November 1, 2015
DES News
From our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
DES in the News!
New Faces at DES
From the School Council
Georgia Milestones Results
Championship Chess
DES Academic Bowl Team
Music Programs for K-3rd Grades
Calendar At a Glance
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Next Week
Tuesday, November 10, 7-8am - School Council Meeting
Tuesday, November 10, 5pm - Chick-Fil-A Spirit Day
Friday, November 13 - 8am - PTO Executive Committee Meeting


From Our Principal


As Thanksgiving approaches, we stop to think about those things for which we are thankful. For four years, our school has participated in the Big Thank You sponsored by The Bert Show, an Atlanta morning radio show.  The Bert Show is hoping to make sure that every solider deployed receives a hand-written letter of thanks for their service to our country. Dunwoody Elementary has 100% participation from every class producing well over 600 letters for our active troops.  What a wonderful show of thankfulness from our students!

Please remember to complete the School Climate survey conducted by the State of Georgia Department of Education. All parents are encouraged to participate in the survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating on our CCRPI report.  All responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.  The URL address or the survey is

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

As we head into November, REMEMBER to FALL BACK! 
The time changed on Saturday evening, so if you haven't done so already, please set all of your clocks back one hour!  

The mornings are dark when you drop your children off at the bus stop or in carpool. Please do your part to ensure the safety of our children by adhering to the safety guidelines as they relate to carpool. Now that it is dark in the morning, we do not want to take any risks. Please stay off of your cell phones in the carpool line, pay close to attention to pedestrian traffic in the parking lot and at the crosswalk on Womack Road. 
Last, but certainly not least, we would like to thank all of our volunteers for working so hard over the last few months around our school. We couldn't run all the fabulous programs we offer to our children without our parent volunteers, so thank you again for all you do to make DES a wonderful place to be! Please remember to log your volunteer hours so that you are eligible for the PTO monthly raffle. 

DES in the News!
Letters poured in by the thousands in the days leading up to Friday's deadline for The Bert Show's "The Big Thank You." Read more...

New Faces at DES
Dunwoody Elementary welcomes two new faces to the front office!  Ms. Anne Marie Watson is our new clerk, and Ms. Jessica Brown is our new nurse.      

Ms. Watson
Ms. Brown
From Our School Council 

There is an overcrowding issue in the Dunwoody cluster and the Dunwoody Elementary School Council is working with the DeKalb County School District to advocate for solutions that benefit all of the schools in our community. 

The local media has addressed this matter recently, specifically with regard to the rebuilding of a new elementary school that was approved with SPLOST IV funding. Our school council has shared with the district the need for transparency in the decision making process and has called for a resolution that makes more seats available for students, not the same or less. Our council will continue to advocate for our community. If you have input to share, correspondence may be sent to:

Board of Education & Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green
DeKalb County School District, Administrative Complex
1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
City Council & Mayor Mike Davis
City of Dunwoody
41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 250
Dunwoody, GA 30346

Dunwoody Elementary School Council
Georgia Milestones  

Attention DeKalb County School District parents and community. Click here to download a letter about the upcoming Georgia Milestone test results.

Dr. R. Stephen Green 


Chess at Dunwoody Elementary    

Championship Chess presents a systematic, fun way to build chess skills during chess instruction and while students play. 
  • Chess Club meets on Thursdays after school from 2:35 to 3:35pm
  • Dates Winter session November 12 to February 18. Chess will not be held on the following dates: November 26, December 17, 24, and 31. Chess club will start as scheduled unless you are notified of any delays. Parents must record dates.
  • Winter Session Club Fee $143 before November 9th deadline - Limited space sign up early
  • Registration/Payment:  Online registration WITH debit/credit card payment at:
Click here to download the flyer for more information.
DES Academic Bowl Team     

Attention parents of fifth graders! Does your DES Tiger love facts? 
Do you call your student a walking encyclopedia? The DES Academic Bowl Team needs you!!

The Academic Bowl is a quiz bowl that challenges fifth graders to show their knowledge of trivia in academics and pop culture.

We will have weekly practices on Wednesday mornings at 7am and Thursday afternoons from 2:45-3:45pm.

The Academic Bowl team will participate in the Dekalb County Schools Academic Bowl on December 12 at Stone Mountain Middle School. The first informational session will be held on Wednesday, October 21, in room 1318, Ms. St. John's room. There may be try-outs, depending on how many students are interested. 

Sponsors are Ms. St. John, Mrs. Weimann, and Mrs. Nettles.


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.

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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