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 November 10, 2013
DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Lost and Found to be donated November 14!
School Council Meeting - Tuesday, November 12 at 7am
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - Tuesday, November 12, 5-8pm
All Pro Dads' Breakfast - Friday, November 15, 6:45am
Kroger is a new DES Partner
Tiger Fund Classroom Challenge is ON!
Scouts to wear uniform to school in honor of Veterans' Day - Monday, November 11
Golden Sneaker Award Winner is Ms. Bass' 2nd Grade!
Rotary Club Mini-Grant for Ms. Harrison


Calendar At a Glance

This 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


Next Week

Wednesday, November 20 - Parent-Teacher Conferences

Friday, November 22 - Crazy Socks Day


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


From the PTO Co-Presidents  
What a fantastic week we had at DES! Walk to School day was well attended and it was a beautiful sight to see all those children walking into school in the sunshine! Following our Walk to School morning, we had a very informative DCPC meeting at DES discussing School Choice.  We would like to thank our Hospitality Chair, Tessa Pickren for arranging a wonderful breakfast spread for our visitors as well as our guest panelists who discussed options for School Choice.
STEM Career day is on it's Way!
On Thursday, November 14th, we will have our first STEM Career Day.  A wonderful group of parents have offered their time and talents to spend he day at DES educating our students on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math related career paths.  Thank you to Maria Jacobs and Mark Sequeira, along with our entire STEM team and school administration for working towards offering a terrific educational day for our children.  We would also like to thank our room parent coordinators, Ashley Gallagher and Fara Yarbrough, for compiling a list of parents who are available to help with our STEM Career Day.
We cleaned out our pantries and made a difference! Thank you to all of our DES families who donated cans to the Atlanta Food Bank Canned Food Drive.  The cans will be picked up this week and we will bring you an update on how many pounds of food we donated once we have that information. Thank you again for helping feed Atlanta's hungry families.
That's what's happening at DES! We will see you around the school,
Amy LeVasseur & Amanda Rountree
PTO Co-Presidents  
Lost and Found
We have an overflow of lost and found items that have not been claimed.  If your child is missing any of their outerwear or has misplaced a personal item, please check with lost and found as soon as possible.  The lost and found is located next to the Media Center.
All unclaimed lost and found items will be donated on Thursday, November 14th.

Upcoming Events

School Council
Our next School Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00am in the DES Media Center.  The DES School Council is an advisory body that provides recommendations to the school principal on matters related to student achievement and school improvement.  We also attempt to strengthen the partnership between parents, teachers, and the community.  We welcome you to join us. 

Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

Come one, come all to Chick-fil-A Spirit Night on Tuesday, November 12 from 5pm-8pm at Chick-fil-A Perimeter Pointe.

DES gets credit for all sales from our school community, dine-in or drive-through, anytime between 5pm and 8pm, so please be sure to mention "DES" at the time of purchase.

Ice cream will be served in the dining hall by staff members of Dunwoody Elementary.


Thank you Chick-fil-A of Perimeter Pointe for your support of DES!


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

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!

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!

getinvolved School Clubs 

To honor the men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving our country, we would like to ask all DES children who are involved the Boy Scouts or the Girl Scouts to proudly wear their uniforms in recognition of Veteran's Day tomorrow. Please join DES in honoring our veterans!


Golden Sneaker Award Winner  

Walk To School was a huge success!  Way to go Tigers! 


Congratulations to the winner of the Golden Sneaker Award - Ms. Bass's 2nd grade class with 78% participation! 


The announcement of the winning class was made Friday during the WDES morning broadcast.  The winners for each grade level were: 


Ms. Morris/Ms. Fialkowski (Pre-K)

Ms. Shelton (Kindergarten)

Ms. Pannullo (1st grade)

Ms. Hollis (3rd grade)

Ms. Thornton (4th grade)

Ms. Soucy (5th grade).


Thanks to all the volunteers that helped greet the walkers.  Your time and effort is truly appreciated!   

 Rotary Club Teacher Mini-Grant

Michele Harrison, first grade teacher at Dunwoody Elementary, is presented
a check for $300 from the Rotary Club of Dunwoody.  Representing the
Rotary Club is Dr. John E. Carr, Coordinator of the Teacher Mini-Grant
Program.  Dr. Carr said the Rotary Club is pleased to support efforts to
improve student achievement in the area of literacy.  The grant will be
used to purchase more books for the reading centers in Ms. Harrison's
classroom. Ms. Harrison also received a mini-grant of $1000 from another
donor which was used for additional science books and materials for
science centers.

(left to right): Jennifer Sanders, Principal, Michele Harrison, and
Dr. John Carr


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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