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 January 26, 2014
DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Clothes needed for the School Clinic
School System Flexibility Meeting - January 29
DCPC - Wednesday, February 5
Everybody Cooks Rice - Thursday, February 13. Sign up now!
Life Changer of the Year Nominations due Friday, January 31


Calendar At a Glance

This Week

Friday, January 31 - DES Spirit Day


Next Week

Wednesday, February 5 - DCPC 

Sunday, February 9 - Ali's Cookies Spirit Day


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



From the PTO Co-Presidents  
Thursday evening we held our PTO General Membership meeting where our Nominating Committee was chosen. These individuals were nominated by other parents within the school's PTO and will have the lofty task of choosing the 2014-2015 PTO Executive Committee candidates. The following PTO members will serve as our 2014-2015 PTO Nominating Committee:
Jason Seitz
Fara Yarbrough
Tara Sinisgalli
Amanda Becker
Amy Hatmaker
Diane Hill
Kimberly Kirkland
Alternate: Jodi Halpert
The open positions for the 2014-2015 Executive Committee are as follows:


Co-President (2 year term)

VP of Ways and Means

VP of Communications

VP of Programs

VP of Academic Affairs (typically held by a staff member)


Financial Secretary (2 year term, 2nd year serves as Treasurer).


Please contact a member of the Nominating Committee if you are interested in serving on the 2014-2015 PTO Executive Committee. 
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

 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!
DCPC Upcoming Meeting

Our next Dunwoody Chamblee Parents' Council meeting is Wed, Feb 5th. Refreshments start at 8:45 am; meeting starts at 9:15 am. 

Hightower Elementary
4236 Tilly Mill Road
Doraville, GA 30360
(678) 676-7302

Topic: Movement and Structured Exercise Initiatives
Primary Speaker: Randy Olmstead from SPARK 

We will also be sharing and discussing movement and exercise initiatives happening at our local schools. We hope you can make it! 


If you missed ourprior meetings you can find our meeting notes pasted below and also online.


Here are direct links to our previous meeting notes: 

November - School System Flexibility

October - Assessment and Performance Measurements

Sept - Superintendent Michael Thurmond


Future Meeting Schedule:

March 5th - Health and Wellness Roundtable

April 2nd - Cyber Safety (Evening Meeting)

May 7th - Looking Forward to 2014-2015
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!


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:
  • Sandy Springs Youth Sports (ages 4-12)
  • Dunwoody Junior Wildcats Spring Volleyball Camp (grades 3-8)
  • Dunwoody Elite Youth Basketball Association (grades 3-8)


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 five 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, Ms. Leila Mach 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.

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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