September 11, 2016
DES News
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Order Your Yearbook Today!
September Counselor's Corne
Tiger Fund - Will Your Employer Make a Match?
PTO Membership Toolkit
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - Tuesday, September 13
All Pro Dads Breakfast - Friday, September 16
Picture Day - Tuesday, September 20th
Volunteer at the Book Fair!
Crossing Guard Assistants Needed
4th-6th Grade Girls Basketball
Peachtree Juniors Volleyball
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
Tuesday, September 13, 5-8pm - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night
Friday, September 16, 6:45-7:45am - All Pro Dad
Friday, September 16, 8-10am - PTO Executive Committee Meeting
Saturday, September 17, 8-10am - Grounds Day

Next Week
Tuesday, September 20 - School Pictures
Tuesday, September 20, 7-8am - School Council Meeting


From the PTO Co-Presidents
What an exciting week for DES! We have our first Chick-fil-a Spirit Night of the year on Tuesday! 20% of proceeds will be donated to DES, so please either come in or go through the drive through if you are able!

On Wednesday, our fifth graders will be planting bulbs to augment their learning about plant growth while beautifying our campus! Friday, Chris Wilburn will be leading an All Pro Dads about being healthy, and we have our grounds day on Saturday!

We hope that you find an opportunity for your family to join the DES community in these events!

Also, thank you for your patience as we have rolled out our new website! Again, thank you to Grace Chang, Cara Engel, and Lauren Middlebrooks for working so diligently to streamline our web based operations!


Megan Cann and Grace Chang
Don't Miss Out - Order Your Yearbook Today!
This is your first chance to order your 2017 yearbook. Yearbooks were not sold at registration this year.  
September 5th to September 12th
Yearbooks are only $25
Beginning September 13th the yearbook cost will rise to $32.00
 Simply Click
to order
We will only be accepting online orders this year. No paper orders or checks will be accepted.
Last year's yearbook SOLD OUT and there were some disappointed students who missed out. Don't let that happen to you this year!
If you have any questions, please contact Emily Ceo at or Rosemary Gorham at
Attention 5th grade parents: Recognition ads will be sold again this year during the month of October. Watch for more information in Tiger Talk and TIP.
September Counselor's Corner
Classroom Guidance Lessons: Each month, our counselors deliver one guidance lesson to each homeroom. This month's topics are: Listening and Following Directions (PreK & K), Personal Responsibility (1st Grade), Organization (2nd Grade), Bias, Bullying, Harassment (3rd and 4th Grades).
No Place For Hate Activity: This September, we are creating a Garden of Promise. Students and staff will trace their hands on colorful construction paper and write down how they plan to help Dunwoody ES become a designated No Place For Hate school. Teachers will craft these hands into paper flowers, which will hang in the upstairs breezeway. 
Peaceful Problem SolversWe are introducing a new school climate program this year which focuses on promoting resilience 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. 
Timely Tigers Attendance Competition: At DES, we know each minute counts towards student achievement! Our Timely Tigers Grade Level Attendance Competition measures monthly the percentage of students present for instruction. The grade level that wins each month gets to choose one of four rewards to celebrate! Each morning on the morning announcements, the homerooms with all students in attendance and on time the previous day are recognized. Students give a cheer with they hear their homeroom called! August's winning grade level was: 1st Grade!

Special Event: International Day of Peace is September 21. DES is celebrating this No Place For Hate event. Students and staff will wear white to celebrate this day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples by the United Nations.
For more information, check out our website on:
Anna Proctor, Counselor / PreK-2nd Grades
Steven Childs, Counselor / 3rd-5th Grades
Will Your Employer Make a Match?

Thank you to all the families that have contributed to the Tiger Fund so far this year. We are well on our way of reaching our goal of $75,000, but we are not there yet! Many companies, both big and small, have matching programs for their employees, retirees, and board members that will double and in some cases triple the portion of your donation.

This is a great way to make your donation worth even more! Several area companies have generously matched Tiger Fund donations in the past, including Coca-Cola, SunTrust, Bank of America, Turner, Fitzgerald, Cox, Gannett, Kimberly-Clark, and many more!  Some companies will even donate based on volunteer hours submitted. Contact your employer to determine if they will match your donation and to find out the guidelines for obtaining matching funds.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Whitney Samuelson.
PTO Membership Toolkit
We are now utilizing a service called Membership ToolKit.  Utilized by several other PTOs in the area, this service combines all of our technology needs through one service.  Not only will this save hundreds of dollars annually, it will ease some of the workload off of our parent volunteers while consolidating information!  You will be able to sign up for events, sign up to volunteer, check the directory, and order spirit wear online!  We just need your help getting it up and operating!  

Please take a moment to enter your information and register. Once this is done, you will be able to sign up HERE  for Tour de Dunwoody, our upcoming CycleBar fundraiser, and order spirit wear all in one location!  For those of you with students at DHS and PMCS, you will be familiar with this service!

Please let us know if you have any questions!
Grace and Megan



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   

Friday, September 16 - 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". RSVP HERE.
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.
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 
Cycle Bar Fundraiser
CycleBar Dunwoody has graciously offered to host a fundraiser for the PTO of DES!  
CycleBar offers an intense, stationary cycle work out while also engaging core strength throughout the class!  This is a great training event for Tour de Dunwoody!  Typically, a single ride class costs $22-25, but on September 21 at 9:45am, they are offering a class for adults of the DES community for only $20!  100% of this fee goes straight back to the DES PTO, so your contribution is tax deductible!
What a great way to get some exercise, raise money for the school, and meet some new people!  You can sign up on the following link! 
Space is limited, so sign up now!
Smile for the Camera
 Picture Day is
Tuesday, September 20
Order forms went home in September 8th TIP. The form will need to be filled out with payment enclosed and presented on picture day. 

If you prefer to pay by credit card, you may order online by following the link below.  If ordering online be sure to print the receipt, your child will need to give the receipt to the photographer. 


If for some reason you are not pleased with the pictures, make-up day will be October 25. Your child will need to turn in purchased pictures to photographer before his/her picture will be retaken.
Every student will have their picture taken regardless of whether or not pictures are ordered and/or purchased. These photos are for the yearbook. For those that do not order on picture day, proof of that photo will be given to the child when pictures come in.  You will be able to order online, BUT will have to pay for shipping. 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kris Mamaghani, Amanda Becker or Legacy Studios directly at 1-800-348-4360. 
To order online:


Book Fair Volunteers Needed

Yo Ho, Yo Ho, Volunteer at the Book Fair! We argh ready for you!

Tuesday, September 27 - Thursday, September 29.  Keep an eye out for Book Bucks coming home soon...

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!


4th-6th Grade Girls Basketball 
at Dunwoody High School

The Dunwoody Lady Wildcats are offering a developmental basketball program this fall for 4th-6th grade girls.  8 sessions will be held every Sunday afternoon from September 11 - October 30 from 3 - 4:30pm.  Sessions will include skills and competitive play.

Please visit our website for more information and registration form:
Peachtree Junior 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.

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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