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 September 7, 2014
DES News
In This Issue
From our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
School Council Meeting, Tuesday, September 9
Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A, Tuesday, September 9
DES Grounds Day, Saturday, September 13
Principal's Coffee - Wednesday, September 17
Book Fair - Wednesday through Friday, September 17-19
Cici's Pizza Family Dinner Night - Thursday, September 18
All Pro Dad Breakfast - Friday, September 19
Register Now for Tour de Dunwoody!
From our School Nurse
Mandatory Volunteer Training (Link Updated)
Dunwoody Volleyball...Jr. Wildcats
Dunwoody Fall Lacrosse Camp
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Tuesday, September 9 - School Council Meeting
Tuesday, September 9 - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night
Wednesday, September 10 - PTO Executive Committee Meeting
Friday, September 12 - DES Spirit Day
Saturday, September 13 - Grounds Day


Next Week
Wednesday, September 17 through Friday, September 19  - Book Fair
Wednesday, September 17, 7:45am - Principal's Coffee - School Climate Follow Up
Wednesday, September 17, 3-5pm - Parent-Teacher Conferences
Thursday, September 18, 5-7pm - Cici's Pizza Night
Friday, September 19 - DES Spirit Day
Friday, September 19, 6:45am - All Pro Dad Breakfast
From our Principal


With a full month of school under way, I want to thank our wonderful parent community for being so cooperative! Thank you for keeping our parking lot safe by following carpool rules which include honoring the "drop off zone," staying off cell phones, and using cross walks. You've also done a great job of getting children to school on time and being off the hallways by 7:45am. Thank you so much!

We will host our first Grounds Day next Saturday, September 13. There is a lot of work to be done, but many hands make light work! Please consider giving a little time to improve the appearance of our school and our nature trail. I definitely enjoy getting to know our parents and students in a relaxed atmosphere of volunteering. 

Also, I have been challenged to the Ice Bucket Challenge by the Principal of Kingsley Elementary. The class with the most participation on Grounds Day will do the honor of pouring the water on my head during their lunch period. Make sure to sign the attendance log on September 13 so your child's class can get credit!

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

Now that our school schedule is settled, we know that many parents are beginning their volunteer positions in the classroom. Please remember to take the volunteer training online. This is a mandatory training for all parent volunteers who will work with children within the school system. Please see the Announcements section below for more details.

In an effort to reduce copier use and paper expense, we are only sending TIP flyers to the youngest child in the family, unless the information is child-specific.  Please let us know if you have any issues with this new process.
Grounds Day kicks off a very busy week for the school and PTO. Please join us during the week of September 15th-19th for: 
  • The Book Fair               
  • Principal's Coffee
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Family Dinner Night and 
  • All Pro Dad

Stay tuned for more information and be sure to read the articles below. Some dates and times have been changed for these events and there are many volunteer opportunities!   


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!
  Principal's Coffee


This Month's Principal's Coffee will be Tuesday, September 16th at 7:45am in the Media Center.  Dr. Stenhouse, Professor and Consultant from Georgia State University, will present her findings from the discussions regarding school climate.  She will also talk about a plan of action and how our parent community can become involved. 

DES Book Fair!

Dunwoody Elementary's Fall Scholastic Book Fair is Wednesday, September 17th through Friday, September 19th.


Book Fair is almost here and we can't wait to see you there! We will be open before and after school and will have special hours to coincide with the many school-wide events that are planned for Book Fair Week!


Book Fair Hours

Tuesday: Teacher Preview 2:30pm to 4:00pm


Wednesday: 7:00 to 10:00am (extended hours for Principal's coffee) & 2:30 to 6:00pm (extended hours for Parent/Teacher Conferences)


Thursday: 7:00 to 7:30am & 2:30 to 7:00pm (extended hours for Family Night!)


Friday: 6:30 to 8:00am (extended hours for All Pro Dads!)


Book Fair is a great opportunity to encourage your children to read with the fabulous selection of books available from Scholastic. Your child should have received a flyer with book titles and information on the great selection that is available this year. Proceeds from the Book Fair are used to fund school events, add to classroom libraries and to provide reading instruction for the entire school.


If you can't make it to the Book Fair, you can shop online! You can get an expanded selection of items and orders will be delivered to the school. Check it out at:


Book Bucks

If you are interested, you can give your teacher "Book Bucks" to use at the fair; monies that allow them to buy much needed reading materials for their classroom. Book Bucks can be purchased in $5.00 increments and you may give as many you wish. Forms were sent home in your child's TIP folder on August 28th. You may find additional Book Bucks forms at; please return them to the PTO mailbox in the front lobby of the school by Friday, September 12th.


Volunteer to help at the Book Fair

We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to work as helpers and cashiers for 1 hour shifts in the morning or 2 hour shifts after school.  Interested? Please sign up at or contact Katie Frame ( or Jennifer Seitz ( with your preference.  


Thank you!!

 Cici's Pizza Family Dinner Night

Calling all DES Families!


Come join the fun on Thursday, September 18th during the Fall Family Night!  The building will be open from 5-7pm and teachers will be in the classroom from 5:30-6:30pm.  If you've been wondering what your child is doing in class, where they sit, and who they sit next to, then this is your opportunity to find out!  You will be able to visit your child's classroom, see some of their work on display, and get to know your teacher better in an informal setting. 


While at DES you'll have the opportunity to browse and buy books at the Book Fair, pre-order Yearbooks, purchase Spirit Wear, and register for Tour de Dunwoody, our family fun bike ride!


Win a Book Fair Gift Certificate!

The Book Fair is going to raffle off 5 individual $20 gift certificates to the Book Fair.  Pre-order your *CiCi's Pizza below and your family's name will be automatically entered into the drawing!  One entry per family and winners will be notified prior to the start of the Book Fair.


Pre-Order *CiCi's Pizza! 

Don't feel like cooking that night, we have you covered!  Pre-order a large, 10 slice *CiCi's pizza to take home to enjoy with your family. You may choose either a cheese or pepperoni for only $10.  You must pre-order by Wednesday, September 10th.  No walk up orders will be available that night. You may order online at:


Please note, the cafeteria will be closed that evening.


We look forward to seeing you on Fall Family Night! Please contact Amanda Becker, with any questions.
DES Dads, please come to our All Pro Dad Breakfast this month.


 Friday, September 19 - 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 "Being Consistent"


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: 

Saturday October 18, 2014
Ride Begins at 9am
Registration Opens at 8am

Calling all DES students, families and neighbors!
Get your bikes ready and join Dunwoody for a great family bike ride!
Choose the police escorted 3 mile Tiger Route or the 
shorter campus Cub Route.

Registration & Information -
DES Students can also accept pledges through 99Pledges from 
family and friends. Get more pledges and win more prizes! 

Register $20/person before 9/26/14
and attend the event to 
guarantee a T-shirt
All funds raised will support Dunwoody Elementary & 
the Tiger Fund Campaign.

Any QuestionsEmail Katie -

99Pledges or 650-996-9970


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


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

Community Events

Dunwoody Volleyball
Jr. Wildcats
Date: October 14, 16, 20, 23, 28, 30
Who: 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders
Our sessions are designed to teach proper volleyball mechanics in a fun and safe, learning environment. We will utilize individual and group drills and competitions to maximize reps while giving quality feedback and challenging players to improve and learn. 

The training environment will challenge the kids to do their best in every drill and skill because we believe that there is no substitute for hard work and a great attitude. Our training environment also provides a ton of individual attention for overall skill improvement. Each participant will receive a Jr. Wildcats T-shirt.

Click here to learn more information.
Dunwoody Fall Lacrosse Camp

Learn to Play the hottest sport in the southeast!
Dunwoody Fall Lacrosse Camp for K-8th Grade Boys
  • 3 Sunday afternoon sessions 
  • Run by DHS coach Michael Sopko
  • No experience necessary
  • Equipment will be available to borrow
  • Only $150 - all proceeds support the DHS lacrosse program
See website for registration details:

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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