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 September 29, 2013
DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
From your Community Business Support Committee
Subway Spirit Day - Saturday, October 5, 6am-10pm
Book Fair Next Week!!
Fall Family Dinner - Friday, October 11, 6pm
Save the Date! The 3rd Annual Tour de Dunwoody Bike Event is Saturday, October 19! Last Day to pre-register is Thursday, October 3.
Earn Free Money for DES - Give With Target!
DCPC Recap and Next Meeting is October 2
Rising 6th Grade Parent Infomation Session at PCMS
Community Events


Calendar At a Glance

This Week

Red Ribbon Week

Annual Can Drive begins

Wednesday, October 2, 8:45am - DCPC at Huntley Hills Elementary

Thursday, October 3 - Last day to Pre-Register for the Tour de Dunwoody

Friday, October 4 - Photo Retakes

Saturday, October 5, 6am-10pm - Subway Spirit Day


Next Week

CogAT (Grades 1,3,5)

Scholastic Book Fair

Tuesday, October 8 - School Council Meeting

Tuesday, October 8 - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

Wednesday, October 9 - International Walk to School Day

Wednesday, October 9 - PTO Executive Committee Meeting

Friday, October 11 - DES Spirit Day

Friday, October 11, 6pm - Fall Family Dinner


Save the Date

Monday, October 14 - Columbus Day - NO SCHOOL

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  
Despite all the rain, we hope that you all had a wonderful week at DES!
We had a terrific Saturday celebrating the overwhelming generosity of North Atlanta Church of Christ. They came out with volunteers for a Serve Day to help clean up our grounds and organic gardens.  We had 12 volunteers, including DES parents and church volunteers who worked tirelessly for several hours sprucing up our playground area, organic gardens and general grounds areas.  We want to take a moment to thank North Atlanta Church of Christ for their wonderful gift of service.  What a beautiful way to help our school!
As September comes to a close, we would like to thank all of the volunteers who work with our teachers, students and staff to ensure that Dunwoody Elementary School runs smoothly on a daily basis. Thank you to all of the following volunteer groups who we see around the school: Carpool, Room Parents, Lunch Bunch, Spirit Wear, School Store, Tour de Dunwoody organizers, Mystery Readers and Copy Parents.  The dedication of our parent volunteers is one of the many reasons that DES is such a great place to be!
Calling all Family Events Volunteers! Our Fall Family Dinner Night in conjunction with our Scholastic Book Fair is coming up! Please join us on Thursday, October 10, from 6-8pm.  We need lots of volunteers to help make this event successful. Please email Amanda Rountree (  We need volunteers to help with setting up, serving food, and cleaning up.
FALL FAMILY DINNER NIGHT! Our Family Dinner Night information went home in your child's TIP folder on Thursday. Please make sure you complete the registration form and return it no later than Monday, October 7. There will be no dinner purchases on the night of the event, so please make sure to reserve your spot soon! Check out the article below for more information.
Lights, Camera, Smile! Photo Retakes will be on Friday, October 4. If you were not pleased with your child's photographs or if they missed our original picture day, please plan for them to be camera ready for photo retakes.
Have a fantastic week!
Amy LeVasseur & Amanda Rountree
PTO Co-Presidents  
 From Your Community Business Support Committee


The Community Business Support Committee has been very busy with fund-raising efforts. In addition to the many generous sponsors who have donated money to support our school, a few local businesses are providing significant in-kind support to kick start our students' year!

Thank you to Kaplan Orthodontics for providing agendas for all of our students to utilize as an effective means of homework organization and parent-teacher communication! Dr. Kaplan, DDS, MS, and his team are dedicated to supporting our school and helping children and adults achieve the smile they deserve.

Thank you to Karate Atlanta for rewarding those DES students who completed the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge with free karate lessons and a uniform! These lessons will help students learn self defense and taekwondo while improving confidence, focus, physical fitness, goal-setting and other skills.

Thank you to Mathnasium for offering an assessment and three-month tutoring program valued at $1,000 to a DES student! All qualifying student names were entered into a drawing.  Congratulations to Heidi Botwinik for winning the scholarship raffle!

For a complete list of the generous sponsors who are supporting our school this year, please check out the right-hand column of this email, or you can visit the Dunwoody PTO website and scroll down the right-hand column of the webpage. 

Please consider thanking our fantastic DES Partners in Education by supporting their businesses!

Become a DES Sponsor today!  Click HERE for more information.

Upcoming Events

Subway Spirit Day

Visit the Subway located on Ashford Dunwoody Parkway across from Perimeter Mall on Saturday, October 5 from 6am-10pm for DES Spirit Day. 

15% of ALL proceeds on this date (not just DES sales) will be given to support our Tour de Dunwoody family friendly bike event. 

So, tell your friends and family members, get your tennis match subs here, and bring your soccer players over for a team meal and help support our Tour de Dunwoody event!

Thank you Subway for your support of DES!

DES Book Fair Coming Soon!
Dunwoody Elementary's Fall Scholastic Book Fair is Tuesday, October 8 through Thursday, October 10.

We are excited about the Book Fair and all the great activities that surround it. We will be open mornings before school and afternoons after school. And join us during Family Dinner Night on Thursday, October 10th!

Book Fair Hours

Tuesday:  7:00 - 7:30am and 2:30 - 5:00pm

Wednesday: 7:00 -7:30am and 2:30 - 5:00pm

Thursday: 7:00 - 7:30am and 2:30-8:00pm ** Family Night

Book Fair is an excellent opportunity to encourage your children to read with the great selection of books available from Scholastic.  Your child should have received a flyer with book titles and information on the great selection that is available this year.  Proceeds from the Book Fair are used to fund school events, add to classroom libraries and to provide reading instruction for the entire school.

If you can't make it to the Book Fair, you can shop online! You can get an expanded selection of items and orders will be delivered to the school. Check it out at All proceeds go to DES.

Book Bucks

Book buck flyers went home in your child's TIP folder this past week.  If you are interested, you can give your teacher "book bucks" to use at the fair.  These monies allow them to buy much needed reading materials for their classroom.  Book bucks can be purchased in $5.00 increments and you may give as many you wish.  If you missed the form, simply send a check or cash, in a sealed envelope marked Book Bucks.  Include your child's name and teacher and place in the PTO mailbox in the front of the school.

Volunteer to help at the Book Fair

We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to work as helpers and cashiers for 1 hour shifts in the morning (Thursday and Friday 7-8am) or 2 hour shifts after-school (between 2:30 and 5pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, as well as 6-8pm on Family Night).  Interested?  Please use this link to see the Book Fair Sign Up. Thank you!


falldinnerFall 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 and garlic bread, plus salad donated 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

tddDunwoody Elementary School's Third Annual

Tour de Dunwoody

Family Bike Event

Saturday, October 19, 2013

CLICK HERE for more details and to REGISTER


If your business would like to help SPONSOR the TdD, click HERE

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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!!

Cluster Information

DCPC Recap  
The first Dunwoody Chamblee Parents Council (DCPC) meeting of the 2013-2014 school year took place at DHS on Wednesday, September 11.  Mr. Michael Thurmond, acting Superintendent of the DeKalb County School District (DCSD), was the speaker.  Mr. Thurmond updated the audience on the current status of DCSD including:
  • Submitting a balanced budget for approval by the board;
  • Updating on SACS probation (in May, AdvancED noted significant progress on all 11 items);
  • Introducing The Bridge Initiative (opening up a bridge to success across socio-economic lines); and 
  • Initiating a "Strategic Planning Process" to look at the next 5-10 years 
This information is also available on the DCSD website,  Further information about DCPC can be found at their website,  


The next DCPC meeting is October 2 at Huntley Hills Elementary. Refreshments are served at 8:45am. The meeting starts at 9:15am and ends by 10:30am.
Upcoming DCPC Meeting:
October 2, 2013 at Huntley Hills Elementary
Topic:  Literacy and Common Core Curriculum 
Speaker:  Kathy Howe, Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction
PCMS 411  
For Rising 6th Grade Parents:

Peachtree Charter Middle School (PCMS) 411: Fact or Fiction

Monday, October 7th


PCMS Media Center


Please join us for a Q&A with a Panel of Parents from each feeder school. Principal Heptinstall will open the meeting with a few remarks and then rising 6th Grade Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions of current PCMS parents.

Find out answers to:

      How is my child placed academically?

      What are the Gifted, High Achiever, and General Teams?

      How is bullying handled?

      What is Accelerated Math?

      Is there really band, orchestra, or chorus every day?

      When does my child begin foreign language every day?

      Can you really earn HS credits in 8th grade? 

Come and ask an experienced group of parents your toughest questions and get honest answers.

Tours available immediately following the Q&A.  

There will be Rising 6th Grade Parent Information Sessions scheduled in the spring semester.

Community Events
We would love to include every event going on in the community in these newsletters but we are really trying to keep them to a readable length.  So we have created a Community Events page on our PTO Website where we will be posting happenings in and around the Dunwoody Community.  If you haven't already, check out and look for the Community Events tab, or click HERE to go directly to that page!

Tiger Talk Information

How to Send an Announcement Using Tiger Talk


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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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