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DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
School Council Survey - Don't forget to provide your feedback by Tomorrow!!
Nominations for PTO Officers due Tomorrow
School Council Elections
Principal's Coffee - Tuesday, March 19
Science Olympiad Introductory Meeting - Wednesday, March 20
DES Book Fair - Wednesday March 20 through Friday, March 22
Spring Fling - Thursday, March 21
Kindergarten Roundup - Tuesday, April 2
We Want Your Feedback!
Book Drive - March 11 through April 5
Be a Spring DES Corporate Sponsor!
Girls on the Run
Orchestra Ensemble
Dr. Seuss Day
Vanderdash this Saturday
Register now for Summer 2013 at i9 Sports


Calendar At a Glance

Monday, March 18 - School Survey Deadline

Monday, March 18 - Nominations for PTO Officers due

Tuesday, March 19 - Principal's Coffee

Wednesday, March 20 through Friday, March 22 - DES Scholastic Book Fair
Thursday, March 21 - PTO General Membership Meeting, 5:30pm

Thursday, March 21 - Spring Fling

Tuesday, April 2 - Kindergarten Roundup

Monday, April 8 through Friday, April 12 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break


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


From the PTO Co-Presidents
We hope all of you have adjusted to Daylight Savings Time and to the new changes with carpool. We appreciate all of our parents who have been patient during this process.

We had a fabulous International Potluck event on Friday evening! We would like to thank the International Committee for their hard work and planning to make this annual event such a success. Families had the opportunity to taste dishes and delicacies from other countries and enjoyed a cultural program offered by our students showcasing talents and customs from around the world.

Our Spring Book Fair kicks off next week, beginning on Wednesday and ending Friday! Don't miss your chance to pick up wonderful books for your children and support our school as well. The book fair will be open in the morning prior to class until 7:30am and again after school.

Our Spring Fling is next Thursday, March 21st beginning at 6:00pm. If you have not done so already, please RSVP with the number of people in your family that will be attending so our Family Events Committee can plan.
Just prior to the Spring Family dinner, we will have a brief PTO meeting at 5:30pm where our Nominating Committee will announce the slate for our 2013-2014 Executive Committee. All PTO members are welcome!

Have a wonderful week,

Amy LeVasseur & Shari Wassell
PTO Co-Presidents
surveySchool Survey


The DES School Council and PTO want your feedback about the culture and climate at DES as well as your level of satisfaction with instruction, events and other aspects of our school. Comments regarding specific staff members should be addressed to DES administration rather than this survey as School Council and PTO are not supervisory boards regarding staff.


Please complete one survey for your family. If you have more than one child at DES and feel that your responses would be different for each child, please complete a second survey. In order to prevent duplication, please only complete items that have different answers on the second survey.

We want your honest feedback. Please know that your responses are confidential. Your name and email address cannot be viewed by anyone analyzing the results.

The deadline for submitting the survey has been extended to Monday, March 18. It only takes a few minutes of your time.  Submit your feedback today!

To take the survey, please click on the link below:

Thank you for your participation!

DES School Council and PTO

voteNominations for PTO Officers



The PTO Nominating Committee is now accepting nomination forms for the 2013/2014 PTO officers. As we start the election process, I have some questions for you to consider regarding your child's experience at DES:


Has your child ever participated in a "hands on" experiment in our Science Lab, or attended the STEM evening event?


Does your child enjoy climbing on the playground equipment during recess?


Do they like leafing through the yearbook to find pictures of their friends and remembering their school year and purchasing books at the Book Fair?


Did you and your student enjoy attending the Tour de Dunwoody, Fall Day, Family Dinners or All Pro Dad programs?


Since everyone who has a child at DES would have to answer "yes" to at least some of these questions, that means the DES PTO has impacted your student!  All of these things and much more including teacher gifts, cultural arts assemblies, technology improvements, media center books and materials are paid for and supported by the PTO and its strong parent volunteers. 


The only way we can sustain these incredible programs is with the help of parents volunteering for the PTO. This month, our Nominating Committee will put together a slate of next school year's PTO Executive Committee ("EC"). You can read about specific EC officer positions on the PTO WebsiteWe are looking for parent volunteers that are interested in joining the PTO EC or serving on a committee. The officer positions that we are looking to fill are:

  • Co-President (a 2-year position)
  • VP Ways and Mean
  • VP Communications
  • VP Programs
  • Secretary
  • Financial Secretary (a 2-year position)

If you are interested in being nominated for an officer position, please fill in the nomination form and return it to the Nominating Committee Chairperson, Christine Hilgert, by Monday, March 18th. The Nominating Committee will present the slate at the PTO meeting on Thursday, March 21st.



PTO Nominating Committee Chairperson:

Christine Hilgert



Nominating forms can also be dropped in the large PTO mailbox inside the entrance to the school.

School Council Elections
The election process for new members of School Council will begin next Thursday, March 21. Nomination forms will be sent home in the TIP folder and posted on the DES Website. Nominations will be due Thursday, March 28. You may nominate yourself if you would like. Bios of the nominees will be posted online and in the main office when we return from Spring Break on Monday, April 15. Elections will be held on Thursday, April 25.
We will be electing 4 School Council members to serve a two-year term during the 2013-14 and 2014-2015 school years.
**In addition, due to special circumstances this year, we will need to elect a fifth member to fulfill the unexpired term of one of our current members who will not be returning to DES next year. That 5th member will finish out the unexpired term and will sit on School Council for only one year, 2013-2014.
School Council is a wonderful way to serve Dunwoody Elementary School. We encourage all interested parents to consider serving on School Council. If you have any questions about School Council or about the election process please contact Susan Harper, School Council Chairperson, at .

Upcoming Events

coffeePrincipal's Coffee
Please join us on Tuesday morning, March 19 for our Principal's Coffee starting at 7:45am. Ms. Sanders will be discussing the requirements for our school to become a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) certified learning school. You won't want to miss this informative question and answer time with our Principal!
Science Olympiad
Build a pasta bridge, design simple circuits and more!
Dunwoody Elementary School will be sending a team to the 2013 DeKalb Elementary Science Olympiad Tournament. This event is open to all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders who can attend the event at Shamrock Middle School on Saturday, April 27th from 8am - 12:30pm. You must be able to provide your own transportation and chaperone.
We're assigning events now, and space is limited. Any interested kids and parents are welcome to attend a final introductory meeting on Wednesday, March 20 at 2:30pm in the Science Lab at DES.
We will go over the event details and participant requirements. There are 28 different events, and each child can participate in up to 3 events. Please be aware that some events are very popular, and we can only send one team for each event. You can get additional information from the Fernbank Science Center website at
This year we will not hold regular after-school practices, unless you specifically need some time to work with your group or the team coaches. Students will need to practice or build for events at home, once we assign students to particular events.  If you need additional information before the introductory meeting, or will be unable to attend, please contact Dee Dee Martinez (parent organizer), or Ms. Beck,  Former DES parent Karen Baker will assist with coaching.
BookfairDES Book Fair

Dunwoody Elementary's Spring Scholastic Book Fair is Wednesday, March 20 to Friday, March 22.

We are excited about the book fair and all the great activities that surround it. We will be open mornings before school and afternoons after school. Join us during Parent/Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, March 20th and at Family Night on Thursday, March 21st for reading and crafts at the event.
Weekly Trivia
Each day, during morning announcements beginning Monday, March 18, a trivia question will be announced. If you know the correct answer, submit your response in the box outside the Media Center and enter to win a $5 gift certificate for the DES Book Fair. A winner will be announced every day!
Tuesday: 7:00-7:45am **Special Sneak Preview with Coffee and Donuts
Wednesday: 7:00-7:30am and 2:30-6:00pm **P/T Conferences
Thursday: 7:00-7:30am and 2:00-6:30pm ** Family Night
Friday: 7:00-7:30am and 2:30-4:30pm
The Book Fair is a great opportunity to encourage your children to read with the fabulous selection of books available from Scholastic. Your child should have received a flyer with book titles and information on the great selection that is available this year. Proceeds from the Book Fair are used to fund school events, add to classroom libraries and to provide reading instruction for the entire school.

If you can't make it to the Book Fair, you can shop online! You can get an expanded selection of items and online orders will be delivered to the school. Check it out at: All proceeds go to DES.
We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to work as helpers and cashiers for 1 hour shifts in the morning (Thursday and Friday, 7:00-8:00am) or 2 hour shifts after school (between 2:00pm and 5:00pm Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, as well as 5:00-6:00pm during Parent/Teacher Conferences and from 6:00 - 8:00pm on Family Night). Interested? Please use this link to see the Book Fair Sign-Up:
Thank you!
springflingTake the night off and come to DES for our second annual Spring Fling. This year's Spring Fling consists of dinner and a movie ($6.50 for adults and $4.50 for children). Don't miss a chance to hang out with friends and family while watching Dr. Suess' THE LORAX. Please join us March 21, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.  RSVP and return payment by March 18, 2013 to the PTO Mail Box.  


No one has come forward to claim the one week of summer camp at Imagine That which was raffled off on STEM Night. This prized is valued at $300.00. We will re-raffle this prize at Spring Fling. The winner will be announced between dinner and the movie.


Do you have a Rising Kindergartener coming to Dunwoody Elementary next year?


Join us for the  Tiger Cub Roundup!

Who:  Parents and children zoned for Dunwoody Elementary School.    Children must be age 5 or older as of September 1, 2013

What: Kindergarten pre-registration and activities (2013-2014 school year)

When:Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 8:00-10:00am. Parents complete registration papers, hear about the Kindergarten program and participate in a Parents Panel with parents of current DES Kindergarten students. Rising Kindergarten children will participate in classroom visits and activities. Please plan on arriving promptly at 8:00am and staying until 10:00am for this program. At the conclusion of the program, families will be offered the opportunity to take an abbreviated tour of DES.

Where: Dunwoody Elementary School

Please bring the following documents (Originals and one Copy of each) with you:

  • Parent's Photo ID
  • Child's certified original birth certificate or passport
  • Child's Social Security Card (if you want to provide it)
  • Immunization Form 3231 with 2nd Varicella
  • Vision-Hearing-Dental Form 3300

Get Involved

  We Want Your Feedback!
Do you want to provide feedback on how the PTO raises funds? Do you have ideas on how the PTO could bring in more money to help support the various events and activities hosted by this parent organization?

Please join us for a Fundraising Brainstorming meeting on Monday, March 18 at 7:00pm. We will meet in the media center at the school. For additional comments or questions, please contact Shari Wassell at

Book Drive
The Media Center and the Student Council are hosting a book drive at DES!

Help us gather gently used books for schools whose libraries were affected by Hurricane Sandy. The book drive will run March 11 - April 5. Donation  boxes will be located in the lunch room, library, and near the main entrance. Thank you in advance for your donations!
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, B.ritt, 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.


Girls on the Run
Dunwoody Elementary School has started two Girls on the Run teams, with a total of 30 girls participating. Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization that teaches girls (in grades 3-5) about understanding yourself, having confidence in your beliefs, and to always "keep moving forward." The lessons are taught through discussion and by physical activity (running). Each girl practices and strives to achieve the ultimate goal of completing a 5k race at the end of the season. The DES group meets twice each week.
Pictured are sponsors (left to right, front row): Donna Fialkowski, Robin
Hollis, Kelly Dye; (left to right, back row): Katie Grubbs, Chrissie Shelton, and Klaretta Young
Orchestra Ensemble
On March 7th, the DES String Orchestra Ensemble, led by Ms. Natia Esartia, participated in the annual District 4 Orchestra Festival hosted by Lakeside High School. The ensemble, which is comprised of all students from the 5th grade Strings Class at DES, received the Superior rating (1 out of 5) from all three judges, impressing them with how well they played and how well they
presented themselves.
Dr. Seuss Day
Dr. Seuss' Birthday was celebrated last week at school. Below is the schedule of events leading up to and on that day.

Monday: The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins Day (Hat Day)

Tuesday: Fox in Sox Day (Wear crazy socks)

Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday (Dress Wacky)

Thursday: Sleep Book PJ Day

Friday: Character Dress Up Day-Character Parade (Dr. Seuss

themed costumes encouraged but not required for the character parade).


Lessons incorporating a Dr. Seuss theme were planned by teachers for that week or the week prior, and work was displayed outside the classrooms. Dr. Seuss centers were incorporated into classroom and grade levels rotated between the centers. Ms. Lisa Gurin, DES Media Specialist, had Seuss-themed activities/centers in the library that week and streamed Seuss videos throughout the day.

Buddy Readers were assigned: Each 4th and 5th grade teacher chose 1 student to read a Dr. Seuss book to a kindergarten class and earned Tiger Paws as a reward/incentive. 

Principal DES, Jennifer Sanders. To the right of Mrs. Sanders is Katelyn Trask (Hermione from Harry Potter series) and to the left is Sophia Megathlin (Happy Birthday to You by Dr. Seuss).
Robin Hollis, third grade teacher DES, and some of her students
Lisa Gurin, DES Media Specialist, and student to her left, 2nd grader Elyse Bowser
Connie Blair, first grade teacher DES, and some of her students



Community Information


Register Now for Summer 2013 at i9 Sports

For each student from Dunwoody Elementary School that registers,

i9 Sports will donate $10 to DES PTO


Throughout this school year, our student registrations have earned $130 for our PTO - THANK YOU for your participation!


***** Registration deadline is Monday, May 6, 2013 *****


FLAG FOOTBALL (boys and girls 4-14) at Keswick Park, Chamblee

Starts Thursday, June 6 - Practice & Games Thursday Evenings

Flag Football League includes: 6 weeks of play, reversible team jersey, flag belt, sportsmanship medal and trophy


SOCCER (boys and girls 4-8) at Harmony Grove Complex, Lilburn

Starts Tuesday, June 11- Practice & Games Tuesday Evenings

Soccer League includes: 6 weeks of play, reversible team jersey, sportsmanship medal and trophy


BASKETBALL (boys and girls 4-12) at Salvation Army, Atlanta

Starts Saturday, June 8 - Practice & Games Saturday Mornings

Basketball League includes: 5 weeks of play, reversible team jersey, sportsmanship medal and participation medal


**All programs are only 1 day per week**

i9 Sports is getting kids back into the fun of sports.
Focusing on sportsmanship and strong values in a safe environment.
No tryouts - No drafts - No fundraisers
EVERYONE PLAYS! or call (404) 551-2036 

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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