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 September 14, 2014
DES News
In This Issue
From our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Principal's Coffee - Wednesday, September 17
Book Fair - Wednesday through Friday, September 17-19
Cici's Pizza Family Dinner Night - Thursday, September 18 (Deadline for Pre-Ordering Pizza is TOMORROW, Monday, September 15!)
All Pro Dad Breakfast - Friday, September 19
Register Now for Tour de Dunwoody!
DES Yearbooks on Sale Now!
Lost and Found Items Will be Donated
DES Cultural Awareness Committee Needs You!
Mandatory Volunteer Training (Link Updated)
Dunwoody Jr. Wildcats Fall Volleyball Camp
Dunwoody Fall Lacrosse Camp
Calendar At a Glance
This 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 - Report Cards Sent Home
Thursday, September 18, 5-7pm - Fall Family Night
Friday, September 19 - DES Spirit Day
Friday, September 19 - 6:45am - All Pro Dad Breakfast


Next Week
Friday, September 26 - STEM Day
Friday, September 26 - DES Spirit Day
From our Principal

A BIG thank you to all the parents and students who supported our Grounds Day on Saturday!  I think our campus is looking better than ever!

Amazingly, we have approached our first progress report period at the end of 4.5 weeks. Reports will go home in Thursday's T.I.P.  If you have concerns about your child's grades, now is the time to reach out to the teacher to request a conference. If we get children on the right track early in the semester, we avoid confusion when final report cards are issued.
I enjoyed hosting students at our first Principal's Lunch this year. Students were randomly selected from the Tiger Paw tickets that were submitted for the month of August. Congratulations to Anushka Ganguly, Joshua Smiley, Ronald, Lim, Carter Daigle, Jayden Stewart, Maria Gracia, Olivia Shumway, Tamaya Walker, Ashley Hill, Harper Jane Lane, Bo Boettcher, Jett Goldstein, Derek Placius, Ofori Williams, Kathleen Blackburn, and Annie Peng.

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at our Family Night on Thursday. We are trying something new this year by allowing parents the opportunity to see the classrooms. Children are proud to show off their classroom and show parents the "important" things in the classroom. The evening will be a time to build community and get to know your community parents. Teachers will be available form 5:30 - 6:30 and the classrooms will be open from 5-7 PM.

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

Last week was a great week for DES events! On Tuesday, our School Council got off to a running start with their first meeting and we had an outstanding Spirit Night at Chick-fil-AThe winner with the most participants is Mrs. Risinger's Kindergarten class
In addition, we had a huge turnout for Grounds Day. Preparation was completed for new landscaping, the grounds were cleaned and spruced up, and the nature trail was cleared and mulched.  Mrs. Shelton's class had the highest participation and will help Mrs. Sanders complete the Ice Bucket Challenge this week during their lunch. Thank you to all of the families that participated in these events. Any shovels or rakes left at DES during grounds day can be picked up from the side of the school near the dumpsters.
As we find ourselves in the middle of September, we look forward to a fun and exciting week ahead. The Book Fair is open for children and parents from Wednesday through Friday morning. Family Night is Thursday night and All Pro Dad is Friday morning.  Please see more information regarding hours and volunteer opportunities below.   
We have lots of exciting things happening at DES, so don't forget to ask your children what they did at school and check the PTO website ( for upcoming events and online registration!

Amanda Rountree and Jennifer Fenmore

Upcoming Events

  Principal's Coffee
This Month's Principal's Coffee will be Wednesday, September 17th at 7:45am in the Cafeteria.  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 this week 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 6:00 (extended hours for Parent/Teacher Conferences)

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

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

The 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 on the 
DES page of the Scholastic website.


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 Use our SignUp Genius or contact:
Katie Frame (katie.frame@mindspring.comor
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.  If you Pre-ordered your *CiCi's Pizza below, 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. The deadline to pre-order is TOMORROW, Monday, September 15 at 6pm.


Pre-Order your *CiCi's Pizza NOW!



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


DES Yearbook Now on Sale

Fall, Football, and YEARBOOKS are in the air! The 2014-2015 DES Yearbook is NOW on sale at for $25!!! 

This price is for SEPTEMBER ONLY. ORDER NOW!  It's FAST, ON-LINE, and EASY! Be sure to check the different options for personalizing your book. Yearbook pricing increases to $30 from October - December 31 and $35 in January 2015! Yearbooks will NOT be sold after January 2015.
ORDER NOW before the holidays! A DES Yearbook Representative will be at Family Night,Thursday, September 18, for any needs that cannot be met over the Internet website. Yearbooks will arrive at DES the 1st week of May.
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 while Lost and Found lunch boxes/water bottles are located in the cafeteria.  


Get Involved

DES Cultural Awareness Committee

The Cultural Awareness Committee has great plans for 2014-15, and we're looking for more volunteers. Please join us! 
Our main objective is to increase awareness of diversity and multiculturalism throughout the DES community.

With your help, our committee will promote multicultural awareness activities throughout the year. 

If you are interested, please e-mail our co-chairs:
Sirisha Ganduri

Sushma Barakoti 


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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