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 September 28, 2014
DES News
From our Principal
Picture Day - Wednesday, October 1
Safe Routes to School - Wednesday, October 8
Register Now for Tour de Dunwoody - Saturday, October 18
RunDunwoody - Sunday, October 19th
Fall Performances for General Music - Thursday, November 13, 2014
From Our School Nurse
DES Yearbooks on Sale Now!
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Wednesday, October 1 - Picture Day
Friday, October 3 - DES Spirit Day


Next Week
Monday, October 6 - Staff Appreciation Day
Wednesday, October 8 - International Walk to School Day
Friday, October 10 - DES Spirit Day
From our Principal


DeKalb County School District hosted a banquet last night to celebrate each school's Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year. Maria Reynolds, Teacher of the Year, and Natasha Marinkovic, Support Staff of the Year, represented Dunwoody Elementary very well. We are proud of their accomplishment.

I'm also pleased to announce that our new second grade teacher, Hartley Janney, was nominated by her college for their Exceptional New Teacher award. Mrs. Janney won the award and was granted $1,000 for her classroom. Her college will visit Dunwoody Elementary in October to present the check.


Tomorrow is a big day for Dunwoody Elementary!  On Monday, September 29, the Department of Education will take a close look at the STEM program and associated curriculum. They will question groups of parents, students, and partners to determine if we can officially claim a STEM certification.


Testing for grades 1, 3, and 5 begins in October. We will administer the ITBS and CogAT to determine students eligible for the Gifted program. The data is also useful to see if students are performing to their academic potential or to see where a student may have academic weaknesses. 

Please make sure your students are at school on the testing days when the testing environment is most optimal.

Have a great week!

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

IF YOU HAVEN'T REGISTERED for Tour de Dunwoody
Go, go now, grab the bike by the horns and ride!

Tour de Dunwoody, our 4th annual bike ride, is Saturday, October 18th.  Your children are very excited about the coveted Golden Helmet Award for the winning class with the most participants. In addition, this year the winning class will also receive a Grand Prize: a Night Hike at Dunwoody Nature Center on Friday, November 14th. Winners and their families will have an opportunity to spend an evening at the Dunwoody Nature Center, so please encourage your friends and neighbors to register TODAY! 

We're also trying something new this year with 99Pledges. Once registered, your child will have the opportunity to raise additional monies for the Tiger Fund. Additional prizes will be given to those children that raise the most funds with 99Pledges. Prizes include: A Picayune Toys Grab Bag, a UFC free week pass to Kids Fitness & Self Defense classes, and a Dunwoody UMC Free registration ($150 value) for youth basketball. The grand prize for the most pledges raised is a Stars and Strikes (bowling) Family Fun Pack!

So what are you waiting for? Register today at

Our Room Parents have been hard at work sending out emails. If you have not received anything, please reach out to your Room Parents, they may not have your correct email address. Also, check your Spam folder, as they may be going there.  

Amanda Rountree and Jennifer Fenmore

Upcoming Events

Picture Day
Wednesday, October 1st

Smile for the camera...Picture day is Wednesday, October 1st.     


PLEASE READ BELOW!!!  The process is different this year: 

Students will receive an order form that will need to be filled out with payment enclosed and presented on picture day. The order form will be coming home in the TIP folders on September 25th


If you prefer to pay by credit card, you may order online by following the link below. If ordering online, be sure to print the receipt, your child will need to give the receipt to the photographer. 


To order online:



If for some reason you are not pleased with the pictures, make-up day will be October 27th. Your child will need to turn in pictures to photographer before his/her picture will be retaken.


For those that do not order on picture day, your child's photo will be taken. The proof of that photo will be given to the child when pictures come in. You will be able to order online, BUT will have to pay for shipping. 


If you have any questions contact:

Kris Mamaghani or 

Legacy Studios 1-800-348-4360

Safe Routes to School
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

New this Year, Wednesday October 8 - Safe Routes To School (SRTS)! We need Volunteers! Please join us as we welcome kids to DES on October 8 for Safe Routes to School event!  
We need volunteers along the route from 7 -7:30am.
SRTS encourages health and the well being of children as they walk and bicycle to school. SRTS connects transportation options with the quality of children's health within the livability of our community.

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.

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

All funds raised will support Dunwoody Elementary & 
the Tiger Fund Campaign.

Any QuestionsEmail Katie -

99Pledges or 650-996-9970
RunDunwoody is the Rotary Club of Dunwoody's 5K, 1M and Tot Trot race events. Once again this year, the Principals' Challenge is ON! The elementary school in Dunwoody (Austin, Chesnut, Dunwoody, Kingsley, Vanderlyn) with the most team participants will be presented with the Principals' Challenge Trophy AND a check for $500 for their school! 


RunDunwoody is a terrific event and your participation in the Principals' Challenge is key to making it even better.  When participants sign up for the race, they must indicate their team to get credit for the Principals' Challenge.  

To make things easier, you can register on the RunDunwoody website: Select your school's name from the drop-down menu during online registration.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

We are excited to share your child's talents in a wonderful Fall Cornucopia performance on Thursday, November 13, 2014. Our performances will take place in the school cafeteria during Specials times as follows:  

  • 2nd Grade: 8 - 8:50am
  • 4th Grade: 8:50 - 9:40am
  • 3rd Grade: 9:40 - 10:30am
  • Kindergarten: 11:55 - 12:45pm
  • 1st Grade: 12:45 - 1:35pm
  • 5th Grade: 1:35 - 2:15pm

Please park in our regular parking spaces and not in the carpool or bus lane if your child is in 1st or 5th grade. Thank you for sharing your child's wonderful talents with our school.  


Mrs. Miller & Ms. Esartia

DES Music Department


From Our School Nurse
Attention Parents of Children with Severe Allergies

Is your epipen about to expire or do you need an additional epipen for  school? Check out They are offering discounted and free epi-pens through December 2014.
Thank you,

Stephanie Clark

DES Yearbook Now on Sale

Attention: Yearbooks were NOT purchased at Registration!

If you would like a yearbook, 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 Yearbook Flyer was sent in TIPS this past Thursday, September 25, for any needs that cannot be met over the Internet website. Yearbooks will arrive at DES during the 1st week of May. 

If you have any questions, please email Nancy:

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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