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 August 31, 2014
DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
School Council Meeting, Tuesday, 9/9
Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A, Tuesday, 9/9
DES Grounds Day, Saturday, 9/13
Book Fair and Cici's Pizza - Thursday, 9/18
From our School Nurse
Transportation News
Mandatory Volunteer Training (Link Updated)
New Parent Portal Delayed
Calling All Volunteers!
Volunteer in the Media Center
Collect Your Box Tops
Lunch Bunch Needs You!
Need Volunteers for the Tours Committee
Calendar At a Glance
This Week

Monday, September 1 - No School - Labor Day Holiday

Friday, September 5 - DES Spirit Day


Next Week
Tuesday, September 9 - School Council Meeting
Tuesday, September 9 - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night
Wednesday, September 10 - PTO Board of Directors Meeting
Friday, September 12 - DES Spirit Day
Saturday, September 13 - Grounds Day
From the PTO Co-Presidents

Overall, our Curriculum Nights were a success and we want to thank each and every parent that came out to our PTO General Membership Meetings. We passed our 2014-2015 PTO Operating Budget and updated parents on Tiger Fund expenditures and upcoming events.  We will have that information up on our PTO website soon.
We would like to thank all of our parent volunteers who helped at Curriculum Night on Tuesday and Thursday.  Special thanks also to our Room Parent Coordinators, Ashley Gallagher and Fara Yarbrough for working diligently these past few weeks coordinating Room Parents.  Look for Room Parents to reach out soon to offer you the chance to volunteer. 

We also had a great showing of dads on Friday morning for All Pro Dad. Thank you Chris Wilburn for organizing these monthly events! 
We would also like to thank our Spirit Wear chair, Lauren Middlebrooks, for all her hard work leading up to Curriculum Night. Spirit Wear is in hot demand, and we appreciate Lauren's efforts over the summer in making sure we were well stocked!         
No School on Monday
There is no school tomorrowMonday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.
We look forward to seeing you around school and enjoy your Monday off.
One last note, there are a lot of planned events at DES this year outside of school hours.   We love that your children want to play on the playground during these times!  Please remember however, for everyone's safety, your children must be supervised. 
Amanda Rountree and Jennifer Fenmore

Upcoming Events

School Council Meeting

This year's first School Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 9th, at 7am at DES. 

The DES 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. 

The Council is comprised of seven (7) parents; three (3) teachers, Principal Jennifer Sanders, and one business partner. We welcome you to join us and look forward to engaging with our parents and community.

Gregory Jay, Chairperson
Spirit Night at
Our first Spirit Night will be September 9th, from 5-8pm at the Perimeter Pointe Chick-fil-A. Come hungry and invite your friends because 20% of all your sales (eat in or drive thru) go back to DES!

Just remember to say you are here for Spirit Night so we can be credited accordingly. Stop by the 'Ice Dream' table to get your free 'Ice Dream' from the Kindergarten teachers and also sign in to enter a Chick fil-A biscuit party for your class. The class with the highest number of attendees will win!

Our next Chick-fil-A Spirit Night will be October 14th!
DES Grounds Day
Saturday, September 13th 9am - 12pm

Calling all green thumbs, nature enthusiasts, and budding environmentalists! Bring your wheelbarrows, clippers, building supplies and more to Grounds Day! 

We need volunteers to help with the following:
      • Nature Trail
      • Landscape
      • Grounds Clean-up



We have a lot of tasks we'd like to accomplish on Grounds Day including digging holes for new plantings, cleaning the school grounds, spreading mulch, and building an entrance to the hiking trail. 

Please sign-up to volunteer using the Sign up Genius

Captains of each of the areas will contact you directly in regards to equipment needed and duties on Grounds Day. 

The class with the most participants on Grounds Day get to watch Mrs. Sanders participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge!
Book Fair and Cici's Pizza
Support DES!
Join us on September 18th, from 5-7pm!
Browse and purchase books at the Book Fair, register for Tour de Dunwoody, pre-order your yearbook, and shop for Spirit Wear! Visit your child's classroom anytime during 5-7pm too see their work and get to know your teacher in a more informal setting. 

Once you get a chance to shop and look at your child's work, grab a pizza to go!

Pre-order a large, 10 slice cheese or pepperoni pizza. Each pizza is $10.  All families that purchase a pizza will be automatically entered to win one of five $20 gift cards to be used at the Book Fair!  One entry per family please.  Winners will be notified by Friday, September 12.

To order please click on the following link:

Orders are due by September 10th. There will be no walk-up orders. 

A portion of the proceeds support education at DES!

**Please note: This is take-out only, the cafeteria will be closed**


From our School Nurse

Hi Parents,

As your school nurse, I am looking forward to helping to keep your children safe and healthy at school this year. If your child needs medication at school and/or has a serious medical concern and we have not yet spoken this school year, please contact me.


Dunwoody follows the recommendations set forth by Children's Health Care of Atlanta regarding when to keep your child home from school.

How do I determine if my child should stay home from school?

Does my child have a fever or have they had one in the last 24 hours? fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher is a sign that your child needs to rest and stay home from school. It is school policy to wait until your child has been fever-free, without medication, for 24 hours, before letting them return to school. Please resist the temptation to give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen, send them off, and cross your fingers.

Did my child wake up with a crusty, red eye? Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) is contagious, and children should stay home from school for the first 24 hours after treatment begins. Symptoms of pink eye include eye redness, irritation and discharge.

Has my child vomited or had diarrhea within the last 24 hours? Keep children home even if they feel okay with that 24 hour period.

Rashes can be the sign of contagious conditions such as chickenpox, bacterial meningitis, ring worm or impetigo. Children should be kept home until they're properly diagnosed or free of rash.

We appreciate and rely on you understanding that we take a sincere interest in the health and the wellness of the entire school community. If you have any questions, please feel free to come by and see me.

Stephanie Clark, RN, BSN

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.

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. The site has been updated with the link to the video.


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 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 bunch Lunch 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!


 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. 

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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