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 May 11, 2014
DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Remember to bring your Honor's Day Lanyards
Last Week of School Reminder
Library Books need to be returned by May 16
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - May 13
All Pro Dad's Breakfast - May 16
End of Year Celebrations - Friday, May 23
True Blue Schools - Help Earn Money for Our School
Dunwoody Elementary Board Scholars
Golden Sneaker Award Winner
School Council Election Results
Evening of the Arts
Shop for school supplies online!!

Calendar At a Glance

This 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


Next Week

Tuesday, May 20 - Thursday, May 22 - CRCT Retest

Friday, May 23 - End of Year Celebrations/LAST DAY OF SCHOOL 


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



From the PTO Co-Presidents


What a fantastic week with Walk to School Wednesday and Field Days on both Thursday and Friday!  Our students enjoyed fun and exciting activities, inflatable slides and fantastic music.  What a great way to round out the week.  A great big thank you to Mrs. Reynolds and Coach Kaminski, Ms. Gurin and Mr. Bellknapp for running the music and DJ-ing, as well as our Field Day Chairs, Kris Mamaghani and Kitty Raggles! Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who worked at stations, walked with classrooms and spent the day taking care of our students!

This Tuesday we will celebrate all of the wonderful accomplishments of our students with Honor's Day. Our lower grades will receive their awards in their classrooms. Our upper grades will receive their awards in the cafeteria on Tuesday morning on the following schedule:
3rd grade - 8:15 am
4th grade - 9:15 am
5th Grade - 10:15 am
If you decide to attend Honor's Day for your child, please keep in mind that we are on a tight schedule and we will only have a few minutes for photographs in between each grade level program.  
As the end of the school draws near, if you are a PTO Committee Chair and you have any outstanding receipts, please submit these expenses to our Treasurer, April Toms, no later than May 15th for reimbursement.  Once again, thank you to all of our parent volunteers this year! 
Happy Mother's Day to all of our DES Moms!


Have a great week!


Amy LeVasseur & Amanda Rountree
PTO Co-Presidents
Honor's Day Lanyards
Parents of Grade 4 and 5 Students:

Please make sure your children bring the Honor's Day lanyard they received
last year to this year's ceremony on Tuesday, May 13.  Students will be
able to put any new pins they receive on their lanyard.
Last Week of School Reminders
Teachers will not schedule conferences for the last week of school so that
they can use their time to prepare for school closing.

Parents will not be allowed to eat lunch in the cafeteria during the last week so make sure to complete all lunch visits by May 16. 

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
Yearbooks will be distributed in the homeroom classrooms on Monday to those students who have pre-ordered. If you have NOT pre-ordered a yearbook for your child, they will be on sale from Monday, May 12th to May 19th, 7am -7:45am in the front hallway of the school.

They are $35 each (cash or check). We have a limited supply of extra yearbooks, so don't miss out on getting one for your child!  

Upcoming Events

Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

Come one, come all to Chick-fil-A Spirit Night on Tuesday, May 13, from 5pm-8pm at Chick-fil-A Perimeter Pointe!


DES gets credit for all sales from our school community, dine-in or drive-through, or future orders that are used within 30 days, anytime between 5pm and 8pm, so please be sure to mention "DES" at the time of purchase.


Ice cream will be served in the dining hall by staff members of Dunwoody Elementary. When you stop by the Ice Dream table, be sure to tell the servers your teacher's name.  The class with the most participation will receive a free Chick-fil-A breakfast!


Thank you Chick-fil-A of Perimeter Pointe for your support of DES! 




 DES Dads, please come to our All Pro Dad Breakfast this month.


 Friday, May 16 - 6:45 to 7:45am

Please arrive for breakfast in the cafeteria (6:45 - 7:15am)

Program will begin in the media center at 7:20.

This month's topic is "Showing Affection"


All Pro Dad Dad's Day is a simple idea with a profound impact. It's a one-hour monthly breakfast held before school where fathers and their children meet with other dads and kids in the school cafeteria. During this time, we will discuss a wide range of family topics, spend time together, create fun memories, and leave equipped with resources to strengthen your relationship with your child.


The program is fun and free! All you need to do is attend, and if you want to purchase breakfast, you may do so in the cafeteria by using your child's "mylunchmoney" account, cash or check ($1.65 adults, $1.20 children). If you do not have a "mylunchmoney" account, please register for one at before the meeting.


To help with keeping the parking lot and carpool drop off running smoothly, please park at GA Perimeter College and walk over to school.


Please visit our chapter website for dates and more information. contact Chris Wilburn at:

End of Year Celebrations
All End of the Year celebrations will be held on the last day of school, Friday, May 23rd from 1:15-2pm. Room Parents should have a list of parents who have volunteered to work in the classroom on those days. 
The front office will have the list of volunteers and only those parents who are on the volunteer list will be permitted to enter the building. Please remember that there is additional parking at Georgia Perimeter College and that parking will be at a premium. Please keep in mind that there is no parking in the bus lane and you may not double park and block in another vehicle. There will be carts placed outside the front doors if you wish to drop off any items for class parties prior to parking.
If you have a child in 5th grade, make sure to ask them about all the fun and exciting activities we have planned for them!  They will enjoy their own end of the year celebration and some other really special perks!
Congratulations to all of our 5th grade students, we know you are heading off to do great things!

Get Involved

Help Earn Money for Our School!


Help Earn Money for Our School with Georgia Natural Gas. 


Most of us already pay for natural gas. Why not choose Georgia Natural Gas - the gas provider that provides a program which directly benefits our school. It's simple, easy and provides significant funds for our school with very little effort. GNG will give $5 for each month the participant remains an active GNG customer. 


Just visit to get started. Remember, anyone can participate, not just existing GNG customers, and the more people who sign up and select Dunwoody Elementary, the more money our school earns!!! To date, DES has earned over $8000!


Note: This promotion will end on June 30, 2014 so please assign DES to your account today.


For more information contact


Dunwoody Elementary Board Scholars


Congratulations to the 2014, Dunwoody Elementary Board Scholars:
1. Kayla Bissainthe
2. Camryn Lampron
3. Ryan McCaffery
4. Wakaba Oto
5. Sara Russel
6. Kayla Smith
We are very proud of all our students that were involved in the selection

Criteria for selection:
1. Highest Grade Point Average (GPA)
2. Highest Iowa Test of Basisc Skilss (ITBS) percentile rank.
3. Composition- Students with the highest number of points in steps 1 and
2 wrote a one-page composition. All students were given the same writing
prompt. Composition was done at school and graded by three teachers.
Students were identified by numbers, no names were written on the essay.

Keisha S. Sims Ed.S
Assistant Principal
Dunwoody Elementary School
1923 Womack Road
Dunwoody, GA,30338
Phone:(678) 875-4013
Fax: (678) 875-4010

Golden Sneaker Award Winner
The last Walk To School event of the school year was a big success!  Way to go Tigers!
Congratulations to the winner of the Golden Sneaker Award:
Ms. Young's Kindergarten class with 68% participation! 
The announcement of the winning class was made Thursday during the WDES morning broadcast.  The winners for each grade level were:  Ms. Morris/Ms. Fialkowski (Pre-K),
Ms. Jones (1st grade), Ms. Bass (2nd grade), Ms. Mendel (3rd grade), Ms. Nugent (4th grade) and Ms. Powers (5th grade).
Thanks to all the walkers!  Enjoy your summer!
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
Students at Dunwoody Elementary School showed off their creativity during a fundraiser called "Evening of the Arts."  The school gym was filled with framed artwork for sale. It looked like an art gallery! The proceeds will support art programs at the school. 
Bella Drennan, first grade student in Mrs. Casey Lowe's class (and daughter of DES Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Karly Drennan)Judy Lynn Goodchild (second grader in Elaine Mach's class) and David Goodchild (kindergarten student in Karly Drennan's class) with their ad,
Dr. David Goodchild


Grace Kim (left) with brother Edward Kim (front) and their parents. Edward is a kindergarten student in Lynn Johnston's class.   

Community Events/Information

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 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.
Please contact Seanna Stephenson ( with any questions. 

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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