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 February 15, 2015
DES News
From our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
From our School Nurse
Log Your Volunteer Hours
All Pro Dad Breakfast - Friday, February 20
Principal's Coffee: Orton-Gillingham and Lexile Scores - Wednesday, February 25
Championship Chess
Dekalb County Superintendent Search
DCPC and Georgia Milestone Test Information
Kittredge Math Tournament
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Monday, February 16 -  NO SCHOOL (President's Day)
Thursday, February 19 - Progress Reports
Friday, February 20, 6:45am - All Pro Dad

Next Week
Wednesday, February 25, 7:45am - Principal's Coffee: O-G and Lexiles
Friday, February 27 - STEM Day
Friday, February 27 - DES Spirit Day


From Our Principal


I appreciate all those who came to our school wide event last Thursday evening.  It is always wonderful to see parents in an informal setting, and I love seeing our students perform.  I think the Cultural Awareness Committee did a great job of pulling together a lovely night.


This month, we are also celebrating Black History Month.  Our committee has put together a packet of resources for our teachers, and you can see the results of some their instruction hanging in our hallways. Additionally, students have enjoyed the "Spotlight on Famous African Americans in our History" through the morning broadcast program.  On February 25th, our students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will continue celebrating with an assembly. They will see a dance recital and song performed under the direction of Mrs. Reynolds and Mrs. Esartia followed by a presentation from Gregory Evans, the first African-American Circuit Judge for the State of Georgia.  


Hopefully, we will make it through the month of February without inclement weather; however, in the event that we have questionable weather, please use the local TV stations as your first source of determining the status of school closings.  


Jennifer P. Sanders

Principal, Dunwoody Elementary School 

From the PTO Co-Presidents

The Cultural Arts Dinner on Thursday night was a huge success. Thank you to all of the families that participated by preparing fabulous foods from around the world, volunteering during the event, and by purchasing handmade ceramic bowls with all proceeds being donated to the Atlanta Food Bank. In addition, attendees enjoyed the following performances:

What a Wonderful World: Piano and Song
Jasmine Flower, Sonatino: Piano
Black History in Motion: Choreographed Piece
Tribute to Bollywood: Choreographed Piece
The Girl from Ipanema (Bossa Nova): Violin
Chinese Ribbon Dance: Choreographed Piece
East meets West: Recorder, Violin, Cello
Salaam or Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu: Choreographed Piece
Incredible India: Choreographed Piece

The performances were great and we appreciate everyone that participated! We would also like to recognize that February is Black History Month. Our school community embraces ideals, diversity and tolerance which was evidenced during the Cultural Arts Dinner. Thank you to the Cultural Awareness Committee chairs, Sushma Barakoti and Sirisha Ganduri, for coordinating the event. 

The Cultural Awareness Committee is also responsible for the "Where in the World is Ms. Sanders" events. Students have really enjoyed learning about different cultures and seeing Ms. Sanders in different cultures dress. Some students, especially the younger ones, truly think Ms. Sanders is traveling to different countries and wonder how she can possibly travel so quickly! We hope to have another round of "Where in the World is Ms. Sanders" this spring.  

Are you interested in "In Our Community" updates? Check out the website, and look under the "Stay Informed" section to learn about local opportunities. You will find fun family activities, summer camps, community news, and sports activities!

Enjoy your long weekend!


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!  In addition, total volunteer hours logged are used for writing grants.

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

Upcoming Events


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: 


 Principal's Coffee


The Principal's Coffee will be Wednesday, February 25th at 7:45am in the Media CenterThis month's topic is Orton-Gillingham and Lexile Scores.

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.


DeKalb County Superintendent Search

The DCSD is looking for a new Superintendent!  View all the information related to the search here: 

You can also complete the DeKalb County School District Superintendent search Community Engagement Survey.

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:

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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