August 28, 2016
DES News
From our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
DES Directory 2016-2017
College Colors Day - Friday, September 2
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - Tuesday, September 13
Grounds Day - September 17, 8-10am
Crossing Guard Assistants Needed
School Store looking for volunteers
After School Spanish Program
Peachtree/JR Wildcats 2016 FALL Volleyball Camp
Expressions in Motion
How to Submit and Announcement Using Tiger Talk
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Friday, September 2 - College Colors Day

Next Week
Monday, September 5 - No School
Wednesday - Friday, September 7-9 -ITBS Testing


From our Principal
When I first arrived at DES four years ago, the campus landscape was nice enough, and there was evidence of some young plants just waiting to mature. However, in the last four years, Mr. Tommy McNeese has poured a great deal of volunteer time and effort into making our grounds one of the most attractive in the school system. Additionally, in the last two years, we've also focused on our nature trail by supporting volunteer parent, Dan Geist, as he seeks to maintain and improve our trail. The result of such dedicated volunteers has resulted in great outdoor spaces that our teachers and students enjoy!

I encourage all DES Tiger Families to join us at our annual fall grounds day on September 17 at 8am. The grounds day is a time to meet new families while working elbow to elbow. Whether you are an excellent trash collector, weed puller, or planter, we have a job for you! I try to never miss a grounds day, and I've always been rewarded with a feeling of satisfaction while having fun. 

This year, I will join Mary K. Morris and Renee Taylor in quest of the Master Gardener certification granted by the University of Georgia through Fernbank Science Center. Our team must plan, execute and grow a native garden on the school property. We have ideas of creating a pollinator garden near the organic beds, and an extension garden connected to the butterfly habitat outside the Media Center. Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Taylor and I are each required to submit 50 hours of work toward the completion of the projects. I am excited about the outdoor experience our project will potentially give back to our students.

Thank you to all the volunteers and DES supporters in our community! You are the ones telling our story and helping to make our school great!

Jennifer Sanders,
Principal, Dunwoody Elementary School
From the PTO Co-Presidents
DES! The Executive Council of the PTO has decided to use a new service supporting our website. It will provide all the great information our current PTO website has, but much more user friendly - especially when registering for events and submitting payments.

Those of you with students at Peachtree Middle and Dunwoody High will already be familiar with this service! Cara Engel, Grace Chang, and Lauren Middlebrooks are working diligently to get the online directory as well as online spirit wear sales up and running!  Stay tuned for more information! 

Though the operation of the system is changing, the website will remain the same:!  Thanks!

Megan Cann and Grace Chang
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 


Counselor's Corner

Friday, September 2 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
Spirit Night

Please join us Tuesday, September 13, from 5pm-8pm at Chick-fil-A Perimeter Pointe for Spirit Night! 
DES gets credit for all sales from our school community, dine-in or drive-through, anytime between 5pm and 8pm
Please be sure to mention DES at the time of purchase. 
Stop by the ice dream table to visit with the Grade 5 and ESOL teachers who will be serving. We will be keeping track of the class with the highest attendance for the night. The winning class will be treated with a biscuit party! 
Thank you Chick-fil-A of Perimeter Pointe for your support of DES!
Chick-fil-A Perimeter Pointe   
Grounds Day 
September 17, 8-10am
Come help us make DES look as great on the outside as it is on the inside!
Grounds Day is September 17, 8-11am
We'll need lots of hands, wheelbarrows, shovels, and gloves to get this job done!  

Please consider coming, even if you can only stay an hour and have no grounds experience- every little bit helps!  
The class with the highest participation will win the "golden shovel" trophy and an extra long recess the next week!  
Let us know if you can attend at 


Crossing Guard Assistants Needed

Administration has asked for a little assistance keeping pedestrians safe in the morning from our parents!  

Please see the Sign Up Genius for more information and sign up if you are able to help!

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



Peachtree/JR Wildcats
2016 FALL
Volleyball Camp
Peachtree / Jr. Wildcats 2016 Fall Volleyball Camp is around the corner! 

This program teaches young athletes volleyball skills and love of the game and will lay the foundation for the Dunwoody High School volleyball teams for the future. 

There are many former Jr. Wildcats currently playing at DHS, on volleyball club teams and at the college level!  

Our next camp (6 sessions) will be at Peachtree Middle School October 11, 12, 18, 20, 25 & 27 from 7pm-8:30pm and is for 3rd-8th graders. 

For more information and to sign up for this camp, go to or contact  770-330-5532
Click here to download the flyer for more information.

Join us for classes at Tucker Dance Studio!
Classes available for all ages!!!
Monday: Adult Hip hop dance fitness, 9:30 - 10:30AM
Monday: Grades 6th through 9th, Jazz/hip hop, 5:00 - 6:00PM
Tuesday: Toddler and ME creative movement, 9:30 - 10:30AM
Wednesday: Adult Hip hop dance fitness, 6:30 - 7:30PM
Wednesday: Toddler and ME creative movement, 10:00 - 11:00AM
Tucker Dance Studio
4898 Lavista Rd. Tucker, GA 30084

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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