March 20, 2016
DES News
From our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
School Council Elections
Peachtree Charter Middle School Summer Bridge Registration
Caldecott Medalist Author Visiting DES - Order your books by March 29!
Kindergarten Roundup - Thursday, March 31
Help Needed for Kindergarten Roundup
GOTR Collecting Rubber Bottom Shoes
Action Ministries - Feed the Hungry Foundation
School Store Volunteers Needed
Dunwoody Softball Camp
Dunwoody Cheerleading Camp
DHS Kids Gymnastics Camp
Math Competition for Elementary School Students
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Thursday, March 24, 9 Week Progress Report
Friday, March 25, STEM Day

Next Week
Tuesday, March 29, Class Photographs
Thursday, March 31, Kindergarten Roundup
Friday, April 1, No School


From our Principal

I also want to take a moment to thank all of our PTO volunteers!  Thank you for modeling a giving spirit for our children, our future leaders!  From STEM volunteers to Lunch Bunch helpers to event planners to mystery readers, you are a cornerstone of our wonderful school.  I encourage everyone to volunteer for a one-time event or an on-going job.

Please remember that Friday, April 1 is a student holiday as well as the week of April 4 - 8.  When students return from break, those in grades 3, 4, and 5 will take the Georgia Milestone assessment (April 18 - 29).  Our teachers have been working hard to prepare students, and I feel confident that they are ready.

I'm very proud of the way our students have represented Dunwoody Elementary this year in district and State competitions.  Most recently, our fifth grade math team placed fourth at the Kittredge math tournament under the direction of Coach Jillian Soucy.  They displayed excellent sportsmanship and were VERY proud of their finish.  Also, Cora Webster, competed in Macon, GA at the GaETC technology competition.  She finished an impressive third place under the direction of Coach Kimberly Sampson. 
Thanks to all our DES coaches and students for a great year of competition!

From the PTO Co-Presidents

Thank you to the PTO members that came out to our brief PTO meeting on Thursday. The Nominating Committee announced the slate for our 2016-2017 Executive Committee. The nominees are as follows:   
  • PTO Co-President: Grace Chang
  • VP of Ways and Means: Lisa Seigle
  • VP of Communications: Lauren Middlebrooks
  • VP of Programs: Susanna Bruwer
  • VP of Academic Affairs: Laura Long
  • Secretary: Dallas Mueller
  • Financial Secretary: Manjari Agrawal         
After our PTO meeting we had a wonderful Cultural Night featuring different dishes from around the world and performances from our talented students. Thank you Sirisha Ganduri, Kathy Mealy, Sushma Barakoti, and Jennifer Boettcher for organizing this great night.  Also, thank you to all of the families that came out and enjoyed a night with family and friends.
Our Scholastic Book Fair last week was extremely successful. Many thanks to our Book Fair chairs, Kimi Lenertz and Kimberly Kirkland, who organized this wonderful event. We also want to acknowledge the many volunteers, who spent their valuable free time helping our parents, teachers, and students shop. You are all wonderful and we thank you!

Lastly, class pictures will be on March 29!  We will get order forms to parents as soon as they are available from Legacy.

Peachtree Charter Middle School 
Summer Bridge Registration

Please see the attached document that was sent home in TIP Folders on March 10, 2016 regarding Peachtree Charter Middle School Bridge Program. 

The process has changed for this school year. Registration is now online at opportunity will assist students as they prepare for transition to middle school and provide a registration time exclusively for grade 6th parents to register their children. 


Caldecott Medalist Author Visiting DES!

Reminder: 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.
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 can be found on the DES homepage.
If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Lane:
DES Kindergarten Roundup

Attention parents of rising Kindergarten students
Kindergarten Roundup at Dunwoody Elementary School is taking place on Thursday, March 31
Join us at the school with your child from 8:00 - 10:00am. 
Parents will be able to pick up pre-registration packets, hear about the kindergarten program, and participate in a Parents Panel with DES parents of current kindergarten students.  
Rising K children will participate in classroom visits and activities.  Please plan on arriving promptly at 8:00am and staying until 10:00am for this program.  At the conclusion of the program, families will be offered the opportunity to take an abbreviated tour of DES.

*Current Pre-K students will participate in an orientation at a future date.


Help Needed for Kindergarten Roundup
Help needed for Kindergarten Roundup
Kindergarten Roundup is March 31 from 8-10am

Volunteers are needed from 7:15-10:15am

Come help out and introduce the incoming kindergarten families to our wonderful community. We would especially like volunteers with kindergartners or younger students, but all are welcome.


GOTR Collecting Rubber Bottom Shoes
It is that time again! Girls on the Run will be collecting used rubber bottom shoes for the Eco Sneakers program. 

Eco Sneakers is a program that refurbishes old shoes and gives them to people in need around the world. 

Please help us help others. Collection bins will be in the front lobby.
Thank you,
Feed the Hungry Foundation
Starting Now Until the End of March!

Dunwoody Elementary will team up with Action Ministries - Feed the Hungry Foundation in an effort to feed children in a nearby county that have been identified as not having enough to eat.  Without our help, these children would only receive one meal a day - the meal that they receive from their school lunchroom cafeteria. 

Our school can help by collecting food items that make up a healthy part of their diet.  In order to avoid adding to obesity, Action Ministries has teamed up with a hospital dietician, and have requested only certain items to be collected. 

Please send any items that you would like to donate in your child's book bag and drop off in the bins located in the front of the school.

* Individual Cereal Packets
* Fruit cups
* Cup O Soup (instant soup mixes)
* Libby's Sweet Corn or other veggie envelopes
* Ramen Noodles
* Instant mac-n-cheese packs 
* Campbell's Chicken Soup
* Instant Oatmeal envelopes

Selected students will receive a backpack with these items pre-bagged.

We are not required to bag or sort -
Just Collect.....
Thanks, Lynn Johnston
For more information:
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


Peachtree Charter Middle School 

Invention Project, a one-of-a-kind experience created for 6th, 7th and 8th grade innovators! The Invention Project will take fun to the next level while exploring circuitry, energy, bioengineering and economics to create smart gear, program a minibot and so much more!
Newly acquired abilities will allow teams to research, pitch and invest in a product while collaborating with fellow creative thinkers in a high-energy atmosphere! It all takes place in a supportive environment that inspires and supports individuality.  Although the business deals are simulated, the skills and the friendships are all real.
When Invention Project comes to a close, there won't be a patent - yet - but the confidence gained can make anything possible in the future.
Bring friends, bring ideas and be ready to take dreams to the next level during Invention Project.
Dates: July 11-15, 2016
Times: 8:30am-3pm

How do I register?
Go to 
Is registration online?
How do I contact you if I have questions?
Is there a charge? 
$275 per child
What do they bring? Is lunch provided?
Students are to provide their own lunch.
Any early drop offs?
Early drop off is 7:45am at the earliest, but parents should contact me if they plan to drop off their student any earlier than 8:10am

Dunwoody High School
Softball Camp for Rising 6th Graders

Dunwoody Cheerleading

for Elementary Age Students
Cheers, Chants, Jumps, Dances, Stunts Taught by the Dunwoody High School Varsity Football Cheerleaders
Complimentary T-Shirt
Bring a sack lunch and a drink!
Click to download flyer and registration instructions .
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,


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

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