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 November 9, 2014
DES News
From Our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
From Our School Nurse
Parent Resources
Stay Informed
Attention Dunwoody Boy Scouts- Tuesday, November 11
Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A - Tuesday, November 11
Update: Fall Performances for General Music - Thursday, November 13
All Pro Dads - Friday, November 14
Principal's Coffee - Wednesday, November 19
DES Jump Rope for Heart
Endorsement for Dunwoody High and Local Schools
I9 Sports
Calendar At a Glance
This 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
Next Week
Monday, November 17, STEM Career Day
Wednesday, November 19, 7:45am - Principal's Coffee
Wednesday, November 19, 9-11am - Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, November 19, 3-5pm - Parent Teacher Conferences
Thursday, November 20 - 13.5 Week Progress Reports
Friday, November 21 - DES Spirit Day
Friday, November 21 - STEM Day


From Our Principal


Parents, thank you so much for honoring our policies regarding outside food being brought into the building. On behalf of our families with children who have life threatening allergies, I also thank you. 


We often take it for granted that when we drop our children off at the door of the school they will return to us safe and sound. However, parents of students with life threatening food allergies never stop worrying. It only takes a second for a child to swallow a bite of food that can potentially create a reaction so strong that their bodies may not be able to recover.

A couple of weeks ago, we experienced a serious medical emergency with one of our students who is allergic to nuts. The family has requested that I share the story in order to bring a heightened awareness to our community and support for the policies that are already in place to protect our students.

Students were celebrating the completion of a reading assignment and honoring a cultural tradition with native foods. One of our students with a nut allergy took a bite of a food made with crushed cashews. Immediately, she felt her throat tighten and become itchy. Nurse Clark knew quickly that the student's reaction was not typical, and she administered the first EpiPen. EMS arrived on the scene and checked the student's vital signs. They reported that she was fine, but with parent permission transported the
student to the hospital. On the way to the hospital, the student's symptoms increased rapidly as the first EpiPen began to taper. The situation became an emergency. At the hospital, the student required another dose of epinephrine and an overnight stay in the ICU.

While our student is back to her happy, sweet self, we take a moment to reflect on things that we will reinforce and things that can improve. We strongly encourage students to have two EpiPens (together - do not separate) in the clinic. We are even more convinced that outside food should not be brought into the building without administrative approval and approval from the parents of students with food allergies. This has always been our policy. Our classrooms that are nut free will be monitored closely by the teachers, and snack food that is out of compliance will be returned home. Students will have preferential seating in the cafeteria, and assigned seats will help us monitor all students with medical concerns.

Our first mission is to make sure your children are safe and happy. While we realize that there is always room for improvement, we have worked hard to create an environment that supports our mission. We have worked hand-in-hand with Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta to make sure Dunwoody Elementary is a place where parents can safely send their children with food allergies.

Jennifer P. Sanders
Principal, Dunwoody Elementary School

From Our PTO Co-Presidents

Thank you to everyone that attended our Mad Italian Spirit Night. We had a great turnout with both families and staff participating. In addition, thank you to Amanda Becker and Jordan Winters, our Family Events Committee Chairs, for organizing all of our Spirit Nights. 


We cleaned out our pantries and made a difference! Thank you to all of our DES families who donated cans to the Atlanta Food Bank Canned Food Drive. The cans will be picked up this week and we will bring you an update on how many pounds of food we donated once we have that information. Thank you again for helping feed Atlanta's hungry families.

We look forward to seeing students, parents and teachers at next week's Chick-fil-A Spirit Night as well as for music informances. See you around school.


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

Parent Resources  


Dear Families,


All students have access to the reading software used at school, iStation.  Parents can go to, select "support," and then "download istation." The icon will appear on the desktop.  The user name and password can be retrieved from the homeroom teacher.


Students in grades 3-5 will take the new Georgia Milestones assessment this spring.  Parents can provide practice and support at home by
utilizing the Online Assessment System (OAS). The website is The user name is the student's GTID Number which you will get from your child's teacher.  The password is dekalb.
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 Chick-Fil-A

November 11


Come join us on November 11th, 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 2nd grade teachers!

Our next Chick-fil-A Spirit Night will be December 9th! 

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


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

 Friday, November 14 - 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: 

Principal's Coffee



The Principal's Coffee will be Wednesday, November 19th at 7:45am in the Cafeteria.  This month's topic is Media Center.

Get Involved

DES Jump Rope for Heart



During the month of November we will be discussing the Importance of Heart Health in the gym. Our department is also excited about participating in the Jump Rope for Heart program sponsored by the American Heart Association. We will be participating in "ONLINE GIVING." November 3rd through November 21st we will be trying to raise money for this wonderful organization which funds lifesaving heart and stroke research. Please visit to make your donation. Please do not bring in cash or checks! Dunwoody is only accepting Online Donations! Bring your RECIEPT to PE/Health Class. Money is NOT required in order to participate in the program; however, any money donated is GREATLY APPRECIATED!


We are definitely going to have a great month FULL of FUN jump rope activities. Our goal is $20,000! In 2012-2013 as a school we raised $19,800. Jump at the chance to fight heart disease and stroke!



Coach K and Mrs. Reynolds

DES Health and PE Department


A Hearty Endorsement for
Dunwoody High and Local Schools  

Click here for more details

Community Information


Same Day Game & Practice 1x per Week

Sign Up With Friends/Play on Same Team

For every DES student that registers, i9 Sports will donate $10 to the DES PTO. 


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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