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 January 6, 2013

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In This Issue
NO SCHOOL Tomorrow - Monday, January 7
From the PTO-Co Presidents
DES Ski and Snowboard Club events this month
DES Recycling Committee
Life Changer of the Year Award Nomination for Mrs. Blair
Ceramics Club Show
Tiger Paw Reward Day
Tiger Talk Archived
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Calendar At a Glance

Monday, January 7 - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - School Resumes, 2nd Semester Begins

Tuesday, January 15, 7:45am - Principal's Coffee

Tuesday, January 15, 5:00pm Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

Thursday, January 17 - Prospective Parent Night

Friday, January 18, 6:45am - All Pro Dad

Monday, January 21 - NO SCHOOL



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


From the PTO Co-Presidents

We hope everyone enjoyed a safe, relaxing holiday with plenty of quality time for family and friends. Along with resolutions and promises, January offers the opportunity to refocus and recommit to priorities and look ahead for a positive 2013. With that in mind, please remember the procedures that have been put in place to ensure a safe and happy school environment. 

  • School instruction starts at 7:45am.  Students may be dropped off as early as 7:00.  
  • Please do not park in the parking lot and walk your child into school or allow your children to cross carpool traffic. If you have a prearranged appointment with your teacher, you will need to park on the cafeteria side of the building and walk your child from the car into the school. Otherwise, please remain in the queue line in your car.
  • Refrain from talking on cell phones while in the carpool lane.
  • Anyone who is not an employee with an official name tag should sign in and obtain a blue visitor sticker in the front office before proceeding further into the school. Even familiar volunteers and guests should sign in and obtain a sticker.
  • All afternoon dismissal changes for your child must be in writing to the homeroom teacher by 9am or earlier.
  • If your child is running a fever, please do not bring him or her to school until they are without a fever for 24 hours without medicine.
  • Please write your child's name in all personal items like jackets, clothing, lunchboxes, backpacks, etc. If your child's name is written in these items, it will be easier for us to get them to the appropriate homeroom teacher or return them to your child.
  • During times of inclement weather, please make sure you tune in to AM 750, 95.5 FM, WSB-TV, or check to know if schools will be closed. Usually the decisions are made prior to 5:30am.
  • If you need further assistance or have questions, the student parent handbook is printed in the front of your student agenda and is located on the DES website. 

We will jump right back into school on Tuesday, January 8th at 7:45am. As a friendly reminder, your child is considered tardy if they are not in their classroom by 7:45am, so allow ample time in the morning to navigate through carpool should you choose not to send your child on the bus. We are looking forward to a wonderful 2013!


Amy LeVasseur & Shari Wassell
PTO Co-Presidents




Upcoming Events

Calling all Snow Bunnies and Shredders!  


Did you miss out on the "Coolest" Club at Dunwoody Elementary in December? Well, have no fear. Mrs. Mattison's Ski and Snowboard Club is taking one more trip for the 2012-2013 school year! The on-campus Ski and Snowboard Skills and Safety Program will be offered for NEW 4th and 5th Grade Skiers or Snowboarders. Classes will take place after school the week of January 22nd from 2:30-4:10pm. (NO Class on MLK - January 21st) The on-campus program and trip combo is $159. The cost includes on-campus program, gear rental, lift ticket, and transportation to/from North Carolina.

Join us on the 9th DES trip to Cataloochee, Saturday, January 25th. The trip is open to ALL DES Families! Students in Grades PreK-3rd may attend  with a parent. PreK-3rd snow bunnies and shredders will take a lesson at the slopes. Fourth and fifth grade students may attend without a parent chaperone.

The trip cost is $89 and includes gear rental, lift ticket, and transportation to/from North Carolina. Please contact Mrs. Mattison if you have any questions! For registration and payments please go to

See you on the slopes!
Jenn Mattison
Jessica/4th Grade

Get Involved

DES Recycling 


The Recycling and Environment Committee was hard at work last semester implementing initiatives to make DES a greener school. We have begun by recycling paper in all of the classrooms as well as in the teacher workrooms. Plastic, glass, aluminum and tin can be recycled the teacher lunchrooms. The safety patrol volunteers have been an immense help with getting the recyclables collected for our weekly pickup.

In the lunchroom, the upper grade children are emptying their water bottles when they are finished and all of the plastic is recycled.  We are also collecting empty Capri Sun and Honest Kids beverage pouches from all grade levels at lunch to be recycled.  We have asked the children to dump food off of their trays when they finish lunch. The students stack the empty trays in order to reduce the number of garbage bags used.  Mr. Brake, Plant Engineer, commented that he is beginning to see a difference!

We have created a Recycling Center in the Front Hall where cellphones, plastic bags, batteries, ink cartridges, and paired shoes are accepted daily. In January, a three day Shoe Drive is planned where you will be able to drop off your shoes in the carpool line.  Please look for an announcement with dates to be published in Tiger Talk.  Thus far, we have recycled over 40 cell phones and 91 pounds of paired shoes.  We have only just begun so continue collecting and sending them in! 

It is our endeavor to reduce the waste coming out of our building and to educate students about the importance of recycling and its impact on our environment.  We thank all of the volunteers who have come out thus far and encourage anyone interested in helping us to contact Jan Jay at or Ms. Powers at


Life Changer of the Year Award 2012


Dunwoody Elementary School is proud to announce that Mrs. Connie Blair, first grade teacher at DES, has been nominated as a Life Changer of the year. The Life Changer of the Year program recognizes and rewards school district employees and educators who make a positive difference in the lives of students.
Connie Blair was nominated by a student or fellow district employee, who gave a brief description of why she has made a positive impact in the lives of students. This nominating process is open to all school districts in the United States, and will conclude on January 25th, 2013. Shortly thereafter, a Nominating Committee will select a total of ten winners.

Ceramics Club Show


Members of the Ceramic Club at Dunwoody Elementary School got a chance to show off their work to their families.

Ceramic Club with DES art teacher, Laura Fleury-BellCeramic artwork by Natasha Wong-Lopez, a 5th grader in Nicole Hinton's Class
The Shefler family at the show Left to right: Itai, Noa, and mom, Daniela SheflerDunwoody families enjoy the art show at the school

Tiger Paw Reward


Dunwoody Elementary School students enjoy a "jumpy house" as part of a reward system in which students can earn "Tiger Paws" for good behavior.



Tiger Talk Information

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