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 May 5, 2013
DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Walk to School Results
PTO Audit Team Needed
All Pro Dads' Breakfast - Friday, May 10
PCMS Needs Committee Chairs
Science Olympiad Team Brings Home Medals
Girls on the Run
Register Now for Summer 2013 at i9 Sports
Camp Invention at Austin
STEM Conference
Dunwoody Girls' Lacrosse
Information about summer camps now on the DES PTO Website!


Calendar At a Glance

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

Monday, May 6 through Thursday, May 9 - SLAM Poetry for 5th Graders

Friday, May 10, 6:45-7:45am - All Pro Dads' Breakfast

Sunday, May 12 - Mother's Day

Tuesday, May 14, 3-5pm - School Council Meeting
Tuesday, May 14 - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

Wednesday, May 15 - Honors Day

Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17 - Field Days

Friday, May 17 - Pre-K Last Day of School

Thursday, May 23 - End of Year parties and Last Day of School


View the complete calendar on the Dunwoody Elementary PTO Gmail Calendar


From the PTO Co-Presidents

Well, the end of school is upon us, but there are still plenty of events and adventures to be had by our students in May. Our 2nd Annual SLAM poetry week begins Monday for our 5th graders. This event is hosted by our Cultural Arts Committee Chair, Terri Polk. Terri has single handedly coordinated all of our Cultural Arts events this year, so we are grateful for all her hard work.

Teacher Appreciation week also kicks off on Monday and we will be celebrating and honoring our teachers and staff all week with special lunches, treats and giveaways! We are thankful for each and every one of our teachers and staff here at DES! Don't forget to tell them this week how wonderful they are!

Our last All Pro Dads' breakfast will be on Friday beginning at 6:45am. Thank you to all of the parents who have attended this year with their children! A great big thank you again to Robert Apple for chairing these events.

We will have our Honors Day program for grades 3-5 on Wednesday, May 15th in the cafeteria. The schedule is as follows:
8:15-9:15am - 3rd grade
9:35-10:35am - 4th grade
10:55-11:55am - 5th grade

Also, as we discussed at our last Principal's Coffee, the Confidential Placement form is available on our school website. The form is to be returned to the box in the office ONLY - no emails or conferences.

The School/Teacher Feedback form is also located on the website. These will only be accepted by the Principal in a sealed envelope.

Looking forward, there will be NO conferences with teachers or administrators the final two weeks of school. If you wish to have a conference, please plan ahead and get those completed by May 10th.

Have a wonderful week,

Amy LeVasseur & Shari Wassell
PTO Co-Presidents
Walk to School Results

The winner of the Gold Sneaker Award for Walk to School day on Wednesday was Mrs. Nettles in 1st grade. This is the 3rd time Mrs. Nettles' class has won!

The winners in each grade level were:
Pre K - Ms. Jones
Kindergarten - Ms. Price
Second Grade - Ms. Bass
Third Grade - Ms. Mendel and Ms Goss (tie)
Fourth Grade - Ms. Thornton
Fifth Grade - Ms. Soucy

This was our last walk to school for the year. See you on the sidewalk again next school year!
Summer Registration Hours

Summer Registration Hours for students NEW to DeKalb County Schools:
June 4 - June 27, 2013 and July 9 - July 30, 2013
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am-1pm
9-11am every day until school starts

Upcoming Events

Teacher Appreciation Week

DES Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10.  It is a great opportunity to show your teachers just how much you appreciate them! The PTO will provide delicious treats and surprises throughout the week, but not much can beat a sweet thank you from their very own students.


On Wednesday, May 8th, all students are asked to bring in a card for their teachers to let them know just how special they are. We are also inviting students to bring in a small treat for their teachers such as a piece of fruit, an individual baked good, or another small token that their teacher would enjoy. A room parent will be at the classroom doors that morning to collect the cards and goodies and will present them to the teachers. And don't forget about the specials teachers too! There will be baskets at the front of the school where you can drop off cards for them as well.

Chick-fil-A Spirit Night
Come one, come all to our ninth and LAST Chick-fil-A Spirit Night for the 2012-13 school year on Tuesday, May 14 from 5pm-8pm at Chick-fil-A Perimeter Pointe.
This Spirit Night is a special one, adding a Classroom Challenge for participation. Report to the ice cream table and tell your homeroom teacher's name. The classroom with the most participation (25% or higher required) will enjoy time with Brenda Laskey, our Chick-fil-A Spirit Night coordinator and the Spinning Wheel of Chick-fil-A, which includes fun and exciting games and prizes, right in your classroom! Up to 6 classes can win! 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:

Glenn (K), Price (K) (5-6:30pm)
Jones (PreK), Thomas (PreK) (6:30-8pm)

Chick-fil-A gives 20% of sales back to DES.
Thank you Chick-fil-A of Perimeter Pointe for your support over the 2012-13 school year!

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

PTO Audit Team Needed 
The PTO is looking to create an audit team of 3 individuals to complete the PTO audit. The audit should be performed following the end of the school year, during the month of June. The audit report will be presented to the Board of Directors before or during the October Board meeting. If you are willing and available to assist with this important task, please contact PTO Treasurer, Judi Carlson at For more information, please refer to the PTO audit checklist.
PCMS Needs Committe Chairs!
Peachtree Charter Middle School is seeking committee chairs for 2013-2014:
  • Directory Co-Chairs
  • Teacher, Staff & Bus Driver Appreciation Chair
  • Public Relations (PR) Chair
  • Cultural Arts Chair - (Coordinate with Young Audiences and the school calendar to bring 4 programs to the school)
  • School Tours Co-Chair (already have 1)
  • Attendance Office Chair
  • Co-Chair CV Classic (Oct. 5K race, already have 1 chair)
  • Co-Chairs Patriot Games (end of year field day)
Please contact Sarah Smith at to chair a committee and get involved!


Science Olympiad Team Brings Home Medals
Winning two golds and a bronze, Dunwoody Elementary School's science team finished strong during the 2013 DeKalb County Elementary Science Olympiad on April 27. Fourteen DES students in grades 3-5 participated in the yearly event, sponsored by Fernbank Science Center, in which teams from 27 schools gathered at Druid Hills Middle School. DES team members competed in 20 of the 28 categories ranging from on-site "builds" to model races and demonstrations of knowledge. A solid one third of our students came home with medals.
The team consisted of Priya Abiram, Adyasha Aruk, Reuben Covey, Filippo Di Benedetto, Max Erfani, Ian Hopkins, Spencer Hopkins, Will Frame, Austin Kirkley, Matthew Kotzbaur, Charlie Martinez, Nic Poole, Erik Wang and Cameron Weeks. The team was led by guest coach Karen Baker, parent coordinator Dee Dee Martinez and teacher sponsor Jeannette Beck.

Ian and Spencer Hopkins dazzled in their maiden Olympiad with a first place win in Circuit Wizardry. Adyasha Aruk topped her silver performance last year with a gold in Starry, Starry Night. Filippo Di Benedetto and Erik Wang teamed up to place third in Rock Hound.


Congratulations to all members of the DES team and their families as they look forward to future events.


Girls on the Run
Congratulations to the first ever DES Girls on the Run  teams! They recently ended the season with a culminating 5K race that was held in Atlanta on Saturday, April 27th. The weather was great and the excitement and enthusiasm of the girls permeated the air!
During the 12 week session, the girls participated in discussions and activities that helped them learn about developing a positive self image, leading active lives and demonstrating respect for others. The girls also learned the importance of "stopping the gossip web" and how to take a stand against bullying. Each team also participated in a community project. The girls chose to create cards to be sent to the victims in Boston and to help beautify the DES school grounds. What a wonderful way to show school pride and compassion for others!
A big thank you to the coaches and parents for your dedication and unwavering support of the girls and the program. Without you, it would not have been such a success! We are so proud of the GOTR girls and cannot wait to do it again in the Fall!

Dates to remember:
8/14 - GOTR registration begins at 9:00 online:

8/26 - GOTR program begins

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 TOMORROW, 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 

Camp Invention at Austin

Camp Invention is coming to

Austin Elementary this Summer!


Austin Elementary will be hosting Camp Invention this summer!  Join us for a week of fun and learning.  Camp Invention's CREATE program features Problem Solving on Planet Zak where, after crash landing on Planet Zak, you will need to use critical thinking skills to create shelter, clothing and  ultimately build a spaceship to blast off for home. 


Date: June 3-7, 2013 from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Who: Children entering grades 1 through 6

Where:  Austin Elementary School

Cost: $220


Space is limited so register soon.  We would love to fill this camp with students and siblings from our Dunwoody cluster schools.  For more information and to register, visit or visit Austin's homepage at


Questions? Contact Ms. Angie Smith, Austin Elementary Assistant Principal at:

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


Attention rising 5th grade girls that will be attending Peachtree Charter Middle School - Dunwoody High School Girls' Lacrosse is ready to teach you how to play the fastest growing sport in the nation! Our coaches from the Georgia Tech girls' lacrosse squad are ready to train the beginner, as well as advance the skills of the seasoned player. We will once again be holding conditioning/training classes this fall beginning in September and invite you to join us. You must have goggles, a mouth guard, lacrosse stick, and a copy of your insurance card to participate. In addition to our V/JV teams, we are establishing a middle school team for 6th & 7th graders as well. Watch for more announcements in the Peachtree news blast in August. Visit us at:

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

Tiger Talk Information

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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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