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DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
No Summer Camp this year, please make alternate arrangements
Beginning Friday, February 1, Mayfield Ice Cream will be available in the cafeteria
Lost and found to be donated on Friday, February 15
DES Students can Earn a Free Ticket to Six Flags!
PCMS Informational Coffee for Rising 6th Grade Parents - Sunday, February 3
DCPC Meeting - Wednesday, February 6
All Pro Dads Breakfast on Friday, February 15
International Potluck Dinner featuring worldly dishes and culture - Friday, February 15
Class Photos on Thursday, February 21
Upcoming Spring Spirit Nights
Box Tops Deadline, Friday February 15
Featured Article


Calendar At a Glance

Sunday, February 3, 2pm - PCMS Informational Coffee for rising 6th grade parents

Wednesday, February 6 - DCPC Meeting at PCMS

Tuesday, February 12, 3pm - School Council Meeting

Tuesday, February 12, 5-8pm - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night at Perimeter Pointe
Thursday, February 14 - School-Wide Valentines Exchange

Friday, February 15 - Box Tops Deadline

Friday, February 15, 6:45am - All Pro Dads Breakfast

Friday, February 15 - International Potluck Dinner

Monday, February 18, 10am-8pm - Sandy Springs Funhouse Spirit Day

Thursday, February 21 - Class Photos

Thursday, February 21, 4-9pm - Shane's Rib Shack at Perimeter Spirit Night


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


From the PTO Co-Presidents
Thursday evening we held our PTO meeting where our Nominating Committee for the 2013-2014 school year was chosen. These individuals were nominated by other parents within the school's PTO and will have the lofty task of choosing the candidates who will perform the duties on our Executive Committee for our upcoming school year. The following ladies will serve as our 2013-2014 PTO Nominating Committee:

Christine Hilgert, Whitney Samuelson, Jodi Halpert, Maria Jacobs, Andrea Levy, Stephanie Holmes, and Katie Moussouri. Sharon Murphy is our alternate. The open positions for the Executive Committee are as follows:


Co-President (2 year term)

VP of Ways and Means

VP of Communications

VP of Programs


Financial Secretary (2 year term, 2nd year serves as Treasurer).


We would like to thank all of those parents who came out to support Ms. Miller and Ms. Esartia for the musical performances that evening as well. As always, our 4th and 5th grade students as well as our Dunwoody Singers gave a terrific performance. A big thank you goes out to our parents as well as our music teachers for their constant commitment to these programs.

Amy LeVasseur and Shari Wassell

PTO Co-Presidents

Summer Camp
Dunwoody Elementary will not offer a summer camp this summer. Please make alternate plans if your child typically attends.
Ice Cream Fridays
Mayfield ice cream will be offered on the serving line each Friday
beginning February 1. Ice cream is sixty cents paid by cash or account.
Lost and Found
Lost and found is full!! All items that are not labeled will be donated on Friday, February 15th. The lost and found is located next to the Media Center. Lost lunch boxes can be found in the lunch room. Stop by the lost and found to look for your child's missing item today!

DES students can Earn a Free Ticket to 6 Flags!


Six Flags Read to Succeed Program is here! Students in grades K-5 have a chance to earn a free ticket to Six Flags Over Georgia. Your student recently brought home a reading log sheet where he/she can record their recreational (not homework) reading time. Once your student has read a total of six hours, he/she returns their reading log to their teacher for credit. We will let you know the deadline for turning in the reading logs but for now, start having your child read. The Six Flags tickets will be distributed in May. If you have any questions, please email your homeroom teacher.

Upcoming Events

PCMS Informational Coffee 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 coffee will be on Sunday, February 3 at 2pm at PCMS.

The coffee will be 1 hour including a school tour. Meet in the PCMS Media Center. 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 during this time.

Dunwoody Chamblee Parents' Council (DCPC) Meeting
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 9:15am
Location: Peachtree Charter Middle School
Speaker: Dr. John D. Barge, Georgia State School Superintendent


DCPC meets monthly on the first Wednesday of the month, starting with refreshments at 8:45am. The meeting starts at 9:15am and ends 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


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, February 15 - 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 "Making Things Better" 


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

International Potluck Dinner

International Potluck Dinner will feature Worldly Dishes and Culture.


The 2nd annual International Potluck Dinner is scheduled for Friday, March 15. The Committee will showcase cultures & delicacies from regions and countries across the globe. The goal of the Committee is to portray cultures from different parts of the world in various art forms (e.g. martial arts demonstrations, entertainment, foods and arts from other countries). The Committee still has some slots available for participation so if you are interested in providing a form of cultural student demonstration (individual or group) or food, please send details by February 8 to the International Committee chair, P.Priyanka at or 404-429-4552.

Class Photos  

IT'S PICTURE TIME AGAIN!!! On Thursday morning, February 21st, Sure Shot Photography will be taking our class photos. This date was moved forward a week from the previously scheduled date, so please make note of the change on your calendars. There will not be a makeup date for the class photos. If you have any questions about the class photos OR the individual photos that were taken earlier, please feel free to contact Christy Archibald at

Super Spring Spirit Nights
We showed some GREAT Tiger Spirit in the fall semester! Let's keep up our ROARing spirit, and mark our calendars for these upcoming Super Spring Spirit Events:

Tuesday, February 12, 5-8pm - Chick-fil-A at Perimeter Pointe
Monday, February 18, 10am-8pm - Sandy Springs Funhouse
Thursday, February 21, 4-9pm - Shane's Rib Shack at Perimeter
Monday, March 4, 4-9pm - Mad Italian Restaurant on Savoy Drive
Tuesday, March 12, 5-8pm - Chick-fil-A at Perimeter Pointe
Tuesday, April 2, 5-8pm - Chick-fil-A at Perimeter Pointe
Tuesday, May 14, 5-8pm - Chick-fil-A at Perimeter Pointe
El Azteca Mexican - TBA
OurFroyo (formerly MyFroyo) -TBA

Thank you for your support of these wonderful community partners and DES PTO!

Get Involved

Box Tops Deadline

The next submission deadline for Box Tops is February 15th. Prizes will be awarded for top earners. To be eligible for prizes, please: 

  • 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 number of Box Tops.
  • Place baggies in the Box Tops Schoolhouse in the lobby near the couches at any time. 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.  Thanks!

Questions? Contact Cathy Rice at

Be a Spring DES Corporate Sponsor!
Need another venue to promote your business? Choose the DES Tiger Fund and be a proud member of the group of corporate sponsors, who are both big fans of our school and donors to the PTO Capital Campaign. Funds raised from corporate sponsorship go into Tiger Fund revenues, but are set aside for short and long term capital projects. Spring semester sponsorships are now being accepted. For $250, you will see your business logo in our Tiger Talk weekly eBlast, a personalized elegant garden stake in one of the garden beds in the front parking lot, recognition on the sponsor wall in the main hallway, and logo on the Community Business Support Page of the DES PTO Website. Complete the application foundon the PTO websiteand submit with your payment to the large blue PTO mailbox in the lobby. 
We would like to thank our 2012-13 Corporate Sponsors to date:
Kaplan Orthodontics
Kumon Learning Centers
Primrose School of Dunwoody
RMZ Properties
Dental Implant and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta
Chandler, Britt, Jay, Beck, and Zwald, LLC Attorneys at Law
Jodi Fink Halpert Real Estate Consultant
GEI Griffith Engineering
Please show them our Big Tiger Paw appreciation with your patronage.
Recycle your Pop Tops!
Did you know that the Ronald McDonald House raised $27,000 last year by recycling pop tops off of aluminum cans? We are collecting the pop tops in our DES Recycling Center so collect them at home and drop them off at school and we'll see that they get back to the Ronald McDonald House.

This is one more way we can help teach our kids how recycling can help others.
DES Jump Rope for Heart
Dunwoody Elementary School students will JUMP FOR THEIR HEARTS AND HELP SAVE LIVES. Students at elementary schools are jumping at the chance to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation's No. 1 and No. 3 killers.
Starting on Thursday, January 24th - Friday, February 22nd DES will try to raise money for the American Heart Association, which funds lifesaving heart and stroke research.
Jump Rope for Heart teaches students how physical fitness benefits the heart and shows them that volunteering can be a fun and positive experience for the whole community. The need to educate children about the importance of physical activity couldn't be more necessary! Money is NOT required in order to participate in the program; however, any money given will help and is appreciated. Please note: we ask that children not go door-to-door or ask strangers for donations. You can make donations online at Our school goal is $20,000.00, so please help in any way.


Jump Rope for Heart is co-sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Please help our students help others by making a donation. If you would like to help, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 (1-800-242-8721). You can also visit them online at

Thank you for helping people in our community fight America's #1 and #3 killers - heart disease and stroke!


Coach K and Mrs. Reynolds

What: Jump Rope for Heart Celebration
When: TBA 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Where: DES GYM

Each student that raises $200 or more will receive an invitation to the Jump Rope for Heart Celebration. These students are allowed to "Bring a Buddy!" (Student currently enrolled at DES only.) The students will enjoy pizza, juice, music and receive their prizes from the American Heart Association.



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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