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 April 26, 2015
DES News
From Our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Ice Cream Recall
School Council Election Results
School Supplies Made Easy!
Spirit Night at Cici's Pizza - Thursday, April 30
Visiting Author Jennifer Sattler - Turn in book order form by Friday, May 1
Sign up to volunteer for Field Day - Thursday, May 7 and Friday, May 8
DES Concert Band Performance - Friday, May 8
DES Grounds Day - Come Play in the Dirt Saturday, May 9
Cultural Awareness Committee Social - Friday, May 15
One more chance to turn in your Box Tops For Education
DHS Lady Wildcat Basketball
More Community and Camp Information
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Tuesday, April 27-30 - Georgia Milestone Testing
Thursday, April 3 - Progress Reports
Thursday, April 30, 5-8 pm - Cici's Pizza Spirit Night
Friday, May 1, 9-11am - PTO Volunteer Appreciation Brunch
Next Week                                        
Wednesday, May 6 - Walk/Bike to School
Wednesday, May 6, - Staff Appreciation Ice Cream Social
 Wednesday, May 6, 12:30pm - PTO Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, May 7 - Field Day (PreK through 2nd Grades)
Friday, May 8 - Field Day (MOID/SPED, 3rd through 5th Grades)
Saturday, May 9 - Come Play in the Dirt! (Grounds Day)


From Our Principal




As we near the end of the school year, I would like to thank all our wonderful Dunwoody Elementary volunteers! Whether you serve time in your child's classroom or on large school projects, our school couldn't run without you! Every volunteer is an invaluable piece of what makes DES a great place to work and a great place to educate children. In an effort to honor all volunteers, the DES teachers and staff members are hosting a drop-in brunch on Friday, May 1 from 9-11am. We welcome all volunteers! 


During the past week, we did experience a tornado warning. When severe weather situations occur, I am notified immediately through a weather alert monitor and by cell phone text. Within minutes, our staff and children relocated to the downstairs hallways in a "safe" position until we are officially cleared from any imminent weather hazards.


 Because our alarm occurred just before dismissal, many parents were concerned about when their children would arrive home. We make every effort to communicate with you through Twitter. In fact, we had over 500 people view our Twitter message last Monday! I encourage all families to sign-up for @DESAlerts on Twitter or through the PTO website. Keep in mind, though, that our first priority is to tend to the safety of students before we will post on social media.


Parents, I ask that you remember to schedule all conferences prior to the last two weeks of school. Our teachers and staff members are incredibly busy with completing end-of-year tasks and they will be unable to meet with you after May 8. Also, beginning May 7, I encourage you to check with your child's teacher prior to having lunch with your child. Our schedule changes due to Field Day, Honors Day, and other school events. Thank you for your consideration regarding these matters.


Jennifer P. Sanders

Dunwoody Elementary

From the PTO Co-Presidents

Our final PTO General Membership Meeting was last Thursday and we installed our 2015-2016 Executive Committee. Our new committee members are:


Jennifer Fenmore - Co-President (2nd year)
Megan Cann- Co-President (1st year)
Lisa Seigle- VP of Ways and Means
Lauren Middlebrooks - VP of Communications
Jennifer Boettcher - VP of Programs
Lisa Gurin - VP of Academic Affairs
Terica Harleaux -Treasurer
Kim Rivera - Financial Secretary
Leslie Owen - Secretary

At this time, I would like to thank our 2014-2015 PTO Executive Committee for a very successful year. Thank you ladies for all of your hard work and dedication, it has been a pleasure working with you all.  Thank you to Alison Woodrow, Terica Harleux, Rosemary Watts, Jennifer Boettcher, Jan Jay, Kim Becker, Lisa Gurin, and Lauren Middlebrooks. 


Looking forward, the PTO Volunteer Brunch is Friday, May 1st, 9:00-11:00am. We look forward to seeing all of our wonderful volunteers during this informal social gathering! 


We are actively seeking committee chairs for the 2015-16 school year. There are so many ways to be involved! Are you interested in helping students in the cafeteria, being more involved with local businesses, planning our cultural arts events, or coordinating 5th grade celebration and enrichment? These are just a few of our available committees! Please contact us to indicate your interest in serving or leading one of our many committees. To see a full list of committees and contacts, check out the Committees page of the PTO Website.


Thank you!

Amanda Rountree
Ice Cream Recall

Dunwoody Elementary will not sell ice-cream for the remainder of the school year due to product recall.  Our time frame is the same as the company's suggested wait time for correcting their problem.  Dunwoody Elementary has not been informed of the specific problem, but a statement from the company reads, "Blue Bell is in the process of instituting safeguards that will insure that all future product is unquestionably safe for all consumers." 

School Council Election Results
Congratulations to Kim Becker, Tracy Ellet, Rosemary Gorham, and Andrew Ziffer who were elected to a two-year term to School Council! Also, many thanks to the other candidates who offered their leadership and service.

 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

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 HERE.
(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: 

 Field Day 2015




Field day is such a great day for the students!

Come out and be part of the fun!

Click on the link below to sign up.


Thursday, May 7th PreK - 2nd grades

Friday, May 8th MOID/SPED, 3rd - 5th grades


Shift times:

8:30am - 11:00am

11:30am - 2:00pm


Additional information will be sent out prior to the date.

Thank you for volunteering!! 


DES Concert Band Performance


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."

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.
The class with the most participants will win an extra recess!

Please sign up here:

Cultural Awareness Committee Social

The Cultural Awareness Committee of Dunwoody Elementary School would like to invite you to our next social event on Friday, May 15th from 9 to 11am at Sushma's home.


 Please bring a friend and your younger children and enjoy coffee, tea and refreshments while you meet and mingle with families of Dunwoody Elementary.  Bring a cultural snack to share and come hear more about our group.  Everyone is welcome!


Please sign up and find more details here:

If you have any questions or need more information, contact Sirisha Ganduri ( or Sushma Barakoti (

Get Involved

This has been a great year for Box Tops for Education for our school! Your efforts have yielded $1223 in cash for DES! Let's complete one last effort and turn in all Box Tops to the designated container in the entryway by Friday, May 9! For every 50 turned in, students' names will be entered into a raffle! The class bringing in the most will be eligible for extra recess!


Thanks so much for your dedicated efforts to this fundraising opportunity throughout this year!  


Megan Cann (



Are you looking for a significant way to contribute your time and talents to Peachtree Charter Middle School? If you have expertise in budgeting, finance and/or accounting, the PCMS Foundation and the PTCC are looking for volunteers for the next two school years (2015-2016 & 2016-2017).  Parents of rising 6th graders welcome!!


 The PCMS Foundation is looking for a Financial Secretary

 Accounting/CPA background preferred. A two year commitment, the role begins as Financial Secretary for the Foundation in the first year and becomes the Treasurer for both the Foundation and the PTCC in the second year. The Financial Secretary coordinates the check-out table at Registration including credit card machines, hosting payment posting event/s ultimately processing all checks, cash and credit card payments made during Registration; deposits funds received throughout the school year on behalf of the Foundation; as part of the Annual Fund campaign, accounts for funds, manages thank you/tax letters to donors, follows up with employers for matching funds; writes checks as needed on behalf of the Foundation; tracks the Foundation's funding of various projects; and works closely with the Treasurer to develop and monitor the operating budget for the Foundation. Attends both monthly PCMS Foundation meetings and monthly PTCC meetings.  Contact Kristy Pierce at if interested.


The PTCC is looking for a Finance Chair

This role is also a 2 year commitment. The Finance Chair works together with the PCMS Foundation Financial Secretary and Treasurer for Registration day processing of checks, cash and credit card payments made during Registration; deposits funds received throughout the school year on behalf of the PTCC; writes checks as needed on behalf of the PTCC; tracks the PTCC's funding of various projects; and works closely with the Treasurer to support, develop and monitor the operating budget for the PTCC. Attends monthly PTCC meetings and provides monthly financial reporting to PTCC.  Contact Diane Weiss at if interested.


More PCMS Volunteer opportunities can be found HERE.


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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