February 7, 2016
DES News
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Inspirational Allies - No Place for Hate Regional Contest
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - Tuesday, February 9
Show Off Your Talents!
Jason's Deli Spirit Night - Tuesday, February 23
Science Olympiad is Here!
Girls on the Run Registration
Lego Drive
Volunteer of the Month
Earn Money for Our School
Yearbook Survey
DES Students Star in Disney's The Jungle Book, Kids!
DeKalb County Superintendant Dr. R. Stephen Green to Speak at DHS
Latino College and STEM fair at Georgia Tech
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Tuesday, February 9, 7-8am - School Council Meeting
Tuesday, February 9, 5-8pm - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night
Thursday, February 11 - Valentines Day Exchange
Friday, February 12 - NO SCHOOL

Next Week
Monday, February 15 - NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, February 16 - Staff Appreciation
Thursday, February 18 - 4.5 Progress Reports
Friday, February 19, 9-11am - PTO Executive Committee Meeting


From the PTO Co-Presidents

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Tiger Fund this year!  With your generous donations, PTO was able to purchase two additional iPad carts, each housing 30 iPad Minis to be utilized by all students.  Moreover the funds were used to train all new kindergarten and 1st grade teachers on Orton-Gillingham, purchase and install benches around the school, and install a new sound system in the cafeteria.  This system will provide a clearer sound during presentations and performances.  Furthermore, funds were used for staff appreciation events throughout the year including two monetary gifts as well as the hiring of an additional crossing guard in the morning to help keep families safe!

If you donated to Tiger Fund, then please be on the lookout for your "thank you" letter from our Tiger Fund chairs that can also be used for tax purposes. 

Thank you to Whitney Samuelson, Cassie Odom, and Leslie Hamlin for all their hard work with the Tiger Fund this year!  We were able to reach our goal of $70,000!

Remember, there is no school on Friday!

Have a great long weekend.

Inspirational Allies
No Place for Hate Regional Contest

Every year the Anti-defamation League Southeast Region has a No Place for HateŽ student contest where they ask students to think about ways they can build a world without hate. The theme this year is Inspirational Allies.  An ally is defined as someone who speaks out on behalf of someone else or takes actions that are supportive of someone else. Being  a part of No Place for Hate school, means we are asking students to make the transition from being bystanders or aggressors, to being allies.

On the DES Counseling Website, you will find the contest flyer, as well as the entry form and rules: http://dunwoodyescounseling.weebly.com/counselors-corner-blog/inspirational-allies-contest1. Students can be creative through artistic expression like: original written essays, poetry, short stories or art/media including videos, drawings etc. Let your children know there are prizes for the winners and they will be recognized at an awards ceremony on April 17, 2016. Submissions should be sent through the mail by parent or guardian. The postmark deadline for all entries is March 11, 2016!

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



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.
Jason's Deli Spirit Night
Please join us Tuesday, February 23, from 5pm-8pm at Jason's Deli in Perimeter Village for Spirit Night.

Please mention DES when you order. Jason's Deli will donate 10% of proceeds to the PTO.

Jason's Deli
Perimeter Village
4705 Ashford Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA 30338


Science Olympiad is Here!
It is a great way to compete against other schools on various science and math topics.  So come have fun showing off your knowledge and building skills.

We will have a meeting on Monday, February 8, from 2:40 - 3:30pm. If you are in 3rd, 4th or 5th grade and would like the opportunity to show off your firing neurons and dexterous fingers, then please join us!

Announcements were made this past week on WDES. 

Please NOTE: You must be able to attend the competition on Saturday, March 19, at Druid Hills Middle School from 8am-1pm to participate in this club. 
Parents and students should select two activities in which to participate - 1 from EACH of the groups shown below.  

At the meeting, you will be able to read over the criterion and sign up for 2 events that interest you. We suggest you pick a topic you already know something about. Parents will need to plan on time for the group to get together, talk, study, and or practice for their topics outside of Olympiad meeting days. 

1 event from the building/
active group 

1 event from the non-building group
Barge Building (2 people)
Bridge building ( 2)
Can Race (2)
Mystery Architecture (2)
Paddle Boats(2)
Paper Rockets(2)
Straw Egg Drop(2)
Straw Tower(2)
Water Rockets(1-3)

Disease Detectives (1 or 2 people)
Don't Bug Me (1 or 2)
Elements, Compounds, Mixtures (2)
Grasp a Graph (1)
Leaf and Tree Finder (2)
Metric Mastery ( )
No bones about it (2)
Picture This(3)
Rock Hound(2)
Save Our Earth(1)
Simple Machines(2)
Starry, Starry Night(2)
Weather or Not(2)
Which way is north(2)
Wildlife safari(2)

Please discuss/determine 4 topics your child would be interested in prior to coming as they will only be able to sign up for 2 events. 

Science Olympiad copyright law forbids us to post on the web or send by email the manual information. We will provide a copy of the event in which you are competing.  

Renee Taylor, M. Ed.
Science Lab Instructor
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


Lego Drive
Dunwoody Tigers --- Kids in need of a little laughter and play this holiday season heard your big, giving roars! 
You donated over 200 Lego sets and raised over $2000 to the Little Bricks of Hope program at Hope Laugh Play! 

Thank you for making some little lives better this year!  You should be proud!!!

Volunteer of the Month
Congratulations to Cara Engel, Michelle Lane, and Susanna Bruwer!  They logged the most hours for the month of January and get to use the reserved/specially marked parking space for the entire month of February!  If you log the most volunteer hours for the month of February, the parking space will be yours for the month of March!

Congratulations also to Fara Yarbrough!  She won the February 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 February Volunteer of the Month parking space and the February 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.
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.
4th Annual Latino College and STEM Fair in Conjunction with Georgia Tech

WhenSaturday, March 19, 2016 from 9am to 2:30pm
Where: Georgia Tech Student Center, 350 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, 30332

Additional information: 
FREE admission; free childcare for potty-trained children; raffles and door prizes; bilingual workshops; fun STEM activities for students of all ages and families; a majors fair; college and resource fair (universities and community organizations that serve the Latino population); an inspirational panel with Latino students, parents, and professionals.

To learn more about the event, please visit www.gostem.gatech.edu

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
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