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DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Theme Day (wear your favorite vacation spot souvenir tee shirt) - Friday, March 29
Kindergarten Roundup - Tuesday, April 2
DCPC Meeting - Wednesday, April 3
Chairs 4 Charity
Book Drive - March 11 through April 5
Parade of Presidents
International Potluck Dinner
Smart 9-1-1
DHS Softball Camp


Calendar At a Glance

Friday, March 19 - Wear a souvenir shirt from vacation

Tuesday, April 2 - Kindergarten Roundup

Wednesday, April 3 - DCPC at Chesnut Elementary

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
Thank you to those of you who came out to our brief PTO meeting on Thursday. In addition to the general PTO business (approval of minutes from January 31's meeting and a review of the PTO's finances to date), the Nominating Committee announced the slate for our 2013-2014 Executive Committee. The nominees are as follows:

PTO Co-President: Amanda Rountree
VP of Ways and Means: Amy Hatmaker
VP of Communications: Jan Jay
VP of Programs: Jennifer Fenmore
Secretary: Rosemary Gorham
Financial Secretary: Alison Woodrow 
After our PTO meeting we had a wonderful family dinner and movie night! Thank you to all the families who came out and enjoyed a night with family and friends.
We also had a very successful Scholastic Book Fair last week. A huge thanks to all of you who participated and those who purchased books from teacher wish lists as well!!!  We also want to acknowledge the many volunteers and chairs who spent their valuable free time helping our parents, teachers and students shop and find the perfect reading materials.  You are all wonderful and we thank you!
The principal's coffee this week was very informative and we had a good turnout to hear about STEM certification and the processes that will lead to our school becoming a STEM certified school. It will take some time to put everything in place, but we are already beginning the process and gearing up to begin purchasing items to get us going.
The 5th grade enjoyed a wonderful field trip to the Little White House on Friday. Rich with history, this was a terrific learning trip for our students.
Coming up this Friday, March 29, we have a theme day - wear a souvenir shirt from a vacation, so go through those t-shirts and pick your favorite!
Have a great week,

Amy LeVasseur & Shari Wassell
PTO Co-Presidents

Upcoming Events


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, 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
Upcoming DCPC Meetings
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Time:  9:15-10:30am (Refreshments @ 8:45am)
Location: Chesnut Elementary School
Topic: "Legislative Updates"
Speakers:  State Senator Fran Millar, State Representative Tom Taylor, State Representative Scott Holcomb, and State Representative Mike Jacobs 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Time: 9:15-10:30am (Refreshments @ 8:45am)
This is the Final Meeting of the School Year
Location: Dunwoody High School Theater
Topic: "Update on DCSD"
Speaker: Michael Thurmond, Interim DCSD Superintendent

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

Get Involved

Chairs 4 Charity
Before you clear out your house for spring cleaning, consider donating any small tables or chairs to the art room! Mrs. Fleury-Bell & her photography club are looking for gently used chairs and small tables to paint for the 4th annual Chairs 4 Charity. The Chairs 4 Charity booth is sponsored by the Dunwoody Rotary Club. The chairs will be auctioned off at the Dunwoody Arts Festival, in the heart of Dunwoody on May 11th & 12th, 2013. Students in the photography club will paint these chairs and 100% of the proceeds are donated back to the art room at DES. Wood, plastic and metal chairs are preferred, but we're artists so we can be creative with anything! Thank you!
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!


Parade of Presidents

Mrs. Elaine Mach, 2nd grade teacher at Dunwoody Elementary, hosted a Parade of Presidents in which students did a presentation on a president and dressed in character. Family members were invited and the cafeteria was packed full. It was a fun-filled event and the students enjoyed being able to share what they learned with an audience.
(left to right): (girl with ponytail) Sabra Hirsch, Richard Remigialo, Sydney Wright, and Shreya Pandey(left to right): (with hat) Sara Botwinik, Langston Willcox, Hansini Vojjalo, Adeline Stidsen, Max Liu
(left to right): Kaan Demirtas, Mason Weeks, Joshua CurranGroup picture: Elaine Mach and her second grade class


International Potluck Dinner


The International Potluck Dinner last Friday was an awesome evening. The cultural stations of different countries in the gymnasium provided great knowledge and looked wonderul. The delicacies from various parts of the globe, along with the cultural show put on by our very own DES Tigers, made us feel great.


Thanks to all our volunteers who supported us throughout the event. We want to especially mention the following people and thank them for all of their hard work: Ms. Sarabjeet Srivastava, Ms. Elma Orr, Ms. Sushma Barakoti, Ms. Priti Rajani, Ms. Dipti Joshi, Ms. Fouzia Gadne, Ms. Shweta Balamurali, Ms. Sirisha Gandhuri, Ms. Rupa Raman, Ms. Dana Coulter, Ms. Donna, Ms. Ester and Ms. Sudakshina Mukherjee.

Community Information

Dunwoody has an enhanced 9-1-1 service called Smart911 available for free to all residents. The Chattahoochee River 9-1-1 Authority is encouraging all citizens to create a Safety Profile at, and provide 9-1-1 with the information they need to assist you in the event of an emergency. A profile can include as much or as little information as you want, such as:

  • Members of your family and any medical conditions, medications or allergies

  • Mobile phone numbers tied to home or work addresses

  • Your emergency contacts, vehicle information and even pets

Smart911 is 100% private and secure. The only time a profile is seen is when you call 9-1-1. The profile immediately displays to call takers, which allows first responders to assist you faster and more effectively. Create you profile today at
.  More details can be found on the DES PTO Website.
DHS Softball Camp


June 10-13, 2013

For Ages K through 7

9am - 1pm

Cost: $125

 Camp T-shirt included


Hitting activities, fielding activities, and fun crafts!!!


Staffed by DHS Coach Kerry Brown and the Region 6 AAAAA champion softball team!

You can register via this link:


For more info visit:

We look forward to welcoming your camper this summer.

Go Future Wildcats!
Community Information

You can find 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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