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 November 3, 2013
DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Lost and Found to be donated November 14!
Universal Hearing Screening
Send in a Water Bottle for your Child
DCPC Meeting - Wednesday, November 6, 8:45am
All Pro Dads' Breakfast - Friday, November 15, 6:45am
Tiger Fund Classroom Challenge is ON!
Kroger is a new DES Partner
Girls on the Run Collecting Used Sneakers
CPK Gift Cards give back to DES
School Clubs
Chess at Dunwoody Elementary


Calendar At a Glance

This Week

Wednesday, November 6 - Walk to School

Wednesday, November 6 - DCPC at DES


Next Week

Tuesday, November 12 - School Council Meeting

Tuesday, November 12 - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

Wednesday, November 13 - Executive Committee Meeting

Thursday, November 14 - STEM Career Day

Friday, November 15 - All Pro Dad's Breakfast


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


From the PTO Co-Presidents  
What a wonderful week we had rounding out October!  From Huntington Learning Center's presentation at our Principal's Coffee, to McGruff the Crime Dog visiting our school for Red Ribbon Week, and finishing out October with pumpkin math, our students had an exciting and fun-filled learning experience!
As we head into November:
REMEMBER to FALL BACK! The time changed on Saturday evening, so if you haven't done so already, please set all of your clocks back one hour!  
Brush off those walking shoes, it's that time again!  Don't miss Walk to School day this Wednesday, November 6th!  The coveted golden shoe award will be up for grabs again this month, so encourage your children to walk and enjoy the beautiful, brisk morning weather.
Last, but certainly not least, we would like to thank all of our volunteers for working so hard over the last few months around our school.  We couldn't run all the fabulous programs we offer to our children without our parent volunteers, so thank you again for all you do to make DES a wonderful place to be!
We will see you around school,
Amy LeVasseur & Amanda Rountree
PTO Co-Presidents  
Lost and Found
With cooler weather comes more lost coats and sweaters. Please check the lost and found for your lost items. The lost and found is located next to the Media Center. All unclaimed lost and found items will be donated on Thursday, November 14th.
Universal Hearing Screening


During the month of November, the nurse will be performing universal
hearing and vision screenings for ALL 3rd graders.  If your child does NOT
pass, a letter will be sent home to you.  You will not receive anything if
your child passes both screenings.  If you have any questions, you may
contact Stephanie Clark, RN at (678) 875-4007.


Stephanie Clark, RN, BSN
School Nurse
Dunwoody Elementary School
School Number: 678-875-4007
Send in a Water Bottle for your Child
Remember send in a reusable water bottle that your child can refill throughout the day, especially at lunch time, even if they are buying lunch!


Parent volunteers in the cafeteria are no longer permitted to get children cups of water at lunch.  They are now sending children to the water fountain one at a time.

Upcoming Events

Dunwoody Chamblee Parents' Council
The next meeting of the DCPC will be this Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 held here at DES covering the topic of School Choice and featuring Dan Weber. Refreshments at 8:45am, meeting starts at 9:15am. 
Additional information on DCPC can be found at:



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


Friday, November 15 - 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 "Be a Role Model"


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:

getinvolved Get Involved
Tiger Fund Classroom Challenge
The Classroom Challenge is a contest to see which three classes can boast the highest participation in the Tiger Fund. The winning class will receive a class party at the Sandy Springs Funhouse, including free laser tag (or free play) and PIZZA! Second and third place classes will receive a special "dress up day" at school!
The Tiger Fund goal is 100% participation by all families at DES so no donation is too big or too small! The suggested donation amount is $125 per family. However, every gift counts and we would like 100% participation by all families at DES, at whatever level, great or small, that your family is most comfortable contributing.
The Tiger Fund is the primary fundraiser for the DES PTO. Thanks to our wonderful families we have collected over $37,000 so far, but we need your help to reach our goal of $60,000. Numerous programs and events throughout the year are paid for through the Tiger Fund, including STEM Support, Field Day, Visiting Authors, Cultural Arts Assemblies, Grounds Improvements and much more! Your donations are essential to bringing these important programs to our students at DES!
You may donate online at Tiger Fund Online or drop your donation check in an envelope marked with your student's name and teacher in the PTO mailbox in the school lobby.
The challenge is ON!  Who will win?!?  DONATE TODAY!

Kroger is a new DES Partner!


Kroger is committed to helping our school grow and prosper. The Kroger Community RewardsŪ program is designed to make our school's fund-raising the easiest in town...all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!


To get started, be sure to have your Kroger Plus Card handy. If you do not have a Kroger Plus card, you can pick one up at the customer service desk of any Kroger.


Register online at

  1.  Click on Sign In/Register
  2.  Sign up for a Kroger Rewards account by entering your zip code, clicking on your favorite store, entering your email and creating a password.
  3. After receiving a confirmation email, use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  4. Click on edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  5. Enter DES for the name of the organization and click to confirm.
  6. When shopping at your selected Kroger, you must use your registered Kroger Plus card or the phone number that is related to your registered card.

Purchases will not count toward our school, until you register your card - so do it today!

 Girls on the Run Collecting Used Sneakers


Girls on the Run will be collecting used athletic shoes for the EcoSneakers program. Please send in your used sneakers (any size) to school and drop them off in Ms. Young's kindergarten class, room 1329. The shoes will be cleaned and made available to families in developing countries.  This is a great way to clean out your closets and help those in need!


Also, come out to Atlantic Station at 9:00 on November 10th to cheer on the GOTR team as they run in their culminating 5K race.

Hope to see you there!

 CPK Gift Cards give back to DES   


DES Parents:


We are offering a great program for you for the upcoming gift giving season.  For any gift card you purchase from California Pizza Kitchen, Dunwoody Elementary will receive 20% of the purchase price to be used at the school for our STEM needs!  The program is only available at the Perimeter California Pizza Kitchen location but gift cards can be redeemed at any CPK location. 


Remember to say you are from DES when making your purchase.  This program is being offered from November 4-December 31.  So, make your shopping list today and put CPK at the top of it for an easy present to give to anyone you care about.

getinvolved School Clubs 

Chess at Dunwoody Elementary
Championship Chess presents a systematic, fun way to build chess skills during chess instruction and while students play. Studies show that chess improves math, reading and problem-solving and our methods connect these academic benefits to our classes. Classes include instruction as well as chess play and guided analysis.
Coach Steve Schneider has been a teacher and chess coach for over 25 years. Championship Chess teams have won local, regional, state and national tournaments. Coaches utilize the Championship Chess curriculum, reinforcing and improving chess skills and strategies in the opening, middle and end game.
  • Day/Time: Thursdays after school from 2:35 to 3:35pm. Children must be picked up on time.
  • Dates: Winter session November 7 to February 13. No chess November 28, December 12, 19, 26, January 2. A spring session will start on February 20. Watch for the new registration flyer at that time.
  • Note: For the first class we recommend sending a reminder note to your homeroom teacher about to direct your child to chess after school dismissal.
  • Who can play: Any student in 1st grade and up. Younger students accepted if they know how to play. Limited enrollment due to available space. There can be 2 groups: An advanced class open to all students who know how to play requires at least 10. A beginner class for non-players requires at least 8.
  • Cost: Winter session if paid by November 5 is $135 for returning players. After November 5 pay $150. NEW chess club players pay $155 which includes annual registration fee. After November 5 pay $170.
  • Registration/Payment: Online with a credit or debit card at click "Register and Pay - School Chess Clubs". You will receive an automated email payment receipt. For an alternate method of payment, email your request.
  • **Championship Chess Family Connection - your link to material and activities to reinforce and improve chess skills and strategies for all currently registered chess players. New registrants will receive a separate invitation.

Suggested Tournaments: Players who have studied our Openings 1 book are ready for these events:
  • Saturday, November 2, Georgia Grade Level Championship - Play only in your grade (GCA tournament)
  • Saturday, November 30, Annual Thanksgiving Classic (Championship Chess tournament)
  • Monday, January 20 MLK Tournament - Individual and team at Whitefield Academy (GCA tournament)
  • April 25-27 National Junior High (K-9) Championship - Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Peachtree St. (USCF Tournament)

Go to and click calendar to keep up with upcoming chess events.

In the 3 samples below, explain the best move - email your answers to

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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