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 April 12, 2015
DES News
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Music Choices for Rising 4th Graders
Where in the World is Mrs. Sanders?
Claim your Lost and Found!
Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A - Tuesday, April 14
Pre-K Lottery - Friday, April 17
All Pro Dad Breakfast - Friday, April 17
Georgia Milestones Testing - April 21-30
Spirit Night at Cici's Pizza - Thursday, April 30
DES Tigers Need a Bobcat!
Lunch Bunch Volunteers Needed!
School Council Elections - Thursday, March 26 - April 3
Congratulations Volunteers
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Tuesday, April 14, 7am - Student Council Meeting 
Tuesday, April 14, 5-8pm - Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night
Friday. April 17, 6:45am - All Pro Dad Breakfast

Next Week
Tuesday, April 21-24 - Georgia Milestone Testing
Thursday, April 23, 5-7pm - Evening of the Arts
Thursday, April 23, 5-5:30pm - PTO General Membership: Office Election/Installation
Thursday, April 23, 6pm - DES Band Concert
Thursday, April 23, 7pm - DES Orchestra Concert


From the PTO Co-Presidents

We hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Spring Break! It's hard to believe there are only six weeks left of school. We have a busy calendar before the year ends and we'd love for you to join us. Here are just a few of the events:

  • Thursday, April 23 - Evening of the Arts and PTO General Membership Meeting
  • Friday, May- PTO Volunteer Brunch
  • Thursday and Friday - May 7 and 8 - Field Days
  • Tuesday, May 12 - Honor's Day (3rd - 4th grades)
  • Friday, May 22 - Honor's Day (5th grade)
  • Friday, May 22 - The Last Day of School

The 2015-2016 PTO Executive Committee Slate will be installed during our next general membership meeting on Thursday, April 23rd at 5pm. Please join us in welcoming the 2015-2016 Executive Committee. The Evening of the Arts is the same night from 5-7pm. We'd love to see you there!


Please remember to check the PTO website,, for the full calendar of events and "In Our Community" news.


Thank you!

Amanda Rountree and Jennifer Fenmore

 Music Choices for Rising 4th Graders


DES is proud to offer the following music classes for our rising 4th grade students: Band, String Orchestra and General Music. Mrs. Miller and Ms. Esartia are in the process of discussing these options with our current 3rd Grade Students. This discussion will also include a demonstration of all of the Band and String instruments that we offer. An information letter and form will go home with every student before Spring Break. You can also access a copy of the letter and form online:

Please make sure that you complete and return the form to Mrs. Miller or Ms. Esartia by April 24, 2015. All current 3rd grade students need to turn in a form regardless of whether they will be coming back to DES or not.

4th Grade Band and String Orchestra

Please join us on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 6pm for our Spring Concert. This concert is part of the Evening of the Arts event.


DES Concert Band

Please join us on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 7pm for our final concert at Peachtree Charter Middle School. PCMS has very graciously invited us to join them in their spring concert which will take place outside on the running track. Please bring a chair or blanket and join us "Chastain Style."

 Where in the World is Mrs. Sanders?


We're taking our students on another trip around the globe! The DES PTO Cultural Awareness Committee is getting ready for another round of "Where in the World is Mrs. Sanders?" 

Over the course of three weeks from April 13-May 1, students will receive country clues during the morning news on WDES. Then they can 

guess the country by putting their answer, name, grade and homeroom teacher on a piece of paper and dropping it in the PTO mailbox near the front office. 

We'll draw a winner on Thursday and announce the name on Friday, when we reveal Mrs. Sanders' destination. Keep in mind, this is only a virtual tour. Mrs. Sanders won't be going anywhere!

 Lost and Found


Please check out the lost and found before April 15 and claim any items that your child may have lost. There is an abundance of hats, scarves and gloves that will ALL be donated on April 15.

Just a reminder that all unclaimed lost and found items are donated on the 1st and 15th of every month. Making sure your child's clothing is labeled will help expedite returns

Thank You.

Upcoming Events

Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A


Come join us on Tuesday, April 14, 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 through) go back to DES!



Just remember to say you are here for Spirit Night so we can be credited accordingly! Also, stop by the 'Ice Dream' table to get your free 'Ice Dream' from the Discovery and ESOL grade teachers! Our final CFA Spirit Night will be May 12. 

Thanks to all our DES families who have supported spirit nights this year! 

Pre-K Lottery


Friday, April 17 


 Parents are allowed to register at their home school from

8:30am - 1:00pm only.

The lottery drawing process will begin at 1:15 pm.

Results will be posted on the front door of the school at 3pm.


Parents/Guardians must provide all of 

the following documents to apply: 

  • Child's Original Certified Birth Certificate (4 years of age by 9/1/2015)
  • Parent's Photo ID
  • Child's Social Security Number
  • Proof of Residency


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


Friday, April 17

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 "Establishing Priorities"

 "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:

Georgia Milestones Testing


As we prepare for testing season we wanted to make sure you had the most updated information regarding our new assessment, The Georgia Milestones. 


Please review this information as well as visit websites to view the types of questions students will be expected to answer. Additionally, have your child practice the online sample test, as all students will eventually have to take the online version. The online test format will be phased in over the next few years. 


Students in grades 3-5 will be assessed from April 21- April 30, 2015. Please be sure your child is at school, on-time, during testing to ensure that they can do their very best.


Spirit Night at Cici's Pizza 

Thursday, April 30th


Join us for Spirit Night at Cici's Pizza on April 30th from 5-8PM.


Cici's is offering a buffet consisting of pizza, salad and dessert. The price is $5.99 for adults and $3.99 for children. Please note wings are an extra fee.


Cici's is located at 6050 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross, GA 30092. We look forward to seeing our DES families there!

Get Involved

 DES Tigers Need a Bobcat!


Our PTO Grounds committee is looking to borrow a bobcat to help spread mulch in two large beds in front of the school.


If you can help, please e-mail Tommy McNeese (

or Jennifer Boettcher (

 Need Lunch Bunch Volunteers

During the upcoming Milestone Testing many of our paraprofessional teachers will be helping to supervise these tests. 

The Lunch Bunch Committee needs extra help in the cafeteria during lunch hours on these days:
Tuesday, April 21
Wednesday, April 22
Thursday, April 23
Tuesday, April 28
Wednesday, April 29
Volunteers are needed between the hours of 10am - 1pm on each of these days. If you are able to help on any of these days with any time at all (you don't need to stay the whole time) please use the Sign Up: or email email Rosemary Gorham at
Thank you.

 School Council Elections


The election process for new members of School Council began on March 26 with a call for nominations. Nomination forms were sent home in the TIP folder and posted on the DES Website. Nominations were due Friday, April 3. 


Bios of the nominees will be posted online and in the main office this week. Elections will be held on Thursday, April 23 (Evening of the Arts).

There are four (4) parent positions open with two year terms. Click here to view the School Council Parent nomination form.


Congratulations Volunteers


Congratulations to Kesha Dent! She won the March Volunteer of the Month Raffle and received a $25 gift certificate to The Enchanted Forest! In order to be eligible for next month's raffle, volunteer at school (or do school volunteer work at home) for at least 2 hours and log those hours by the end of April.

Congratulations to Rosemary Gorham! She logged the most hours for the month of March (35!) and gets to use the reserved/specially marked parking space for the entire month of April!
It's easy to log your hours in ordert to be considered for next month's Volunteers of the Month prizes.  Simply go to the DES PTO Website and follow the "Log Volunteer Hours" link under "Get Involved".


Camp and Community Information


Looking for camps or community happenings?  They are always posted on our PTO Website:  Look for "Community and Camp Info"  under Stay Informed.


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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