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From the PTO Co-Presidents


School is in full swing now and all of our systems are in place and seem to be working very well.  With gratitude we want to acknowledge the various committees of your PTO that have been very busy behind the scenes making sure your teachers are supported, your children get the extra attention they deserve and you as parents at DES are kept informed about the school's happenings and are happy with your child's school.
We appreciate our carpool volunteers for their early morning smiles and dismissal efficiency; our parents that helped in the kindergarten classrooms getting your child acclimated to their new environment and schedules; our front desk parents that answered phones, helped new families get enrolled and supported our administrative staff; our lunch bunch parents who helped open ketchup packets and yogurt containers for your children and helped keep the cafeteria clean for a safe dining environment; our Community Care Committee for planning and overseeing the first "drive" of the school year (we took 5 boxes of school supplies to the Community Action Center); and our Community Business Support team that has been working hard to find businesses in our community that want to show their support of our school.   We applaud you all!
Our school store will open tomorrow at 7 a.m.  We will offer fun pencils, erasers and other school supplies as well as agendas (complementary for all k-5 grade students thanks to Dr. Jason Kaplan for his contribution) and recorders (for 3rd grade students; $5 each).  Please stop by and see what we have.  Spirit wear may also be purchased and ordered through our school store.  The store will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7-7:40 a.m.
We will send home the PTO Calendar in this Thursday's TIPs.  Please make sure to log the dates on your personal calendars once you receive it.  We have a year of great activities and programs that we know you will want to support through volunteering, attendance and/or sponsorship.
Have a great week!

Shari Wassell & Amy LeVasseur
Follow @DESBUSES on Twitter
Remember: 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.
YearbookContestYearbook Cover Art Contest
Attention 5th Graders! Don't forget, the deadline to turn in your Yearbook cover design is Monday, August 27th.  You can send artwork through the TIP or hand it to your teacher. More details can be found on the PTO Website.
GiftedGifted Informational Meeting

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

DES Logo
Friday, August 31
Parents - this is a chance for students to get excited about what to wear to school! We have these days once a month with the exception of December and May. The theme day for August is DES Spirit Wear. So have your child wear a DES logoed shirt or anything navy blue and light blue.
CurriculumNightsPTO General Membership Meetings and Curriculum Nights

Tuesday, September 4 (preK-2nd grade parents)
Thursday, September 6 (3-5 grade parents)

Join us in the cafeteria on the night designated to buy spirit wear, join the PTO, and sign up for volunteer opportunities.

The meeting will start promptly at 6:00 p.m. with a short business meeting then an introduction by our principal Mrs. Sanders. You will then have the opportunity to go to your student's homeroom and meet his/her teachers.
WalkToSchoolWalk to School Days

Get on your walking shoes!! We will kick off Walk to School Days at DES with Dunwoody Walk to School Day on Wednesday, September the 5th.
Everyone who walks to school (or rides their bikes) will be tallied and the classroom that has the highest percentage of walkers will be awarded the Golden Shoe Award for the month. Everyone who participates will also be given a small incentive that morning.
If you are interested in helping to hand out incentives on the morning (our DES students enjoy doing this) then please email Rosemary Gorham at If you volunteer on the morning (from 7am to 7:45am) then your child will automatically be counted as having walked!

DirectoryContestDirectory Cover Art Contest

Your child's artwork could be on the cover of this year's DES Directory! Below are rules for the contest:

  1. Any currently enrolled K-4th 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 any color ink pens or color markers to create your design. 
  3. Please leave a 1/2" white space margin around all four sides of your design so that it will print properly.
  4. The theme is "Tiger".
  5. Include "Dunwoody Elementary School" or "DES" in your design, along with the school year (2012-2013).
  6. Please be sure to write your name, grade and teacher on the lower right hand corner of your design (but not in the white margin).
  7. Turn in your design by Tuesday, September 11th.  You can send artwork through the TIP or hand it to your homeroom teacher.

The winner will be voted on by the Directory Committee.

For more information, contact
School Yearbooks

Place your order for your child's school yearbook today. The price of a yearbook is $30 but after September 1 the price will be $35.
You may purchase a yearbook by going to, clicking "Find your School's store" and entering Dunwoody Elementary, or by clicking HERE.

We also have yearbooks left over from last year in case your child didn't get one and wants to buy one for $25. You may go to the school store for these and we will sell them until they are gone - first come first serve.

GirlScoutsGirl 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.

BoyScoutsBoy Scouts
Attention DES Boys!

If you're looking for excitement and adventure, look no further than Scouting! Please visit, enter your zip code to find Scouting near you and let the fun begin.
Ways to Help Your School


Don't forget to use your Publix Partner card when you shop at Publix grocery stores.  Cards are available in the the front office if you don't already have one. Every time you use your card, DES receives a percentage of your total receipt.


If you are a Georgia Natural Gas Residential Customer, go to and select Dunwoody Elementary School. Fill out the required information. For every month your account is in good standing, DES will receive $5.00 PLUS a one-time $25.00 donation per customer.



More Ways to Help Your School like this can be found on the Raising Funds page of the PTO Website.
Vote for DES and help us win!


You can help DES receive up to $10,000 in Target 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 (just one vote equals one dollar!) received during the Promotion Period, up to a maximum of $10,000 in gift cards. We have qualified for $150 in gift cards to date, so please keep voting!


Vote today and set up a reminder to do it weekly until September 8. Encourage friends and family to vote too!
Save Your Box Tops!


Help DES earn quick and easy money! Do this:

Register your Kroger Shopper's card at Each card registered earns 5 eBoxTops®, or 50 cents, for our school. If just 50 people register, that's $25 for us with just a few clicks of your mouse. We know tons more than 50 people shop at Kroger, so let's get busy earning!

Break out those smartphones when you are waiting around at ballet, soccer, football, and karate lessons! You can also earn eBoxTops® by doing simple, interactive activities online like taking short surveys and watching videos. Check it out at Why not earn easy cash to support our school?

You can turn in clipped Box Tops in baggies or on the collection sheets sent home in TIP anytime in the lobby at school.
TourdeDunwoodyTour 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! 

Wanted: Corporate Sponsors!!

Business and Corporate sponsorships are available for $100-$1,000.  To get involved, complete the sponsor application form, return completed form and payment in sealed envelope to the large blue PTO mailbox in the lobby. Sponsorship payment can also be made at by selecting "Fundraising" tab, then clicking "Donate Now". Be sure to denote "Tour de Dunwoody." The TdD is a great way to promote your business in our DES community and beyond!

For Ride information or to be a Business or Corporate sponsor, email Christine Hilgert:


Online Registration coming soon!


Fall Day Volunteers Needed


We need volunteers for FALL DAY which has been changed from October to November 1st and 2nd. We are looking for people who can help at the stations for 2 hr shifts.


If anyone knows of, or is a parent that would like to participate and run a science or math related station, that would be great! The more volunteers we have the better it will be for the children to get outside and enjoy science.


Please email:


Jennifer Fenmore

Dana Coulter

Other Volunteers Needed!
Here are some opportunities for you to help your school by Volunteering: 
Carpool: Visit the Transportation page on the PTO website for more information, or Email Liz Dallas.
School Store: Visit the School Store page on the PTO website for more information, or email Suzanne Hurwitz.
Lunch Bunch: Visit the Lunch Bunch page on the PTO website for more information.  
Overflow Parking

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 Fun Run Fundraiser


Sat. Oct. 20 at 8 am (1 mile at 8:30 am.) at Peachtree Charter Middle School.


Only $15 to register in August, $20 Sept. Includes t-shirt. All day family fun! Proceeds to benefit a new running track at the middle school.

Register now, 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, or click HERE.
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 PTO Co-Presidents
Yearbook Cover Art Contest
Gifted Informational Meeting
Theme Day
Curriculum Nights
Walk to School Days
Directory Cover Art Contest
School Yearbooks
Merchant Rebates
Vote for DES!
Save your Box Tops
Tour De Dunwoody
Volunteer Opportunities
Overflow Parking
Tiger Talk info

Important Dates

Quick Links

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DES PTO Website & Calendar  

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