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 August 17, 2014
DES News
In This Issue
From our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Online Free and Reduced Meal Applicaton
Transportation News
Reminder about Lunch Visits
Principal's Coffee - Tuesday, August 19
PTO General Membership Meetings and Curriculum Nights - Tuesday, 8/26 and Thursday, 8/28
All Pro Dads' Breakfast - Friday, August 29
Be a Girl Scout!
I9 Sports Fall Registration Deadline Monday, August 18
Calendar At a Glance
This Week

Tuesday, August 19, 7:45am - Principal's Coffee: Testing

Tuesday, August 19, 9am - PTO Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, August 21, 9am or 6pm - Room Parent Meeting
Next Week
Tuesday, August 26, 5pm - PTO General Membership Meeting (Last Names: A-K)
Tuesday, August 26, 5:30pm - Curriculum Night (A-K)
Thursday, August 28, 5pm - PTO General Membership Meeting (Last Names: L-Z)
Thursday, August 28, 5:30pm - Curriculum Night (L-Z)
Friday, August 29, 6:45-7:45am - All Pro Dads' Breakfast
Friday, August 29 - STEM day
Friday, August 29 - Visiting Author (3rd-5th grades)


From our Principal


The first week of school was amazingly smooth and almost glitch free! It is always such a pleasure and a joy to work with your children who are incredibly polite and well mannered. We have completed our beginning of the year assemblies with grades 2-5, and all students were attentive and eager!

During the assemblies, students learned to try something new or improve an old skill. They will write journal entries in class about their personal goals. Students also learned of famous people who experienced a great deal of failure prior to achieving success like Michael Jordan and Walt Disney. Students are encouraged to embrace failure as a part of the learning process.

Our younger students have been spending time getting to know each other through classroom culture building activities. Students are learning the names of their peers and helpful staff members in the building. Our young students are becoming very familiar with the building which leads to their independence.

We encourage parents to allow students more independent space during this second week of school. We ask that you no longer walk students all the way to the classroom door but let them walk down the hallway on their own. Parents can watch from the foyer. We also want students to try the bus or carpool in the mornings. We appreciate help from parents in the development of happy, independent students! 

Jennifer P. Sanders
Principal, Dunwoody Elementary School

From the PTO Co-Presidents

We had a wonderful first week of school at DES!  Students, thank you for bringing excitement and smiles back to school.  Parents, thank you for your patience.  Volunteers, thank you for your countless hours.  Faculty and staff, thank you for all your hard work! 
Thank you to all of the parents that have paid the Tiger Fund! With 90% of DES families registering with PTO, 62% have contributed the full $125 Tiger Fund and 71% have contributed to the Tiger Fund! Of all of the families that did contribute, the average donation was $123. We are thrilled by your generosity and thank you for supporting all of the wonderful programs and events at DES. Due to the PTO's projected income, we are working with the administration and DeKalb county on two capital projects. 

The first project is fixing the drainage on the existing playground. The second project is sound panels in both the cafeteria and gymnasium. We will keep parents updated on the status of these projects throughout the year.

If you missed the opportunity to pay your PTO Dues, Annual Dues, or Tiger Fund over the summer please visit and click on Tiger Fund. Also, if you paid the full $125 Tiger Fund and did not receive your Tiger Fund car magnet, please contact Cassie Odom at

We'd like to thank all of the volunteers that helped with the first week of school. Parents helped walk children to classrooms, assisted with carpool and in the parking lot, set-up for the Welcome Back Coffee and assured our youngest children made it onto the correct bus at dismissal. 

We challenge every parent to donate a minimum of 10 hours per semester and log your hours on the PTO website. We are working on a volunteer incentive program based on volunteer hours. Please stay tuned to Tiger Talk for further information.  For additional information on the various PTO committees, visit the PTO website for descriptions and contact information. 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions and we look forward to working with you this year.

Amanda Rountree and Jennifer Fenmore

Online Free and Reduced Meal Applicaton

Online Free and Reduced Meal Applications are here!  Please visit  


The site is easy to manage and much quicker than regular applications.  


You may still get a hard copy application from our cafeteria manager, Cassie Battle.

Transportation News
School Bus    
If your child goes home on the bus, and you are able to follow a Twitter account on your phone, please follow @DESALERTS. The process to sign up and/or receive text messages is simple. We will do our best to notify you when a bus is going to arrive late to your bus stop. 

Click the link above, or view this document for the process to sign up. 


Please remind your child of his/her carpool or bus number - whatever their means of transportation is at the end of the school day. This will help teachers/staff ensure that your child gets to their car/bus on time.
Reminder about Lunch Visits
   lunch bunch


During August, everyone is learning new routines and procedures in school, and in the cafeteria. Parents are asked to wait until after Labor Day to visit for lunch.



Upcoming Events

Principal's Coffee

The first Principal's Coffee is this Tuesday, August 19th, from 7:45 - 9am in the Media Center. 


This month the coffee's topic is Testing. Please join us for a discussion of the importance and timing of different grade level standardized tests. A representative from our district testing office will also explain the new Georgia Milestones assessment required for all students in grades 3-5. 

The Principal's Coffee is also an opportunity to enjoy coffee and refreshments with other parents. 

PTO General Membership Meetings and 
Curriculum Nights

Please join us on one of the following designated nights for the PTO General Membership Meeting at 5:00pm, followed by a an introduction by our Principal Mrs. Sanders at 5:30pm
  • Tuesday, August 26th  (last names A-K)
  • Thursday, August 28th (last names L-Z)
The meetings will begin promptly.

Parents will have the opportunity to visit their student's homeroom and meet teachers. 

Spirit Wear will be sold in the foyer on both Curriculum Nights. Parents will also be able to sign up for the Directory in the classrooms.

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


 Friday, August 29 - 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 "Laughing Together"


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. or contact Chris Wilburn at: 

School Clubs

Be a Girl Scout!


Girl Scouting is for girls in Kindergarten through 12th grades!
Join us if you think your daughter might be interested in developing her leadership skills through songs, games, community service, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and healthy living.

For more information, please attend one of the troop organizational meetings:

DateTuesday, August 19th
Location: All Saints Catholic Church, Kiernan Hall
2443 Mt. Vernon Road, Dunwoody
- OR -
DateSunday, August 24th

Location: North Atlanta Church of Christ
5676 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody

Please contact:
Gin Shaw 

Community News/Events

Upcoming Fall Programs
T-Ball/Baseball - Flag Football - Soccer - Basketball
  Click To Register     
Boys & Girls Ages 4-14
Fall Season (7 weeks)
Registration Deadline: Monday, 8/18
$155 (if registered after 8/18 - while spots are available)  
CHAMBLEE - Keswick Park
Sunday afternoons starting 9/14
LILBURN - Harmony Grove Park
Saturday mornings starting 9/13
SNELLVILLE - T.W. Briscoe Park
Saturday mornings starting 9/13 



Boys & Girls Ages 3-8 
Fall Season (6 weeks)
Registration Deadline: Monday, 8/18
$139 (if registered after 8/18 - while spots are available)     
LILBURN - Harmony Grove Park 
Saturday mornings starting 9/20  


Boys and Girls Ages 4-12 
Fall Season (6 weeks)
Registration Deadline: Monday, 8/18
PRICE NOW: $119  
$139 (if registered after 8/18 - while spots are available)
SNELLVILLE - Lenora Park
Saturday mornings starting 9/27
Boys and Girls (ages 3-4 T-Ball)  (ages 5-6 coach pitch)
Fall Season (6 weeks)
Registration Deadline: Monday, 8/18
$129 (if registered after 8/18 - while spots are available)
LILBURN - Harmony Grove Park
Saturday mornings starting 9/20
SNELLVILLE - T.W. Briscoe Park
Saturday mornings starting 9/20 
Click To Register    


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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