March 6, 2016
DES News
From Our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Where in the World is Mrs. Sanders
4th Grade Band needs Pitchers
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - Tuesday, March 8
Heritage Lunch Day - Thursday, March 17
Cultural Arts Dinner and Talent Exhibition - Thursday, March 17
All Pro Dad - Friday, March 18
Caldecott Medalist Author Visiting DES!
Save the Date - Kindergarten Roundup - Thursday, March 31
School Store Volunteers Needed
Book Fair Volunteers Needed
Volunteer of the Month
Dunwoody Volleyball Jr. Wildcats Spring Camp
DHS Kids Gymnastics Camp
Dunwoody High School Lady Wildcat Basketball Mini Camp
Math Competition for...Elementary School Student
Community Bike Ride
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Monday, March 7 - Thursday, March 10 - Staff Appreciation Week
Tuesday, March 8, 7-8am - School Council Meeting
Friday, March 11 - NO SCHOOL

Next Week
Tuesday - Thursday, March 15-17 - Book Fair
Wednesday, March 16, 7:45am - Principal's Coffee - Technology
Wednesday, March 16, 9-10am - PTO Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, March 16, 3-5pm - Parent/Teacher Conferences
Thursday, March 17, 5-6pm - PTO General Membership Meeting
Thursday, March 17, 6-8pm - Cultural Arts Dinner
Friday, March 18, 6:45am - All Po Dad
Friday, March 18, Tiger Paw Celebration - Pajama Day
Friday, March 18, 12-2pm - PTO Executive Committee Meeting


From  Our Principal

With the approach of spring, coats worn in the chilly mornings are abandoned on the playground or throughout the building. Please make sure to label your child's clothing items with first and last names so that they may be returned to you.

We are also on the last 6 week period prior to our Georgia Milestone testing.  Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will take the test April 18 - 29, and it will be a promotional test for grade 3 (reading) and grade 5 (reading and math) this year. In preparation for the test, it is important that students complete classwork and homework as these are sometimes a review of information needed for the test.  They should also attend tutorial sessions as recommended and offered by their teachers. 

Our school is expected to continue to grow in the next year with the addition of approximately 71 students. We will gain one more homeroom on each grade level, kindergarten to second grade.  In third grade, we will add two more homerooms. The district is still in the planning stages regarding specialized programs so there is still information that I do not know regarding our enrollment and capacity. 

The next Principal's Coffee is scheduled for March 16 at 7:45am; however, due to a scheduling conflict, I will only be available to start the program. Mr. Hughes and Ms. Gurin will present the state of the current technology program at DES.  With the additional full time technology teacher, we have been able to accomplish so much more with our students.  I look forward to seeing everyone on March 16.
From the PTO Co-Presidents

We have a lot happening at DES in the month of March.  

This week we will be celebrating our staff.  Our Staff Appreciation chairs, Kim Rivera and Terica Harleaux, have planned a week long celebration thanking our wonderful staff for everything they do.  Encourage your child to make a thank you card for their teacher.  

Our Spring Book Fair is March 15-17.  Thank you to our Book Fair chairs, Kimi Lenertz and Kimberly Kirkland for organizing this great event.  Please see below for additional information and volunteer opportunities.  

Remember there is  no school on Friday, March 11.

Have a wonderful week.

Where in the World is Mrs. Sanders

Our principal is taking a virtual trip around the world to help our students learn more about the world around them. Starting on Monday, March 7, we'll give the students one clue a day on WDES to see if they can figure out the week's destination. They'll have a chance to guess by putting their name, homeroom teacher, grade, and city name on a piece of paper and dropping it in the PTO Mailbox near the office. 

This time, we'll have an Olympic theme as we look ahead to the Summer Olympics in Rio in August. 

We'll pick 4 winners a week for a small prize at the end of the school day on Thursday. We'll reveal the correct city and winners on WDES on Friday.

We'll continue this for four weeks.

4th Grade Band Needs Pitchers

We are performing a song from the heart of  Louisiana bayou country which is titled "Dancin' on the Bayou."  It is a fun piece that has some unusual percussion instruments like washboards and pitched jugs.  

We have washboards but are in need of 2 large pitchers as pictured here.  They don't need to be in great shape but do need to hold water so that we can match the pitch required for the music.

If you are able to loan or donate these items please email Mrs. Miller:


Spirit Night
Please join us Tuesday, March 8, 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 SPED 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 
Heritage Lunch Day
What's a Heritage Lunch?

Everyone has a heritage! 
Let's celebrate it!
  • On Thursday, March 17, all students are encouraged to pack a lunch including their favorite foods from their heritage!
  • Discover more about your heritage and celebrate our cultural differences! 
  • Learn about foods from other cultures through asking guided questions during lunchtime! (Remember, don't share food.)

Cultural Arts Dinner and Talent Exhibition

Mark your calendars and join us for our Cultural Arts Dinner and Talent Exhibition on Thursday, March 17, from 5 to 8pm. The Book Fair will be open that night, too.

Please also plan to make and share your favorite family dish for our potluck dinner. Use the link below to sign up to bring an appetizer, side dish, main course or dessert. Drop off your dishes in the school cafeteria between 5 and 5:15pm. Dinner will begin at 5:30 and last until 6:15, followed by our talent exhibition at 6:30.

DES Dads, please come to our All Pro Dad Breakfast this month. 
Friday, March 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 "Being Brave"
All Pro Dad Dad's Day 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 myschoolbucks account, cash or check ($1.65 adults, $1.20 children). If you do not have a myschoolbucks 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:

Caldecott Medalist Author Visiting DES!

Students of all grade levels are welcome to order books.
Send in order forms by March 29.
In partnership with the Little Shop of Stories, Caldecott Medalist and New York Times bestselling author, Dan Santat, is visiting DES on April 13 to present a writing and illustrating program to 
our 1st and 2nd grade students.
If your child is not in 1st or 2nd grade, fear not! You may still pre-order books. Any orders that include his upcoming Are We There Yet? book will be autographed by the author.
Please send in your order form with payment no later than 
Tuesday, March 29. Make checks payable to "DES PTO."
(Cash cannot be accepted. Checks only.)
Please consider purchasing a book to support DES!
The order form will arrive home in TIP folders next week. You can also find it on the DES homepage and print it from there.
If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Lane:
Save the Date! 

Attention parents of rising Kindergarten students
Kindergarten Roundup at Dunwoody Elementary School is taking place on Thursday, March 31!  If you have friends and/or neighbors who have children entering Kindergarten in 2016 who are not yet DES parents, please forward this information on to them. They can also sign up to receive this newsletter for more information coming up in the next few weeks!


School Store Volunteers Needed

The School Store has volunteer slots open in March, April, and May and we need you! Please consider signing up for just one of these shifts. 

The children LOVE it and we hate to turn them away if we don't have the volunteers to staff it. It's also a great way to get in your volunteer hours before the work days starts! 

The school store is open from 7:10 - 7:40am on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the cafeteria. 

You can sign up at the following link:

If you have any questions about the day or time, or what to do if you're new, please do not hesitate to ask!

Thank you,
Kim-Lee Yarberry
Dana Coulter

Book Fair Volunteers Needed

Book Fair is Coming, Tuesday, March 15 through Thursday, March 17
Please sign up, there are lots of time slots and opportunities to help! 

Book Bucks went home in TIP Thursday.  The deadline is Wednesday, March 9.

We all love to TACO  'bout Books, so you and your kids can  POP open a good one! See you all at the Book Fair!


Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to Manjari Agrawal! She logged the most hours for the month of February and gets to use the reserved/specially marked parking space for the entire month of March! If you log the most volunteer hours for the month of March, the parking space will be yours for the month of April!

Congratulations to Mike Weinstein! He 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 March Volunteer of the Month parking space and the March volunteer drawing!! Simply go to the Dunwoody Elementary PTO website and follow the Log Volunteer Hours link.


Dunwoody Volleyball Jr. Wildcats
Spring Camp

Dunwoody Volleyball Jr. Wildcats Spring Camp is two weeks away! This program teaches young athletes volleyball skills, love of the game, and 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 at DHS, on year round volleyball club teams and at the college level! 

Our next camp will be at the St. Luke's Church in Dunwoody. The camp will begin March 10th and end March 31st. There are a total of 6 session (March 10, 16, 17, 23, 30 and 31). 

For more information and to sign up for this camp, go to: or email: or  phone: 770-330-5532

Visit the following websites for more information about Dunwoody Volleyball: - - and friend the program on Facebook: dunwoodypeachtreejrwildcatsvolleyball.

DHS Kids Gymnastics Camp

Saturday March 19th, 2016
9am to 2:00pm 
Ages 5-14
Taught by the DHS Varsity Gymnastics Team. Practice Tumbling, Bars, Beam and Vault. 

Complimentary T-shirt, Lunch and Crafts provided. For more information, please email Jennifer Maddux,

Dunwoody High School
 Lady Wildcat Basketball Mini Camp

WhenJune 6-9 (Monday - Thursday)
Where: Dunwoody High School Gym
Hours9am - 2pm (bring a sack lunch)
Cost: $150 per player
For Girls ages 6 - 14
Complementary T-shirt 

Our camp will offer young and developing players an opportunity to work on and improve fundamentals. Skill instruction includes ball handling, passing, defense, dribbling, shooting, and rebounding. Plus, fun competition in team play and individual contests, and camp awards and prizes. Please see our website for registration form:

Click here to download the brochure.

Contact:  Coach Angela Nash


Math Competition for 
Elementary School Students

Chamblee Charter High School would like to invite your students to participate in our first annual math competition competition for elementary school students, ChaMATHon on March 26th, 2016. We would greatly appreciate it if you could encourage your students and parents to register and participate in this competition by spreading word through the math department and the school e-blast/newsletter.

The online registration form can be found at:

This math competition is for students from grades 3-6, with Division I for the 3rd-4th graders, and Division II for the 5th-6th graders. The tournament will be held from 9am-12:30pm. There will be a culminating award ceremony for the top three schools and the top ten individuals in each division.

Each school will be allowed to send as many students as it wishes, at an entrance fee of $10 per student. The top four individual scores and ciphering scores will be totaled for the final school score. Snacks and lunch will be provided.

Every student will complete in a 45 minute written multiple choice exam with 20 questions, and 5 open-answer tiebreakers, as well as a 10 problem ciphering round with short questions to be answered within 2 minutes. Correct answers within one minute will earn 4 points, while correct answers within the second minute will earn 2 points.

We hope that you will be interested in attending our first annual elementary school competition. Please let us know if you are interested or have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,
Chamblee High School Math Team
Community Bike Ride

Come out for the next Community Bike Ride always the first Sunday of the month and SUNDAY, March 6 at 2:45pm starting at Village Burger on Dunwoody Village Parkway.
We'll have a short pre-ride safety speech and leave by 3:00 pm. Helmets are required and we recommend a bicycle with gears to handle the hills. The route is a 4.5 mile loop around Dunwoody - mostly right turns, less than an hour. Perfect for families, seniors and more. 

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 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

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