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 January 11, 2015
DES News
From the PTO Co-Presidents
DES Spirit Night - Tuesday, January 13
DCPC Meeting- Tuesday, January 13
All Pro Dad Breakfast - Friday, January 16
Nominating Committee Meeting - Thursday, January 22
Prospective Parent Night - Thursday, January 22
Cultural Exchange Social - Friday, January 23
DES Recycling Committee
DCPC Volunteers Needed
Student College Awareness
Girls on the Run
PCMS Hosts Informational Coffee
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Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Tuesday, January 13, 7am - School Council Meeting
Tuesday, January 13, 5-8pm - Shane's Rib Shack, Ali's Cookies Spirit Night
Tuesday, January 23, 7pm - DCPC Meeting
Wednesday, January 14, 12:30pm - PTO Executive Committee Meeting
Friday, January 16 - DES Spirit Day
Friday, January 16, 6:45am - All Pro Dad

Next Week
Monday, January 19 - NO SCHOOL
Thursday, January 22, 5:30-6pm - PTO General Membership Meeting
Thursday, January 22, 6-8pm - Prospective Parent Night


From Our PTO Co-Presidents

The PTO has received an overwhelming response from the DES staff and bus drivers for the holiday gift we were able to give them, thank you to all families that paid their Annual Dues! Each staff member and bus driver enjoyed a cash gift just prior to winter break. We wanted the DES Community to know that they have sent us a huge message of gratitude and appreciation.  We would also like to thank our Staff Appreciation Chairs, Kim Rivera and Terica Harleaux, for organizing the distribution of funds, no small feat!
The PTO General Membership Meeting and Nominating Committee Election is on Thursday, January 22nd at 5:30pm in the cafeteria.  We are preparing for the 2015-201 school year by voting, and electing, our 2014-2015 Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee is charged with putting together the slate of PTO Executive Committee officers for next year. If you are interested in serving on the Nominating Committee, please contact Lauren Middlebrooks, , for additional information. Nominations can also be taken from the floor on Thursday evening. Please join us on January 22nd as we elect those individuals.
Our Prospective Parent Night is on Thursday, January 22nd at 6:00pm, immediately following our 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 Dunwoody Elementary, and send your friends and neighbors to Prospective Parent Night.

We look forward to seeing you this Tuesday night at our Shane's Rib Shack and Ali's Cookies Spirit Night.

Happy New Year!


Amanda Rountree and Jennifer Fenmore

Upcoming Events

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! 

Dunwoody Chamblee Parents' Council


Please join us Tuesday, January 13th at 7pm at the Chamblee High School Auditorium for our next DCPC meeting.


We've changed the topic from 'testing standards' to instead have a meeting and forum for sharing important updates and information related to our school board, superintendent search and the charter school movement/petitions.


Our District School Board Member, Stan Jester, will be there to give updates and answer questions. In addition, we are hoping to have someone representing PROACT, the company hired to conduct the new Superintendent search, to give us an update on the process, etc. There will also be parents and others who are highly involved in the Charter School Petitions to give us updates and answer questions.


Also, please consider joining our board. We have positions open now and more available in May.  Follow this link or see below for more information.


We hope to see you there!

- DCPC Board 



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 Executive Committee for next year.  At a very brief PTO meeting in the cafeteria, on Thursday, January 22nd at 5:30pm, 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 6pm 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.

 Cultural Exchange Social

Please join us for our next Cultural Exchange Social on Friday, January 23, from 9 to 11am.

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. 

Everyone is welcome! We want to thank Eva Tabachnikoff for agreeing to host the social at her home.

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

Sirisha Ganduri 

Sushma Barakoti 

Get Involved

From the DES Recycling Committee


As a reminder: The school is set up to collect 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 at


Let's all work to save the planet!

DCPC dcpcVolunteers Needed


The Dunwoody Chamblee Parents' Council currently has 3 vacant board positions (Co-President, Treasurer and Recording Secretary). The remaining positions have terms that expire in May. As of today, there is no one to take these positions. 

DCPC is a very important organization and part of a larger network of Regional Parent Councils in DeKalb County. If we want our Dunwoody/Chamblee cluster to remain strong and have a voice in school board decisions, district staff decisions, and the local politics that affect our schools, we need to have a strong organization. 

Serving on the DCPC Board would be a great next step for anyone that may be rolling off their local School Council term but would still like to stay involved and have a voice in some of the larger issues our school system and region will be facing (including, but certainly not limited to: superintendent hiring, redistricting, charter petitions, etc).

If you can help or know someone who can, please let us know. 


Leslie Freymann 
DCPC Corresponding Secretary

Student College Awareness...

Need Your Help


College and career readiness is crucial for student success at all levels. The Dunwoody Elementary School Counseling Department wants to increase our students' college awareness and knowledge by exposing them to college and careers as early as possible. One of our ideas is to display pennants in our hallway with an "All Students College and Career Ready" theme to promote a college-bound school culture. To do this, we are asking colleges, community organizations, and our PTO and greater parent network for any pennant donations which would help us meet our goal of maximizing students' college readiness.

Thank you for your continued support!



Anna Gilbert and Dr. Steven Childs

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.


PCMS Hosts Information Coffee 

for Rising 6th Grade Parents


Peachtree Charter Middle School invites all parents of 5th graders to informational coffees to learn more about PCMS and what you need to know to prepare your rising 6th grader for middle school.

The informational coffees will be held in the PCMS Media Center on Tuesday, January 13, at 9am and the cafeteria on Sunday, February 8, at 2pmThe informational sessions will last 1 hour and will be followed by a school tour. 

You will receive information about the summer bridge program offered to 6th graders to help with the transition to PCMS, typical 6th grade schedules, band/orchestra/choral offerings, daily PE and the accelerated math program. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the school's principal and teachers.


Additionally, PCMS Spirit Wear will be available for purchase following the coffees in the school store on January 13 from 10:00-11:00am and on February 8 from 3:00-4:00pm. Cash or check only.


Tours of PCMS are offered to parents by appointment if you are not able to
attend one of the coffees.


B. Scott Heptinstall

Peachtree Charter Middle School Principal

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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