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Co-Presidents Report

Here is a huge thank you to Sarah Smith and her International Committee for the International month activities that were held in March.  From the Potluck dinner to the play date and "Where in the World is Mr. Clark" challenges, Sarah did a great job organizing these events with her committee members and we thank them for their service to DES!  Also, a special thanks to Mrs. Miller and Ms. Esartia for all their hard work on all the general music concerts this year.  They were all fabulous!


We hope everyone has a great Spring Break! 


See you around the school!

Mellie and Shari


Walk to School Day

Our next Walk to School Day is Wednesday, April 11 (Wednesday after spring break).

Put on your walking shoes and walk to school (or ride your bike)!
The class with the most walkers will receive the monthly Gold Sneaker Award.

In addition, we will again have a walking school bus. The walking school bus will leave from:

Vermack Swim & Tennis Club
4756 Vermack Road
Please meet at 7:15 a.m.
We will start walking at 7:20 a.m. promptly
Look forward to seeing you on the sidewalk!

Please note: Walk to school tallying will be cancelled if there is active precipitation (i.e. rain) We will make this determination by 5 p.m. on Tuesday and will only send out an eblast if the event is cancelled.

If you are interested in helping to tally walkers on the morning of April 11, please Rosemary Gorham at

Parent-Teacher Tennis Open

Friday, April 13

3-6 p.m.

Georgetown Tennis Courts (1465 Old Spring House Lane)


DES Families!

Come out on Friday, April 13 to watch you favorite teachers play tennis against some of our DES parents.  We'll have a fun afternoon of competitive tennis at the Georgetown Tennis facility from 3-6 p.m.  Mark your calendar and come out to cheer for your favorite team with your DES friends and families.

Parents versus Teachers!


Note:  Players are needed.  If you are able to play in this event, please email by April 9.

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 TIP 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  

Wildcat Royale 2012

The Dunwoody High School Community Association (aka Wildcat Fund) is having their fundraiser on April 14.

It is a fun night! Casino and Live/silent Auction


Who attends?

The Dunwoody Community

Dunwoody City leaders

DHS Alumni

Parents not just presently at the High School - but throughout the cluster.


For more information, please clikc on the links below:


Wildcat Royale 2012 Invitation

Wildcat Royale Sponsor Information



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In This Issue
Co-Presidents Report
Walk to School Day
Parent-Teacher Tennis Open
School Council Update
PTO Executive Committee Slate
Kindergarten Roundup
Wildcat Royale 2012
Tiger Talk Archived
Tiger Talk info

Important Dates


4/2 - 4/6 Spring Break


4/11 Walk to School Day


4/11 DCPC Meeting



4/13 Parent-Teacher Tennis Open




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