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 March 16, 2014
DES News
In This Issue
From the PTO Co-Presidents
School Calendar Changes Approved
DES Book Fair - Tuesday, March 18-Thursday, March 20
School Council Elections - Thursday, March 20
Everybody Cooks Rice - Thursday, March 20
All Pro Dad Breakfast - Friday, March 21
Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta - Sunday March 23
Media Center Help Needed
Schoola Children's Clothing Drive, March 24-28th
Orchestra Ensemble Receives Superior Marks
Dunwoody Singers Score Superior at Festival!
Educational Support Professional of the Year
New Puppet Theatre


Calendar At a Glance

This Week

Tuesday, March 18-Thursday, March 20 - Book Fair

Tuesday, March 18 - Principal's Coffee

Wednesday, March 19 - Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday, March 20 - School Council Elections 

Thursday, March 20 - PTO General Membership Meeting

Thursday, March 20 - "Everybody Cooks Rice" Family Dinner Night

Friday, March 21 - All Pro Dad's Breakfast 


Next Week

Sunday, March 23 - Kyle Dine/Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta

March 24-28 - Schoola Children's Clothing Drive

Friday, March 28 - Clothes Inside-Out and Backwards Day!


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



From the PTO Co-Presidents
Teacher Appreciation week was a huge success! Thank you to the Staff Appreciation chairs, Kim Rivera and Terica Harleaux, for organizing wonderful events all week long! Also, thank you to all of the families that donated to Tiger Fund and made last week possible.
Ali's Cookies Spirit Day is today! Please stop by from 12-5pm and mention DES. All future orders that are placed today will be counted, so order your cookie cakes today and support DES!
Please join us for the Principal's Coffee on Tuesday, March 18th from 7:45-9am in the Media Center. The topic is the Discovery Program. Mrs. Obenschain, a Discovery teacher, will present information regarding entrance into the Discovery Program. Immediately following the coffee Jennifer Seitz, a DES parent and member of the DES School Council, will host an open discussion to gather concerns and points of interest, for a potential proposal to the district, regarding the Discovery Program. We welcome all parents, that have anything to contribute to the discussion, to attend.
On Thursday, March 20th, just prior to the "Everyone Cooks Rice" Potluck, we will have a brief PTO meeting at 5:30pm.  Our Nominating Committee will announce the slate for our 2014-2015 Executive Committee. All PTO members are welcome! Today is the last day to sign-up for the "Everyone Cooks Rice" Potluck. Please join us for this fun Family Dinner night. It's also a great opportunity to shop at the Book Fair!
Are you interested in "In Our Community" updates? Check out the website to learn about local opportunities. You will find fun family activities, community news, and sports activities!
It is a busy week this week at DES and we hope to see you at school!
Amy LeVasseur & Amanda Rountree
PTO Co-Presidents
School Calendar Changes
At the March 3 meeting, the DeKalb County School District Board of Education adopted an extended school calendar because of instructional days lost to winter weather.  DeKalb County lost eight instructional days due to snow, sleet, and ice storms in January and February 2014.  The revised DeKalb County Calendar is now posted on the DeKalb Schools Website.   Click Here to see the press release.  

 **Please note:  The new CRCT dates are April 22nd - May 1st.  

The following is a summary of the schedule changes:

* Add five instruction days prior to the CRCT for students in grades 3-8 by moving the testing dates from April 15-24 to April 22-May 1.

* Add three instructional and remediation days to the end of the school
year - May 21-23.

* Move the CRCT re-test window to May 20-22 to recoup remediation days prior to the CRCT re-assessment.

Upcoming Events

DES Book Fair This week!


Dunwoody Elementary's Fall Scholastic Book Fair is Tuesday, March 18th through Thursday, March 20th.

We are excited about the Book Fair and all the great activities that surround it. We will be open mornings before school and afternoons after school.

Book Fair Hours

Tuesday: 7:15-7:45am and 2:30-5:00pm

Wednesday:  7:15-7:45am and 2:30-5:00pm

Thursday: 7:15-7:45am & 2:30 - 8:00pm
** Family Night

Book Bucks

If you are interested, you can give your teacher "Book Bucks" to use at the fair; monies that allow them to buy much needed reading materials for their classroom.  Book Bucks can be purchased in $5.00 increments and you may give as many you wish.  If you missed the form, simply send a check or cash, in a sealed envelope marked Book Bucks.  Include your child's name and teacher and place in the PTO mailbox in the front of the school.

Volunteer to help at the Book Fair

We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to work as helpers and cashiers for 1 hour shifts in the morning (Tues-Thurs, 6:45-7:45am) or 2 and 3/4 hour shifts after-school  (2:15-5:00pm) Interested?  Sign-up here: Thank you!! 

School Council Elections


The election process for new members of School Council will begin next Thursday, March 20

Nomination forms will be sent home in the TIP folder and posted on the DES Website. Nominations will be due Thursday, March 27. You may nominate yourself if you would like. Bios of the nominees will be posted online and in the main office when we return from Spring Break on Monday, April 14. Elections will be held on Thursday, April 24.


We will be electing 3 School Council members to serve a two-year term during the 2014-15 and 2015-2016 school years.
School Council is a wonderful way to serve Dunwoody Elementary School. We encourage all interested parents to consider serving on School Council. 
If you have any questions about School Council or about the election process please contact:
Gregory Jay
School Council Chairperson
Celena Apple
School Council Vice Chairperson
Everybody Cooks Rice


The Dunwoody Elementary School Family International "Everybody Cooks Rice" Potluck Dinner is rescheduled for THURSDAY, March 20, 2014 from 6pm-8pm in the cafeteria.

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 Sunday, March 16, 2014. To sign up, go to:

 We look forward to seeing everyone and tasting all of the great dishes! 


DES Dads, please come to our All Pro Dad Breakfast this month. 


Friday, March 21 - 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 "TBD"


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:

Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta


Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta is happy to bring everyone's favorite food allergy singer and a super talented musician--Kyle Dine-- to Dunwoody Elementary this month!  Mark your calendars for March 23 at approximately 2pm! 

Kyle's performance is one of the most unique concert experiences you and your family will ever have! Kids will learn about food allergies in a fun way with through music, puppets, singing, game show style trivia and other fun interactive games.

Exhibit tables will feature allergy-friendly resources, products, and educational materials.  Registered participants will receive take-home bags containing samples, coupons and other detailed information on managing a child with food allergies. 

Pediatric Allergists will be available at the "Ask the Doctor" table to answer questions.  

Attendees can register for this event and learn more about the nonprofit organization Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta by visiting their website at . 

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

Clothing Drive
Our school is participating in the Schoola Children's Clothing Drive March 24-28.  Simply by cleaning your child's closet, you can raise much-needed funds for our school!


Orchestra Ensemble Receives Superior Marks



On Tuesday, March 4th and Thursday, March 6th, 2014 the DES 4th Grade String Ensemble and the advanced Tremolo String Ensemble, led by Ms. Natia Esartia, participated in the DeKalb County District IV Orchestra Festival hosted by Lakeside High School. Our 4th Grade String Ensemble received two Superior marks and one Excellent mark (over all Superior rating), and our Tremolo String Ensemble received 3 Superior marks.

District IV DeKalb County Orchestra Festival is a yearly event that invites three adjudicators to rate performances by school orchestras representing Dekalb county, and it is usually attended mostly by high school and middle school orchestras.  The three adjudicators rate the performances I-V, I being the Superior mark.

It is worth noting that Dunwoody Elementary and Kittredge Magnet School are the only two elementary schools attending the event because they are two of the few elementary schools that continue to offer the String Orchestra program to their students.


We are very proud of our students' dedication and hard work!
Dunwoody Singers Score Superior at Festival!



A huge congratulations to our Dunwoody Singers for scoring overall Superior at the District IV GMEA Chorus Festival earlier in the week. 

Educational Support Professional of the Year


Dunwoody Elementary School is proud to announce our Educational Support
Professional of the Year for 2013-2014: 

Mrs. Natasha Marinkovic!  


Mrs. Marinkovic always goes the "extra mile" for everyone in her job. 

New Puppet Theatre



A big thank you to Mrs. Locarnini and Mrs. Spratling for building us a new
puppet theatre for our students.  DES parents rock!! 

Tiger Talk Information

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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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