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 November 2, 2014
DES News
From Our PTO Co-Presidents
From Our School Nurse
From the Room Parent Coordinators - Stay Informed!
Mad Italian Spirit Night - Tuesday, November 4
Cultural Awareness Committee Social - Friday, November 7
Update: Fall Performances for General Music - Thursday, November 13
Bring in your extra candy for Treats for Troops!
The DES Yearbook needs Your Photos!
Link your merchant cards to DES to earn cash for our school
DES Ski Club is back!
Chess at Dunwoody Elementary
Congratulations Volunteers!
DCPC Meeting - Preparing Your Child for College Acceptance - Tuesday, November 4
I9 Sports
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Monday, November 3 - Tiger Paw Celebration
Tuesday, November 4, 4pm-9pm - Spirit Night at Mad Italian
Tuesday, November 4, 6:45pm - DCPC Meeting at Dunwoody High School
Friday, November 7 - DES Spirit Day


Next Week
Tuesday, November 11, 7am - School Council Meeting
Tuesday, November 11, 5-8pm - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night
Wednesday, November 12, 12:30pm - PTO Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, November 13 - Music Informances
Friday, November 14, 6:45am - All Pro Dad


From Our PTO Co-Presidents
As we head into November, REMEMBER to FALL BACK! The time changed Saturday night, so if you haven't done so already, please set all of your clocks back one hour! 

The mornings are dark when you drop your children off at the bus stop or in carpool. 
Please do your part to ensure the safety of our children by adhering to the safety guidelines as they relate to carpool. Now that it is dark in the morning, we do not want to take any risks, so please stay off of your cell phones in the carpool line, and pay close to attention to pedestrian traffic in the parking lot and at the crosswalk on Womack Road. 
Last, but certainly not least, we would like to thank all of our volunteers for working so hard over the last few months around our school. We couldn't run all the fabulous programs we offer to our children without our parent volunteers, so thank you again for all you do to make DES a wonderful place to be! Please remember to log your volunteer hours so that you are eligible for the PTO monthly raffle. 

In addition, tomorrow is Tiger Paw Celebration Day. Students will enjoy a dance party during Specials. Congratulations to all of our students for earning Tiger Paws, way to go!


We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday from 4-9pm for our Mad Italian Spirit Night!


Have a great week.

Amanda Rountree and Jennifer Fenmore
From Our School Nurse

During each school year, I perform universal hearing and vision screenings on all 3rd grade students. These screenings will be conducted during the month of November. 

If your child wears glasses, please make sure that they bring their glasses to school every day. You will NOT hear from me if your student passes both parts.  I will only contact you if your student does not pass one or both of the screenings.  

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about these screenings.

Stephanie Clark, RN, BSN
Stay Informed  


Want to be "in the know", ALL the time? Be sure to sign up to receive  emails regarding your child's homeroom. If you're new to DES, or haven't been added to the email distribution list for your class, reach out to your homeroom teacher or your Room Parent. He/she can easily add you to the list. You will receive pertinent information regarding your child's homeroom, be informed of volunteer opportunities and be reminded of school-wide happenings. Sign up today to be in the know... 


Are you signed up and not receiving emails? Try checking your SPAM folder. Not there? Contact your Room Parent to make certain he/she has your correct e-mail address. It's a simple fix! 

Upcoming Events

Spirit Night at Mad Italian

November 4


Join us at Mad Italian for our next Spirit Night on 11/4 from 4-9pm. Please note the new starting time so you can pick up dinner before heading to your children's evening events! 


Yogli Mogli will also be there selling froyo for $4 a cup. The flyer that went home in the 10/30 TIP folder must be presented so we can earn credit

Mad Italian is located at 2197 Savoy Dr, Atlanta, GA 30341. 


See you there! 

Cultural Awareness Committee Social

November 7th


Please join us for our next Cultural Exchange Social on Friday, November 7, from 9 to 11amWe want to thank Nobuko Oto for agreeing to host the social at her home.


Please bring a friend and your younger children and enjoy coffee, tea and refreshments while you meet and mingle with families of Dunwoody Elementary School. Bring a cultural snack to share. RSVP on

Everyone is welcome!

If you have any questions or need more information, contact: 
Sirisha Ganduri 

Sushma Barakoti 

Update: Fall Performances for General Music

November 13th


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: 8:00 - 8:50am
  • 3rd Grade: 9:40 - 10:30am
  • Kindergarten: 11:55 - 12:45pm
  • 1st Grade: 12:45 - 1:35pm
*Please note that we have postponed the performances for 4th & 5th Grade General Music to the 2nd semester so that the students have more time to prepare.  We will inform you of the exact date and time before the end of this semester.

If your child is in 1st grade, please make sure to park in our regular parking spaces and not in the carpool or bus lane. Thank you for sharing your child's wonderful talents with our school. 

Mrs. Miller & Ms. Esartia                                                     

DES Music Department

Get Involved

Treats for Troops  


Dear Families,


DES will be participating in the "Treats for Troops" candy collection program with Dentistry with a Difference. Bring in all of that extra candy that you collected this weekend and put it in the drop boxes in the front office. The candy will be collected and sent to U.S. troops that are deployed. Candy will be collected until November 7th. 


  The DES Yearbook Needs Your Photos!


DES Parents, Teachers & Staff:


The Yearbook Committee needs YOUR HELP!  We need photographs to use in our 2014-2015 yearbook. We've created an easy way for you to share photos with the yearbook!!!!


See and share photos from the school year is your school's home for all the photos uploaded by the school community including photos from sports, hobbies, clubs or even photos with friends.

Contribute to the Yearbook.

From your computer: Visit from your desktop computer and start seeing and sharing photos from the school year.

On your mobile device: Download the free mobile app and share your photos as you take them from your phone!


Merchant Rebates


Remember to link DES to your Georgia Natural Gas Account, Kroger Plus, Target Red and Publix cards, and DES will receive a rebate check from your purchases!


Pick up a Publix key card from the School's front office.  Make sure to give your card to the cashier to scan every time you make a purchase at Publix and proceeds will go to our school. 






Shop with your Target REDcard at Target or and 1% of those purchases will come back to our school. 


Kroger is committed to helping our school grow and prosper. The Kroger Community RewardsŪ program is designed to make our school's fund-raising the easiest in town...all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!  Register online at



If you are a Georgia Natural Gas Residential Customer,  go to and select Dunwoody Elementary School. Fill out the required information. For every month your account is in good standing, DES will receive $5.00 PLUS a one-time $25.00 donation per customer. 

School Clubs

Calling All Snow Bunnies


Ski Club is back for the 2014-2015 school year. The on-campus Ski and Snowboard Skills and Safety Program will be offered for NEW 4th and 5th Grade Skiers or Snowboarders. Classes will take place after school the week of January 26th -January 30th from 2:30-4pm. The on-campus program cost is $79.00.

All DES families are invited to join us for the 11th trip to Cataloochee, Saturday, February 7th, 2015. Students in Grades PreK-3rd may attend with a parent. PreK-3rd snow bunnies and shredders will take a lesson at the slopes. Fourth and fifth grade students may attend without a parent
chaperone. The trip cost is $140.00 includes gear rental, lift ticket,
lunch at the lodge, pizza dinner on the way home, and transportation
to/from North Carolina.

Please contact Mrs. Mattison if you have any questions! For registration
Register before November 7th for a $10 savings on either the on-campus
program or the trip!

See you on the slopes!
Jenn Mattison
Chess at Dunwoody Elementary

Championship Chess presents a systematic, fun way to build chess skills during chess instruction and while students play. Studies show that chess improves math, reading and problem-solving and our methods connect these academic benefits to our classes. Classes include instruction as well as chess play and guided analysis.

Coach Steve Schneider has been a teacher and chess coach for over 25 years. Championship Chess teams have won local, regional, state and national tournaments. Coaches utilize the Championship Chess curriculum introducing, reinforcing and improving chess skills and strategies in the opening, middle and end game.

Day/Time: Thursdays after school from 2:35 to 3:35pm. Children must be picked up on time.

Dates: Winter session November 6 to February 19. No chess: November 27, December 11, 19, 25, January 1.

  • Parents are responsible for keeping track of all dates of chess for each session. There are 3 sessions for the school year, with no breaks between sessions. For each new session, ALL chess students must register and pay before the first class of the new session. Email before the session ends, if you do not see the new session registration flyer.
  • Note: For the first class we recommend sending a reminder note to your homeroom teacher to direct your child to chess after school dismissal.
  • Who can play: Any student in 2nd through 5th grade. Younger students may join only if they know how the pieces move and capture. Due to limited space, you are strongly encouraged to register early as either class may fill up before the deadline. Once enrollment is filled you will be notified if you have been placed on a waiting list. Full refunds will be issued if seats are not available after the first class.
  • Winter Session Club Fee includes online access to Family Connection Site for instructional materials $150; or, if paid on or before November 4thdeadline, pay only $135.
  • Registration/Payment: Online with a credit or debit card at click "Register and Pay - School Chess Clubs". After payment transaction is complete, you will receive an email receipt. For payments by check, email child's name, school and grade and request mailing instructions, to
  • Family Connection and Club Achievement Cards Every Championship Chess Club participant is a registered member of the Family Connection, our exclusive site filled with activities, videos and games that promote chess skills. Championship Chess Achievement Cards start with basic pre-chess games and progress through increasing skills. Players earn cards after completing each level. Your invite for access is sent from Pat Schneider. Can't find the invite? Check your "Junk" mail folder and accept emails from
Suggested Activities

For upcoming chess events view calendar at
Announcements will be emailed from check your SPAM mail folder
  • Sun., Nov. 9, GA Grade Championship, Creekland MS. Play your own grade $25 plus USCF
  • Fri, Nov. 28 Thanksgiving Camp and Sat, Nov 29 Thanksgiving Tournament in Decatur
  • FREE Chess Club: Ironman 1st & 3rd TUESDAYS 6:30pm. N.DeKalb Mall Food Court. Coach Tim 770-633-6718



Congratulations to Suzanne Melan!  She won the October Volunteer of the Month Raffle and will receive a gift basket from Trader Joe's!  In order to be eligible for the raffle next month, volunteer at school (or do school volunteer work at home) for at least 2 hours and log those hours by the end of November.

Congratulations to Nancy Wamsley!  She has logged the most hours -- 22!-- for the month of October and will be receiving a reserved/specially marked parking space for the entire month of November!  If you are the one to log the most hours in the month of November, the parking space will be yours for the month of December!

It's east to log your hours in order to be considered for next month's Volunteers of the Month prizes!! Simply go to the Dunwoody Elementary PTO website and follow the "Log Volunteer Hours" link.

Community Events

Dunwoody Chamblee Parents Council



Preparing Your Child for College Acceptance



Tuesday, November 4th


  • 6:45 pm, social and light snack
  • 7:00 pm, meeting starts, panel discussion
  • 8:30 pm, meeting adjourned

Dunwoody High School
5035 Vermack Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338

This meeting is geared towards middle and early high school students and their parents. We'll have a panel of representatives from a variety of schools from around the state including 2 and 4 year institutions, small and large. We'll also have a parent who has experienced the college application process with several children and works in the state system so you can get an additional perspective. Our panel will be answering questions and giving tips for things you can do now to better prepare your child for college application/acceptance in the years to come.

Please note, this is an evening meeting and we hope the time change will allow for more parents to attend. For this particular meeting and topic, we also encourage middle and high school students to attend, as well.

Again, we hope you can make it!


DCPC Board



Same Day Game & Practice 1x per Week

Sign Up With Friends/Play on Same Team


Flag Football: Boys & Girls Ages 4-14

Basketball: Boys & Girls Ages 4-12

Baseball: Boys & Girls Ages 3-4 T-Ball, 

5-6 Coach Pitch

Soccer: Boys & Girl 3-8

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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