August 21, 2016
DES News
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Counselor's Corner
Lost and Found
DES Directory 2016-2017
DCSD Media Altert
The Media Center Needs Your Help!
School Store looking for volunteers
After School Spanish Program
Chess Club
Interested in being a Girl Scouts?
Cub Scouts for DES Students
Expressions in Motion
How to Submit and Announcement Using Tiger Talk
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Friday, August 26 - STEM Day

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From the PTO Co-Presidents
Thanks so much to all who attended Curriculum Nights last week! We appreciate your interest in and support of the school!  

Thanks to Ashley Gallagher and Fara Yarborough for working diligently to recruit and train room parents and to Chris Wilburn for getting All Pro Dads off to a great start this year! 

Several events are coming up soon including our first Chick-fil-A spirit night, grounds day, and school photos! Stay tuned to Tiger Talk and the papers in the TIP folders for more information!

Friday is our first STEM day of the year!  Have your students wear the blue STEM shirt that was received when you paid your annual dues!

We are still looking for one more organized individual to work on the yearbook with year along with Emily Ceo and Rosemary Gorham with plans for taking over leadership of the yearbook the following year.  

Megan Cann and Grace Chang
Counselor's Corner

Friday, September 2nd is College Colors Day! Students and staff around the nation will be wearing college gear to celebrate their commitment to higher education. 

At DES, we are dedicated to helping all students become college and career ready. Help us in our mission of early college awareness by encouraging your child to dress up and participate. To make this day more meaningful, your child may select a college fact/trivia to share with their class

We are looking forward to another great year at DES!
Anna Proctor 
Counselor / PreK-2nd Grades
Lost and Found

Lost and Found is located in the hallway outside the Media Center. Items are donated on the 1st and 15th of every month to the Community Assistance Center, a non-profit providing compassionate assistance to neighbors requesting assistance with financial and basic needs in the Dunwoody and Sandy Springs area.

However, every effort is made to return items to their rightful owners, so please remember to label your items!!!

Katie Weinstein and Jamie West
DES Online Directory
Hello Parents of DES! 

On September 2, we will upload this year's PTO registration data (parent, child, email, and phone) into the ONLINE DIRECTORY.  This is a PRIVATE online directory only available to DES families.  If you would like to OPT OUT of this process, please send an email to: with email address and parent/family name by the end of the day on Wednesday, August 31. You will have the opportunity to verify and/or correct your data after the upload is complete.

Thank you! 
DES Directory Committee 


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.


The Media Center Needs Your Help!

Looking for a great way to get involved at DES?  The media center can use your help! 

Ms. Gurin needs help daily reshelving books.  You can come any time after 11AM and it usually takes about an hour.

School Store

We're looking for volunteers to help with School Store for the new school year!
The school store sells a variety of items, including:
  • School supplies - Pencils, lead replacement, rulers, glue, paper, pencil pouches
  • School-related items with Fun Themes - Pencil toppers, pencil sharpeners, smelly erasers and highlighters, multi-color pens, bookmarks
  • Many other items - Notepads, key chains, wallets, and small toys
  • Spirit Wear Items - DES clothes, water bottles, magnets
The store is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the cafeteria between 7:10 and 7:40am before school begins. The children LOVE the store and we hate to turn them away if we can't get through the line. 

This store provides children experience with money skills, and all proceeds benefit the PTOThe success of our school store is entirely dependent on volunteers and works best when we have two volunteers at each shift. 

It's also a great way to get in your volunteer hours before the work day starts!

Please consider signing up for one of the shifts at the following signup genius link:
If you have any questions about what to do if you're new, please do not hesitate to ask!
Thank you!

Kim-Lee Yarberry and Dana Coulter


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.


Interested in Being a Girl Scout?
We will meet with perspective Girl Scouts and parents from Dunwoody Elementary School tomorrow 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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