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 April 14, 2013
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DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
School Council Meeting - Tuesday, April 16
All Pro Dads' Breakfast - Friday, April 19
Earth Week Recycling Drive - April 22-24
Dunwoody Elementary Battery Recycling
Chairs 4 Charity
Nominate your teacher for the "Teachers Make a Difference" Award now!
2nd Grade Flat Stanley Projects
Georgia Young Authors Competition
Information about summer camps now on the DES PTO Website!
Register now for Summer 2013 at i9 Sports


Calendar At a Glance

Tuesday, April 16 - School Council Meeting

Tuesday, April 16 through Thursday, April 18 - CRCT Testing

Friday, April 19 - All Pro Dads Breakfast

Friday, April 19 - Visiting Illustrator Michael White

Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24 - CRCT Testing


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


From the PTO Co-Presidents
Welcome back parents! We hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Spring Break this week. We are ready to hit the ground running this week beginning with the CRCT on Tuesday. Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be testing through Thursday this week and Tuesday and Wednesday next week. 
Your children have done everything they can to prepare for these tests academically. We simply ask that you ensure your children get plenty of rest and eat a hearty breakfast this week so that they are not only mentally but physically prepared for their tests.

Friday, our All Pro Dad program will begin at 6:45am. This is a terrific time for children and their dads to spend time together and enjoy breakfast. Thank you again to Robert Apple for continuing to support and coordinate these meetings throughout the year.
Illustrator Michael White will be back on Friday to dazzle our students! This will be a wonderful break from CRCT testing!

Have a great week,

Amy LeVasseur & Shari Wassell
PTO Co-Presidents

Upcoming Events

School Council Meeting
School Council will be meeting this Tuesday, April 16, at 3pm in the Media Center. On the agenda will be a discussion of the 'Letter of Intent' regarding the possible formation of a charter system for the Dunwoody cluster of schools. All members of the DES community are invited to attend.

DES Dads, did you miss the All Pro Dad Breakfast

last month?


If you answered yes, don't worry. Come to this month's meeting!

Friday, April 19 - 6:45 to 7:45am.

Please arrive for breakfast in the cafeteria (6:45 - 7:15am)

Program will begin in the media center at 7:20.


This month's topic is:
"Using Technology to Connect with Your Kids"


All Pro Dad Dad's Day is a simple idea with a profound impact. It's a one-hour monthly breakfast held before school where fathers and their children meet with other dads and kids in the school cafeteria. During this time, we will discuss a wide range of family topics, spend time together, create fun memories, and leave equipped with resources to strengthen your relationship with your child.


The program is fun and free! All you need to do is attend, and if you want to purchase breakfast, you may do so in the cafeteria by using your child's "mylunchmoney" account, cash or check ($1.50 adults, $1.15 children). If you do not have a "mylunchmoney" account, please register for one at before the meeting.


To help with keeping the parking lot and carpool drop off running smoothly, please park at GA Perimeter College and walk over to school.


Please visit our chapter website for dates and more information. or contact Robert Apple at:


 Proud DES All Pro Dad Sponsor

Earth Week Recycling Drive
 Monday, April 22 is Earth Day!
To celebrate, the Recycling and Environment Committee will be sponsoring a 3-Day Recycling Drive April 22 through 24. We will meet you in carpool line at drop off and at pick up to collect your recyclables. Your child may also bring a bag on the school bus and we can get it from them as they arrive at school.
Gather your old paired shoes, batteries, cell phones, eye glasses and printer cartridges/toners and we will recycle them for you. Start your spring cleaning and teach your kids the importance of recycling items that can be disposed of in an environmentally-friendly way.

If you have any questions or can volunteer some time, please contact Jan Jay at  
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

Dunwoody Elementary Battery Recycling
Did you know that DES has its very own recycling station? It is located inside the school's main hall, on the right side, next to the gym door. To further our recycling efforts, we have included batteries in our recycling program. To date, for the 2012-1013 school year, the Batteries Plus store located at 418 Roswell Road, has recycled 53 lbs. of batteries for the DES Recycling program. The store manager, John Cyphers, and his team have been completely supportive of our program and have even waived the $1.00 per pound charge for recycled batteries from our school. Drop in and say hello to John, and do some shopping; or visit them online at Thank you very much, Batteries Plus, America's Battery Experts, for caring about our world and helping us set a great example for our kids.
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.


2nd Grade Flat Stanley Projects

Second grade students at Dunwoody Elementary School proudly display their
original Flat Stanley Projects. The Project provides an opportunity for
students to make connections with students of other member schools who
have signed up with the project. Students begin by reading the book Flat
Stanley by Jeff Brown and becoming acquainted with the story. They then
create paper "Flat Stanleys" (representative drawings of the Stanley
Lambchop character) and keep a journal for a few days, documenting the
places and activities in which Flat Stanley is involved. Each student's
Flat Stanley and its respective journal are mailed to other people who are
asked to treat the figure as a visiting guest and add to his journal, then
return them both after a period of time.


The Flat Stanley Project was started in 1995 by Dale Hubert, a third grade schoolteacher in London, Ontario, and Canada. It is meant to facilitate letter-writing by schoolchildren to each other as they document where Flat Stanley has accompanied them. Dale Hubert received the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2001 for the Flat Stanley Project. Students find it fun to plot Flat Stanley's travels on maps and share the contents of
the journal. Often, a Flat Stanley returns with a photo or postcard from
his visit. Some teachers prefer to use e-mail for its quicker travel time.
In 2005, more than 6,500 classes from 48 countries took part in the Flat Stanley Project (historical background taken from Wikipedia). Sponsoring teachers at Dunwoody: Elaine Mach, Avis Holbrook, Mary Margaret Warshaw, Bonnie Birrell, Elizabeth Bass, Charlotte Davis, and Tami Slaton. Parent volunteers also assisted with the project. The Flat Stanleys will be mailed all over the country.

Elizabeth Bass with some second grade students displaying their Flat Stanley projects


Georgia Young Authors Competition 2013

Dunwoody Elementary School is very proud to announce that 4th grader, Abigail Watts, placed third in the Georgia Young Authors Competition for her story "Life of a Pure Bred Mutt."

Pictured: Abigail Watts, and photo of Abigail with her teacher, Adrienne Thornton

Community Information

Camp Information


Tiger Talk 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

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 

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