May 15, 2016
DES News
Principal's Message
From the PTO Co-Presidents
School Supplies Made Easy!
Return Library Books
3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Honors Programs
Public Input Meetings and E-SPLOST
All Pro Dad's Breakfast - Friday, May 20
Field Day Volunteers Needed!
Box Tops for Education
PTO Tech Team Needs Your Help
Dunwoody Volleyball Widlcats Summer Camp.
Jr. Technology, Engineering & Computing Camp
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Thursday, May 19 - Field Day (Pre-K - 2nd)
Thursday, May 19, 6:00 and 7:30pm - Musical Play: Disney's Aladdin
Friday, May 20 - Field Day (3rd - 5th)
Friday, May 20, 7:45-8:45 - All Pro Dad
Friday, May 20, 6:00 and 7:30pm - Music Play: Disney's Aladdin

Next Week
Monday, May 23 - Milestone Retest
Tuesday, May 24 - Milestone Retest
Wednesday, May 25 - 8:30am - 3rd Grade Honors; 9:30am - 4th Grade Honors
Thursday, May 26 - 5th Grade Celebration
Thursday, May 26, 8:30am-10:30am - 5th Grade Honors Day
Thursday, May 26, 1:15pm - Last Day of School Celebrations


Principal's Message
May has been a busy month thus far! Thank you to all our great volunteers and staff members for their work on the Volunteer Brunch, field days, and the musical. What wonderful ways to celebrate a great year!

Please remember that the Confidential Placement Form is located on the Dunwoody Elementary website and should be turned into the office by May 26. The forms strictly remain with the administration and are not handed to the teachers. They offer an opportunity for you to share any particular concerns that may impact your child's homeroom placement for next year. Keep in mind that grades 3-5 are departmentalized and students have more limited contact with each individual teacher.

Therefore, homeroom placement may not be as much of a concern for grades 3-5. I am always humbled by the very personal stories and situations shared in the confidence of my office. I know that it is difficult to share private family situations, but at times, those stories can help me make certain that your children receive optimal care and attention. Thank you for trusting me with your information so that I can be of better service to you and your family.

Our teachers have been diligently planning for our next school year. Using our current test scores and perception data, we are hoping to change and add to our program so that DES continues to grow. We have hired approximately 10 new staff members along with some movement of existing staff to make sure we have the best teachers in the right spots.

Thank you for all your work this month! Please continue to encourage your children to do their best and listen to the teacher as we approach these last two weeks of the school year.

Jennifer Sanders,
Principal, Dunwoody Elementary School
From the PTO Co-Presidents
As we approach this final full week of school, it is amazing how quickly this year has passed!  The last two weeks of school will be quite busy, and we so appreciate your support in making things run smoothly!  
  • Please remember to have your children wear sunscreen and bring their water bottles for field days! Thanks so much to Kris Mamaghani for her collaboration with Mrs. Reynolds and Coach K to plan these fun days for our children!  
  • The students will certainly enjoy the in school performances of Aladdin! Mrs. Miller, Ms. Esartia, Ms. Janney, and Mr. Ennis have put so much time, energy, and creative effort in working with the talented cast to create this excellent production!  Students will have the opportunity to see the play during school on Tuesday, May 17.  A limited number of tickets will be available for the subsequent shows on Thursday and Friday evenings at 6:00 and 7:30pm.  If your family or friends would like to see the show, tickets will be sold for $5 (CASH ONLY) prior to each show until they are sold out!  For safety reasons, a finite number of tickets are available.
  • Thank you so much to Emily Ceo and Rosemary Gorham for all of their hard work on the yearbook!  It looks great, and it captures this wonderful year so well!
  • Honor's celebrations will take place on May 25 at 8:30 for third graders, May 25 at 9:30 for fourth graders, and May 26 at 8:30 for all fifth graders!
  • End of year parties will be at 1:15pm on May 26.  Please remember that only those who have signed up to assist with the party will be allowed in the building for safety purposes. These names will be turned in by homeroom teachers and checked at the door.
  • Thank you to Jordan Winters and Amanda Becker for organizing our final Chick-fil-a Spirit Night last week! We appreciate all who came out to support DES!  
Have a great week!

Jennifer Fenmore and Megan Cann
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 following 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 in the next two weeks - 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. 
All library books were due back May 6th, and reminders have been sent to every homeroom of students with overdue books.

If your child has a DES library book at home, please send it back immediately. 

Thank You,
Lisa Gurin, Teacher-Librarian

Honors Programs
Parents!  The third grade honors celebration will take place at 8:30am on May 25, followed by the fourth grade honors at 9:30am.  All fifth grade parents are invited to their honors program on May 26 at 8:30am.


Public Input Meetings and E-SPLOST

The DeKalb County School District is conducting an assessment of its middle school and high school facilities to determine challenges and needs for the future.  This assessment is known as the Secondary School Facility Planning and Feasibility Study.

The study will identify the challenges and opportunities facing each middle school and high school, determine options to address the needs identified, and prepare regional master plans to implement the options. The regional master plans will be presented to the Board of Education for approval as input into the 2017-2022 E-SPLOST program.

The study will review feeder patterns, re-clustering attendance areas, additions to schools and new/replacement schools.

Five regional community meetings in three rounds for the public to participate in this process. Those dates are:

Round 1 (Gather input on the challenges and opportunities facing the region)
  • Tuesday April 12th at Tucker HS at 6:30pm
  • Thursday April 14th at Southwest DeKalb HS at 6:30pm
Round 2 (Present options for public input)
  • Tuesday May 10th at Dunwoody HS at 6:30pm
  • Thursday May 12th at McNair HS at 6:30pm
Round 3 (Present Recommended Plan)
  • Thursday, July 14th at AIC at 6:30pm

Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (E-SPLOST)
A significant funding source for capital improvements (e.g. new construction, facility improvements, technology upgrades, etc.) which can ONLY be used for educational purposes.
A one penny sales tax funded by anyone buying goods in the county, regardless of where they live.

Must be approved by DeKalb County voters, and has been continuously approved since its inception 1997.
The E-SPLOST will expire on June 30, 2017, unless it is continued by the voters of DeKalb County on May 24, 2016.

DES Dads, please come to our All Pro Dad Breakfast this month. 
Friday, May 20 - 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 "Finishing Well"
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:


Field Day Volunteers Needed!
Thursday, May 19 (Pre-K - 2nd grades)
Friday, May 20 (3rd - 5th & All MOID/MID)
DES Field Day 2016 is just a few weeks away. Remember to wear sneakers and athletic shorts. Looking forward to a great day! Parents please visit the following link to volunteer at field day. It is our goal to have a parent at every station. Please save the date and sign up!

Field Day Volunteer Sign Up
9:00am                      Morning Rotations Begin
11:30am                    Lunch Break for Field Day Participants
12:00pm                    Afternoon Rotation Begins
1:30pm                      50 meter dash
1:45pm                      Teacher Tug of War
2:00pm                      Dismissal back to class

Field Day Committee
  Box Top
Next week in your TIP folder (PK-4th grade), you will find a box top collection sheet. Please continue to collect over the summer and return to the blue schoolbox in the school foyer in August! 

As a reminder box tops can be found on the following brands: Betty Crocker, Annie's, Cascadian Farms, Ziplock, Lysol, Land o' Lakes, Pillsbury, Yoplait, Hefty, Mott's, and Cheerios. 

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Becker at
PTO Technology Team Needs Your Help!
Do you have web skills?  Do you want to make a difference for our DES families?  Please help us with the technology behind the registration process.
The PTO Tech team is still looking for help setting up the DES 2016/2017 Registration System. We are looking for someone with web related skills to help us move our registration process forward for the next school year.  You will enable our school to automate the registration process, school directory, and basic setup of the iPads parents will use during the registration process. 

The group will meet a few times over the summer to setup and test - and of course you will be one of the first ones to be registered avoiding any lines.
Please contact Andrew Ziffer for more details.

Andrew Ziffer


Dunwoody Volleyball Widlcats
Summer Camp

July 25, 26, 27 (Monday through Wednesday)
Rising 3rd - 4th - 5th - 6th graders
12:30pm - 3pm
Peachtree Middle School Gym
Peachtree Middle School Gym
Instruction on skill development through quality reps and feedback to maximize learning and improvement
$95.00 - 3 Sessions/7.5 hours of training

Checks Payable to: DHS Volleyball Club, Inc.

Mail Check to: Steve Goldin

9815 Kennebec Way

Johns Creek, GA 30022
Camp Sponsor:
Dunwoody High School Volleyball
Steve Goldin - Jr. Wildcats Director

(770) 330-5532 or email:
For More Information:Download Flyer

Please go to Dunwoody Wildcats Volleyball Web site to register:

2016 DHS Kids Cheer Camp
For Elementary Age Students

LEARN: Cheers, Chants, Jumps, Dances, Stunts
Taught by the Dunwoody High School Varsity Football Cheerleaders

Monday, July 18 - Thursday, July 21  
8:30am - 1pm


Limited number of spots remaining
See attached flyer or contact Mary Zeigler
Jr. Technology, Engineering & Computing Camp
Rising 5th and 6th Grade Girls
We would like to invite your rising 5th and 6th grade girls to our upcoming Jr. TEC (Technology, Engineering & Computer) Camp, which will be held June 21-23,  2016 on the Georgia Tech campus. 
This fun and interactive camp is hosted by the Georgia Tech Women in Engineering Program and is designed to give young girls an early introduction to the exciting world of engineering with the hope of inspiring them to eventually consider college majors and careers as engineers.  More information on the camp can be found in the attached flyer.  
We would also like to ask for your assistance in circulating the attached TEC Camp flyer to the parents of your current 4th and 5th grade girls. Please note that the application deadline for Jr. TEC Camp is Monday, May 16.
Thank you for your time and assistance in disseminating this information.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Tonia Knobf
Associate Director, Women in Engineering
College of Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
791 Atlantic Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30332-0360
Phone:  404-385-1862


DES Student Stars in Annie Jr.!
May 21st

Dunwoody's Musical Theater Center and Once Upon a Ballet are proud to present Annie, Jr.! on Saturday, May 21st at 1pm & 4pm at the Marcus Jewish Community Center (5342 Tilly Mill Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338)

Several Dunwoody Elementary students (Molly Weiss, Audrey Price and Anna Kate Flood) will be featured in this entertaining production.  Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash only) or for a discount online at

More information can be found at

This is a terrific opportunity for families to experience musical theater together in a family-friendly environment!
Autism Speaks Fundraiser

What: Autism Speaks Fundraiser
Where: Village Burger - Dunwoody
When: May 17 - 5pm - 8:30pm

10% of all proceeds between those hours will be donated to Autism Speaks!

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