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 May 17, 2015
DES News
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Information About the Austin Rebuild
Last Chance to Preorder School Supplies is May 22!
Rescheduled Performance: DES Concert Band - Monday, May 18
End of Year Celebrations - Friday, May 22
DES Yearbooks - Thank you!
Monarch Butterfly Garden
Great Job Collecting Box Tops!
Dunwoody High School Wrestling Summer Camp
Wildcats Summer Boys Basketball Camp
2015 Wildcat Summer Tennis Camp
Check the PTO Website for more Camp Information!
Calendar At a Glance
This 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, 5th Grade Honors Day and Celebration
Friday, May 22, Last Day of School Celebrations
Next Week                                        
Summer Break - No School!!


From the PTO Co-Presidents

As the 2014-2015 school year comes to an end, we must recognize our wonderful DES teachers, staff, and volunteers for making this a terrific year! We are thankful for everyone who stepped in for events and who donated their time and talents. We are grateful to all of the Committee Chairs who worked tirelessly this year to bring our students and families wonderful programs and events, shower our faculty and staff with gifts, and raise monies to support the Tiger Fund.


Thank you to all of the families that donated to the Tiger Fund this year! With your donations we raised over $80,000! Thank you for helping to make Dunwoody Elementary an amazing school for all of our children. Some of the events and projects funded by the Tiger Fund this year were:


*  Sound Panels in both the Cafeteria and Gymnasium

*  Purchase of 10 Mac Computers to complete the Mac Lab

*  Orton Gillingham certification for all K and 1st grade teachers 

*  Organic Garden allowed students to grow and harvest vegetables

*  Online Student and Family Directory free to all families

*  5th Grade Writing Workshop with Carmen Deedy


Over 90% of our families paid their Annual Dues! Again, thank you for your generous donation. Without your Annual Dues payment, we would not be able to fund the following:


*  Staff Gifts - Cash gifts for all Faculty, Staff, and Bus Drivers at 

   both Winter and Summer Break

*  Field Day T-Shirts

*  Classroom Enrichment Stipend for all Certified Personnel   

   teaching our children


Thank you to our current Executive Committee for all of your hard work. Some of our favorite events and those that we felt were most successful this year include:


*   School Supply Drive for Fairington Elementary 

*   On-line Registration

*   2 Grounds Days and the installation of a Butterfly Garden

*   "Where in the World is Mrs. Sanders" 

*   Yearbook!

*   Tour de Dunwoody with over 200 Riders  

*   2 Book Fairs with Record Sales

Thank you to all of our parent volunteers for helping make this school year wonderful. In addition, we are happy to provide you with more information about PTO monies, please reach out to us directly.


Last day of school is Friday! Dismissal procedures will be the same throughout the week. However, due to class parties and the number of parents who will be in the school on Friday, please be sensitive to the fact that children will not be participating in their normal class schedule. Please remember to follow the End of the Year Party guidelines as well. Only approved party parents will be allowed into classrooms on Friday afternoon.


On behalf of the PTO, we would like to wish all of our DES families a safe and happy summer! We look forward to seeing many of you in August for Registration Day. Please be on the look out for information in Tiger Talk over the summer for updates on changes to Registration Day. 


Best wishes for a great last week of school and a wonderful summer break.


Thank you!

Amanda Rountree and Jennifer Fenmore
PTO Co-Presidents

 Information about the Austin Rebuild



As you may be aware, feasibility studies and discussions have occurred concerning a rebuild or renovation of Austin Elementary School.  Austin has requested that the new or renovated structure house their current level of enrollment or about 600 to 700 students.  The present District prototype for elementary schools consists of 900+ students.  By way of example, DES was constructed with a capacity of 973 students in 2009.  In this regard, the School Council has written District Board members and administration expressing concern and advocating that Austin be rebuilt or renovated to house a greater number of students.  Given that present Dunwoody cluster elementary schools are over capacity, we believe it is only equitable that the new Austin be able to absorb more students and future growth.


If you have any questions, please contact School Council Chair Courtney Lamb (, or any member of School Council.

 One Week 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

Upcoming Events

Rescheduled Performance: 

DES Concert Band  

Please join us on Monday, May 18, 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."

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!


 DES Yearbook News

On behalf of the Yearbook Committee we want to express a sincere Thank You to DES Parents, PTO, and our Jostens Sales Representative, Loren Collins.  Through your generosity, we were able to provide 45 Yearbooks to DES students in need. Thank you!


We received a limited number of extra Yearbooks that we will sell in the School Store on a first come first served basis. The extra Yearbooks will be sold each morning at the school store from 7:15am to 7:40am. The cost per Yearbook is $40 and we will accept cash or checks made payable to JOSTENS.  


There are a limited number of Yearbooks so purchase yours now!   

 Monarch Butterfly Garden

Our Monarch Butterfly Garden is! Thanks to all of the students and families who joined us on Saturday to play in the dirt with Dunwoody Nature Center. Congratulations to Mrs. Culbreth's Kindergarten class for the biggest turnout. You earned an extra recess!

Special thanks to Courtney Lamb, Dan Geist, Mrs. Lincoln, Mrs. Mach and Mrs. Culbreth for your leadership and participation. Here is a link to more photos. And HERE is a link to the story featured on 11 Alive!






  Box Top

DES!  Great job collecting Box Tops for Education!  Your efforts yielded an additional $360 for DES! Congratulations AGAIN to Mrs. Lowe's first grade class for bringing in the most Box Tops and therefore winning the opportunity to have five extra minutes of recess!  Also, kudos to Jack Troha (Mrs. Nugent), Harper Jane Lane (Ms. Culbreath), Kate Little (Mrs. Lowe)!  Their names were randomly drawn from a pool of students who contributed Box Tops.


Keep collecting over the summer!  This is an easy way to earn cash for DES!  Thanks for your participation!


Megan Cann


Dunwoody High School Wrestling 

2015 Summer Camp



When: June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd


Time: 6-8 p.m.

Please arrive by 5:30 on June 1st

Where: Dunwoody Wrestling Room (Gym Stage)

Cost: $75

All wrestlers must have a signed consent form to participate.

Consent Forms can be found at


For questions contact Coach McSorley @ 404.966.5688 or email


This is a wonderful opportunity to find out what wrestling is all about. 

Sign up today!


Click here to download the flyer for 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

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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