January 31, 2016
DES News
From our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Last Chance to Order Your Yearbook
PCMS Informational Coffees for Rising 6th Grade Parents
Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night - Tuesday, February 9
Show Off Your Talents!
Girls on the Run Registration
Volunteer of the Month
Earn Money for Our School
School Store Volunteers Needed
PCMS Foundation Needs Volunteers
Yearbook Survey
DES Students Star in Disney's The Jungle Book, Kids!
Dunwoody Volleybal Jr. Wildcats Camp
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
No Events

Next Week
Tuesday, February 9 - School Council Meeting, 7-8am
Tuesday, February 9 - Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night, 5-8pm
Thursday, February 11 - Valentines Day Exchange
Friday, February 12 - No School


From our Principal
Our winter took an interesting turn with the "snow" event a week ago! Thanks to all parents who tuned into our social media and web page to see the times for dismissal.  Parents were all at the bus stop to receive students and only a few were returned to the school.  All students were safely home by 11:15am - kudos to all!
We also had a water main break at the Georgia State Perimeter campus last Monday leaving DES without water for a couple of hours.  The district requires schools to make a decision in a two hour period regarding evacuation.  In the event of evacuation, we go to Dunwoody High School to continue our instructional day.  
The response from both DCSD and DeKalb Water Shed was better than expected!  DCSD transportation had 15 buses in place by 8:45 AM in case the decision was made to evacuate.  Water Shed Management worked quickly knowing that a possible school evacuation was impending.  They were able to repair the line and check for leaks within our decision making time period. Great work by all!
We are looking forward to celebrating Black History Month at DES!  This year, our teachers and students are decorating doors to represent Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), which fits nicely with the national theme, Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories.  We will culminate a month of learning with an assembly designed to honor and inspire our great leaders.
Please pay close attention to any guidelines your child's teacher has regarding our school wide Valentine's exchange, and remember that we have a four day weekend scheduled this month.
Jennifer Sanders, Principal - DES

From the PTO Co-Presidents

The Nominating Committee is up and running.  If you are interested in serving on the Executive Board for 2016-2017 school year, please reach out to Fara Yarbough (farayarb@yahoo.com) for more information.

As we head into February, here are some events to put on your calendar for this semester.

Chick-fil-A Spirit Nights - 2nd Tuesday of each month
Jason's Deli Spirit NightFebruary 23
Book Character ParadeMarch 4
Cultural Night Dinner and Talent Exhibition -  March 17
Evening of the ArtsApril 21
Field DaysMay 19 and 20
Aladdin MusicalMay 20

Check our PTO website for a full listing of events at DES.

See you around the school.

 Last Chance to Order Your Yearbook

January 31 is your last chance to order your yearbook for the 2015 - 2016 school year! We will not be taking any more orders after this date!  This is also your last chance to personalize your child's book with either icons or have their name on the cover. 

The cost of the yearbook is $35.

You can order from the comfort of your home, just by clicking here: http://jostensyearbooks.com?REF=A01108851


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 coffee will be held in the PCMS cafeteria on Sunday, January 31, at 2:00pm. The informational session 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

Please join us Tuesday, February 9, 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 5th grade teachers who will be serving. 
Thank you Chick-fil-A of Perimeter Pointe for your support of DES!
Chick-fil-A Perimeter Pointe   
1145 Mount Vernon Hwy 
Dunwoody, GA 30338 
Show Off Your Talents!

The Cultural Awareness Committee is busily planning the annual DES Cultural Arts Dinner AND TALENT EXHIBITION on March 17.
We invite students to celebrate their cultural backgrounds by performing as individuals or in groups.

Due to time constraints, we must limit the number of performances to 12 (based on sign-up order), and the time limit for each performance must be no more than 5 minutes. 

Additionally, a mandatory rehearsal for all performances will be held from 3-5pm on Monday, March 14.

Please sign up by sending an email to DESCultural2016@gmail.com with the following:

1) Student's name or names and grade
2) Performance type and country or culture represented
3) Parent contact, including e-mail and cell phone

You can use the same e-mail for any questions.


Girls on the Run Registration
It is not too late to register for GOTR! 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


Volunteer of the Month
Congratulations to Jill Rosen! She logged the most hours for the month of December and gets to use the reserved/specially marked parking space for the entire month of January!  If you log the most volunteer hours for the month of January, the parking space will be yours for the month of February!

Congratulations to Melanie Blackburn!  She won the December volunteer of the month drawing and will be taking home a gift certificate to The Wing Factory.

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


Earn Money for our School!
Thank you for collecting Box Tops, each one is worth 10 for our school. They add up quickly, in fact you raised $935.80 for DES this Fall. Let's see if we can increase that number in the Spring!!

This month we are having a raffle and classroom contest to collect Box Tops!  For every 50 Box Tops turned in, students' names will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win.
Our first collection date is Friday, February, 26
Looking for other easy ways you can earn money for our school??
Pick up a Publix key card from the front office.  Make sure to give your card to the cashier to scan every time you make a purchase at Publix and proceeds will go to our school. We earned $303.17 this Fall!

Register your Kroger Card using the directions below and all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!   If you do not have a Kroger Plus card, you can pick one up at the customer service desk of any Kroger. We earned $277.78 this Fall.
  1. Click on Sign In/Register.
  2. Sign up for a Kroger Rewards account by entering your zip code, clicking on your favorite store, entering your email and creating a password.
  3. After receiving a confirmation email, use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  4. Click on edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  5. Enter DES for the name of the organization and click to confirm.
  6. When shopping at your selected Kroger, you must use your registered Kroger Plus card or the phone number that is related to your registered card.
Purchases will not count toward our school, until you register your card - so please do it today!
A simple and automatic way for you to support our school when you shop. Visit smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the school. On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select a charitable organization (Dunwoody Elementary) to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. We have earned $40.36 this Fall.
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
PCMS Foundation Needs Volunteers

Attention Parents of rising 6th graders:

Are you looking for a significant way to contribute your time and talents to Peachtree Charter Middle School?  The PCMS Foundation is looking for volunteers for the coming school year (2016-2017).  We especially need volunteers with experience in the accounting, legal, and marketing fields and are specifically looking for a Financial Secretary for the 2016-17 school year.   Parents of rising 6th graders are welcome to join as this is a great way to learn about and support your child's new school! 
The Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to securing long-term educational enhancements and health and wellness initiatives, promoting staff development, and supporting academic extracurricular activities for Peachtree Charter Middle School.  The Foundation is committed to maximizing faculty effectiveness as leaders and supporting the students' academic and personal excellence.
Some highlights of how the Foundation supports student and faculty excellence:
  • Provides salary support for the School Clinicians
  • Provides funding for the HATponics self-sustaining ecosystem program for 6th and 8th grade 
  • Provides funding for the rising 6th grade Summer Bridge program
  • Purchases supplemental class books and classroom supplies as requested by teachers 
  • Sponsors Academic Teams (including learning materials, travel & competition expenses)
  • Provides supplies for the Art Department
  • Supports the faculty's long-term planning meetings 
In addition, the Foundation helps pay for many important PCMS programs such as teacher and staff appreciation, Patriot Games, cultural arts, school beautification and the Learning Garden.
To get more information about the Foundation, go to www.peachtreechartermiddleschool.org/pcms-foundation
 or contact shariwassell@gmail.com.  For specifics about the Financial Secretary position, contact Nihat Guven at nihatg@hotmail.com.  Interested candidates are invited to attend monthly Board meetings starting on January 21, 2016 to get a better understanding of the role.  
Board of Directors
Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation
We Need Your Feedback! 

Please take a minute to answer a few key questions to help improve our yearbook.  Your feedback is critical in helping us decide what to do for next year and years to come.


DES Students Star in Disney's
The Jungle Book, Kids!
The Musical Theater Center is proud to present Disney's The Jungle Book, Kids! on Saturday, February 6, at 3:00pm & 4:30pm at Stage Door Players.  Several Dunwoody Elementary students (Molly Weiss, Audrey Price, and Anna Kate Flood) will be featured in this entertaining production. At 30 minutes, the show is the perfect length for young kids. Tickets can be purchased at the door or for a discount online at ShowTix4U.com. More information can be found at musicaltheatercenteratl.com.
Dunwoody Volleybal Jr. Wildcats Camp

Dunwoody Volleyball Jr. Wildcats Spring Camp is around the corner! This program is for 3rd through 8th graders and teaches young athletes volleyball skills and love of the game.

Dunwoody Volleyball Jr. Wildcats  will lay the foundation for the Peachtree Middle School and Dunwoody High School volleyball teams for the future.  There are many former Jr. Wildcats currently playing on the DHS JV & Varsity teams, on year round volleyball clubs, and on college teams!  Our next Jr. Wildcats camp will be at St. Lukes and begin on Thursday, March 10th and end on March 31st. There are a total of 6 sessions (March 10, 16, 17,  23,  30 and 31st).

For more information and to sign up for this camp, go to http://dunwoodyjuniorwildcatsvolleyball.weebly.com/ or contact stevegoldin7@gmail.com or call 770-330-5532

Visit the following websites for more information on Dunwoody Volleyball: DHS http://dunwoodyvolleyball.weebly.comPeachtree Middle School peachtreemsvolleyball.weebly.com and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Dunwoodypeachtreejrwildcatsvolleyball.

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 Dunwoody.TigerTalk@gmail.com. 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 Dunwoody.TigerTalk@gmail.com.

 New Twitter Address
Please make sure to follow DES on Twitter @des180_sanders for any school updates or last minute notifications.
Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter 
Our school's Facebook page and Twitter account will be used to promote upcoming school events and communications. We will also allow comments from our DES community but through daily monitoring we will remove anything that is not appropriate.

Quick Links


PTO Website

DES School Website

Facebook Page

DeKalb Schools Calendar

Newsletter Archives

Thanks to our Sponsors!