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DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Imagine That Camp raffle winners - The Hatmakers!
Remember to turn in your Class Photo orders!
Information about summer camps now on the DES PTO Website!
Kindergarten Roundup - Tuesday, April 2
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - Tuesday, April 2
Walk to School - Wednesday, April 3
DCPC Meeting - Wednesday, April 3
El Azteca Spirit Night - Monday, April 29
Last week of the Book Drive - March 11 through April 5
Chairs 4 Charity
Nominate your teacher for the "Teachers Make a Difference" Award now!
Dunwoody Singers 2013
Smart 9-1-1
Register now for Summer 2013 at i9 Sports


Calendar At a Glance

Tuesday, April 2 - Kindergarten Roundup

Tuesday, April 2 - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

Wednesday, April 3 - Walk to School Day

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
As we enter April, we would like to take a moment to thank all of our volunteers and committee chairs for all their hard work for our big events in March. A big thank you to Maria Jacobs, Family Events Chair for planning not only our fabulous STEM night but also our Spring Family Dinner and Movie night. Both events were well attended and gave our students an opportunity to learn and have fun. Also, a great big thank you to our Book Fair Committee Chairs and volunteers Katie Frame and Jennifer Seitz for all their hard work and preparation of our very successful Spring book fair! We had a great turn out all week!

It is impossible for us to offer all of the wonderful events to our children without the tireless efforts of our fabulous volunteers, so from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU for everything you do to make DES an amazing place to be!

We have a busy week leading up to Spring break starting on Tuesday with our Tiger Cub Round-up for kindergarten students who are zoned for our school next year. We will offer children and parents a sneak peek at our school and all we have to offer. Please remind your friends and neighbors that have kindergarteners coming to DES next year to attend this event.

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!!!

Everyone wins at our Chick-fil-A spirit night on Tuesday from 5:00-8:00pm. Take the night off from cooking, enjoy a family meal out and support our school too! A portion of the profits for the evening goes right back to DES!

Wednesday is Walk to School day so lace up those shoes and join us outside for a wonderful brisk morning walk.

Finally, we would like to send our congratulations and best wishes to our wonderful Principal, Mrs. Jennifer Sanders who welcomed her son Henry this weekend and will be leaving for maternity leave after this week. Henry was born Saturday morning and both mom and baby are doing well. We wish you and your family all the best this Spring and Summer as you embark on a new journey with your precious little one and we look forward to seeing you again once school starts back in August!

Thank you Ms. Sanders for being such a wonderful leader and inspiration to our students. You will be missed!

We will not have a Tiger Talk issue on April 7th due to Spring Break but we will be back with you on April 14th just in time to remind you about our CRCT testing going on from April 16-19.

Have a great week and enjoy your Spring Break!

Amy LeVasseur and Shari Wassell
PTO Co-Presidents
Raffle Winners
The STEM Night raffle prize, one week at Imagine That Science Camp, was never claimed, so the Family Events Committee had a second drawing during Spring Fling. Congratulations to Amy Hatmaker and family. The Hatmakers won the prize valued at $300 and will get to enjoy a great week of camp!
Please remember to turn in your order forms for class photos to your child's homeroom teacher or put them in the blue PTO mailbox. If you turn them in before Spring Break, there will not be a late charge. If you have any questions, please contact Thank you!!
Camp Information


TigerTalk receives many requests for camp announcements in our community this time of year, so we have created a page on the DES PTO Website dedicated entirely to all the great camp options available for our children this summer.  This page will be updated regularly throughout the spring, so check back often!


DES PTO Website/News & Events/Camps

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
cfaChick-fil-A Spirit Night 
April is a great time to dine with your DES friends and families at our eighth Chick-fil-A Spirit Night, hosted by Chick-fil-A at Perimeter Pointe on Tuesday, April 2! 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 Kindergarten and Pre-K team:
Shelton (K), Young (K)  (5-6:30pm)
Morris (K), Sinisgalli (PK) (6:30-8pm) 

Chick-fil-A gives 20% of sales back to DES. Thank you Chick-fil-A of Perimeter Pointe!
walkWalk to School Wednesday
Wednesday, April 3 is Walk to School Day, so put on your walking shoes and walk to school (or ride your bike) and join us for our next Walk to School Day! 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 7:05am
We will start walking at 7:15am

Vermack Swim & Tennis Club
4756 Vermack Road
Please meet at 7:05am
We will start walking at 7:10am
Both of these walks take approximately 20 minutes. 

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 on the morning.

Walkers will be tallied in the classrooms. The class with the most walkers will receive the Gold Sneaker Award!
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer on the day please contact Rosemary Gorham at
dcpcUpcoming 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
El Azteca Spirit Night!
Mark your calendars for an exciting Spirit Night coming soon!

El Azteca Mexican Restaurant on Monday, April 29, 4pm-9pm.
Bring your family and friends for this fun-filled Pre-Cinco de Mayo celebration, which includes All-You-Can-Eat Taco buffet for children and All-You-Can-Eat Fajita buffet for adults.
Flyers will be coming home in the April 18th TIP with more detailed information.

El Azteca is located in Dunwoody Village behind the US Postal Office, at 1412 Dunwoody Village Pkwy

Get Involved

Last week of the 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!
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!


Teachers Make a Difference

Nominate a teacher for the "Teachers Make A Difference" Award. 


You can nominate any teacher that's inspired you or your children as long as they are still teaching full-time at an accredited public or private school in the state of Georgia.


During the week of May 6th, 4 winners will be selected who will each receive $500, plus $250 for their school. At the end of the week, the Grand Prize winner will be announced and will receive a $2,000 scholarship towards his/her Continuing Education studies.



Dunwoody Singers 2013


The Dunwoody Singers, under the direction of Yvonne Miller, Music Teacher, Dunwoody Elementary School, participated in the annual District 4 Choral Festival Large Group Performance Evaluation at Avondale First Baptist Church last week. The group, which is composed of 3rd - 5th Grade students at Dunwoody Elementary received one Superior and two Excellent ratings from the judges. Some of the judges comments included: "Well disciplined singers with a lovely developing tone - a joy to hear!"



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.

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 

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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