August 14, 2016
DES News
From our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Counselor's Corner
DCSD Media Altert
Curriculum Nights - Tuesday, August 16 and Thursday, August 18
All Pro Dad - Friday, August 19
Lego League Robotics Team
Chess Club
Dunwoody Singers
Girl Scouts for DES Students
Cub Scouts for DES Students
Expressions in Motion
How to Submit and Announcement Using Tiger Talk
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Monday, August 15, 8-9am or 5:30-6:30pm - Room Parent Meeting
Monday, August 15, 9-11am - PTO Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, August 16, 5:15-5:30pm - PTO General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, August 16,, 5:30-6:30pm - Pre-K-2nd Grade Curriculum Night
Thursday, August 18, 5:15-5:30pm - PTO General Membership Meeting
Thursday, August 18, 5:30-6:30pm - 3rd-5th Grade Curriculum Night
Friday, August 19, 6:45-7:45am - All Pro Dad

Next Week
Friday, August 26 - STEM Day


From Our Principal
Welcome Back! It has been such a joy and pleasure to see your children excited to return to school, and I  hope that Dunwoody Elementary is a happy place for children to learn. The knowledge that we impart is not nearly as important as developing the love of learning.

The overall success of our school opening is due in large part to all our wonderful PTO volunteers! Thank you so much to all of our parents who have served at registration, at Lunch Bunch, and in the primary classrooms. Your assistance is invaluable in helping to keep our students safe until they learn the routines and procedures.

While students are learning routines and procedures, it is also important that adults learn them as well. I greatly appreciate all the cooperation from parents at carpool. Thank you so much for adhering to the following procedures:

Morning Carpool:
  1. Stay in your car and ONLY drop off your child/children on the right side. ONLY drop off in the drop off zone.
  2. The lower entrance/exit must turn right from 7:15 - 7:45am.
  3. Only park in designated parking spaces
  4. Do not pass the car in front of you - remain single until exiting campus.
Afternoon Carpool:
  1. Take up all gaps in the car line before stopping to pick-up your child.
  2. Post your number in the window at all times.
  3. Utilize both sides of the walkway area.
  4. You may pass the car in front of you after loading.
We also appreciate all parents who are exiting the building by 7:45am so that instruction can begin.

You are doing a fabulous job this year! Also remember that you can only utilize early check out until 2pm. After 2pm, there are no transportation changes allowed for the safety of your children.

Next week we will host Curriculum Night where you can ask more specific questions about the procedures of the school. Additionally, teachers will discuss their academic expectations for the year. Our evening will begin in the cafeteria where I will provide information regarding test scores, district policy changes, and class size. It is a tedious night of listening so children are not encouraged to attend. I look forward to meeting new and returning parents.

Jennifer Sanders,
Principal, Dunwoody Elementary School
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Thanks so much for the staff, teachers, and volunteers who helped make the first week of school great! Please plan to attend Curriculum Night if able! Grades PK-2 will be on Tuesday, August 16, and 3rd-5th will be Thursday, August 18.

The first PTO meetings of the year will take place at 5:15pm in the cafeteria, followed by a presentation from various staff at 5:30pm

Subsequently, parents will be dismissed to the classrooms to meet teachers and learn about expectations for the year. All who paid $5 to join the PTO will have voting rights for the year. Volunteers will be available to accept payment for PTO dues. Also, if you have not yet paid the $35 per student annual dues to receive the 2016 STEM shirt, we can accept payment then. 

Thank you for your support and contributions!  We are well on our way of reaching our goals for both the Tiger Fund as well as Annual Dues! 

Megan Cann and Grace Chang
Counselor's Corner

Welcome back! Dr. Childs and I are so excited to kick off another school year at DES! Each month, we will be writing a little blurb about what's going on in the counseling department. Our goal is to help students acquire the attitudes, knowledge, and skills that improve attendance, behavior, and achievement and foster positive personal, social, academic, and career development. We work to accomplish this by interacting with every student in some capacity.

We deliver monthly classroom guidance lessons to homerooms which are aligned with ASCA's Mindsets and Behaviors for Student Success. In August, grades PK-2 will learn about how to start off their school year on a positive track! Students will brainstorm how to use their unique qualities to make DES a kind, successful school with no place for hate. 

We run school-wide programs and initiatives. This year, we are striving to become a No Place For Hate school for the second year in a row. Each month all homerooms will participate in a special activity which fosters kindness, tolerance, and acceptance - the themes of No Place For Hate. In August, students will create a time capsule which focuses on the theme of "How Do You Want to Be Remembered?" Students will reflect on their contribution to school culture and the impact they want to have on others. 

We are introducing a new program this year focusing on promoting resiliency and social skills. Our Peaceful Problem Solving Program will teach students how to work together to solve conflicts between peers by utilizing our seven keys to communication. Our Keys to Communication encourage students to talk through their feelings and employ empathy in order to come to a positive solution. 

Research shows that the number one contributing factor to student achievement is showing up. For the third year in a row, our Timely Tigers Attendance Competition will group students by grade level and average their monthly attendance rate. The grade level with the highest percentage each month receives a special incentive of their choosing! 

We also work with students individually and in small groups. Small counseling groups provide added support for students in the areas of school skills, friendship, and self-concept. Small groups will begin sometime in September. Students can be referred by parents, teachers, or themselves. 

In elementary school, we want to make learning fun! We organize various special events, including the upcoming College Colors Day (September 2nd)! 

We know we can best meet the needs of our students and your children when we work together! In order to do so, we are looking to you for feedback and collaboration. We've created a parent needs assessment in order to review and improve our program. Thank you for taking the time to answer the questions in this survey.  

To learn more about your child's classroom guidance lessons, our No Place For Hate activities, the Peaceful Problem Solver Program, small counseling group opportunities, the Timely Tigers Attendance Competition, and more at

We are looking forward to another great year at DES!
Anna Proctor 
Counselor / PreK-2nd Grades
DCSD Media Alert
Secondary School Facility Planning and Feasibility Study Public Meetings

DeKalb County School District and Community Stakeholders
Two public input meetings for the Secondary School Facility Planning and Feasibility Study for middle schools and high schools. At these meetings staff will present recommendations for middle and high school feeder patterns, re-clustering attendance areas, additions to schools and new/replacement schools.  An online feedback survey will be available at time below.  Stakeholder feedback from these meetings and online survey will be incorporated into the 2017-2022 SPLOST list (Building S.P.A.C.E.S) later this Fall.

The recommendations to be presented at these meetings will be available online Tuesday Aug 23 at noon at:


Meeting 1

Meeting 2

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 6:30pm
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 6:30pm

Clarkston High School

618 N. Indian Creek Drive

Clarkston, GA  30021

Cross Keys High School
 1626 N. Druid Hills Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30319

Online Survey:    Tuesday Aug 23 at noon to Thursday September 8 at 11:59pm.


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.

Friday, August 19 - 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 "Being Healthy"
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'smyschoolbucks 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:

School Clubs

Dunwoody Elementary 
Lego League Robotics Team
As has been announced on WDES all last week, the DES Robotics Team is seeking 4th and 5th grade members for the 2016-2017 season. 
Applications are available on Ms. Taylor's and Mr. Hughes' websites. Please print off, fill out, and send in if your child is interested in being a Lego Robotics Team member. The due date for completed applications has been extended to Wednesday, August 17.

Please read all the information on the application before applying. 
Team members will be notified by Friday,  August 19, with the first team meeting being on August 22

Thank you - Mr. Hughes and Ms. Taylor
Chess Club

Day and Time: Thursdays after school from 2:35 to 3:35pm

Dates:  Fall session August 25 to November 10

Who can play: Any student in 2nd grade and older. Younger children may join only if they know how the pieces move and capture.

Cost fall session: $149 per child for this session


Click here to download the flyer for more information.

Dunwoody Singers
4th and 5th Grade students Sign Up!


Welcome to Dunwoody Singers! I am so glad to be your director for the Dunwoody Singers this year. I am very excited about teaching you to sing together and make some glorious music.
The Dunwoody Singers are limited in size. Please complete and return the attached form (below) as soon as possible!
The Dunwoody Singers will rehearse after school on Tuesdays beginning August 23. Students will rehearse in Mr. Arrington's Music Class room. Students will be dismissed from their home rooms at 2:35pm and then will go to the music room (room  #22170).
Plans are for the Dunwoody Singers to present performances throughout the year! We will also participate in the Georgia Music Educators Association "Large Group Performance Evaluation" commonly known as "LGPE" as well as in our school cluster Choral Festival in February at Dunwoody High School.

Attendance is important! Students are allowed one unexcused absence from the Dunwoody Singers per semester.
Students are to be picked up from rehearsal at 3:30pm. You will receive information about dismissal after students are accepted into the Dunwoody Singers. Students must be picked up on time!
Each student will pay a $25 fee which includes a Dunwoody Singers shirt as well as a Binder and materials for the Dunwoody Singers. You will receive more information in the next couple of weeks.
First Rehearsal will be on 8/23/16. A list of singers will be posted on Monday 8/22/16.

Ready to be a part of the Dunwoody Singers?
and return to Mr. Arrington or Ms. Esartia no later than August 19, 2016!!

Questions? Email Mr. Arrington at


Interested in Being a Girl Scout?
We will meet with perspective Girl Scouts and parents from Dunwoody Elementary School on the following date and location:
August 22, 6-8pm
Dunwoody Public Library
5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Girl Scouts representatives will be there to present information and answer your questions. Parents will complete paperwork, pay fees, and break into new troops.

We are also looking for parents to serve as Troop Leaders.

If you can't make it to this meeting, please contact Laura Brown or try to attend one of the other meetings scheduled in the Dunwoody area. Although primarily for other schools, anyone can attend:

Sunday, August 28, 2pm
North Atlanta Church of Christ
5676 Roberts Dr
Dunwoody, GA  30338

Sunday, August 28, 5pm
Dunwoody North Driving Club Clubhouse
4522 Kingsgate Drive,
Dunwoody, GA  30338
Laura Brown
DES Parent & Dunwoody Girl Scout Liason

Cub Scouts

The best way to find out what you do best is to do it. Catch a fish. Ride a bike. Set up a tent. Build a pinewood derbyŽ car. Cook over a campfire.
Cub Scouting offers boys the opportunity to see and learn fun, new things that can't be found anywhere else. 

The life lessons learned help form a foundation to embrace opportunity and overcome obstacles.

Cub Scout Pack 266, chartered by Dunwoody United Methodist Church and home to many scouts from DES is committed to helping boys do their best and have fun doing it, and we are opening our doors to new scouts.

To get basic scouting information and dates and times for pack 266 events and new parent Q&A sessions, please visit: and fill out the web form.

All prospective scouts and parents are encouraged to join us at our bike rodeo:  Sunday August 21 at 2pm at DUMC, 1548 Mt Vernon Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338

Thank you,
Nick Pivonka
DES Parent and Cubmaster
THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR!
Dance classes for Toddler through Adult!

Registered already?? Refer a friend and receive $20.00 off your tuition per child that registers! Now that's an amazing deal!!!

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 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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