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From the Principal, Mrs. Sanders


Please note:  Morning Carpool and Arrivals
Parents - Thank you for being patient with us as we worked out the kinks to our arrivals procedure.  We want to remind you that we can no longer allow you to park and walk your child into school in the morning.  Please stay in the carpool line and allow us to open your car door and get your child out and on their way to class.  This will help get the school day started more efficiently and on time (7:45 a.m. is the school start time).  You may also want to check your bus schedule as we have learned that some of the buses are arriving later in the morning than last year.  This may allow you to utilize the bus instead of driving. In addition, we encourage carpooling whenever possible to help with our environment and to cut down on the number of cars in the carpool line.  If you have neighbors that are also driving, it would be helpful if you all made an effort to "share the ride."  Thank you for your assistance with this.

Jennifer P. Sanders
From the PTO Co-Presidents


Now that the first week is behind us, we have a few things we want to remind parents about to help you stay informed and involved at your child's school. Some of this information was made available to you at Registration and some of it is new.


If your child is in grades K-2 and did not receive an agenda on Registration Day - we have ordered additional agendas and will receive them in September. Once we do, we will get them to your child through his/her homeroom teacher. We apologize for this inconvenience.


If your child goes home on the bus, and you are able to follow a Twitter account on your phone, please follow @DESBUSES. The process to sign up and / or receive text messages is simple and will notify you when we have a bus that is going to arrive late to your bus stop. Click the link above, or click here to view the process to sign up
Remember to remind your child of his/her carpool or bus number-whatever your means of transportation is at the end of the school day. This will help us get him/her to your car quicker.


Any family that would like to have a tour of the school building, is welcome to contact our PTO school tours committee at to schedule this. Tours are scheduled on the 1st & 3rd Monday of each month, excluding holidays, at 9:30 a.m. Other times and days may be available upon request.


As you discovered this past Thursday, each week your student comes home with a Tiger Important Papers (TIPs) envelope. This envelope is filled with papers from your child's teacher, information from the PTO and information from other activities, clubs, etc. that are held at DES. Please make sure to look through this envelope each Thursday evening. In an effort to save paper and time, starting in September, we will send papers home with the youngest child in your family, unless it is a child-specific paper from the staff.


Date change: This Thursday is the Principal's Coffee in the Media Center, not Tuesday as originally communicated. It will be from 7:45-8:45 a.m. so plan to attend and personally meet our school's principal, Jennifer Sanders and hear her goals for this school year.


Remember to support your school with your time by volunteering. If you don't know where or how to get involved, please contact us and we'll find a place for you. We're hoping for 10 hours or more per semester per parent so start your time now.


See you at the school,


Shari Wassell & Amy LeVasseur
School Council Meeting


The first School Council meeting of the school year will be held this Tuesday, August 21, 2012, at 3pm in the Media Center. The meeting is open to all DES community members. Please contact Susan Harper at if you have any questions.
Vote for DES and help us win!


You can help DES receive gift cards through Give With Target®.

Simply click on the website below, choose Dunwoody Elementary in the list of eligible schools and vote for it weekly through September 8. Our school will receive a $25 Target Gift Card for every 25 votes received during the Promotion Period; up to a maximum of $10,000 in gift cards.
Vote today and set up a reminder for you to do it weekly until September 8. Thanks for helping support your child's school.
Save Your Box Tops!


This is easy money for our school, earning $.10 for each label saved!  Here's how:
  1. Clip the Box Top labels from products you buy.  Save them in a baggie.
  2. Send them to school any time, placing them in the schoolhouse in the entryway that says "Box Tops" on the roof.
Box Top
More information coming in TIP soon!
Tour De Dunwoody



2nd Annual Tour De Dunwoody
Saturday, October 20

Registration at 7:30 am; ride begins at 8:30 a.m.

This is a fun family bicycle ride through Dunwoody.
Please plan to join us and watch for more details coming soon!
Carpool Volunteers Needed!
Carpool volunteers help to start the day off right! By opening doors for students arriving in the morning by car, we move the traffic through the DES parking lot - and get students into school - much more quickly. Arrive at 6:50 a.m. and be done by 7:45 a.m. to start your day!
carpool volunteers needed 
Email Liz Dallas at to volunteer - once a month is a huge help!
The School Store Needs You!

 DES Logo


We need some volunteers to kick off the school year by working in the school store on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings from 7-7:45 a.m.  Please email Suzanne Hurwitz ( if you have one of these mornings available to help out.

Volunteer for Lunch Bunch


lunch bunchHelp with opening juice boxes, ketchups and cleaning up spills! Great way to pitch in for DES and at the same time see your child in the middle of their school day!  



1) Go to:


2) Once on the site, click on "find a sign up" and type in

3) Click on DES Lunch Bunch


4) Click to Volunteer for dates and times


Thank you,

Liz Bankston

Lunch Bunch MOM 

Girl Scout Informational Meeting




Are you interested in learning more about Girl Scouts for your daughter? Please join us for an informational meeting on Wednesday 8/29 at 6PM in the cafeteria. Girl Scouting is open to all girls in K-5th grades. Troops will be able to be formed only as volunteer leaders become available, so please think about this  great opportunity for you and your daughter! If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Becker at

Childcare is not available for this meeting.


Yearbook Cover Art Contest
Attention 5th Graders! How would you like to see your artwork on the cover of this year's yearbook? The Yearbook Committee is excited to announce an art contest just for you. Here are the rules:  
  1. Any currently enrolled 5th grade student may submit a design (one per student).
  2. Please use one sheet of plain white 8 ˝ x 11 copy paper (portrait style). You can use ink pens, markers, crayons or paint  (black or color) to create your design.  Please leave a 1/2" white space margin around all four sides of your design so that it will print properly.
  3. The theme is "Tiger".
  4. Include "Dunwoody Elementary School" or "DES" in your design, along with the school year (2012-2013).
  5. Please be sure to write your name and teacher on the back of your design
  6. Turn in your design by Monday, August 27th.  You can send artwork through the TIP or hand it to your teacher.
  7. The winner will be voted on by members of the Yearbook Committee, the PTO and school administration.


Good luck! We look forward to seeing your designs.
Important Dates


Thursday, August 23 - Principal's Coffee (Note:  New date and start time)
7:45-8:45 a.m. in the Media Center - get to know our principal, Jennifer Sanders by attending this morning get together

Thursday, August 23 - Room Parent Meetings (Note: New date)
9-10 a.m. or 6-7 p.m. in the Media Center - for those parents notified that they will be the room parent for their child's classroom

Wednesday, August 29 - Gifted Informational Meeting
5-6 p.m. - Mrs. Sanders and team will provide answers to your questions about the Gifted program for DeKalb County schools


Parents - for all large DES events, please know that off site parking is available at Georgia Perimeter College just next door to our campus. Please check the DES PTO website for more details.

CV Classic 5k Run Fundraiser


Sat. Oct. 20 at 8 am (1 mile at 8:30 am.)

Register now to run/walk in the CV Classic at Peachtree Charter Middle School.


$15 August, $20 Sept. Includes t-shirt. Proceeds to fund a new running track at the middle school.

Or, pick up a registration form at the PCMS front office, or email Meri Miller:

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 6 p.m. on Tuesday. 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
From the Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
School Council Meeting
Vote for DES!
Save your Box Tops
Tour De Dunwoody
Volunteers Needed for Carpool, School Store, and Lunch Bunch
Girl Scout Informational Meeting
Yearbook Cover Art Contest
Important Dates

Important Dates

Tues., August 21 - School Council Meeting - 3pm in the Media Center


Tues., August 21 - Boy Scouts Organizational Meeting - 6:30pm


Thu., August 23 - Principal's Coffee (note:  new date)
7:45-8:45am in the Media Center


Thu., August 23 - Room Parent Meetings
9-10am or 6-7pm in the Media Center


Mon., August 27 - Deadline for Yearbook cover art contest


Wed., August 29 - Gifted Informational Meeting


Wed., August 29 Girl Scout informational meeting

6pm in the Cafteria


Fri., August 31 - Theme Day - DES Spirit Wear 



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