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 August 25, 2013
DES News
In This Issue
From our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Mandatory Volunteer Training now on the DES Website
Spirit Wear - We have a new logo - get yours now!
PTO General Membership Meetings/Curriculum Nights Monday, August 26, and Tuesday, August 27, 5:30pm
School Council Meeting - Tuesday, September 10
DCPC Meeting date changed - now Wednesday, September 11
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! NOTE: Meeting days have changed.
Collect Box Tops for Education!
Morning Carpool Volunteers needed! Sign up here!
Volunteer for Lunch Bunch here!
Use Sign-Up Genius this fall and help reward our teachers!
Recycling at DES
Forming new Girl Scout Troops!
Dunwoody Junior Wildcats Fall Volleyball Camp
CV Classic 2013
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

This week

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


Next Week

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
As hard as I try to keep information confidential until I have all the details in place, I'm sure that you are hearing rumors that DeKalb County is making adjustments in schools based on enrollment.  Dunwoody Elementary currently has fewer students enrolled than last year, which means we will have staff adjustments.  I am doing all that I can to keep all of our wonderful Dunwoody Teachers in place while I know there are schools that have been waiting for teachers since the first day of school.  As I work toward creative solutions that minimize the impact to our students, I would appreciate  your patience.  I will send letters to your grade level as needed by the beginning of the week. 

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
We are getting into the swing of things now!  Thank you to all of our wonderful parents for your patience as we work out all the little kinks in our dismissal process.  We also want to thank our fabulous front office staff for working so hard to make sure that children get to the right place and for communicating last minute changes to our teachers and staff.  As the year progresses, we will have everything running like clock work.  
Please join us tomorrow, August 26th (Pre-K through 2nd grades) or Tuesday, August 27th (3rd-5th grades) for our PTO General Membership meeting at 5:30pm.  We will approve our PTO Operating Budget for 2013-2014 and will give you important updates about our Tiger Fund!  You won't want to miss this brief meeting prior to Curriculum Night!
Log your hours:
Let us know when you volunteer!  We want to know when you volunteer so that we can reward you.  Please go onto our PTO website at and click on "Log Volunteer Hours" under the Parent Resources section on the left side of the page.  It is really that easy!
Volunteer Parking:  
We know that our volunteers are constantly coming and going, but we know it's more difficult to come and go during morning and afternoon carpool. For this reason, we ask that all volunteers park in the east parking lot so that you can easily come and go, even during peak traffic times.  
Last but certainly not least, we would like to take a moment and thank our wonderful Hospitality Chair, Tessa Pickren for doing such an amazing job with our Principal's Coffee.  We would also like to thank Ali's Cookies for donating our wonderful muffin tray and cookie cake. 
See you around school,
Amy LeVasseur & Amanda Rountree
PTO Co-Presidents
Mandatory Volunteer Training

The State of Georgia Mandatory Reporting Law was revised expanding the listing of persons who are now categorized as mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect. This list now includes anyone who volunteers in a school. 

To ensure that all school volunteers are aware of the new responsibilities and penalties associated with non-compliance,
ALL VOLUNTEERS ARE REQUIRED BY LAW to go through a brief training presentation created by DeKalb County Schools on the mandatory reporting of abuse and neglect and what it means to be a mandated reporter. 
The training MUST be completed before volunteering. You must also complete the certificate affirming that you have watched the video presentation and understand your obligations as a mandated reporter.  Both the presentation and certificate can be accessed from the school website at 
under the "Parent Resources" section.


Volunteers must complete this training every year. 

If you have any questions regarding the presentation or your obligations as a reporter, please contact the school's social worker.

School Social Worker - Isaura Roque
Phone: 678-676-7135


Spirit Wear
Welcome to a new school year!  Our Spirit Wear has a new logo!  Don't miss out on Spirit Days; make sure you get a new T-shirt, long-sleeve tee or fleece.  You can purchase Spirit Wear at all of our events, including next week's Curriculum Nights, and through the School Store.  The School Store will be open from 7:15-7:40am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 

We are also looking for volunteers...It's a ton of fun and super easy!  Volunteers will help staff the spirit table at major school events and help sort and deliver pre-ordered items to the appropriate student.  Volunteers are also needed to work in the School Store.  

To sign up for the School Store, please go to:
Please email if you are available to help with the Spirit Wear table at any of our events.

Upcoming Events

PTO General Membership Meeting/
Curriculum Nights

Our PTO General Membership Meetings in conjunction with Curriculum Nights have been moved from September 3 and 5, to August 26 (Pre-K through 2nd grade) and August 27 (3rd-5th grades) in order to respect the start of Rosh Hashanah. 
The General Membership Meetings will begin at 5:30pm, with the Curriculum Night activities starting immediately afterwards at 6:00pm. 
We look forward to seeing you all on August 26th and August 27th!
School Council
The DES School Council is an advisory body that provides recommendations to the school principal on matters related to student achievement and school improvement.  We also attempt to strengthen the partnership between parents, teachers, and the community.  Our Council is comprised of 12 individuals consisting of 7 parents, 3 certified teachers, our principal Mrs. Sanders, and one business partner.  All meetings are open to the public and we generally meet monthly. 
Our first meeting is Tuesday, September 10th at 3:00pm in the DES Media Center.   We welcome your attendance. 
This years' Council includes: Gregory Jay (parent, chair); Celena Apple (parent, vice-chair); Rosemary Watts (parent, secretary); Katie Frame (parent); Kimberly Kirkland (parent); Teri Polk (parent); Jennifer Seitz (parent); Jennifer Sanders (principal); Francine Goodman (teacher); Christine Shelton (teacher); Tami Slaton (teacher); and Jim Redovian (business partner).  Please do not hesitate to contact a member of School Council if you have an area of concern or a suggestion. Members' email addresses are listed under the School Council tab on the school's website. 
DCPC Meeting

Date Changed from September 4th to September 11th

Interim Superintendent Michael Thurmond, had an unavoidable scheduling conflict, so our September 4th meeting is now Wednesday, September 11. Same time (9:15am, refreshments start at 8:45), same place (Dunwoody High School). Please spread the word - thanks!
Our full calendar is below (and also online). Please "like" us on Facebook for additional updates, etc. 

Leslie Freymann
DCPC Corresponding Secretary

DCPC 2013-2014 Tentative Calendar:

September 11, 2013 at Dunwoody High School
October 2, 2013 at Huntley Hills Elementary
November 6, 2013 at Dunwoody Elementary
December 4, 2013 at Kittredge Magnet School
February 5, 2014 at location to be determined
March 5, 2014   at location to be determined
April 2, 2014 at location to be determined
May 7, 2014 at Chamblee High School

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 ( 


Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Club
Meeting Dates Changed


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. Due to Dunwoody Singers meeting on Tuesdays, Reading Bowl meetings have been changed to Mondays, to allow more students to participate in both activities.  The updated meeting dates can be found under clubs and activities on the DES website.
Ten reading bowl club members will be selected to represent Dunwoody Elementary at the HRRB on January 25th, 2014.  

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


Thank You,


Ms. Gurin


Get Involved

Collect Box Tops
It's time to turn in your collected Box Tops again!  Please clip the Box Tops label from designated products, put them in a Ziploc bag with your child's name, class, and the number of Box Tops written on the bag.  Turn them in to the schoolhouse in the entryway of the school that says, "Box Tops" on the roof.  Each label is worth $0.10 to our school! 
Last year, we raised over $2000 from this project, so tell your neighbors and relatives to join you, and get clipping to support this effort to raise money for DES!  Money earned goes to help fund teacher continuing education, grounds improvements, the STEM initiative, and Field Day!  For every 50 box tops that are turned in, the child's name will be entered in a drawing to be eligible to win a prize!  Please contact Megan Cann ( with any questions.  Thanks!
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 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!


Recycling at Dunwoody Elementary     
For the 2012-2013 school year, Dunwoody Elementary School recycled 165 pairs of shoes, 66 cell phones, over 100 printer cartridges, and 874 drink pouches.  Last week Rachel Jay presented Joe Camacho, House Manager for Ronald McDonald House Charities Atlanta, over 3 pounds of pop tops collected by DES families!
Last year the RMHCA raised over $19,000 through this initiative. DES is proud to have helped last year and looks forward to being a part of the achievement of a higher goal for the 2013-2014 school year!

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 TODAY, 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.
CV Classic 2013

CV Classic 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

Saturday October 5th, 8am at PCMS


Come celebrate the grand opening of the new PCMS track and help us raise funds for even more improvements to the outside field area.


How can you participate?


Family Sponsorship = $100.  You receive two race entries, two event shirts (very popular new Dry-Fit shirt Spirit Wear that can be worn to school) and your family name is printed on the back of the shirt! Click HERE for a Family Sponsor form.  Deadline for having name on shirt is September 3rd.


Individual Registration - Only $20 per person (Fee increases to $25 Sept. 1st).  Run/Walk the event and you'll receive the new Dry-Fit event shirt that students can wear to school as Spirit Wear. Obtain your entry form here.


Business Sponsor - $100 to $3,000.  You receive race entries, free event shirts, your name on the official event shirt, and you can place marketing material in the race bag. Send an email to: to secure your spot now.  Deadline for Business Sponsors is September.

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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Our school's Facebook page and Twitter account will be used to promote upcoming school events and communications. We will also allow comments from our DES community but through daily monitoring we will remove anything that is not appropriate. We're excited about this new opportunity to share all the good things happening at our school.

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