December 13, 2015
DES News
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Counseling Groups
DES Spirit Wear makes a great gift
Order Your Yearbook
Lost and Found
DES - Holiday Goodies for Staff
Music Programs for 1st Grade THIS WEEK!
All Pro Dad - Friday, December 18
Black History Month
Lunch Bunch Needs You!
Little Bricks of Hope
School Climate Survey
Volunteer of the Month
Calendar At a Glance
This 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 Celebrations

Next Week
Monday, December 20 - January 5, Winter Break - NO SCHOOL


From the PTO Co-Presidents

It's the time of the year where we want to pause and say thank you to all of our DES families. From the many hours our volunteers put in everyday to the many dollars our families have donated to Tiger Fund for the programs and services that we offer our students throughout the year. We are thankful everyday for the abundance of generosity we find from our terrific Dunwoody Elementary School families. 
Thanks to the generosity of our families, your Annual Dues payment of $35 helped pay for all 133 teachers, staff, bus drivers, and Mr. Larry, our crossing guard, holiday cash gift, totaling $12,250. We are thankful that we are able to give our teachers, administration, and staff a little something extra at the holidays. Your $35 annual dues has helped us do just that. 
Without the tireless hours that our volunteers spend at the school each day, we would not be able to offer our children so many wonderful programs throughout the year. From Cultural Arts to Field Day, Lunch Bunch to Room Parents, many events and programs outside of the daily curriculum are run by parent volunteers. If you volunteer at the school, please take a few moments to log your volunteer hours on our PTO website. We are grateful for your time and dedication and we want to reward you with our monthly raffles, Volunteer of the Month parking spot, and in the Spring at our Volunteer Brunch.
Just a quick note about the last day of school before the holiday break. We have the following events happening on Friday, December 18th:
  • All Pro Dad
  • Cultural Arts program
  • Winter Celebrations
Please remember that parking is at a minimum, so please utilize the Georgia Perimeter College Parking lot. Also, please be courteous to other parents as you enter and exit the building and avoid double parking or blocking other vehicles. Also, remember  if you are not on the class list for your child's class party, you will not be permitted to enter the classroom on the 18th.  
Have a great week!

Counseling Groups

If you are a parent of a PreK - 2nd Grade student and you believe your student would benefit from a small counseling group Spring semester, please consult with your child's teacher and complete a Parent Needs Assessment. Small groups for PK-2 will be held by grade level during lunch.

Skill-building and problem-solving small group Lunch Bunches follow a curriculum, require parental consent, and focus on self-concept, friendship, and school success. Follow the link for the Parent Needs Assessment pdf file. The completion of this form will help me tailor each group to the students' needs. After each small group meeting, I will follow up with an email on what was discussed and how it can be reinforced at home.

Thank you,

Anna Gilbert
Counselor / PreK-2nd Grade
Dunwoody Elementary School
DES Spirit Wear

Need gift ideas for your child?  Don't forget DES Spirit Wear & the DES School Store!!

Available for purchase 3 different ways:
  1. Every Tuesday & Thursday 7:15-7:40am at the DES School Store located inside the cafeteria.  
  2. Spirit Wear only:  Using the order form attached to the school store doors.  We will fill all orders based on current inventory.
  3. Friday, December 18th Spirit Wear will be available for purchase 7-8am in the school store, and 12:30-2:15pm in the lobby. (Credit Card payments will be accepted for a $2 processing fee)
Questions?  Contact Lauren Middlebrooks at

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.
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:


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 Dads, please come to our All Pro Dad Breakfast this month.
Friday, December 18
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 "Putting others First"

 "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:


Black History Month 

The teacher planning committee for BHM will begin meeting in January. The committee welcomes participation of parents and community in the planning of our month of celebration.

The first meeting will be January 4 at 10:30am. If you are interested in participating, please contact teacher Lashonda Nelson.
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


Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to Michelle Majure! She logged the most hours for the month of November and gets to use the reserved/specially marked parking space for the entire month of December! If you log the most volunteer hours for the month of December, the parking space will be yours for the month of January!

Congratulations to Jamie Greiver!  She won the November volunteer of the month drawing and will be taking home a $25 gift certificate to The Enchanted Forest.

It's easy to log your hours in order to be considered for the December Volunteer of the Month parking space and the December volunteer drawing!! Simply go to the Dunwoody Elementary PTO website  and follow the Log Volunteer Hours link.

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