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 May 25, 2014
DES News
In This Issue
From Our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
PTO Volunteer Form
True Blue Schools - Help Earn Money for Our School
Shop On-Line Not In-Line
After School Dance Classes
School Climate Participation
Spring Semester Box Tops Winners
Thank You to Ace Hardware
Thank You for Participating in the DES Parent Survey
Pen Pals Meet at Brook Run Park
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Calendar At a Glance

See you in the Fall! 


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From Our Principal



It is hard to believe that another year has passed and children are another year older!  While time has gone by quickly, we have accomplished a lot this year:
  • Introduction of STEM Day and the application to become a STEM certified school
  • Addition of iStation as an on-going assessment and instructional tool for reading
  • DES Singers sang the National Anthem at the Braves game
  • Full integration of our garden program
  • Use of Legos: Robotic Team, Lego Story Starter, Lego Simple Machines
  • Career Day for PK-3 and Career Fair for 3-5
  • Creation of a STEM Career Bank to assist with instruction
  • Construction of a Nature Trail
  • Evacuation to the DHS due to the water main break
  • Grades K-5 visit the Gwinnett Heritage Center
  • Miller's production of the musical, "Jungle Book"
  • Establishment of a Mac Lab as a second technology lab for the school
  • Implementation of Engineering is Elementary in the STEM Lab
  • Snow Days!
  • Improved CCRPI score from 85.4 to 93.7
  • Grade 5 Writing scores at 97% passing (second highest score in Region 1 and fourth in District)
  • Grade 5 CRCT Reading - 100% of students passed the first testing period
These are the highlighted "new" accomplishments for the school year.  As always we have quality programming that has only gotten better with parent and staff input.  Our field days were tremendously successful with the addition of the GSU staff.  I enjoyed seeing how much fun the students were having in such an organized environment.  We also improved other areas based on community input:
  • Addition of staff members in the front foyers in the morning as a security measure
  • Additional office personnel providing a more welcoming, helpful first impression of the school
  • More efficient carpool flow that keeps traffic moving and children safe
  • Addition of a new parent orientation during registration week
  • Increased effort to host meetings early in the morning so that working parents can participate prior to going to work
  • Implementing a four person team for fifth grade
I continue to review feedback submitted through the survey and sent directly to me. There are many constructive suggestions that can be implemented next school year, and I think they will definitely improve our program. I believe that a school is always in a process of improvement, and we take information from all stakeholders to create sustainable change.

On another note, we are sadly saying good-bye to several staff members:
Liz Bass (retiring), Kay Kasser, Mary Margaret Warshaw, Adrienne Thornton, James Smith, Michele Harrison, Heather Uhl, and Robin Hollis.  These staff members have been a wonderful part of the DES family and will truly be missed.  Our school interview panel has been hard at work, though, seeking qualified teachers to fill the big shoes that are being left behind.  We welcome the following new staff members:  Amy Hollander (grade 3), Kimberly Sampson (grade 4 or 5), Craig Culbreth (kindergarten), and Erin Schaffner (grade 1).  Ms. Risinger will be moving from PK to Kdg. and Ms. Moss will move from SPED to PK.   We are very excited about our new team members!

I hope that everyone has a wonderful, safe summer!  Remember that it is so important that your children read everyday - make it a routine in your household!  The children have heard from the public library representative, and they know that there are reading incentive programs available.  Take time to visit your local library.

Remember to check the DES website throughout the summer for any changes or news. The first day of school will be August 11!

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


This is the final edition of the Tiger Talk e-newsletter until later in the summer. I would like to thank all DES parents for their time and financial support as we work to enhance our children's school.


I hope you and your children enjoyed all of the academic and social activities the PTO organized throughout the year including Book Fair, Tour de Dunwoody, Field Days, Visiting Author, Picture Days, and the Yearbook to name a few. This school year, we purchased new technology for the school, made improvements to the grounds, purchased new janitorial equipment, supplemented teacher training seminars, and supported many other academic enhancements. We finish the year in a strong financial position, ready for a solid start in August. All of these accomplishments could not have been done without the following group of dedicated PTO volunteers:

  • Amy LeVasseur, Co-President
  • Amy Hatmaker, VP of Ways and Means
  • Jan Jay, VP of Communications
  • Jennifer Fenmore, VP of Programs
  • April Toms, Treasurer  
  • Alison Woodrow, Financial Secretary
  • Rosemary Gorham, Secretary
  • Tracy Ellet, Parliamentarian
It has been a pleasure serving on the PTO this year and working with this wonderful group of parents. A special thank you to Amy LeVasseur for all of her hard work, dedication, and countless volunteer hours! I'm glad I was able to work with you and get to know you better. Good luck on your next adventure.

As summer starts, it's hard to believe we're already working on next year's events! There are big changes coming and we're excited to announce that
 PTO is going paperless for both Registration Day 2014 and for the Directory!  (with an App)!    
To stay informed over the summer about our new online registration, early registration incentives for families, updates from our Principal, and volunteer opportunities, please stay-tuned to Tiger Talk. You won't want to miss out on any information over the summer!


Amanda Rountree

PTO Co-President 

PTO Volunteer Form



Volunteers are the backbone of Dunwoody Elementary School. Support and involvement of adult family members are critical to the success of our school and the success of all children at DES. Please complete the form linked below by choosing the best activity/committee that fits your interest and experience and return to the PTO mailbox in the foyer.



Please return this form to PTO mailbox or email to:


PTO Volunteer Form 2014-2015

Get Involved

School Fundraising Made Easy!

The TRUEBLUE WAY with Georgia Natural Gas


Dunwoody Elementary is participating in the Georgia Natural Gas TrueBlue Schools Program. It's an easy way to for our school to earn donations directly from Georgia Natural Gas every time you pay your natural gas bill.


Georgia Natural Gas (GNG) has already donated $1.5 million to Georgia schools, and schools just like ours have raised more than $5,000 in a matter of months! We can do this too, but we need your help. 


Similar to other buyer-rewards programs, the first step is becoming a Georgia Natural Gas customer.  Here's how you can sign up:

  • Visit or call1-866.ONLYGNG to sign up for Georgia Natural Gas. Use Promo Code: TrueBlue

TrueBlue Schools' participants are eligible to receive an up to $0.15 per therm discount off their monthly gas bill by choosing Georgia Natural Gas. 

  • Receive your new GNG account number by email within 24 hours, or immediately over the phone.
  • Then visit and select DES to receive donations - $5 every time you pay your bill. 

If you're already a loyal Georgia Natural Gas customer, visit to designate Our School. GNG will donate $5 each month you pay your gas bill. That's $60 a year to our school!


With your support of this program we can reach our fundraising goals! Remember, the more customers who participate in the TrueBlue Schools Program and select DES, the greater our school's donation!

Shop On-Line Not In-Line for School Supplies


Would you like to avoid the chaos of school supply shopping? Click the link and order NOW
In just a few clicks, you will get the exact supplies your teacher requested at a reasonable price without the hassle and aggravation that comes with shopping last minute at big box retailers.

School Clubs

Register before May 31st for a chance to win a free year of dance classes!


      KINGSLEY CHARTER        




WHO: Girls and boys in Pre-K
through 9th grade!
ALL students will have the opportunity to participate in a fabulous recital in May 2015! 



Expressions In Motion Dance L.L.C. | 404-993-4122 |
Expressions In Motion Dance 
P.O. Box 1662 
Tucker, GA 30085


School Climate Participation


Thank you to those parents who participated in the school climate

discussion group with Dr. Stenhouse. The goal is to promote community
engagement and a positive climate with regard to our diverse population.
Dr. Stenhouse will utilize our community survey, discussions with
teachers, discussion with parents, and other school data to create goals
for our school.  We look forward to working with Dr. Stenhouse this fall
as we work toward school improvement and the attainment of our goals.
Congratulations to our Spring Semester 
Box Tops for Education winners!    
Box Top    
The names of five students were randomly drawn Friday morning, and the winners received a small bubble machine and a complimentary kids' meal at Jason's Deli!
The winners were as follows:
  • Hannah Blanche Bouton and Caroline Bruwer from Mrs. St. John's class
  • Clara Cann from Mrs. Saltman's class
  • Trey Odom from Ms. Young's class
  • Jack Lamb from Ms. Brasher's class  
For each group of 50 box tops that students brought in, their names were entered into the drawing. Also, congratulations to Mrs. Birrell's second grade class! They received popsicles for bringing in the most box tops this Spring!
Keep collecting throughout the summer to turn your Box Tops for Education in when school resumes!
This program raised over $1200 this year for DES!  
Thank you for your participation!   
Thank you to Ace Hardware for donating beautiful potted plants for our Honors Day ceremony.
Thank You for Participating in the DES Parent Survey!
Thank you so much to all of the families who recently participated in the DES
parent survey! 

We so appreciate your willingness to take the time to complete the survey, and please know that the information gathered has been and will continue to be reviewed and considered when making decisions for DES in the future. The responses from the survey were overwhelmingly positive, and we are so grateful for the teachers and staff for creating a nurturing, safe, clean environment for our students to flourish academically, emotionally, and socially. Moreover, we appreciate the insight about teacher training, playground enhancements, use of resources, and more comprehensive communication. As always, if you have individual issues or questions that you would like addressed, please do not hesitate to contact the school administration, PTO leadership, or School Council.

Again, thank you for your feedback!

Megan Cann on behalf of the School Council
Pen Pals Meet at Brook Run Park
Students from Elaine Mach's 2nd grade class at Dunwoody Elementary School and Christen Salamone's 2nd grade class at Kingsley Elementary School wrote letters to one another as part of a pen pals project. 
On Thursdaythe pen pals met for the first time at Brook Run Park. The students enjoyed making new friends. They learned that pen pals don't have to live far away. In this case, they're practically neighbors! 

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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