March 27, 2016
DES News
From our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
News From the Media Center
School Council Elections
Lost and Found
Peachtree Charter Middle School Summer Bridge Registration
Wake Up to a Simpler School Day
Volunteer of the Month
Class Portraits - Tuesday, March 29
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - Tuesday, April 12
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
PTO Volunteers Needed
Congratulations to Dunwoody Singers
Dunwoody Softball Camp
Dunwoody Cheerleading Camp
Community Bike Ride
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Tuesday, March 29, Class Photographs
Thursday, March 31, Kindergarten Roundup
Friday, April 1, No School

Next Week
Monday, April 4 - 8, Spring Break, No School


From our Principal


We have had many cases of lice throughout our school during the last month, so I wanted to take a moment to explain our district protocol as it relates to this matter. Upon identification of a case of lice, the student is sent home with a directive to treat.  We immediately check siblings.  As other students become suspect by itching their head or complaining to the teacher, we immediately check those students.  If two to three cases are identified in a classroom, the entire class is checked.  If a class has a reoccurring problem, though, we will often go ahead and check the whole class as a precaution.  We encourage students to remain at home until the problem is corrected to avoid re-infection or the possibility of spreading.  Our front office staff or the clinic worker will check each child when he/she is ready to return to school.  The child would just need to report to the office prior to going to class in the morning.

If you have questions regarding home treatment for lice, our front office can offer advice.  Additionally, there are companies that specialize in lice removal on your person and in your home.  Lice spreading can be prevented if everyone is diligent in the treatment.

From the PTO Co-Presidents

What an exciting last couple of weeks at DES and for PTO. We would like to take a moment to say thank you to all the volunteers for putting in countless hours to make everything run so smoothly. We couldn't have done it without you.  

Remember, class pictures are 
this Tuesday, March 29.  If you have not sent in your order form, please do so by Tuesday.  

Thursday, March 31 is Kindergarten Round-up. This event is for kindergarten students who are zoned for DES next year. We will offer children and parents a sneak peek at our school and all we have to offer. Please remind your friends and neighbors with kindergarteners coming to DES next year about this wonderful event.  If they are not sure whether they are zoned for DES, they can check here:  Please see below for additional information and volunteer opportunities. In addition, a huge thank you to Jill Rosen, for organizing Kindergarten Round-up. 

Also, there is no school this Friday, April 1. This is not an April Fool's joke.

We will not have a Tiger Talk issue on Sunday, April 3, due to Spring Break. We will be back on April 10, just in time to remind you about Milestone testing April 18-29.

Have a safe and fun spring break and we will see you when we get back. 

News From the Media Center

The Media Center website has recently been updated. You can now go under ABC's of Destiny to find directions on how to use Destiny for student research (much safer than just "Googling it"), lexile information has it's own tab, and a list of Ms. Gurin's Recommended Mystery Reader Read Alouds is now included! 

As always, you can also find information on the following:
  • Signing Up for a Public Library Card
  • Reading Level Correlation Chart
  • Georgia Chapter Book Award Nominees (Reading Bowl Books)
  • Cybersafety
  • DCSD Summer Reading Author Recommendations
Go to: > Media Center (tab on the left side)
Lost and Found

All unclaimed lost and found items will be donated on March 31, before spring break. Please come look for any lost items before this date. 

Lost and found items are always donated on the 1st and 15th of every month. Making sure your child's clothing is labeled will help expedite returns. 

Thank You.
Peachtree Charter Middle School 
Summer Bridge Registration

Please see the attached document that was sent home in TIP Folders on March 10, 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. 
Wake Up to a Simpler School Day

Parents, save time on busy weekday mornings and choose school breakfast! 

Did you know? 
  • School breakfast offers fresh fruit daily, whole grains, fat free or low fat milk, it's also low in calories,fat, and sodium. 
  • It is healthy and convenient, plus it is less than $2 per meal.

Parents help me to help your mornings start easier.  Let's encourage our students to Wake Up to School Breakfast.


To learn more about the school breakfast program, visit

Volunteer of the Month

Please don't forget to log your volunteer hours for March so you can be considered for the volunteer-of-the-month parking space and the drawing for a gift card!

Simply go to the Dunwoody Elementary PTO website and follow the Log Volunteer Hours link, or CLICK HERE.


Class Portraits

Spirit Night

Please join us Tuesday, April 12, 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 our Pre-K, Discovery, IEP, and ESOL 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 
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:
PTO Volunteers Needed

The PTO of DES is so fortunate to have many dedicated, talented individuals who are planning on continuing in positions for next year!  However, we do have several opportunities available for anyone who is interested in becoming more involved at DES!  The opportunities vary, so hopefully you are able to find one that suites your time and talent!  Please visit the PTO website ( for more comprehensive information about roles and responsibilities.  Please contact Megan Cann (megancann00@hotmail.comto express interest or for more information!  Thank you for your consideration!
  • In House Volunteers:  seeking 1-2 people to help coordinate and track volunteer efforts
  • Lost and Found:  1-2 individuals who are willing to sort and organize lost and found items 2x/month
  • Marquees:  Someone who will be responsible for changing the letters on the marquee signs in a timely manner for one semester
  • Fifth Grade Celebration:  2 people who will coordinate this event for our current fourth grade population
  • Technology:  seeking 1 individual to work with Andrew Ziffer to assist in registration, online sales, and the online directory
  • Grant Writer:  1-2 people who will complete applications in an attempt to raise money for DES through grants
  • Field Day:  seeking 1 person to assist Kris Mamaghani in the planning and implementation of field day.
  • Spirit Wear:  seeking 1 person to assist Lauren Middlebrooks in the ordering and selling of DES clothing!
  • Yearbook:  need an individual to assist Emily Ceo and Rosemary Gorham in yearbook sales, layout, and photo acquisition
  • Visiting Authors: looking for one person to arrange the visit of a published author to DES to present to students
Again, thank you for your consideration!  Please reach out to me with questions or commitments.

Thank you!
Megan Cann



Congratulations to Dunwoody Singers

A big congratulations go to our Dunwoody Singers for their performance at the District IV Large Group Performance Evaluation festival.

They scored Superior, Excellents from 3 judges while performing a very challenging program. Way to go Dunwoody Singers!!


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 .


Community Bike Ride

Come out for the next Community Bike Ride always the first Sunday of the month and SUNDAY, April 3 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 bike 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. 
Event by Bike Walk Dunwoody:

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 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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