January 17, 2016
DES News
From our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Nominating Committee Meeting
Lunch Bunch Volunteers
School Store Volunteers Needed
Please remember the deadline for Tiger Talk submissions is TUESDAY night!
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Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Monday, January 18 - NO SCHOOL
Thursday, January 21, 5:30-6pm - PTO General Membership Meeting
Thursday, January 21, 6-8pm - Prospective Parent Night
Next Week
Wednesday, January 27 - Principal's Coffee
Friday, January 29 - STEM Day


From our Principal

Each year, a DCSS audit team conducts a surprise visit twice during the year to evaluate our emergency response preparedness. They specifically look at our evacuation boxes and plans, and they conduct a lock down drill. Additionally, they question teachers and students regarding safety precautions and procedures. They check to make sure a safe facility is maintained through proper supervision, monitored transitions, use of hall passes, and secured doors.  

Our first safety audit of the year earned a perfect score of 100 points.  We are scheduled for our second visit at some point in the next two weeks. Please don't be alarmed if your children come home talking about their lock down drill that requires them to hide in the classroom. The students think the drill is fun, and they do an exceptionally good job of being really quiet! The drill usually last about 3-5 minutes and is presented in a non-threatening way. Teachers talk to the students prior to the drill so that no one is anxious or upset.  

Please remember that we have a Principal's Coffee scheduled for January 27th. We will discuss the individual GA Milestone student report (already sent home - grades 4 and 5) and the gifted eligibility processing cycle.  I hope to see you at 7:45am in the Media Center.
Jennifer Sanders
From the PTO Co-Presidents

We had another great Spirit Night last Tuesday. Thank you to all of the DES families that participated! We also had great attendance on Friday for All Pro Dad. We have had a great turn-out for all of these events this school year, so please make sure you take advantage of all that Dunwoody Elementary School has to offer.

Thank you to our All Pro Dad chair, Chris Wilburn for organizing a morning for parents and students to learn how to be safe while using their electronic devices.  Also, thank you to Ben Halpert from Savvy Cyber Kids.  Ben spent the morning showing our parents and students how to protect our kids while being online.

Also, there are extra STEM Robot shirts (Size Medium and Large) that will be sold for $5 in the school store. The school store is located in the cafeteria and is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:10am - 7:40am.  

Please remember that there is NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, JANUARY 18, in observance of Martin Luther King's Birthday.

 New Twitter Address
Please make sure to follow DES on Twitter @des180_sanders for any school updates or last minute notifications.


Nominating Committee Meeting

The time has come to choose our PTO Executive Committee for next year.  We will elect the Nominating Committee at a very brief PTO meeting in the cafeteria Thursday, January 21, at 5:30pm. 
This Committee will create a slate of officers for the PTO Executive Committee for 2016-2017. Any member of the PTO who is in good standing and has paid their membership dues can take part in this process. You can suggest someone to serve on the Nominating Committee or volunteer yourself to serve. We will vote on 7 members and 1 alternate for the Nominating Committee. 
Please contact Jennifer Fenmore for additional information or to nominate a PTO member to serve on the Nominating Committee.

Jennifer Fenmore
Prospective Parent Night

Our Prospective Parent Night is on Thursday, January 21, at 6pm in the cafeteria, immediately following the PTO General Membership Meeting.   This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to get to know our school.  Please spread the word about all the wonderful things that are happening at DES and send your friends and neighbors to Prospective Parent Night.
Parents of rising Pre-K and Kindergarten students, as well as any parents interested in learning more about DES, are invited to attend.

Guests will have the opportunity to meet our Principal, Assistant Principals, and PTO representatives, and learn more about our school. 

We look forward to sharing our school!  Please spread the word to your neighbors and friends with elementary-age children who live in the DES community.
PCMS Informational Coffees for Rising 6th Grade Parents

Peachtree Charter Middle School invites all parents of 5th graders to our informational coffee to learn more about PCMS and what you need to know to prepare your rising 6th grader for middle school.

The informational coffees will be held in the Media Center on January 19, at 9:00am and in the cafeteria on Sunday, January 31, at 2:00pm. The informational sessions will last 1 hour and will be followed by a school tour.

You will receive information about the summer bridge program offered to 6th graders to help with the transition to PCMS, typical 6th grade schedules, band/orchestra/choral offerings, daily PE and the accelerated math program. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the
school's principal and teachers.

PCMS tours are offered to parents by appointment if you are not able to attend one of the coffees.

B. Scott Heptinstall
Principal, PCMS


Coding Club at Dunwoody Elementary
The TigerTech Coding Club Applications deadline concluded on Friday, January 15th

Membership will be determined on a lottery style drawing from those students who applied. 
Members of the coding club will be notified via email as noted on application form. 

Due to space and computer availability limitations, I am only able to accept a finite number of applicants.

Thank you, and happy coding!

Mr. Hughes
Girls on the Run Registration

Girls on the Run will begin spring registration, using a lottery system, on January 14.  See our website for details about the new registration process: http://girlsontherunatlanta.org/get-involved/register-your-girl/. 

GOTR meets twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday beginning February 8 and ending the week of April 25 at Dunwoody Elementary. The GOTR program is for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade girls. 

Girls on the Run is a transformational physical
activity-based positive youth development program for girls. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. The fee is $170 for the 12-week season, and partial scholarships are available during online registration on a sliding scale fee starting at $25.

To register, see our website:
Coach Young
DES Site Coordinator


Lunch Bunch Volunteers

The new signup genius for Lunch Bunch 2016 has been posted.  Sign-up here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4ea9aa23aafd0-lunch
Please consider volunteering for 2nd semester. We love seeing our parent volunteers helping out around DES!!!

Thank you,

Erika Cuttino and Andrea Perez
School Store Volunteers Needed

The School Store needs volunteers for Tuesday & Thursday mornings from 7:10-7:40am. This is a great opportunity to get to know the staff and many of the kids before the work day even begins. 

The success of our school store is entirely dependent on volunteers and works best for everyone when we have two volunteers at each shift. 

Please consider signing up for one of the shifts at the following signup genius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0949acad22a13-school
Please contact Kim-Lee Yarberry or Dana Coulter if you have any questions.

Kim-Lee Yarberry
Dana Coulter

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