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 February 24, 2013

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DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Order your Yearbook today!
DES STEM Night - Thursday, February 28
DES Variety Show submissions due March 1
DES Grounds Clean Up Day - Saturday, March 2, 8am-Noon
Georgia Walk to School Day - Wednesday, March 6
Upcoming Spring Spirit Nights
Be a Spring DES Corporate Sponsor!
Auction for Michael White Illustrations on the DES Facebook Page
Community Business Support Committee Needs You
DES Photography Club
DHS Gymnastics Camp
Vanderdash 2013
Camp Invention at Austin
Tiger Talk Archived
Submitting an article to Tiger Talk - Deadline is Tuesday night!


Calendar At a Glance

Thursday, February 28, 6-8pm - DES STEM Night
Friday, March 1 - Deadline for Variety Show Submissions
Saturday, March 2 - Grounds Clean Up Day
Monday, March 4, 4-9pm - Mad Italian Spirit Night
Wednesday, March 6 - Georgia Walk to School Day
Tuesday, March 12, 5-8pm - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

Friday, March 15 - International Potluck Dinner


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


From the PTO Co-Presidents
Thank you to all of our DES families who joined us for Shane's Spirit Night on Thursday. Remember, for every spirit event that we have, a portion of the profits go directly back to our school. Thank you again to our dedicated Community Business Support team of Yvette Megathlin and Amber Pride for continuing to allow us opportunities to raise money for our school and build relationships in our community!


Friday, March 1st is our READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY. This is a fun-filled day where your children can dress up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character or other favorite book character and participate in our school wide character parade. Encourage your child's creativity and get those costumes ready for a great day of learning and fun! The parade will be outside (weather permitting) and parents are welcome to attend. There will not be an opportunity this year to take photographs of your children during the parade, so make sure to take photographs at home before leaving for school.

Have a wonderful week.

Amy LeVasseur & Shari Wassell
PTO Co-Presidents

Capture your child's elementary school year, buy your DES Yearbook today! Order your copy on Jostens website, at Search for Dunwoody Elementary School to reserve your copy.
Please note: Some families purchased the Yearbook during Registration Day in August. If you cannot remember if you did or not, please refer to the letter you received in October summarizing your August payment or contact a Yearbook Chair, Candace McCaffrey or Tommy McNeese at

Upcoming Events


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 16, 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 1, 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.

DES Grounds Day 
Saturday, March 2, 8am-Noon
Please come out and help us spruce up the garden beds, work on the organic gardens, spread mulch and do general clean up to get the campus ready for spring. You'll want to bring your gardening gloves and tools if possible. Kids are welcome and this volunteering will count toward your volunteer hours so remember to log them in. Lunch will be provided by Shane's Rib Shack.
Georgia Walk to School Day


Dunwoody Elementary will be participating in Georgia Walk to School Day. Put on your walking shoes and walk to school (or ride your bike)! You may either walk/bike your own route to school or join one of our "walking school buses" to walk to school as a group. Walking school buses will leave from the following locations:

Kingswood United Methodist Church
5015 Tilly Mill Road
Please meet at 7:05 a.m.
We will start walking at 7:15 a.m.

Vermack Swim & Tennis Club
4756 Vermack Road
Please meet at 7:05 a.m.
We will start walking at 7:10 a.m.

All of these walks take approximately 20 minutes. We will have walking leaders at each point. Please follow their instructions at all times.

Remember to respect our neighbors in the surrounding streets and avoid parking on the streets and blocking access to their homes. Please take advantage of one of our walking school buses or walk from your house. Dunwoody Police will be monitoring this the morning of the walk.

When you arrive to school, each child who walks will receive a small reward. Walkers will be tallied in the classrooms. The class with the most walkers will receive the Gold Sneaker Award!!

DES will also be participating in a friendly "competition" with the other elementary schools in the area (Chesnut, Vanderlyn, Kingsley and Austin). The principals from the schools with the lowest percentage of walkers will all have to wear the spirit t-shirt of the school who has the highest percentage of walkers!! We want all of the other principals to wear a DES t-shirt. So come out and walk and lets show our DES pride!!

We need lots of parent support to make this day a HUGE success. Please consider volunteering on March 6. Volunteers are needed to help hand out incentives. It only takes 45 minutes of your time and your child(ren) can help hand out incentives to their friends! Every volunteer that helps out always says what fun they have on the morning!

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer on the day please contact Rosemary Gorham at
Upcoming 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, 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

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 found on the PTO website and submit with your payment to the large blue PTO mailbox in the lobby. For questions, contact Community Business Support Co-Chairs Yvette Megathlin at or Amber Pride
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.
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




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!


Photography Club 

The Dunwoody Elementary School Photography Club (made up of 4th and 5th grade students), delivered handmade Valentine's Day cards to residents at Summers Landing, an assisted living center located in Dunwoody.
Students from L-R: Lauren Courtney, Charlie Arant, Sara Gelber, Itai Shefler, Jack Arant, Sydney Hilgert, and one of the residents
Residents at Summers Landing and some students in the DES
Photography Club


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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