December 6, 2015
DES News
From our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Order Your Yearbook
Butterfly Project
The No Place for Hate Initiative
Lost and Found
DES - Holiday Goodies for Staff
Update the Online Directory
GA Milestone Individual Test Results
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - Tuesday, December 8
Band, String Orchestra, and the Dunwoody Singers Winter Concert
Music Programs for 1st Grade THIS WEEK!
Lunch Bunch Needs You!
Little Bricks of Hope
School Climate Survey
Calendar At a Glance
This 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

Next Week
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, December 16-18, Staff Appreciation: Sweet Treats
Thursday, December 17, STEM Day
Friday, December 18, Cultural Arts Program
Friday, December 18, Last Day of First Semester
Friday, December 18, 6:45am - All Pro Dad
Friday, December 18, 1:15pm 2pm - Winter Break Parties


From our Principal


I hope that everyone had a relaxing Thanksgiving break!  We only have two hectic weeks until winter break.  Please be mindful that busy schedules make for tired children.  Try to find quiet time for your family during your week.

Our teachers are not slowing down either!  There are many great things going on in the classroom, and several have been recognized by the Superintendent.  I commend Dr. Green on his efforts to highlight and acknowledge powerful, rigorous instruction.  Here is are a few of the highlights that I have sent to Dr. Green during the last month:
  1. Mr. James Unger's fourth grade Science class signed into an online question and answer session about Polar Bears and the Arctic ecosystems.  During the session, the students submitted some questions to the scientists who were broadcasting over the Internet.  Scientists from around the world on the frozen edges of the Hudson Bay were conversing with Dunwoody Elementary students!
  2. Fourth grade student, Blake Boettcher, and staff member, Jerry Stallworth, used the new Podcaster equipment to record a Skype interview with the European Space Agency regarding their Mars Express.  The video interview will be shown in the near future to the whole student body via WDES.  A portion of the interview focused on the work conducted over the summer between the ESA (European Space Agency) and two fourth grade DES students, Peyton Shaw and Kamaria Sequeira.  The students submitted a proposal to create customized photographs of Mars for the agency's use. This is amazing work by fourth graders!
  3. Students in second grade created endangered animal books that were published and hard bound.  The students' work was recognized by Student Treasures.  Student treasures awarded a $500 grant to the students.
  4. Fifth grade students participated in the Fly by Math program presented by Fernbank Science Center.  Students participated in an air traffic control simulation on their iPads.  They were required to use a combination of math and science skills to effectively direct air traffic.
There are many great things happening at Dunwoody Elementary!  We have a wonderful school in the middle of an awesome community.  Thank you for all your support!  Our teachers love your words of praise and admiration more than anything!

From the PTO Co-Presidents

Can you believe it is December already? The school year is almost half over, and it has been great so far! Let us take a moment to highlight some of the great things that have happened through the DES PTO already!
Thanks to your very generous donations for our 5th Annual Tiger Fund campaign, we raised over $65,000 for our school and kids this year. As a reminder, your giving allows us to support cultural arts programs, financially donate to each classroom, and provide unique events for the children at Dunwoody Elementary, to name a few. The PTO is still accepting donations. Please check with your company to see if it has a Matching Gifts program.

We are also happy to announce the PTO will be purchasing a new audio sound system for the cafeteria. The new sound system will enhance our students' music performances, cultural performances, student plays, teacher training, assemblies, and the overall quality of our sound system. We have also purchased new playground benches that will be installed around the exterior of the school.  
Our DES PTO Staff Appreciation team has been hard at work to show our faculty and staff how appreciated they are. Through this committee, we showed our gratitude to each staff member with snacks, breakfast, lunch, and other goodies. The week prior to winter break we will provide our entire DES faculty, staff, and bus drivers with a nice monetary gift to kick off their holiday break as well as a week of Sweet Treats.  
Our family events have been a success! DES families have participated in Spirit Nights to support our school at Chick Fil-A, Your Pie, and Jason's Deli. Each business gave a portion of DES sales back to our school. This money goes directly to the school and helps fund projects such as:
  • The grounds and organic gardening projects.
  • Special visitors like authors Carmen Deedy, M.A. LarsonRob Harrell, and Ursula Vernon; janitorial supplies.
  • Free digital directory for all parents and staff.
  • General PTO costs. 

Spirit Night events like these are a great opportunity to visit with other DES families and create that DES community spirit! Look for more fun events in the spring.

As you can see, we are a productive and busy PTO. We have many exciting events coming up in the new year including more principal's coffees, visiting authors, field day, and a cultural arts potluck dinner. We are continuing to track volunteer hours (remember to shoot for 10 or more hours per semester) and would welcome any help with these mentioned events or other PTO related opportunities. Email us to find out how you can get involved.
Our hope is that everyone has a safe and relaxing holiday season. Thank you for all you do to make DES a special place for our children.

Have a great week!


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
Butterfly Project

DES is taking the next step in our butterfly project!

Starting last week and continuing this week, Program Manager Jackie Sherry from the Dunwoody Nature Center is meeting with first-grade students to talk about Monarch butterflies and their disappearing habitat.

Last spring, DNC donated milkweed plants and a butterfly garden to DES and other Dunwoody schools to help promote the Monarch's North American migration. The goal is to harvest the seeds from our butterfly garden and grow more milkweed that students can take home and plant in their own gardens! We are also integrating the butterfly project into the the first-grade curriculum by studying map skills, basic needs of plants and animals, symmetry, and measuring. Because DES is a STEM school, working with real-world problems is part of the STEM design process. This project might even spark an interest in conservation or biology in our young students! Thanks to Ms. St. John for leading our efforts.
The No Place for Hate Initiative

This year Dunwoody Elementary School is working to become a recognized No Place For Hate School. The No Place For Hate initiative is designed to rally the entire school around the goal of creating a welcoming community committed to fostering acceptance and diversity. Each month students and staff participate in a school-wide No Place For Hate activity. (To learn more about past activities, check out

In November, we centered our activity around thankfulness. We would like to continue this theme throughout the school year by giving our students an opportunity to express their thankfulness weekly. Each Thursday, students can send a kind note to a staff member or peer through our Thankful Thursday Appreciation Station which will be located by the front office. 

December 7th - 11th is Maintenance Employee Appreciation Week. Please consider encouraging your child to send a note through the Appreciation Station on a Thankful Thursday!

Anna Gilbert
Counselor / PreK-2nd Grade
Dunwoody Elementary School
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.
Holiday Goodies for Staff
We need your help to provide delicious holiday goodies for our staff before
winter break. No matter if it is homemade or store-bought, you can help with a sweet donation. Please drop them off in the office.    
Wednesday, December 16, we're looking for a variety of cookies so the teachers can bring in their favorite tins and put together a holiday assortment.
Thursday, December 17, we'd like to offer holiday desserts (pies, cakes, brownies, etc.) for the teachers to nibble all day. 

Please Sign Up Here:
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.
GA Milestone Individual Score Reports

The individual score reports will be sent home in TIP on Thursday, December 10.  Only students in grades 3, 4, and 5 last year took the assessment.  The fifth grade scores will be sent directly to the middle school for distribution.


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   

Band, String Orchestra and the
Dunwoody Singers Winter Concert
We are excited to announce that our first concert will take place on Tuesday, December 84th grade Band & String Orchestra will perform at 6pm. 5th grade Concert Band, String Orchestra and the Dunwoody Singers will perform at 7pm.

Both performances will take place in the DES Cafeteria. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to see our wonderfully talented students perform music from Jingle Basses to In the Spirit.
Yvonne Miller
General Music, Band & Chorus
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.


DES Lunch Bunch Needs You!
DES Lunch Bunch needs you!  Lunch Bunch is a group of volunteers who help out in the cafeteria during lunch. The volunteers help the children with their lunch needs such as opening up containers and wiping down the tables. It is a great way to see your child at lunchtime and meet their classmates. The children love to see the parents help out and be part of DES. Please consider helping out this holiday season and 2nd semester. A signup for 2nd semester will be coming out soon. Your help is a big part of what makes DES such a great school. We look forward to seeing you at lunch!!!

Please email Erika Cuttino or Andrea Perez if you have any questions.

Andrea Perez 
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

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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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