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DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Tiger Fund Classroom Challenge Update
Bus Driver Appreciation Day, Monday, October 15
Box Tops Deadline Tomorrow, Monday, October 15
All Pro Dad Breakfast - Friday, October 19
Tour De Dunwoody - Saturday, October 20 - Register Online Now!
Miss the Book Fair? Shop Online until October 21
International Committee's Fall Fun Fling Day - Saturday, October 27
Principal's Coffee - Tuesday, October 30
NO School & Election Day Spirit Day - Tuesday, November 6
Organic Gardening at DES
Collect Dannon® codes to win $$ for a Playground Makeover!
Georgia Natural Gas Promotion
DES Ski Club registration going on now!
Battle of the Marching Bands - Vote for DHS!
"LIKE" us on Facebook - and now Follow @DESAlerts on Twitter!


Calendar At a Glance

Monday, October 15 - Bus Driver Appreciation Day

Monday, October 15 - Box Tops Fall Deadline

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

Friday, October 19 - 6:45-7:45am - All Pro Dad

Saturday, October 20 - Tour de Dunwoody - Registration 7:45am, Race 8:30am

Sunday, October 21 - Online Book Fair Deadline

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


Thank you to all the families that came by the school this past week and purchased books from our Book Fair. A portion of these proceeds will go to the PTO to help fund the programs and activities we will host this school year. We also thank all the parents that attended our 2nd annual Fall Family dinner. We had a great turnout and hope you enjoyed the entertainment, food and opportunity to socialize with your family and DES friends. This dinner was brought to you by your contributions to our Tiger Fund.


A big thank you to our Family Events and Book Fair committee members and their chairs Maria Jacobs and Katie Frame/Jennifer Seitz, respectively, for all their work to make these events so successful.


We also thank the parents that have taken the time to attend our Volunteer Reporter training sessions. As a reminder, you can always attend a session offered at another DeKalb County school. In addition, we have a Powerpoint presentation available to view in the media center. Please see Ms. Gurin, media center specialist, regarding this option. Once a large enough group is gathered, she will offer times for these parents to view the presentation instead of doing it one at a time so as not to interfere with library activities. Remember to log your hour for this training by going to the PTO website.


We have started a public recognition for all the parents that help at the school or at home 10 or more hours. Each one of us is a piece to the puzzle and we hope you will add your piece if you haven't already. Please remember to log your hours and help us put the puzzle together.


Remember to join us for our 2nd annual Tour de Dunwoody on Saturday, October 20. Following the bike ride we will plant two trees to honor last year's PTO co-president, Mellie O'Keefe and the 2010-2011 co-president, Kevin Cameron. Join us in the parking lot for this special ceremony.


Have a great week!

Shari Wassell and Amy LeVasseur

DES PTO co-presidents

The TIGER FUND Classroom Challenge is ON!

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Tiger Fund, but we still have a long way to go to reach our goal of 100% participation and $75,000!

The current classroom tallies are below. Remember the 3 classes with the highest participation will win a Cookie Cake party and "Tiger Bucks" for the school store. Each member of the class with the overall highest participation will receive a My FroYo gift card!

Please donate today so we can make this year at DES a success! You can drop a check made out to "DES PTO" marked "Tiger Fund" in the mailbox in the school lobby, give online at:, or visit the PTO Website, Fundraising Page.

First Grade
Second Grade
Glenn 37%
Johnston 37%
Brown 0%
Morris 46%
Price 46%
Drennan 36%
Brasher 33%
Uhl 20%
Young 20%
Shelton 17%
St. John 56%
Nettles 44%
Goodwin 42%
Blair 39%
Dye 30%
Dyer 30%
Harrison 23%
Warshaw 43%
Holbrook 42%
Bass 42%
Davis 39%
Mach 38%
Slaton 38%
Birrell 35%
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Mendel 45%
Thomas 43%
Hollis 42%
Goss 39%
Kasser 33%
Bridgeman 29%
Beck 26%
Nugent 48%
Unger 48%
Nelson 47%
Thornton 35%
Smith 48%
Taylor 44%
Hinton 33%
Soucy 26%
Prater/ Anderson 20%

Upcoming Events

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.

Box Tops Deadline Tomorrow!


Box Tops do have expiration dates, so send in your collection sheets or place your Box Tops in baggies, writing your child's name, grade, and # of Box Tops on the outside. Our Fall deadline is Tomorrow, Monday, October 15! For a complete listing of products, see the Dunwoody PTO website, or the Box Tops for Education Website.  Remember to save and send your Box Tops ALL YEAR LONG!    

DES Dads, did you miss the first All Pro Dad Breakfast last month?


If you answered yes, don't worry, come to this month's meeting!

Friday, October 19 - 6:45 to 7:45am

Please arrive for breakfast in the cafeteria (6:45 - 7:15am)

Program will begin in the media center at 7:20am.

This month's topic is "Bullying"


All Pro Dad Dad's Day is a simple idea with a profound impact. It's a one-hour monthly breakfast held before school where fathers and their children meet with other dads and kids in the school cafeteria. During the program, we will discuss a wide range of family topics, spend time together, create fun memories, and leave equipped with resources to strengthen your relationship with your child.


The program is fun and free! All you need to do is attend, and if you want to purchase breakfast, you may do so in the cafeteria by using your child's "mylunchmoney" account, cash or check ($1.50 adults, $1.15 children). If you do not have a "mylunchmoney" account, please register for one at before the meeting.


To help with keeping the parking lot and carpool drop off running smoothly, please park at Perimeter College and walk over to School.


Please visit our chapter website for dates and more information.

or contact Robert Apple at


Proud DES All Pro Dad Sponsor

TourdeDunwoodyTour De Dunwoody


2nd Annual Tour De Dunwoody
Saturday, October 20
Registration at 7:30am; ride begins at 8:30am

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 School of Dunwoody 
Dental Implant and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta
RMZ Properties
Chandler, Britt, Jay, Beck, Zwald, LLC Attorneys at Law
Jodi Fink Halpert Real Estate Consultant
Griffith Engineering, Inc.

For Ride information or to be a Business or Corporate sponsor, email Christine Hilgert: 
Miss the Book Fair? Shop Online!


Book Fair is a great opportunity to encourage your children to read with the fabulous selection of books available from Scholastic. Even though the school book fair is done, you can still buy online. If you missed the fair, please support DES through the online fair this week. Proceeds from the book fair are used to fund school events, add to classroom libraries and to provide reading instruction for the entire school.


Check it out at: All proceeds go to DES. The online fair ends Sunday, October 21.

Fall Fun Fling Day



OCTOBER 27, 2012, 3:00-5:00pm
DES International Committee is hosting its first "FALL FUN FLING DAY" at Brook Run Park. The fun includes a kids' costume parade, face painting, pumpkin decorating, snacks and much more.

All DES families are invited.  Kids can dress up in Halloween or fancy costumes, (no scary ones, please!) but it's not mandatory. There is no charge for this event. 

Brook Run Park
4770 N. Peachtree RD, 30338
(Follow the DES balloons once you're inside the park.)

Please specify childrens' ages when signing up.  Thanks!
 Principal's Coffee


Join us at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, October 30, for coffee, fellowship and learning in the Media Center. We will have Angela Johnson from DeKalb County School District share with us safety tips that parents may employ to help protect their children when using the internet. Angela will speak to DES parents about the adults that prey on kids while online. Please plan to join us, have a cup of coffee and learn something about keeping your child safe.


Click HERE for more details about Mrs. Johnson.

Election Day Spirit Day


Tuesday, November 6 - no school, so join your fellow DES friends at Sandy Springs Funhouse for a fun afternoon of laser tag, socializing and energy busting activity. A portion of the proceeds for this day will be donated to the DES PTO.

Get Involved

Organic Gardening at DES


Organic Gardening at DES has begun!

Parent volunteers led by Kathy Forte recently weeded and tilled 7 of the garden beds outside the school. This past week during recess, students helped plant lettuces, carrots, ground cover crops and other seeds to start the DES organic gardening program sponsored by your Tiger Fund dollars. The students will help water the beds and will harvest the produce later this fall. If you are available to help with this project, please contact Kathy Forte at We need volunteers to help water, harvest and plant the next round of  seeds.

Win $10,00 for an Outdoor School Project 


Our school could win $10,000 for an Outdoor School Project

We could use this money for our organic gardens, to replace trees that have died since the school was built or just to add some new landscaping to the grounds. Every penny helps!


The SCOTTIES® TREES ROCK! Video Contest was designed to energize kids to get creative and share why they think trees are an important part of our school community and why planting them is beneficial for everyone. And the best part is, our school can benefit too!


The SCOTTIES® TREES ROCK! Video Contest could award a lucky 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader at our school:

  • $10,000 for a outdoors school improvement project, along with a tree planting ceremony
  • $5,000, plus a trip to Grand Canyon or Yellowstone National Park and an electronic tablet

Spread the word - the more entries for our school, the better our school's chance of winning! Learn more at: 

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.

Community Information

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



The DHS band has submitted an entry to "The Bert Show" Battle of the marching bands! This is a bracket style voting, so make sure you go back every week keep us going! The DHS band could win $5,000 to help the band program! You can only vote once on each bracket, so send the link to all of your family and friends to vote and keep us going in the competition. Thank you for your support! 

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 event.

Tiger Talk Information

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

LIKE us on Facebook, and now Twitter!
If you are a Facebook user, we hope you are enjoying Dunwoody Elementary School's page. Now we also have 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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