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 October 13, 2013
DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
From our School Nurse
Fall Testing Dates - ITBS for Grades 1, 3, 5 this and next week
NO SCHOOL Tomorrow, Monday, October 14, for Columbus Day
All Pro Dads' Breakfast - Friday, October 18 @ 6:45am
Tour de Dunwoody - Saturday, October 19
Turn in your Box Tops by Tuesday, October 15
Visit the Tiger Fund table at the Tour de Dunwoody this Saturday
Golden Sneaker Award goes to Mrs. Price's Kindergarten Class!
STEM Event - Visit from Buzz!
Girl Scouts host Parent's Night Out
Pleaes remember the deadline for Tiger Talk submissions is TUESDAY night!


Calendar At a Glance

This Week

Monday, October 14 - NO SCHOOL (Columbus Day)

Tuesday, October 15 through Friday, October 25 - ITBS Testing (Grades 1,3,5)

Friday, October 18, 6:45am - All Pro Dad's Breakfast

Saturday, October 19 - Tour de Dunwoody


Next Week

Monday, October 21 through Friday, October 25 - ITBS Testing continues

Friday, October 25 - Wear RED for Heart Disease Prevention


This Month

3rd Annual DES Fall Food Drive

Red Ribbon Campaign



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


From the PTO Co-Presidents  

We have some fun and exciting things on the horizon at DES!


Tour de Dunwoody, our 3rd Annual Bike Ride is Saturday, October 19th.  Your children are all excited about the coveted Golden Helmet Award, for the winning class with the most participants.  In addition, this year the winning class will also receive a Grand Prize:  a night hike at Dunwoody Nature Center on Friday, November 15.  Winners and their families will have an opportunity to spend an evening at the Dunwoody Nature Center, so please encourage your friends and neighbors to register TODAY! You will find more information about this coveted First Place Prize on our PTO website as well as our DES Facebook page.
Brand New Spirit Wear for Cooler Weather! The weather is cooling off, so warm up in our cozy DES fleece jackets and our brand new all weather fleece lined, hooded windbreakers! If you didn't purchase your new Spirit Wear at the Fall Family Dinner,  our Spirit Wear chairs will be selling our brand new Spirit Wear at Tour de Dunwoody, so grab your cold weather gear before it flies off the shelves!!!
Directory: Our wonderful DES Directory chairs have been hard at work putting the finishing touches on our school directory for this year.  If you missed out on purchasing a directory at Registration/Open House, there is still time!  You can purchase a directory by bringing $5 in an envelope with your name, your child's name and homeroom teacher information on the front and place in the PTO mailbox!  Deadline is FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18TH! Please email our Directory Chair, Jan Jay with any questions at
We know we have a lot of new families at DES and some families that did not pay their $35 Annual Dues at Registration/Open House.  Annual dues pay for teacher stipends, which help teachers purchase additional supplies for their classrooms, staff gifts for the holidays and end of the year gifts, as well as your child's field day t-shirt.  If you have not yet paid your Annual Dues, it's not too late!  You may drop your Annual Dues in an envelope into the PTO Mailbox with your name, your child's name and homeroom teacher.  You will want to pay this soon, as we will not be collecting this next semester.  This is the only opportunity for your child to receive a field day t-shirt, so act fast.
A great big thank you to all of our volunteers who helped with International Walk to School Day!  We would also like to thank all of our volunteers who turned out to help with our Scholastic Book Fair and our Fall Family Dinner. All of our events this past week were a great success in no small part due to our dedicated volunteers and families!  
Have a fantastic week!
Amy LeVasseur & Amanda Rountree
PTO Co-Presidents  
From our School Nurse
The clinic is in need of gently used pants and shorts of all size, both
boys and girls please.  Thank you!

Stephanie Clark, RN, BSN
School Nurse
Dunwoody Elementary School
1923 Womack Road
Atlanta, GA 30338
School Number: 678-875-4002
Fall Testing Dates
Parents of all 1st, 3rd, and 5th Graders,
Please remember your children will be taking the ITBS exams this and next week.  All 1st, 3rd, and 5th graders will test on October 15th - 25th
with makeup days on October 18th, 21st, and 25th.

Upcoming Events

No School Monday
There will be no school tomorrow, Monday, October 14, for the Columbus Day holiday. 

DES Dads, please come to our October All Pro Dad Breakfast. 


Friday, October 18 - 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 "Sharing"


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 ($1.65 adults, $1.20 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 Chris Wilburn at:

tddDunwoody Elementary School's Third Annual

Tour de Dunwoody

Family Bike Event

Saturday, October 19, 2013


7:30amRegistration begins
3 Mile family-friendly bike ride departs DES parking lot
Cub Senior route begins
Cub Junior route begins
Event ends

**The class with the most registrations will win a special reward: A privately led hike through the Dunwoody Nature Center followed by smores at the outside fireplace for all students in the winning class and their families.


A great way to kick off your Saturday while supporting your school.  Register today!


Parents:  We also need volunteers to help us prepare for the event and to be involved during the event.  Please click on the following link and see how you can get involved.


Thanks! We couldn't do it without you!

Katie Scharf & Christine Hilgert

Tour de Dunwoody co-chairs

getinvolved Get Involved
Turn in your Box Tops!
The Fall deadline for Box Tops For Education is fast approaching! Please have all collected Box Tops turned in by Tuesday, October 15th!!


Put your collected Box Tops in the designated box in the foyer of the school in a Ziploc baggie labeled with your student's name, grade, and class.
Remember, for every 50 Box Tops that are turned in, the student's name will be entered into a drawing for prizes! Each Box Top is worth 10 cents for DES!  Keep collecting, the next deadline will be March 15, 2014!
Visit the Tiger Fund table at the Tour de Dunwoody!

Help us reach our fundraising goals this year and bring your Tiger Fund contribution to the Tour de Dunwoody. You will receive your 2013-2014 Tiger Fund magnet when you donate. $125 is the suggested donation amount but every dollar helps bring great programs to our children and improvements to the school!

We look forward to seeing you at the Tour de Dunwoody!


Golden Sneaker Award

The International Walk To School was a big success!  Way to go Tigers! 


Congratulations to the winner of the Golden Sneaker Award: Ms. Price's Kindergarten class with 75% participation! 


The announcement of the winning class was made Thursday during the WDES morning broadcast.  The winners for each grade level were:  Ms. Morris/Ms. Fialkowski (Pre-K), Ms. Pannullo (1st grade), Ms. Bass (2nd grade), Ms. Hollis (3rd grade), Ms. Nugent (4th grade) and Ms. Soucy (5th grade).


Thanks to all the volunteers that helped greet the walkers.  Your time and effort is truly appreciated!  A special thanks goes to the Dunwoody Singers for performing.


   STEM Event - Visit from Buzz!

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Students at Dunwoody Elementary celebrate STEM day once a month where
students are engaged in problem solving using a design process that allows
students to hypothesize, test, and retest prototypes.  Students are told
that they are engineers on this day.  To help celebrate, Buzz, the Georgia
Tech mascot came to the school early to greet the students as they
arrived.  Buzz also participated in the schoolwide WDES broadcast where he
assisted in delivering the weather report and helped Mrs. Sanders, the DES
Principal, read a STEM-related story. Thanks to Mr. Kevin Watts, DES
parent, for "delivering" Buzz to the school, and for helping to
organize this event.  Everyone had a great time with Buzz!



Cluster Information

Girl Scout Troop 29420 Parents' Night Out

Dunwoody Nature Center
Friday, October 18, 2013


Girl Scout Troop 29420 is hosting a Parent's Night Out on Friday, October 18 from 5:30 - 8:30pm at the Dunwoody Nature Center (DNC). Drop off your kids for outdoor games, a nature hike, crafts, dinner and tons of fun! Cost is $25 for the first child and $15 for additional siblings from the same family. This event is for children in PK-4th grades with a maximum of 20 participants.
The event's proceeds will help fund Girl Scout Troop 29420's community service project at the DNC to earn their Bronze Award. They will clean, paint, and reorganize the Center to make it a livelier atmosphere for campers and for its many activities throughout the year.
Erin Dixon at, or Veronica Pinell-McNamara at for more information.   

Tiger Talk Information

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

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!
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