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 December 9, 2012

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In This Issue
From the PTO-Co Presidents
Chick-Fil-A Loves Dunwoody Elementary School!
Tiger Fund contributions are tax deductible!
School Council Meeting - Tuesday, December 11, 3pm
Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night - Tuesday, December 11, 5pm-8pm
All Pro Dad - Friday, December 21
Winter Parties - December 21 in the Classrooms
Dunwoody Police Toy Drive
Volunteer Training Online
America Recycles Day
Strong 4 Life
Dunwoody Elite Youth Basketball Association Workouts/Evaluations
Submitting an article to Tiger Talk - Deadline is Tuesday night!
"LIKE" us on Facebook - and now Follow @DESAlerts on Twitter!


Calendar At a Glance

Tuesday, December 11 - School Council Meeting

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

Saturday, December 15 - Workouts/Evaluations for Dunwoody Elite Youth Basketball

Monday, December 17 - Deadline for Winter Session of Championship Chess

Friday, December 21 - 6:45-7:45am - All Pro Dad

Friday, December 21, 1:15-2pm - Winter Parties

Monday, December 24 through Friday, January 4 - NO SCHOOL


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


From the PTO Co-Presidents

We had another successful spirit night this past week. Following the Dunwoody Singers and Band concert on Tuesday, DES families were invited to have a sweet treat at My Froyo in the Publix shopping center. Thanks to all those that attended and helped raise money for the PTO. Don't forget to join us for our last one of the semester - Chick-fil-A on Tuesday, December 11.  


As we get to the end of the 1st semester, please remember to adhere to the school policies for our carpool operations. We try very hard to make sure no parent and child has to wait very long in the carpool line, so please assist us with this goal. We ask that you do not drop your children off while in the carpool line until you reach the flag pole at the front of the school. This practice allows the carpool line to keep moving and will help keep our children safe. We also request that if you want to park at the school during carpool hours (7-7:45 am and 2:15-2:45 pm, Monday through Friday), please use the school lot closest to Georgia Perimeter College. This will help keep you from interfering with the smooth flow of bus and car traffic in the carpool line. As always we welcome any suggestions you have about how to make carpool run smoother. We also welcome additional volunteers to assist with opening and closing doors during the morning carpool (7-7:45 am). Please contact our Transportation Committee chairs Liz Dallas ( and Ana Maria Garcia Lopez ( Thanks for your assistance.


See you at the school,

Shari Wassell and Amy LeVasseur

Chick-fil-A loves Dunwoody Elementary School!


Room Parents and Holiday Party Parent organizers:


For the month of December, any CFA Nugget Tray ordered from CFA/Perimeter Pointe (any size) will receive Icedream coupons for the classroom.


In addition, if a DES family orders the tray for a personal party....they will also receive the Icedream coupons (a total of 25) to use as they please!


Thanks for making the Dunwoody Elementary ~ Chick-fil-A/Perimeter Pointe partnership so successful!!!


To order call 770-522-8755 then press 1 for Allison Loud (she will facilitate the special offer).

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

Upcoming Events

School Council Meeting

The School Council will be meeting at 3pm this Tuesday, December 11, for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting. The community is invited and encouraged to attend. Please contact Susan Harper, School Council Chairperson, with any questions or comments:

Chick-fil-A Spirit Night



Holiday shopping is in full swing, so save on cooking time and join us for our fourth Chick-fil-A Spirit Night of the year, hosted by Chick-fil-A at Perimeter Pointe Tuesday, December 11! 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 our School Counselors Raylene Lowe and Steven Childs, Assistant Principal McCoy and Media Specialist Lisa Gurin! Chick-fil-A gives 20% of sales back to DES. Thank you Chick-fil-A of 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, December 21 - 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 "Childhood Memories" 



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

 Winter Parties (December 21)

Parents: You should have received information from your room parents or teacher about the annual holiday party for your classroom. All parties will be held on Friday, December 21 from 1:15-2 pm. There is a limit to the number of parents per classroom so please check with your room parents and/or teacher if you wish to be a part of this celebration. We ask that all parent volunteers park their cars at Georgia Perimeter College for this event. Thanks!


Some notes about the parties:


  • Parties begin no earlier than 1:15 PM - Parents will be admitted to the classrooms no earlier than 1:00 PM to set-up. Parties must end at 2:00 PM so that students can be ready for dismissal. Visitors are asked to leave the campus by 2:15 PM so that we can provide a safe, orderly dismissal process for our students.
  • Parent helpers/room parents/volunteers should be limited to 5-6 adults per classroom. More than 5-6 parents per classroom gets to be too crowded for our students.
  • Outdoor activities are fine, but space can not be guaranteed. No water related activities.
  • Parking is available at GA Perimeter College. Please avoid parking in the bus lanes (along the curb). Our buses arrive on campus by 1:30 PM and need space to drive/park.
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.
  • Saturday, 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.


Follow us on or go to: and click calendar to keep up with upcoming chess events.


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


Get Involved

Dunwoody Police Toy Drive


To show our support for the Dunwoody community, DES sent a monetary 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.


Volunteer Training Online


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.


America Recycles Day


Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our 2nd annual America Recycles Day event! It was a huge success and the kids were so excited to talk about everything they could recycle at school and at home. We collected shoes of all kinds, cell phones, and batteries. We will continue to collect these items and more throughout the school year. Look for our recycling center just inside the school. We are also recycling in the cafeteria - water bottles, Capri Sun pouches and Styrofoam trays.


Look for more exciting recycling initiatives at DES soon!

Strong 4 Life


The Strong 4 Life program is a school wide event that encourages teachers to be role models. A pep rally was held at Dunwoody Elementary to share the message with students about making healthy choices. Concepts are reinforced throughout the school year.



Community Information

Dunwoody Elite Youth Basketball Association

DEYBA Workouts/Evaluations open for boys grades 3rd thru 8th.


Registration fee required for participation in this
Workout/ Evaluation.


$10 online / $15 at door


Team selection is NOT gauranteed.


2-hour Workout/Evaluation

Saturday December 15th

5:30pm - 7:30pm


Kingswood United Methodist

5015 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody
Register online now at:
A portion of spring season registration fees will be donated back to the DES PTO.

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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