November 15, 2015
DES News
From Our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Morning Traffic Procedure
Girls on the Run Still Collecting Eco Sneakers
Music Programs for K-3rd Grades THIS WEEK!
Bring in a Dessert or Beverage for the Staff Thanksgiving Luncheon - Thursday, November 19
All Pro Dads Breakfast - Friday, November 20
Volunteer of the Month
Calendar At a Glance
This 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

Next Week
No School - Thanksgiving Break


From Our Principal


THANK YOU to all the morning carpool parents who have learned and followed the traffic plan! According to my staff and many parents, the morning runs much smoother and the safety of our students is greatly improved!  There are only a few car drivers who want to break the rules.  Please keep in mind that the law prohibits any person form disrupting the safe and orderly running of a school. Failure to follow rules and regulations can result in a "No Trespassing Letter" that is enforced by the Dunwoody Police.

Next week is our Principal's Coffee, and I hope you will be able to join us.  Our Georgia Milestone scores are scheduled for release and, if possible, we will share the early results.  At this time, I do not have those reports, but when they are available, I will share them via Tiger Talk and TIP. 

Our main topic for the Principal's Coffee will be our STEM Engineering Design Process.  Learn what your children are learning and spend a little time having some fun!! Attendees will participate in an actual design build!  You will quickly learn why your children love STEM and how engineering is an important part of developing a critical mind.

The Principal's Coffee will be Wednesday, November 18 at 7:45 AM.
From the PTO Co-Presidents

STEM Career day is tomorrow!
On Monday, November 16th, we will have our STEM Career Day.  Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who are participating in our STEM Career Day! Each classroom will have at least one presenter to discuss their STEM related career. Thank you to our STEM coordinator, Jen Lieb for compiling a list of all our parents with careers in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
Thank you to everyone that attended our Chick-fil-A spirit night. We had a great turnout with both families and staff participating. In addition, thank you to Amanda Becker and Jordan Winters, our Family Events Committee Chairs, for organizing all of our Spirit Nights. 
Please make sure that your child remembers to check lost and found for any items that they may misplace during the day. We are donating lost and found items more frequently. All unclaimed lost and found items will now be donated on the 1st and 15th of every month. Making sure that your child's clothing is labeled will help us expedite returns! 
With some grades recently enjoying entertaining, educational field trips, thanks for sending your children in either their DES STEM shirt or a navy shirt! Both teachers and parent volunteers indicated how helpful the uniformity was in keeping the children together!
Morning Carpool
Thank you for making an effort to abide by the recently updated morning carpool procedures!  Your adherence to these policies not only helps expedite carpool, it also keeps children safe!
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.


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.
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:


Volunteer of the Month   

Congratulations to Courtney Lamb!  She logged the most hours for the month of October and gets to use the reserved/specially marked parking space for the entire month of November!  If you log the most volunteer hours for the month of November, the parking space will be yours for the month of December!
Congratulations to Jennifer Dixon! She won the October volunteer of the month drawing and will be taking home a $25 gift certificate to The Wing Factory.  
It's easy to log your hours in order to be considered for the Volunteer of the Month parking space and the volunteer drawing!! Simply go to the Dunwoody Elementary PTO website and follow the "Log Volunteer Hours" link.


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.

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