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 November 4, 2012

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DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Morning Carpool - Don't be late!
Lost and Found will be donated on November 15
Fall Family Dinner and Book Fair Survey Online Now
Sign up for K12 Alerts
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
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - Tuesday, November 13
All Pro Dads - Friday, November 16
Spirit Wear Update
Georgia Natural Gas Promotion
Scouts to Honor All Who Have Served on Veterans Day, November 12
DES Ski Club registration going on now!
Dunwoody Boys Spring Lacrosse
Winter 2013 at i9 Sports
DHS Band Online Auction
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, 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

Tuesday, November 13 - 5pm-8pm - Chick-fil-A Sprit Night

Friday, November 16 - 6:45am-7:45am - All Pro Dads Breakfast



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


From the PTO Co-Presidents


We hope all of your children enjoyed their Halloween trick or treating and then learned a lot at the Fall Fun Days. These two days of activity stations for the entire school focused on science projects, experiments and observations. The chairs, Dana Coulter and Jennifer Fenmore, did a great job organizing these two days and executing the plans with the help of the many parent volunteers and staff members. Thank you Fall Day chairs and committee volunteers for helping educate our children about science. Parents - Remember to log your hours.


This week we will look for you at Sandy Springs Funhouse for our Election Day spirit day. Come anytime between 10 am and 8 pm and see your fellow DES friends and families. We may even have a few teachers there playing laser tag. Anyone is welcome to come to this event. Please say DES when you pay so that we can get credit for your attendance. The PTO will receive 10% of all sales.


We look forward to seeing everyone on the sidewalk for our monthly Walk to School day on Wednesday and then plan to come back to DES for the DCPC meeting beginning at 8:45am. We'll provide light refreshments before the start of the program at 9:15am (see more details below in this issue of TT).


We also hope to see all of our parents at the school on Saturday, November 10, 8am-Noon, for our Grounds Day. We plan to spruce up the beds in the parking lot and work on the organic gardens preparing all for the winter. We'll have a special treat for those that come out and help so mark your calendar and come with garden gloves and tools.


See you at the school,

Shari Wassell and Amy LeVasseur

Morning Carpool 


Kind reminder that children need to be IN CLASS at 7:45am, therefore the last time to drop off your child should be 7:40, so they have time to arrive in their classrooms before school starts. Also, try to have the kids ready to exit the car when in carpool.  Carpool Volunteers are trying to get the line to run as fast as possible so you don't have to wait long and any assistance you can provide is helpful and appreciated. 


Thank you very much for your support!!!

 Lost and Found


As the days get cooler the lost and found begins to fill up! Missing something? Check the lost and found! The lost and fo und will be cleaned out and all items will be donated on Thursday November 15th!

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:

Upcoming Events

ElectionSpiritDayElection Day Spirit Day


Tuesday, November 6 - No School and It's TIGER TIME at the Sandy Springs Funhouse!


Come to the Sandy Springs Funhouse for a fun day of bouncehouses and ginormous soft play (socks required), games, socializing, laser tag battles against DES friends, and energy busting activity! Pop in with your friends, neighbors, family, and an accompanying adult anytime between 10am-8pm. Snack bar special of 2 slices of pizza and a fountain drink for only $5! SS Funhouse will donate a percentage of proceeds, as related to attendance and participation, to DES PTO. The Funhouse is located at 6650 B Roswell Road (corner of Roswell and Abernathy Roads). See you there!

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, 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!

CFAChick-fil-A Spirit Night
Holiday shopping is just about underway, so save on cooking time and join us for our third Chick-fil-A Spirit Night of the year, hosted by Chick-fil-A at Perimeter Pointe Tuesday, November 13! 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 the Special Education team and Instructional Support Staff! Chick-fil-A gives 20% of sales back to DES. Thank you Chick-fil-A of Perimeter Pointe!

November and early December bring us many Spirit Day/Night opportunities, so please be sure to mark your calendar for these delicious dining events:

Thursday, November 29, 4pm-9pm - Shane's Rib Shack Perimeter
Saturday, December 1, 2pm-6pm - Great American Cookie, Perimeter Mall
Tuesday, December 4, 5pm-9pm - MyFroyo Yogurt, Dunwoody Village
Tuesday, December 11, 5pm-8pm - Chick Fil A @ Perimeter Pointe

DES Dad's, did you miss the All Pro Dad Breakfast

last month?


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

Friday, November 16 - 6:45 to 7:45am.

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

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

This month's topic is "Kindness" 



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 this time, 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 GA 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

Get Involved

Carpool Volunteers Needed!


Please go to the Sign-Up Genius and sign up for carpool volunteer slots ASAP. We are very short on volunteers throughout this month. The link is


Thank you so much for all you do! For questions, contact Liz Dallas. 
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!!  School directories are also available in the school store for $5 per book.

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.


Scouts to Honor All Who Have Served



Veterans Day reminds us how vital it is to support those who put themselves in harm's way to protect our freedoms. To honor the courageous men and women of our Armed Forces, Scouts from across Dunwoody are encouraged to wear their full Scout uniform on Veterans Day, Monday, November 12. If you are a Dunwoody Elementary Girl Scout or Cub Scout, please be sure to wear your uniform next Monday. Plus, uniformed Scouts may join in reciting the pledge of allegiance during morning announcements.

Together we will honor those who have served our great country.

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


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

Winter 2013 at i9 Sports



 For each student from Dunwoody Elementary School that registers,

i9 Sports will donate $10 to our PTO!


Registration deadline is Monday, November 12, cost $119


FLAG FOOTBALL (boys and girls 4-14) at Keswick Park, Chamblee

Starts Sunday, December 9 - Practice & Games Sunday afternoons


Fall Sports Registrations earned $80 for the DES PTO this quarter.
THANK YOU for your participation!


**All programs are only 1 day per week and include reversible team jersey,
sportsmanship medal & trophy.


i9 Sports is getting kids back into the fun of sports.
Focusing on sportsmanship and strong values in a safe environment.
No tryouts - No drafts - No fundraisers
EVERYONE PLAYS! or call 404-551-2036



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!! 

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!
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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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