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 February 8, 2015
DES News
From the PTO Co-Presidents
From our School Nurse
Log Your Volunteer Hours
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - Tuesday, February 10
Cultural Arts Dinner / Project Empty Bowls - Thursday, February 12
All Pro Dad Breakfast - Friday, February 20
Turn in your Box Tops by Friday, February 13!
Championship Chess
DCPC and Georgia Milestone Test Information
Kittredge Math Tournament
Dunwoody Jr. Wildcats Spring Volleyball Camp
Calendar At a Glance
This 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 Box Tops
Friday, February 13 - Staff Appreciation: We Love Our Teachers

Next Week
Monday, February 16 -  NO SCHOOL (President's Day)
Thursday, February 19 - Progress Reports
Friday, February 20, 6:45am - All Pro Dad


From Our PTO Co-Presidents

We have two great dinner events this week! First, Tuesday, February 10th is our monthly Chick-fil-A Spirit Night from 5-8pm. Second, Thursday, February 12th is our Cultural Arts Potluck from 6-8pm in conjunction with Project Empty Bowls. See below for additional information regarding these two fun events and we hope to see you there.
Did you know we have a PTO Grant Writing Committee at DES? This committee applies for grants to secure funding for a number of projects at DES including playground improvement, organic gardening, and the nature trail. The grant committee uses the number of volunteer hours logged when applying for grants so please log your volunteer hours at!

In addition, the Nominating Committee is searching for candidates for the following open positions for the 2015-2016 Executive Committee:

  • 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 Michelle Lane, , 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


If you are a parent of a child who has allergies, please read this article.  It contains some important allergy information. 


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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

Log Your Volunteer Hours

Please log your volunteer hours online before the end of February so you can be entered into the drawing for a special prize, as well as a front row parking space at DES for the entire month of March!  

From the Dunwoody Elementary PTO Website, under Get Involved, go to "Log Volunteer Hours" to log your time.  

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.


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

 Friday, February 20

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 "Encouraging Creativity"

All Pro Dad 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: 


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

School Clubs

Championship Chess

Championship Chess presents a systematic, fun way to build chess skills during chess instruction and while students play. Studies show that chess improves math, reading, and problem-solving, and our methods connect these academic benefits to our classes. Classes include instruction as well as chess play and guided analysis.


Coach Steve Schneider has been a teacher and chess coach for over 25 years. Championship Chess teams have won local, regional, state and national tournaments. Coaches utilize the Championship Chess curriculum introducing, reinforcing and improving chess skills and strategies in the opening, middle and end game.

  • Day/TimeThursdays after school from 2:35 to 3:35pm.
  • Children must be picked up on time. 
  • Spring Session: February 26 to May 14. No chess April 9.
Click here to download the flyer with more information.


DCPC - Georgia Milestone Test Information

Administrators and teachers from Chamblee's Huntley Hills Elementary School organized an informational night for parents regarding the new Georgia Milestones Assessment Test. Lots of great information, parent tips and additional resources were shared.  Read all about it here.


Save the date for our next DCPC meetingMarch 3rd, 6:30pm at Dunwoody High School


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

Kittredge Magnet School Math Tournament

The PTA for the Kittredge Magnet School for High Achievers will be hosting its Math Tournament on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 9am - 2pm for DeKalb County Region 1 elementary schools to compete.

Individual students may sign-up to participate by using the following link:

Dunwoody Jr. Wildcats
Spring Volleyball 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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