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 March 8, 2015
DES News
From Our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Principal's Coffee - Wednesday, March 18th
DES Book Fair - March 18-20
Family Dinner Night and Math and Science Expo - Thursday, March 19
Pajama Day at DES - Friday, March 20
All Pro Dad - Friday, March 20
Tiger Cub Roundup - Thursday, April 2
Congratulations Ryan Kane and the Odyssey of the Mind Team
Congratulations Dunwoody Singers and Orchestra!
DHS Honors Ian Davis
Donate to the Eco Sneakers Program
Superintendent Thurmond Speaks at Chamber Breakfast
Dunwoody High School Softball Camp
Dunwoody High School Kids Cheerleading Camp
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
March 18-20 - Book Fair
Wednesday, March 18, 7:45am - Principal's Coffee
Wednesday, March 18, 3-5pm  - Parent/Teacher Conferences
Thursday, March 19, 5-5:30pm - PTO General Membership Slate
Thursday, March 19 - Family Dinner Night and Math and Science Expo
Friday, March 20 - Tiger Paw Celebration - PAJAMA DAY!
Friday March 20, 6:45am - All Pro Dad Breakfast

Next Week
Thursday, March 26 - 9 Week Progress Report
Friday, March 27- STEM Day
Friday, March 27- DES Spirit Day


From Our Principal



A huge Thank You goes out to our parent community and the PTO for a wonderful Staff Appreciation Week! Our staff members have felt very loved and appreciated by all! As Principal, I appreciate all that you do to make our staff members feel special in light of budget cuts and increased workloads. Teachers remain at schools because they enjoy the work environment, and I truly believe they love our DES parents and students! Thank you!


I hope that you will try to join us for our Principal's Coffee on March 18 at 7:45am. The PTO graciously paid for our kindergarten and first grade teachers to receive a full week of Orton Gillingham reading training. This is a rigorous, research-based program that increases students reading achievement. At the Principal's Coffee, the teachers will explain portions of the program along with particular pieces that can be used at home.


Also, there has been a lot of talk about Lexile scores and student achievement. While we are doing a great job of making sure students achieve on State accountability tests, are we really pushing all students to "growth"? Lexile reading levels are a great way to encourage children to read at their appropriate levels and to even reach a little higher. What a great way to kick off a summer reading program at your house!! Ms. Gurin, Media Specialist, will be available at the Principal's Coffee to help you better understand Lexile scores and levels.


Our fifth grade students just completed a coding class offered by a former parent's company. Students were scheduled for one hour in the lab where they focused on writing basic computer codes. The training is always a big hit and it is amazing what our students can accomplish. As I attend more and more technology conferences and meetings, I'm hearing that students need exposure to coding and "App" creation in order to become more successful in the future. As a part of our STEM certification, we will focus more on technology during the 2015-2016 school year including more creative, integrated use of our new Mac Lab.


Remember to support our Book Fair this week and please join us for All Pro Dads!



Jennifer P. Sanders


Dunwoody Elementary

From the PTO Co-Presidents

Teacher Appreciation week was a huge success! Thank you to the Staff Appreciation chairs, Kim Rivera and Terica Harleaux, for organizing wonderful events all week long! Also, thank you to the all of the students that took the time to say a special thank you to their teachers. 

Our Spring Book Fair runs Wednesday through Friday this week. Thank you to our Book Fair Committee Chairs, Jennifer Seitz and Katie Frame, for organizing this great event. We'd also like to thank all of the volunteers that help set-up and run the Book Fair. Please see below for additional information and we hope to see you there. 
In addition, please join us on Thursday, March 19th at 5:00pm for our PTO General Membership Meeting where we will present the slate of officers for the 2015-2016 PTO Executive Committee. Immediately following the meeting we will have our Family Dinner Night/Math and Science Expo.  The Math and Science Expo is a fun filled night with a number of math and science game tables set-up, and is hosted by over 20 Georgia Perimeter College students.
We end a very busy week with All Pro Dad on Friday at 6:45am. Thank you to Chris Wilburn for organizing these great family friendly events. We hope you can join us! 


Thank you!

Amanda Rountree and Jennifer Fenmore

Upcoming Events

 Principal's Coffee


Principal's Coffee is Wednesday, March 18th from 7:45-9am in the Media Center. The topics covered will be Orton-Gillingham and Lexlile Scores. We hope you can join us and come early to shop at the Book Fair. 

 Scholastic Book Fair


Dunwoody Elementary's Spring Scholastic Book Fair is Wednesday, March 18th  through Friday, March 20th.

Book Fair is almost here and we can't wait to see you there! We will be open before and after school and will have special hours to coincide with the many school-wide events that are planned for Book Fair Week! 

Book Fair Hours

Tuesday: Teacher Preview 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Wednesday: 7:00 to 7:30am & 2:30 to 6:00pm (extended hours for Parent/Teacher Conferences)

Thursday: 7:00 to 7:30am & 5:00 to 7:00pm (extended hours for Family Dinner Night/Math and Science Night!)

Friday: 7:00-7:30am

Book Fair is a great opportunity to encourage your children to read with the fabulous selection of books available from Scholastic. Your child should have received a flyer with book titles and information on the great selection that is available this year. Proceeds from the Book Fair are used to fund school events, add to classroom libraries and to provide reading instruction for the entire school. 

If you can't make it to the Book Fair, you can shop online! You can get an expanded selection of items and orders will be delivered to the school. Check it out HERE (

Volunteer to help at the Book Fair
We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to work as helpers and cashiers for 1 hour shifts in the morning or 2 hour shifts after-school.  Interested? Please SIGN UP ( or contact Katie Frame ( or Jennifer Seitz (carlyandcoltrane@gmail.comwith your preference.

Thank you!!

Math and Science Expo


Join the fun on Thursday, March 19 for the Math and Science Expo! The Scholastic Book Fair will be happening the week of March 18-20, and there will be extended evening hours to purchase books and visit the Math and Science Expo on the 19th.
Students from Georgia Perimeter College will be at DES to help with hands- on experiments and lessons.
No need to cook on this special night! You may pre-order (no walk ups) a Cici's large pizza - choice of cheese, pepperoni or veggie (onions, mushrooms and green peppers) for only $10. 

You may pick up your pizza between 5-7pm in the cafeteria. Stay and enjoy your pizza or take it home to enjoy. Paper products and drinks will be available. 
To pre-order your pizza, use the link below: 
Win a Book Fair Gift Certificate!
The Book Fair is going to raffle off 5 individual $20 gift certificates to the Book Fair.  Each pizza purchase will be entered into the drawing!  The winners will be selected by the start of the Book Fair.
Any questions? Please contact Amanda Becker.

Amanda Becker

 Pajama Day at DES

Let the countdown begin...Pajama Day is right around the corner!  On Friday, March 20 students and teachers get to roll out of bed and head to school in their coziest PJs! Does your student want to show his/her school spirit AND be comfy cozy?!

Make sure you pick up a pair of our DES PJ Pants from the school store.  We are open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7:15 - 7:40am and accept cash or check.  Pants are $20 each and only available in youth sizes.  Please contact Lauren Middlebrooks if you have any questions.

Lauren Middlebrooks



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

 Friday, March 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 "Finding Purpose in the Pain"

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: 



Do you have a Rising Kindergartener coming to

Dunwoody Elementary next Year?


Join us for Tiger Cub Roundup on April 2nd!


Click here for more information.



5th grader Ryan Kane was a member of the Peachtree Charter Middle School Odyssey of the Mind team and competed this weekend at the Lilburn Regional Tournament. 

The team presented a play they wrote and designed props and costumes for. The presentation was a video game based on the story of Pandora's Box.

Click here to view the video of the Odyssey of the Mind Competition.


Dunwoody Singers and Orchestra

A BIG round of applause for our Dunwoody Singers and the Orchestra
for their performance at District IV Large Group Performance Evaluation.

The Dunwoody Singers scored "1" - Superior and "2" - Excellent. They were the only Elementary School to perform in District IV.


The Orchestra received all superior scores!


Congratulations on a job well done!

 DHS Honors Ian Davis


On Thursday, March 26th, please come out and show your love and support as Dunwoody Baseball honors #5 Ian Joseph Davis. The DHS Alumni and Baseball family tragically lost one of its own on June 29, 2014.  Ian Davis arrived on campus in August 2009.  His academic, athletic and social skill set had an immediate impact inside and outside the classroom as well as on and off the baseball field.  He was a 2010 DHS Graduate and went on to receive a Bachelor degree in Risk Management from UGA in 2014.  Ian and his family will forever be in our hearts and prayers.  He will truly be missed by the countless lives he touched in his short life. T-shirts honoring Ian are available for purchase:


All proceeds will go to the Ian Davis Memorial Foundation. Please join us as we honor #5 at the Dunwoody vs. Stephenson Varsity Baseball Game on March 26th, pre-game ceremony begins about 5:30pm.


Get Involved

Donate to the Eco Sneakers Program


Time to clean out those closets and donate any unwanted rubber bottom shoes to Girls on the Run! The shoes will be donated to the Eco Sneakers program. We will be collecting shoes until April 24. There will be a collection box at the front of the school, or you can drop items off at Ms. Young's kindergarten class (Rm 1329). 

Thank you for supporting GOTR and Eco Sneakers!


Superintendent Thurmond Speaks at Chamber Breakfast


The Chamblee Chamber has secured DeKalb County School Superintendent Michael Thurmond to come speak at this month's Chamber Breakfast on Thursday, March 19th from 8-9am at Chamblee High School

The meeting begins at 7:30am and breakfast will be served. 

The meeting is open to the public, but you must register to attend; there is a $10 charge at the door, which covers breakfast. A tour of the high school will be given after the official meeting. 

Click here for additional details and to register.  

We hope to see some of you there! 

Dunwoody Chamblee Parent Council Board

Dunwoody High School Softball Camp


When: June 8 - 11 (Monday - Thursday) 

Where: Dunwoody High School Softball Field and Gym 

Hours: 9:00am - 1:00pm (bring a sack lunch) 

Price: $125 (limited to 70 players) 

Age Groups: 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12

Click here for more details.

Click here to sign up.

Dunwoody High School Kids Cheerleading Camp


Monday, July 13 - Thursday, July 16

8:30 am - 1:00 pm


For Elementary and Middle School Age Students


Located in the DHS Gymnasium
5035 Vermack Road,
Dunwoody, Georgia  30338


Learn Cheers, Chants, Jumps, Dances and Stunts taught by the DHS Varsity Football Cheerleaders.  

Complimentary T-shirt!

Bring a sack lunch and a drink.


$130.00 early registration by April 15; $150.00 after April 15


Questions:  Call Gayle Hard, Varsity Football Cheerleading Coach, (770) 392-9537, or email


Mail registration form with check payable to Dunwoody Cheerleading to:

Libba Morris, 4729 Ashford Club Drive, Dunwoody, Georgia 30338

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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