July 17, 2016
DES News
Principal's Message
From the PTO Co-Presidents
New Families
Volunteers Needed for Registration Day
Corporate Sponsors Needed
Signups for Band and String Orchestra Tryouts
Train for Tryouts
Junior Wildcats Summer Camp
Peachtree Juniors
How to Submit and Announcement Using Tiger Talk
Calendar At a Glance
This Month
Pre-register for your FastPass

Next Week
Wednesday, August 3 - REGISTRATION DAY


Principal's Message
I hope that all DES families are enjoying a fun and relaxing summer!  It's been tough to beat the heat, but that's summer in Georgia!  We are in the process of registering new students and cleaning the building in preparation for school start-up in just a couple of weeks.  I extend a huge "thank you" to our PTO co-presidents who have been working hard to organize our Open House and beginning-of-year events!
Over the summer, we have had a few resignations and retirements as life takes people on different journeys.  Ms. Seabrook, one of our Assistant Principals, has accepted a promotion with the school system.  We are happy to announce that Mrs. Avis Mooneyham will be serving as the new DES Assistant Principal serving grades 3-5.  Mrs. Mooneyham was formally Ms. Holbrook, and she taught second grade at DES.  Welcome home, Mrs. Mooneyham!
Other teachers and staff members leaving DES include Ms. LaShanda Nelson, second grade teacher, Mrs. Carol Lincoln, SPED paraprofessional, and Mrs. Isia Kemp, SPED teacher.  We will miss our colleagues, but we wish them well on all their endeavors.  All positions have been filled, and we look forward to the new ideas and excitement that new employees bring.
With our growing school population, we have added two trailers to our existing inventory.  The trailers will serve as classroom space for our ESOL classes.  The trailers are shiny new and fabulous!  They are located just outside of the STEM lab and will have easy access to the building and restrooms.  
Also, I'd like to send a huge, huge thank you to the PTO and DES community for the interior painting of our hallways and stairwells!  The painting included repair of damaged sheet rock and cinder block holes.  It was evident that our building needed some TLC after constant activity for six years.  Let's all work together to keep it looking nice as long as possible!
As I wrap up my summer comments, I remind everyone that our teachers are so very excited about the opportunities the new school year brings.  All teachers want to inspire the future, and every now and again, a teacher truly makes a difference in the life of a child.  Whether they are struggling emotionally or academically, there is the one teacher who takes the extra time to provide support, love, and encouragement.  It is this teacher who lives in our hearts forever.  Mrs. Mach and Ms. Nugent have been these teachers for two DES students.  Dr. David Goodchild has graciously made a significant financial contribution to the school in honor of these teachers and their dedication.
Job satisfaction and joy comes from knowing that we have exceeded parents' expectations, and that we have inspired a child to be more than they thought they could be.  I hope that we inspire all the children of DES this year!

Jennifer Sanders,
Principal, Dunwoody Elementary School
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Registration Day Information:

Though it seems like summer just started, registration day is right around the corner!  We look forward to seeing all students and parents on Wednesday, August 3 from 7:30-11:30am.  During this time, parents can ensure that forms required by DeKalb County are filed and correct while students reconnect with friends, shop spirit wear, drop off school supplies, and meet their teachers!  

In an effort to raise money for the Tiger Fund as well as to limit long lines, you are able to pre-register from home!  By completing this step AND donating $150 to the Tiger Fund, your family will receive a Fast Pass that allows entry into a separate line.  Moreover, once the pre-registration is completed AND $150 donated, only the Proof of Residency and Transportation lines are necessary on Registration Day.  

Please be sure to sign up for or update your information for the Online School Directory as well!

Also, payment of the requested $35 per student of Annual Dues will provide your child with the official DES shirt for 2016-2017!  Teachers are requesting that each student have one of these shirts to help to ensure safety on field trips!  These shirts may also be worn for spirit days and stem days throughout the year.  You will be able to pick your shirts up on Registration Day!

Please bring with you:
  • Proof of residency; you will need an original and one photocopy per child of at least one utility bill (gas, electric or water only) or a signed leasing agreement or mortgage contract to verify that you are at the appropriate school.  Find more information here:  http://dunwoodyes.dekalb.k12.ga.us/RegistrationInformation.aspx 
  • Photo Identification (original and photocopy)
  • Check book/credit card/cash (for PTO registration if not already done, club registration, and spirit wear)
  • *NEW* Your license plate number (to receive a carpool number)
  • Your school supplies (find lists here: http://dunwoodyes.dekalb.k12.ga.us/SupplyLists.aspx)
We look forward to another great year at DES!  Thanks so much for your support, and please let us know if you have any questions!  Many thanks to Andrew Ziffer, our Technology chair, for the countless hours spent over the summer working on the online registration!

Megan Cann and Grace Chang
New Families  

Families new to DES, please join us for a brief orientation session on Thursday, August 4 at 9:30am in the cafeteria.  This is an opportunity to learn a little bit more about DES and what to expect prior to the school year starting!  
School Supplies

Parents, in the event that you did not pre-order a school supply kit before school got out, please find the lists of needed supplies for each grade level here: http://dunwoodyes.dekalb.k12.ga.us/SupplyLists.aspx

You may bring your supplies to school with you during registration on August 3, from 7:30-11:30.


Registration Day Volunteers Needed!
We need your help to ensure that all runs smoothly!  Please consider giving of your time by signing up for a shift to be a volunteer for Registration Day!  
Training will be Tuesday, August 2 from 12-2pm.  All volunteers who sign up for a whole shift will be able to pre-register on Tuesday!

Thanks for your willingness to help!

Megan Cann, Grace Chang, Jennifer Fenmore, and Sasha Tocio
(Registration Chairs)
Corporate Sponsors Needed
From Community Business Support:
Corporate Sponsors are still needed for 2016 - 2017.  If you run a business or work for one that likes to support community initiatives, consider sponsoring our school! Sponsorship packages run from Bronze ($300) to Platinum ($2,500) and allow PTO to support our teachers and students through training and capital improvements.   Many of our corporate sponsors are actually parents who are investing in DES.  All sponsors receive brand awareness opportunities with our more than 800 families.  To learn more, download this document, or you can contact Community Business Support Co-Chairs Shana Sullivan  Sullivan0820@yahoo.com and/or Laurie Nichols chowning@comcast.net
Shana and Laurie


Signup for Band and String Orchestra Instrument Tryouts

Greetings from the DES Music Department!

On Tuesday, July 26, there will be an optional Instrument Tryout/Meet the Music Teachers for all 4th Grade students who have signed up to take Band or String Orchestra classes in the 2016/2017 school year. 
The Instrument Tryout is optional, but we strongly recommend that all students attend so we can make sure everyone is happy with their final instrument choice.   If you and your child are not able to make it to the Tryout, please email us so we can work out a convenient time to meet before the 1st week of school.
If your child has signed up for Band, please visit the link below to signup for your child's tryout time slot!
If your child has signed up for String Orchestra, please visit the link below to signup for your child's tryout time slot!
4th Grade Instrument Tryout for Fall String Orchestra Class at Dunwoody ES


Peachtree Volleyball "Train for Tryouts" Summer Camp for rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders
Dates: Monday, July 25 to Wednesday, July 27
Time: 8am - 12pm
Place: Peachtree MS gym
For: Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders enrolled at PCMS may participate in the camp.  Coaches from A5 Volleyball Club are running this camp.  
Cost: $150 - (for three sessions / 12 hours of training)
Go to PeachtreeMSVolleyball.weebly.com to register online.

Dunwoody Junior Wildcats Summer Volleyball Camp - For rising 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders

Dates: Monday, July 25 to Wednesday, July 27
Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
Place: Peachtree MS gym
For rising 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders
Cost: $95 

Go to PeachtreeMSVolleyball.weebly.com  to register online.
Registration is open. Our camp will be three sessions, July 25-27, from 12:30pm to 3pm at PCMS. The camp is for rising 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. This program teaches young athletes volleyball skills and love of the game and will lay the foundation for the Peachtree Middle School and Dunwoody High School volleyball teams for the future. There are many former Jr. Wildcats currently playing at DHS, on year round volleyball club teams at the college level! Coaches from A5 Volleyball Club are running this camp.
For more information and to sign up for this camp, go to: http://dunwoodyjuniorwildcatsvolleyball.weebly.com 
Visit the following website for more information:  Peachtreemsvolleyball.weebly.com

Peachtree Volleyball "Train for Tryouts" Summer Camp - For rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders
Dates: Monday, July 25 to Wednesday, July 27
Time: 8am - 12pm
Place: Peachtree MS gym
For: Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders enrolled at PCMS may participate in the camp.  Coaches from A5 Volleyball Club are running this camp.  
Cost: $150 - (for three sessions / 12 hours of training)
Go to PeachtreeMSVolleyball.weebly.com  to register online.
Peachtree Juniors Wants YOU
Rising 5th graders: Peachtree Juniors, a new developmental volleyball team, wants YOU!  No experience is necessary, just an interest in the game, a good attitude and a willingness to work with experienced coaches.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn the fundamentals of volleyball in a fun environment.  Come and learn to serve, set, pass and love the game!
  • 2016 team dues at $200 per player (at least 8 players are needed to form the team)
  • Team practices are Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6-7:30pm at Kingswood UMS gym (August 16- September 29).  There is no practice on September 20 or 22.  
  • Players must be able to attend BOTH days of practice to be considered for the team.
  • There are NO tryouts.  To register, go to  PeachtreeMSVolleyball.weebly.com.
  • The team will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Players must bring a completed GHSA Physical Form (doctor visit is required) to the first practice on August 16, 2016.  
There is a mandatory parent meeting during the first practice on August 16 from 6-6:30pm.

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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