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In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Parent-Teacher Conferences, Wednesday, Spetmber 19, 3-5pm
City Council Meeting Thursday, September 20
DCPC Meeting Schedule - first meeting Friday, Septmeber 28
Spirit Wear Update - your pre-orders are on their way
DES Grounds Clean up Day, Saturday September 29, 8am-12pm
Teachers Make a Difference - Georgia United Credit Union - Deadline Sept., 21
Chess at Dunwoody Elementary
Volleyball clinic for 4th-8th grade Girls
Volunteers Needed for Media Center, Lost and Found, Fall Days, and others. Plus a new way to track your effort!
Tour De Dunwoody - October 20
Community Information
Other ways to help our school - Community Businesses
Tiger Talk info
"LIKE" us on Facebook - our new page is up and running!


Upcoming Important Dates


Wednesday, September 19, 3-5pm - Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday, September 20 - 6-8pm - City Council Meeting

Friday, September 21 - Deadline for Teachers Make a Difference campaign

Friday, September 28 - Theme Day - College Spirit Wear

Friday, September 28 - 9:15am - DCPC @ Dunwoody High School

Saturday, September 29 - 8am-12pm - DES Grounds Clean Up Day


NEW - See all these events and more on the Dunwoody Elementary PTO Gmail Calendar


From the PTO Co-Presidents


We have posted the Power Point slides from Mrs. Sanders' Curriculum Night presentations on the Dunwoody Elementary website.  Please go to, (under Parent Resources tab) to view these if you missed the meetings.
In an effort to help with communications, the teachers are working really hard to keep their websites updated this year.  We hope you will take the time to check your teachers' websites on a weekly basis to view homework, helpful websites, and calendar information.
Additionally, to help save copier use and paper expense, we are sending TIP flyers to the youngest child in the family only, unless the information is child-specific Please let us know if you have any issues with this new process.
We have another winning number for the MJCCA 1-year membership:  #821287.  If you have this ticket, please contact by Friday, September 21 to claim your prize.
Carpool volunteers are still needed in the mornings.  Please contact Liz Dallas (  if you can join this wonderful team of parents from 6:50-7:45 a.m.  Even one morning a month is helpful and it counts for an hour of volunteering each day you help.  Ten days in a month could get you all you need to meet the requested ten hours of volunteering per semester.  Thanks!
See you at the school,
Shari Wassell & Amy LeVasseur
Parent Teacher Conferences


Our first conference night of the year is scheduled for Wednesday, September 19, 3-5 pm. Teachers will notify you if they want to have a conference. If you haven't heard from your teacher and you want to schedule a meeting, please send an email to your teacher directly. Your teacher will email you back with available time slots.
City Council Meeting 

On Thursday the 20th of September,  the Dunwoody City Council will hold a public meeting regarding the  intersection of Womack and Vermack Roads. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss plans to make substantial changes to this intersection.  This issue affects the whole DES community especially those who use carpool or are walkers. Please come and share your feedback about the design possibilities for this intersection.


The meeting details are:


Thursday, September 20, 2012, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Dunwoody High School Cafeteria

5035 Vermack Road


Dunwoody Chamblee Parents' Council (DCPC) 2012-2013 Meeting Schedule

All Parents are encouraged to attend.  Meetings are open, and topics are  geared toward the interests of parents and guardians with children in Dunwoody and Chamblee schools in the DeKalb County School District.


DCPC meets monthly on the first Wednesday of the month (unless noted otherwise), starting with refreshments at 8:45 am. The meeting starts at 9:15am and ends by 10:30am. Meetings are held at various public venues within the Dunwoody Chamblee area. There is no charge for attendance.


September 28, 2012 (Friday, 9:15 am)

Meeting Location: Dunwoody High School Theater

Topic: "Update on DeKalb County School District (DCSD) "
Speakers: Dr. Cheryl Atkinson, DCSD Superintendent

November 7, 2012 (Wednesday, 9:15 am)

Meeting Location: Dunwoody Elementary School

Topic: "Social media, internet safety and anti-bullying"

December 5, 2012 (Wednesday, 9:15 am)

Meeting Location: Chamblee Middle School
Topic:  "Updates on Chamblee High School & SPLOST"
Speaker: DCSD facilities construction representative TBA


February 6, 2013 (Wednesday, 9:15 am)
Meeting Location: Peachtree Charter Middle School
Topic & Speaker(s) TBD


March 6, 2013 (Wednesday, 9:15 am)
Location: TBD

Topic: "Managing Stress without Medication"
Speaker: Leigh Builder, MS, NCC


April 3, 2013 (Wednesday, 9:15 am)
Location, Topic & Speaker(s) TBD

May 1, 2013 (Wednesday, 9:15 am)
This is the Final Meeting of the School Year
Meeting Location: Dunwoody High School - Theatre
Topic: "Update on DCSD"
Speaker: Dr. Cheryl Atkinson, DCSD Superintendent



For more information, go to or email

Spirit Wear Update

Stop by our station during Parent-Teacher Conferences on September 19 and help support our school with your school spirit by purchasing some of the great spirit wear we will have available!  You may also place an order for spirit wear if you don't find the item or size that you need.  Previous orders will arrive in approximately 2 weeks and they will be delivered to your child's classroom.
You may also purchase spirit wear in the school store Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, or send this  order form in through the PTO mailbox. We will deliver all orders periodically through your child's classroom.  If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Levy or 404-808-9415.
Dunwoody Elementary Grounds Clean Up Day

Saturday, September 29
From 8:00am to 12:00pm

Please join us at DES Saturday morning, September 29th for a family friendly grounds clean up day.  There is a lot of work that needs to be done to help beautify our grounds.  Bring your gardening gear: gloves, shovels, hoes, rakes, wheelbarrows.  We will provide water and snacks to keep you refreshed.  Thank you in advance for your support! 
Teachers Make a Difference

The Credit Union has a "Teachers Make a Difference" nomination. Parents can go to  and click on "nomination form" to nominate teachers they feel have made a difference. The Credit Union is picking one winner per week (for 4 weeks) for cash prizes and one grand prize winner.  The deadline is Friday, September 21st. Parents can nominate teachers that their children have had in the past or current teacher (as long as they are still teaching). The person nominating or the teacher does not have to be member of the Credit Union.
Chess at Dunwoody Elementary


Championship Chess presents a systematic, fun way to build chess skills during chess instruction and while students play. Studies show that chess improves math, reading and problem-solving and our methods connect these academic benefits to our classes. Classes include instruction as well as chess play and guided analysis.


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Go to and click calendar to keep up with upcoming chess events.


Day/Time: Thursdays after school from 2:35 to 3:35pm. Children must be picked up on time.


Dates: Fall session September 20 to December 6. A winter session will start December 13, look for a new registration flyer at that time.


Who can play: Any student in 1st grade and up. Younger students accepted if they know how to play. Limited enrollment due to available space.


Cost: Fall session is $155 including instructional material


Registration Deadline: Received by September 18


Registration/Payment: Pay online at and you will receive an automated email receipt confirming payment. For an alternate method of payment, email


Saturday, September 29, Championship Chess Fall Kick-Off Tournament. To encourage play and competition, players in our chess club can pre-register by September 18 for just $15.


Championship Chess Staff and Methods
Coach Steve Schneider has been a teacher and chess coach for over 25 years. Championship Chess teams have won local, regional, state and national tournaments. Coaches utilize our complete curriculum introducing,
reinforcing and improving chess skills and strategies in the opening, middle and endgame.
The most advanced students are expected to be able to solve the 3 puzzles below - email your answers to with your name, school name and grade.



Volleyball Clinic
Calling all 4th - 8th grade girls interested in playing volleyball!
The Dunwoody Volleyball Team is sponsoring our fall Junior Wildcat Volleyball Clinics from 6:00-7:30 on September 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 and October 1 at the Peachtree Charter Middle School Gym.  Many of the girls on the Dunwoody Varsity volleyball team started playing in the Junior Wildcat program! Our sessions are designed to teach proper volleyball mechanics in a fun, safe, and learning environment.   We will utilize individual and group drills and competitions to maximize reps while giving quality feedback and challenging you to improve and learn.   The training environment will challenge the kids to do their best in every drill and skill because we believe that there is no substitute for hard work and a great attitude.   Our training environment also provides a ton of individual attention for overall skill improvement.   The sessions are led by Brent Bridger - a former GA Tech volleyball assistant coach and Dunwoody volleyball players.
To register or get more information contact Steve Goldin at (770) 330-5532 or email:   The cost is $95 for the 6 sessions.
Appeal for Media Center Volunteers


Looking for a way to get involved in school a few hours a month?  Come help out in the Media Center.  Our primary role is to help Ms. Gurin, the media specialist, with the re-shelving of books. Due to DeKalb County budget cuts, she no longer has an assistant this year, so our help is vital to keeping the media center running smoothly. She needs help for 1 hour each day. Typically, you will help from 11:30 AM- 12:30 PM, but we can be flexible with the time. 


Please visit our Sign Up Genius site:

or contact Jill Rosen at

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

Lost and Found


Lost and Found is in need of volunteers!

The lost and found committee needs volunteers to help keep the lost and found organized. It only takes a few minutes. Interested?
Contact Michelle Wicklund at

All Volunteers


This year we are challenging all parents to volunteer in the school or at home a minimum of 10 hours per semester.  We have 2 different ways to track your hours, so choose the one that is best for you:
1- Through our PTO website and
2- handwritten in notebooks kept in the front office. 
To log your hours online, please go to the PTO website ( and under "Get Involved" choose the "Log Volunteer Hours" link and input all of the requested information.  Front office notebooks should be in place soon.  Please only log your hours in one place or the other, no need to do both.  We will have small recognition prizes for those (excluding board members) that meet the minimum.  Any questions, please contact  Thank you!
Check out the Get Involved pages on the PTO Website for ways to help out at your 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 a sealed envelope to the large blue PTO mailbox in the lobby.


Sponsorship payment can also be made online by clicking below, or from the Fundraising page on the PTO Website.


Sponsor Now   

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!


CV Classic 5k Fun Run Fundraiser


CV Classic 5K Fun Run Sat. Oct. 20 at 8 am (1 mile at 8:30)


Register to run/walk in the CV Classic 5K. $20, includes a t-shirt. It's not too late to "get on the shirt." Family sponsorships available for $100 and includes 2 race registrations and family name printed on the back of the race shirt. Download the CV Classic Family Sponsor Form.


All for a great cause - a new running track at the middle school.


Download the CV Classic Registration Form, or pick one up at the PCMS front office, or email Meri Miller


Other ways to Help Your School


If you are a Target Credit Card, Target Visa Credit, or Target Debit Cardholder, go to:, and enroll your card in the Take Charge of Education program. Target donates 1% of your card purchases made in store and at; 1/2% to purchases made outside the store with the Target Visa Credit Card. There are just 20 DES REDcard holders currently enrolled, so please enroll and make your purchases support our school! Search DES by zipcode or by our School ID: 152367.

Remember to indicate DES to the cashier each time you make purchases at Office Depot stores. As part of their 5% Back To Schools Program, Office Depot gives back, in the form of Office Depot Merchandise Cards, 5% of qualifying purchases to DES. Forgot to indicate our school when making your recent back-to-school purchases? Simply bring your receipt back to the store and credit will be applied to DES!



More Ways to Help Your School like this can be found on the Raising Funds page of the PTO Website.

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

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