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 May 10, 2015
DES News
From our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Register for the After School Extended Day Program
Order Next Year's School Supplies Now!
Support Your Local Library This Summer
Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A - Tuesday, May 12
All Pro Dad Breakfast - Friday, May 15
Cultural Awareness Committee Social - Friday, May 15
End of Year Celebrations - Friday, May 22
Donate a Yearbook
Winner of the Golden Sneaker Award!
Peachtree Juniors 5th Grade Volley Ball Team
Wildcats Summer Boys Basketball Camp
2015 Wildcat Summer Tennis Camp
i9 Sports
Calendar At a Glance
This 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
Next Week                                        
Monday-Thursday, May 18-21, EOG Re-Test
Thursday, May 21, Report Cards Sent Home
Friday, May 22, DES Spirit Day
Friday, May 22, Honors Day 5th Grade Celebration
Friday, May 22, Last Day of School Celebrations


From Our Principal
Happy Mother's Day!


It was great to see so many students and families walking to school last week!  Thank you for supporting our event!  On your walk, you may have noticed a new addition to our front garden.  We now have a lending library compliments of former DES student, Kate Smith.  Kate completed the project as part of her requirements for earning a Girl Scout Silver Award.  Please feel free to lend a book or to borrow a book!


Our Girls on the Run have just finished their season by completing a 5K race (in the rain)!  Congratulations to all the girls on their accomplishment! As a part of their program, the girls participated in a philanthropic project for Ecosneakers. They collected as many sneakers as possible to give to others in need or to use for playground mulch. I'm happy to report that our girls won the competition by collecting the most shoes!


I hope that everyone is taking time to enjoy the beautiful days of Spring, and the last few days of a great school year! While one school year is ending, we are gearing up for an even better year next year.  Already, we have hired a computer lab teacher so that we can really concentrate on growing the "T" in our STEM program. We are also planning very explicit ways to address rigor and student growth in ELA and Math.  I assure you that there are great things to come at DES so stay tuned!


Jennifer P. Sanders


From the PTO Co-Presidents

What a fantastic week with Walk to School Wednesday and Field Days on both Thursday and Friday!  Our students enjoyed fun and exciting activities, inflatable slides and fantastic music. What a great way to round out the week. A great big thank you to our Field Day Chair, Kris Mamaghani! Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who worked at stations, walked with classrooms and spent the day taking care of our students!


As the end of the school 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 15th for reimbursement. Once again, thank you to all of our parent volunteers this year!



Happy Mother's Day to all of our DES Moms! 


Thank you!

Amanda Rountree and Jennifer Fenmore
PTO Co-Presidents

 After School Extended Day Program


Register for the Dunwoody Elementary After School Extended Day Program for the 2015-2016 School Year on May 15. A link will be activated on the DES website under the Parents > After School Program
tab. We will not be accepting paper applications. 

You will be informed of program placement by June 1st. It is necessary for all students to apply to the program each school year. Priority will be given to families that are currently enrolled full time, and in good financial standing. Drop-in or part time students will only be admitted if space permits. Thank you for your interest in our program.

 Two Weeks left to Preorder School Supplies!

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

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!

Upcoming Events

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. 


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 "Jostens" 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


 Winner of the Golden Sneaker Award!


Our last Safe Routes to School event was a huge success!  Way to go Tigers!

Congratulations to the winner of the Golden Sneaker --- Ms. Culbreth's kindergarten class with 64% of the class walking or biking!

The announcement of the winning class was made Thursday during the WDES morning broadcast.

The winners for each grade level were:
Ms. Morris (Pre-K), Ms. Schaffner (1st grade), Ms. Birrell (2nd grade), 3rd grade had a tie - Ms. Goss and Ms. Hollander, Ms. Carroll (4th grade) and Ms. Soucy (5th grade)


Peachtree Juniors 5th Grade Volleyball Team


Important Peachtree Volleyball Parent /player Information meeting for all rising 5th-8th graders interested in playing school volleyball.  Details about the 4 Peachtree Middle School teams plus our new Peachtree Jrs 5th grade team!!

DateThursday, May 14th
Time:  4:15pm
Where: Peachtree Middle School Gym 
Who is invited to attend: Parents/Players interested in hearing more about our upcoming season. along with rising 5th graders (parents/players) to learn more about our new 5th grade Peachtree Jrs team.

We will provide information about the program, our new online tryout registration process, PCMS  team summer camp, tryout requirements, the 2015 practice/game schedule, summer camp suggestions, along with answer any questions that you may have.  For more information about our exciting program, go to   
If you would like to be on our mailing list, email and include the athlete's name, grade attending and school attending in the fall.

NOTE: For our NEW Peachtree Jrs 5th grade team, all players must attend one of the six Dunwoody Elementary schools in the Fall 2015 and plan on attending PCMS for middle school.

Click here to download a flyer with more information.

Come Play With the Wildcats

Summer Boys Basketball Camp!

Boys 6-14


Come play with the Wildcat players and learn from the Wildcat coaches.  This camp will be filled with fun drills, contests and scrimmages. 

Each player will receive a unique individualized evaluation and a complete summer practice program. In addition, each camper will get a Wildcat T-Shirt. 
The camp runs from Monday, June 15, through Thursday, June 18.  Camp starts at 9am sharp (earliest drop off is 8:50) and ends at 3pm (lastest pick up is 3:10). Each camp will need to bring their own lunch but drinks and snacks can be purchased at the gym. Summer is the best time to improve your game and there is no better way than going to camp! Come show us who the future stars of Dunwoody Wildcats Basketball will be!

Use code RETURN on checkout for 15% off! Come support your Wildcats Basketball Program!

2015 Wildcat Summer Tennis Camp


Skills, Drills, and Fun!
Tennis Instruction by DHS Tennis Coaches
Assisted by Varsity and JV Players

Dates:  July 13-17, 2015 (Mon. - Fri.)
Time:   9 AM - 12 noon
Location: Dunwoody High School Tennis Courts
Ages:  6-12
Cost:  $125 (includes camp T-shirt)
Please see our website for registration form:
Contact:  Wendy Puckett at
Click here to download the flyer.

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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