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DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO-Co Presidents
THANK YOU from the Tiger Fund
Order your copy of the Yearbook today!
Principal's Coffee - Tuesday, January 15, 7:45-8:45am
PCMS Informational Coffees for Rising 6th Grade Parents
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - Tuesday, January 15, 5-8pm
DeKalb County Public Informational Meeting - Wednesday, January 16, 6:30pm
All Pro Dad Breakfast - Friday, January 18, 6:45am
2013-2014 School Year PTO Board Nominating Committee
Volunteer Opportunity in the Media Center
Merchant Rebates
Dunwoody Elite Youth Basketball Association


Calendar At a Glance

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

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

Wednesday, January 16 - DeKalb County Public Informational Meeting

Thursday, January 17 - Prospective Parent Night

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

Monday, January 21 - NO SCHOOL - MLK Day



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


From the PTO Co-Presidents

As we enter the second semester, consider volunteering your time and talents. We have many volunteer opportunities throughout the school and it's a great way to get involved! Keep in mind, all those parents you see around the school are helping in some capacity. At carpool in the morning, during lunch in the cafeteria or in the front office. We have a place for you! We could not give your children all of the special programs and activities without our volunteers, so please consider giving your time.  We are still asking for 10+ hours for all parents.  Those that have already acquired these, will get stars on their puzzle piece for each additional 10 hours. These will equate to raffle tickets for a drawing at the end of the school year.

Calling all snow bunnies and shredders! There will be a final ski trip on January 26th to North Carolina. We always encourage parents and siblings to join the fun, so don't miss out on a great family trip! Please remember Kindergarten through Third grade children must be accompanied by a parent. Fourth and Fifth grade students may attend without a parent. Space is limited so please see Mrs. Mattison's website for sign-up information. Questions?

Next week we have our Principal's Coffee on Tuesday, January 15th from 7:45-8:45am. We encourage all parents to attend and hope to see you before you head off to start your day. Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night is also Tuesday, January 15th from 5:45-8:00pm. A portion of all the profits from Spirit Nights go back to the school, so skip the cooking and enjoy a night out with your family. Make sure to mention you are with Dunwoody Elementary School. Our Prospective Parent Night is on Thursday, January 17th at 6:30pm in the cafeteria. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to get to know our school. Please spread the word about all the wonderful things that are happening at Dunwoody Elementary and send your friends and neighbors to Prospective Parent Night. Last but not least our All Pro Dads will meet next Friday, January 18th at 6:45am. We have had a great turn out for these events, so please make sure you take advantage of all that Dunwoody Elementary School has to offer.

Amy & Shari
PTO Co-Presidents

THANK YOU from the Tiger Fund
Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Tiger Fund. We have raised almost $50,000 but unfortunately we have fallen short of covering the PTO operating budget as well as raising any additional funds to put toward capital improvements for the school. Your donations are crucial to bringing fun and educational programs to DES and we do not want to have to take any of these programs away from our children. We still have not gained 100% participation from every DES family so if you haven't yet donated or would like to make an additional donation, please consider donating today! You may also Give Online.
If you have already given to the Tiger Fund, we truly appreciate your donation and you will be receiving a Thank You letter in your child's TIP folder. Please use this as your tax receipt as it includes the DES PTO's Tax ID number.
Finally, many companies will match donated funds and this is a great way to make your donation even more powerful! Below is a partial list of many companies that have been known to make matching gifts. If you would like to apply for a corporate match or need to know if your company matches donations, contact an HR representative at your company.
Abbott Laboratories
Bank of America
BlueLinx Corporation
Cingular Wireless
Circuit City Foundation
Citigroup Foundation
Equifax Inc.
Georgia Gulf Corporation
Georgia-Pacific Corporation
GlaxoSmithKline Foundation
Hewlett-Packard Company
IBM Global Services
ING Foundation
John Hancock Mutual Ins. Co.
Johnson & Johnson
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Lexmark International Inc.
Macy's-Federated Department Stores
Meredith Corporation Foundation
Oracle Corporation
Pfizer Inc.
Pitney Bowes
SAP America, Inc.
SunTrust Bank
Time Warner
The Coca-Cola Company
The Freddie Mac Foundation
The Home Depot, Inc.
The McGraw-Hill Companies
The Prudential Foundation
The St. Paul Companies
The UPS Foundation
Time Warner Inc.
Turner Entertainment Network, Inc.
Verizon Foundation
Vulcan Materials Company
Weyerheuser Company

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.  Please note: some families purchased the Yearbook during Registration Day in August.  If you can not remember if you did, please refer to the letter you recieved in October summarizing your August payment or contact the PTO Treasurer, Judi Carlson ( or Financial Secretary, April Toms (

Upcoming Events

Principal's Coffee

Tuesday, January 15th from 7:45-8:45am


The Principal's Coffee is always a great time for parents to learn more about what our wonderful school has to offer. It is also a perfect time to ask our Principal any questions or concerns you may have about the topic of the day. Since ITBS and CogAT scores have been sent home, Ms. Sanders will talk about how to interpret your child's test scores and how to qualify for the gifted program. One of our Discovery teachers, Nancy Obenschain, will present the guidelines for the Gifted eligibility process. Please join us Tuesday morning right after carpool!

PCMS Informational Coffees for Rising 6th Grade Parents

Peachtree Charter Middle School invites all parents of 5th graders to an
informational coffee to learn more about PCMS and what you need to know to prepare a rising 6th grader who might attend PCMS.


The informational coffees will be at the following dates/times at PCMS:
Tuesday, January 15 at 9am

Tuesday, January 15 at 7pm

Sunday, February 3 at 2pm

Coffees will be 1 hour including a school tour. Meet in the PCMS Media Center. 


There are 3 different times available for you to attend. If you and a spouse
are not able to attend together you can choose an option that best fits your
work schedule. You will receive information about the summer bridge program
offered to 6th graders, typical 6th grade schedules,
band/orchestra/choral offerings, daily PE information, and the accelerated math program.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to ask questions to the school's principal and teachers.


Tours of PCMS are offered to parents by appointment if you are not able to attend one of the coffees.

Chick-fil-A Spirit Night
Come reminisce about your winter break and holiday fun with your DES friends and families at our fifth Chick-fil-A Spirit Night, hosted by Chick-fil-A at Perimeter Pointe on Tuesday, January 15! 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 THIRD GRADE TEAM: Beck, Bridgeman, Hollis, Goss, Kasser, and Thomas! Chick-fil-A gives 20% of sales back to DES. Thank you Chick-fil-A of Perimeter Pointe!
DeKalb County to Hold Public Informational Meeting

January 16, 2013

Dunwoody High School

6:30 to 8pm


Every five years, school districts across the state submit a list of schools to participate in the state capital outlay program. The DeKalb County School District is completing an application for funding that requires a list of its schools and shows that the DeKalb County "Proposed School Organization" meets the state requirements. It is not a redistricting plan.


In January, DCSD planning staff will revise its briefing to focus the community's understanding on DeKalb's list of schools and minimize any discussion of boundary changes. This list of schools will incorporate the new schools added under the SPLOST IV capital program.


The staff briefing in January will clarify that a list of schools is all that is needed to begin the state application process. The list of schools does not require any information about boundary lines. Consequently, the proposed school organization is not a redistricting plan but a list of school facilities the district expects to operate in the out years. This list is used to determine the state's award for capital project funding.


The meeting with the DCSD on January 16 will discuss this application process and the school district's submission. Please plan to attend.


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, January 18 - 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 "The Value of Hard Work" 



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

2013-2014 PTO Officers Nominating Committee

The time has come to choose our PTO Officers for the next school year. At a very brief PTO meeting in the cafeteria on Thursday, January 31 at 5pm, we will take names of those PTO members wishing to serve on the Nominating Committee. This committee will create a slate of officers for the PTO Executive Committee for 2013-2014. Any member of the PTO who is in good standing and has paid their dues can take part in this process by suggesting someone to serve on the Nominating Committee or volunteering him/herself to serve. We will vote on 7 members and 1 alternate for the committee. Please take time and consider serving or nominating another PTO member to serve in this very important role.

Get Involved

Volunteer Opportunity

Looking for a way to get involved in school a few hours a month? Come help out in the Media Center. Our primary role is to help Ms. Gurin, the media specialist, with the re-shelving of books. Due to DeKalb County budget cuts, she no longer has an assistant this year, so our help is vital to keeping the media center running smoothly. She needs help for 1 hour each day. Typically, you will help from 11:30 AM- 12:30 PM, but we can be flexible with the time.


Please visit our Sign Up Genius site: or contact Jill Rosen at


Remember, we are still asking for 10+ hours for all parents. Those that have already acquired these, will get stars on their puzzle piece for each additional 10 hours. These will equate to raffle tickets for a drawing at the end of the school year.

Merchant Rebates
As you stock up on school supplies and groceries for the upcoming
second semester, please remember our valued merchants who provide rebates to DES for your purchases. Thank you, in advance, for thinking of DES when you shop!
  Remember to present your Publix Partner card to the cashier when you shop at Publix grocery stores. Cards, which can be attached to your keychain, can be obtained in the front office if you do not already have one. Every time you use your card, DES receives a percentage of your total receipt.


All of these products have Box Tops on them! Clip them, send them to school, and earn cash for DES. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents! Place all Box Tops in the collection box in the lobby.
The next submission deadline for Box Tops is February 15th. Prizes will be awarded for top earners. To be eligible for prizes, please do the following:
  • Clip your valid Box Tops and place them in a baggie.
  • Label the outside of the baggie with your child's name, teacher, grade, and # of Box Tops.
  • Place baggies in the Box Tops school house in the lobby near the couches at anytime. If you submit multiple bags, they will be included in your total for prizes.
  • Collection sheets will be accepted, but labeled baggies are much easier to count.
Remember, this is EASY money for our school. We have earned over $1,600 for DES this school year alone. Keep them coming! eBox Tops can also be earned at by playing online educational games, or shopping the Box Tops marketplace and Reading Room.


If you are a Target Credit Card, Target Visa Credit, or Target Debit Cardholder, go to:, and enroll your card in the Take Charge of Education program. Target donates 1% of your card purchases made in store and at; 1/2% of purchases made outside the store with the Target Visa Credit Card. Please enroll and make your purchases support our school! Search DES by zipcode or by our School ID: 152367.

Remember to indicate DES to the cashier each time you make purchases at Office Depot stores. As part of their 5% Back To Schools Program, Office Depot gives back 5% of all qualifying purchases. It is important to tell the cashier that DES is your participating member school at the time you ring up your purchases.




More Ways to Help Your School like this can be found on the Raising Funds page of the PTO Website.

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 guaranteed.


2-hour Workout/Evaluation

Saturday January 26th.
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Kingswood United Methodist

5015 Tilly Mill Rd.

Dunwoody, GA 30338

Register online now at:


Support Dunwoody Youth Sports... Please spread the word!


A portion of Team Selection registration fees will be donated back to 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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