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DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Lost and found to be donated on Friday, February 15
School Council Meeting - Tuesday, February 12
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - Tuesday, February 12
All Pro Dads Breakfast on Friday, February 15
Cultural Celebration - Friday, February 15
Class Photos on Thursday, February 21
Box Tops Deadline, Friday February 15
LifeChanger of the year nomination for Mrs. Mach
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Calendar At a Glance

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

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

Friday, March 15 - International Potluck Dinner (*NOTE: Corrected Date)


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


From the PTO Co-Presidents
Attention all cooks!!!! Tuesday February 12th is Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night, so take the night off from the kitchen and enjoy dinner out with your family and support our fabulous school at the same time. Spirit Night is from 5:00pm-8:00pm and a portion of the profits for the night go right back to DES. Remember to mention Dunwoody Elementary School when you order from the counter or drive thru!
Next week is Valentine's Day and we will have a school-wide Valentine's Exchange on Thursday, February 14th. You should have received a class list in your child's TIP folder. On Friday, we will have the All Pro Dad Breakfast and Program from 6:45am-7:45am and we will also have a Cultural Arts program celebrating Black History Month. The Cultural Arts program is offered during our instructional day and gives our students a chance to experience a wonderful program outside of the classroom. Thank you again to all of the parents who contributed to the Tiger Fund this year. Our Cultural Arts program is one of many programs that would not be possible without your generous donations.
Have a great week,

Amy LeVasseur & Shari Wassell
PTO Co-Presidents

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!

Upcoming Events

School Council Meeting
School Council will be meeting this Tuesday, February 12, in the Media Center at 3pm. All members of the DES community are invited to attend.
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night
Come dine with your DES friends and families at our sixth Chick-fil-A Spirit Night, hosted by Chick-fil-A at Perimeter Pointe on Tuesday, February 12. 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 SECOND GRADE TEAM: Bass, Birrell, Davis, Holbrook, Mach, Warshaw, and Slaton! 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, 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

Cultural Celebration

At the end of the week, your kids will come home talking about what a GREAT Cultural Experience they had in celebration of Black History Month! That's because on February 15, 2013, Manga African Dance Ensemble will perform 3 assemblies at DES focused on engaging the children in the pulsating sounds of Sunu (ceremonial music played by the Malinke people of Guinea and Mali during traditional festivals). Manga traces the evolution of American dance forms and students discover how Africans absorbed elements of other cultures along the way and transformed them into new dance styles that have left an indelible mark on American culture.

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

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.




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.


LifeChanger of the Year Nomination
Mrs. Elaine Mach, second grade teacher at Dunwoody Elementary School has been nominated for National "LifeChanger of the Year" by students, parents, and coworkers. This is a national educator recognition program.

Each year, the LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes and rewards ten school district employees and educators who make a positive difference in the lives of students.

Mrs. Mach was nominated by students, fellow district employees, and parents who gave a description of why she has made a positive impact in the lives of students.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive a $5,000 personal cash award along with a $5,000 donation to his or her school. The remaining LifeChangers will also receive personal cash prizes and school donations on a tiered level.

LifeChangers will be recognized in early March.  

The nomination period for the 2013 - 2014 program will re-open on April 1, 2013.

Nominees must be full-time educators, teachers, principals, or any member of the school's staff who makes a positive difference in the lives of students.

To learn more about LifeChanger of the Year, visit

Community Information

Community Information

You can also find additional events in and around our Dunwoody community on the PTO Website. -> News & Events -> In Our Community.

Tiger Talk Information

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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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