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 January 25, 2015
DES News
From Our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Last Week to Purchase Yearbooks!
Principal's Coffee - Wednesday, January 28
Cultural Arts Dinner - Thursday, February 12
Project Empty Bowls Dinner - Thursday, February 12
Merchant Rebates
i9 Sports
Dunwoody Volleyball Jr. Wildcats Spring Camp
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Wednesday, January 28, 7:45am - Principal's Coffee
Wednesday, January 28, 9am - PTO Board of Directors Meeting
Friday, January 30, STEM Day

Next Week
Friday, February 6, DES Spirit Day


From Our Principal



On Thursday, January 15, we held our annual school Spelling Bee. Mrs. Saltman did a great job organizing the event and deciphering all the new rules and regulations. Our students were quite amazing in their performance, and I am envious of their spelling abilities! After about an hour and fifteen minutes of spelling, we emerged with a winner and alternate. Fourth grade student Dhruv Advani will represent DES at the DeKalb County Spelling Bee, and fourth grade student, Jaikanishka Rajkumar, will serve as the alternate. Congratulations to these two top spellers!

A huge congratulations goes out to our Dunwoody Singers and wonderful Mrs. Yvonne Miller! They sang the National Anthem at the January 21st Atlanta Hawks game! Thank you for representing our school so exceptionally well!


Parents of students in grades 3, 4, and 5, we've added new GA Milestone resources to the Dunwoody Elementary website. You will need to look under the "Parent" tab and then choose "Testing Information". We've posted new assessment guides that the district recently pushed out to all the schools. The guides are mostly informative about the format of the test, and hopefully they will help allay some of our families' concerns.


We have several teachers or paraprofessionals out on extended leave. I do appreciate the patience of all parents as we work through these situations. I know that a substitute is never an optimal situation, but sometimes, it is unavoidable. Our grade chairs and assistant principals work closely with all substitutes to keep the instruction consistent and on track with the other homerooms. The mission of our staff is to make sure every student is academically successful. I look forward to seeing parents at our upcoming Principal's Coffee on Wednesday, January 28 where Nancy Obenschain will explain the process for gifted eligibility. 


Jennifer Sanders


Dunwoody Elementary School

From Our PTO Co-Presidents

Have you seen the images of the fire damage at Fairington Elementary School in Lithonia? They are heart-breaking. DeKalb school officials believe someone set fire to a Kindergarten classroom last weekend.


"Our hearts go out to our DeKalb friends at Fairington Elementary," said Jennifer Sanders, principal of Dunwoody Elementary Schools in a News Release last week.  "The DeKalb School District may be large, but we are still family.  We take care of each other."


Here is a story with additional information:

We are excited that Dunwoody Elementary School can be part of the healing process. The PTO is collecting the following school supplies to replace those that were damaged in Fairington's Kindergarten wing.
Crayons, 24-count
Blunt-tip scissors
Glue sticks
Primary journals
Watercolor paint sets
Dry erase markers + erasers
Kindergarten writing paper
White copy paper
Construction paper
Baby wipes
Ziploc freezer bags, 1-gallon + 1-quart sizes
Hand sanitizer
One lightly used or new kindergarten appropriate book
We will deliver collected items to Fairington Elementary this week. Please send in supplies with your child on or before Tuesday, January 27th and place in the collection bins located in the school foyer.


Thank you for your generosity! 



Amanda Rountree and Jennifer Fenmore

Final Week to Purchase DES Yearbooks!


The LAST day to buy your child a yearbook is Saturday, 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

Upcoming Events

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.

Cultural Arts Dinner


Please join us at the school for our Cultural Arts Dinner on Thursday, February 12, from 6 to 8pm. It's a celebration of what makes Dunwoody Elementary School so special. 


Families are invited to prepare their favorite dishes and those that reflect their unique backgrounds. You can bring your food items as early as 5:30pm to the school cafeteria. Please create a note card with the name of the dish to display in front. Drinks, plates, napkins and utensils will be provided by the PTO. You can sign up here:


Dinner will start at 6pm and run for about an hour. You can also spend that time looking through and supporting the Empty Bowls Project to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. In addition, we'll have booths set up in the gym to share information about our families' cultural backgrounds.


Student performances will begin at 7pm and last for an hour. Please plan to stay to support our students.


Sign up if you're able to volunteer to help everything run smoothly: 


If your child has allergies, please consider bringing in you own safe foods. Unfortunately, we won't be able to make special accommodations with so many different food sources. Email Sushma Barakoti or Jennifer Boettcher with questions.


Sushma Barakot


Jennifer Boettcher

Support Project Empty Bowls 


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:


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$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.



 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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