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 August 3, 2014
DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
New This Year
New Parent Orientation
It's Time to Register!
Registration Day Volunteers Needed, August 6
Chess Club
Calendar At a Glance
August 6, 7:30am- 12:30pm - Registration Day
August 7, 9:30am - New Parent Orientation 
August 11 - First Day of School!
August 11, 7:45-8:30am - Welcome Back Coffee


From the PTO Co-Presidents

Registration Day
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
7:30am to 12:30pm
All NEW and RETURNING families need to attend

Thank you to all the families that have pre-registered and received their DES Fast Pass! We are off to a great start! Please remember that to receive your DES Fast Pass you must pay the Tiger Fund suggested donation of $125 or enroll in the 6-month installment plan.  If you have not received your DES Fast Pass please visit to register. To those families that received the DES Fast Pass, PTO greeters will meet you on Registration Day, so there is no need to bring a copy of your DES Fast Pass receipt.  Please remember that in order to receive the DES Fast Pass you must pre-register your child AND pay the minimum recommended Tiger Fund donation amount of $125. If you do not complete BOTH of these steps, parents will have to complete the registration process again. 

On Registration Day, you will do the following:
  • Provide Proof of Residency 
  • Complete PTO Registration information if you did not receive the DES Fast Pass (can pay by PayPal, credit, cash or check)
  • Obtain a carpool number and bus route information
  • Discuss your child's medical needs with the nurse, if needed
  • Learn about and the free and reduced lunch program, if needed
  • Listen to PTO volunteer opportunities
  • Purchase Spirit Wear (Bring cash, check or credit card for purchases)
  • Find out your child's classroom assignment and meet your teacher!
  • Fill out paperwork in the classroom (Register for the MySchoolAnywhere Directory, DES Registration, Clinic and Dismissal Cards)
  • Find out about clubs and after-school activities at DES
  • Pay for recorders in 3rd grade hallway (3rd graders only)


Registration Day will be quite a bit different this year and we ask for your patience as we work out any potential issues that may arise. Our overall goal is to is to make Registration Day more enjoyable for parents, students, volunteers, faculty and staff. 


PTO Committee Volunteers Needed  

We still need to fill several of our PTO Committees. If you have any interest in chairing or co-chairing one of these committees and being a part of the PTO Board of Directors, please contact Amanda Rountree or Jennifer Fenmore.

  • Nature Trail Committee Chair - Will work with various businesses, school staff, and students to create an outdoor learning environment. If you love the outdoors, then this committee is perfect.
  • STEM Liason Committee Chair - This position will assist the Principal in organizing STEM events with our STEM partners.
  • 5th Grade Enrichment Chair - Work directly with Media Center staff to coordinate the annual event. Past events include the Poetry Slam and Blog it!
  • Marquees - Weekly duties include updating the two DES Marquees located along Womack Road.
  • Yearbook Co-Chair - Assist with designing and selling the DES Yearbook.
  • Family Events Co-Chair - The events for the 2014-2015 School Year are already on the calendar and will be different then in years past! We're looking for someone to help find volunteers, organize the events and be there on the event nights.
  • Community Business Support Co-Chair - The CBS committee oversees the sponsorship and partnership programs with local businesses. We are looking for parents that can both help us secure these sponsorships as well as assist with the behind the scenes implementation.
  • Cultural Awareness Co-Chair - This committee will work directly with the Principal in organizing and implementing a various cultural events throughout the school year.
We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday


Amanda Rountree and Jennifer Fenmore

New This Year

Items "New This Year" include:

  • To receive a Tiger Fund magnet, each family must pay the suggested donation amount of $125. Families will receive their Tiger Fund magnet on Registration Day.
  • PTO Dues must be paid before you volunteer as a Room Parent.
  • Free Dismissal Bag Tags are required for PreK-2nd graders and are available in your child's classroom. 
  • PTO has an all new Digital Directory, "My School Anywhere," which will allow you to stay connected to other parents and faculty. There is also a Web App for your mobile phone. The Directory is FREE to all parents that register on a computer in their child's classroom on Registration Day or on Curriculum Night. 
  • Only 2nd-5th graders will receive an Agenda distributed by teachers after the beginning of the school year. Agendas are generously donated by Kaplan Orthodontics.
  • Convenient Installment Plan available to pay Tiger Fund, Annual Dues, and PTO dues. Installments start as low as $25 a month (6 monthly payments). Parents registering with the Installment Plan will receive the DES Fast Pass and Tiger Fund magnet. Go to to register today!

Upcoming Events

Attention Parents New to 

Dunwoody Elementary!


New Parent Orientation on ThursdayAugust 7th, at 9:30am

Where: DES Media Center

Let us answer your questions:

  • How does carpool work?
  • When can I visit my child?
  • How do I communicate with the teacher?
  • How do I know what my child is learning?
  • What is PTO? How can I become involved? 

It's Time to Register your DES Students!


Dunwoody Elementary School Registration Day

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

 7:30am - 12:30 p.m.


Please remember that all parents need to participate in Registration Day. This includes current DES students, pre-registered rising Kindergarteners, and new students to DES. Proof of Residency must be shown for all students and additional paperwork needs to be completed in your child's classroom. Please note: class assignments are tentative until the final student count.



Proof of Residency:

  • Original and copy of a current utility bill (gas, water or electric bill within last 60 days) and if renting, a signed Lease and current utility bill within last 60 days
  • Original and copy of your Photo ID
  • Important - You will need to show the originals and have a copy of these for each child attending DES
  • For more information on Proof of Residency and other forms and documents you may need, please reference the District's website at the following link:

Required documentation for NEW STUDENTS 

  1. ALL required documents for returning students AND
  2. If you have not already submitted the following:
    • Immunization form 3231 (available from your healthcare provider)
    • Vision, Hearing, and Dental form 3300 (available from your healthcare provider)
    • Child's Social Security card (if you wish to provide-not required)

Dunwoody Elementary will not have a separate Open House this year. You will have the opportunity to meet your teacher and bring in your school supplies on Registration Day.

We look forward to seeing you on August 6th!

Get Involved

Registration Day Volunteers Needed 



Calling all fabulous parents! Registration Day is August 6th from 7:30am-12:30pm!  

Every year we have wonderful volunteers who help make our Registration Day run smoothly.

We are calling for all volunteers to help make this year another successful one! As an incentive for volunteering for a full shift, you will receive your DES Registration packets early. If you are interested in volunteering for one shift or both, please sign up by clicking on the link below. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Fenmore at:

School Clubs

Chess Club at Dunwoody Elementary


Championship Chess presents a systematic, fun way to build chess skills during chess instruction and while students play. Studies show that chess improves math, reading and problem-solving and our methods connect these academic benefits to our classes. Classes include instruction as well as chess play and guided analysis.

Coach Steve Schneider has been a teacher and chess coach for over 25 years. Championship Chess teams have won local, regional, state and national tournaments. Coaches utilize the Championship Chess curriculum introducing, reinforcing and improving chess skills and strategies in the opening, middle and end game.

Day/Time: Thursdays after school from 2:35 to 3:35pm. Children must be
picked up on time.

  • Dates: Fall session August 28 to October 30.
  • Parents are responsible for keeping track of all dates of chess for each session. There are 3 sessions for the school year, with no breaks between sessions. For each new session, ALL chess students must register and pay before the first class of the new session. Email if you do not see the new registration flyer distributed via email or given to your child at the end of the fall and winter session.
  • Note: For the first class we recommend sending a reminder note to your homeroom teacher to direct your child to chess after school dismissal. 
  • Who can play: Any student in 1st through 5th grade. Younger students are accepted only if they know how to play. Limited enrollment due to available space. There can be 2 groups: An advanced class open to all students who know how to play requires at least 10. A beginner class for non-players requires at least 8.
  • Cost and Deadline: Any child registered late will not be on the roster for the first class. Fall session: EARLY registration by August 26 is $135. LATE registration after August 26 is $150.
  • Registration/Payment: Online with a credit or debit card at click "Register and Pay - School Chess Clubs". You will receive an automated email payment receipt. For payments by check, email for instructions.
  • Family Connection and Club Achievement Cards

Every Championship Chess Club participant is a registered member of the Family Connection, our exclusive site filled with activities, videos and games that promote chess skills. Championship Chess Achievement Cards start with basic pre-chess games and progress through increasing skills. Players earn cards after completing each level.

Suggested Tournaments: If you are not receiving regular email announcements, contact
  • Saturday, September 20, Fall Kick Off Tournament
  • Sunday, October 5, GCA Quickstart Tournament
  • Sat., Nov. 8, Georgia Grade Level Championship, Creekland Middle. Play only your grade
  • FREE Chess Club: Ironman 1st & 3rd TUESDAY 6:30pm. Contact Coach Tim Brookshear 770-633-6718

View a calendar at for upcoming chess events.

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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