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 May 20, 2012

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Clark's Corner                                        Message From the Principal

Greetings Parents and Community Members

Welcome to our last Clark's Corner together for the 2011-2012 school year. It is very difficult for me to imagine how this year has already come to an end. It seemed like just yesterday we were greeting new families and children for the first time to DES. I hope this message finds you and your family well and enjoying the beautiful weather this weekend. This is a short four day week and a shorter farewell version of Clark's Corner.


Highlights from Mr. Clark

  • Field Day - We had an outstanding time on both of our field days this year! The kids had a blast competing in the events, and we finished our days off Friday afternoon with a friendly competition between the staff members. I had never competed in the dizzy bat race but would like to tell you first hand it is more difficult than I had imagined. A great time for all. I know many people had a lot of hands in the mix volunteering and setting up events. I would like to thank all of you who participated and helped make these days great for the children. I would like to specifically thank Coach Pafford and Coach Kaminsky as well Mrs. Casey for their efforts and energy.
  • General Information - We have a short week this week with only four days left. Please make sure you help your child return all materials to school that they need to return such as text books, library books, and any lunch fees, etc. that may need to be completed for the end of the school year. Also, please get any of your child's belongings such as lunch boxes, jackets, instruments, etc. that may have been left at school. We have our upper grades honors days Monday, and you should have received information from your homeroom teachers in TIP last week. We will receive the CRCT results soon for our students in grades 3, 4, and 5, and you will be able to pick those up after school gets out for the summer. A notice should have gone home last Thursday in TIP. Also we have our end of the year celebrations on Thursday. It is different to end the year mid-week, but a gentle reminder that we do not have school on Friday. As we look ahead for next year, we are posting our supply lists, summer reading activities and other information for parents. Please keep reviewing our web page for these updates and communications from the school over the summer. These items will be posted to our DES website, and we will continue to use Constant Contact.
  • Farewell for Summer - As I mentioned above, it is very hard for me to believe we are almost through with the year. We have spent a lot of great time and energy building, evolving, and working together this first year to make a truly wonderful school for your children and the community. I am extremely excited for the future of Dunwoody ES and how we can reflect on the events and activities of this year and continue to improve upon them and build our culture. To think that in this year we have added 820 new students, over half of the staff is new to DES, and most of our traditions and operations had to either be created or revamped from old and adjusted for the new population. It is amazing to me that the students, teacher, staff, parents, and community were able to come together and build all that we have this year. All in all I am very pleased with what we have accomplished this year and hope you are as well. One can always improve, but I think we can look back at this year and be very proud of our efforts. I hope all of you have a fantastic summer if I do not get to see you before the last day of school.


Have a great week and summer vacation!

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 summer vacation! 


DES News
PTO Committee Chairs

Please consider volunteering to be a 2012-2013 PTO Committee Chair (will be members of the PTO Board of Directors).


Available Positions   

Tiger Fund, Community Business Support, Yearbook (co-chair needed), Directory, Staff Appreciation, Transportation, May Day and Visiting Authors


Available Sub-committee Positions

Box Tops collection, Lost-n-Found, Media Center, 5th Grade Celebration, Marquee signs, Academic Competitions


If you are interested in any of the volunteer positions, please contact Shari Wassell ( or Amy LeVasseur (

Yearbooks for Sale

This past Friday (May 18) Yearbooks were distributed to students who pre-ordered. For those that did not purchase a yearbook in advance, but would still like to buy one, you are in luck! We have yearbooks for sale in the school store for $35.00 each. We are accepting cash or check made payable to DES PTO. If you are sending your child to buy a yearbook, please try to give them exact change or have the check already made out to DES PTO for $35.00. This will help speed up the line.


The school store will be open:

Monday, May 21 from 7:15am - 7:50am

Wednesday, May 23 from 7:15am - 7:50am (This is the last day to buy a yearbook! Yearbooks will not be available after this date!)


Don't miss out on a year full of memories!!! 

Last Call to Retrieve Your Lost and Found Articles!
Parents, there are many wonderful sweaters, jackets and other articles of clothing in the lost and found!  We will begin clearing out all lost and found items on Tuesday, May 22.  All items will be donated!  Lost and found is located next to the media center. All lost lunch boxes and water bottles are in the lunch room. Please check to see if any of your lost items are there!
Coastal America Art Contest

Congratulations to two of our Dunwoody students for winning the Coastal America Art Contest with the Georgia Aquarium. The Coastal America Art Contest is a national contest to create artwork that best illustrates
one of the seven essential principles of ocean literacy
. Coastal America and its network of 24 Coastal Ecosystem Learning Centers (CELCs) throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico sponsored the contest. The Student Ocean Art Contest was launched in the fall of 2011 and over 1560 entries were submitted at the regional level to participating CELCs. The winning regional artists from each age group and category were then judged on a national level by a panel of renowned ocean scientists, artists and experts.

The Winners of the regional competition are: 

Kayla S. 3rd grade, Dunwoody Elementary - first place

Carol Z., 5th grade, Dunwoody Elementary - runner up


Carol Z. went on to win 2nd place in the National competition.


Congratulations, Kayla and Carol!


Kayla S
Kayla - Coastal Cave.


Carol - Ocean Garden




Expressions in Motion Dance

After school dance classes at Dunwoody Elementary School

Dance styles offered: hip hop, jazz, and ballet!!

Register NOW for the 2012/2013 school year! Space is Limited!

To see our classes go to

To register go to

For more information contact Whitney Teyf at 404-993-4122 or

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
PTO Committee Chairs
Yearbooks for Sale
Lost and Found
Coastal America Art Contest
Expressions in Motion and Dance

Important Dates


Mon., May 21

Honor's Day

Grades 3-5


Thurs., May 24

Last Day of School




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