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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. Also, at the end of this week, we begin our Spring break. Schools will be closed from April 2 through April 6. I will not be sending a Clark's Corner on either Sunday - April 1 or April 8. My next Clark's Corner will be sent out on April 15. I hope you have a wonderful vacation and get to spend a great amount of time with your loved ones.


Highlights from Mr. Clark

  • Overnight Field Trips - We had a fantastic trip to the Georgia Aquarium! We were the only ones at the aquarium, and we were able to see all of the exhibits up close and have quite a unique experience at such a normally busy place. I do not think there are many third grade students in town that can say they have participated in a Flash Mob with their friends and class mates at the Aquarium. I believe the students had a great time with the animals, getting to touch sharks and anemones, getting a behind the scenes tour, and spending the night watching all of the fish. At the end of the sessions, the guys camped out in front of the Great Ocean Voyager exhibit, and the girls camped out in the tunnel under the Voyager exhibit and in front of the Coral Reef. This was an experience I know I will relish for quite some time. I would like to thank the 3rd 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 Monday when the 5th grade students will get to travel to Rock Eagle for our next overnight trip.
  • Instructional Highlights - This past week we had our book fair and spring fling dinner, and I hope everyone was able to have a great time eating dinner and buying a new favorite book. Our fifth grade students were able to participate in a very unique opportunity where we had a visiting poet come to the classes and work with our children during a "Poet in Residence" experience that helped the students learn to write poetry and make the connection to popular music.   Our Kindergarten classes were visited by MARTA Public Safety Officers who helped teach them the importance of being alert to strangers, the concept of "Stranger Danger," and steps they should take if approached by a stranger while in public. This week, our 2nd and 3rd grade music students are excited to perform Tuesday night at their spring concert.


Have a great week!

Have an awesome day today. As I stated above, the end of the week marks the beginning of our Spring Break, and we will not have school April 2-6. I look forward to connecting again with you on April 15. 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. Take care and have a great week and a wonderful Spring Break!

DES News
Co-Presidents Report
What a busy week we had at DES!  Thanks so much to all the volunteers who helped this week with the Spring Book Fair under the direction of our fabulous committee chairs, Katie Frame and Carrie Farris.  Also, a big shout out to Maria Jacobs and her volunteers who helped to make Spring Fling Family Dinner a huge success!  A special thank you to  Cassie Odom, Judi  Carlson, Lena Galan, Vicky James, Jovan Moses, Rosemary Gortham, Jamelia Kates, Mr. Brake, Ms. Thompson, Ms. Moore and The Mad Italian for helping with our Spring Fling Dinner.   We are so lucky at DES to have wonderful volunteers!  

Mellie and Shari
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Last Call:  Box Tops Contest!


This is the final week to submit 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!


Lost and Found Items to be Donated

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!
School Council Update


Last month the school council approved revisions to our By-laws. The changes include the following:

  • Change the parent representative election to the spring (usually May) of each school year.
  • Require that biographical information about each candidate be posted for one week prior to the election.
  • Elect officers at the last meeting of the school year for the following year, after the parent election.
  • Add 3 more parents, 1 teacher and 2 business partners to the total number of school council members. This would increase membership from 7 to 13 members.
  • Parent terms (2 years) will be staggered, with 3 parents rolling off one year and 4 the next.

We will start the parent representative election process when we return from spring break. Start thinking about whether you would like to run or if you know someone you would like to nominate.

Nomination forms will come home in the T.I.P. on 4/12. Any questions, please contact one of your school council representatives.

Proposed 2012-2013
PTO Executive Committee Slate

Thanks to all the PTO members for nominating themselves or another for the PTO slate of Executive Committee members.  We have a great slate to put forward to the PTO membership and know that the 2012-2013 school year will be a wonderful one with these individuals.  We will vote on the slate at the April 24, 2012, PTO General Membership meeting.  Thank you also to the Nominating Committee members for all their hard work in filling the slate for us with quality individuals.


DES 2012-2013 Proposed Slate of Executive Officers:
Co-President (1 year): Shari Wassell
Co-President (2 years):  Mark Breedlove
Treasurer: Judi Carlson
VP of Academic Affairs: Klare McKee
VP of Communications:  Meredith Kitey
VP of Programs:  Stephanie Holmes
VP of Ways & Means: Whitney Samuelson
Secretary:  Jeanne Sacks
Financial Secretary (2 years): April Toms


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 or waiver as per OCGA 20-2-150(d)
  • 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.




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  

DHS Youth Softball Camp


June 11-14

9:00 - 1:00 daily at DHS


The DHS coaches and players will host an instructional and fun softball camp. Each day will start with outdoor softball activities, and end with indoor craft session. Cost $125. Further information and sign up can be found 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
Box Tops Contest
Lost and Found
School Council Update
PTO Executive Committee Slate
Kindergarten Roundup
DHS Youth Softball Camp
Tiger Talk Archived
Tiger Talk info

Important Dates

3/27/12 2nd & 3rd Grade Music Program 

3/30/12 Box Tops Due

4/2 - 4/6 Spring Break




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