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DES News
In This Issue
From our Principal
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Mandatory Volunteer Training - Now Online!
Fall Family Dinner and Book Fair Survey Online Now
Sign up for K12 Alerts
Tiger Fund Classroom Challenge has been extended until November 1!
Parent Roundtable Meeting at DHS - Monday, October 29
Principal's Coffee - Tuesday, October 30
Fall Science Days for all grades - November 1 and 2
NO School & Election Day Spirit Day - Tuesday, November 6
DCPC Meeting at DES - Wednesday, November 7
Walk to School Wednesday, November 7
DES Grounds clean up day, Saturday, November 10.
DES Food Drive ends MONDAY, October 29 - get your cans in!
Spirit Wear Update
Dunwoody Boys Spring Lacrosse
DHS Band Online Auction
DES Ski Club registration going on now!
Tour de Dunwoody recap and Golden Helmet winner announced
Coastal America Art Contest - Congratulations to Carol Zhou!
Submitting an article to Tiger Talk - Deadline is Tuesday night!
"LIKE" us on Facebook - and now Follow @DESAlerts on Twitter!


Calendar At a Glance

Monday, October 29 - Last day for donations for the Fall Food Drive

Monday, October 29 - Parent Roundtable Meeting at DHS

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

Tuesday, October 30 - PTO Board of Directors Meeting

Thursday, November 1 - Last day for Tiger Fund contributions for Classroom Challenge

Thursday, November 1 - Fall Science Day - grades PK-2

Friday, November 2 - Fall Science Day - grades 3-5

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

Saturday, November 10, 8am-noon - DES Grounds Clean Up Day



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


From our Principal


As October comes to a close, so does our testing! We have completed testing our students in grades 1, 3, and 5 with the ITBS and CogAT. Those results should be returned to the school in approximately 6 weeks. Additionally, all grades have completed the first county wide benchmark assessment. The benchmark assessment was our first attempt at computerized testing, and the teachers have decided that the students seem to try a little harder with a paper and pencil test. Nonetheless, the assessment provided some very useful information for our teachers to use in planning instruction.

The students were also awarded with their first Positive Paw 9-week celebration. On October 15, students had a little extra recess time which they used to enjoy an 18 foot slide on the playground. All classes that earned 6 Big Paws were eligible to participate, and the students had a great time. Even the teachers enjoyed themselves!

We are celebrating Ms. Nelson's class ranking 8th in the nation using the ScootPad website. Students throughout our school are using this website to practice reading and math problems. Each problem answered correctly earns points for their class. Other software our students will be using this year include IXL for math practice and Reading Eggs for reading practice.

Thank you to those parents who have sent water bottles to school with their children. Being in the cafeteria on a regular basis, I find that many of our children need more to drink, and a juice box or carton of milk is just not enough. We are working with Coca-Cola to have bottles of water available for purchase on our cafeteria line, but students will still need additional fluid.

I also want to thank parents who are letting their young children walk to class on their own. As we near the end of first semester, it is important that students gain a sense of independence by walking to class without parent support. Students who are independent take more risks in the classroom and feel more confident about their own natural abilities.

Remember that school begins at 7:45am. Students who arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of school are more settled and better prepared to take on the day. Instruction starts at 7:45am, so students arriving at 7:45 or later do not have time to unpack, sharpen pencils, or begin morning work. The morning rituals are so important, please plan to get your child to school earlier than 7:45am so they can be the best they can be!

Next month, our PE teachers have coordinated with Children's Healthcare to provide the Strong for Life program to our students. The program kicks off with a pep rally in our gym. All students will get a free water bottle and learn a little about healthy habits. Their focus is to teach children to drink water, eat veggies and fruits, limit screen time, and be active. The team from Strong for Life will visit the students throughout the year and culminate the program in May with a fun run.

Also, students in grades 3-5 will participate in a mock election. They will learn about candidate platforms during morning Broadcast, and then participate in an election for Candidate A or Candidate B. We will not host our mock election for the current Presidential candidates so that we avoid any heated discussions or arguments. Our purpose is to help children understand the election process and know a little more about what their parents will be doing on November 6.

Thanks to all the parents who supported the school during the past month. The Fall Dinner, Book Fair, Canned Food Drive, Grounds Day, and Tour de Dunwoody where all successful events thanks to many hands on deck and great leaders. Our school can not stand apart from the community! It takes a little help from everyone for us to be the best school in Dunwoody!

Jennifer P. Sanders

Dunwoody Elementary School

From the PTO Co-Presidents


The Directory is in! If you purchased a Directory during Registration, your child should have brought it home in their school bag this past week. Thanks to our Directory Committee and the chairs, Kimberly Kirkland and Kimi Lenertz, for doing a great job with this year's book. Congratulations to all the students that have their artwork featured throughout the book. If you wish to purchase a Directory, you may get one through our school store for $5.


A huge thank you also to our International Committee chairs, Sarabjeet Kaur and Priyadarshini Priyanka, and their committee for planning and hosting a great Fall Fling event at Brook Run Park this past Saturday. We had a nice crowd from the DES families and with the crafts, food and activities a great time was had by all.


Tomorrow is the last day to bring in your canned and non-perishable food items. On Monday we will deliver the donated goods to the charities. Thank you to all that have donated to this worthy cause.


As we finish out the month of October we wish to remind you to get involved at the school if you aren't already, and to log those volunteer hours. You may do this either online or at the front desk when you arrive for volunteering. We have started our recognition puzzle and know the children are anxious to see what the puzzle picture will be so please add your piece to it by completing your ten hours. In addition, we have a small token of our appreciation for each parent when they reach ten hours. Click HERE to log your hours online, or visit the Get Involved section of the PTO Website.


With that said, we are looking for a parent to co-chair our Spirit Wear committee for the remainder of the school year. If you are interested in helping sell at our big PTO events and helping process spirit wear orders, please contact our chair Andrea Levy at Andrea would like to have someone to work with in order to better serve our DES community.


Thanks for all you do and Happy Halloween!

Shari Wassell and Amy LeVasseur

DES PTO Co-presidents

Mandatory Volunteer Training - Now Online!


Thanks to all who were able to complete the mandatory Reporter/Child Abuse Training for Volunteers at the school. We know it's hard to find the time to come to the school, so you can now complete the training online. It should only take you approximately 5-7 minutes. You do not need to submit an online completion form when you finish viewing the training video. 


Click the following link to go to the online training through the Peachtree Charter Middle School website:


For those parents that are able to attend a session in person, the following are available trainings at Kingsley Elementary School:
Tuesday, November 30, 8am and Thursday, November 1, 1:30pm


Please note: Meetings or training attended in any DeKalb County school will count for your training.

Click for Background Information on the Mandated Reporter Statute. 

Fall Family Dinner and Book Fair Survey


If you attended this year's Fall Family Dinner on Thursday, October 11 and/or the Book Fair, please click on the following link to complete a short survey about the event. Thank you for your assistance.

Sign up for K12 Alerts 


K12 Alerts allow the DeKalb County School District to send timely school-related updates through email, text message and telephone to those who subscribe for the service. This service is free and available to everyone who wants to know more about DeKalb Schools.

For emergency notifications and other school-related matters, register or login now with your username and password:

The TIGER FUND Classroom Challenge has been Extended!

We know everyone is busy and maybe you just haven't had time to make your Tiger Fund donation. We are extending the Classroom Challenge through the end of the month. Get your donation in by November 1 to make it count!

The Tiger Fund helps bring so many great programs to DES, including Cultural Arts Assemblies, Teacher Gifts, Staff Appreciation, Field Day, Fall Day, Family Dinners and so much more! We are currently at $39,000 and we need you to help us reach our goal of $75,000 and 100% participation, so please give TODAY!

The current classroom tallies are below.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 or give online at:, or visit the PTO Website, Fundraising Page

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far!

First Grade
Second Grade
Glenn 42%
Johnston 42%
Brown 0%





Price 71%
Morris 50%
Drennan 44%
Young 36%
Brasher 33%
Shelton 33%
Uhl 24%
St. John 56%
Nettles 48%
Goodwin 46%
Blair 39%
Dye 30%
Dyer 30%
Harrison 23%


Davis 52%
Warshaw 48%
Holbrook 46%
Slaton 43%
Bass 42%
Mach 42%
Birrell 39%


Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Hollis 58%
Mendel 50%
Thomas 48%
Goss 48%
Kasser 33%
Bridgeman 33%
Beck 30%


Nugent 52%
Nelson 50%
Unger 48%
Thornton 39%





Smith 48%
Taylor 48%
Hinton 37%
Soucy 30%
Prater/ Anderson 20%




Upcoming Events

RoundtableMeetingsParent Roundtable Meetings




Learn more about the status of current issues faced by the district
and hear about new initiatives launching in the 2012-13 school
year. Parents are encouraged to email their questions in advance


Monday, October 29, 7pm until 8:30pm, at Dunwoody High School.

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.

FallDayFall Science Day for all Grades


Thursday, November 1 (Pre-K-2) & Friday, November 2 (3-5)

Please make sure to send your child with a jacket or sweater on this day as most stations will be located outside.


We thank all the parent volunteers in advance for helping with this event. If you have a last minute change to your schedule and will not be able to fulfill your volunteer duty, please contact the chairs at


Note: We still need 16oz capped water bottles for this event. Please send the bottles with your child to the school. We have a container to collect the bottles inside the school. Thanks!

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.

DCPCUpcoming DCPC Meeting


All Parents are encouraged to attend the upcoming Dunwoody Chamblee Parents' Council (DCPC) Meeting.  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.  The next meeting will be held at Dunwoody Elementary School, so come out and show your school spirit!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 9:15am(8:45-9:15am Light Refreshments)
Where: Dunwoody Elementary School
Topic: "Social Media, Internet Safety and Anti-bullying"
  • Lorraine Connor, M.Ed., Gifted Instruction/World Studies at PCMS, and Founder and Director of The Power On! Project (;
  • Officer Alex Cushena, Chamblee C.O.P.S. unit;  and
  • Officer Tim Fecht, City of Dunwoody C.O.P.S. unit.
For more information, go to or email
WalktoSchoolWalk to School


Our next Walk to School Day will be on Wednesday, November the 7th. Put on your walking shoes and walk to school (or ride your bike)!

You may either walk/bike your own route to school or use one of the following places to park your car and walk:

Kingswood United Methodist Church
5015 Tilly Mill Road

Vermack Swim & Tennis Club
4756 Vermack Road

Both of these routes will take approximately 20 mins.  There will be no volunteer walking leaders from either location.


If you are unable to use one of our meeting points or make the walk from your house, please park in the GPC parking lot next door to the school and walk into the school grounds that way. Please do not park on surrounding residential streets. This creates a safety hazard and restricts access for the residents living on these streets and for emergency vehicles. Dunwoody Police will be monitoring this.

There will be extra pedestrians on the sidewalk in the morning. Remember pedestrians should always have the right of way.

We will tally walkers in the classrooms. The classroom with the most walkers will receive the Golden Sneaker Award.

The event will be held rain or shine!

This is our last Walk to School event before the winter break (we will restart in March) so make plans to join us on the sidewalk!

Please email Rosemary Gorham at if you have any questions.

GroundsDayDES Grounds Day


Saturday, November 10, 8-Noon

Please come out and help us spruce up the garden beds, work on the organic gardens, spread mulch and do general clean up to get the campus ready for winter. You'll want to bring your gardening gloves and tools if possible. Kids are welcome and this volunteering will count toward your volunteer hours so remember to log them in.


Special Note: Shane's Rib Shack is providing food this day for all the volunteers!

Get Involved

FoodDrive2nd 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!

DES LogoSpirit Wear Update


All of our stock has arrived and our pre-orders have been delivered! There are limited sizes left!! Stop by the school store on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to get your spirit wear while supplies last!!  

Community Information

Dunwoody Boys Spring Lacrosse


The Dunwoody Boys Lacrosse Feeder Program is partnering with Thunderbird Lacrosse this spring to provide the Junior Wildcats with skilled and experienced coaches and structure.


 Come experience lacrosse first hand and ask the coaches questions at a

Free Players Clinic on Sunday, November 11th from 12:00 - 2:00 pm

 At Dunwoody High School


Spring Teams forming for U11, U13 & U15.  Practices will begin late January and the season runs until end of April:

  • U13 & U15 - 2 practices/week
  • U11 - 1 practice/week
  • Games primarily on the weekends

Teams will compete in the Metro Atlanta Youth Lacrosse Association (MAYLA).

Register at the Players Clinic on Sunday, November 11, or online at: 

For additional information visit: or call 678-876-0042



Don't miss the first ever online auction benefitting the 

Dunwoody High School Band!! 


Dozens of fabulous items to be auctioned include:


Falcons tickets

Hawks VIP Suite tickets

Walt Disney World tickets

Veterinary Services

Chiropractic Services

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra tickets

Kroger gift certificates

Manicures and Haircuts

Introductory Flying lessons or Aerial sightseeing

VIP passes to Studio Movie Grill

Unique custom gift items

Professional Organizing Services

Gift Certificates to several local restaurants




The auction will begin on Friday, November 9th at 6am and will end on Sunday, November 18th at 9pm.


To register for your FREE account and start bidding on items go to:


Happy Bidding!! 

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



Tour de Dunwoody Recap

Thank you to all the participants of the 2nd Annual Tour de Dunwoody! We had a beautiful day and lots of fun.  Congratulations to Ms. Mach's 2nd grade class! They won the Golden Helmet for 2012/2013 with the most class participation!

A wave of bikes took over the roads of Dunwoody for the 2nd annual Tour de Dunwoody bike event on Saturday, October 20. Organizers Christine Hilgert and Sean Penn have once again expertly coordinated Dunwoody Elementary School's fall event for approximately 200 riders from the Dunwoody community, and working with the Dunwoody Police Department, made sure the participants had an organized and safe ride throughout the Dunwoody streets.


The 3 mile family fun ride left from Dunwoody Elementary School, traveled down Tilly Mill to Peeler, then back to the school through the Village Mill neighborhood. The younger participants were able to enjoy a "tot trike ride" - a short bike ride through the Dunwoody Elementary parking lot.


Following the bicycle ride, all attendees were able to have their bikes serviced by Performance Bicycle, enjoyed bike decorating, face painting, an inflatable or two, and partook in smoothies from The Smoothie Lady.
This event was fun for the whole family and a great way for the Dunwoody community to enjoy a bike ride together.
Also, a very special thank you to the following Vendors and Sponsors who provided their time, services, products, and/or financial support to make our 200-participant event great:

Atlanta Inflatable Rides
Balloons by Sharon J.
Disc Jockey Rick Adams
Dunwoody Urgent Care
Kroger, The Shoppes at Georgetown
Performance Bicycle, Northeast Atlanta (Next to Guitar Center)
The Smoothie Lady - Sebrina Jackson

Cub Level Sponsors
Dental Implants and Aesthetics of Atlanta - Brett Langston, D.M.D
Kaplan Orthodontics
Kumon Math and Reading Center of Dunwoody
Primrose School of Dunwoody
RMZ Properties

Roar Level Sponsors
Chandler, Britt, Jay, Beck and Zwald, LLC Attorneys at Law
Jodi Fink Halpert Real Estate Consultant
GEI Engineering

Lastly, a warm thanks to our PE Dept. Coaches Kaminski and Reynolds, who got our circulatory systems in high gear for the ride with fun warm-up exercises, and to each of the parent volunteers who made this event possible, notably our Tour de Dunwoody Committee Co-Chairs, Christine Hilgert and Sean Penn, who planned the event from Start to the Finish Line!  
Tour de Dunwoody photos:
Photo 1: bike rider
Photo 2: Group picture of DES staff members, left to right (back row): *Donna
Fialkowski, Bonnie Birrell, Jeannette Beck, Nicole Hinton, Natasha Marinkovic,
*Klaretta Young; Next row left to right: Lisa Gurin (and her dog), Connie Blair,
Tara Sinisgalli, *Chrissie Shelton, *Charlotte Davis; Kneeling in front, left to right:
Jerry Stallworth, Jennifer Sanders (Principal, DES)
*indicates participated in ride
Photo 3: Family activities in parking lot
Photo 4: Left to right: Kindergarten teachers Chrissie Shelton and Klaretta
Young participated in the ride and won the "unofficial" dance competition
Photo 5: First grade students, left to right: Avery McDougal and Kate Randolph
Photo 6: Group photo
Coastal America Art Contest

Last year, fifth grade student Carol Zhou from Dunwoody Elementary School,  won 2nd place nationally in the Coastal America Art Contest. Sixteen  students, ranging from kindergarten through college, were recognized as winners in this national contest to create artwork that best illustrated one of the seven essential principles of ocean literacy.
In honor of the Georgia Aquarium's new interactive kiosk and display donated by Coastal America, Kim Morris-Zarneke, manager of educational programs at the aquarium, invited Zhou to accept her award from Coastal America and cut the ribbon in front of the new exhibit! Carol and her art teacher at DES, Laura Fleury-Bell, also got a backstage tour of the Aquarium.

A full write-up of the contest and more pictures can be found HERE.

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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