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 November 18, 2012

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DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Michael White Visits our School
Mandatory Volunteer Training Online
New Book for Parents
Happy Thanksgiving!
Carpool Volunteers Still Needed for November!
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 19 - Friday, November 23 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, November 28 - Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, November 29 - Shane's Rib Shack Spirit Night

Friday, November 30 - Theme Day - Wear Crazy Socks!

Saturday, December 1 - Great American Cookie Spirit Day


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


From the PTO Co-Presidents


After school, do you ask your student if he/she had a good day? Do you engage your child in a discussion about how he or she spent their time while in the care of the teachers and staff members at DES? We hope each parent finds the time to ask these questions and more so you can hear how your child's life was impacted by the happenings and educators at Dunwoody Elementary School. When you asked these questions we hope you heard some of the following:


"We learned how to add fractions today."

"Our teacher played kickball and her team won!"

"I heard my brother on WDES this morning saying the Pledge of Allegiance with the other boy scouts."

"I heard a symphony perform Don't Stop Believin' by Journey."

"I saw our principal at Chick-Fil-A."

"I harvested and ate lettuce from our school garden.  And it was good!"

"I honked the horn of a police car."

"Mrs. Sanders was called a 'Principal Dragon Goddess' by our visitor!"

"I learned how to draw a 'corn dog'."


We are thankful to have such wonderful staff who plan and coordinate field trips, author/illustrator visits, recycling events and organic gardening management; as well as teaching, guiding and nurturing our children every school day.


Amy and I are also very thankful for the many parent volunteers that have already volunteered 10 or more hours this semester and those that are on their way to earning their 10+ hours. Each one of you is a valuable piece to the puzzle of enriching our children's education.


Thank you and happy Thanksgiving!


Shari Wassell and Amy LeVasseur

DES PTO co-presidents

Michael White Visits with our School Children 


Michael White, an illustrator of many popular children's books, including The Library Dragon, visited the school last week and spent his time with our children (grades 1-4) talking about his beginnings in illustration, the books that he has been involved with and showing the children how to draw their own fun creations.


Thank you parents for your PTO Tiger Fund contributions which pays for our visiting author/illustrator program.


Please note: we plan to have Michael come back to DES in the 2nd semester to visit with our pre-k, kindergarten and 5th grade students.
















Mandatory Volunteer Training 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: Online Volunteer Training


Click for Background Information on the Mandated Reporter Statute.

New Book for Parents

The DES Counseling Department has ordered a new book for parents,
Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay. The book should
arrive in the next few weeks. If you would like to check out a copy, send
an email request to Mrs. Raylene Lowe or Dr. Steven Childs.

"When they reach their teens, many kids seem to have no clue about making
wise decisions - so they make bad ones. How can you raise mature,
responsible kids? Foster Cline and Jim Fay show you how to parent "with
love and logic." Once you learn to establish effective controls without
resorting to anger and threats, your kids will learn to deal with the real
world by solving their own problems. And you'll build a rewarding
relationship built on love, trust and fun."

Upcoming Events

Happy Thanksgiving!

Get Involved

Carpool Volunteers Still 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. 

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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