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 May 03, 2015
DES News
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Order Next Year's School Supplies Now!
School Council Election Results
Ice Cream Recall
Field Days - 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
Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A - Tuesday, May 12
Visiting Author Jennifer Sattler - Thursday, May 14
All Pro Dad Breakfast - Friday, May 15
Cultural Awareness Committee Social - Friday, May 15
End of Year Celebrations - Friday, May 22
Donate a Yearbook
One more chance to turn in your Box Tops For Education
Volunteer of the Month
Support Your Local Library This Summer
i9 Sports
DHS Lady Wildcat Basketball
More Community and Camp Information
Calendar At a Glance
This 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 (Pre-K through 2nd Grades)
Friday, May 8 - Field Day (MOID/SPED, 3rd through 5th Grades)
Saturday, May 9 - Come Play in the Dirt! (Grounds Day)
Next Week                                        
Tuesday, May 12, 7am - School Council Meeting
Tuesday, May 12, 8:30 - 10:30am - Honors Day 3rd/4th Grade
Tuesday, May 12, 5-8pm - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night 
Thursday, May 14, Visiting Author - Pre-K - 2nd Grades
Friday, May 15, 6:45am - All Pro Dad Breakfast


From the PTO Co-Presidents

Thank you to our DES staff for hosting a very nice Volunteer Brunch last Friday. Volunteers ate a wonderful breakfast and enjoyed a fun social visit with fellow volunteers. Thank you DES volunteers for another wonderful year!

Thursday and Friday this week are 
FIELD DAYS! Thursday is for our Pre-K through 2nd grade and Friday is for our SPDE/MOID and 3rd-5th grades. Make sure to dress your child appropriately for the weather. Field Day t-shirts will be distributed to your child in class. Please make sure that your child wears sunscreen and athletic shoes as this is an outdoor event. A huge thank you to our Field Day Committee Chair, Kris Mamaghani, for helping to organize this huge event.

The date for 
5th grade Honor's Day was changed to the last day of school, Friday, May 22.  Honor's Day for 3rd and 4th grade remains on Tuesday, May 12. More information to come.

As the end of the school year draws near, if you are a PTO Committee Chair and you have any outstanding receipts, please submit these expenses to our Treasurer, Alison Woodrow, no later than May 15 for reimbursement. Once again, thank you to all of our parent volunteers this year!


Thank you!

Amanda Rountree and Jennifer Fenmore
PTO Co-Presidents

 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

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.
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." 

Upcoming Events

 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.
A light lunch will be provided.
The class with the most participants will win an extra recess!

Please sign up here:
Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A


Our last CFA Spirit Night will be Tuesday, May 12, from 5-8pm at Perimeter Pointe. The Pre-K teachers and counselors will be on hand to help at the ice dream table so make sure to stop by and say hi! 

Thank you to all our DES families who have supported our Spirit Nights this year. If you have an interest in volunteering next year, our committee will need help with the Fall family event night and cutting Spirit Night stickers every month. 

Please contact either Amanda Becker ( Jordan Winters ( for more information. 

 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.
 If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Lane: 


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


Friday, May 15

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 "Being a Dad Forever"

 "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:


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 15, 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 (

End of Year Celebrations   

The End of the Year Celebrations for DES will be held on Friday, May 22, from 1 - 2pm. Due to limited parking and space constraints, three volunteers (in addition to the teacher) are allowed at each celebration. Room Parents will help secure volunteers for each classroom and provide a list of those expected to attend to the front office. 

Certainly, all parents can help by sending in approved items needed for the celebration. Since we have many students with severe food allergies, 
teachers and Room Parents will consult the parents of those children to approve all food expected to be consumed at the party.

Our students at DES have accomplished SO much this year and we want to celebrate their great efforts and success. Our End of the Year Celebrations do just that --- and it's a terrific opportunity to kick-start Summer break!

Get Involved

 Donate a Yearbook


DES has a number of students that are unable to afford a Yearbook. With your help, we'd like to get a Yearbook into all students hands. Students unable to purchase Yearbooks have been identified and with your generosity we'd like to donate 50 Yearbooks to students. In addition, our Yearbook company representative has agreed to purchase and donate several Yearbooks.

Please consider donating a Yearbook to a student in need at DES.  Your $35 gift will help a child have a keepsake of memories of his/her year at school that will last a lifetime.  You may donate a Yearbook by sending in a check to "Dunwoody Elementary School PTO" with memo "Yearbook Donation." Please place your  check in an envelope marked "Yearbook Donation" and place in the PTO mailbox in the school foyer by Friday, May 15. This is also a tax deductible gift.  If you have any questions, please e-mail Nancy Wamsley at

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.


Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to Kim Yarberry!  She won the April Volunteer of the Month Raffle and received a $25 gift certificate to The Enchanted Forest!!  The Enchanted Forest is located in the Dunwoody Hall Shopping Center near Publix.  Thank you, The Enchanted Forest, for your wonderful donation!  


Congratulations to Michelle Lane!  She logged the most hours for the month of April and gets to use the reserved/specially marked parking space for the entire month of May!  If you log the most volunteer hours for the month of May, the parking space will be yours for the month of August!

It's easy to log your hours in order to be considered for the August Volunteer of the Month parking space!! Simply go to the Dunwoody Elementary PTO website and follow the "Log Volunteer Hours" link.


Support Your Local Library This Summer


Just because it's summer, doesn't mean you can't still check out great books! 


Support our local libraries and get your summer reading in by getting your child a library card at the Dunwoody Library. 


You can access the application from our DES Media Center website, or by going to

It's easy, it's free, it's a fun place to be!

Click here to download the flyer.

Dunwoody High School Lady Wildcat Basketball Mini Camp    


When: June 1-4 (Monday - Thursday)
Where: Dunwoody High School Gym
Hours: 9:00am - 2:00pm (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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