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 April 28, 2013
DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
School Council Election Results
El Azteca Spirit Night - Monday, April 29
Walk to School - Wednesday, May 1
Last DCPC Meeting of the School Year - Wednesday, May 1
Strong 4 Life "Be Active" Day - Wednesday, May 1
PTO Appreciation Brunch - Thursday, May 2
All Pro Dads' Breakfast - Friday, May 10
Save the Date and Volunteer Now for Field Day - May 16 and 17
Chairs 4 Charity
Mrs. Holbrook and Mrs. McKee Nominated for "Teachers Make a Difference" Award - Vote for them!
Thank You to our Tiger Fund Corporate Matching Companies
St. Luke's Cyber-Crimes Awareness Seminar
Dunwoody Girls' Lacrosse
Hairs to Helping
STEM Conference
Information about summer camps now on the DES PTO Website!
Register Now for Summer 2013 at i9 Sports


Calendar At a Glance

Monday, April 29 - El Azteca Spirit Night

Wednesday, May 1 - Walk to School

Wednesday, May 1 - Last DCPC Meeting of the school year

Wednesday, May 1 - Strong 4 Life "Be Active" Day

Friday, May 10 - All Pro Dads' Breakfast

Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10 - Teacher Appreciation Week


View the complete calendar on the Dunwoody Elementary PTO Gmail Calendar


From the PTO Co-Presidents

We had a fabulous turn out for our Evening of the Arts and Band and Strings concert Thursday evening. Thank you to all of our talented students for giving us beautiful art to take home. Thank you to Ms. Fleury-Bell, Ms. Miller and Ms. Esartia for a wonderful evening of Art and Music.

We would also like to thank all of you who came to our brief PTO meeting where we installed our new 2013-2014 Executive Committee. Our new committee members are:

Amy LeVasseur - Co-President (2nd year)
Amanda Rountree - Co-President (1st year)
Amy Hatmaker - VP of Ways and Means
Jan Jay - VP of Communications
Jennifer Fenmore - VP of Programs
April Toms -Treasurer
Alison Woodrow - Financial Secretary
Rosemary Gorham - Secretary

At this time, I would like to thank our current PTO Co-President, Shari Wassell for her amazing leadership and her unfailing dedication to Dunwoody Elementary. I would also like to thank all of our current PTO Executive Committee members for all of their hard work and dedication this year. You are all wonderful women and I am honored to have worked with you this year. Thank you to Judi Carlson, Stephanie Holmes, Meredith Kitey, Yvette Megathlin, Jeanne Sacks, Whitney Samuelson and April Toms.

Looking forward, El Azteca Spirit Night is Monday evening from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. Come enjoy a night off of cooking and support our school at the same time! $8 for children/$12 for adults (price includes non-alcoholic beverage and an all you can eat buffet).

CALLING ALL GOLDEN SNEAKERS! Lace up those walking shoes and join us for our last Walk to School day of the school year on Wednesday, May 1st. The Golden Sneaker award is coveted by all, so give your child's classroom a chance to win by walking on Wednesday.

Have a wonderful week,

Amy LeVasseur & Shari Wassell
PTO Co-Presidents
School Council Election Results
School Council elections for parent representatives were held on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Congratulations to our new School Council Parent Representatives for the 2013-2015 school years:
Gregory Jay
Kimberly Kirkland
Terri Polk
Jennifer Seitz  

And congratulations also to Katie Frame who will serve on School Council for the 2013-2014 school year to fulfill another member's unexpired term.

Our next School Council meeting will be Tuesday, May 14, at 3pm in the Media Center. All members of the DES community are invited to attend. We will be officially welcoming our new parent representatives to School Council at that time. Thank you to all who expressed interest in serving Dunwoody Elementary as a representative.

Upcoming Events

elazEl Azteca Spirit Night!
El Azteca Mexican Restaurant Spirit Night TOMORROW!
Monday, April 29, 4-9pm
Bring your family and friends for this fun-filled Pre-Cinco de Mayo celebration, which includes All-You-Can-Eat Taco buffet for children ($8) and All-You-Can-Eat Fajita buffet for adults ($12). There will be free giveaways every hour as well as spirited live entertainment from our very own 4th Grade Strings from 4:30-6pm, and then from 6-7pm, our 4th/5th Grade Band ensembles!
Flyers were sent home in the April 25th TIP, but you also print it here.   Bring the flyer to Spirit Night to enter your homeroom teacher in a giveaway drawing!
El Azteca is located in Dunwoody Village behind the US Post Office, at 1412 Dunwoody Village Pkwy
walkWalk to School
Wednesday, May 1
Put on your walking shoes and walk to school (or ride your bike) and join us for our last Walk to School Day of the year! 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 areas 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 that 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 please contact Rosemary Gorham at
dcpcDunwoody Chamblee Parents' Council
The Dunwoody Chamblee Parents' Council (DCPC) is accepting nominations for the Co-President position from a Dunwoody school. Please email your bio to
The final meeting of the school year is Wednesday, May 1.
Time: Refreshments at 8:45am, meeting starts at 9:15am
Location: Dunwoody High School Theater
Speaker: Michael Thurmond, Interim DCSD Superintendent
Topic: "Update on DCSD"
DCPC meets monthly on the first Wednesday of the month (unless noted otherwise), starting with refreshments at 8:45 am. The meeting starts at 9:15am and ends by 10:30am. Meetings are held at various public venues within the Dunwoody Chamblee area. 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
s4lStrong 4 Life Be Active Day!
Students, get ready for the Strong 4 Life "Be Active" Day
Wednesday, May 1st
Playground Field
Pre-K - 1st Grades, 11:30am - 12:15pm 
2nd and 3rd Grades, 12:30pm - 1:15pm
4th and 5th Grades, 1:30pm - 2:10pm
Strong 4 Life Shirts will be distributed to your child's teacher on Wednesday, May 1 before the event begins.
Cool comfortable clothing and tennis shoes are strongly recommended! (No sandals or flip-flops please!)
Stay hydrated!
Mrs. Reynolds and Coach K

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 10 - 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 "Growing Up" 


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

Get Involved

Save the Date!


Field Day 2013

Thursday, May 16th (PreK-2nd grades)

Friday, May 17th (3rd - 5th grades)

9:00am - 2:00pm

Students and parents, get ready for the exercise event of the year! Field day is an event of fun fitness with friends. All of our students will have the opportunity to play through fun filled stations located around the campus.


Parents, we need your help! Please volunteer to "Direct a Station" at field day. There are roughly 25 stations to be manned. Please look for a link through Sign Up Genius at the end of April.


Congratulations to our Field Day T-shirt Design Winner!

Daniel Libran

Mrs. Slaton's 2nd Grade Class


Field Day Committee

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!


Mrs. Holbrook and Mrs. McKee Nominated for
"Teachers Make a Difference" Award!

Mrs. Holbrook and Mrs. McKee are two of ten teachers nominated for a "Star Choice Award" as part of the 2013 "Teachers Make a Difference" Awards! This is Georgia United Credit Union & Star94 Radio's annual recognition program that honors outstanding teachers in our communities.  
Vote, and encourage your friends and family to vote for Mrs. Holbrook and Mrs. McKee on the Georgia United website ( or the Star94 website ( April 22-May 3.  The winner will be selected and announced the week of May 6! The "Star Choice Award" winner will receive a $500 cash prize as well as an ice cream party for his or her class!

Avis Holbrook

2nd Grade

Klare McKee

Discovery 1st-5th

 to Mrs. Holbrook and Mrs. McKee!
Thank You to our Tiger Fund Corporate Matching Companies!

These companies make your Tiger Fund donations go even further! We truly appreciate the generosity of the following companies who have graciously matched parent contributions to the Tiger Fund this year. If you have not yet submitted a request to your company for a corporate match, it's not too late. Please contact the HR or accounting department at your company for more information. Thank you again to these companies and all the wonderful DES families who have contributed to the Tiger Fund!
AIG, AT&T, Bank of America, Coca-Cola, Fitzgerald + Co, Gannett, Hewlett-Packard, The Home Depot, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Kimberly-Clark, McKesson, Time Warner Cable and US Bancorp


Community Information

Dunwoody Girls' Lacrosse


Dunwoody Girls Lacrosse will be holding their senior night / fill the stands event at North Dekalb Stadium on Monday, April 29. The ceremony will begin at 6:30pm and the game follows at 7:30pm. Come out and honor the senior girls during their ceremony at their final game as a Wildcat, as well as cheer on the whole team to a victory against Pace Academy. Admission will be $5.00 (free for students with ID) and we will have spirit wear and  concessions available. Visit us at:


Special Note: Go to the DES Spirit Night at El Azteca first then enjoy the lacrosse game afterwards and make a night of it!

Hairs to Helping


Are you looking to donate your hair to charity? Well look no farther! Come support members of Girl Scout Cadette Troop 25419 as they work to get their Silver Award. The event will take place on May 5, 2013 from 2-5pm. The location is Balance Salon, 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd. #17. Your hair must be at least 8 inches long, and you may choose between the Pantene or Locks of Love charities!

RSVP encouraged. Come today, and give your hair to a good cause!




STEM Conference

DCSD and Georgia Piedmont Technical College are partnering to present a STEM Conference.

On Saturday, May 18 all DCSD students K-12, parents, teachers, administrators and all DeKalb County citizens are invited to take part in hands-on STEM exploration and activities. There will be tours, workshops, networking opportunities and hands-on demonstrations. Contact Dr. Delmas Watkins, CTAE Director, (678-676-0307) with questions.

May 18, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 Georgia Piedmont Technical College DeKalb Campus
 475 N. Indian Creek Dr., Clarkston GA, 30021

More 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 

Tiger Talk Information

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