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 April 29, 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 hope this message finds you and your family well and enjoying the wonderful weekend.


Highlights from Mr. Clark

  • CRCT Testing - This week we will complete our CRCT testing on Wednesday for our students in grade 3, 4, and 5. Thank you to parents for supporting the testing environment by limiting checkouts and bringing students to school a few minutes earlier than normal so they have additional time to start their day in a calm manner. Please continue to help children get a good night's sleep and have a healthy breakfast each morning.
  • Instructional Highlights:

Parent Conference Night - This Wednesday we have our final Parent Conference Night. Please contact your teachers if you need to schedule a conference.


Small Fry To Go - Our Trout farm is up and running, and the small fry are thriving. We received them as sacfry when they were developing into small fry, and now they are growing into actual swimmers. The teachers and students are exploring and seeing firsthand what happens during the developmental life cycle of fish and what it takes to create a successful habitat. Small Fry classrooms connect students from Georgia to share experiences and their understanding of their worlds. They are also linked to environmentalists and scientists world-wide who can help students answer "hard" questions. The program includes a small fry curriculum that is cross-curricular (science, math, reading, language arts, writing, social studies, art, health education, character education, technology, and career education). These SFtG activities are correlated to State and National Standards and the Common Core GPS. Parents may learn more at the website: We do need a few handy parents who can assist with building a more permanent shade/cover. If you would like to help please let me know.


May Days - This Thursday and Friday, we will hold our annual May Days. The primary grades will participate on Thursday, and the upper grades will participate on Friday. May Days are dedicated to the wonderful world of science. We have more than a dozen stations for each class to rotate through, ranging from planting to recycling, composting to observations in the garden. We are partnering with the Georgia Aquarium, the Small Fry to Go group, and Club Scientific to enhance the learning process. We also have professionals coming to teach our children about recycling and the impact conservation has on our planet, as well as a professional fish farmer. It has been and always will be our goal to provide fun and educational days like this for our students in the learning process. May Day is a chance for students to step outside the box and see real life examples of how science works in their everyday lives. We look forward to this wonderful event and invite parents to volunteer to help out these days and enjoy the wonder of learning with us. We are also planning ahead for a Fall Day that centers on math and science. So think ahead for the fall and possible volunteer opportunities.


  • General Information - We posted the state of the school address powerpoint on our website. We had a great, thoughtful roundtable discussion on celebrations, and I would like to thank Mellie O'Keefe for moderating that meeting. We hope to get a survey out to the community soon to get feedback on activities we have completed this year and work to plan for next year. This Wednesday is our last Walk to School Wednesday of the year. This has been a fantastic success this year, and it has been great to see the number of children and parents walking to school on these days. I hope to see you walking this Wednesday.


Have a great week!

Have a fantastic day today with this beautiful weather. 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!

DES News
Co-Presidents Report

Dear Parents - It is with great excitement that we announce your new PTO Officers for the 2012-2013.  At our general membership meeting we elected the following to serve the PTO next year:


President:                            Shari Wassell

Co-President:                       Amy Olive-LeVasseur

Treasurer:                            Judi Carlson

Financial Secretary:              April Toms

Secretary:                            Jeanne Sacks

VP Academic Affairs:             Klare McKee

VP Communications:             Meredith Kitey

VP Ways and Means:            Whitney Samuelson

VP Programs:                        Stephanie Holmes


Please join me in congratulating these volunteers and begin to think about how you can help and be involved next year.  Also, be sure to join us at the school this Thursday and Friday for May Day.  If you are available to help on either day, contact your child's classroom teacher.


See you at the school! 

Mellie and Shari

Walk to School Day

Our next Walk to School Day (and our last one for the year) is Wednesday, May 2. 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 Wednesday morning please email Rosemary Gorham at
May Day is Here!

May Day is a fun filled day dedicated to Science and will take place on Thursday and Friday, May 3rd and 4th.  The first day, May 3rd is for Pre-k through 2nd grades and the second day, May 4th, is dedicated to the 3rd through 5th grades.  Each day, students will get to learn and explore through stations run by parents.  They will learn about the environment and recycling as well as natural elements and conservation. We need two parent volunteers per classroom to help cover moving the kids from station to station from 8:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. both days. To volunteer and for more information, please contact Amy LeVasseur at Thanks!


DES Grounds Clean Up Day

Come out for as much time as your schedule will allow to help spruce up the DES grounds before the summer.  We need lots of hands to help spread mulch, weed and do general clean up throughout the school's 18 acres.  Please come for as much time as you can with your family and plan to enjoy spending time with your fellow DESers while you play in the dirt.  Personal tools and gloves are recommended.


Saturday, May 5

9:00 a.m. - Noon

All Pro Dad 


Hey DES Dads,

Please join us for our last All Pro Dad - Dad's Day Breakfast of the school year.



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, May 11. The program will be held in the DES Cafeteria.  It is extremely important that you RSVP by noon on THURSDAY, May 10.  We need to be able to plan for the appropriate number of tables, meals and materials. 


This month's topic is "Celebrating Fatherhood"

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

The program will run from 7:35 a.m. until 8:00 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.


RSVP on our chapter's website:


Want more information? E-mail Robert Apple,



See you there...


Vote for the Community Garden at Brook Run!

Dunwoody School Families --

The Community Garden at Brook Run educates kids and families about eating healthy, organic produce from the garden. It also supplies the local pantry with free produce--sometimes the only fresh food a family gets all week. All of the volunteers have been hard at work since the recent vandalism you may have seen on the news.

Exciting news: we are candidates for a free orchard from the great people at Edy's! This fruit tree orchard would enhance the community and put fresh fruit in the hands of needy families. It would also be a great place to continue education programs for the community.

Please visit (Garden link) or (Edy's website) to vote for us. We are #8 in the rankings and we have to make it to #5. You can vote every day. Also, if you would be so kind as to share this link with your friends or e-mail lists, it would be greatly appreciated. You will get an Edy's coupon for $1 off their new fruit bars. I know people hate giving their e-mail addresses out and registering for things but if they do send you a message, you can always just unsubscribe. It really is a good cause and will not take much time out of your day. 

A HUGE THANKS from your neighbors at the Dunwoody Community Garden



DHS Band Boosters Ice Cream Festival

Dunwoody High School Band Boosters are proud to announce:

 1st Annual Ice Cream Festival

Sunday, May 6 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Dunwoody Farmhouse, Dunwoody Village


Participants should make 2 gallons (or more!) of homemade ice cream.  A panel of judges will vote on several top categories.


DHS band ensembles will perform around the farmhouse throughout the event... with special guests, the PCMS Jazz Band and the DHS Chorus. 


To make this 1st Annual Ice Cream Festival a huge success,we need many Scooper participants.  So sign up to make some ice cream, enjoy a fun family event, and help raise funds for the DHS band!


To participate, please click here to enter our website and complete the online application. Website is:
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."  Be sure to check the website often at .

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
Walk to School Day
All Pro Dad
Vote for the Community Garden
DHS Ice Cream Festival
PTO Website

Important Dates


Mon., April 30- Fri., May 4

CRCT Testing  for

Grades 3-5


Wed., May 2

Walk to School Day


Wed., May 2

Parent -Teacher conferences by appointment


Thurs., May 3 & Fri., May 4

May Day for all grades


Sat., May 5

Grounds Clean up Day


Fri., May 11

All Pro Dads





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