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DES News
In This Issue
NO SCHOOL Monday, October 8
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Volunteers needed for Fall Science Day!
October CogAT and ITBS Testing Dates
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night Tuesday, October 9
Mandatory Training on Child Abuse Reporting - October 10 TIME CHANGE, plus other times added
DES Scholastic Book Fair THIS WEEK - October 10 - 12
PCMS Informational Meeting for rising 6th grade parents
Fall Family Dinner - Thursday, October 11
DCSD Roundtable Meetings throughout the month of October
Bus Driver Appreciation Day, Monday, October 15
International Walk to School Day Results
Curbside Recycling is now FREE!!
2nd Annual DES Fall Food Drive - All October
Calling all Box Tops - get them in by Monday, October 15!
Georgia Natural Gas Promotion
PCMS, DHS and other community Fundraising Events
Submitting an article to Tiger Talk - Deadline is Tuesday night!
Tiger Fund Information
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Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, October 8 - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday October 9 through Thursday October 11 - CogAT Testing

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

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

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

Wednesday, October 10 - 10am - PCMS Informational Meeting

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

Monday, October 15 - Bus Driver Appreciation Day

Tuesday, October 16 through Thursday, October 18 - ITBS Testing

Tuesday, October 23 through Thursday, October 25 - ITBS Testing


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

From the PTO Co-Presidents


Thanks to all that came out to Mad Italian last Monday evening. Your support of this spirit night added over $400 to the PTO budget - more money for us to put toward assisting the teachers in educating our children.


We had a great turnout for our International Walk to School Day. Thank you parents for your participation in walking with your kids to school. Thanks also to Dunwoody High School's Pep Band for helping welcome our DES families to the school that morning and to 11Alive for publicizing our event. A big shout out to our chair of Safe Routes to School, Rosemary Gorham, and her committee for handing out the incentives to the walkers, tallying the participation and coordinating the presentation of the Gold Sneaker Award. We couldn't do it without you.


Thanks to Jan Jay for kicking off the Environmental/Recycling committee efforts for the school year. From setting up a paper recycling program throughout the school to collecting and recycling old cell phones, Jan has done a great job minimizing our footprint on the Earth. If you have interest in joining this committee, please contact


This week's reminders:

  • No school on Monday so enjoy the long weekend.
  • As you know testing begins Tuesday for some of the grades. Please make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and is fed a healthy breakfast before coming to school on these days.
  • Chick-fil-A Spirit Night is Tuesday evening. Remember to say "DES" when ordering at the drive thru or inside counter.
  • We have another opportunity for the mandatory Volunteer Reporter Training on Wednesday at 1:45 p.m. Please plan to attend this session or another school's in the DeKalb County School District if you have not received your training already.
  • Our book fair begins on Wednesday morning. You can check out the selection of books available for purchase each morning and afterschool, Wednesday through Friday. Your purchases will also help us build our library of books available at the school.
  • Don't forget to join us for our 2nd annual Fall Family Dinner with food from Mad Italian. You can go to our link at to RSVP. The fee of $2 per person 6 and older may be paid at the door.

Last, parents - please send children to school with a water bottle if you do not already. The children need to get more water in their day so we'd like them to have water easily accessible. Thanks!


See you at the school,

Shari Wassell and Amy LeVasseur

DES PTO co-presidents

Volunteers needed for Fall Day


Calling all volunteers for fast approaching Fall Science Day!
We have a shortage for Friday, November 2nd, and would appreciate any hours you may be able to help out!  As of now we do not have anyone who can help after 11am on November 2! Again, even if 1 hour is all you can give, please let us know!

October Testing Dates


The CogAT and ITBS will be administered to all 1st, 3rd and 5th graders

this month.

CogAT testing will take place October 9th, 10th, and 11th with a make-up
day on the 12th.

The ITBS will be administered October 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25 with make
up days on the 19th, 22nd, 25th, and 26th.

Please see the testing letter in this week's TIP with important testing
reminders for parents.

Chick-fil-A Spirit Night


Thanks to all who joined us for last week's Mad Italian Spirit Night, it was a great success! We enjoyed great food with teachers, family, and friends; facepainting; fall-themed treat bags; prize drawings; and Frosty Caboose ice cream. If you missed Mad Italian, our second Chick-fil-A Spirit Night is here! Come to Chick-fil-A at Perimeter Pointe THIS Tuesday, October 9. Dine-In or Drive-Through, anytime between 5pm and 8pm, and please be sure to mention "DES" at the time of purchase.


Ice cream will be served in the dining hall by 4th grade teachers Nelson, Nugent, Thorton, and by 5th Grade teacher Mr. Smith! Chick-fil-A gives 20% of sales back to DES. Thank you Chick-fil-A of Perimeter Pointe!
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.


Wednesday, October 10, 1:45 - 2:15pm (NOTE: New time)

Please RSVP at the following sign up genius link:


Parents are also able to get their required training by attending any DeKalb County School session. We will continue to advise you of these other school sessions as we are informed.


Chamblee Middle School

Tuesday, October 9th 8:00 - 8:30am in the CMS media center

Tuesday, October 16th 8:45 - 9:15am in office conference room


Peachtree Charter Middle School

Thursday, October 11, 9:00 - 9:15am or 3:30 - 3:45pm

DES Book Fair This Week!


Dunwoody Elementary's Fall Scholastic Book Fair is Wednesday, October 10 -  Friday, October 12th.
We are excited about the book fair and all the great activities that surround it. We will be open mornings before school and afternoons after school. Join us at Family Night on Thursday, October 11th for reading and crafts at the event. Be a Reading All Star!
My Favorite Book Trophies Contest
Is your favorite book an All Star? Create a trophy that celebrates your favorite book and bring it to the library the week of the book fair. All entries will be displayed in the library and we'll vote on our favorites on Friday, October 12th. Use your imagination, any art supplies you have at home and create something fun that tells us why your book is #1! Make sure you have turned it in by 2:00pm on Friday, October 12.
Book Fair Hours
Wednesday: 7:00-7:30 am & 2-5 pm
Thursday: 7:00-7:30 am & 2-8 pm ** Family Night
Friday: 7:00-7:30 am & 2-5 pm
Book Fair is a great opportunity to encourage your children to read with the fabulous selection of books available from Scholastic. Your child should have received a flyer with book titles and information on the great selection that is available this year. Proceeds from the book fair are used to fund school events, add to classroom libraries and to provide reading instruction for the entire school.
If you can't make it to the Book Fair, you can shop online! You can get an expanded selection of items and your orders will be delivered to the school. Check it out at: All proceeds go to DES.
Volunteer to help at the Book Fair
We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to work as helpers and cashiers for 1 hour shifts in the morning (Thursday and Friday, 7:00-8:00 am), or 2 hour shifts after school (between 2:00-5:00 pm Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday as well as 6:00-8:00 pm on Family Night). Interested? Please contact Katie Frame ( or Jennifer Seitz  ( with your preference. Thank you!!
PCMS Informational Meeting
Rising 6th grade parents are invited to an informational meeting at Peachtree Charter Middle School on Wednesday, October 10 at 10am in the PCMS Media Center. There will be a Q&A session with a panel of parents, teachers, counselors, and the Principal. Topics of discussion include academic placement, Gifted/High Achiever/General definitions, bullying, Accelerated Math, and other important topics.  
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 

DCSD Roundtable Meetings
Throughout the month of October, DeKalb County School District (DCSD) Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson will host a series of roundtable meetings for parents. At these meetings, parents can learn more about the status of current issues faced by the district, as well as hear about new initiatives launching in the 2012-13 school year. DCSD families also will
have the opportunity to ask questions.

These are open forums for all DeKalb County parents, and they replace the previous parent advisory committees. Parents are encouraged to submit their questions in advance to

The meetings will take place from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
* Monday, Oct. 15 - McNair High
* Tuesday, Oct. 16 - Tucker High
* Tuesday, Oct. 23 - Redan High
* Thursday, Oct. 25 - Lithonia High
* Monday, Oct. 29 - Dunwoody High
Bus Driver Appreciation Day


School bus drivers carry our most precious cargo to and from school every day  so it's time to tell them THANK YOU! Monday, October 15 is the Official Georgia School Bus Driver Appreciation Day, so take a moment and tell those hard working drivers, thank you.


We will recognize them and have gifts for them on DES Staff Appreciation Day in April, so a homemade card, a smile, and some kind words of thanks are all you need for this day.

Benchmark Assessments


New this year, DeKalb County School District is requiring all schools to
administer a benchmark assessment to students in grades K-5. During the
window of October 3-17, students will take a brief, computerized test
that will assess the pace of instruction for the first 9 weeks of school.
The test is non-graded and is simply a tool for informing instruction in
the classroom. Administration of benchmark testing will occur at 9 week
intervals throughout the year.

International Walk to School Day Results


Thank you to everyone who helped make International Walk to School Day on Wednesday such a success!


Everyone loved having the Dunwoody High School pep band greet the students and parents as they arrived and 11Alive did a live feed on the morning highlighting our school.

We had over 400 students accompanied by their parents walk or bike to school on that morning. Our walking school buses were also a huge success! There were many comments on how great it was to see the walking school bus in action coming down the road! Please consider taking advantage of one of our walking school buses for upcoming Walk to School Days if you have not already.

Ms. Drennan's kindergarten class won the Gold Sneaker Award with 77% participation! The announcement of the winning class was made Thursday during the WDES morning news. The winners in each grade level were Ms. Johnston in Pre-K, Ms. Goodwin in 1st grade, Ms. Mach in 2nd Grade, Ms. Mendel in 3rd Grade, Mr. Unger in 4th Grade and Ms. Soucy in 5th Grade.

Thank you to all of the volunteers that made the Walk to School event such a success!

Our next Walk to School day is November the 7th.

We look forward to seeing you on upcoming walk to school days!

Recycling is now Free!


 Curbside recycling is now FREE in DeKalb County! Here is another great way to teach our children the importance of recycling, decrease sanitation costs, create more green jobs and lessen the impact on our County landfill.

To sign up, go to

If you'd like to volunteer with the Recycling and Environment Committee, email We'd love to have your help!

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 were sent home in TIPs last week 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!


Box Tops Deadline October 15


Our fall deadline is next Monday.  Please place all Box Tops in the collection box in the lobby this week so we can cash in and benefit DES!  Some of the non-food Box Top products are pictured below. For a complete listing of products, see the Dunwoody PTO website, or the Box Tops for Education Website 


All Box Tops should be turned in by October 15th. Send in completed collection sheets or place your Box Tops in baggies, writing your child's name, grade, and # of Box Tops on the outside.  Remember to save and send your Box Tops all year long!

Georgia Natural Gas Promotion


Gas prices are at a 10 year low!! So it's a perfect time now to lock into a 6 month, or even 12 month plan to get you through the winter at a low rate. New gas rates are set every month around the 5th of the month.
Please consider Georgia Natural Gas (GNG) as your gas provider: GNG donates $5 every month for both existing GNG customers and new GNG customers who participate in TrueBlue Schools program, that's $60 per year to DES, just by registering your account.
Visit or call 1.866.ONLYGNG to register. Be sure to usethe promo code TrueBlue.
Nancy's Hallmark Coupon


Nancy's Hallmark Coupon Expiration Extended to October 31!

Shop Nancy's Hallmark in the Georgetown Kroger Shopping Center (corner of Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. and I-285) now through October 31 and receive $5 off purchase of $20 or more.

To receive the discount, you must turn in the postcard-size coupon titled "Thank you for supporting the DES PTO" at checkout. The coupon was distributed at PTO registration and Curriculum Nights, to all teachers and parents who joined the PTO.

Nancy's Hallmark has great gifts, cards and decorations, especially now for the upcoming holidays. Let's show Nancy's Hallmark our patronage for partnering with our school!
DES Ski Club



Calling all Snow bunnies and Shredders! Are you ready for the "Coolest" Club at Dunwoody Elementary?

Mrs. Mattison's Ski and Snowboard Club is back for the 2012-2013 school year!

Ski and Snowboard Skills and Safety Program
for NEW 4th and 5th Grade Skiers or Snowboarders will take place after school the week of November 5th - 9th from 2:30-4:10pm. (NO Classes on Election Day November 6th)


Join us on the 8th DES trip to Cataloochee, Saturday, December 15th. Open to ALL DES Families! Students in Grades PreK-3rd may attend with a parent. Space is limited for on campus program and day trip. Registration begins October 1st!


We will be offering private and semi-private ski or snowboard lessons on November 6th, Election Day at DES slope. You must book directly through the Southern School of Snow Sports at 770-401-3314 or


Southern School of Snow Sports offers discount lift passes, equipment rentals and lessons at Cataloochee ALL WINTER LONG for DES families! For all the details please contact 770-401-3314 or email


See you on the Slopes!

Jenn Mattison


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! 


A BIG Thank You to our TdD Sponsors-To-Date:

Kaplan Orthodontics
Primrose Schools
Dental Implant and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta
RMZ Properties
Chandler, Britt, Jay, Beck, Zwald, LLC Attorneys at Law
Jodi Fink Halpert Real Estate Consultant

For Ride information or to be a Business or Corporate sponsor, email Christine Hilgert: 
Dunwoody Wildcat Football Pancake Breakfast


2 Great Events to benefit the Dunwoody High School football program on Saturday, October 13!
Dunwoody Wildcat Football Pancake Breakfast:
8am-11am in the Dunwoody High School cafeteria
$6 for all you can eat pancakes
Children 5 and under are free
Tickets are on sale now from all Dunwoody Wildcat football players and will also be sold at the door. Join us for this great community event where you will be served by your favorite Wildcat football player and hear the DHS marching band drum line!
Dunwoody High School Second Annual Blue vs. Red Alumni Flag Football Game:
1pm DHS football field

Concessions will be available 




Kingsley Fall Festival


Saturday, October 13, 10am-2pm.

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


5th Annual Fall Harvest Festival


PCMS Drama Presents

5th Annual Fall Harvest Festival

Oct. 20, 2012 9:00 am - 2:00 pm


PCMS Drama pulls out all the stops for its Fifth Annual Fall Festival on October 20 to support our spring musical production of Once on This Island, Jr.


The Festival will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, October 20 from 9a-2p at PCMS after the CV Classic 5K Run.


Check out the PCMS Drama website www.pcmsboosterclub.comfor Vendor Applications, Silent Auction Donation forms and other information.


We look forward to seeing you there!!

Message from the Dunwoody Rotary Club


Calling all Runners!

Rotary Club of Dunwoody appreciates the support and participation of your
school in the upcoming RunDunwoody on Sunday, October 21.  Visit or see the attached Team Challenge Flyer for more information.


As you may be aware, the Race provides for team runners. As such the Rotary Club of Dunwoody has commissioned a Floating Trophy to be awarded to the Principal of the Elementary School with the largest group of runners. The trophy will be retained by the winning school for approximately one year and then handed over to the next winner. Please encourage your students, including their families, faculty and administrators to select your school's team when they register for the race. The Trophy will be presented later this year to the winning school's Principal. This is a friendly competition between Austin, Chesnut, Dunwoody, Hightower, Kingsley and Vanderlyn.

We are grateful for your work in our community and support of this annual

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

Don't forget to donate to the Tiger Fund!  For more information and to donate online go to the PTO Website, Fundraising page
LIKE us on Facebook, and now Twitter!
If you are a Facebook user, we hope you are enjoying Dunwoody Elementary School's page. This week, we have also created a Twitter account to help disseminate information in a timely manner.  You can even set up alerts to be sent to your phone. Follow @DESAlerts, and be sure to enable notifications!

Our school's Facebook page and Twitter account will be used to promote upcoming school events and communications. We will also allow comments from our DES community but through daily monitoring we will remove anything that is not appropriate. We're excited about this new opportunity to share all the good things happening at our school.

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