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 December 2, 2012

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DES News
In This Issue
From our Principal
From the PTO-Co Presidents
Reserve your copy of the DES Yearbook today
The Peeps that Play with Clay Art Exhibition, Monday, December 3
DES Spirit Night at My FroYo, Tuesday, December 4
Championship Chess at DES - Deadline for Winter session is December 17
Dunwoody Police Toy Drive
Mandatory Volunteer Training Online
DCPC at CMS on Wednesday, December 5
Submitting an article to Tiger Talk - Deadline is Tuesday night!
"LIKE" us on Facebook - and now Follow @DESAlerts on Twitter!
Featured Article


Calendar At a Glance

Monday, December 3, 4pm - Ceramics Club Art Show

Tuesday, December 4 - Strings and Band Evening Winter Performance

Tuesday, December 4 - DES Spirit Night at My FroYo

Wednesday, December 5 - DCPC @ CMS

Tuesday, December 11 - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night


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


From our Principal

It's hard to believe that November has flown past, and it was definitely a busy month at DES! It is my pleasure to share all the wonderful activities and events that have made DES a great place to learn!

We began our month with a focus on the election. Our students in grades 3-5 participated in a mock election organized by our Social Studies Committee. Patriotic decorations surrounded the voting booths and voter registration tables managed by our parent volunteers. Students received a sticker after voting so that they could proudly support being a contributing US citizen!

Our students further shared their patriotic spirit with the celebration of Veteran's Day. Students involved with the local scouting organizations wore their uniforms to school and proudly represented their troops by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance over the morning broadcast. At lunch, students in uniform received a small token of appreciate from our area scout masters.

Two grade levels participated in enriching field trips this month. Fifth grade students participated in the fine arts trip to the High Museum of Art. The trip is arranged by the arts department and is one of the highlights of the school year. Our kindergarten students celebrated their Community Helper Day with an onsite field trip from the police, local firefighters, the canine unit, the Marines, and other community heroes. The students had a great time crawling through the cars and getting an up close and personal experience.

Other enriching opportunities included the DeKalb County Elementary Honor Chorus Festival which is an event where chorus students get together to sing several songs culminating in a group performance. Only two boys and two girls are selected from each school. The students who participated this year were Emily Cota, Abby Sim, Hunter Olive and Ritesh Manugula.

Also, Kathy Forte, parent volunteer, has worked hard to get our organic gardening program off the ground. The first harvest was this month, and our parent volunteers gathered children at recess to reap the benefits of their work. Students eagerly ran to the table to have a taste of lettuce from their garden!

The DES teachers have been enriching their skills as well through professional development opportunities. Mr. Unger and Mrs. Mattison attended the Technology Conference to acquire the latest and greatest technology advancements for schools. Mrs. Reynolds attended the Physical Education Conference in Savannah where she also accepted a Jump Rope for Heart award for DES. Our first grade teachers visited a local area school to observe master teachers and gain new insights for teaching our Fountas and Pinnell reading program. 

Other highlights of the month include our staff kickball game where the teachers of students in grades 3-5 demonstrated that they are the rulers of the kickball field! We appreciate all the parents and students who came out to support their teachers!


Our PTO has also been quite busy! Thank you to Robert Apple for organizing the All Pro Dads event. This month we had a record breaking 104 participants! Thanks to Tommy McNeese for hosting a productive and fun Grounds Day. Thanks to Julie Cole for setting up a beautiful refreshment table for our Dunwoody Cluster Parent Council meeting. Finally, a BIG thank you to the PTO for serving a delicious Thanksgiving Feast to the DES staff members!


Thank you to all our volunteers, parents, teachers and great students for making DES the best! 

From the PTO Co-Presidents

We had a very successful Spirit Night at Shane's Rib Shack on Thursday. Thanks to all the families that attended and to our Community Business Support committee for continuing to offer a variety of alternatives for eating out and for helping us raise money for the PTO.


The last two spirit nights for this semester will be Tuesday at My FroYo and December 11 at Chick Fil A. We hope you will attend one or both of these events if your schedule allows.


See you at the school,

Shari Wassell and Amy LeVasseur

Tiger Fund
HURRY! The countdown to 2013 has begun! If you have not contributed to your DES Tiger Fund yet, now is a great time to give. All donations received by December 31, 2012 can be included with your 2012 tax deductions. So, don't delay, contribute today!
Have you already made your donation, but would love for it to be a gift that keeps on giving? Many companies offer matching gift programs that may double or triple your gift's impact. If you have any questions about obtaining matching funds from your company, please contact Whitney Samuelson at
Giving is simple! It's easy to give online, or you can also drop your check marked "Tiger Fund" in the large blue PTO mailbox in the school foyer.
Thank you to all of our families who have donated so far. If you have not received your 2012-2013 tiger paw magnet, please contact
Capture your child's elementary school year. Buy your DES Yearbook today. Order your copy on Jostens website, at Search for Dunwoody Elementary School and reserve your copy today.

Upcoming Events

The Peeps that Play with Clay

The D.E.S Ceramics club would like to invite everyone to our first annual ceramics show!


The Peeps that Play with Clay is an art exhibition showing off the amazing ceramic work of the 16 students in the ceramics club. Please join us Monday, December 3rd, after school until 4pm for our first art show! Our ceramic work will be featured in the two middle glass cases in the main atrium of DES.


See you there!

-Mrs. Fleury-Bell & The Ceramics Club

DES Spirit Night at My FroYo

In celebration of DES Strings and Band evening winter performance, let's join  together for fun frozen treats at My FroYo, Tuesday, December 4, 5pm-9pm.


My FroYo offers 12 flavors of frozen yogurt and 44 toppings, plus old-fashioned frozen custard, smoothies, milkshakes, malts and Italian ice!! YUM!


** Please bring the attached flyer to the cashier for DES to receive sales credit. My FroYo will be giving back 10% of sales to DES PTO, and is welcoming DES Families for the entire week of December 3rd through the 7th. Hope to see you there!
My FroYo is located at: 5568 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Suite 8, in the Dunwoody Hall Shopping Center next to Publix.
Chess at Dunwoody Elementary

Championship Chess presents a systematic, fun way to build chess skills during chess instruction and while students play. Studies show that chess improves math, reading and problem-solving and our methods connect these academic benefits to our classes. Classes include instruction as well as chess play and guided analysis.


Coach Steve Schneider has been a teacher and chess coach for over 25 years. Championship Chess teams have won local, regional, state and national tournaments. Coaches utilize a complete curriculum introducing, reinforcing and improving chess skills and strategies in the opening, middle and end game.


Day/Time: Thursdays after school from 2:35 to 3:35pm. Children must be picked up on time.


Dates: Winter session January 10 to March 7. A spring session will start March 14.


Who can play: Any student in 1st grade and up. Younger students accepted if they know how to play. Limited enrollment due to available space. There can be 2 groups: An advanced class open to all students who know how to play requires at least 10. A beginner class for non-players requires at least 8.


Cost: Winter session is $135 returning student; $155 including instructional material for students new to Championship Chess program


Registration Deadline: Received by December 17 or a $15 late fee must be included after the deadline


Registration/Payment: Pay online at and you will receive an automated email receipt confirming payment. For an alternate method of payment, email


Suggested Tournaments: Players who have studied Openings 1 are prepared to participate in these events.

  • Monday, January 21 MLK Holiday Chess Tournament. Location: Whitfield Academy, Cobb. $25 entry fee. Round 1 at 10:00am. Team and individual trophies.
  • Sat, Feb 9 Regional K-8 Tournament at Cobb Galleria. Top teams in each division (K-1, K-3, K-5, K-8) qualify for the State Championship. Best tournament for all levels of play.


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In the 3 samples below explain the best move - email your answers to


Get Involved

Dunwoody Police Toy Drive


DES is 10th! Because of your canned food donations for the Atlanta Falcons Food Drive, Dunwoody Elementary ranked 10th of all participants based on total weight of donations contributed. Thank you to those families that sent in cans and to the Community Care committee and Mrs. Reynolds for helping coordinate this drive.


To show our support for the Dunwoody community, DES will send a financial donation to the Dunwoody Police for their annual toy drive. If your family would like to contribute toys to the police department's drive, please go to the link below for more details. As always, we appreciate all the contributions our DES families make to the drives sponsored by our school and community.


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.

Community Information

Dunwoody Chamblee Parents' Council (DCPC)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 9:15am (Refreshments at 8:45am)

Meeting Location: Chamblee Middle School
Topic: "Updates on Chamblee High School & SPLOST"
DCSD facilities construction representative TBA

DCPC meets monthly on the first Wednesday of the month (unless noted otherwise), starting with refreshments at 8:45am. The meetings start at 9:15am and end by 10:30am. Meetings are held at various public venues within the Dunwoody Chamblee area. 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. There is no charge for attendance. All Parents are encouraged to attend. For more information, go to or email


Teachers Make a Difference


One of our previous Tiger Talk editions contained a nomination form from
the Georgia Credit Union for "Teachers Make a Difference." Several of our
parents completed the nomination form, and Duwnoody Elementary School had
more nominations than any other school in the state. Our proud teachers
who were nominated include Jillian Soucy (grade 5), James Smith (grade 5),
Robin Hollis (grade 3), Kay Kasser (grade 3), Mary K. Morris (grade K),
Carla Nugent (grade 4), Erin Dyer (grade 1) and James Unger (grade 4).
Attached picture includes Logan Mason, the Credit Union representative.

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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