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 September 22, 2013
DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Please send cardboard for our next STEM day!
Ali's Cookies Spirit Night - TODAY, September 22, 12-5pm
Mad Italian Spirit Night - Monday, September 23, 6-9pm
Serve Day - Organic Garden - Saturday, September 28
Fall Family Dinner - Friday, October 11, 6pm
Save the Date! DES 3rd Annual Tour de Dunwoody - Saturday, October 19
Technology Wish List
Earn Free Money for DES - Give With Target!
Volunteers needed to count stickers
Mandatory Volunteer Training now on the DES Website


Calendar At a Glance

This Week

TODAY Sunday, September 22, Noon-5pm - Ali's Cookies Spirit Day

Monday, September 23 - Mad Italian Spirit Night

Friday, September 27 - Show your College Spirit Day! 

Sunday, September 29 - Serve Day: Organic Garden and Grounds


Next Week

Red Ribbon Week

Annual Can Drive

Wednesday, October 2, 8:45am - DCPC

Friday, October 4 - Photo Retakes


Save the Date

Friday, October 11 - Fall Family Dinner

Saturday, October 19 - Tour de Dunwoody


View the complete calendar on the Dunwoody Elementary PTO Website, and/or Subscribe to the GMail Calendar


From the PTO Co-Presidents  
Ali's Cookies Spirit Day Today from 12-5pm!!!  Enjoy a leisurely afternoon out and stroll into Ali's Cookies today to enjoy a yummy treat! Ali's Cookies is located in the Perimeter Place Target shopping center at 4511 Olde Perimeter Way. Once you step inside, your taste buds will be transported! Ali's has gluten free and low fat options and they are kid tested and parent approved (we have in-house taste testers in the PTO)!  Don't miss our first Spirit Day with Ali's Cookies!  Remember to mention you are with DES. A portion of every sale during our Spirit Day will be donated back to DES.

Mad Italian Spirit Night tomorrow!!  Take the night off from cooking and enjoy delicious Italian cuisine!  Mad Italian will do all the work and your children will enjoy a fun night out!  Door prizes will be given out and the Frosty Caboose will be there for a sweet treat after dinner!  Come on by and Support DES. Remember to print this flyer and bring it with you to ensure DES gets 10% of all proceeds! Mad Italian is located at
2197 Savoy Drive.

The School Store has ordered seasonal items to sell to our students, including Halloween-themed pens and pencils!  Closer to the holidays, we will have Christmas and Hanukkah-themed items for your children too! We realize that not all of our students celebrate Halloween, so if you do not wish for your child to purchase these items, we do have other options for them to choose from.
Thanks, and have a great week!
Amy LeVasseur & Amanda Rountree
PTO Co-Presidents
STEM Day, October 4
For our next STEM day we will be participating in a nationwide cardboard challenge. We need your help getting our students prepared! Please send your child to school with THIN cardboard; things like cereal boxes, shoe boxes, tissue boxes, and toilet paper and cardboard rolls are perfect!
Please have these items delivered to your homeroom teacher by Friday, September 27.
Thank You!

Upcoming Events

Ali's Cookies Spirit Night

TODAY, September 22, 12-5pm

Don't forget to print the flyer and bring it with you!
 Serve Day - Organic Garden   
On September 28, Dunwoody Elementary School in cooperation with the North Atlanta Church of Christ, will have a Grounds Serve Day. Please help clean up and fix the organic garden beds, work on the drainage issue in the playground, rebuild the compost bins, and other great projects. Please plan on coming out and help get DES into shape. If you have any questions please contact Tommy McNeese,
Fall Family Dinner
nullJoin us for a wonderful Family Dinner night catered by Mad Italian on Thursday, October 10th from 6:00-8:00pm. Penne pasta with a choice of sauce, garlic bread, and salad provided by Shane's Rib Shack will be served. Family Dinner Night is a delicious reason to take the night off from cooking and enjoy one last night of shopping at our Scholastic Book Fair. We are also celebrating 100 years of Educating Dunwoody students, with a special unveiling of historical photographs on canvas, sponsored by Dunwoody Homeowners Association and Dunwoody Preservation Trust.  You won't want to miss this Family Dinner evening!
Fall Family Dinner Flyer and Dinner Order Form - Due by October 7

Dunwoody Elementary School's Third Annual

Tour de Dunwoody

Family Bike Event

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Click HERE for more information and to register.

getinvolved Get Involved
Technology Wish List

We have a wonderful marketing opportunity for any of our parents who wish to advertise!  We could not fund the entire iPad project, so we are offering the opportunity to you, our DES families, to sponsor and/or donate the cases to protect our new school investment.  Please contact Jason Seitz, our Technology Committee Chair, for more information.


There are a few other items we are hoping our families will donate as well. Our Technology wish list is:null

  • 30 iPad mini cases ($20 ea. and business logo can be added to all cases)
  • Apps to run on each device ($1,000)  
The apps are a necessary piece of the puzzle, and we know that the cases will be needed since our children will be utilizing this equipment during music class and STEM labs.  
You might consider donating the price of a single app.  For example, Garage Band is an app that the music department will utilize, and the cost to purchase this for all 30 iPad minis is $75 (a 50% discount for bulk purchase). Jason Seitz is heading up this project as well.  Please email him at for additional details and to donate now!
Earn Free Money for DES
Vote for DES in the "Give with Target" Campaign

Don't forget to place your vote for DES in the "Give with Target" fundraiser. Each weekly vote earns $1 for our school!! You can vote from all electronic devices and repeat your vote every few days to help get more money for the school.


Simply visit and search for Dunwoody Elementary School to vote!!

DES Parent Volunteers needed for a Simple Task!
We need volunteers to come to school to count stickers for Spirit Events and put them in the homeroom teacher mailboxes.


If you are available to do this - it's a simple task that will take about 20 minutes - please click on the link and fill in your name next to one or more of the dates listed.  Spirit Stickers Volunteers Sign Up


Thanks for your help!

Community Business Support Committee


Mandatory Volunteer Training

The State of Georgia Mandatory Reporting Law was revised expanding the listing of persons who are now categorized as mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect. This list now includes anyone who volunteers in a school. 

To ensure that all school volunteers are aware of the new responsibilities and penalties associated with non-compliance,
ALL VOLUNTEERS ARE REQUIRED BY LAW to go through a brief training presentation created by DeKalb County Schools on the mandatory reporting of abuse and neglect and what it means to be a mandated reporter. 
The training MUST be completed before volunteering. You must also complete the certificate affirming that you have watched the video presentation and understand your obligations as a mandated reporter.  Both the presentation and certificate can be accessed from the school website at 
under the "Parent Resources" section.


Volunteers must complete this training every year. 

If you have any questions regarding the presentation or your obligations as a reporter, please contact the school's social worker.

School Social Worker - Isaura Roque
Phone: 678-676-7135


Tiger Talk Information

Tiger Talk Archives are Searchable!
Ever need to find an old newsletter to get an announcement? Tired of searching through your thousands of emails for it? Starting in the fall, 2013, all newsletters are archived, and searchable on!
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 10pm 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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