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 October 12, 2014
DES News
From Our Principal
From Our PTO Co-Presidents
From the DES Recycling Committee
No School, Columbus Day - Monday, October 13th
Tour de Dunwoody - Saturday October 18
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - Tuesday, October 14th
Box Tops for Education Fall Deadline - Friday, October 17th
All Pro Dad Breakfast - Friday, October 17th
RunDunwoody - Sunday, October 19th
Dunwoody Donates - Canned Food Drive, October 10th - 29th
Congratulations to Ms. Soucy's 5th grade class for winning the Golden Sneaker Award!
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
ITBS Testing
Monday, October 13 - NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day
Tuesday, October 14 - 7am - School Council Meeting
Tuesday, October 14 - 5pm-8pm - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night
Friday, October 17 - 6:45am - All Pro Dad Breakfast
Friday, October 17 - DES Spirit Day
Saturday, October 18 - Tour De Dunwoody


Next Week
ITBS Testing
Friday, October 24 - DES Spirit Day


 From Our Principal


At long last, we have achieved STEM certification! Thank you for all the support and encouragement from so many families! I've enjoyed the many emails and the handwritten notes. We are in the throes of planning celebrations knowing that our work has really just begun. Other schools have already contacted us for a tour of the building and an overview of our program.

Testing started last Monday for grades 1, 3, and 5. We first administered the CogAT, and we will end the month with the ITBS. For any student interested in applying to a magnet school next year, you might need to take the ITBS during the special administration in November.  The special administration is for students in Grade 4 who may not have a current ITBS score. A memo from the district reads: "Each elementary and middle school will receive the applications by October 6, 2014  to distribute to the students in grades 4, 6, and 8. The application is also available through the DeKalb School Choice website at Parents may register students to complete the ITBS by October 24, 2014."

Some of our students will be going to the Gwinnett Heritage Center this month on a field trip. I understand that there is an incredible, interactive display in the museum called Tech City that opened September 29. From their website"Designed for families and family learning, the interactive stations in Tech City include activities like damming a creek, designing a plaza, testing a building against an earthquake, providing clean water and building a bridge. Throughout the exhibit, participants unravel these and many other challenges using the engineering method." What a great day trip for families!

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Columbus Day break from school, and I look forward to seeing families at our annual Tour de Dunwoody on

Saturday, Oct. 18!

Jennifer P. Sanders
Principal, Dunwoody Elementary School

From Our PTO Co-Presidents
The PTO has made a lot of changes this year. Here's a look at some of the things we're doing differently.

  • Yearbooks MUST be PRE-ORDERED this year. Yearbooks will not be sold after January. Visit to order your yearbook today.
  • Coming Soon: Volunteer of the Month Parking Spot. The individual that logs the most volunteer hours on the Parent Volunteer Hours website will have their very own parking space for the following month. In addition, we will have a monthly raffle with great prizes for all volunteers that have logged over 2 hours.
  • Tour De Dunwoody is Next Weekend!! This year we are trying 99Pledges. Students can raise funds and the top earners will WIN cool prizes. Visit to register today!

Links to all of these changes are on our website at

Amanda Rountree and Jennifer Fenmore



The school is now set up to begin collecting your recycling items.  Some of the items we collect will be mailed in for credit and others will be deposited in appropriate locations throughout Dunwoody.  Please adhere to the following when dropping off your recycling at the school:


  • We are only accepting cell phones, rechargeable batteries (alkaline batteries can be thrown away), markers (all types from dry erase to Crayola), plastic grocery bags and printer cartridges. 

  • Please do not put anything else but these items listed above in the recycling containers.

  • The recycling center is located in the school lobby to the left of the cafeteria entrance.  We have boxes labeled for each of the items.

  • Please help us with this initiative by bringing in your recyclables but only those listed and please do not put anything else in the containers.


Thank you for your assistance and if you want to help with the efforts, please contact Shari Wassell (


Let's all work to save the planet!

Upcoming Events

No School Monday, October 13
Last Call!

Tour de Dunwoody is THIS Saturday, October 18

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 Questions -

 Chick-fil-A Spirit Night
Our next Spirit Night will be Tuesday, October 14, 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 1st grade teachers!

Our next Chick-fil-A Spirit Night will be November 11th.

Box Tops for Education Deadline  



The Fall deadline for Box Tops For Education is fast approaching!  Please have all collected Box Tops turned in by Friday, October 17th!  


For every 50 Box Tops that are turned in, the student's name will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to the school store!  The class with the most Box Tops will be eligible for popsicles during recess!  Please put your Box Tops in a Ziploc bag, labeled with your student's name, grade, and homeroom teacher, and put it in the designated blue box in the foyer.  Each Box Top is worth 10 cents for DES!  And don't stop collecting! The next deadline will be in March.  



Megan Cann (

DES Dads, please come to our All Pro Dad Breakfast this month.

 Friday, October 17 - 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 "Acceptance"


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: 

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.

Get Involved


Safe Routes to School a Success!   


Our first Safe Routes to School event was a huge success - over 200 students walked or participated in the school walking route!  Way to go Tigers!

Congratulations to the winner of the Golden Sneaker award --- Ms. Soucy's 5th grade class with 93% participation!


The announcement of the winning class was made Thursday during the WDES morning broadcast. The winners for each grade level were: Ms. Morris (Pre-K), Ms. Price (K), Ms. Schaffner (1st grade), Ms. Mach (2nd grade), Ms. Hollander (3rd grade) and Mr. Unger (4th grade).

Thanks to all the volunteers that showed up bright and early to greet the walkers and to help escort students along the walking route! A special thanks goes to the Dunwoody Singers and Concert Band for performing.

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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