September 6, 2015
DES News
From Our Assistant Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Mandatory Volunteer Training
From Our Counseling Department
Buy Your Yearbook
Purchase a Space in the Back of Yearbook for 5th Graders
Lost and Found
Tervis Tumblers and Water Bottles - Last Chance!
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - Tuesday, September 8
DES Ground Day - Saturday, September 19
Congratulations Volunteers!
Support DHS Softball Team's Car Wash
Dunwoody High School Lacrosse Clinic
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Monday, September 7 - No School, LABOR DAY
Tuesday, September 8, 7:00am - Parent Council Meeting
Tuesday, September 8, 5-8pm - Spirit Night - Chick-fil-A
Wednesday-Friday, September 9, 10, 11 - ITBS Testing (DATE CHANGE)
Friday, September 11 - PTO Executive Committee Meeting

Next Week
Wednesday and Friday, September 16, 18 - ITBS Testing
Saturday, September 19 - Grounds Day


From Our Assistant Principal

Greetings Parents,

Please be reminded that students in grades 1, 3, and 5 will begin taking the ITBS on Wednesday, September 9, 2015. A detailed letter was sent home in courier on September 3, 2015 (click here to download the letter). Please be sure to review this letter for testing tips as well as testing dates. In addition, your commitment to having your child at school on testing days would be greatly appreciated. Testing will begin at approximately 8am and end by 10:30am on testing days. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give me or your child's counselor a call. 


Audrey Baptiste
AP/Testing Coordinator
From the PTO Co-Presidents

Now that our school schedule is settled, we know that many parents are beginning their volunteer positions in the classroom and around the school. Please remember to take the Mandatory Volunteer Training online. This is a mandatory training for all parent volunteers who will work with children within the school system. Please see the section below for more details.

Our first Spirit Night is at Chick-fil-A on Tuesday, September 8th from 5-8 pm. Come out and show your support for DES. Remember to mention DES when ordering.  20% of the proceeds will be donated to DES. Thank you to our Family Events chair, Amanda Becker and Jordan Winters for coordinating all our spirit nights this year.  

Our School Store is open for business. We offer fun pencils, erasers and other school supplies. Please stop by and see what we have. Spirit Wear may also be purchased and ordered through our School Store. The store will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:10 - 7:40amAs always, we are looking for volunteers to help.  School Store Volunteers Sign Up    

Volunteer Parking:  
Volunteers are constantly coming and going, and we know it's more difficult to come and go during morning and afternoon carpool. For this reason, we ask that all volunteers park in the east parking lot (cafeteria side) so that you can easily come and go, even during peak traffic times.  

One last note, there are a lot of planned events at DES this year outside of school hours. We love that your children want to play on the playground during these times! Please remember however, for everyone's safety, your children must be supervised.

No School on Monday

There is no school tomorrowMonday, September 7th, in observance of Labor Day. Enjoy your day off!
We look forward to seeing you around school.

Jennifer Fenmore and Megan Cann
PTO Co-Presidents
 VolTrainingMandatory Volunteer Training
The State of Georgia Mandatory Reporting Law was revised expanding the listing of persons who are now categorized as mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect. This list now includes anyone who volunteers in a school. 
To ensure that all school volunteers are aware of the new responsibilities and penalties associated with non-compliance, ALL VOLUNTEERS ARE REQUIRED BY LAW to go through a brief training presentation created by DeKalb County Schools on the mandatory reporting of abuse and neglect and what it means to be a mandated reporter.
The training MUST be completed before volunteering. You must also complete the certificate affirming that you have watched the video presentation and understand your obligations as a mandated reporter.  
Both the presentation and certificate can be accessed on the DES Website - Parent Resources section. The site has been updated with the link to the video.
Volunteers must complete this training every year. 
If you have any questions regarding the presentation or your obligations as a reporter, please contact the school's social worker.

School Social Worker - Isaura Roque
Phone: 678-676-7135
 DES Counseling Department

Thank you all who participated in our DES Counseling Department Parent Needs Assessment and Program Review. You provided a lot of useful feedback! Christopher J. Brown, Kenna Rose Farley, and Ethan Bassen are the winners of the College Swag Raffle! 

Remember to check out the Dunwoody Elementary School Counseling website to find information on our classroom guidance lessons, small counseling groups, school-wide events, and more! Browse on over and see how you can connect with counseling each month: 

Thanks again,
Anna Gilbert (PK-2) & Dr. Steven Childs (3-5) 
Yearbooks On Sale Now
Buy your yearbook now for $25.00 - the price will go up on September 13! 
Look out for the order form in your child's TIP folder this week or you can click the link below to order them online.

Yearbooks will also be for sale at our Chick-fil-A Spirit Night on Tuesday, September 8. 
5th Graders' Yearbook Space
Purchase a Space In Back of Yearbook for your 5th Graders!
5th grade parents, don't forget to purchase a space in the back of the yearbook so you can tell your 5th grader how special they are. You can add pictures and your own words of inspiration. 

Click to get started. A flier also went home in last week's TIP folder and more information has been sent through your child's room parents. If you have more questions, please email Tracey Nies at

*Due to limited space in the yearbook, this is for 5th grade students only.
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!
Tervis Tumblers and Water Bottles -
Last Chance!
Don't be left out!  

Tervis Tumblers and Water Bottles are pre-order ONLY!  I know many of you are anxiously awaiting the arrival of your Tervis! We will be placing the order within the next couple of weeks.
If you have not placed an order yet, please fill out THIS FORM, attach a check (no cash please) and drop it in the blue PTO mailbox located in the front lobby. Your form and payment must be in by September 18! 
This will be the only time to get one -- or three -- all year! 
Think holiday gifts for family, friends & teachers!


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!
We will also be selling yearbooks at this month's Spirit Night!  Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted for ordering yearbooks!

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

Perimeter Pointe 
DES Ground Day 
Saturday, September 19, 9-12pm
Calling all green thumbs, nature enthusiasts, and budding environmentalists! 
Bring your wheelbarrows, clippers, building supplies and more to Grounds Day! 
We need volunteers to help with the following:

  • Nature Trail
  • Landscape
  • Grounds Clean-up
We have a lot of tasks we'd like to accomplish on Grounds Day including digging holes for new plantings, cleaning the school grounds, spreading mulch, and clearing the hiking trail. 
Sign up even if you can only join us for an hour!
The class with the most participants on Grounds Day will get an extra recess. Teachers who participate will count double!


Congratulations Volunteers!
Congratulations to Rick Blevens! He won the August Volunteer of the Month Raffle and received a $20 gift certificate to Piece of Cake. Thank you, Piece of Cake, for your wonderful donation!  

Congratulations to Shana Sullivan! She logged the most hours for the month of August (45!) and gets to use the reserved/specially marked parking space for the entire month of September!  If you log the most volunteer hours for the month of September, the parking space will be yours for the month of October!

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


 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!

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