May 22, 2016
DES News
Principal's Message
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Public Input Meetings and E-SPLOST
3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Honors Programs
Tiger D.E.N. Available This Week
School Supplies Made Easy!
Return Library Books
Field Day Volunteers Still Needed!
Dunwoody Volleyball Widlcats Summer Camp.
2016 DHS Kids Cheer Camp
PCMS Foundation Looking for Nurse
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Monday, May 23 - Milestone Retest, Field Day (Pre-K - 2nd) (Rescheduled)
Tuesday, May 24 - Milestone Retest, Field Day (3rd - 5th) (Rescheduled)
Wednesday, May 25 - 8:30am - 3rd Grade Honors; 9:30am - 4th Grade Honors
Thursday, May 26, 8:30am-10:30am - 5th Grade Honors Day
Thursday, May 26 - 5th Grade Celebration
Thursday, May 26, 1:15pm - Last Day of School Celebrations

Next Week


Principal's Message

Earlier I wrote that we will be losing four seasoned DES teachers (Erves, Y. Miller, Davis, Leymann).  Additionally, we are gaining 5 classes due to increased enrollment and larger grades rolling up to the next grade.  It has been a busy spring with panel interviews, but I believe our team has made great choices for our 2016-2017 teaching staff.  We've also made some internal moves that will strengthen our program in many ways.  Some of the teaching assignments you can expect are as follows:
  • PK - Morris and Moss
  • Kindergarten - Young, Drennan, Johnston, Culbreth, Madden, Risinger, Wimberly, Kundmueller, Dunn, Crigger (new)
  • Grade 1 - Hogue, Smith, Goodwin, Weimann, Pannullo, Knight, Carroll, Schaffner, Shelton
  • Grade 2 - Mach, Nelson, Jones, Janney, St. John, Brasher, Na (new), Blair
  • Grade 3 - Mendel/Hollander, Goodman/Mimms (new), Birrell/Abbott (new), McDougal/Mack (new)
  • Grade 4 - Lenahan/Sampson, Unger/Nugent/TBA (new)
  • Grade 5 - Soucy, Leftwich, Powers, Saltman

We are scheduled to receive two additional trailers which will house our ESOL program and our instructional support program.  These teachers will also have small group space in the building as needed.  Of course, these assignments may change if our student numbers increase or decrease.  The aim, though, is to keep all grade level classes together to optimize teacher collaboration.
Our planning process is just beginning, but I know the community likes to know teacher changes as soon as possible.  Please keep in mind that these placements may change even though it's unlikely at this point.  

Jennifer Sanders,
Principal, Dunwoody Elementary School
From the PTO Co-Presidents
DES Community:

This year has passed so quickly!  We hope that you have learned a great deal, made some new friends, and that you have an enjoyable summer with your friends and family!  Thank you so much to all of the teachers and support staff who make DES a safe environment for our children to succeed academically!  Because of your participation in Annual Dues as well as donations to the Tiger Fund, the PTO is able to give a cash gift to all DES staff!  Thank you for your generosity!  It is so appreciated by the staff!

Thanks so much to Mrs. Miller, Ms. Esartia, Ms. Janney, and Mr. Ennis for a fabulous showing of Aladdin!  These directors along with the talented cast have been working since December to produce the terrific shows!Congratulations on a job well done!

Thanks to Kris Mamaghani, Mrs. Reyonlds, and Coach K for the great organization of field day!  So sorry that the weather did not cooperate, but thank you for your flexibility and understanding!  This day would not happen without so many great volunteers!!  Pre-K-2nd grades will be on Monday, and 3rd-5th + MOID/MID will be on Tuesday!  Please be sure that your children wear sunscreen and sneakers!  

And, please save the date!  Registration is planned for Wednesday, August 3, from 7:30-11:30am.  On this day, you will turn in your proof of residency to ensure that DES is the school that your child is zoned for, get carpool numbers and information on bus routes, purchase spirit wear, pay PTO requested funds, meet your child's teacher, and drop off school supplies to the room.  All who pay the requested $35 in Annual Dues may also pick up their official DES Stem shirt!  This shirt can be worn as spirit wear, on STEM days, and is requested to be worn on field trips for safety purposes.  Again this year, we will offer a Fastpass to those families who have paid the requested $150 to the Tiger Fund prior to Registration Day!  The Fastpass will allow families to proceed to designated lines!  More information on this will be available in Tiger Talk coming out in mid-July!

Thanks so much for making 2015-16 such a great year!  Enjoy a safe, happy, relaxing summer with your friends and family!

Jennifer Fenmore and Megan Cann
Public Input Meetings and E-SPLOST
Vote this week

Please mark your calendars that the E-SPLOST voting day is Tuesday, May 24The following is a link that gives more information about E-SPLOST:
Click the "Public Input Survey" link to give input on secondary school planning.  Follow the other links on this page to see the presentations given at the Round 1 and Round 2 public input meetings:
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.
Tiger D.E.N.
Vol. 1, Issue 3 of the Tiger's D.E.N will be published and available for viewing next week, May 23.

Visit Dunwoody Elementary's homepage to view this newspaper written by kids, for kids (and adults, too!). 
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


Field Day Volunteers Needed!
Monday, May 23 (Pre-K - 2nd grades)
Tuesday, May 24 (3rd - 5th & All MOID/MID)
We still need some spots filled for Field Day this week!  Parents please visit the following link to volunteer at field day. It is our goal to have a parent at every station. 
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

Remember to have your children wear sneakers and athletic shorts. Looking forward to a great day!
Field Day Committee


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


PCMS Foundation is looking for a School Nurse to job share

Ideal position for retired RN, ex-RN Mom, or RN who wants to serve the community!!  Hours are 10am-2:30pm M-F (days are flexible as the job is shared); August through May.  Enjoy the same school holidays and summer vacations as the kids!  Job responsibilities include:
Create warm, nurturing environment for students; assess illness and emergency care needed for students and staff, call parents if necessary; provide first aid for minor injury; assess/stabilize/treat student injuries or refer for treatment if injury is severe; identify health problems, refer for diagnosis and treatment and follow-up;  maintain positive communication with staff, teachers and parents/guardians; maintain student/family confidentiality; ensure compliance of medical information and record preparation for incoming students; develop/execute medication protocol to safely store, and document, medication given at school; ensure completion of medical records for school sports; coordinate students' medical needs with staff; work with minimal supervision; organize the clinic and purchase supplies; exercise professional judgment and use time effectively.  Valid CPR and First Aid certification, pediatric nursing experience preferred. 
If interested, please contact the Foundation's e-mail address:, or Mr. Heptinstall, Principal, at

Tiger Talk Information

How to Send an Announcement Using Tiger Talk


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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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