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 January 18, 2015
DES News
From Our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
DES School Choir Performs - Wednesday, January 21
Nominating Committee Meeting - Thursday, January 22
Prospective Parent Night - Thursday, January 22
Cultural Exchange Social - Friday, January 23
Principal's Coffee - Wednesday, January 28
Project Empty Bowls Dinner - Friday, February 12
Merchant Rebates
Two Weeks Left to Purchase Yearbooks
DES Recycling
DCPC Volunteers Needed
Student College Awareness
i9 Sports
Dunwoody Volleyball Jr. Wildcats Spring Camp
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Monday, January 19 - NO SCHOOL
Thursday, January 22, 5:30-6pm - PTO General Membership Meeting
Thursday, January 22, 6-8pm - Prospective Parent Night

Next Week
Wednesday, January 28, 7:45am - Principal's Coffee
Wednesday, January 28, 9am - PTO Board of Directors Meeting
Friday, January 30, STEM Day


From Our Principal


Happy New Year! We have started January with mild weather, and our fingers are crossed that it continues throughout our winter. If there is a chance for inclement weather, make sure to tune into your local weather station for the latest school closings or delays. The Superintendent's Office communicates first through the local media.

Students in grades 1, 3, and 5 were administered the ITBS and CogAT during October. These results arrived in our building last week and should have been in TIP last Thursday. The results from these assessments are used primarily as a piece of the eligibility component for our Gifted program. Our Gifted liaison, Nancy Obenschain, will share more information regarding the eligibility process at our January Principal's Coffee. 

The next time you visit the school, take a moment to see the new sound panels in our gym and cafeteria. While we knew that the panels would make a noticeable difference in our sound quality, we didn't know just how noticeable! The change in sound quality is dramatic and our teachers are so appreciative! Thank you PTO!

We are in the last push before our students in grades 3, 4, and 5 take the new Georgia Milestone Assessment. Teachers have been involved all year in professional development for content area writing, and they are regularly instructing students using exemplars designed to mimic the upcoming test. Students are also keeping content area journals where they have to explain how they reached an answer. Teachers feel confident that our students are prepared for the new testing format.

Thank you for being a great community! Your support makes Dunwoody Elementary a wonderful place to work and a great place to send your children.

Jennifer Sanders


Dunwoody Elementary School

From Our PTO Co-Presidents

Have you heard? Sound panels were installed in both the cafeteria and gymnasium last week! Although these spaces are still noisy, the piercing noise reverberations are gone. We can actually hear Ms. Reynolds and Coach K speak while students are in gym class. With the help of all of our DES families that donated to the Tiger Fund, the PTO was able to purchase sound panels and DeKalb County Schools paid for the installation. Thank you!

We had another great Spirit Night last Tuesday. Thank you to all of the DES families that participated! We also had great attendance on Friday for All Pro Dad. We have had a great turn-out for all of these events this school year, so please make sure you take advantage of all that Dunwoody Elementary School has to offer.
Please remember that there is NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, JANUARY 19th, in observance of Martin Luther King's Birthday.


Amanda Rountree and Jennifer Fenmore

Upcoming Events

Dunwoody Singers Perform at 

Hawks Game


Come and support the Dunwoody Singers on Wednesday January 21st as they sing the National Anthem on the main court prior to the start of the Hawks vs. Pacers game! The performance will take place around 7:30pm


Tickets are still available from the Atlanta Hawks website.

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 great 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 

 Principal's Coffee


The Principal's Coffee will be Wednesday, January 28th at 7:45am in the Media CenterThis month's topic is Gifted Eligibility.
Project Empty Bowls Dinner



Get Involved

Merchant Rebates


Thank you for signing up with our local merchants who provide DES with rebates from your purchases!  For the first half of the school year, we have received the following amounts from them:


Box Top

$1,297.40 - Please continue to cut and send these to school.  The box is located right inside the front doors.  Your child will be entered into a drawing for each 50 box tops submitted.  DES gets $0.10 per box top.


$979.70 - Shop with your Target REDcard at Target or and 1% of those purchases will come back to our school.


$487.08 - Pick up a Publix key card from the 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.


$355.07 - Register your Kroger Card using the directions below and all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!   If you do not have a Kroger Plus card, you can pick one up at the customer service desk of any Kroger.

Register online at

  1. Click on Sign In/Register.
  2. Sign up for a Kroger Rewards account by entering your zip code, clicking on your favorite store, entering your email and creating a password.
  3. After receiving a confirmation email, use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  4. Click on edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  5. Enter DES for the name of the organization and click to confirm.
  6. When shopping at your selected Kroger, you must use your registered Kroger Plus card or the phone number that is related to your registered card.

Purchases will not count toward our school, until you register your card - so please do it today!


$140.00 -  Register your child for an i9Sports Spring Program and DES receives $10 for each registration.

Two Weeks Left to Purchase Yearbooks!


There are TWO weeks left to purchase a DES yearbook. The LAST day to buy your child a yearbook is January 31, 2015. Yearbooks will Not be available in May. Yearbooks are being sold this last month at $35.  

To purchase, go to, enter Dunwoody Elementary School on the gold Get Started Now line, then follow the prompts.  Yearbooks will be delivered to your child's homeroom in early May.

If you have any questions, please email:
Nancy Wamsley

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



 New Location - Lynwood Park in Brookhaven!!

Lilburn - Harmony Grove

Flag Football (ages 4-14) spring season starts 2/28/15

Soccer (ages 3-8) spring season starts 3/7/15

Baseball (ages 3-6) spring season starts 3/7/15


Chamblee - Keswick Park

Flag Football (ages 4-14) spring season starts 3/1/15


Brookhaven - Lynwood Park

Soccer (ages 3-8) spring season starts 3/14/15

Baseball (ages 3-6) spring season starts 3/14/15

Basketball (ages 4-12) spring season starts 3/21/15


Snellville - Lenora Park

Basketball (ages 4-12) spring season starts 3/14/15  



i9 Sports 

Dunwoody, North DeKalb, South Gwinnett
 Phone: 404-551-2036




 NO Fundraisers  -  NO Tryouts  -  Everyone Plays
 Helping Kids Succeed In Life Through Sports

Dunwoody Volleyball

Jr. Wildcats SPRING Camp

The Dunwoody High School volleyball program is offering a Jr. Wildcats Spring camp for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders in March. It provides an opportunity for students to be introduced to the game and to develop skills.

Click here to download the registration form with more information.


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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