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 February 1, 2015
DES News
From Our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
From our School Nurse
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - Tuesday, February 10
Cultural Arts Dinner - Thursday, February 12
Project Empty Bowls Dinner - Thursday, February 12
Turn in your Box Tops by Friday, February 13!
DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Search
Dunwoody Volleyball Jr. Wildcats Spring Camp
i9 Spring Sports Registration is going on now
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Friday, February 6, DES Spirit Day

Next Week
Tuesday, February 10, 7am - School Council Meeting
Tuesday, February 10, 5-8pm - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night
Thursday, February 12, 6-8pm - Cultural Arts Dinner
Friday, February 13 - Turn in your BoxTops
Friday, February 13 - Schoolwide Valentine Exchange
Friday, February 13 - Staff Appreciation: We Love Our Teachers


From Our Principal



I have received a few complaints about our carpool line in the mornings. From my assessment of the problem, the most issues are occurring between 7:40 and 7:45 AM when all staff members on duty go inside to get ready for the day to begin at 7:45 AM. The simplest solution for all parents is to be through the carpool line prior to 7:40 AM. All students really need the five minute window to transition to the classroom, unpack, and get settled for the day to begin. If you do happen to run later in the mornings, it is imperative that you follow the carpool rules and procedures throughout the arrival window. Please do not park along the curb. 


Our morning carpool drop-off begins at 7:00 AM. All rules and procedures must be followed throughout the arrival window (7:00 - 7:45 AM) in order to keep all our students safe:

  1. Only drop-off your students along the designated curb near the front entrance of the building.
  2. Do not pull around other drivers in your haste - wait in line!
  3. Only park in a designated parking space to walk into the building. If you are walking your children into the building, please hold their hands in the parking lot and cross at designated cross walks.
  4. Pull as far up in the carpool lane as possible so that we maximize the number of cars that can release students at one time.
  5. If you use the shorter carpool line, we request that you turn right only when you exit the property. If you need to make a left turn, please use the longer carpool line.
  6. Move your car seats to the passenger side of the car so that children can safely exit the vehicle on the curb side.
  7. Refrain from using cell phones so that you can be attentive to all pedestrian traffic.

An effective, non-stressful carpool experience hinges on the adults being courteous and mindful of other drivers.


Thank you for your assistance and help in keeping our children safe.


Jennifer Sanders


Dunwoody Elementary School

From Our PTO Co-Presidents

On Thursday, January 22nd, we held our PTO General Membership meeting where our Nominating Committee was chosen. These individuals were nominated by other parents within the school's PTO and will have the lofty task of choosing the 2015-2016 PTO Executive Committee candidates. The following PTO members will serve as our PTO Nominating Committee:

  • Angi Roberts
  • Kristen Pardo
  • Jamie West
  • Susanna Bruwer
  • Kimi Lenertz
  • Sushma Barakoti
  • Michelle Lane
  • Alternate: Rosemary Watts

The open positions for the 2015-2016 Executive Committee are as follows:

  • Co-President (2 year term)
  • VP of Ways and Means
  • VP of Communications
  • VP of Programs
  • VP of Academic Affairs (typically held by a staff member)
  • Secretary
  • Financial Secretary (2 year term, 2nd year serves as Treasurer)

Please contact any member of the Nominating Committee, or e-mail Lauren Middlebrooks (, if you are interested in serving on the 2015-2016 PTO Executive Committee or would like additional information regarding the positions.


Amanda Rountree and Jennifer Fenmore

From Our School Nurse


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The clinic is also in need of gently used boy's and girl's pants in all sizes.

Stephanie M. Clark, RN, BSN

School Nurse

Upcoming Events

Spirit Day at Chick-fil-A


Come join us on Tuesday, February 10th 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 5th grade teachers! Our next Chick-fil-A Spirit Night will be March 10th. 

Thanks to all our families for your support! 

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

Box Top

The next deadline for Box Tops for Education submission is Friday, February 13, 2015 For every 50 BoxTops turned in, student's names will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a complimentary week of sports 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

DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Search

Stakeholder Engagement Schedule

The DeKalb County Board of Education and PROACT Search have finalized and released the schedule for Stakeholder Engagement regarding the upcoming Superintendent Search. Please come participate in one of the community meetings to share your input!  


For our region, the meeting will be Tuesday, February 3, at 7pm at Dunwoody High School.


Click here for the full schedule and locations. 


Our School Board Representative, Stan Jester, has posted some additional information related to this on his website. Click here


In other the date for our next DCPC meeting: March 3rd, 6:30pm at Dunwoody High School


Finally, we are still looking for people to serve on the DCPC Board.  Click here for details about the available roles and responsibilities. If you are interested, please email us at:




- DCPC Board


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. 


 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




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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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