August 30, 2015
DES News
From Our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
DES Directory Opt Out
Lost and Found
Parent Needs Assessment
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - Tuesday, September 8
The School Store Needs Your Help
Girls on the Run Registration Information
Dunwoody Chamblee Parent Council Meeting
Support DHS Softball Team's Car Wash
Dunwoody High School Lacrosse Clinic
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
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Next Week
Monday, September 7 - No School, LABOR DAY
Wednesday-Friday, September 9, 10, 11 - ITBS Testing *DATE CHANGE
Friday, September 11 - PTO Executive Committee Meeting


From Our Principal

Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend Curriculum Night. It's important to know the classroom procedures as well as the grade level curriculum. If you were not able to attend, please ask your child's teacher to provide you with written information.

We are excited to welcome our new fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Jessica Whittemore! Mrs. Whittemore comes to us with a great deal of teaching experience. Most recently, she was employed by Cobb County as an ESOL teacher. She is excited to be a part of the Dunwoody Elementary community!

Additionally, we also welcome our new interrelated teacher, Mrs. Patsy Ridley! Mrs. Ridley most recently taught in Gwinnett County, and we are thrilled about the expertise she brings to our school.

Current enrollment at DES is just over one thousand students! At this time, we are able to house all our students and classes inside the building; however, a trailer is available for additional small group teaching space to be used as needed. Our School Council is working on your behalf to make sure there is a visionary plan from the district regarding community growth. Part of the plan includes the proposal to rebuild Austin Elementary to accommodate more students. I encourage you to take an active role in knowing what changes might be in store for our community.

Change of Testing Dates:
DeKalb County School District changed the testing calendar for the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) and ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills) to remove all potential conflicts with religious observances.  The change is due in part to the "behind the scenes" work of several DES parents and community members.  For clarification, correspondence to the community from the school was lagging due to the pending changes coming from the district. While I am sorry that much emotional stress was incurred during the process, I am relieved that our calendar is now equitable and sensitive to all students. 

The CogAT and ITBS are standardized tests used in the gifted identification process for students in grades 1, 3, and 5. The revised testing calendar follows:
  • September 9, 10, 11, 16, 18, and 21 - ITBS
  • September 22, 23, 24, and 25 - ITBS make-up
  • Oct. 5, 6, and 7 - CogAT
  • Oct. 8 - CogAT make-up
I hope that everyone has a great Labor Day weekend!

Jennifer Sanders
Dunwoody Elementary School Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents

We had a great showing of dads on Friday morning for All Pro Dad. Thank you Chris Wilburn for organizing these monthly events! 
We would also like to thank our Spirit Wear chair, Lauren Middlebrooks, for all her hard work. Spirit Wear is in hot demand, and we appreciate Lauren's efforts over the summer in making sure we were well stocked!     

And thank you to all the teachers for the great information on curriculum nights!  
The PTO appreciates the support of all those who paid their annual dues.  We hope you enjoy your DES STEM shirt!  If you did not pick up your shirt on Registration Day, or on Curriculum Night, please let us know.  

Let us know when you volunteer! We are challenging all parents to volunteer in the school or at home for a minimum of 10 hours per semester. A great way to get involved with the Dunwoody Elementary PTO is to join a committee that interests you. At the end of each month, we will reward our volunteers with a random drawing for a prize and the volunteer with the most hours logged will get their own parking space for the month. To be eligible, you must log your volunteer hours

Also, save the date for our annual Tour de Dunwoody. This year our Family Fun Bike Ride is on Saturday, October 17th.  Stay tuned for additional details over the next few weeks. 

We look forward to seeing you around school.

Jennifer Fenmore and Megan Cann
PTO Co-Presidents
DES Directory 2015-16
Hello Parents of DES! 
As you may or may not know, last year, we switched from a printed, to an ONLINE DIRECTORY available for your use. It includes parents' contact information along with their registered DES kids and home room teachers. It is a private ONLINE DIRECTORY only available to DES families.
On September 1st, we will upload this year's PTO registration data (parent, child, email, and phone) into the ONLINE DIRECTORY. If you would like to OPT OUT of this process, please send an email to: with both parent's names and child's name by the end of the day on Monday, August 31. You will have the opportunity to verify and/or correct your data after the upload is complete.
If you would like to take this time to add or verify your information, or update your child's homeroom teacher, please feel free to do so here:
Thank you! 
DES Directory Committee
Lost and Found
Please be sure to label your child's clothing with their first and last name.  Lost and found clothing that is properly labeled will be returned to your child.  All unclaimed Lost and Found items will be donated on the 1st and 15th of every month. Please check the Lost and Found, located next to the media center (for clothing), and in the cafeteria (for lunch boxes and water bottles), for missing items before the donation dates. 
Thank you!
Parent Needs Assessment
Welcome back! We hope you and your family had a wonderful summer break. 

Now that we've returned, Dr. Childs and I are so excited for this new year of helping students achieve academic, personal, and social success! We've already started putting up some of the collegiate pennants donated by everone last school year - thanks again! 

In order to best meet the needs of our students and your children, we are looking to you for feedback and collaboration. We've created a parent needs assessment in order to review and improve our program.

Thank you for taking the time to answer the questions in this survey. Your honest response to all questions will assist in the review of the School Counseling Program. All responses will be kept confidential and will be used to improve how the School Counseling Program helps our students, parents, teachers, and administrators. 

Click on the following hyperlink, and it will take you to the assessment: Dunwoody ES Parent Needs Assessment.

Also, be sure to check out our counseling website to see what programs, guidance lessons, small groups, and activities we have planned this month!

We look forward to hearing from you!


Ms. Gilbert
School Counselor
PreK-2nd Grades


Chick-fil-A Spirit Night
Tuesday, September 8, 5-8pm
Come one, come all to our first Chick-fil-A Spirit Night for the 2015-2016 school year on Tuesday, September 8th from 5pm-8pm at Chick-fil-A Perimeter Pointe. 

DES gets credit for all sales from our school community, dine-in or drive-through, anytime between 5pm and 8pm. Please be sure to mention "DES" at the time of purchase. 

Stop by the 'ice dream' table to visit with the kindergarten teachers who will be serving. Also, we will be tallying students by class - the highest number will win a biscuit party!

Thank you Chick-fil-A of Perimeter Pointe for your support of DES!

Perimeter Pointe 


 The School Store Needs Your Help
The School Store needs volunteers for Tuesday & Thursday mornings from 7:10-7:40am!

  This is a great opportunity to get to know the staff and many of the kids before the work day even begins. The success of our school store is entirely dependent on volunteers and works best for everyone when we have two volunteers at each shift. Please consider signing up for one of the shifts at the following signup genius link:

Please contact Kim-Lee Yarberry ( or Dana Coulter ( if you have any questions.


Girls on the Run
Registration for the Fall session of Girls on the Run just opened last week.  
Please visit: for more information.


 Dunwoody Chamblee Parent Council
A Parent's Guide to Navigating the Process of Advocating for your Special Needs Child in Public Schools

By: Special Education Law Attorney, Kristyne L. Seidenberg

DateThursday, September 3, 2015
Time6:30 - 9pm (informal meet-and-greet from 6:30-7:pm; presentation from 7-9pm)
Location: Dunwoody High School
5035 Vermack Road, 
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Who is invited: Parents, teachers, educators, community leaders and family members with an interest in effectively and collaboratively navigating the Special Education process in the public school system.

This is interactive presentation with opportunities for Q&A throughout.

DCPC Contact: Anna Hill 404-307-4679 or
Click here to download the flyer.
 Youth Volleyball Program
Volleyball is the #2 girls sport in the United States right now and we want to bring more of it to Dunwoody!  The North Atlanta Volleyball Club (NAVC) is starting a Youth Program in Dunwoody and we would love to have DES Students attend. Please see the attached flyer or you can go to our website and sign up. 

Leah Mihm
Varsity Volleyball coach, Dunwoody High School
Assistant Club Director/Youth Program Director, NAVC
Dunwoody High School Lacrosse Clinic
Boys & girls specific training on fundamentals of lacrosse.
  • Perfect for beginners and experience players
  • Equipment will be provided (if needed)
  • Emphasis on fun, fundamentals, and hard work
Group 1a: Boys K - 5th grade
Group 1b: Girls K - 5th grade
Group 2a: Boys 6th - 8th grade
Group 2b: Girls 6th - 8th grade
Brook Run Park
(Athletic field @ back of park)
Sunday mornings: Sept 20th, Sept 27th, Oct 4th
9:00am - 10:30am (Groups 1a & 1b)
10:30am - 12:30pm (Groups 2a & 2b)
$120 K - 5th
$150 6 - 8th

Price includes drawstring backpack, Stix skills, Defense, Attack, and Game Play
Sign up now!

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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