November 8, 2015
DES News
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Morning Traffic Procedure
Girls on the Run Still Collecting Eco Sneakers
New Faces at DES
From the School Council
How to Read the Georgia Milestones Results
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - Tuesday, November 10, 5-8pm
Bring in a Dessert or Beverage for the Staff Thanksgiving Luncheon - Thursday, November 19
All Pro Dads Breakfast - Friday, November 20
Music Programs for K-3rd Grades
Championship Chess
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Tuesday, November 10, 7-8am - School Council Meeting
Tuesday, November 10, 5pm - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night
Friday, November 13, 8am - PTO Executive Committee Meeting

Next Week
Monday, November 16 - STEM Career Day
Tuesday through Thursday, November 17-18 - Music Conucopia: K-3rd (During Specials)
Wednesday, November 18, 7:45am - Principal's Coffee
Wednesday, November 18, 9am - PTO Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, November 18, 3-5pm - Parent/Teacher Conferences
Thursday, November 19 - 13.5 Week Progress Report
Thursday, November 19 - Staff Thanksgiving Luncheon
Friday, November 20 - 6:45am - All Pro Dad


From the PTO Co-Presidents

Thanks to your contributions to the Tiger Fund, five kindergarten and first grade teachers attended Orton Gillingham training last week to learn innovative ways to educate children about phonemic awareness!

Thanks to Courtney Lamb and her efforts in the organic gardens!  Our second graders sampled sweet potatoes planted last spring and donated what was left to help feed those in need through Malachi's Storehouse!

And...the numbers are in from the Scholastic Book Fair! You purchased over $15,000 which will result in a cash contribution to the school!

Morning Traffic Procedure   
A primary concern at Dunwoody Elementary is the safety and well-being of all students. With this in mind, we have particularly focused our attention on morning bus arrival and carpool. We have worked with DeKalb County Schools Transportation Department and the Dunwoody Police Department to make changes to our existing procedure so that student safety is maximized. On Friday, November 6, we will begin to enforce the new plan with the assistance of Dunwoody Police.
You will receive repeated notifications of our new process through email, newsletters, and TIP for the next two weeks. Please pay close attention to all procedures.
Changes to our morning procedure include the following:
  1. Only buses and employees my use the smaller lot entrance until 7:15am each morning.
  2. Vehicle traffic may not ever pass a loading or unloading bus no matter the location on the school campus.
  3. Students may only be unloaded from vehicles in the drop-off zone on each side of the awning (along the curb where there is staff or patrol assistance).
  4. Vehicles must move as far down the drop-off zone as possible before unloading.
  5. Parents walking students into the building must be parked in a designated parking spot unless otherwise directed by a staff member.
  6. Vehicles must stay in line and not pass other cars throughout the entire drop-off to exit process.  The traffic flow map is shown below.
  7. Drivers using the smaller lot for drop-off must be willing to turn right onto Womack - no left turn allowed.
  8. Drivers must remain in the car when using the drop-off zone.  If a child requires extra assistance to unload, the driver must park in a parking space to assist. 
  9. Drivers must refrain from using cell phones while driving on school property.
  10. Pedestrian traffic must utilize the crosswalks to cross the carpool line.

Eco Sneakers

Girls on the Run continues to collect sneakers and rubber bottom shoes for the Eco Sneakers program. The collection bin is located near the cafeteria.
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 


Spirit Night
Tuesday, November 10, 5-8pm   

Please join us Tuesday, November 10, from 5pm-8pm at Chick-fil-A Perimeter Pointe for Spirit Night! 
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 2nd grade teachers who will be serving. 

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

Chick-fil-A Perimeter Pointe   

Staff Thanksgving Luncheon
We're so thankful for our teachers and staff! Here's your chance to treat them!
We're asking parents to bring a dessert or beverage for the DES Staff Thanksgiving Luncheon on Thursday, November 19.
Drop them off at the office by 10:00am that morning.  You can even bring them in when you drop off your kids. Please use disposable containers or platters, and label what your dessert is.  
Teacher's love your homemade treats, so thank you for your support!
If you have any questions email our PTO Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs:
Kim Rivera or Terica Harleaux  
To sign up, go to:  

DES Dads, please come to our All Pro Dad Breakfast this month.
Friday, November 20
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 Thankful"

 "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 "My School Bucks" account, cash or check ($1.65 adults, $1.20 children). If you do not have a "My School Bucks" 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:

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.


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.

Tiger Talk Information

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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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