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 April 15, 2012

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Clark's Corner                                            Message From the Principal

Greetings Parents and Community Members

Welcome back once again to Clark's Corner. I know I had a wonderful spring break and was able to catch up on some rest, reading, and quality time with my family. I hope you were able to enjoy the break as well and energize for the remaining 29 days of school. I do not believe we are that close to the end of the year. Time has really flown by.


Highlights from Mr. Clark

  • Overnight Field Trips - We finished our third and last overnight trip to the UGA and 4-H Center at Rock Eagle just before the holidays. The kids had a great time hiking, participating in classes and team-building sessions, and playing a rousing football game with Mr. Smith and Coach May. Mrs. Sanders even joined in on the second game. The instructional classes enabled children to learn a great amount of information through seeing, hearing, and touching many animals. All three of these trips were fantastic, and the children had a wonderful time.  
  • Instructional Highlights - While we were away on the field trips prior to Spring Break, our 2nd and 3rd grade classes had their musical performance, and the Dunwoody Singers performed at the Hawks game. This past week we partnered with Children's Health Care of Atlanta to host our first Health and Wellness Week. Daily activities were provided to the teachers; PE classes highlighted field day and physical activity; and we had a wonderful assembly at the end of the week. We look to continue this tradition and strengthen these activities next year and in the future as well. Yesterday, our children participated in the Science Olympiad at Druid Hills Middle School. I would like to thank Mrs. Baker for sponsoring the teams and Mrs. Beck, Ms. Burdette, Mrs. Mattison, and Ms. Thornton for their help providing this wonderful opportunity for our children. We have our third annual Evening of the Arts this Thursday where children will have their artwork on display, and our music department will perform in the background. This is a wonderful event, and I hope to see you there. This Thursday marks the end of the 13.5 grading period and Progress Reports will go home in TIP on Thursday April 26.
  • General Information - This past Friday, we ended our week with a wonderful parent/teacher/staff tennis event at Georgetown Swim and tennis facility. I personally had a blast playing with everyone and believe everyone else did as well. We are hoping to continue this as a tradition and possibly add more dates to the calendar next year as we evolve and build our culture and traditions. I would like to thank Shari Wassell for putting this together for us. Also, we had a very successful Tiger Cub Round-up last Thursday. We had over 80 children new to DES arrive, complete paperwork, listen to our students sing, and get a chance to see our wonderful Kindergarten classes and teachers. I would like to thank Mrs. Apple, Mrs. Shelton, Mrs. McCoy and the many parent volunteers who worked to make this such a success. Please see information below regarding School Council and the nominations. We are seeking to add three parents to our Council and hope parents will nominate and serve on this important school group.


Have a great week!

I hope you have an outstanding day today. I trust 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! 
DES News
Co-Presidents Report

We hope everyone had a great Spring Break and are ready for the final 6 weeks of school.  Be sure to check the PTO website for upcoming events.  We will also try to include upcoming events in Tiger Talk.  Please plan to join us for our last PTO meeting of the year on April 24 at 6:30 p.m.  At this meeting, we will vote on new PTO officers for next year as well as give updates on the PTO financial budget.  We will also address any questions or suggestions that you may have about PTO, any event we have sponsored, or any committee you may want to know more about.  If you have an issue or question you would like addressed at this meeting, please email us with your comments.  Mr. Clark will also present his "State of the School" update. 


Thank you to all who have volunteered to make this a great year at DES!


See you around the school!


Mellie O'Keefe

Shari Wassell


DES Evening of the Arts

Be sure to come by DES on Thursday, April 19 from 5-8 p.m. (specific artwork viewing times were included in the TIP flyer that went home to DES families this past week). Your child's artwork will be on display and you will be able to purchase artwork done by your child.  Light refreshments will be served.

We are in need of 10 volunteers to help make the event successful.  We need 5 volunteers each for two 2-hour shifts: 5-7 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.  Volunteers will help parents through the exhibits, work as cashiers, and help with the food area. Please contact Terri Polk at to select your preferred time slot.   

Teacher Appreciation Week is Coming!

Get ready for Teacher Appreciation Week which is coming Monday, May 7 thru Friday, May 11!  This year's theme is "World of Thanks" and we are presenting each teacher and paraprofessional with a "World of Thanks Flip Book" containing thank you notes made by their students. Your child should have received a packet with instructions for making these thank you notes in their TIP packet. Please contact either Sharon Callahan at or Julie Smith at if your child did not receive the packet in last Thursday's TIP or if you have any questions.  We want to make this a memorable week for our teaching staff and want to show them how much we appreciate their hard work and dedication!  Please return your child's thank you notes to your homeroom teacher by Friday, April 20 so that the flipbooks can be assembled! 




All Pro Dad 


Hey DES Dads,

Join us for our Dunwoody Elementary School's All Pro Dad - Dad's Day Breakfast.

Team up with other DES dads and kids for a quick, before-school breakfast and a 30-minute program of fatherhood and family topics. You'll take away some great tips and resources to help you be the best Dad you can be, and you'll strengthen your relationship with your kids at the same time. The program is fun, and free! All you need to do is buy breakfast in the School Cafeteria. You can pay for breakfast using your child's "mylunchmoney" account, cash or check ($1.50 adults, $1.15 children).  If you do not have a "mylunchmoney" account, you may register for one at


Our next Chapter meeting will be FRIDAY, April 20. The program will be held in the DES Cafeteria.  It is extremely important that you RSVP by THURSDAY, April 19 at 12 p.m.  We need to be able to plan for the appropriate number of tables, meals and materials. 

This month's topic is "Overcoming Obstacles"

Please arrive for breakfast at 7:00 a.m.  

The program runs from 7:35 a.m. until 7:55 a.m. 


To help with keeping the parking lot and carpool drop off running smoothly, please park at Perimeter College and walk over to school.


Please RSVP on our chapter's website:

Want more information? E-mail Robert Apple at

See you there...


Walk to School Day

Thank you everyone who came out to walk on Wednesday in the chilly weather!
Ms. Young's kindergarten class won the Gold Sneaker Award with 77% participation! The announcement of the winning class was made Thursday during the WDES morning news. The winners for each grade level were: Ms. Glenn for Pre-K, Ms. Goodwin for 1st Grade, Ms. Holbrook for 2nd Grade, Mr. Prescott for 3rd Grade, Mr. Smith for 4th Grade and Ms. Taylor/Ms. Willis (tie) for 5th Grade.   

Thank you to all the volunteers that made the Walk to School event such a success: Michelle Wickland, Jennifer Fenmore, Jenny Troha, Rita Fiscella, Amanda Becker, Shari Wassell and Mellie O'Keefe.

Overall 48% of our school walked to school on Wednesday.

Our next Walk to School (the final one for the year) will be Wednesday, May 2. We will also be participating in National Bike to School Day on May 9.

Watch future Tiger Talks for more details. 
If you would like to volunteer in the upcoming Walk or Bike to School Days, please contact Rosemary Gorham at We need lots of volunteers to make these days successful and it only takes an hour of your time before school begins. All the volunteers comment on what fun they have!
See you on the sidewalk!!!


DES School Council Update

Parent Election May 11

3 parent positions/2 year commitment

You should have received a nomination form in your child's TIP folder this week.  If you or anyone you know would like to serve on the school council for the next two years, please complete the form and return it to the front office by April 19.  You can also email your nomination to Kathy Forte at  Anyone who has a child at DES for the next two years is eligible to run.  The election will take place on May 11.

Our next school council meeting is on April 17 in the media center.  Topics to be covered include developing a parent survey and discussing the start time for school next year.  All are welcome to attend. 

Any questions, please contact Kathy Forte at 770-390-9846.

Yearbook Update

Yearbook orders are officially closed.  A BIG thank you to all the families who ordered our 2011/2012 Yearbook.   We will have additional books for sale at the end of the year on a first come, first served basis. (Quantities are limited).


And the Winners Are...

Box Tops Blitz


Our spring Box Tops Blitz is complete and we are so thankful to everyone who participated and brought in their Box Tops to school.  The Box Tops schoolhouse was stuffed full more than once - we loved seeing all of those Box Tops in their baggies!


The grade level winners are:


Pre K--William P.

KG--Ashley G.

First grade-Jason G.

Second grade-Margaret H.

Third grade-Reuben C.

Fourth grade-Parker A.

Fifth grade-Sarah V.


Our overall DES winner is Margaret H., who submitted 500 Box Tops!!  Way to go Margaret!!


Each grade level winner will receive a gift card to Yogli Mogli The overall winner will also receive a gift card to Barnes and Noble. Thanks again to everyone who submitted Box Tops.

Remember to keep clipping for the remainder of the school year and over the summer.  Ask your grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends to clip too and we'll announce the next Box Tops Blitz in the fall.

Nominate Dunwoody Elementary to win $1000

11 alive contest 

Calling all Facebook Users: Click on the link ( and complete your name, email address and zip code.  You will be asked to "like" 11alive through your Facebook Account.  You can do this once a day until April 25.  Let's win $1000 for DES!


PTO Website
In an effort to keep our DES families informed of local happenings we have posted Dunwoody events, activities and even summer camps on the PTO website under "News & Events."  For example, with Lemonade Days coming up next weekend, we have listed the details of this fun community event on our website as well as the details and registration for the 4th annual Bicycle Ride Around Dunwoody event occurring Saturday, April 21. Click here to find out more about this and other community happenings:


Tiger Talk Newsletters Archived

Ever need to find an old newsletter to get an announcement? Tired of searching through your thousands of emails for it? All newsletters are archived on Look for "Tiger Talk" under the "news" menu.
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 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
DES Evening of the Arts
Teacher Appreciation
All Pro Dad
Walk to School Day
DES School Council Update
Yearbook Update
Box Tops Blitz
Nominate DES to Win $1000!
Tiger Talk info
Featured Article

Important Dates



3:00 p.m. 

School Council Meeting



5:00 p.m.

Evening of the Arts



7:00 a.m.

All Pro Dad



Theme Day:

Spring Training (Baseball) 



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