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DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Classroom Challenge Results!
Thank you to everyone who walked to school last week
Morning Carpool Changes
Lost and Found will be donated on November 15
Strong 4 Life Kicks off Friday, November 16
Scouts to Honor All Who Have Served on Veterans Day, November 12
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - Tuesday, November 13
Illustrator Michael White visits DES on Wednesday, November 14
Bus Riders Recognition Day - Thursday, November 15
All Pro Dads - Friday, November 16
Carpool Volunteers Needed for November!
Spirit Wear Update
Georgia Natural Gas Promotion
The Big Thank You
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 12 - Scouts Honor All Who Have Served

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

Wednesday, November 14 - Illustrator Michael White visits DES

Wednesday, November 14 - End of 13.5 Week Progress Period

Thursday, November 15 - Bus Rider Recognition Day

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

Monday, November 19 - Friday, November 23 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break


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


From the PTO Co-Presidents


Thank you to our Community Business Support chairs, Yvette Megathlin and Amber Pride for organizing a fun day last Tuesday at Sandy Springs Funhouse during the election day holiday. Also, thanks to all those that attended this event and helped support the PTO. We'll have another SS Funhouse spirit day in the 2nd semester.


We also want to thank and recognize the businesses and individuals that participated in our Fall Fun Days by providing their time and talents with all of the Dunwoody Elementary children.     

  • Allison Chinchar from 11alive Weather and the 11Alive weather van
  • David Boyd from Dunwoody Nature Center - please see the PTO website for details about the DNC's upcoming Thanksgiving holiday camps
  • Billy Kidwell with American Disposal Services and fellow DES parent
  • Dr. Christine S. Scott, Dr. J. Richard Remigailo and Laura Breyley from Dr. Jason Kaplan's office - all dentists that demonstrated good dental hygiene and the process of making dental molds, in addition to providing "goodie bags" for all students

Our school is very fortunate to have businesses and people like these willing to donate their time and resources in order to help educate our students.


We appreciate all the families that walked to school on Wednesday for our last walk to school event of this semester. We had a nice crowd on the sidewalks despite the cold, rainy weather. Our next walk to school day will be March 6 so mark your calendar and plan to join us.


See you at the school,

Shari Wassell and Amy LeVasseur

Classroom Challenge Results




WOW! Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Tiger Fund. We have raised over $47,000!! Over $15,000 of that has come in during the Classroom Challenge. We sincerely appreciate every family giving what they can to help bring so many great programs to our children at DES! And now for the winners:


The 3 classes with the highest participation are Birrell, Price and Hollis!


These classes will receive a cookie cake party and "Tiger Bucks" for the school store. The class with the highest percentage is Ms. Birrell's 2nd grade with 83% participation! In addition to the cookie cake and Tiger Bucks, every member of Ms. Birrell's class will receive a gift card to My FoYo! Way to go!!


Thank you again to everyone who has participated. The final tallies are below. We will gladly continue to accept donations to the Tiger Fund any time during the year to help us reach our goal. You can drop your donation in the PTO mailbox or give online at:
Don't forget to encourage grandparents and other family members to make their tax deductible donation as well!


First Grade
Second Grade
Glenn 53%
Johnston 33%
Brown 17%






Price 82%
Morris 65%
Shelton 64%
Young 57%
Drennan 55%
Uhl 55%
Brasher 50%


St. John 60%
Goodwin 58%
Nettles 57%
Dye 44%
Blair 43%
Harrison 41%
Dyer 39%


Birrell 83%
Warshaw 65%
Mach 63%
Davis 56%
Bass 54%
Holbrook 46%
Slaton 43%


Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Hollis 79%
Goss 61%
Mendel 59%
Thomas 52%
Beck 52%
Bridgeman 46%
Kasser 43%


Unger 64%
Thornton 61%
Nugent 61%
Nelson 53%





Hinton 67%
Taylor 63%
Smith 52%
Soucy 44%
Prater/Anderson 20%




WalktoSchoolWalk to School


Thank you to everyone who braved the rainy cold weather on Wednesday and walked to school!

Ms. Nettles 1st grade class won the Gold Sneaker Award! 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. Price in kindergarten, Ms. Mach in 2nd Grade, Ms. Goss in 3rd Grade, Ms. Nelson in 4th Grade and Ms.Hinton in 5th Grade.

This was our last Walk to School Day before the Winter Break. We will resume again in March for Georgia Walk to School Day.

Morning Carpool 


For the safety of the children in school area, the carpool team is making some changes. We'll do our best to get your kids on time to school, but we need your help!


The drop off line starts where the school flagpole is located. Children should not be dropped off before the flag. Cars should proceed to the end of the drop off zone and have their children ready so we can make the drop off as quick and smooth as possible. There will be parent volunteers and staff members walking along the sidewalk to remind you where the drop off starts.carpool volunteers needed


Thank you very much for your cooperation!

Liz Dallas and Ana María López García

Co-Chairs of the Transportation Committee
 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 found will be cleaned out and all items will be donated on Thursday, November 15th!

Strong 4 Life


Children's Healthcare of Atlanta presents Strong 4 Life at Dunwoody 
Elementary! Strong 4 Life works to create sustainable lifestyle changes by encouraging children to drink water, be active, limit screen time, and eat fresh fruits and veggies. The program kicks-off next Friday,  November 16, with a pep rally. Students will learn all 4 components of being healthy and will receive a water bottle to encourage drinking water.


The Strong 4 Life representatives will visit throughout the year during lunch time and PE time to promote healthy eating and exercise. In May the program will culminate with a fun run. Ask your children if they are ready to take the Strong 4 Life Challenge! For more information and suggestions for creating a healthy lifestyle, visit the website

Upcoming Events

scoutsScouts 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 tomorrow, Monday, November 12. 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.

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
michaelwhiteVisiting Illustrator


Wednesday, November 14


The DES PTO is proud to welcome visiting authors and illustrators for our students each year. Next week we will feature Michael White, a children's book illustrator. Michael is from Georgia and is the illustrator for several books including Harriet's Horrible Hair Day, The Library Dragon, Return of the Library Dragon, and The Secret of Old Zeb. This is his first visit to DES.


All students will have the chance to visit with Michael and understand what an illustrator does and practice making their own illustrations.


For more information about Michael, visit


Parents can order Michael's books in advance and have the books autographed by Michael. Orders may be placed by going to the following link: Michael White Order Form


Please print out the order form and drop it in the large PTO mailbox at the school with your payment by Tuesday. Please note: we can not guarantee autographs in books ordered after Tuesday.  Ordered books will come home in your child's book bag.


For additional details, please contact Shari Wassell, DES PTO co-president at


The visiting authors and illustrator program is sponsored by your PTO Tiger Fund contributions.

BusRiderBus Riders Recognition Day


Thursday, November 15

School Bus 

All students that arrive at school by bus on Thursday will be given a small reward for riding the bus and helping keep traffic off our busy Dunwoody roads.


So, hop on the bus and we'll see you at the school!


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.


The Big Thank You


Last year, Dunwoody Elementary School participated in The Big Thank You for the Bert Show. The purpose of The Big Thank You is that every single soldier stationed or deployed outside the United States deserves to receive a letter of gratitude on Thanksgiving Day. DES wanted to give our troops a "Big Thank You" with a little taste of home this Thanksgiving. As part of the Skills Builder block, students created letters that were heartfelt, handwritten, original, and free of any political statements. The purpose of the letter is to express thanks to the military personnel currently deployed outside the United States. Students were able to include their mailing and/or e-mail address if they chose. 

2nd grade students in Ms. Holbrook's class: Left to right: Adleigh Rung, Madison Brown, Malisha Rahman, Blair Seigle with teacher Avis Holbrook
Mrs. Morris' with her kindergarten class and their thank you notes to troops


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

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

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