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 January 04, 2015
DES News
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Teachers of the Year Presentation - Monday, January 5
DES Spirit Night - Tuesday, January 13
All Pro Dad Breakfast - Friday, January 16
Nominating Committee Meeting - Thursday, January 22
Prospective Parent Night - Thursday, January 22
Georgia Parent Survey
Keep Collecting Box Tops for Education
Thank you December Volunteers of the Month
Girls on the Run
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Tuesday, January 6 - 2nd Semester Begins
Thursday, January 8 - Report Cards Sent Home
Friday, January 9 - Tiger Paw Celebration: Crazy Hats

Next Week
Tuesday, January 13 - School Council Meeting, 7am
Tuesday, January 13 - Shane's Rib Shack, Ali's Cookies Spirit Night, 5-8pm
Wednesday, January 14 - PTO Executive Meeting, 12:30pm
Friday, January 16 - DES Spirit Day
Friday, January 16 - All Pro Dad, 6:45am


From Our PTO Co-Presidents

Welcome back to all our families!  We hope you had a wonderful break and we look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming events in the month of January.  Please remember that there is NO SCHOOL tomorrow and all students return on Tuesday, January 6th.  


January 13 - Saucy and Sweet Spirit Night at Shane's Rib Shack and Ali's Cookies from 5 - 8pm.  A percentage of sales from this night will come directly back to DES. 


January 16 - All Pro Dad starts at 6:45am. Please join along with other fathers and their children for this great hour long program. 


January 22 - PTO General Membership Meeting to elect our Nominating Committee and Prospective Parent Night. Please spread the word about the many great things happening at DES and invite any prospective parents to this informational meeting at the school.  The meeting will begin at 5:30pm. and will be held in the cafeteria.


January 28 - Principal's Coffee - The topic of this informational meeting will be technology and will be held in the Media Center.


As we begin the second semester of the school year, be sure to think about how you can get involved at DES. There are many opportunities like volunteering in your child's classroom, helping in the media center or the cafeteria during lunchtime or working on one of the many PTO committees.  Your involvement at DES helps show your child that school is important.  Our PTO Website has a page dedicated to getting involved, including committee descriptions and contact information. We hope you will become involved! Let us know if we can help you find a way to be part of the volunteers at DES.


Happy New Year!


Amanda Rountree and Jennifer Fenmore

Upcoming Events

 Partners in Education Council Presents

2014-2015 Teachers of the Year
Featuring Keynote Speaker Ann Cramer


The Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce's Partners in Education Council honors the 2014-2015 Teachers of the Year for eight schools in the Dunwoody sector at The Capital Grille on Monday, January 5 from 8-9:30am.  

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this breakfast, on a first come, first serve basis. Contact Lesley Masisak, Programs and Communications Director at 678-244-9703 or 
 to learn how to become a sponsor of this great event.




January 5, 2015



08:00 AM - 09:30 AM EST



The Capital Grille
94 Perimeter Center W
Dunwoody, GA 30346





Date/Time Details:


Attendees may begin arriving at 7:30am; the program will begin promptly at 8:00am.



The cost to attend is $25 for chamber members and $35 for non-chamber members.  Registration includes breakfast provided by The Capital Grille. Those wishing to attend must register online; registration will end on Friday at midnight prior to the event, no walk-ins will be accepted, and no refunds will be given for no-shows nor cancelations.  Payments are required by credit card at the time of registration.


DES Spirit Night

Join us for a "Saucy and Sweet" Spirit Night on Tuesday, January 13thfrom 5-8pm at Shane's Rib Shack and Ali's Cookies in the Target Shopping Center. Enjoy some delicious BBQ at Shane's and then walk (or drive) over to Ali's for dessert.

Bring your appetite and invite friends and family because a percentage of all the sales goes back to DES. Just remember to say you are there for Spirit Night at both locations so we can be credited accordingly. 

Thank you to all our DES families who support our Spirit nights! 



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

 Friday, January 16

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 "Living a Life of Significance"

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: 

Nominating Committee Meeting 


The time has come to choose our PTO Board for next year.  At a very brief PTO meeting in the cafeteria, on Thursday, January 22rd at 5pm, we will elect the Nominating Committee. This Committee will create a slate of officers for the PTO Executive Committee for 2015-2016. Any member of the PTO who is in good standing and has paid their membership dues can take part in this process. You can suggest someone to serve on the Nominating Committee or you can volunteer yourself to serve. We will vote on 7 members and 1 alternate for the Nominating Committee. Please contact Lauren Middlebrooks ( for additional information or to nominate a PTO member to serve on the Nominating Committee.

Prospective Parent Night


Our Prospective Parent Night is on Thursday, January 22nd at 6:00pm in the cafeteria, immediately following the PTO General Membership Meeting.   This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to get to know our school.  Please spread the word about all the wonderful things that are happening at DES and send your friends and neighbors to Prospective Parent Night.

Parents of rising Pre-K and Kindergarten students, as well as any parents interested in learning more about DES, are invited to attend. Guests will have the opportunity to meet our principal, assistant principals and PTO representatives, and learn more about our school. We look forward to sharing our school!  Please spread the word to your neighbors and friends with elementary-age children who live in the DES community.


Get Involved

Georgia Parent Survey


All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey. The data collected will be used to calculate the School Climate Star Rating for each school's State rating. However, there is no mandatory participation rate for parents. Parents can complete the survey using personal computers, smartphones or iPads. For parents that do not have access to the Internet, school administrators offer the opportunity to take the survey in the school Media Center. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Data results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online. The link for the Georgia Parent Survey is:


Box Tops


Thanks so much to those of you who have already turned in the plastic baggie that recently went home in TIP folders full of Box Tops! Please keep up the good work as the next deadline will be February. 13, 2015! For every 50 Box Tops turned in, students' names will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a complimentary week of camp this summer at Dunwoody United Methodist Church! The class turning in the most will get to wear their pajamas to school one day! This is a simple way to earn cash for DES! Thank you! Megan Cann (


Thank You Volunteers!


Congratulations to Shana Sullivan!  She won the December Volunteer of the Month Raffle and received a gift basket from Sprouts!  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 January.


Congratulations to Nancy Wamsley!  She logged the most hours for the month of December - 116! - and gets to use the reserved, specially marked parking space for the entire month of January!  If you are interested in helping Nancy out, the yearbook staff could use some assistance taking pictures! Be the one to log the most hours in the month of January, and the parking space will be yours for the month of February! 


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


School Clubs

Girls on the Run  

The spring session of Girls on the Run will start soon! Registration 
begins January 14th at 9:00am. 

Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for 3rd - 5th grade girls.

We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to
complete a celebratory 5K running event. The goal of the program is to
unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime
appreciation of health and fitness.

We will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-4:30pm beginning February 9th. To register go to:

Girls must be able to commit fully to the GOTR program. Please do not
register if there will be a conflict with another activity. If you have
any questions, please contact Ms. Young.

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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