February 14, 2016
DES News
From Our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Inspirational Allies - No Place for Hate Regional Contest
Jason's Deli Spirit Night - Tuesday, February 23
Chess at Dunwoody Elementary
Latino College and STEM fair at Georgia Tech
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Monday, February 15 - NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, February 16 - Staff Appreciation
Thursday, February 18 - 4.5 Progress Reports
Friday, February 19, 8-11am - PTO Executive Committee Meeting

Next Week
Tuesday, February 23, 5-8pm - Spirit Night at Jason's Deli
Friday, February 26, 6:45 - 7:45am - All Pro Dad
Friday, February 26 - STEM Day


From Our Principal

In celebration of Black History Month, Dunwoody Elementary has embraced the national theme by focusing on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  As a part of our celebration, Ambassador Andrew Young will speak to the student body on February 19, and four time Olympic medalist, Angelo Taylor, will speak on February 24.  We are also honored to host the step team from Columbia Elementary School, Boys to Bow Ties, during our program.  Everyone is looking forward to these exciting events!

Please make sure you employ safe habits during the morning carpool hours. 
  • Refrain from using your cellphone while in the carpool lane
  • Students must walk with adults (hold hands in the parking lot)
  • Make sure to have the driver's attention before attempting to walk across the carpool lane with your child
  • Remember that we prefer for you to stay in your cars until the drop off points! Walking in the parking lot with so much moving traffic is dangerous!

I hope that everyone has had an enjoyable four day weekend!  Our next student holiday is Friday, March 11 followed by Spring Break, April 1 - 10.  Remember that our Spring Break begins on Friday this year unless we have a weather make-up day.

Jennifer Sanders
Principal, Dunwoody Elementary School
From the PTO Co-Presidents

While folks are always working diligently on PTO activities behind the scenes, this week, we would like to take a moment to spotlight the school store!

The school store is open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:10-7:40am, in the cafeteria. The efforts are headed by Dana Coulter and Kim Yarberry, and the store is staffed by parent volunteers! 

From the store, students can purchase pencils, scented erasers, pens, markers, notebooks, and other popular trinkets. Children can utilize their budgeting, saving, and money skills, and proceeds go to the PTO to help fund projects around the school. Stop by and check it out sometime!  

Remember, there is no school on Monday.
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


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


Chess at Dunwoody Elementary
Championship Chess presents a systematic, fun way to build chess skills during chess instruction and while students play. Studies show that chess improves math, reading and problem-solving and our methods connect these academic benefits to our classes. Classes include instruction as well as chess play and guided analysis.
Coach Steve Schneider has been a teacher and chess coach for over 25 years. Championship Chess teams have won local, regional, state and national tournaments. Coaches utilize the Championship Chess curriculum introducing, reinforcing and improving chess skills and strategies in the opening, middle and end game.
  • Day/Time:Thursdays after school from 2:35 to 3:35pm. Children must be picked up on time.
  • Dates: Spring session February 25 to May 12. No Chess:  April 7. Chess club will start as scheduled unless you are notified of any delays. Parents must record dates. 


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

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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.

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