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In This Issue
Training on Child Abuse Reporting - MANDATORY
Input needed for DCSD Proposed School Calendars - By Wednesday, September 26
Carpool Traffic Tip - turn Right instead of Left!
DCPC Meeting Schedule - first meeting Friday, September 28
Theme Day Friday, September 28 - College Spirit Wear
DES Grounds Clean up Day, Saturday September 29, 8am-12pm
Hispanic Heritage Month Cultural Arts Assembly
Mad Italian Spirit Night - Monday, October 1
Picture Day Proofs and Retakes on October 3
International Walk to School Day - Wednesday, October 3
Fall Family Dinner - Thursday, October 11
2nd Annual DES Fall Food Drive - All October
Calling all Box Tops!
Other ways to help our school - Community Businesses
Volunteer requests and information for logging your time
Tour De Dunwoody - Saturday, October 20 - Online registration is NOW OPEN!
Submitting an article to Tiger Talk - Deadline is Tuesday night!
"LIKE" us on Facebook - our new page is up and running!


Upcoming Important Dates

Wednesday, September 26 - Proposed School Calendar Survey due

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

Monday, October 1 - 8am-11:30am - Cultural Arts Assembly (Havana Son)

Monday, October 1 - 4pm-9pm - Mad Italian Spirit Night

Wednesday, October 3 - International Walk to School Day

Wednesday, October 3 - Photo Retakes

Tuesday, October 9 - Friday, October 12 - Book Fair

Tuesday, October 9 - 3pm-5pm - School Council Meeting

Tuesday, October 9 - 5pm-8pm - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

Thursday, October 11 - 6pm-8pm - Fall Family Dinner


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


Training on Child Abuse Reporting  


Mandatory Volunteer Training:

As of July 1, 2012, Georgia law states that all school volunteers are now MANDATED REPORTERS and are required to report any suspected child abuse or neglect.  Therefore, DES volunteers must be trained in the procedures for reporting.  All DES parent volunteers are asked to attend one of two available brief training sessions to learn more about this very important responsibility. You will be logged for your attendance and besides getting your required training, you will get a full hour toward your volunteer hours.  Please plan to attend.


Thursday, September 27, 8-8:30 a.m.


Wednesday, October 10, 2:30-3 p.m.


Please RSVP at the following sign up genius link:


Input Needed for DCSD Proposed School Calendars

The first, a traditional calendar, reflects a start date of Aug. 12 and an end date of May 23. DCSD has historically adopted the traditional calendar model.

The second, a balanced calendar, begins the school year on Aug. 5 and ends on May 29, but has an additional week of vacation in each semester. 

Both calendars have 180 school days for the students and an additional 10 days for the teachers, comprised of nine work days and four two-hour teacher conference nights.

Among other considerations is a weekly one-hour early release in order to allow for professional development for all teachers and administrators. 

The calendars will be available for public comment until Sept. 26. Community members may also participate in a brief survey to gauge the level of support for each calendar as well as the early release day. The proposed calendars can be viewed at the links above. To participate in the survey, click here. The survey also is available in Spanish here


Carpool Traffic Tip

Are you tired of the backup related to going westbound on Womack in the morning after dropping your students off at DES?  Well, here's a time-saver tip you can try when the westbound lane of Womack (towards the high school) is really backed up!  
  1. Leaving DES, make a right onto Womack Road.
  2. At the stoplight by the college, make a right onto Tilly Mill Road.
  3. At the next light, make a right onto N. Peachtree Road.
  4. Make a quick right onto Peeler Road (if you pass the Brook Run entrance you missed your turn).
  5. At the stoplight at the end of Peeler Road you can do one of the following:
    •  To I-285:  go straight through the light, the road will change names to Chamblee-Dunwoody and this will take you to I-285.
    •  To Mt. Vernon Road:  make a right at the light onto Chamblee Dunwoody 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

Next meeting:

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

Meeting Location: Dunwoody Elementary School

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

For more information, go to or email

College Spirit Wear Theme Day


Friday, September 28 is theme day.  


In the spirit of college football season, have your child wear a jersey from their favorite college or university on this day. 

Dunwoody Elementary Grounds Clean Up Day

Saturday, September 29
From 8:00am to 12:00pm
Calling all farmers! We need help getting the DES's Organic Garden ready for planting. 
Calling all weed pullers! We need help pulling those weeds. 
Calling all flower planters! We need help planting flowers in the pots along the front of the school. 
Calling all mulch spreaders! We need help spreading mulch. 
Call all pine straw spreaders! We need help spreading pine straw. 
As you can see we need your help! There's plenty to do, so please come out on Saturday morning, September 29th for a family friendly grounds clean up day. Bring your gardening gear: gloves, shovels, hoes, rakes, wheelbarrows.  If you own a pickup truck, please send an email to the Grounds Committee at We will provide water and snacks to keep you refreshed.  
Thank you in advance for your support!  
Hispanic Heritage Month Cultural Arts Celebration 
Did you know that September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month? On Monday, October 1st, DES will host the musical duo, Havana Son, as we mark this occasion.  Havana Son will conduct assemblies for the entire school focused on a "Musical Tour through Latin America".  Along with music, the students will be exposed to social studies and geography.  Ask them about it when they get home!
Mad Italian Spirit Night


BON APPETIT!  MAD ITALIAN SPIRIT NIGHT is coming soon!  MONDAY, OCTOBER 1 from 4pm-9pm. Dine in, or call in your pick-up order to:
(770) 451-8048.

The fun includes great food, face painting, prize drawings and special treats provided by the Frosty Caboose!

The Mad Italian restaurant is located at 2197 Savoy Drive, next to the Atlanta 300 Bowling Alley.

Print the attached flyer and bring it to the restaurant for DES to receive credit for your purchase - pick up orders are included.

Mark your calendar for these exciting upcoming DES Spirit Nights during the Fall Semester:   

Tuesday, October 9 Chick-Fil-A @ Perimeter Pointe, 5p-8p

Tuesday, November 6 Sandy Springs Funhouse, 10a-6p
Tuesday, November 13 Chick-Fil-A @ Perimeter Pointe, 5p-8p
Thursday, November 29 Shane's Rib Shack @ Perimeter, 5p-8p
Saturday, December 1 Great American Cookie @ Perimeter Mall, 2p-6p
Tuesday, December 11 Chick-Fil-A @ Perimeter Pointe, 5p-8p

All funds raised during Spirit Nights benefit the DES PTO. Thank you for your support!

Picture Day Proofs and Retakes 


To order pictures:


  1. Fill out form and keep the top half.
  2. Return the proof with payment to your child's teacher.
  3. Or, drop the proof and payment in the blue and white PTO mailbox (on the right side of entrance after passing thru both sets of doors).
  4. If you don't want to order pictures, simply discard the proof.


If your child was absent for Picture Day on September 12th, retakes will be on Wednesday, October 3

Please check this week's TIP for your proofs. If you are unhappy with the first pictures, retakes will be offered for free if you turn in your first proof on retake day.


*** All packages ordered before the deadline from the first shoot are guaranteed to arrive before Thanksgiving.

International Walk to School Day

Wednesday, October 3 

Put on your walking shoes and walk to school (or ride your bike)!

We will have walking school buses from Kingswood United Methodist Church and Vermack Swim & Tennis Club - both leaving at 7:15 am promptly

If you need more information or would like to help out on the morning please email Rosemary Gorham at
Fall Family Dinner


Thursday, OCTOBER 11, 2012



Parents, take the night off and join us for our 2nd annual Fall Family Dinner at DES!


Dinners $2.00 per person

Children 5 and under eat free


Dinner provided by The Mad Italian


Menu: garlic bread, salad, pasta with meat sauce, pasta with

                   tomato sauce, pasta in butter sauce, chocolate chip    

                   or sugar cookies, lemonade or iced tea


RSVP via our Signup Genius and bring payment to the event, or please complete the attached form (also available to print from the PTO website) and return it with your payment to the PTO mailbox at the front entry of the school.  Or, you may email the Family Events chair, Maria Jacobs at 

2nd Annual DES Fall Food Drive 


Dunwoody Elementary will once again collect canned goods and non-perishable items to donate to the Atlanta Food Bank, Hosea Feed the Hungry and other area food donation centers.

Your PTO Community Care Committee is teaming up with the DES PE Department for this drive.


Cans may be brought to the school entrance anytime beginning October 1.  The last day to bring in your cans will be October 29. Plastic Bags will be sent home in TIP September 27 to assist with getting the cans to school.


Our goal is 10,000 cans. With 950 students, that's 10-11 cans donated per student.


We hope you will participate in this worthy cause!


Calling all Box Tops!


All of these products have Box Tops on them! Clip them, send them to school, and earn cash for DES! Place all Box Tops in the collection box in the lobby.


All Box Tops should be turned in by October 15th. Look for collection sheets to come home soon in TIP, or place your Box Tops in baggies, writing your child's name, grade, and # of Box Tops on the outside. Keep saving all year, as we will also cash in for a spring deadline.

Other ways to Help Your School


TrueBlue Schools® is a fast and easy way to help DES raise money just by using Georgia Natural Gas® (GNG).
SWITCH to GNG and help DES raise money! Visit or call 1.866.ONLYGNG. You'll SAVE up to 15˘ per therm* on your gas bill. Be sure to use the promo code TrueBlue.

Existing customers may call to receive the discount on their current plan. When you sign up at TrueBlue Schools, GNG PAYS $5 every month to DES! Visit to register your existing account. Thank you!


  Don't forget to use your Publix Partner card when you shop at Publix grocery stores. Cards will be distributed on Registration Day if you don't already have one. Every time you use your card, DES receives a percentage of your total receipt. 


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

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 hour 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

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 am and be done by 7:45am to start your day!  carpool volunteers needed

Use our Sign-Up Genius to volunteer!

Email Liz dallas at if you have any questions. Once a month is huge help!

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/or
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.  Notebooks are now in the front office. 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!


A BIG Thank You to our TdD Sponsors-To-Date:
Kaplan Orthodontics
Primrose Schools

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

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


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 10 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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