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 May 12, 2013
DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
End-of-Year Reminders - Please read!
Summer Registration Hours
Final School Council Meeting - Tuesday, May 14
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - Tuesday, May 14
Volunteers Needed for Field Day - Thursday, May 17
PTO Audit Team Needed
PCMS Still Needs Some Committee Chairs
Thank you DES Staff!
Teacher Appreciation Week Recap
Unexpected Additional Science Olympiad Team Medal
Evening of the Arts
STEM Conference
Wildcats Summer Tennis Camp
Dunwoody Girls' Lacrosse
Information about summer camps now on the DES PTO Website!


Calendar At a Glance

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

Thursday, May 16, 6pm - DES Variety Show

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

Parents, we would like to take a moment to thank all of you for recognizing our wonderful teachers and staff this week. We had a wonderfully successful Staff Appreciation Week, and we could not have done it without our fabulous Committee Chairs, Jenny Troha and Rosemary Watts! Thank you to all the parents who volunteered in classrooms, sent in baked goods, flowers, and cards to make this week extra special. We LOVE our Teachers and Staff here at DES and we are so grateful for all they do everyday!!!!

It's hard to believe that school is almost over! We have a very busy week ahead of us, so make sure you get prepared for all the special events we have in store for our wonderful students this week and next! Tuesday night is our last Chick-fil-A Spirit Night of the school year. Come out and enjoy a dinner with your family and support DES too! Please remember to mention DES when you order - a portion of the profits for the evening goes directly back to the school.

Wednesday, May 15th is our Honors program beginning at 8:30am. Please make sure to take advantage of parking at Perimeter College for this event, since parking is always a premium on school grounds.

Thursday and Friday are FIELD DAYS!!!! Thursday is for our Pre-K through 2nd grade students and Friday is for our upper grades 3rd-5th. Make sure to dress your child appropriately for the weather. If you purchased a Field Day t-shirt for your child, those will be distributed in class. Please make sure that your child wears sunscreen and athletic shoes for their Field Day as well.

Our DES Variety Show will be Thursday evening beginning at 6:00pm. Come out and see the many talents of our wonderful students!

Last but not least, we always have wonderful end of the year celebrations, but we also need to be mindful of parking and of front office procedures for early check out. Please read the Principal comments in the following article for Field Day and End-of-year celebration reminders.

Happy Mothers' Day, and have a wonderful week!

Amy LeVasseur & Shari Wassell
PTO Co-Presidents
Field Day and End-of-Year Celebration Reminders

Field Day activities are scheduled May 16 (PK-2) and May 17 (3-5), from 8am to 2pm. We look forward to a fun-filled day for staff, students and parents. While having fun is an important part of the day, ensuring that all participants are in a safe and secure environment is also important. Please review the following safety information about Field Day.


  • Students must wear proper shoes and attire to participate. After walking the grounds, potentially hazardous environmental and landscaping concerns were noted-ants, rocks, sticks, etc. Students must wear closed toe and closed heel shoes. (No sandals, Crocs, slides, flip flops, etc)

  • We recommend that all children wear sunblock to protect their skin from the UVA/UVB rays during the continuous hours that they will be outside (8am-2pm).

  • Students must remain with the assigned teacher or school personnel at all times. There will be parents who volunteer on these days, but please inform the assigned school personnel of any actions before leaving an area with a child. While in school, the child must first report to the teacher.

  • Early dismissal procedures: Parents must sign their child[ren] out when leaving the school. Signing out may occur in the classroom with the teacher, where a sticker will be placed on the child[ren] to make it easier for administrators to identify those students who have been signed out. If the child is not signed out by the teacher, the parents must come to the front lobby, show their ID and sign out the  student. If a friend is taking the child of another parent, the child must present the classroom teacher with a note from the custodial parent indicating this request. (The note should include name of friend, parent's contact information and friend's contact number. Inform your friend that ID will be required.) No child is to leave the school grounds without approval from a school administrator or teacher.

  • Remember to park in designated areas, only. Do not park along the curb areas. Additional parking is available at GA Perimeter College.


Finally, end-of-year classroom celebrations will be held the last day of school - May 23, beginning at Noon for grade 5 and 1pm for grades K-4.  Due to space constraints, adults attending the parties will be limited to the five adults identified by the homeroom teacher. Those names will be listed at the front office for badges that will be issued beginning at 12:45pm. All celebrations will end at 2pm to prepare for dismissal. Park in designated areas, only. Additional parking is available at GA Perimeter College.

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

Final School Council Meeting

School Council will be holding its final meeting of the year this Tuesday, May 14, at 3pm in the Media Center. We will be welcoming our newly elected members and will be electing officers for the 2013-2014 school year. All members of the DES community are invited to attend.
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!

Get Involved

Volunteers Needed for Field Day
The more the merrier!


Parents please visit the following link to volunteer at Field Day:


To ensure the continued success of our annual Field Day we must, as in the past, rely on the outstanding support from our parent/guardian volunteers. Our Field Day will be broken down into a morning session and an afternoon session.



8:30 - 8:45amStudents Assemble Outside
9:00amMorning Rotations Begin
11:30amLunch Break for Field Day Participants
12:00pmAfternoon Rotation Begins
1:30pm50 meter dash
2:00pmDismissal back to Class


Volunteers, please use the parking lot at Georgia Perimeter College. We need to keep the parking lot open for the buses.


Rain Dates:

Should we have to cancel due to rain, the rescheduled date will be Monday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 21.


Coach Reynolds, Coach K and the Field Day Committee

2013-2014 Open Committe Chair Positions
Your help is needed!
The following committee chair positions are open for 2013-2014 school year. If you are interested in any of these positions please contact PTO co-president, Amy LeVasseur at
Tour de Dunwoody

Community Business Support (2 positions)


Yearbook (2nd chair)

Family Events

Box Tops

Staff Appreciation

Visiting Authors

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 Still Needs Committe Chairs!
Peachtree Charter Middle School is still seeking some committee chairs for 2013-2014: 
  • Co-Chairs - Directory
  • Co-Chairs - Teacher, Staff & Bus Driver Appreciation
  • Chair - Public Relations (PR)
  • Co-Chair - Patriot Games (end of year field day/already have 1 chair)
  • Co-Chair - Book Fair (already have 1 chair)
  • Spirit Night Coordinator
  • Co-Chairs - Box Tops
  • Clinic and Social Worker Liaison
  • Co-Chair - School Store (already have 1)
Please contact Sarah Smith at to chair a committee and get involved!


Thank you DES Staff!

Thank you to the staff for the lovely Volunteer Appreciation Brunch they hosted on Thursday, May 2. The food from Sweet Tomatoes and the decorations and flowers made the event very special for all of us. We also want to thank all the businesses that donated gifts for the volunteer raffle. Their names are listed below. Please visit these businesses and thank them for their generous contribution. Thanks too to Mrs. Lowe, our school counselor, and her committee's hard work in securing the donations and setting up the brunch. Their efforts made us all realize how much our hard work was appreciated.


Galla's Pizza; Carrabba's Italian Grill; Palm Beach Tan; Barnes & Noble; Starbuck's; Massage Envy; Mimi's Restaurant; Outback Steakhouse; Bed, Bath & Beyond; Panera Bread; Chuy's; Atlanta Bread Company; Village Burger; Honeybaked Ham; The Capital Grille; iNails Salon and Spa; Ali's Cookies; Target; Café Intermezzo; Another Broken Egg Café; Taki; and Shane's Rib Shack.


Congratulations to all of our volunteers that won gift cards and gifts from these businesses!

Teacher Appreciation Week Recap

We host fun events throughout the year for our great DES teachers, but this week was truly all about them as we took them on a "tropical trip"! Monday they were treated to a delicious breakfast, while Tuesday brought an enormous buffet with more than 20 homemade desserts during lunch. Our students showered their beloved teachers with cards and treats on Wednesday morning, and the teacher's topped off their day with smoothies in the afternoon. Everyone enjoyed a delicious luau lunch Thursday, and Friday they each received a plush beach towel to use this summer as they relax. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped this week, and thank you for paying your class dues and donating to the Tiger Fund to make this all possible!


Mrs. Long, Mr. Smith,
and Ms. Shelton with
their Delicious
One of the gift
baskets given to the 
Ms. Marinkovic with her basket
Luau Lunch
Unexpected Win Ups Science Olympiad Team's Results
Wonderful news for students Reuben Covey and Cameron Weeks: Fernbank Science Center confirmed the duo snagged an unexpected silver medal at the DeKalb County Elementary Science Olympiad, bringing up the total medals won by the DES science team to two golds, a silver and a bronze.

Reuben and Cameron placed second in the Simple Machines event on April 27, demonstrating deft knowledge of how various machines work. Other team wins include gold performances by Ian and Spencer Hopkins in Circuit Wizardry and Adyasha Aruk in Starry, Starry Night. Bronze went to Filippo Di Benedetto and Erik Wang for Rock Hound.

Congratulations again to all team members: 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.
Evening of the Arts
Dunwoody Elementary Evening of the Arts event featured a night of visual,
musical, and literary arts created by the kindergarten through fifth grade
students at Dunwoody Elementary School. Laura Fleury-Bell is the DES Art
Ethridge, first
(mom, Karly
Drennan, is a
K teacher at
4th and Laura
(art teacher)
The Mach
family: Colin 
(2nd), Elaine
(mom & DES
2nd grade
teacher), and
Emma (1st)
Shawn Ray,

Elizabeth Wang,
Gym full of
student artwork
Jayla & Taylor
Johnson, First
grade sisters
Thad Hopkins,

Community Information

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

Dunwoody Wildcats Summer Tennis Camp


July 8-11

9am to noon

Dunwoody High School Tennis Courts


Ages 6-12

Sign up by completing the registration form at


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 beginning in early 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

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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