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 April 19, 2015
DES News
From Our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Music Choices for Rising 4th Graders
Where in the World is Mrs. Sanders?
School Supplies Made Easy!
Georgia Milestones Testing - April 21-30
School Council Elections - Thursday, April 23
Evening of the Arts - Thursday, April 23
Spirit Night at Cici's Pizza - Thursday, April 30
Visiting Author Jennifer Sattler - Turn in book order form by Friday, May 1
DES Grounds Day - Come Play in the Dirt Saturday, May 9
Lunch Bunch Volunteers Needed!
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Tuesday, April 21-24 - Georgia Milestone Testing
Thursday, April 23, 5-7:30pm - Evening of the Arts
Thursday, April 23, 5-5:30pm - PTO General Membership: Office Election/Installation
Thursday, April 23, 5:30pm - DES Band Concert
Thursday, April 23, 6pm - DES Orchestra Concert

Next Week
Tuesday, April 27-30 - Georgia Milestone Testing
Thursday, April 30, Progress Reports
Thursday, April 30, 5-8 pm - Cici's Pizza Spirit Night
Friday, May 1, 9-11am - PTO Volunteer Appreciation Brunch
Friday, May 1 - Staff Appreciation Ice Cream Social


From Our Principal


I hope that everyone had a wonderful Spring Break sharing time with children and family!  It's hard to believe that there are only 5 weeks of school remaining, but there are, indeed, many things left to accomplish.  Our most pressing event will be the administration of our new Georgia Milestones Assessment. 


While there is some apprehension on the part of our students regarding the assessment, we are excited about the level of rigor that is being added to our instructional programming. The test will be a great indicator of how our instruction needs to improve over the next few years. Test results should arrive back to schools around September of 2015.


As we prepare for the next school year, please be mindful of the Confidential Placement Form that will be located on the DES website May 1. The form is used to let planners know of any special circumstances that may warrant your child having special consideration regarding classroom placement for next year. You are not able to request teachers, but you can describe any issues or concerns.  If you request a teacher, then the request will be purposefully declined.  Forms are due back to the front office box by May 18.


The end of the year is such a busy time for classroom teachers and administrators.  We ask that you avoid scheduling conferences the last two weeks of school unless there is an emergency situation.  If you need a meeting with your child's teachers, please plan to schedule the meeting by May 8. 


Parents of students in grades 3, 4, and 5, please make sure your students are well-rested to begin GA Milestone testing this week. It is vitally important that they arrive to school prior to 7:45 each morning and that they eat a good breakfast. We wish all of our students the best of luck!


Jennifer P. Sanders

Dunwoody Elementary

From the PTO Co-Presidents

As we near the end of the year we'd like to update everyone on the playground drainage remediation project. We have been working with DeKalb County Schools for over a year in an attempt to remedy the playground drainage. The PTO took the project to the Board of Education in November 2014 and the project was approved. In December 2014, we created a Playground Committee whose proposed action plan includes the following steps: 

  1. Re-grade a portion of the playground on the southwest corner of the property;
  2. Install a working drainage system;
  3. Install proper roof drainage;
  4. Create a new concrete play area; and
  5. Install ground cover, such as sod or artificial turf, or a combination of the two materials, in specific areas over the existing playfield.

We believe that our plan for remediation of DES's playground drainage system and improvement of the school's playground facilities address three significant areas of concern: (1) operations, (2) student safety, and (3) facility maintenance.

Numerous quotes have been obtained to remedy the drainage issue. Unfortunately, to complete the minimum work required, the cost will exceed $66,000. To complete all items mentioned above, the cost exceeds $150,000, well beyond the PTO's current resources. Due to the high cost of this project, the Playground Committee, in conjunction with School Council, sent a letter to the DeKalb County Board of Education the beginning of March asking that DeKalb County Schools be responsible for a portion of the required work. Last week, Superintendent Michael Thurmond notified us that a meeting will be coordinated to identify next steps. We look forward to this meeting and are hopeful that work can be started soon!

We will have more information, including playground renderings, available at Thursday'sApril 23rd PTO General Membership Meeting. In addition, the PTO Executive Committee Slate will be installed. Please join us in welcoming the 2015-2016 Executive Committee. The Evening of the Arts is the same night from 5-7:30pm. We'd love to see you there!


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 5:30pm 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!

 School Supplies Made Easy!

For the second year in a row, the DES PTO is offering you an easy way to order school supplies for the 2015-2016 school year.


This year, we are partnering with SchoolKidz to help make the transition to the new school year more convenient for families.


To start, go to the website below and put in our school code to find supply lists and pricing for every grade (remember to choose the grade your child will start in the fall).

You must order before the end of the school year on May 22.

The supplies will be sent to your home the week of July 26th.

Our school code is 74509


*Unlike last year, shipping IS included in the price listed, so there are no surprises at checkout.


**Please note that there are slight differences in pricing for girls and boys for some grades. Their lists include a few different items for the classroom. For example, the list for 1st-grade boys includes antibacterial soap. 

For 1st-grade girls, the list includes hand sanitizer.


If you have any questions, please contact Janet Ziffer

Upcoming Events

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.


 School Council Elections

Parent Bios


The school council parent representative election will be held Thursday April 23rd. You may vote in the front office between 7am and 7pm. This is also the same day as the Evening of the Arts. 


You may vote for up to four candidates. The top four individuals receiving votes will serve a two-year term. Thank you to those parents listed below for offering your leadership to School Council.






Click here to for the candidates' Bios. 


Click here to download the Evening of the Arts flyer.

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!

 Visiting Author Jennifer Sattler



In partnership with the Little Shop of Stories, 
author Jennifer Sattler is visiting 
DES on May 14th to educate and enrich our Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students about writing and illustrating.
Jennifer will autograph books for any students who have pre-ordered them. The order form should arrive home in TIP folders. 
You can also find it on the DES website.
(Cash cannot be accepted. Checks only.)

Please send in your order form no later than Friday, May 1st. 

Make checks payable to "DES PTO." 

Please consider buying a book to support DES!
If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Lane: 

Dunwoody Elementary School Grounds Day


Come Play in the Dirt

Saturday, May 9th


Join us on Saturday, May 9th from 12 to 2:30pm to play in the dirt!

We'll tackle several important projects around Dunwoody Elementary School.

The most exciting one is a new Butterfly Garden! Dunwoody Nature Center has invited DES to be part of the solution to saving the Monarch Butterfly, which is declining in numbers nationwide. DNC needs our help to install a 4 ft. by 8 ft. raised garden bed behind the library. After we build the garden bed, we will add soil and a variety of native plants (Milkweed species and nectar plants) to attract Monarch Butterflies.  Click HERE to read more about the DNC Milkweed Project.

We will also pull weeds and place mulch along the Nature Trail and do some general cleanup and weeding around campus.

Please sign up here:

Get Involved

 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.

Parent Councils United Meeting 


DeKalb's Parent Councils United (PCU) has worked to organize a joint meeting with all of the regional parent council groups in DeKalb County, including our Dunwoody Chamblee Parents' Council. Superintendent Michael Thurmond will be presenting and answering questions. To learn more about PCU, please "like" them on Facebook.

We hope you can make it! 

State of the District, Revisited
with Superintendent Michael Thurmond

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
7:00pm - 8:30pm
*Please note our evening meeting time!*
Clarkston High School
618 N Indian Creek Drive
Clarkston, GA 30021


Dunwoody High School Lady Wildcat Basketball Mini Camp    


When: June 1-4 (Monday - Thursday)
Where: Dunwoody High School Gym
Hours: 9:00am - 2:00 pm (bring a sack lunch)
Cost: $150 per player ($50 deposit due May 11, Remainder due June 1)
For: Girls ages 7 - 14

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Our camp will offer young and developing players an opportunity to work on and improve fundamentals. Skill instruction includes ball handling, passing, defense, dribbling, shooting, and rebounding. Plus, fun competition in team play and individual contests, and camp awards and prizes. Please see our website for registration form:, or you can print it from HERE.

Contact:  Coach Angela Nash
(770) 379-4772

Camp and Community Information


Looking for more 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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