July 31, 2016
DES News
Principal's Message
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Spiritwear available at Registration Day!
New Family Orientation
Welcome Back Coffee
Curriculum Nights
Volunteers Needed for Registration Day
DES Lunch Bunch Needs You!
Corporate Sponsors Needed
Support DES While Shopping for School Supplies
Third Grade Recorders
Peachtree Juniors
How to Submit and Announcement Using Tiger Talk
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Monday, August 1 - Staff Appreciation: Welcome Back Breakfast
Wednesday, August 3, 7:30-11:30am  - REGISTRATION DAY
Thursday, August 4, 9:30am - New Parent Orientation

Next Week
Monday, August 8 - First Day of School
Monday, August 8, 7:45-8:30am - Welcome Back Coffee


Principal's Message
The State Department of Education has released Georgia Milestone test scores. Grade level data plus district/school comparisons can be seen by following the link on the Georgia Department of Education website. Data will also be shared to our stakeholders at Curriculum Night. Dunwoody Elementary students performed well, and earned the Governor's Silver award for achievement over a three year period. A banner hangs in our foyer to celebrate our achievement!

With all victories and successes, there is a time to celebrate and also a time to reflect. We are in the business of school improvement which involves making sure that every child reaches high growth. With that in mind, we've already started the process of analyzing areas of potential growth for the upcoming school year.  

Score reports for rising fourth and fifth graders will be given to parents at Open House (August 3 from 7:30 - 11:30 AM). Score reports for rising sixth graders will be sent to the middle school after August 5. Prior to August 5, rising sixth grade reports can be picked-up from Dunwoody Elementary beginning Monday, August 1.

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
DES Spiritwear at Registration Day!

Get ready for the first day of school, and outfit your student with Dunwoody Elementary spiritwear! We have several new items this year, including a long sleeved shirt and a rainbow hoodie. Also, find some deep discounts on older inventory. Stop by the spiritwear table on Registration Day, August 3rd, and we'll be happy to help your student show Tiger pride.

Rainbow Hoodie $35
Youth Size Only

Long Sleeve T $18
Adult & Youth Sizes 

Camo T $18
Adult & Youth Sizes 

Come prepared!  
We take cash, check or credit card ($2 fee for all credit card purchases)


New Family Orientation

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!  
Welcome Back Coffee
August 8, 7:45 - 8:30am

Parents! Whether you are feeling boo hoo or yahoo, please come to the   media center after dropping off your child on the first day of school for coffee and light refreshments from 7:45-8:30am!
Curriculum Nights

Curriculum nights will be held for PK-2nd grades on Tuesday, August 16 at 5:30 and 3rd-5th on Thursday, August 18 at 5:30. Please plan to attend an evening to hear a message from Mrs. Sanders, meet your child's teachers, see the classrooms, and learn about expectations for the school year.


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)
DES Lunch Bunch Needs You!

Lunch Bunch is a group of volunteers who help out in the cafeteria during lunch. The volunteers help the children with their lunch needs such as opening up containers and wiping down the tables.

It is a great way to see your child at lunchtime and meet their classmates. The children love to see the parents help out and be part of DES.

Please consider helping out this semester. Your help is a big part of what makes DES such a great school. 

We look forward to seeing you at lunch! Please sign up:


Erika Cuttino
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
Support DES While Shopping for School Supplies!

While out shopping for schools supplies, remember that Office Depot will give 5% of each sale to the school of your choice! Mention this at checkout! Thanks for your support!

Please find the lists of needed supplies for each grade level here:


Attention Parents of Third Graders!

Information about purchasing a recorder for your student will be distributed during the first week of school! Stay tuned!  
Ms. Esartia and Mr. Arringto  


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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