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 May 4, 2014
DES News
In This Issue
From Our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
School Council Election Results
Evening of the Arts Post-Show Sales
Shop for school supplies online!!
Library Books need to be returned by May 16
Walk to School - Wednesday, May 7
Field Day - Thursday, May 8 and Friday, May 9
School Climate Consultant
Box Tops deadline is Friday, May 9!
PCMS Seeking 2014-2015 Committee Chairs
i9 Summer Program registration deadline - Monday, May 5

Calendar At a Glance

This Week

Wednesday, May 7 - Walk to School

Wednesday, May 7 - DCPC at Chamblee High School

Thursday, May 8 - Field Day Pre-K through 2nd Grades

Thursday, May 8 - Strings Concert, 5:30-7:30pm

Friday, May 9 - Field Day 3rd-5th Grades


Next Week

Tuesday, May 13 - School Council Meeting, 7am

Tuesday, May 13 - Honors Day

Tuesday, May 13 - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

Friday, May 16 - All Pro Dad, 7:45am

Friday, May 16 - The Jungle Book Musical, 6pm


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



From Our Principal



We are happily looking forward to Field Days next week! These days are such a wonderful school tradition and the source of great fun for our children. I promise they will sleep well after a day of physical activity!


I am pleased to present two very special announcements that highlight our wonderful school! First, the writing scores for the Grade 5 Writing Assessment have been received by the district. Dunwoody Elementary scored the fourth highest in the district with 97% of students meeting and/or exceeding standards. This is an increase of 4% from last year. Additionally, we have increased the number of students exceeding standards by 8% (21% to 29%) and decreased the number of students not meeting from 7% to 3%.

Second, the Director of Science Curriculum for the State of Georgia visited our school with his colleagues. The purpose of the visit was to closely examine the math and science curriculum and instructional practices. At the end of the visit, the Director determined that Dunwoody Elementary is doing an excellent job and is well prepared for an official State STEM certification visit in September. In September, a group of 20-30 experts will visit the school to examine the entire STEM program. They will determine if are able to join the elite group of schools that already have STEM Certification!


In other business, in order for us to run a safe after school program, we need our community to adhere to certain rules. Parents are not allowed to loiter in the building after dismissal. If you have a specific purpose such as a meeting or conference, please sign-in in the front office so that our staff members know that you have been cleared. We also need for you to avoid using the playground or other outside areas if the children enrolled in after school are present. We appreciate your understanding of these rules, which are in place for the safety of our students.


Spring always brings surprising weather as we noted last week, and tornados are just an inevitable possibility. Our students have practiced our emergency procedure for tornado warnings multiple times this year. In the event of a tornado warning, all students exit to the interior portion of the building (hallways) on the lowest floor. Students who are upstairs exit onto the bottom floor as well. Students are quiet and seated in an approved tornado ready position (head covered with arms). Our students and staff members can relocate all students within a few minutes. Hopefully we will not have to have more than a practice drill this year!

Remember to enjoy every minute of your child's last few weeks in their grade. It's tough to think of our fifth graders going to middle school and our kindergartners already ready for first grade. Children grow up in a blink of an eye!

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


Thank you to our DES staff for hosting a very nice Volunteer Brunch last Thursday. Volunteers ate a wonderful breakfast, listened to students perform, and received numerous raffle prizes. Thank you to the following businesses that donated gifts and services to the Volunteer Brunch: 
Nancy's NailsCafe at PharrPicayune Toys
Galla's PizzaBalance SalonCafe Intermezzo
Yogli MogliAtlanta Bread CompanyFirst Watch
Pure BarreArc and Angle Home Builders    Zoe's Kitchen
Chick-fil-ASage Woodfire GrillEclipse de Luna
Nancy's Hallmark     Outback SteakhouseVillage Burger
Carrabba'sPeachtree Orthopedic ClinicEmily G's Jams
Tryst BoutiqueSips n' Strokes
Thursday and Friday are FIELD DAYS!!!! Thursday will be for our Pre-K through 2nd grade and Friday is for our upper grades, 3rd-5th. Make sure to dress your child appropriately for the weather. If you purchased a Field Day t-shirt for your child, those will be distributed in class. Please make sure that your child wears sunscreen and athletic shoes as this is an outdoor event.  
Have a great week!


Amy LeVasseur & Amanda Rountree
PTO Co-Presidents
School Council Elections

Thank you to all those who ran and congratulations to the following parents who were recently elected to serve on School Council:

Tracey Ellet, (2014-15)

Megan Cann (2014-16)

Courtney Lamb (2014-16)

Fara Yarbrough (2014-16)

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. School Council is comprised of 7 parent representatives, 3 teacher representatives, Principal Jennifer Sanders, and a business representative.

Our next School Council meeting is Tuesday, May 13th at 7am. All meetings are open to the public.
Evening of the Arts: Post Show Sales

Didn't have a chance to check out the amazing Evening of the Arts? NO PROBLEM! If you are still interested in purchasing your child's artwork, please fill out the information on the attached form and send in a check for $28 made out to DES ART.  Mrs. Fleury-Bell will notify you when your artwork is ready to pick up!  

Thank you for your amazing support of the Arts at DES! 

~Mrs. Fleury-Bell 

Do you dread shopping for school supplies?
Have you ever had a difficult time finding an item on your list?
Do you hate having to go to multiple stores to purchase supplies?
If yes, then we have the solution for you!  Order name brand, discounted school supplies now through June 15, and they will be delivered to your door step. 
Simply go to, enter our 30338 zip code, and choose the grade your child will be in for the 2014-2015 school year.  All school supply lists are DES teacher approved.  If your child is in the Discovery Program, you can add those supplies as well.
Why wait?  Order your supplies NOW!
Please contact Seanna Stephenson ( with any questions.
Library Books

As the end of the school year is quickly approaching, the library is
getting ready as well. The final due date for library books is May 16th.
Please help your child remember to turn in all of their outstanding books.

If your child is unable to locate his/her library book, let me know and I
will be happy to provide you with the replacement cost. DeKalb County
School District policy requires restitution or replacement of lost materials before students are allowed to check-out books from any DeKalb County School District Media Center or receive their end of the year report cards.
Which grade level will win the Race to Return this year?

Thank you for your support!

Ms. Gurin, Teacher-Librarian

Upcoming Events

Walk to School
Walk To School is Wednesday, May 7!
Come join the fun and walk or bike to school Wednesday. Prizes are handed out to those that Walk! You may either walk/bike your own route to school or use one of the following places to park your car and walk:
Kingswood United Methodist Church
5015 Tilly Mill Road

Vermack Swim & Tennis Club
4756 Vermack Road
Both of these routes will take approximately 20 minutes.  Please note: There will be no volunteer walking leaders from either location.  
If you are unable to use one of our meeting points or make the walk from your house, please park in the GPC parking lot next door to the school and walk into the school grounds that way. Please do not park on surrounding residential streets. This creates a safety hazard and restricts access for the residents living on these streets and for emergency vehicles. Dunwoody Police will be monitoring this.

There will be extra pedestrians on the sidewalk in the morning. Remember pedestrians always have the right of way.

We will tally walkers in the classrooms. The classroom with the most walkers will receive the Gold Sneaker Award.

The event will be held rain or shine!
Visit the School Store, open 7:15-7:40am. DES merchandise available to purchase!
Which class will win the Gold Sneaker this time??!!!


Thursday, May 8th (Pre-K - 2nd)

Friday, May 9th (3rd - 5th)


DES, get ready for fun competition, fitness, and play......

Field Day 2014 is just a few days away. Remember to wear sneakers and athletic shorts, and don't forget the sunscreen! Look forward to a great day!


Parents please visit the following link to volunteer at Field Day.



8:40 - 8:50 am          Students Assemble Outside

9:00 am                    Morning Rotations Begin

11:30 am                  Lunch Break for Field Day Participants

12:00pm                   Afternoon Rotation Begins

1:30pm                     50 meter dash

1:45pm                     Teacher Events

2:00pm                     Dismissal back to Class



Field Day Committee  

Get Involved

School Climate Consultant


Dunwoody Elementary has a wonderful opportunity to work closely with an outside consultant in order to improve and enhance school climate/culture.

The consultant will work individually and in dialogue circles with all teachers.  She would also like the opportunity to work with our parents and community.  The consultant has scheduled two sessions for community work on May 20th, at 8am and 5:30pm. 


A Doodle account has been created to facilitate the sign-up for potential participation.  Due to a limited number of seats, the consultant will pull a random sample of "sign-ups" to participate.  You will be notified by email if you are selected to participate on May 20th.


If you are unable to access Doodle and would like to sign-up, please notify our front office with your information.


Please sign-up on Doodle by clicking on the following link and going to "Table View":

The Spring deadline for Box Tops For Education is fast approaching! Please have all collected Box Tops turned in by Friday, May 9th!

For every 50 Box Tops that are turned in, the student's name will be entered into a drawing for prizes! The class that turns in the most Box Tops will be eligible to receive popsicles on the playground! Remember to put your collected Box Tops in the designated box, in the foyer of the school, in a Ziploc bag labeled with your student's name, grade, and homeroom teacher. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents for DES, and this program has already raised over $1200 for DES this year!! Keep collecting this summer!
Encourage your neighbors, friends, and extended family to collect for you as well as this effort will resume with the start of the 2014-2015 school year! Thanks so much for your participation, and please let me know if you have any questions! 

Megan Cann

Community Events/Information

Peachtree Charter Middle School Seeking Committee Chairs


Rising 6th Grade parents:


PCMS is still seeking committee chairs for the following positions for the 2014-2015 school year.

  • Registration Co-Chairs
  •  CV Classic Co-Chairs - (already have 2)  but need 2 more to solicit corporate sponsors by mid Sept. 
  • Book Fair Co-Chairs
  • Directory Co-Chairs
  • Partners in Education Chair/Co-Chairs
  • Peer Proofing Co-Chairs 
  • Merchant Rebates Chair/co-chairs
  • Volunteer Membership Coordinator - gives volunteer emails to chairs from registration or online sign ups. 
  • Attendance Office Chair - manages Sign Up Genius to work office 
  • Foundation Financial Secretary- to understudy Treasurer 

Please email  to chair a committee and get involved!


If you haven't signed up for our Sunday eNewsletter, please sign up at:

   Upcoming Summer Programs
T-Ball/Baseball - Flag Football - Soccer - Basketball
Monday, May 5 is the last day to register! 
Don't forget, i9 Sports will donate $10 to your school/school PTO for every student from your school that registers!!!!!!
Boys & Girls Ages 4-14
Summer Season (6 weeks)
Registration Deadline: Monday, 5/5
$119 (if registered after 4/7)
$139 (if registered after 5/5 - while spots are available)  
CHAMBLEE - Keswick Park
(summer 2014 will be at Oglethorpe University)
Thursday evenings starting 6/5
LILBURN - Harmony Grove Park
Saturday mornings starting 6/7 



Boys & Girls Ages 4-8 
Summer Season (6 weeks)
Registration Deadline: Monday, 5/5
$119 (if registered after 4/7)
$139 (if registered after 5/5 - while spots are available)     
LILBURN - Harmony Grove Park 
Saturday mornings starting 6/7


Boys and Girls Ages 4-12 
Summer Season (6 weeks)
Registration Deadline: Monday, 5/5
PRICE NOW: $119  
$139 (if registered after 5/5 - while spots are available)
SNELLVILLE - Lenora Park
Saturday mornings starting 6/7


Boys and Girls (ages 3-4 T-Ball)  (ages 5-6 coach pitch)
Summer Season (6 weeks)
Registration Deadline: Monday, 5/5
$129 (if registered after 5/5 - while spots are available)


LILBURN - Harmony Grove Park
Saturday mornings starting 6/7

i9 Sports  
Dunwoody, North DeKalb, South Gwinnett
Phone: 404-551-2036


NO Fundraisers  -  NO Tryouts  -  Everyone Plays 
Helping Kids Succeed In Life Through Sports

Tiger Talk Information

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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