September 20, 2015
DES News
From the PTO Co-Presidents
From Our Counseling Department
From Our School Nurse
All Pro Dads - Friday, September 25
Parents Night Out - Saturday,September 26
Your Pie Spirit Night - Tuesday, September 29
Principal's Coffee - Wednesday, September 30, 7:45am
Picture Day -Wednesday, September 30
Fall Family Night - Thursday, October 1
Tour De Duwnoody- Saturday, October 17
Book Fair Volunteers Needed!
Sneaker Donations for Girls on the Run
Spanish Class at Dunwoody Elementary
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Monday, September 21 - ITBS Testing
Tuesday - Friday , September 22-25 - ITBS Makeup Testing
Thursday, September 24 - 4.5 Week Progress Report
Friday, September 25, 6:45am - All Pro Dad
Friday, September 25 - STEM Day

Next Week
Tuesday, September 29 - Thursday October 1 -  Book Fair
Tuesday, September 29, 5-8pm - Spirit Night at Your Pie
Wednesday, September 30, 7:45am - Principal's Coffee
Wednesday, September 30 - Picture Day
Thursday, October 1, 3-5pm - Parent/Teacher Conference
Thursday, October 1, 5-7pm - Family Dinner Night/GPC Science/Math Expo


From the PTO Co-Presidents

We had a huge turnout for Grounds Day on Saturday. Preparation was completed for new landscaping, the grounds were cleaned and spruced up, and the nature trail was cleared and mulched. We had a three way tie for the class with the highest participation, Ms. Leymann, Ms. Birrell and Mr. Unger's classes will all get an additional 5 minutes of recess! Thank you to all of the families that participated in this event.  Thank you to Tommy McNeese, Grounds Chair, Dan Geist, Nature Trail Chair, and Courtney Lamb, Organic Garden, for all their hard work and dedication to keeping our school grounds looking so beautiful. Also, thank you to all the teachers and staff for coming out and helping. Any shovels or rakes left at DES during grounds day can be picked up from the side of the school near the dumpsters.
Just a reminder that students in 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade will continue their last day of ITBS testing on September 21. Make sure your child arrives to school on time, well rested, and well fed! 
Also, All Pro Dad is on Friday, September 25, at 6:45am. Please remember not to park in the carpool lanes and be respectful to other drivers by not double parking. The GPC parking lot is open for you to park and walk over.
Thank you,

Jennifer Fenmore and Megan Cann
PTO Co-Presidents
 DES Counseling Department

Small group counseling, which involves a number of students working on shared tasks and developing supportive relationships in a group setting, is a positive and effective way of providing direct service to students with academic, career and social/emotional developmental issues and situational concerns. By allowing individuals to develop insights into themselves and others, group counseling makes it possible for more students to achieve healthier personal adjustment, cope with the stress of a rapidly changing and complex environment and learn to communicate and cooperate with others.
Sessions will take place once a week for 30 minutes and parents will be updated weekly via email. If you believe your child would benefit from participating in one of these groups, please consult with their teacher and contact Ms. Gilbert, Counselor for PK-2: .   
This semester, small counseling groups will be offered on the topics below for K-2nd Grades:
  • School Skills (8 sessions) will focus on being a successful student and work habits. We will work on following group rules, getting along with others, listening to the teacher, avoiding distractions, finishing activities, working when things are hard, doing things you have to but don't want to, and having a good attitude. 
  • Self-esteem (6 sessions) will focus on having a positive self-concept and resiliency. We will work on feelings, growing and learning, celebrating uniqueness, building self-confidence, what to do when things are hard, and having a positive attitude. 
  • Friendship (8 sessions) will focus on getting along with others and maintaining positive peer relationships. We will work on talking and listening, friendly behaviors, cooperating, being a good sport, problem-solving, what do when I don't get my way, what to do when I'm left out, and having a positive attitude. 
  • Changing Families (6 sessions) will focus on coping with change and building resiliency. We will focus on celebrating uniqueness, what to do to understand and deal with feelings, what to do to be a good problem solver, what to do when I get mad, what to do when things are hard, and what to do to have a good attitude.
Thanks again,
Anna Gilbert (PK-2) & Dr. Steven Childs (3-5) 
From our School Nurse
As your school nurse, I am looking forward to helping to keep your children safe and healthy at school this year.   If your child needs medication at school and/ or has a serious medical concern and we have not yet spoken this school year, please contact me.
Dunwoody follows the recommendations set forth by Children's Health Care of Atlanta regarding when to keep your child home from school. 
How do I determine if my child should stay home from school?
Does my child have a fever or have they had one in the last 24 hours? A fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher is a sign that your child needs to rest and stay home from school. It is school policy to wait until your child has been fever-free, without medication, for 24 hours, before letting them return to school. Please resist the temptation to give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen, send them off, and cross your fingers.
Did my child wake up with a crusty, red eye? Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) is contagious, and children should stay home from school for the first 24 hours after treatment begins. Symptoms of pink eye include eye redness, irritation and discharge.
Has my child vomited or had diarrhea within the last 24 hours? Keep children home even if they feel okay with that 24 hour period.
Rashes can be the sign of contagious conditions such as chickenpox, bacterial meningitis, ring worm or impetigo. Children should be kept home until they're properly diagnosed or free of rash.
We appreciate and rely on you understanding that we take a sincere interest in the health and the wellness of the entire school community.  If you have any questions, please feel free to come by and see me.
Stephanie M. Clark, RN, BSN
School Nurse
Dunwoody Elementary School 



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


Friday, September 25

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 Unique"

 "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:

 Parents Night Out
Saturday, September 26, 
Friday, October 2, 6-10pm

From the Dunwoody High School Academy of Finance, Dunwoody Knight Care is proud to bring Dunwoody affordable care for elementary school kids to allow parents some time to relax. 

At DKC, we envision a world where you, the parents, can drop your kids off in a caring environment so you can enjoy a peaceful evening. From the gym of Dunwoody Baptist Church, we promise your child will have more fun than they ever thought possible.

Click here to download the flyer for more information.

Your Pie Spirit Night
Mark your calendars for our first Spirit Night at Your Pie!
Tuesday, September 29, 5-8pm

Your Pie specializes in custom hand-crafted brick-oven pizzas, paninis, and chopped salads in minutes. We look forward to seeing you there! 
Target Shopping Center 
Principal's Coffee
We are excited to welcome Ben Halpert, Founder of the Atlanta-based nonprofit Savvy Cyber Kids, to present to our parents on September 30th at 7:45am in the Media Center. Ben will be showing parents what their children are up against when they use their favorite devices and what you can do to ensure your kids have positive online experiences. Ben has presented multiple TEDx Talks on cyberethics, security, privacy, bully response, and technology addiction issues impacting society, with emphasis on our youth. 

Savvy Cyber Kids is holding their annual family fundraiser, The Super Run Atlanta, at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody on October 31. Register your family today and get your little superheros moving. To register and for more information, visit
Picture Day
Mark your calendar and get ready for Picture Day WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30! Picture order forms were sent home in TIP on Thursday, September 17.

Order forms will need to be filled out with payment enclosed and presented to the photographer on Picture Day. If you prefer to pay by credit card, you may order online by following the link below and entering the school code.  If ordering online be sure to PRINT the receipt, your child will need to give the receipt to the photographer.  

If your child is absent that day or you are not pleased with his/her photo, make-up day is scheduled for Tuesday, October 27.  Your child will need to return the pictures to the photographer before his/her picture can be taken.

ALL students will be photographed. If you elect not to pre-order, your child will bring home a proof and you will be able to order online, shipping charge may apply.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kris Mamaghani or Legacy Studios directly.

To order online:
Fall Family Night
Come join the fun on Thursday, October 1during the Fall Family Night!  The building will be open from 5-7pm. Teachers will be in the classroom from 5:30-6:30pm. If you've been wondering what your child is doing in class, where they sit, and who they sit next to, this is your opportunity to find out!  Visit your child's classroom, see some of their work on display, and get to know your teacher better in an informal setting. 
While at DES you'll have the opportunity to do the following:
  • browse and buy books at the Book Fair
  • pre-order Yearbooks
  • purchase Spirit Wear
  • register for Tour de Dunwoody, our family fun bike ride!
Also, back again this year is the Math and Science Expo. Students from Georgia Perimeter College will be at DES to help with hands on experiments and fun math games.
Win a Book Fair Gift Certificate!
The Book Fair is going to raffle off 5 individual $20 gift certificates to the Book Fair.  Pre-order your Uncle Maddio's meal below and your family's name will be automatically entered into the drawing!  One entry per family and winners will be notified prior to the start of the Book Fair.
Uncle Maddio's!
Don't feel like cooking that night, we have you covered! You may pre-order the following:
  • 16" cheese pizza $14
  • 16" veggie (onion, mushroom, pepper) $18
  • 16" pepperoni $18
  • turkey and cheddar cheese sandwich on white bread, with lettuce and tomato, a bag of chips and a chocolate chip cookie: $7
  • ham and cheddar cheese sandwich on white bread, with lettuce and tomato, a bag of chips and a chocolate chip cookie: $7
You must pre-order by noon on Thursday, September 24th. No walk up orders will be available that night. You may order online at:
Please note, you may pick up your dinner from 6-7pm and the cafeteria will be open that evening for you to sit and enjoy your dinner. Drinks will be provided. 
We look forward to seeing you on Fall Family Night! Please contact: 
Amanda Becker ( or
Jordan Winters ( with any questions.

Saturday October 17, 2015
Ride Begins at 9:00am
Registration Opens at 8:00am

Calling all DES students, families and neighbors! Get your bikes ready and join Dunwoody for a great family bike ride! Choose the police escorted 3 mile Tiger Route or the shorter Campus Cub Route.

Registration & Information:

DES Students can also accept pledges through 99Pledges from family and friends. Get more pledges and win more prizes! 

Register $20/person before 9/25/15 to guarantee a T-shirt.  All funds raised will support Dunwoody Elementary & the Tiger Fund Campaign.

For questions contact Katie or Amy:
Katie Lewis
Amy Wittstruck

For questions about 99Pledges, contact Brad:


DES Book Fair Volunteers Needed

A book a day keeps the Monsters away - don't get Goosebumps!

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to work before and after school at the DES Scholastic Themed Monster Book Fair!


Tuesday, September 29 and Wednesday, September 30

7am-7:40am, 2:30pm-5pm


Thursday, October 1

7am-7:40am, 2:30pm-7pm (Book fair open during Family Night)


It is not to late to give your teacher Book Bucks! Book Bucks allows teachers to purchase materials for their classroom library.

Forms were sent home in TIP a few weeks ago. Please place a check, payable to DESPTO, in an envelope marked Book Bucks, students can turn into their teacher or you can place in PTO Mailbox by Wednesday, September 23.

Sneaker Donations Needed
EcoSneakers Program
Girls on the Run will be collecting used sneakers and rubber bottom shoes for the EcoSneakers program throughout the school year. 

EcoSneakers refurbishes used shoes and distributes them to people in need. 

Check your closets and send in those old shoes. There will be a collection bin next to the cafeteria. Thank you for your support.
GOTR Coaches


Spanish Class at Dunwoody Elementary

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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