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 August 24, 2014
DES News
In This Issue
From Our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
PTO General Membership Meetings and Curriculum Nights - Tuesday, 8/26 and Thursday, 8/28
Visiting Author for 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders - Friday, August 29th
All Pro Dad Breakfast - Friday, August 29
Charter District Community Engagement Session - Thursday, August 28
Tiger Talk Email Contact Correction
Lost and Found
Online Free and Reduced Meal Applicaton
Transportation News
Reminder about Lunch Visits
Mandatory Volunteer Training
New Parent Portal Delayed
Calling All Volunteers!
Need Volunteers for the Tours Committee
Volunteer in the Media Center
Collect Your Box Tops
Lunch Bunch Needs You!
Be a Girl Scout!
I9 Sports Fall Registration
Calendar At a Glance
This 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)


Next Week
Monday, September 1 - No School - Labor Day Holiday
Friday, September 5 - DES Spirit Day
From Our Principal



It was wonderful to see so many parents at our first Principal's Coffee last Tuesday. We discussed assessments that will be given this school year, and we heard from a district representative about the new Georgia Milestones Assessment.  The information presented is located in Power Point documents on our school's website under Parent Resources. The Power Point also contains the dates for important assessments.

Our teachers have been gearing-up for another great STEM year! This week they met as grade level teams with our STEM district representative to talk about what STEM instruction looks like. They are focused on instruction that is project based and an integration of math and science. In fact, we had a team of teachers write STEM curriculum for our grade levels this summer so that it will be easier for students to see the relationship between math and science.

As we gear-up for our STEM visit this September, I want to remind everyone of the great STEM components associated with our DES program:
  • STEM Career Bank (Parents in the STEM industry willing to share their expertise with the students)
  • Industry Partners
  • Kindergarten and second grade gardens
  • LEGO Lab
  • Engineering Design Process (a problem solving model for all subjects)
  • STEM Days (one day to explore the design process while engineering a solution to a problem)
  • Integrated math and science curriculum
  • Development of a school Nature Trail
  • Writing across the curriculum using journals
  • Using technology everyday to support and enhance instruction
We are committed to our STEM program, and we see that students are indeed excited. Grade levels that implemented the program with fidelity and deep understanding increased the Science test scores on the CRCT.  Engaging instruction that is rigorous and focused works!

Jennifer P. Sanders
Principal, Dunwoody Elementary School
From the PTO Co-Presidents

School is in full swing now and all of our systems are in place and seem to be working very well. With gratitude we want to acknowledge the various committees of your PTO that have been very busy behind the scenes making sure your teachers are supported, your children get the extra attention they deserve, and you as parents at DES are kept informed about the school's happenings, and are happy with your child's school.

We appreciate you!

  • Our Hospitality Committee that organized the Welcome Back Coffee and our first Principal's Coffee; 
  • Our parents that helped in the kindergarten classrooms getting your child acclimated to their dismissal schedules; 
  • Our Grounds Committee that worked over the summer on beautifying the landscaping; 
  • Our Lunch Bunch parents who helped open ketchup packets and yogurt containers for your children and helped keep the cafeteria clean for a safe dining environment; 
  • Our Technology Committee for planning and overseeing our first digital Directory and Registration Day; 
  • Our Community Business Support team that has been working hard to find businesses in our community that want to show their support of our school.   

We applaud you all!

Our School Store opened last week. We offer fun pencils, erasers and other school supplies. Please stop by and see what we have. Spirit Wear may also be purchased and ordered through our School Store.  The store will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:10 - 7:40am. As always, we are looking for volunteers to help. If you are able to volunteer, please sign up via:

An updated PTO Calendar will be sent home in this Thursday's TIP folder. Please make sure to log the dates on your personal calendars too. If you haven't already, you can automatically add our calendar to yours by Subscribing to the Calendar from your mobile device or computer.  We have a year of great activities and programs that we know you will want to support through volunteering, attendance and/or sponsorship.

Also, save the date for our annual Tour de Dunwoody. This year our Family Fun Bike Ride is on Saturday, October 18th.  Additional information will be coming out in the next few weeks.
Have a great week!
Amanda Rountree and Jennifer Fenmore

Upcoming Events

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.
During the Tuesday night General Membership Meeting, the 2014-2015 Operating Budget will be reviewed.   PTO Members will vote to approve the budget during the Thursday night General Membership Meeting.
Visiting Author for 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders!
Send in Order Forms Tomorrow!
In partnership with the Decatur Book Festival, Tom Watson is visiting DES this Friday, August 29th, to educate and enrich our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students about writing and illustrating. 

Please send in your order form no later than tomorrow - Monday, August 25th.
Make checks payable to "DES PTO." Tom will autograph books for any students who have pre-ordered them. Please consider buying a book to support DES! If you no longer have the order form on hand, you can print it from the DES homepage.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Lane:

(Note to parents of Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd Graders - an author visit will be planned for the younger grades later this school year!)
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: 

 Charter District
Community Engagement Schedule

As a part of DeKalb's continuing process to seek charter system status, several community engagement sessions are scheduled. The purpose of these sessions is to seek input from your community and you as it relates to what local school innovations, flexibility, and autonomy would be ideal in improving and supporting student achievement.


The session for Dunwoody, Region I, will be held at Dunwoody High School on Thursday, August 28 at 6:00pm.   


If you would like more information, please see the Georgia Department of Education's website at:



Last week's Tiger Talk had the incorrect e-mail address for the Tiger Fund contact.  

If you paid the full recommended Tiger Fund donation amount of $125 and have not received your Tiger Fund magnet, please contact Cassie Odom at
Lost and Found

All unclaimed Lost and Found items will be donated on the 1st and 15th of every month. Making sure your child's clothing is labeled will help expedite returns. PLEASE be sure you look in the Lost and Found for any missing items before they get donated!  Lost and Found clothing items are located outside of the media center. Lost and found lunch boxes/water bottles are located in the cafeteria.


Would you like to help us make sure lost items are returned to their rightful owners and that our racks are orderly and items can be easily found?  Join our Lost and Found Committee!  It is an easy way to help out.  Sign up here:

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.



Mandatory Volunteer Training


The State of Georgia Mandatory Reporting Law was revised expanding the listing of persons who are now categorized as mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect. This list now includes anyone who volunteers in a school. 


 To ensure that all school volunteers are aware of the new responsibilities and penalties associated with non-compliance, ALL VOLUNTEERS ARE REQUIRED BY LAW to go through a brief training presentation created by DeKalb County Schools on the mandatory reporting of abuse and neglect and what it means to be a mandated reporter.


The training MUST be completed before volunteering. You must also complete the certificate affirming that you have watched the video presentation and understand your obligations as a mandated reporter.  Both the presentation and certificate can be accessed on the DES Website - Parent Resources section.


Volunteers must complete this training every year. 

If you have any questions regarding the presentation or your obligations as a reporter, please contact the school's social worker.

School Social Worker - Isaura Roque
Phone: 678-676-7135

New Parent Portal Launch Delayed

Our district has changed our database program and the parent portal provider to Infinite Campus. The program is currently not ready to push out the parent portal portion. The district has suggested August 25th as the launch date, and we are hoping that everything will be in place for this event. Please be patient and know that our teachers will enter grades as soon as the system allows.

Get Involved

 Calling All Volunteers!

We are challenging all parents to volunteer in the school or at home a for a minimum of 10 hours per semester. (Click here to Log Volunteer Hours). A great way to get involved with the Dunwoody Elementary PTO is to join a committee that interests you. 

So, if you have a passion for a particular committee's responsibility, then we want your help. To volunteer, please fill out THIS FORM, and return it to the PTO mailbox, or email it to Merrie Bouton ( For descriptions of each committee, please see the Committees page of the PTO Website.

If you have any questions, please contact Merrie at: 


Thank you! 

 Volunteer for the Tours Committee

The Tours Committee is looking for a few volunteers. 


If you are interested in meeting prospective families and introducing them to DES, please email: or


We will provide all information to be shared and conduct a "mock tour" with new volunteers to make sure you feel comfortable and prepared to give tours. 

 Volunteer in the Media Center

Looking for a way to get involved in school a few hours a month?  Come help out in the Media Center.  Our primary role is to help Ms. Gurin, the Media Specialist, with the re-shelving of books.  Shifts are 11-12 daily, but timing can be flexible.  See the Signup Genius link below.

Collect Your Box Tops

Now is the time to collect your Box Tops and turn them in to the "Box Tops Schoolhouse" located in the DES foyer!

What are Box Tops? They are those little rectangles that look like the Box Top one here, found on commonly used items such as General Mills cereals, Betty Crocker products, Ziplocs, Yoplait, Pillsbury, and so many more! 

Please cut out the Box Tops and put them in a Ziploc bag labeled with your child's name and homeroom. Any number turned in is appreciated, but for every 50 collected, your child's name will be entered into a raffle. Five names will be drawn and prizes awarded! 


The homeroom class collecting the most Box Tops will receive popsicles on the playground during recess as the prize! The first Box Tops deadline is
Friday, October 17! 
Each Box Top is worth $0.10 in CASH to DES! These funds can be utilized for anything the school deems appropriate such as technology enhancements, teacher training, playground improvements, AND MORE! Our goal this year is to raise $2,000 with funds generated from Box Tops! Share this information with grandparents, neighbors, and friends as anyone can help us reach our goal.
To learn more, and for a complete list of products as well as information about e-Box Tops, please visit!
Please contact Megan Cann with any questions!
Megan Cann


Lunch Bunch Needs You!   


lunch bunchLunch Bunch is a group of volunteers who help out in the cafeteria during lunch. It's a great way to see your child at their lunchtime! Lunch bunch volunteers help children with their lunch needs (opening containers and cleaning up small messes etc.).


Come and meet your child's classmates and get to see what your child actually eats for lunch!
This is a great volunteer opportunity for those who have preschool aged children and those who have an irregular work schedule because you can choose what days and shifts you can help! There is a choice of 2 shifts, either 10:30am - 11:45am or 11am - 12:30pm. Even if you are available for only part of that time, please contact us, we still need the help!


Please email Rosemary Gorham at or Andrea Perez at if you are able to help!


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 the troop organizational meeting TODAY:

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
(registrations 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
(registrations 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
(registrations 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
(registrations 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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