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 February 17, 2013

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In This Issue
NO SCHOOL Tomorrow - Monday, February 18 for President's Day (Join us at Sandy Springs Funhouse for a Spirit Day event, details below)
Attention all Carpool Parents
President's Day Spirit Day at Sandy Springs Funhouse - Monday, February 18
Class Photos on Thursday, February 21
Shane's Rib Shack Spirit Night - Thursday, February 21
DES STEM Night - Thursday, February 28
DES Variety Show submissions due March 1
Upcoming Spring Spirit Nights
Community Business Support Committee Needs You
Auction for Michael White Illustrations on the DES Facebook Page
DES Jumps for Jump Rope for Heart this month!
DES Students can Earn a Free Ticket to Six Flags!
Kennedi Kellam gets 2nd Place in DeKalb County Science Fair
Teacher of the year is Mrs. Tami Slaton!
Capital Art Exhibit Visit
DHS Gymnastics Camp
Vanderdash 2013
Other Community Information


Calendar At a Glance

Monday, February 18, NO SCHOOL - President's Day

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
Thursday, February 28, 6-8pm - DES STEM Night
Friday, March 1 - Deadline for Variety Show Submissions

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

As we are all aware, we have very dedicated volunteers who help around our school to keep our students safe. Every morning, we have the same diligent volunteers that help with carpool. These volunteers and coordinators, along with the administrators of our beloved school, have posted a set of guidelines and rules pertaining to carpool in the mornings so that we can ensure the safety of each precious student as they enter the building.
As a parent who uses carpool in the morning, I certainly appreciate all the precautions our volunteers take to ensure everything runs smoothly in the morning. This cannot happen if parents continue to break the rules that have been made to ensure safety and protocol. There can be absolutely no parking and walking your child into the building prior to 7:45am unless you have a pre-set appointment with a teacher, counselor or administrator. You may not park your car in the middle of the parking lot and leave it there for other cars to have to maneuver around so that you can walk your child into class. It is a hazard for anyone to park behind another car due to insufficient parking and block someone else in. There was a severe traffic jam last Tuesday due to an illegally parked car that jammed up traffic for more than 10 minutes because no one could pull in or out of the parking lot. There were parents allowing their children to jump out of their car in the middle of the parking lot to run into the school, barely being missed by oncoming vehicles.
Since safety is our number one concern, we must ensure that all parents are abiding by the rules and regulations set forth by the school. You may drop your child off as early as 7:00am in order to avoid the heavy traffic. Please remember that your child is considered late at 7:45am, so please make sure to allow plenty of time in the morning and arrive at school prior to 7:40am. Your cooperation is appreciated and we hope that you will understand that these guidelines will only help our students if all parents follow them.

Upcoming Events

President's Day Spirit Day


Monday, February 18 - No School and It's TIGER TIME at the Sandy Springs Funhouse!


Come to the Sandy Springs Funhouse for a fun day of bounce houses and ginormous soft play (socks required), games, socializing, laser tag battles against DES friends, and energy busting activity! Pop in with your friends, neighbors, family, and an accompanying adult anytime between 10am-8pm. Snack bar special of 2 slices of pizza and a fountain drink for only $5! SS Funhouse will donate a percentage of proceeds, as related to attendance and participation, to DES PTO. The Funhouse is located at 6650 B Roswell Road (corner of Roswell and Abernathy Roads).  
See you there!
Class Photos  

IT'S PICTURE TIME AGAIN!!! On Thursday morning, February 21st, Sure Shot Photography will be taking our class photos. 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

Shane's Rib Shack Spirit Night
Neutralize your tummies from the piles of Valentine's Day treats, with some down-home BBQ at Shane's Rib Shack at Perimeter!
Enjoy pork, chicken, ribs and scrumptious salads and sides while you dine-in with your DES family this Thursday, February 21, between 4pm and 9pm. There will be several drawings for Free Shane's Bucks, so you can "Treat the Family to Dinner" on your next visit. Meals are available for take-out, and please be sure to mention "DES" at the time of purchase.
Shane's will be giving 10% of sales back to DES. Shane's has also been a sponsor of lunches for Grounds Day volunteers. Thank you Shane's Rib Shack of Perimeter!

Shane's Rib Shack is located at: 123 Perimeter Center West #400, in front of the Perimeter Target shopping district between Chipotle and Robek's.

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 6pm-8pm


Parents and children are invited to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at the annual Dunwoody Elementary School STEM night. Whether it's controlling computers with a glance, space exploration, or searching for the cure for cancer, the creativity of science and technology will continue to spur the growth of the economy and catalyze the overall improvement of human life.



During this event, parents can learn more about programs designed to expose children to STEM fields and facilitate advanced preparation in these disciplines. Additionally, children will have the opportunity to participate in the many fun and fascinating science experiments and demonstrations that will be available. Let's work together to cultivate the curiosity of our children! 

Dunwoody's Got Talent!

Variety Show - May 16th, 2013 

Do you like to Sing? Play an instrument? Dance? Juggle? Or are you talented in some other way? If so, we want you to audition for our wonderful Variety Show (open to 4/5 grade students only). Please make sure you turn in your completed form before our deadline date of March 1st, 2013. Forms went home to all 4th & 5th grade students in January. If you need another form, you can download one from Mrs. Miller's website or pick one up at the information carousel as you enter the school.

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:
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

Community Business Support Committee
needs YOU!

The Community Business Support Committee of our DES PTO is looking for new members to assist with soliciting corporate sponsorships for the 2013-14 school year. Soliciting begins as early as March for the Fall 2013 Tour de Dunwoody event. Please contact Yvette Megathlin or Amber Pride if you would like to exercise your public relations skills and be a part of this very important committee. No one will be turned away!
Auction for Michael White Illustrations

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Auction rules: starting bid and incremental bid amounts are listed with each item. All bidding should be done through this DES Facebook page. Deadline for bidding on all items is March 1, so bid today. Profits from the bidding will help support activities and programs for DES through the PTO. The parent with the winning bid for each item will be contacted on March 1 in order to make the purchase transaction. For additional information, please contact Shari Wassell, PTO co-president for DES at


Auction Item #1

1 year membership to MJCCA
Starting Bid $75, additional bids min of $5 increments


Auction Items #2-15

Michael White, children's book illustrator, signed artwork; each is suitable for an 18x24" frame (not provided)

Starting Bid for each piece $25, additional bids min of $5 increments


Auction Item #16   


Michael White's "Justin Beaver" artwork

Starting Bid $50, additional bids min $5 increments




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.


DeKalb County Science Fair
Kennedi Kellam, a 5th grader, represented Dunwoody Elementary at the science fair on February 8, 2013. She won 2nd place in the area of Life Science, in the Junior Division for all of DeKalb County!!!
Teacher of the Year
Dunwoody Elementary School is very proud of Mrs. Tami Slaton, second grade teacher at DES and our Teacher of the Year for 2012-2013. Mrs. Slaton is well respected and loved by her coworkers, parents, and students. She always has a positive word for everyone and Dunwoody Elementary is extremely fortunate to have her as one of our teachers. Pictured in the photo with Mrs. Slaton are second grade students (left to right): Gabriel Stewart, Mikaylah Breedlove, and Elle Warnett. Congratulations, Mrs. Slaton! 
Capital Art Exhibit Visit
In celebration of Youth Art Month in the State of Georgia, the Capital Art Exhibit was created to recognize and honor the accomplishments of art students in our state. Roy Nitzan & Itai Shefler, 5th grade students at Dunwoody Elementary, were selected by art teacher, Laura Fleury-Bell to participate in this wonderful event. This was the opening exhibit for Youth Art Month in March. There was a reception held at the Floyd Twin Towers building, across from the State Capital, on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Mrs. Fleury-Bell, Roy, Itai, and their families attended the exhibition & were amazed by all the incredible student artwork! They were even lucky enough to meet Fran Millar, the state senate representative from Dunwoody!
(left to right): Roy Nitzan, Fran Millar, Itai Shefler, Laura Fleury-Bell.
Fran Millar (center) is pictured with the Nitzan & Shefler families of Dunwoody Elementary.
Congratulations Roy & Itai!

Community Information

DHS Gymnastics Camp

Calling All Girls to the Dunwoody High School 3rd Annual Wildcat Gymnastics Camp

Join the Dunwoody High School Gymnastics Team for a fun-filled mini-camp!


Dates: Saturday, March 2nd

Time: 9:00-2:00 (parents may arrive at 1:15 to watch routines) 

Location: Dunwoody High School Gym

Ages: 5-14, no experience necessary

Price: $50

Includes: DHS Gymnastics T-shirt, lunch, and craft


Girls can practice with the Wildcat gymnasts on all four stations: floor, beam, bars, and vault! They will work with the talented Wildcat team and perform a routine for their parents by the end of the session! Register early by sending a check payable to Dunwoody High School to:

Ms. Cassandra Watkins or Ms. Kerry Brown

5035 Vermack Road

Dunwoody, Georgia 30338


Please include gymnast's name, age, allergies, and t-shirt size. You will need to sign a release form at drop-off.  You may also register at the door.


We appreciate your support for this DHS Gymnastics Fundraiser!


Coach Brown and Coach Watkins

Camp Invention at Austin

Camp Invention is coming to

Austin Elementary this Summer!


Austin Elementary will be hosting Camp Invention this summer!  Join us for a week of fun and learning.  Camp Invention's CREATE program features Problem Solving on Planet Zak where, after crash landing on Planet Zak, you will need to use critical thinking skills to create shelter, clothing and  ultimately build a spaceship to blast off for home. 


Date: June 3-7, 2013 from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Who: Children entering grades 1 through 6

Where:  Austin Elementary School

Cost: $220, but register online before 3/28/13 for $190


Space is limited so register soon.  We would love to fill this camp with students and siblings from our Dunwoody cluster schools.  For more information and to register, visit or visit Austin's homepage at


Questions? Contact Ms. Angie Smith, Austin Elementary Assistant Principal at:

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

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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