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 October 19, 2014
DES News
From Our PTO Co-Presidents
From Our School Nurse
From the DES Recycling Committee
Dunwoody Donates - Canned Food Drive, October 10th - 29th
Link your merchant cards to DES to earn cash for our school
DCPC Meeting - Preparing Your Child for College Acceptance
Calendar At a Glance
This Week
ITBS Testing
Bus Driver Appreciation Week
Friday, October 24 - DES Spirit Day


Next Week
Red Ribbon Week
Wednesday, October 29 - Picture Make Up Day
Friday, October 31, STEM Day


From Our PTO Co-Presidents
We had a terrific turnout on Saturday for our annual Tour de Dunwoody. Thank you to our Tour de Dunwoody chairs, Katie Scharf and Amy Dyche, for coordinating this Family Fun Bike Ride. In addition, thank you to all of the families and staff that participated, the fabulous volunteers that helped during the event, and to all of our local Business Sponsors. Thank you to everyone that helped make Tour de Dunwoody a community success!

We also planted the Legacy Tree, a Flowering Dogwood, in recognition of Amy LeVasseur and her role as PTO Co-President from 2012-2014.  We appreciate Amy's leadership and commitment to the PTO while she served her term and know this tree will be a blooming reminder of her PTO role at DES. 

We are in need of assistance for the Playground Drainage Remediation project we are currently pursuing at DES. The PTO is actively collecting bids, considering playground surface options, and working with DeKalb County on this project. We are interested in finding someone with additional knowledge of landscape drainage systems along with the variety of playground surface options. If you are interested in helping, please contact Amanda Rountree,, for additional information. 

This coming week (October 20-24th) is also School Bus Driver Appreciation week. Thank you to all the wonderful bus drivers at DES for getting our children to and from school safely. The Staff Appreciation committee will surprise all DES bus drivers with Chick-fil-A chicken biscuits on Thursday Morning.

Amanda Rountree and Jennifer Fenmore
From Our School Nurse

Is your child too sick for school? 
It's a question parents ask regularly. What makes the keeping-home decision even more complicated is the fact that it's not just about your child, it's about exposing other children, too. Children are really good at spreading germs. 

Here are some guidelines that can help you decide whether your child should stay home from school.

  1. Does my child have a fever or have they had one in the last 24 hours?A fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher is a sign that your child needs to rest and stay home from school. It is school policy to wait until your child has been fever-free, without medication (Tylenol or Motrin), for 24 hours, before letting them return to school.
  2. Did my child wake up with a crusty, red eye? Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) is contagious, and children should stay home from school for the first 24 hours after treatment begins. Other symptoms of pink eye include eye redness, irritation and discharge. 
  3. Has my child vomited within the last 24 hours? Children should stay home for 24 hours after the last time that they vomited.
  4. Rashes can be a sign of contagious conditions such as chickenpox, bacterial meningitis, ring worm or impetigo. Children should be kept home until they're properly diagnosed or free of rash.
  5. Is my child too lethargic or sick to be comfortable at school and participate in educational activities?
Please notify the child's teacher if your child is staying home due to illness. This way, the absence will be marked "excused". A doctor's note is not required unless three or more consecutive days are missed related to illness. Thank you for understanding and keeping our school healthy!

Stephanie Clark, RN, BSN



The school is now set up to begin collecting your recycling items.  Some of the items we collect will be mailed in for credit and others will be deposited in appropriate locations throughout Dunwoody.  Please adhere to the following when dropping off your recycling at the school:


  • We are only accepting cell phones, rechargeable batteries (alkaline batteries can be thrown away), markers (all types from dry erase to Crayola), plastic grocery bags and printer cartridges. 

  • Please do not put anything else but these items listed above in the recycling containers.

  • The recycling center is located in the school lobby to the left of the cafeteria entrance.  We have boxes labeled for each of the items.

  • Please help us with this initiative by bringing in your recyclables but only those listed and please do not put anything else in the containers.


Thank you for your assistance and if you want to help with the efforts, please contact Shari Wassell (


Let's all work to save the planet!

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Merchant Rebates


Remember to link DES to your Georgia Natural Gas Account, Kroger Plus, Target Red and Publix cards, and DES will receive a rebate check from your purchases!


Pick up a Publix key card from the School's front office.  Make sure to give your card to the cashier to scan every time you make a purchase at Publix and proceeds will go to our school. 






Shop with your Target REDcard at Target or and 1% of those purchases will come back to our school. 


Kroger is committed to helping our school grow and prosper. The Kroger Community RewardsŪ program is designed to make our school's fund-raising the easiest in town...all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!  Register online at



If you are a Georgia Natural Gas Residential Customer,  go to and select Dunwoody Elementary School. Fill out the required information. For every month your account is in good standing, DES will receive $5.00 PLUS a one-time $25.00 donation per customer. 

Community Events

Dunwoody Chamblee Parents Council



Preparing Your Child for College Acceptance



Tuesday, November 4th


  • 6:45 pm, social and light snack
  • 7:00 pm, meeting starts, panel discussion
  • 8:30 pm, meeting adjourned

Dunwoody High School
5035 Vermack Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338

This meeting is geared towards middle and early high school students and their parents. We'll have a panel of representatives from a variety of schools from around the state including 2 and 4 year institutions, small and large. We'll also have a parent who has experienced the college application process with several children and works in the state system so you can get an additional perspective. Our panel will be answering questions and giving tips for things you can do now to better prepare your child for college application/acceptance in the years to come.

Please note, this is an evening meeting and we hope the time change will allow for more parents to attend. For this particular meeting and topic, we also encourage middle and high school students to attend, as well.

Again, we hope you can make it!


DCPC Board


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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