November 29, 2015
DES News
From Our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Order Your Yearbook
Lost and Found
Update the Directory
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - Tuesday, December 8
Music Programs for 1st Grade THIS WEEK!
Disney's Aladdin Kids Spring Musical
Little Bricks of Hope
School Climate Survey
Championship Chess
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
No Activities

Next Week
Tuesday, December 8, 5-8pm - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night
Tuesday, December 8, 6-7pm - 4th Grade Band/Orchestra
Tuesday, December 8, 7-8pm - 5th Grade Band/Orchestra
Tuesday, December 8, 7-8pm - DES Singers
Thursday and Friday, December 10-11, 5th Grade Writing Workshop
Friday, December 11, 8-10am - PTO Executive Committee Meeting


From Our Principal


The State Department of Education has released the Georgia Milestone results for Georgia.  On our school website, you will find information showing the results for DES along with surrounding schools.  I am proud of the work accomplished by our students and our teachers, and we are already analyzing our data for improvement. 

Test data for Georgia Milestones is reported at four levels of proficiency:  Level 1 (Beginning Learner), Level 2 (Developing Learner), Level 3 (Proficient Learner), and Level 4 (Distinguished Learner).  Our school performance results focus on the percentage of students at Levels 3 and 4.
Individual test results have not been released to the schools at this time.  Once we have them, the district will determine the date that they will be sent home by all schools.  Information will be available on our website to help you read and analyze your child's report.

The stakes for the 2016 Spring administration of the GA Milestone test will be high since it will indicate promotion or retention for students in grades 3 and 5. Students in grades 3 will need a Level 2, 3, or 4 in Reading and Vocabulary. Students in grades 5 will need a Level 2, 3, or 4 in Reading and Vocabulary plus Math. Now that our teachers and students have seen the test, they feel more confident with the next administration. 

Again, I couldn't be more proud of the performance of our students and teachers based on the initial administration of the Georgia Milestones. We are hopeful that the interventions in place this school year will help to support and improve our scores this Spring.
From the PTO Co-Presidents

We hope everyone enjoyed a fabulous holiday week. Only three weeks of school left prior to winter break and your PTO has a calendar full of events. Some of the highlights include: 
5th Grade Writing Workshop 
Carmen Deedy, award winning author and storyteller, will work with our 5th graders in a two-day writing workshop. Thank you to everyone that donated to the Tiger Fund to help make this event possible.

Spirit Night
Our last Spirit Night of 2015 is on Tuesday, December 8Please join us at Chick-fil-A with our 3rd grade teachers handing out Ice Dream.
Classroom Winter Parties
Room Parents will send information and guidelines shortly regarding classroom holiday parties. Please follow these guidelines regarding party parents, parking, food allergies etc. Please check with your Room Parents and see below for additional information. 

Sweet Treats for our Staff
Our staff will enjoy a week long of sweet indulgence made by our wonderful parents.  Be on the lookout for a Sign-Up Genius.

Staff Thanksgiving Luncheon
In addition, we would like to thank our Staff Appreciation Committee Co-Chairs, Kim Rivera and Terica Harleaux, for arranging the Thanksgiving Feast for our faculty and staff on November 19. Thank you to all the parents for making sweet treats for the feast!  

Please visit for the full list of calendar events.


Last chance to order your yearbook for $30! The cost of the yearbook will rise to $35 on January 1.  
You can order from the comfort of your home, just by clicking this link:
If you have any questions, please contact Rosemary Gorham or Emily Ceo.

Rosemary Gorham
Emily Ceo
All unclaimed Lost and Found items will be donated on December 18, before the winter break. Please come look for any lost items before this date!  Lost and found items are always donated on the 1st and 15th of every month. Making sure your child's clothing is labeled will help expedite returns. 

Thank You.
Directory Updates 

Please take a moment to update, add, or verify your information, including your child's homeroom teacher, in the school directory if you have not done so already! 

Thank You.


Spirit Night
Tuesday, December 8, 5-8pm

Please join us Tuesday, December 8, 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 3rd grade teachers who will be serving. 
Thank you Chick-fil-A of Perimeter Pointe for your support of DES!
Chick-fil-A Perimeter Pointe   

Music Programs for 1st Grade
Please do not miss a wonderful opportunity to see your child's music performance this semester. 
Please see below for your child's performance date, time & location:
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.
Disney's Aladdin Kids
Spring Musical
Does your child like to sing, dance, act, or all three? If so, please do not miss a wonderful opportunity to take part in our school's spring musical production of Disney's Aladdin Kids!  

The musical is open to all 3-5th grade students. 

Please click on the following link. Complete the form and return it to Mrs. Miller by Friday, December 5, 2015:


Little Bricks of Hope

Dunwoody Tigers, We need your help!

Dunwoody Elementary School is partnering with a great local charity called Little Bricks of Hope (LBH) this holiday season in an effort to help build smiles across Atlanta.

Little Bricks of Hope is a program administered by Hope Laugh Play, Inc. It is hosted on-site at area hospitals, camps and schools, and provides LEGO sets to children suffering from illness, disabilities or other life challenges.

This year DES is helping Little Bricks of Hope supply LEGO sets for the holiday season. Here are the ways that you can help:

  1. You can purchase a LEGO set and drop it off at the school. The donation bins are located right inside the front door. Sets in the $15 to $25 range are most commonly used by the charity. These are the most popular LEGO sets:
    * DUPLO

    Please note: Only new LEGO sets can be used due to medical challenges of some of our children.
  2. You can go to and donate directly on HOPE LAUGH PLAY's website. The average cost of a LEGO set is $20.
  3. You can also donate by purchasing a raffle ticket for a chance to win a LEGO Star Wars Death Star and other prizes at

Thank you for helping us build smiles, 
Dunwoody Elementary PTO

School Climate Survey

CCRPI School Climate Survey
Parents, we have had 280 surveys completed! Great job, but we can do better!  If you have not already completed the survey, you can do so by going to


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

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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