is a choice of 2 shifts, either 10:30-11:45am or 11:45am-1pm.
Please email Rosemary Gorham at or Jennifer Fenmore at if you are able to help!

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

Community Information

            Forming new Girl Scout Troops     
Is your daughter interested in Girl Scouts?  Do you want your daughter to learn about leadership, have fun, and make new friends?  Please join us as we form new Girl Scout Troops in the Dunwoody area.  Troop organizing will take place on Sunday, August 25, from 2:00-3:30pm at North Atlanta Church of Christ.  At this parents-only meeting you will learn about the Girl Scout program, complete registration paperwork, pay required fees, and form new troops. Parent volunteers are needed to be troop leaders. Please contact Eleanor Remigailo at for more 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 Peachtree Charter Middle School 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 10pm 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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