October 18, 2015
DES News
From our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Where in the World is Mrs. Sanders?
Got Photos? Submit them for the Yearbook
LaserFest coming to DES! - October 20-22
Red Ribbon Week - October 26-30
Music Programs for K-3rd Grades
Falcons Can Drive
Dunwoody High School Homecoming Parade
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Falcon Can Drive
Bus Driver Appreciation
Tuesday through Thrusday, October 20-22 - LaserFest!
Thursday, October  22 - 9 Week Progress Report

Next Week
Monday through Friday, October  26-30 -  Red Ribbon Week
Tuesday, October 27 - Picture Make Up Day
Friday, October 30 - STEM Day
Friday, October 30 - Tiger Paw Celebration, Backwards Clothes Day


From Our Principal

I am pleased to let you know that Type to Learn is now online at the school for grades 3-5.  Students will receive practice from 7:30 - 8am on their assigned morning.  Remember that you also have access at home so plan to give your child daily practice as a part of their program. Also, students in grades 3-5 are scheduled to take their first writing test this month.  Write Score will grade the essays and the results will be disseminated to parents.  The first test is our baseline. Teachers will receive monthly professional learning regarding how to teach writing and students will receive daily writing practice.  We will conduct a mid-year assessment for growth in January.

Georgia Parent Survey
Our school is now categorized at the State level using a College and Career Readiness Performance Index score (CCRPI). Part of our score, School Climate, is based on the number of parents who take an online survey and how their perceptions align with actual data. We are required to have 75% participation.  Please take a moment to complete the survey by going to the parent survey link provided by the State DOE below. Thank you!

The Georgia Parent Survey is modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using a personal computer, smartphone, or a tablet. For parents that do not have access to the Internet, school administrators should be scheduling dates and times to allow parents to complete the Georgia Parent Survey at school. All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Individual data results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online. The URL address for the Georgia Parent Survey is:

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

We had a terrific turnout on Saturday for our annual Tour de Dunwoody. Thank you to our Tour de Dunwoody chairs, Katie Scharf and Amy Dyche, for coordinating this Family Fun Bike Ride. In addition, thank you to all of the families and staff that participated, the fabulous volunteers that helped during the event, and to all of our local Business Sponsors. Thank you to everyone that helped make Tour de Dunwoody a community success! 
Thank you to our Staff Appreciation chairs, Kim Riveria and Terica Harleaux, and their amazing volunteers for setting up a great breakfast for our DES staff Tuesday morning.  They also surprised our bus drivers with a Chick-fil-A biscuit sandwich.  Thank you to all the wonderful bus drivers at DES for getting our children to and from school safely. Remember, Bus Driver Appreciation is this week, October 19-23.  Please remind your child to say thank you to their bus driver and if they would like to make a thank you card for their driver, they will really appreciate it.
As grades are beginning to plan field trips, please remember to send your child in their DES robot STEM t-shirt or a navy blue shirt on field trip days to help ensure the safety of the students. This was a request made by the teachers! If you have not yet purchased a robot shirt and would like to, please contact either Megan Cann or Jennifer Fenmore.  

Where in the World is Mrs. Sanders?

Our principal is taking a virtual trip around the world to help our students
learn more about the world around them. Starting on Monday, October 19, we'll give the students one clue a day on WDES to see if they can figure out the week's destination. They'll have a chance to guess by putting their name, homeroom teacher, grade, and country name on a piece of paper and dropping it in the PTO Mailbox near the office. 

We'll pick a winner for a small prize at the end of the week when we reveal the correct country. We'll continue this for four weeks.
How can you help? 
  • Do you have family connections to a country that you would like our students to know more about? 
  • Do you have any clothing from that country that Mrs. Sanders could wear on Reveal Day each Friday? 
If so, please send an email to: 
Got Photos?

If you have taken any photos from your child's classroom or school events and would like to submit them to possibly be included in this year's yearbook, please email them to yearbookdes@gmail.com

Please include the name of the classroom and/or the school event in the subject line. 

If you have any questions please contact Rosemary or Emily.

Rosemary Gorham

Emily Ceo


LaserFest Coming to DES!
October 20 - 22, 2015
LaserFest, sponsored by the Georgia Tech Research Institute, is coming to Dunwoody Elementary School from October 20 to 22. GTRI volunteers promote STEM education with their hands-on, museum-quality exhibits created in 2010 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the laser's invention.

Be sure to ask your children about it! Here's a link with more details:
Dunwoody Elementary School's Red Ribbon Week!
October 26 - 30, 2015
Red Ribbon Week was developed in 1988 to promote an awareness of the dangers of alcohol and other drugs.  It is celebrated in schools throughout the nation. This special week was developed to honor the memory of Enrique Camarena. During the week of October 26 -30, we will have special activities to educate our students on the dangers of drugs and the importance of making positive choices. At the end of the week, students will sign a drug-free pledge.
  • Monday, October 26 - Rally in Red Against Drugs and Bullying! (Wear Red Clothing)
  • Tuesday, October 27 - Hats Off to Being Drug-Free! (Wear Your Favorite Hat)
  • Wednesday, October 28 - Sock It to Drugs and Bullying!  (Wear Silly Socks)
  • Thursday, October 29 - Be on a Drug-Free Team! (Wear Your Favorite Team Jersey)
  • Friday, October 30 - Pledge to be Drug-Free! (Wear Red, White, and Blue Clothing)
Drug Free Pledge
I pledge allegiance to myself and who I want to be,
Cause I can make my dreams come true, if I believe in me.
I pledge to stay in school and learn the things I need to know,
To make the world a better place for kids like me to grow.
I pledge to keep my dreams alive and be all that I can be.
I know I can, and that's because
I pledge to stay DRUG and BULLY FREE!
Anna Gilbert
Counselor / PreK-2nd Grade
Dunwoody Elementary School
Music Programs for K-3rd Grade
Please do not miss a wonderful opportunity to see your child's music performance this semester. All Kindergarten & 1st grade class performances will take place in the Media Center. All 2nd & 3rd grade class performances will take place in the cafeteria.
Please see below for your child's performance date, time & location:

Media Center
Madden & Brasher
All 2nd Grade Classes
Goodman, Hollander & Sampson
Media Center
Risinger & Culbreth
Media Center
Drennan & Kundmueller
Media Center
Johnston & Wimberly
Media Center
Hogue & Goodwin
Media Center
Smith & St. John
Media Center
Weimann & Shelton
Media Center
Pannullo & Schaffner
*Please note that Mendel, Dunn & Leymann's 3rd grade classes will have their performance in the second semester.

Get Involved

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 1 - October 23

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

Community Events

Dunwoody High School Homecoming Parade          
We would like to invite you and your students to come watch, or possibly be part of, this year's Dunwoody High School Homecoming Parade on October 22, at 3:45pm.

If you have a club or group that might like to walk in the parade, please contact Mrs. Myers at

The starting point for the parade will be on Vermack Court and will then proceed down Vermack Road in front of Dunwoody High School, turn on Vanderlyn Drive, and end in the upper school parking lot.
This is a long time DHS tradition and we would love to see as many future Wildcats as possible.  Please let us know if you have any questions about viewing or participating in the year's DHS Homecoming Parade.
Thank you,
Peggy Stecker and LIbba Morris
2015-16 PTSO Co-presidents

Tiger Talk Information

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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 Dunwoody.TigerTalk@gmail.com. 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 Dunwoody.TigerTalk@gmail.com.

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