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 January 19, 2014
DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Clothes needed for the School Clinic
Nominating Committee Selection Meeting - Thursday, January 23
Prospective Parent Night - Thursday, January 23
PCMS Coffee Date Change - Now January, 26
School System Flexibility Meeting - January 29
Everybody Cooks Rice - Thursday, Februrary 13. Sign up now!
DES Media Center Needs You!
Box Tops Deadline - Friday, February 14
Check the PTO Website for Community Events and Clubs
Life Changer of the Year Nominations
DES Teacher of the Year - Maria Reynolds!


Calendar At a Glance

This Week

Monday, January 20 - NO SCHOOL - MLK Day

Thursday, January 23 -

PTO General Membership and Nominating Committee Meeting

Thursday, January 23 - Prospective Parent Night

Friday, January 24 - PAJAMA DAY


Next Week

Friday, January 31 - DES Spirit Day


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


From the PTO Co-Presidents  
The PTO has received an overwhelming response from the DES staff for the holiday gift we were able to give them, thank you to all families that paid their Annual Dues!  Each staff member enjoyed a cash gift just prior to winter break.  We wanted the DES Community to know that the staff  has sent us a huge message of gratitude and appreciation.  We would also like to thank our Staff Appreciation Chairs, Kim Rivera and Terica Harleaux, for organizing the distribution of funds, no small feat!
We had another great Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A last Tuesday.  Thank you to all of the DES families that participated, and 3rd grade teachers that served ice cream.  We also had great attendance on Friday for All Pro Dad.  We have had a great turn-out for all of these events this school year, so please make sure you take advantage of all that Dunwoody Elementary School has to offer.
Please remember that there is NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, JANUARY 20th, in observance of Martin Luther King's Birthday.
The PTO General Membership Meeting and Nominating Committee Election is on Thursday, January 23rd at 5:00pm in the cafeteria.  We are preparing for the 2014-2015 school year by voting, and electing, our 2014-2015 Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee is charged with putting together the slate of PTO Executive Committee officers for next year. If you are interested in serving on the Nominating Committee, please reach out to a PTO Representative on the Executive Committee for more information.  Nominations can also be taken from the floor on Thursday evening.  Please join us on January 23rd as we elect those individuals.
Our Prospective Parent Night is on Thursday, January 23rd at 6:00pm, immediately following our PTO General Membership meeting. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to get to know our school.  Please spread the word about all the wonderful things that are happening at Dunwoody Elementary, and send your friends and neighbors to Prospective Parent Night.
Friday is Pajama Day at DES and you won't want your child to miss it!  Our teachers and staff, as well as our students, wear their favorite PJs. Pajama Day is always a fun day, so make sure to get those pajamas and slippers ready to go for Friday!  Should your child choose to wear slippers on Friday, please send a change of shoes so they can also enjoy recess and P.E. that day as well. 

We hope you are enjoying your long weekend, and we look forward to a terrific week,

Amy LeVasseur & Amanda Rountree
PTO Co-Presidents  
Clothes Needed
The clinic is in need of gently used pants and shirts of all sizes, both boys and girls please.


Thank you in advance,

Stephanie Clark, RN, BSN
School Nurse
Dunwoody Elementary School
1923 Womack Road
Atlanta, GA 30338
School Number: 678-875-4002


Upcoming Events

Nominating Committee Meeting
Our 2014-2015 School Year PTO Board Nominating Committee Meeting is on Thursday, January 23rd at 5:00pm.

The time has come to choose our PTO Executive Committee for next year.  At a very brief PTO meeting in the cafeteria, on Thursday, January 23rd at 5pm, we will take names of those PTO members wishing to serve on the Nominating Committee.  This is the group of PTO members who are charged with the task of finding individuals in serving and proposing a slate for the 2014-2015 Executive Committee.  Any member of the PTO who is in good standing and has paid their dues can take part in this process.  You can suggest someone to serve on the Nominating Committee or you can volunteer yourself to serve.  We will vote on 7 members and 1 alternate for the Nominating Committee.  Please take time and consider serving or nominating another PTO member to serve on this very important Committee.

Prospective Parent Night
Our Prospective Parent Night is on Thursday, January 23rd at 6:00pm in the cafeteria, immediately following the PTO General Membership Meeting.   This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to get to know our school.  Please spread the word about all the wonderful things that are happening at DES and send your friends and neighbors to Prospective Parent Night.   Parents of rising Pre-K and Kindergarten students, as well as any parents interested in learning more about DES, are invited to attend.  Guests will have the opportunity to meet our principal, assistant principals and PTO representatives, as well as learn more about our school and take a short tour of our beautiful building.  We look forward to sharing our school!  Please spread the word to your neighbors and friends with elementary-age children and who live in the DES community.
PCMS Coffee Date Change  
DATE CHANGE (Due To Super Bowl): PCMS Rising 6th grade Coffee date has been moved from February 2nd to January 26.  
Peachtree Charter Middle School invites all parents of 5th graders to its second informational coffee to learn more about PCMS and what you need to know to prepare your rising 6th grader for middle school.

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.

The informational coffee will be held in the PCMS Media Center on Sunday, January 26, at 2:00pmThe informational session will last 1 hour and will be followed by a school tour.
Additionally, PCMS Spirit Wear will be available for purchase following the coffee 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.

 School System Flexibility and the DeKalb County School District
The DeKalb County School District has an opportunity to completely change how the district operates, how its schools are governed, and what accountability measures are appropriate.

The district has convened a committee to review these options. Known as the Flexibility Advisory Committee (FAC) it is comprised of parents, community members, school staff, and district office personnel; but, the district would also like to hear from all parents, staff, and community members as well.

For this reason, five community engagement meetings have been scheduled during January, with at least one meeting occurring in each Region. Anyone interested in learning more about these flexibility options and providing input into the decision-making process are encouraged to attend these sessions.
Region I, Dunwoody High School - January 29, 6:30pm
We thank you in advance for your participation and look forward to seeing you soon!

Trenton Arnold
Everybody Cooks Rice  

Mark your calendars! The Dunwoody Elementary School Community "Everybody Cooks Rice" Potluck is Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 6pm-8pm in the cafeteria. This event is inspired by the book of the same name, which highlights rice as an integral part of almost all cultures.

All parents and children are invited to attend. Please bring your favorite rice dish, which serves 8-12 people, to share with everyone. This dish can be an appetizer, entrée or dessert.

Click the Sign-Up Genius link and RSVP, in the AFFIRMATIVE ONLY, by February 8th, 2014. To sign up, go to:



If you have any cultural artifacts or decorations that you would like to loan to the PTO, to be used as decoration at the social, please indicate so on your RSVP. Feel free to dress in the tradition of the country you want to represent. We look forward to seeing you and tasting all of the great rice dishes!


Get Involved

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
Box Tops Deadline  


Box Tops for Education has changed their schedule a little this year!  As a result, the next deadline for Box Top submission will be Friday, February 14, 2014!  So, look in your pantry, check with your grandparents and neighbors, and turn your Box Tops into the red school house located in the foyer of the school!  Each Box Top is worth $0.10 in CASH to the school!  Please submit your Box Tops labeled with your child's name, grade, and teacher.  For every 50 turned in, the student will be eligible for a drawing for a prize at the end of the year! 

 Also, the program is now offering "eBoxTops" for those of you who shop online!  Simply go to the following website: 

to find links to many online retailers including Gap, Nordstrom, Target, WalMart, Snapfish, Crate and Barrel and MANY more!  At no additional charge to you, for every $10 you spend at these retailers, the school gets $0.20 automatically!
Thanks for your participation, and please contact Megan Cann (, 404-944-7073) with any questions!

Community Events and Clubs

Please remember that, in addition to our DES-sponsored school clubs, there are many other opportunities within the Dunwoody community for children to be a part of.  These opportunities can always be found on the
Some of the upcoming opportunities include:
  • Dunwoody Junior Wildcats Spring Volleyball Camp (grades 3-8)
  • Dunwoody Elite Youth Basketball Association (grades 3-8)
  • PCMS Band Spirit Night at Farm Burger
  • PCMS Student Showcase

Check out our website for more details about these great events!


LifeChanger of the Year Nominations

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.


We have four staff members at DES who have been nominated for the LifeChanger of the Year Award so far! We would like to recognize Dr. Steven Childs, Ms. Kelly Nettles, Ms. Jennifer Mattison, and Ms. Shamaya Price! We are fortunate to have so many wonderful individuals working with our children! Congratulations to these four fantastic DES Tigers!


Nominations are still 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.

DES Teacher of the Year - Maria Reynolds!  

Name: Maria Rivas Reynolds


Position: Health and Physical Education 


Years of Experience:  13

  • Bachelor of Science...Furman University
  • Master of Education... Mercer University

"Make a difference not just in your classroom but in the ENTIRE SCHOOL and COMMUNITY."


Growing up in a family of educators, I learned early on that Teachers must constantly enhance the look and structure of their class. Never being intimidated as an instructor to partake in classes to learn innovative and interesting ideas for my students; allows my class to flourish with endless possibilities each school year. I feel that it is essential to not only educate but inspire all the different young minds at Dunwoody Elementary. Relying on the various types of learning modes, teachers can appeal to each child's reading, thinking, and reasoning skills. Developing a well-rounded student starts with a balanced Health and Physical Education program. My vision is that by providing a variety of topics related to their physical, emotional, and social health students will have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of proper physical activity. Being a Special Area teacher gives me a chance to make a positive impact on EVERY CHILD! 

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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