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DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
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
Collect Dannon® codes to win $$ for a Playground Makeover!
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

Sunday, October 21 - Online Book Fair Deadline

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

Friday, October 26 - Wear Red for Red Ribbon Week

Saturday, October 27 - International Committee Fall Fun Fling Day

Tuesday, October 30 - 7:45-8:45am - Principal's Coffee

Tuesday, October 30 - PTO Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, November 5 - No school for Pre-K

Tuesday, November 6 - NO SCHOOL for all  - election day

Tuesday, November 6 - Spirit Day at the Sandy Springs Funhouse

Wednesday, November 7 - Walk to School

Wednesday, November 7, 9:15am - DCPC Meeting at DES



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


From the PTO Co-Presidents


We wanted to give a big shout out to our Tour de Dunwoody committee chairs, Sean Penn and Christine Hilgert and their committee members. On Saturday they hosted our 2nd annual Tour de Dunwoody bike event. It was a great morning for all. Thank you chairs and committee members for all your time and efforts with this event on behalf of the PTO.


Thanks to your Tiger Fund contributions, following the bike ride we also planted two Natches Crepe Myrtles in the school parking lot to replace trees that have died. These new crepe myrtles were planted to recognize the last two PTO co-presidents, Kevin Cameron and Mellie O'Keefe. We appreciate Kevin and Mellie's leadership and commitment to the PTO while they served their terms and know these two trees will be blooming reminders of the great foundations they have provided for DES.


We also want to acknowledge Robert Apple, chair of our All Pro Dad program. Robert has continued to offer this well-received program once a month for dads and their children since last year. These monthly events are funded by your Tiger Fund contributions.  Thank you Robert and thank you DES families for helping support All Pro Dad! 


Remember to wear red on Friday in recognition of Red Ribbon Week that was held earlier in the month and join your fellow DES friends at Brook Run on the 27th for the International Committee's Fall Fling event.


Have a great week!

Shari Wassell and Amy LeVasseur

PTO co-presidents

Upcoming Events

FunFlingDayFall 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!
PrincipalCoffeePrincipal'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.

ElectionSpiritDayElection 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

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

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.


Also on the morning of October 29 we will be packing up the cans and delivering them to our organizations. Please consider volunteering on this day, we would love to have you!

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: 

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! 

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

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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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