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Clark's Corner                                         Message From the Principal

Greetings Parents and Community Members

Welcome once again to Clark's Corner. We have lots of great activities this week and last week to highlight for the children and community. We have our Book Fair this week, and our PTO Meeting and Spring Dinner this Thursday. Please see information below in Tiger Talk to RSVP to this event and I hope to see you there. 


Highlights from Mr. Clark

  • Overnight Field Trips - What a night at the Zoo! We had a blast. Even though we were tired Friday when we came back, I believe the children had a great time. I know I certainly did and learned a lot about the animals and the Zoo that I did not know before this trip. I hope kids will tell the stories of petting the armadillo, seeing the black mamba, the gorillas and their babies, and the giant pandas. We also learned interesting aspects of the 'behind the scenes' activities and saw a glimpse of the food prep areas and types of food the animals are provided at the Zoo. I would like to thank the 4th grade teachers and the parents that were there to supervise and organize this event to make it successful for the children. I am very much looking forward to this Thursday when the 3rd grade students get to spend the night at the GA Aquarium.
  • Instructional Highlights - Parents should have received your child's progress report in TIP folders last week. This marked the end of the 9 week grading period. Also last week, our Special Education department organized, and we all participated in Exceptional Children's Week. Each day we learned about individual celebrities who survive and thrive as adults with exceptionalities. We had daily activities for understanding and being sympathetic to and supportive of individuals with disabilities, and we signed a banner in the front lobby. The teachers participated in a donation event to raise money for Special Olympics. Also, the children completed and turned in their submissions for the Young GA Authors Writing Competition. This week, we are excited to have a poet in residence working all week with our 5th grade students on writing skills and poetry. I visited the Music, PE and Art specials classes last week and saw engaging, content rich instructional activities that really provide a well rounded enriching program at DES.


Have a great week!

Have an awesome day today. It looks like the weather is participating nicely this weekend. According to the Farmer's Almanac, we are going to have an overly warm March and April, but then
experience cooler than normal temperatures and more rain than normal in the summer months. I hope you find this information helpful and useful. Please do not hesitate to contact me or the appropriate school personnel if there is anything we can do for you.  


DES News

Co-Presidents Report


Parents - Please plan to attend a BRIEF PTO meeting in the media center on Thursday, March 22 at 5 p.m. to view the slate of PTO officers for next year.  Our nominating committee has been working very hard to put together a slate of awesome volunteers.  We will present the slate at the meeting and then again on the PTO website and in future issues of Tiger Talk.  All PTO members will be asked to attend a brief general membership meeting on Tuesday, April 24 to elect the PTO officers for the 2012-13 school year.Also, if you are interested in serving, please contact a member of our nominating committee.


Plan also to attend the Spring Fling Family Night dinner!  The menu sounds great and you can browse the book fair before or after dinner.  Bring your kids, enjoy a night off from cooking and meet new friends at DES. 


See you Thursday night!


Mellie and Shari



Dunwoody Elementary School Presents

Spring Fling

 Take the night off from cooking and come to DES for our first annual spring dinner.  Join us Thursday, March 22, 2012 from 5:30 to 7:30p.m.   The menu will include bread, salad, penne pasta (with meat sauce, tomato sauce or butter sauce), drinks (ice tea, lemonade or water) and cookies.

Please click on the link below for the RSVP form. Fill it out and return it to the PTO Mail Box by March 20, 2012.


Spring Fling RSVP Form




DES Book Fair!

The Dunwoody Elementary Spring Scholastic Book Fair is just around the corner - Wednesday, March 21 - Friday, March 23. This is a great opportunity to encourage your children to read with the fabulous selection of books available from Scholastic.  Look for a flyer with book titles and information on the great selection that will be available this year. Come check out the fair with your kids before and after school.  Proceeds from the book fair are used to fund school activities, add to classroom libraries and provide reading instruction for the entire school.


Volunteer to help at the Book Fair

We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to work as helpers and cashiers for 1 hour shifts in the morning (Thurs and Fri 7:00-8:00 am) or 2 hour shifts after-school (between 2:00 - 5:00 pm Wed, Thurs, Fri as well as 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Family Night).  Interested?  Please contact Katie Frame ( or Carrie Farris ( with your preference.   Thank you!!


International Playdate for All!

Friday, March 23, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on the DES grounds
Please join us to get to know other DES parents and children!


(This is a playdate for parents with their children, not a drop off event).
Please send a note on March 23, to your child's teacher stating that they will
attend the International Playdate.  Parents, please meet in the Media Center at 2:30 p.m. Your children, with appropriate playdate dismissal notes, will be dismissed at 2:45 p.m. to the Media Center.
The playdate will be on the grounds outside the media center doors.  We will
have balls, hula hoops, jump ropes & sidewalk chalk! Please bring your own water bottle and/or after school snack.

The playdate will be cancelled in case of rain or wet grounds.
This event is open to all DES families and their children. For more information, please email the International Committee at

DES PTO Call for Nominations


Please consider serving on the PTO Board next year.  The Nomination Committee is now actively looking for people to serve on the DES PTO Executive Board for the 2012-2013 school year.   These positions oversee all the committees for the PTO and work closely with the school leadership to drive initiatives for DES.


The open positions for next year are:

Co-President  (2 years)
VP of Ways and Means  (1 year)
VP of Communications (1 year)

VP of Programs  (1 year)

Financial Secretary  (2 years, first year as F.S., 2nd year as Treasurer)
(1 year)


If you would like to nominate someone or be nominated yourself, please contact any member of the Nominating Committee.   The committee will take all nominations and present a proposed slate to the school for approval.   For more information on the positions, please contact a member of the committee or visit the PTO website.

The time line:

  • Thursday, March 22 - present proposed slate at PTO Meeting
  • Wednesday, April 11 - Post 2012-2013 DES PTO Slate
  • Tuesday, April 24 - PTO Meeting to vote on PTO Slate

2012-2013 DES PTO Nominating Committee Contact information:   


Celena Apple


Karen Courtney


Katie Frame


Susan Harper


Christine Hilgert


Jovan Moses


Kristy Pierce


Tara Sinisgalli


Thank you for your nominations!



Join Us for Tiger Cub Roundup!



Do you have a rising Kindergartener coming to Dunwoody Elementary next year?



What: Kindergarten pre-registration (2012-2013 school year)


When:   Thursday, April 12, 2012 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. 

Parents complete registration papers and rising Kindergarten children will participate in activities.  Please plan on arriving promptly at 8:00 a.m. and staying until 10:00 a.m. for this program.   

Who:  Parents and children in Dunwoody Elementary School district. Children must be age 5 or older as of September 1, 2012.


Dunwoody Elementary is pleased to offer parents the opportunity to pre-register while rising Kindergarteners have the opportunity to visit Kindergarten classrooms for fun activities and to meet Kindergarten teachers.  Come learn more about Kindergarten at Dunwoody Elementary


Please bring the following documents (originals and one copy of each) with you:


  • Parent's photo ID
  • Proof of residency (current gas, water or electric bill or signed lease or deed)
  • Child's certified original birth certificate or passport
  • Child's Social Security Card (if you want to provide it)
  • Immunization Form 3231 with 2nd Varicella
  • Vision-Hearing-Dental Form 3300 

Please note:  If you are unable to attend this morning session, please stop in the front office of Dunwoody Elementary School any week to pre-register your student. This pre-registration process will enable us to better plan for next school year. Therefore, please pre-register as soon as you are able.


Lost and Found

It is time for Spring Cleaning in the Lost and Found.

All items in the Lost and Found will be donated on Thursday, March 29.

Please check the Lost and Found for your lost item today!

Box Tops Contest


Don't forget to clip those Box Tops for our contest that runs until March 30, 2012. The student in each grade with the most will receive a prize!

Simply look for the Box Tops symbol on common food and household products, clip close to dotted line and put in a baggie with your child's name, number of clipped Box Tops, and teacher's name. These baggies of Box Tops should be dropped in the red and black schoolhouse located in the front entry of the school.

Dunwoody Elementary receives 10 cents for every Box Top. So far this year over $900 has been raised for PTO activities which benefit our children. Thank you for your support!




April 11, 2012 (Wednesday, 9:15 a.m.)
This is the Final Meeting of the School Year  

Meeting Location: Peachtree Charter Middle School
Topic: "Update on DeKalb County School System"  Speaker: Dr. Cheryl Atkinson, DCSS Superintendent


DCPC meets monthly on the first Wednesday of the month (unless noted otherwise), starting with refreshments at 8:45 a.m. The meeting starts at 9:15 a.m. and ends by 10:30 a.m. Meetings are held at various public venues within the Dunwoody Chamblee area. Meetings are open and topics are geared toward the interests of parents and guardians with children in Dunwoody and Chamblee schools in the Dekalb County School System. There is no charge for attendance.  All Parents are encouraged to attend.  


For more information visit or contact DCPC Co-President Sarah Smith at  

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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 10 p.m. on Wednesday. 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

In This Issue
Co-Presidents Report
Spring Fling Family Dinner
Book Fair
International Playdate
Call for Nominations
Kindergarten Roundup
Lost and Found
Box Tops Contest
Tiger Talk Archived
Tiger Talk info

Important Dates


Wed., Mar. 21-

Fri. Mar. 23

DES Book Fair


Thurs., Mar.22

5:00 p.m.

PTO Meeting


Thurs., Mar. 22

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Spring Fling Family Dinner


Fri., Mar. 23

Theme Day

March Madness


Fri., Mar. 23

3 - 4 p.m.

International Committee Playdate


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DES PTO Website & Calendar  

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