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 February 23, 2014
DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
Group Picture Information
It's not to late to Buy Your Yearbook
Upcoming Events
Read Across America Day - Friday, February 28
Get Involved
Gifted Program Survey
Look What We are Doing in Music Class!
Special Thanks to Nancy Gunter and the Dunwoody Veterinary Center for the bookmarks!
Mia Arrigali wins first place at the Technology Fair!
Georgia Aquarium Student Art Contest Winner - Grace Moussouri!


Calendar At a Glance

This Week

Read Across America Week

Tuesday, February 25 - PTO Board of Directors' Meeting 

Friday, February 28 - Read Across America Day/Character Parade


Next Week

Monday, March 3 - Executive Committee Meeting

Wednesday, March 5 - Walk to School!


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



From the PTO Co-Presidents



Due to the inclement weather last week, we had to cancel International Passport week and the "Everybody Cooks Rice" Potluck. Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts, neither of these events will be rescheduled this year. Thank you very much to our Cultural Arts Chairs, Katie Moussouri and Terri Polk, for all of their preparation in organizing these great events. 
There was a communication error last week regarding February's Chick-fil-A Spirit Night. Some students accidentally received Spirit Night stickers on February 18th. However, there was no official Spirit Night last Tuesday. We appreciate all of those families that supported DES by eating that night.  A big thank you to Chick-fil-A as well, since they will still allow those meals to count as a Spirit Night for us. Chick-fil-A also apologizes for any service issues that occurred due to being understaffed and unprepared for the high volume of patrons last Tuesday.
A DES PTO form letter was sent home to all students two weeks ago with regard to your financial contributions to the school. Please review this letter to ensure that contact information as well as amounts paid are correct. If you have not donated to the Tiger Fund yet we would greatly appreciate your support. This is also a convenient time to pay Annual Dues or purchase a Yearbook. At your convenience please place corrected forms in the PTO mailbox located in the foyer.   

Have a wonderful week.

Amy LeVasseur & Amanda Rountree
PTO Co-Presidents
Group Pictures
Please look for specific ordering information in this week's TIP folder for the Group Class Photos that were taken on Friday the 21st.  
There will be a web address and a code to enter so that you may view and order the photos online. Remember that D.E.S. gets money back for each photo ordered! 
Thank you for your support of Dunwoody Elementary! 
Buy Your Yearbook
Did you forget to buy a yearbook for this year? Don't worry! It isn't too late to order one! 
Simply go to and under the YEARBOOK tab, click on "Buy Your Yearbook". From there, search for Dunwoody Elementary School to purchase your yearbook. They are $35 each. 
Please email with any questions.

Upcoming Events

Read Across America Day
Friday, February 28th is our READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY. 
This is the culmination of a fun-filled week where your children can dress up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character or other favorite book character and participate in our school wide character parade. 
Encourage your child's creativity and get those costumes ready for a great day of learning and fun!  Parents are welcome to join us in the cafeteria, to watch the parade and take pictures, at 8:00am when the parade starts.   

Get Involved

Gifted Program Survey


The DeKalb County School District wants your feedback regarding the district's Gifted Program. 


This survey will be available online to all parents from February 10, 2014 through March 10, 2014.


Please click on the appropriate Gifted Program Parent Survey option below:

If you speak English, please click on the following link: 


If you speak Spanish, please click on the following link:


If you speak a language other than English or Spanish, please call 678-676-6602 for an interpreter.


Thank you for your feedback.

Look At What We Are Doing in Music Class!

Our Kindergarten and 1st Grade students are learning all about "Carnival of the Animals" by Saint-Saens and "Peter and the Wolf" by Sergei Prokofiev.   We have most of the puppets but are still looking for swans, turtles (or tortoise), kangaroos, lions and chickens. Also we would LOVE to have our very own Puppet Theatre! 


Mrs. Miller is imaginative but.......judge for yourself!










Did you know that you can use an old piece of furniture and transform it into something like this? 

Do you have anything lying around your house that you would like to donate?  


Can you imagine it transformed into a fabulous Puppet Theatre for our children to use year after year? Are you amongst our many, many fabulously talented parents who would like to take on this awesome task?  


If so, please contact Mrs. Miller for more details:


The music department is ALWAYS on the lookout for any old costume donations. If you have old costumes, such as princesses, princes, superheros, animals, cowboys/girls, hats, or masks, and would like to donate it, please contact Mrs. Miller.  


Special Thanks!
A special thanks to Nancy Gunter and the Dunwoody Veterinary Center for their donation of 900 bookmarks for the Media Center!!
Student Winner at Technology Fair
Dunwoody Elementary student, Mia Arrigali, won first place at the 2014
DeKalb County Technology Fair. Mia's project was entered into the non-multimedia category for grades 3-4. 
Congratulations to Mia! 
We are proud of her accomplishment! 

Student Art Contest Winner


Grace Moussouri (left) with DES Visual Arts Teacher, Laura Fleury-Bell
Dunwoody Elementary School is proud to announce that Grace Moussouri, a 5th grader at DES, is a winner in the Georgia Aquarium Regional Coastal America Ocean Art Contest for grades 3-5.
Her art has been forwarded to the National Coastal America Art Contest. Judging for the National Contest will take place between late March and early April, with winners being notified in late April.
Artwork was judged on its strong visual impact, artistic merit, and how clearly it communicated one or more of the Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences. 
By illustrating these principles, Grace helped to share the vision of the United States National Ocean Policy, "An America whose stewardship ensures that the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes are healthy and resilient, safe and productive, and understood and treasured so as to promote the well-being, prosperity, and security of present and future generations."

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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