April 17, 2016
DES News
From the PTO Co-Presidents
School Council Elections
School Supplies Made Easy
News From the Media Center
Wake Up to a Simpler School Day
Spirit Night - Tuesday, April 26
Lunch Bunch Volunteer of the Month!
GOTR Collecting Rubber Bottom Shoes
PTO Volunteers Needed
Dunwoody Basketball Summer Camp
Dunwoody Wrestling Summer Camp
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Monday - Friday, April 18 - 29 - Milestone Testing
Thursday April 21, 5-5:30pm - PTO General Membership Mtg/Officer Election Installation
Thursday April 21, 5-7pm - Evening of the Arts
Thursday April 21, 5:30-6:30pm - DES Band
Thursday April 21, 6:30-7:30pm - DES Orchestra

Next Week
Monday - Friday, April 18 - 29 - Milestone Testing
Tuesday, April 26, 4-9pm - Spirit Night at The Mad Italian 
Thursday, April 28 - 13.5 Week Progress Report


From the PTO Co-Presidents
While some folks were enjoying down time over spring break with their families, several PTO volunteers were working diligently to complete tasks!

Shana Sullivan and Laurie Nichols finalized plans for new incentives for our Community Business Supporters for the 2016-2017 school year! They had a banner made that will be on display showing those companies who have supported us this year!

Michelle Lane and Ms. Gurin finalized details for our visiting author, Caldecott Award Winner Dan Santat! The PTO was able to donate a signed copy of the book to each first grade classroom! Thanks for your support!

Thanks so much to Dan Geist, Tommy McNeese, Jennifer Boettcher, and the Dunwoody Nature Center for the fantastic new signs on our nature trail! 

The are complete with QR codes to allow access to even more information about the plants and trees on the trail!

Thanks to all of our volunteers!  We appreciate you!

School Council Elections
The School Council Parent Representative Election will be held Thursday, April 21. You may vote in the front office between 7am and 7pm. This date is also Evening of the Arts.

You may vote for up to three candidates and the top three individuals receiving votes will serve a two-year term. The parent bios may be seen in the front office, HERE, and on the school website. (On the DES website, you will see "School Council" once you click on the "About Us" tab.) Thank you to those parents listed below for offering their leadership to School Council.

School Supplies Made Easy!

The DES PTO is offering you an easy way to order school supplies for the 2016-2017 school year.
To start, go to the ShopKits.com website and put in our school code to find supply lists and pricing for every grade (remember to choose the grade your child will start in the fall).
You must order before the end of the school year on May 27.
The supplies will be sent to your home the week of July 24.
Our school code is 74509
*Shipping IS included in the price listed, so there are no surprises at checkout.
**Please note that there are slight differences in pricing for girls and boys for some grades. Their lists include a few different items for the classroom. For example, the list for 1st-grade boys includes antibacterial soap. For 1st-grade girls, the list includes hand sanitizer.
***5th grade families - the three reading books that your child needs for Social Studies and Language Arts are not included and you will need to purchase separately.
If you have any questions, please contact Janet Ziffer. 

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: www.dunwoodyelementary.com > Media Center (tab on the left side)
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 www.schoolnutrition.org/schoolmeals.


Spirit Night 

Tuesday April 26 - 4pm - 9pm

2197 Savoy Drive
Next to Bowlmor
A flyer will be emailed out prior to Spirit Night to be turned in at the time of purchase and The Mad Italian will donate 10% of the sale to DES.


Lunch Bunch Volunteer of the Month!

Hi Volunteers,
We are trying something new this semester for Lunch Bunch.  We have decided to give a prize for the volunteer who clocks in the most hours for lunch bunch for the month of April. The prize will be a gift card!

Every time you sign up and complete a shift, please date and sign your name on the sheet that will be attached to the inside of the lunch bunch cabinet. At the end of April, Andrea and I will go through the list and find our winner. We will announce the winner in Tiger Talk.  We hope to see more of you at lunch bunch!! Thanks for volunteering!

Erika Cuttino and Andrea Perez


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,
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 (http://dunwoodypto.com/committees.htm) 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
  • 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
  • Registration: looking for an individual to assist Jennifer Fenmore and Megan Cann in coordinating and planning Registration Day
Again, thank you for your consideration!  Please reach out to me with questions or commitments.

Thank you!
Megan Cann



Dunwoody Wrestling
2016 Summer Camp
When:  June 6, 7, 8
Time:  6-8PM
Please arrive by 5:30 on June 6.
Where:  Dunwoody High School Wrestling Room (Gym Stage)
Cost:  $75

All wrestlers must have a signed consent form to participate. Consent forms can be found at www.dunwoodywildcatwrestling.com

For questions, contact Coach McSorley at 404-966-5688, or email lukemcsorley5@gmail.com.

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.

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