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 January 5, 2014
DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
PCMS Informational Coffees for rising 6th Graders
Donate your Used Sneakers!
DES Media Center Needs You!
Spring Girls on the Run Registration January 15 and 16.
Time to Nominate your favorite teacher for the LifeChanger of the Year


Calendar At a Glance

This Week

Monday, January 6 - Teacher Planning Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, January 7 - School Resumes - First day of 2nd Semester

Thursday and Friday, January 9 and 10 - Visiting Author Carmen Deedy


Next Week

Tuesday, January 14 - School Council Meeting

Tuesday, January 14 - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

Friday, January 17 - 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  
Let us be the first to say Welcome Back to DES in 2014!!!  Please remember that there is NO SCHOOL tomorrow and all students return on Tuesday, January 7th. 
Inclement Weather:  Layer-Up and Label Everything!
Please remember to listen to AM750 or your local news and weather stations to get the latest on weather related school closings.  Since we are expecting colder than normal temperatures, we encourage you to bundle up your children! The forecast calls for extremely cold temperatures on Tuesday, and we want our children to be safe, happy, and warm.  Please make sure you label all clothing and outerwear with their names so that any lost items may be returned to your child's homeroom teacher. 
Visiting Author Carmen Deedy to Visit on Thursday and Friday!
For all of those parents who pre-ordered books from Carmen Deedy, those books will be autographed by Carmen upon her visit on Thursday and Friday, January 9th and 10th.  Carmen likes to autograph her books in the presence of her readers and will accommodate time for that during her visit. All pre-ordered books will be delivered to homerooms on Wednesday, January 8th. We will instruct teachers to give the books to their students on their respective visiting author day.  If you did not order prior to the holiday break and you are still interested in ordering one of her books, please email Amy LeVasseur- PTO Co-President for details at
No Walk to School Days in January or February!
Just as a quick reminder, due to the very cold weather during the winter months, we will not have Walk to School Days in January or February.  We return to our monthly walks in March, just in time for Georgia Walk to School day.
Happy New Year!

Amy LeVasseur & Amanda Rountree
PTO Co-Presidents  

Upcoming Events

PCMS Informational Coffees


Peachtree Charter Middle School invites all parents of 5th graders to our upcoming informational coffees to learn more about PCMS and what you need to know to prepare your rising 6th grader for middle school.

The informational coffees will be held in the PCMS Media Center on Tuesday, January 14, at 9:00am, and Sunday, February 2, at 2:00pm. The informational sessions will last 1 hour and will be followed by a school tour.

You will receive information about the summer bridge program offered to 6th graders to help with the transition to PCMS, typical 6th grade schedules, band/orchestra/choral offerings, daily PE, and the accelerated math program.

You will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the school's principal and teachers.

Additionally, PCMS Spirit Wear will be available for purchase following the coffees in the school store on January 14 from 10:00-11:00am and on February 2 from 3:00-4:00pm. Cash or check only. 

Tours of PCMS are offered to parents by appointment if you are not able to
attend one of the coffees.

Get Involved

Donate Your Used Sneakers  


As you clean out the old to make room for the new, please send in your unwanted rubber soled shoes and sneakers to Girls on the Run. GOTR at DES will be collecting used sneakers to be donated to the EcoSneaker program. We will be taking donations until April. Donations can be dropped off in Ms. Young's Kindergarten class (#1329).


Ms. Young
GOTR Site Coordinator
Media Center Help Needed


We often need help in the media center to reshelve books. The time you volunteer can be 45 minutes or 1 hour. You can come anytime between 11am and 1pm.  The link to sign up is:


Dana Coulter

School Clubs

DES Girls on the Run


It's that time again! Time to lace up your shoes and get ready to run with Girls on the Run. Registration opens on January 15th and closes on February 16th. We will have two teams for the spring season. One team will meet on Monday and Thursday, and the other team will meet on Tuesday and Thursday. Participants must be able to commit to both days. Please visit the GOTR website to register and for more information. 
Ms. Young
GOTR Site Coordinator


Time to Nominate for LifeChanger of the Year  

National Life Group is pleased to reward those school district employees who exemplify excellence, positive influence and leadership through our LifeChanger of the Year program.


Nominations are now open for our 2013 - 2014 LifeChanger of the Year program. Ten honorees will be recognized annually and awarded with a personal cash prize and school donation. The nomination period will close on January 31, 2014. LifeChanger winners will be announced in the Spring of 2014.


Nomination Procedures

Anyone, including school employees and administrators, may nominate educators and employees for the LifeChanger of the Year award. Students also are welcome to make nominations, but need to have support from a teacher or administrator. A selection committee from National Life Group will review the nominees and determine the top 10 winners based on our set criteria. 



All K-12 education professionals and school district employees are eligible to participate. Nominees must be full-time educators, teachers, principals, or any member of the school's staff who makes a positive difference in the lives of students. The LifeChanger of the Year will be awarded without regard to race, gender, religion, age, national origin or disability. 


Selection Criteria

Each award winner will be selected based on the following criteria:

  •  A proven ability to make a beneficial difference in the lives of students
  •  An ability to positively add to the development of the school's atmosphere
  • A leader in his or her activities at the school and/or district level
  • A proven record of excellent performance at the professional level 
  • A commitment to producing a nurturing atmosphere

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

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