September 27, 2015
DES News
From our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Falcons Can Drive
From Our Counseling Department
Book Fair - Tuesday, September 29-Thursday, October 1
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
Visiting Authors - Wednesday, October 7
Tour De Duwnoody - Saturday, October 17
Book Fair Volunteers Needed!
Parents Night Out - Saturday,September 26
Run Dunwoody - Sunday, October 18
Calendar At a Glance
This 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 Conferences
Thursday, October 1, 5-7pm - Family Dinner Night/GPC Science/Math Expo

Next Week
Monday, October  5-7 - COGAT Testing
Monday - Friday, October 5-9 - Falcons Food Drive
Thursday, October 8 - COGAT Testing Make-up
Friday, October 9 - NO SCHOOL


From Our Principal

I hope that you have noticed our beautiful campus!  Thank you to all the parents, students, and teachers who joined us on Grounds Day to help make DES shine!  We always have a good time enjoying the community fellowship, and the weather was particularly gorgeous!

Thank you for your patience as we get our typing program started for grades 3-5.  We have had some unexpected glitches with purchasing and then with our set-up.  We are currently working with our district IT department to resolve the technical issues and should be ready to begin within the next few weeks.  If your child has already started typing, it's because the teacher took the long route to solve the problem for his/her students - and that's okay!

Our Aquaponics program is already up and going!  Currently the fish pond is quite green with algae, which provides students with their first problem to solve.  Is algae beneficial?  How do you control it?  What design do we use to solve the problem?  Our second task will be to design a greenhouse to protect the plants and fish during the winter.  In the next few weeks, we will conduct an application process to select five students to design and build our structure.

Now that our nature trail is cleared and cleaned, our teachers will begin taking classes out for lessons that correspond with their curriculum.  Grade level teachers worked throughout the summer to create lesson plans that utilize the trail and help students explore our natural resources.  Ultimately, we want to teach students to be respectful of the environment and become good stewards of our resources.

I hope to see families at our Family Night on Thursday, October 1.  Georgia Perimeter College will host their STEM Night program in our gym which was such a huge hit last year.  You will also have a chance to tour the classroom with your child.  Students are so very proud to show parents how they spend their days.  I look forward to seeing everyone!
Thank you,

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

This is a busy week at DES. We start off the week with the Book Fair and end with our Fall Family Night/GPC Science Math Expo.

The Book Fair is open for children and parents from Tuesday through Thursday. Read the article below for times and more information.

Our Fall Family Night is Thursday night. You will be able to visit your child's classroom to see what they have been working on and get a chance to talk to the teacher in an informal setting. GPC students will be here to show off some great science experiments and math games with the students. For those of you that pre-ordered your dinner from Uncle Maddio's, you can pick it up from 6-7 pm in the cafeteria. You are welcome to stay and enjoy your dinner. For more information regarding hours and volunteer opportunities, please see below.

Individual pictures are Wednesday, September 30. Please remember to send in your order form or online receipt with your child if you plan on ordering pictures. If you decide not to pre-order your pictures, you can always do it at a later date but there will be shipping cost that will apply to your online order.

We have lots of exciting things happening at DES, so don't forget to ask your children what they did at school and check the PTO website ( for upcoming events and online registration!
We look forward to seeing you at school!
Thank you,

Jennifer Fenmore and Megan Cann
PTO Co-Presidents
5th Annual DES Fall Food Drive

Dunwoody Elementary will once again collect canned goods and non-perishable items to donate to the Atlanta Food Bank. Donations may be brought to the school main entrance bins anytime from

October 1st - October 23rd

Our goal is 10,000 cans!
Mrs. Reynolds and Coach K
Health and Wellness Committee
 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) 


Don't forget to stop by the school this week, September 29-Octoer 1, for the DES Scholastic Book Fair!  The Book Fair is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday before school, and Thursday afternoon during Fall Family Night. 
See you there! 
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 null
  • 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 for all those who ordered Uncle Maddio's.  Winners will be notified prior to the start of the Book Fair.
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.
Critically-Acclaimed Visiting Authors 
for 3rd and 4th graders...

Send in order forms by Tuesday, September 29!
In partnership with the Little Shop of Stories, authors M.A. Larson, Rob Harrell, and Ursula Vernon are visiting DES on October 7 to educate and enrich our 3rd and 4th grade students about writing and illustrating.
Please send in your order form with payment no later than Tuesday, September 29. Make checks payable to "DES PTO."
(Cash cannot be accepted. Checks only.)
Books will be autographed for any students who have pre-ordered them. Please consider purchasing a book to support DES!
The order form arrived home in TIP folders. You can also find it on the DES homepage and print it from there.
If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Lane:

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!  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 Is This Week

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!

Volunteers Needed:
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)
Click here to purchase books online. 

Community Events

 Parents Night Out
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.

Sunday, October 18th

RunDunwoody is the Rotary Club of Dunwoody's 5K, 1M and Tot Trot race events. This event will take place at Perimeter Mall.  Once again this year, the Principals' Challenge is ON! The elementary school in Dunwoody (Austin, Chesnut, Dunwoody, Kingsley, Vanderlyn) with the most team participants will be presented with the Principals' Challenge Trophy.

RunDunwoody is a terrific community event, and your participation in The Principal's Challenge will make it even better.  Registration is easy.  Participants should go to and select your school from the drop down menu in the "Team Challenge for schools" category.  Runners can also register by filling out the registration form on the flyer and mailing it in. Kingsley Charter School is the reigning champion.   Who will take top honors in 2015? 

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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