Gator Blast Archive, 2016/2017 School Year (Part #2)

DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of January 2-6, 2017
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Happy New Year & Welcome Back everyone.

 Coming Up This Week:
Tuesday, January 3: School resumes
Wednesday, January 4: Math 24 Club meets after school
Wednesday, January 4:
Ordering deadline for assembly t-shirts, details below

A Look Ahead:
Monday, January 9: PTO General Membership Meeting, 7 pm, all are welcome
Tuesday, January 10: PTO Cultural Arts Assembly with Justin Berk
Monday, January 16:
NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday
Wednesday, January 18: Club Pictures taken for yearbook
Wednesday, February 1: Special Education Committee meeting, 6:30 pm at DES
Wednesday, February 8:
2 HR Early Dismissal, Professional Development day

Here’s the News:

Justin is coming to DES!
Get your “Faith In The Flakes” t-shirt by this Wednesday–$10
Justin Berk, meteorologist and the man behind the Cool Kids Campaign (a charity that raises money for children battling cancer, like Mr. Berk himself faced as a child), will be visiting DES on January 10th. He will be performing two assemblies about weather and giving tips for staying safe and being prepared for extreme weather conditions. 

Mr. Berk has also provided us with an  opportunity to purchase “DES Faith in the Flakes” t-shirts. These shirts have a fun checklist of activities to perform before bed to ensure we get the snow that is being predicted. See the attached flier for a preview of the design and the order form. All orders for shirts must be received in the school office by Wednesday afternoon, January 4th. Purchase one for everyone in your family to show DES has Faith in the Flakes and maybe we’ll be able to enjoy a few more snow days! 

We apologize for the very quick turn around on this. We will not be able to purchase additional t-shirts after Wednesday, January 4th. They are only $10, so act now and don’t forget to send in the attached form. If you have any questions, contact Amy Schropp at amyschropp@verizon.net.
See the Faith in the Flakes order form here as a docx
See the Faith in the Flakes Order Form here as a PDF

Math 24 Club News
Math Club resumes on Wednesday, January 4th in Mrs. Yancey’s 3rd Grade classroom right after school until 4:30. Please bring your own drink and snack.

 It’s Book It Time again!
Remember to turn in completed December Book It calendars this week! Please include your child’s full name, teacher name, and grade on the calendars. In case you still need to print December’s calendar, a copy is attached. The January Book It calendar is also attached for you to print at home and have your child log his or her reading in January.
December Book It Calendar
January Book It Calendar


DES PTO Gator Blast
Midweek Mail, January 4, 2017
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Clubs starting soon, and other things
we thought you might want to know about.

A Look Ahead:
Monday, January 9: Homework Help Program for parents at 7 pm,
and DES PTO General Membership Meeting, 7:30 pm, all are welcome, details below
Tuesday, January 10: PTO Cultural Arts Assembly with Justin Berk
Tuesday, January 10: Deliciously Nutritious Cooking Club begins, details below
Tuesday, January 10: Whole Kids Yoga classes begin, details below
Monday, January 16:
NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday
Wednesday, January 18: Club Pictures taken for yearbook
Thursday & Friday, January 19-20:
2 HOUR Early Dismissal both days
Monday, January 23: NO SCHOOL
Wednesday, February 1: Special Education Committee meeting, 6:30 pm at DES
Wednesday, February 8:
2 HR Early Dismissal, Professional Development day

Here’s the News:

Homework Help for Parents
Special Program Monday evening, followed by PTO Meeting
All parents are invited to attend an informative and quick presentation all about the struggles with homework! You are not alone. Come listen to a free, short program that will offer solutions to all parents who are seeking answers about how to best go about motivating your student to get the homework done, once and for all. You are invited to stay after the presentation for a General Membership meeting of the DES PTO. We welcome all questions, discussions, or suggestions at this open forum style meeting.

Cooking Classes are back!
Deliciously Nutritious Cooking Classes for students are back again! The holiday classes were so popular, they filled up. Now is your chance to sign up for the next session, with classes held on Tuesdays, 3:45-5 pm, beginning January 10th. Cost is $75 for all four classes. Please see all the details on the program registration flier. We hope you can come cook with us.
See the Cooking program flier here

Whole Kids Yoga Winter Session starts next week
The Winter Yoga class for Grades K-2 are registering now. Your student can enjoy this fun-filled class with so much more than yoga. Session will be held on Tuesdays, 3:45-4:45 pm, beginning January 10th and running thru Feb. 21 (no class 1/17). Cost is $99. Fill out the registration form and submit by Monday, January 9th in an envelope marked for Whole Kids Yoga.
See the Winter Yoga Program flier here

Anyone interested in seeing a Tennis Club at DES?
We have a chance to offer an afterschool Tennis Club in the spring at DES. We have a company all lined up and are preparing to set dates. The PTO is looking for a parent volunteer to help coordinate sessions with parents and the coaches. If you are excited about starting something new here, we need you! Contact PTO Volunteer Coordinator, Jodi Doney at: jodidoney@hotmail.com.


DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of January 9-13, 2017
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Coming Up This Week:
Monday, January 9: Homework Help Program for parents at 7 pm, and DES PTO General Membership Meeting, 7:30 pm, all are welcome, details below
Tuesday, January 10: PTO Cultural Arts Assembly with Meteorologist Justin Berk
Tuesday, January 10: Deliciously Nutritious Cooking Club begins, details below
Tuesday, January 10: Whole Kids Yoga classes begin, details below
Wednesday, January 11: Math 24 Club meets after school

A Look Ahead:
Monday, January 16: NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday
Wednesday, January 18: Club Pictures taken for yearbook 
Thursday & Friday, January 19-20: 2 HOUR Early Dismissal both days
Monday, January 23: NO SCHOOL
Wednesday, February 1: Special Education Committee meeting, 6:30 pm at DES
Wednesday, February 8: 2 HR Early Dismissal, Professional Development day

Here’s the News:

Parents: Learn some tips for homework helping
Special Program Monday evening, followed by PTO Meeting
All parents are invited to attend an informative presentation all about the struggles with homework! Come listen to a free, short program that will offer solutions to all parents who are seeking answers about how to best go about motivating your student to get the homework done, once and for all. The presentation will be held Monday at 7 pm in the Media Center at DES. You are invited to stay after the presentation for a General Membership meeting of the DES PTO at 7:30. We welcome all questions, discussions, or suggestions at this open forum style meeting.
See the Homework program flier here

Volunteers needed to help with Club Pictures Jan. 18
The PTO is asking for a few volunteers to help organize students and work with the photography staff for the upcoming picture day on Wednesday, Jan. 18th. There are photos being taken for most of the day, so we need at least 1 or 2 volunteers there from 9:15 to 2 pm, though the shifts can be split. If you are able to help in any capacity, contact the Committee Chairperson, Melanie Quinn, at: melkamm@hotmail.com.

AACPS Special Education Director speaking at DES on Feb. 1st
The DES Special Education Committee would like to welcome everyone in the area to an evening full of information for parents of students with special needs. Join the group for a “Conversation with the Director” at their February meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 1st at 6:30 pm. AACPS Special Education Director Bobbi Pedrick will be joining the group and will help answer parent questions about special education services and more in Anne Arundel County. See more information on the event flier. Please join us and share this event.
See the Special Education program flier here

Reminder: Cooking Classes for all grade levels – Send in registrations today!
Deliciously Nutritious Cooking Classes for students are back again! The holiday classes were so popular, they filled up. Now is your chance to sign up for the next session, with classes held on Tuesdays, 3:45-5 pm, beginning January 10th. Cost is $75 for all four classes. Please see all the details on the program registration flier. We hope you can come cook with us.
See the Winter Cooking Program flier here

Reminder: Whole Kids Yoga Winter Session starts Tuesday
The Winter Yoga class for Grades K-2 are registering now. Your student can enjoy this fun-filled class with so much more than yoga. Session will be held on Tuesdays, 3:45-4:45 pm, beginning January 10th and running thru Feb. 21 (no class 1/17). Cost is $99. Fill out the registration form and submit by Monday, January 9th in an envelope marked for Whole Kids Yoga.
See the Winter Yoga Program flier here

Reminder: Can you help bring Tennis to DES?
We have a chance to offer an afterschool Tennis Club in the spring at DES. We have a company all lined up and are preparing to set dates. The PTO is looking for a parent volunteer to help coordinate sessions with parents and the coaches. If you are excited about starting something new here, we need you! Contact PTO Volunteer Coordinator, Jodi Doney at: jodidoney@hotmail.com.

In Recognition of our Student Winners
Congratulations are in order for the tremendous success of some DES students at the fall Trimathlon event at the Mathnasium of Severna Park. Davidsonville Elementary boasts not one, not two, but THREE first place overall grade-level winners at the event! Amazing math talent at DES! We say Hurray to:
Alex Shamah won the 2nd grade competition
C.J. Viennas won the 3rd grade competition
Ben Shamah won the 4th grade competition


DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of January 23-27, 2017
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Students enjoy your extra day off!

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, January 23: NO SCHOOL, professional development day
Tuesday, January 24: Beginning of 3rd marking period
Tuesday, January 24: Green School Club monthly meeting held after school
Tuesday, January 24: Deliciously Nutritious Cooking Club meets after school
Tuesday, January 24: Whole Kids Yoga meets after school
Wednesday, January 25: Math 24 Club meets after school
Friday, January 27: Geo Bee meets after school

A Look Ahead:
Tuesday, January 31: Report Cards distributed
Wednesday, February 1: Special Education Committee meeting, 6:30 pm at DES
Monday, February 6: 5th Grade Wax Museum historical event, 9:30-10:30 am
Wednesday, February 8: 2 HR Early Dismissal, Professional Development day
Friday, February 10: DES Skate Night at Skate Zone in Crofton, 5-7 pm, details below
Friday, February 10: 1st Grade Dental information visit, 10 am
Monday, February 13: Cultural Arts Assemblies at DES with the U.S. Navy Band
Wednesday & Thursday, February 15-16: Vision & Hearing screenings at DES

Here’s the News:

Calling all Science Fair Participants
All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students are invited to enter the DES Science Fair (Fair date TBA). Students may enter a traditional project or a STEM project. Both projects will be explained in your child’s class. The forms are attached for both types of projects. Please return your Safety Forms (Form 1) to your child’s teacher by February 10th. Projects should not be started until a teacher has reviewed and approved the project.
See Science Project Form 1 here
See Science Fair Project Evaluation form here
See the Science Fair Project engineering form here

It’s Roller Skating Time-Get your Groove on!
The DES PTO is hosting another fabulous Skate Night at Skate Zone in Crofton on Friday, February 10th, from 5 to 7 pm. Come to this special Mix & Match night and join the fun! Wear your craziest mix & match outfit and you will get a prize at the door. Admission is $4, skate rentals are an additional $4.25. Skate Zone is located at 1082 Rt. 3 South, Crofton 21114. We hope to see everyone there!

 

AACPS Special Education Director speaking at DES on Feb. 1st
The DES Special Education Committee would like to welcome everyone in the area to an evening full of information for parents of students with special needs. Join the group for a “Conversation with the Director” at their February meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 1st at 6:30 pm at DES. AACPS Special Education Director Bobbi Pedrick will be joining the group and will help answer parent questions about special education services and more in Anne Arundel County. See more information on the event flier.
See the Special Education program flier here

Gator Gallop Registration is now open
The DES Gator Gallop is a fun run benefiting Davidsonville Elementary School and is open to everyone. Please join us on Saturday, May 13, 2017, for the 5K, 1 Mile or the 100 yard gallop. Enjoy a fun morning at DAA Park with pre-run warm-ups, post-run snacks, a mascot chase, and giveaways!
5K – A trail run around Davidsonville Park, 2 loops.
1 Mile – Ages 4 – 11 only – an out and back course.
Fun Run – 100 yard gallop for the kids. (You may sign your child up for both the 1 mile and 100 yard gallop as a combination option).
The Gator Gallop is an untimed, family event for all. Runners and walkers of all abilities are encouraged to register. Funds raised will benefit Davidsonville Elementary. Register at:
http://www.active.com/davidsonville-md/running/distance-running-races/davidsonville-elementary-gator-gallop-5k-1-mile-fun-run-2017

Public Service Announcements

AACPS Read With Me Challenge
Now through February 3rd, you can join the Read With Me challenge by taking a picture while reading to your child and tweeting it. You are also invited to join one of the two area celebrations for the event on February 4th. Schools can win prizes, so plan on participating. All the details are on the program flier.
See the Reading Challenge program flier here

Sign-ups for Little League now open
South Maryland Little League is the only officially chartered Little League for southern Anne Arundel County. We are community-neutral, focus solely on baseball, and are not managed by any other athletic association. Our players hail from Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton, Davidsonville, Edgewater, Gambrills, Harwood, Mayo, Riva, South River, and elsewhere. We provide a quality youth baseball program that focuses on skills and also helps the young people of our communities learn to work together as a team, develop individual leadership skills and increase their self confidence. We have developed players who have gone on to play at the high school and collegiate levels. Registration is now open for ages 4-14, see the program flier for more details.
See the Little League program flier here

“Not My Child” event on January 31st at CMS
Anne Arundel County Public Schools invites you to a special presentation focusing on preventing heroin addiction scheduled for Tuesday, January 31, at Central Middle School. The event, titled “Not My Child,” is an initiative of the County Office of Community and Constituent Services. A panel of experts will discuss the warning signs of substance abuse and the most common traps into which parents fall when it comes to recognizing these signs. There wil be a time for audience questions, and treatment providers and additional resources will be on hand for those seeking additional support. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m., with the event starting at 7.

Sheriff asks area youth to name new K9
Help name the new four legged addition to the Sheriff’s Office. The soon to be named dog is set to hit the streets in April. Sheriff Bateman is reaching out to children, attending first through fifth grade at a school in Anne Arundel County, to name the new K9. All submissions need to be sent via email to the Sheriff’s attention at shwebmail@aacounty.org. The student’s entries should include their name, grade, school and letter with their chosen K9 name. We are only accepting one name per student. All entries need to be submitted by January 31, 2017. The top three finalists will be chosen by Sheriff Bateman. The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Mission BBQ, a K9 demonstration for their class and the winner and his/her principal will appear on the Anne Arundel’s Most Wanted TV show. The 2 runner ups will receive $25 gift certificates to Mission BBQ. Deadline for entries to shwebmail@aacounty.org is January 31, 2017.


DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of January 30-February 3, 2017
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Coming Up This Week:
Monday, January 30: Wear your Faith in the Flakes blue t-shirts!
Tuesday, January 31: Report Cards distributed
Tuesday, January 31: Deliciously Nutritious Cooking Club meets after school
Tuesday, January 31: Whole Kids Yoga meets after school
Tuesday, January 31: “Not My Child event” at CMS, 7 pm, doors open 6:15 (info here)
Wednesday, February 1: Special Education Committee meeting, 6:30 pm at DES
Wednesday, February 1: Math 24 Club meets after school
Thursday, February 2: GeoBee Competition held at DES cafeteria at 9:30 am

A Look Ahead:
Monday, February 6: 5th Grade Wax Museum historical event, 9:30-10:30 am
Wednesday, February 8: 2 HR Early Dismissal, Professional Development day
Friday, February 10: DES Skate Night at Skate Zone in Crofton, 5-7 pm, details below
Friday, February 10: 1st Grade Dental information visit, 10 am
Monday, February 13: Cultural Arts Assemblies at DES with the U.S. Navy Band
Wednesday & Thursday, February 15-16: Vision & Hearing screenings at DES
Wednesday, March 8: DES Family STEAM night at the school, 6:30-8 pm

Here’s the News:

Show your Faith in the Flakes –  Wear your shirt Monday
Everyone who ordered one of the Faith in the Flakes t-shirts is asked to wear it to school on Monday! Maybe our group energy can bring on the snow! If you didn’t order a shirt, wear a blue or royal blue shirt if you wish to join in. Stay tuned to the school’s Twitter page for photos. 

Bring in your recorders – 4th & 5th graders
4th & 5th grades:  Please bring in your recorder so we can start playing music.  If you need to order one, please bring in your $5.00 as soon as possible.  Make sure the money is in an envelope with your child’s name on it. If you write a check, please make it out to DES.

Book It Program – Turn in your calendars
Remember to turn in completed January Book It calendars this week!  Please include your child’s full name, teacher name, and grade on the calendars. If you still need to print January’s calendar, a copy is attached. The February Book It calendar is also attached for you to print at home and have your child log his or her reading this month.
See the January Book It Calendar here
See the February Book It Calendar here

Good Luck to our DES GeoBee’rs
The GeoBee competition will be held at DES on Thursday, February 2 at 9:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. Competitors have been studying for months to get ready for this great event. They’ve learned all about the world we live in and can identify rivers, countries, mountains, and capitals that even many adults cannot locate. We wish them all the best of luck and recognize their hard work.

DES Night at Skate Zone Feb. 10th
The DES PTO is hosting another fabulous Skate Night at Skate Zone in Crofton on Friday, February 10th, from 5 to 7 pm. Come to this special Mix & Match night and join the fun! Wear your craziest mix & match outfit and you will get a prize at the door. Admission is $4, skate rentals are an additional $4.25. Skate Zone is located at 1082 Rt. 3 South, Crofton 21114. We hope to see everyone there!

AACPS Special Education Director speaking at DES Wednesday
The DES Special Education Committee would like to welcome everyone in the area to an evening full of information for parents of students with special needs. Join the group for a “Conversation with the Director” at their February meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 1st at 6:30 pm at DES. AACPS Special Education Director Bobbi Pedrick will be joining the group and will help answer parent questions about special education services and more in Anne Arundel County. See more information on the event flier.
See flier online

Save the Date of March 8th for STEAM Family Night
We are bringing back our successful DES Family STEM Night and adding the “A” for Art. DES is lucky to have the support of many DES staff members to assist us with STEAM NIGHT. Please save the date and look for more details in the near future. We look forward to you joining us that evening to enjoy our Math, Science, Engineering, Technology and Art stations. Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – DES Family STEAM Night   6:30- 8 pm.

Gator Gallop Registration is now open
The DES Gator Gallop is a fun run benefiting Davidsonville Elementary School and is open to everyone.  Please join us on Saturday, May 13, 2017, for the 5K, 1 Mile or the 100 yard gallop. Enjoy a fun morning at DAA Park with pre-run warm-ups, post-run snacks, a mascot chase, and giveaways!

  • 5K – A trail run around Davidsonville Park, 2 loops. 
  • 1 Mile – Ages 4 – 11 only – an out and back course. 
  • Fun Run – 100 yard gallop for the kids. (You may sign your child up for both the 1 mile and 100 yard gallop as a combination option).

The Gator Gallop is an untimed, family event for all. Runners and walkers of all abilities are encouraged to register. Funds raised will benefit Davidsonville Elementary. Register at: http://www.active.com/davidsonville-md/running/distance-running-races/davidsonville-elementary-gator-gallop-5k-1-mile-fun-run-2017

Reminder: Calling all Science Fair Participants
All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students are invited to enter the DES Science Fair (Fair date TBA). Students may enter a traditional project or a STEM project. Both projects will be explained in your child’s class. Please return your Safety Forms (Form 1) to your child’s teacher by February 10th. Projects should not be started until a teacher has reviewed and approved the project.
See files online

Public Service Announcements

AACPS Read With Me Challenge ends this week
Now through February 3rd, you can join the Read With Me challenge by taking a picture while reading to your child and tweeting it. You are also invited to join one of the two area celebrations for the event on February 4th. Schools can win prizes, so plan on participating. All the details are on the program flier.
See flier online


DES PTO Gator Blast
Midweek Mail, February 1, 2017
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Still to Come this Week:
Thursday, February 2: GeoBee Competition held at DES cafeteria at 9:30 am

A Look Ahead:
Monday, February 6: 5th Grade Wax Museum historical event, 9:30-10:30 am
Wednesday, February 8: 2 HR Early Dismissal, Professional Development day
Friday, February 10: DES Skate Night at Skate Zone in Crofton, 5-7 pm
Friday, February 10: 1st Grade Dental information visit, 10 am
Monday, February 13: Cultural Arts Assemblies at DES with the U.S. Navy Band
Wednesday & Thursday, February 15-16: Vision & Hearing screenings at DES
Wednesday, March 8: DES Family STEAM night at the school, 6:30-8 pm

Here’s the News:

Cooking Classes are back & in Hot Demand!
The Deliciously Nutritious Cooking Classes are back again and begin next week on Feb. 7th. The four sessions will be held on Tuesdays after school, from 3:45 to 5 pm. Cost is $75 and have been filling up quickly. All grades are welcome to take part. If you have any questions, contact Melissa Sherwood at 410-533-1182 or by e-mail at: delishdish4@yahoo.com. See the flier and registration form attached for more details.
See the February 2017 Cooking Class flier here

We still have a few T-Shirts
Have you seen the adorable Faith In The Flakes t-shirts around DES and wish you had purchased one. Good news we have a very limited supply available for $10 a shirt. The sizes available (quantity available in parenthesis) are: YS (1), YM (1), YL (3), YXL (1), Adult M (1). If you are interested in purchasing any of these shirts, please send an e-mail to amyschropp@verizon.net. First come, first served. Thanks!

Get Ready for the School Play!
This year’s DES musical is coming soon! Alice in Wonderland Jr. will be performed on March 17 and 18 at Central Middle School! Be on the lookout for a link to purchase General Admission tickets in the next week or two. Hope you can come out to support our wonderful DES performers!

Semper ubi sub ubi – Always wear Underwear
The nurse needs underwear (well not for her, but for our DES kiddos) ….can be new or gently used….specifically boys sizes 6-8 and girls sizes 6-10…..because accidents happen. If you can help, send in some undies to our nurses so our students can get fixed up when they just can’t make it to the potty in time. 

Volunteer of the Month program announced
Earlier this fall, the PTO board decided to re-institute our Volunteer of the Month program. We announced our first set of winners at our January general membership meeting. Previously, we have been announcing quarterly winners, but there are so many amazing people in our DES community we felt it was appropriate to express our appreciation a bit more. Our Volunteer of the Year will be selected from these winners and announced at the volunteer breakfast later this spring. We have so many wonderful people helping to make DES a great school for our kids it is very hard to pick a few from the bunch. Stay tuned to meet some of our great volunteers.

In Recognition of Volunteer of the Month…
Jennifer Keefer
Our Volunteer of the month for August is Mrs. Jennifer Keefer. Jenn has 2 children currently at DES and 1 alumni DES student.  She has chaired the school box supply kit programs for a few years now.  She also brought yoga into our school and chairs that program as well as teaching it too. Jennifer volunteers her time in many other ways for our students such as the Health/Vision/Flu program, Holiday Shoppe, Recess Monitor, Social Committee, and Spelling Bee.  She has also been a room parent every year for at least one of her kiddos (if not two). One of her best qualities as a volunteer is her positive attitude and her contagious smile!  Thanks Jennifer!


DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of February 6-10, 2017
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Coming Up This Week:
Monday, February 6: 5th Grade Wax Museum historical event, 9:30-10:30 am
Monday, February 6: PTO Executive Board meeting, 7 pm
Wednesday, February 8: 2 HR Early Dismissal, Professional Development day
Friday, February 10: DES Skate Night at Skate Zone in Crofton, 5-7 pm, details below
Friday, February 10: 1st Grade Dental information visit, 10 am
Friday, February 10: Science Fair forms are due, details below

A Look Ahead:
Monday, February 13: Cultural Arts Assemblies at DES with the U.S. Navy Band
Wednesday & Thursday, February 15-16: Vision & Hearing screenings at DES
Monday, February 20:
NO SCHOOL, Presidents’ Day
Wednesday, March 1: Chess Club begins 8 am, details below
Thursday, March 2:
2 HR Early Dismissal, Professional Workday
Friday, March 3: NO SCHOOL, conferences
Wednesday, March 8: DES Family STEAM night at the school, 6:30-8 pm

Here’s the News:

Chess Club is returning to DES!
Registration is now open for all grades and skill levels. Chess Club will be held on Wednesday mornings at 8 am in the cafeteria beginning March 1st.  Students will be grouped with others of their same skill level, and taught by the instructors of Silver Knights. Please see attached flier for details and registration form.  Registration is due by Feb 15th. If there are any questions, please contact Erin Lawrence at 410-340-3384 or deschessclub@gmail.com.
See the DES Chess Club registration form here

Time to Party!
DES Night at Skate Zone is this week Feb. 10th
The DES PTO is hosting another fabulous Skate Night at Skate Zone in Crofton on Friday, February 10th, from 5 to 7 pm. Come to this special Mix & Match night and join the fun! Wear your craziest mix & match outfit and you will get a prize at the door. Admission is $4, skate rentals are an additional $4.25. Skate Zone is located at 1082 Rt. 3 South, Crofton 21114. We hope to see everyone there-It’s gonna’ be a fun time!
See the DES Skate Zone 2017 flier here

Can you help us with STEAM night supplies?
Calling all DES families – STEAM Night is Wed. March 8th and DES is searching for items to be donated to make this fun and educational night possible. We are looking for recyclables (cardboard boxes, paper towel rolls, egg cartons, etc), straws, string, marbles, hot glue, foil, salt, paint, popsicle sticks, kabob sticks, tape (masking, scotch, duct), scissors, cotton balls, construction paper, plain paper, cups, spoons, bowls, containers, and anything else you can imagine to assist in a STEAM night! The office is collecting these items. Contact caperkins1@aacps.org with any questions. Thank you so much!!!

Gator Gallop Registration
The DES Gator Gallop is a fun run benefiting Davidsonville Elementary School and is open to everyone.  Please join us on Saturday, May 13, 2017, for the 5K, 1 Mile or the 100 yard gallop. Enjoy a fun morning at DAA Park with pre-run warm-ups, post-run snacks, a mascot chase, and giveaways!

  • 5K – A trail run around Davidsonville Park, 2 loops. 
  • 1 Mile – Ages 4 – 11 only – an out and back course. 
  • Fun Run – 100 yard gallop for the kids. (You may sign your child up for both the 1 mile and 100 yard gallop as a combination option).

The Gator Gallop is an untimed, family event for all. Runners and walkers of all abilities are encouraged to register. Funds raised will benefit Davidsonville Elementary. Register at: 

http://www.active.com/davidsonville-md/running/distance-running-races/davidsonville-elementary-gator-gallop-5k-1-mile-fun-run-2017

Reminder: Calling all Science Fair Participants
All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students are invited to enter the DES Science Fair (Fair date March 31). Students may enter a traditional project or a STEM project. Both projects will be explained in your child’s class. Please return your Safety Forms (Form 1) to your child’s teacher by February 10th. Projects should not be started until a teacher has reviewed and approved the project.
See Science Project Form 1 here
See Science Fair Project Evaluation form here
See the Science Fair Project engineering form here

Public Service Announcements

STEM & Green Expo held at CMS Thursday, 5-7 pm
Everyone is invited to attend the fun STEM & Green Expo set for Thursday, Feb. 9th, 5-7 pm at Central Middle School. Take part in activities and discover all types of information from a variety of local groups. If you haven’t been to one of these Expo’s, you should check it out. Bring a new toothbrush to donate for the Smile Drive and you may win a prize.
See the CMS STEM Expo flier here

Language Summer Camp
AACPS and the Maryland State Department of Education will offer the Global Language Summer Center at Meade Middle School for 4th-6th graders.  The Center offers students the opportunity to choose one of four languages, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, or French.  Students are immersed in the language and culture through games, songs, hands-on activities, music, art, cooking, guest performers, and a field trip to Washington D.C.  This two week language learning experience was created to provide exposure to language at an early age to support learners as they prepare for middle school and to offer students a fun, engaging, and creative way to spend time this summer.  Please see the attached flyer for details and the application.
See the Global Languages Camp flier here


DES PTO Gator Blast
Midweek Mail, February 8, 2017
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Still To Come This Week:
Friday, February 10: Mix & Match Day! Wear your craziest mixed-up clothing to school
Friday, February 10: 
DES Skate Night at Skate Zone in Crofton, 5-7 pm, details below
Friday, February 10: 1st Grade Dental information visit, 10 am
Friday, February 10: Science Fair forms are due, details below

A Look Ahead:
Monday, February 13: Cultural Arts Assemblies at DES with the U.S. Navy Band
9:30 a.m. for K-2; 2:30 pm for 3-5
Tuesday, February 14: Valentine’s Parties at DES
Wednesday & Thursday, February 15-16: Vision & Hearing screenings at DES
Monday, February 20:
NO SCHOOL, Presidents’ Day
Wednesday, March 1: Chess Club begins 8 am
Thursday, March 2:
2 HR Early Dismissal, Professional Workday
Friday, March 3: NO SCHOOL, conferences
Wednesday, March 8: DES Family STEAM night at the school, 6:30-8 pm

Here’s the News:

Mix It Up on Friday!
All students and staff are encouraged to wear their craziest, mixed-up outfits to school on Friday! Let’s see what you can do. We are getting ready for the Mega Fun Mix & Match night at Skate Zone the same evening, 5-7. This should be a fun and wild day at DES!

It’s Time to Roll… Friday Night at Skate Zone!
Come on out for Skate Night at Skate Zone in Crofton on Friday, February 10th, from 5 to 7 pm. This special Mix & Match night is for DES only! Wear your craziest mix & match outfit and you will get a prize at the door. Admission is $4, skate rentals are an additional $4.25. Skate Zone is located at 1082 Rt. 3 South, Crofton 21114. Bring your flier along if you can, and please note: This is NOT a drop-off event, supervision is required. Roll on in…

If you are taking part in Science Fair, read this – Form #1 due FRIDAY
A new information page is attached with all of the important dates for the 2017 DES Science Fair. Please review them with your students. All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students are invited to enter the DES Science Fair, to be held on March 31st, 2017. Please return your Safety Forms (Form 1) to your child’s teacher by Friday, February 10th. Projects should not be started until a teacher has reviewed and approved the project.
See Science Project Form 1 here
See Science Fair Project Evaluation form here
See the Science Fair Project engineering form here

Love is in the Air – Valentine’s Party Information
It’s time for what may be the last classroom parties of the year (!) on Tuesday, February 14th, Valentine’s Day! You may have already heard from your Class Parent about upcoming plans and the need for volunteers. You are reminded of school policy of not having younger siblings attend parties, and you are asked to provide a balance of nutritious food along with treats. Be aware that parking may be a bit crowded. Here is the schedule:
Kindergarten – 11:45-12:45
1st Grade – 1:15-2:15
2nd-5th Grades – 2:15-3:15

Check your craft drawers & recycling bins!
Calling all DES families – STEAM Night is Wed. March 8th and DES is searching for items to be donated. We are looking for recyclables (cardboard boxes, paper towel rolls, egg cartons, etc), straws, string, marbles, hot glue, foil, salt, paint, popsicle sticks, kabob sticks, tape (masking, scotch, duct), scissors, cotton balls, construction paper, plain paper, cups, spoons, bowls, containers, and anything else you can imagine to assist in a STEAM night! The office is collecting these items.

Volunteers needed for Vision & Hearing Screening
The PTO is short a few volunteers to help with the upcoming school-wide vision and hearing screenings. These will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, February 15 & 16. If you might be available at any point during those school days and are willing to offer your help, contact Committee Chair, Melanie Quinn. Thank you.

5th Grade Parents
This is for parents of 5th graders only. Be on the lookout within the next day or two for a special e-mail all about the special year-end trips and traditions for DES 5th graders.

Public Service Announcements

STEM & Green Expo held at Central Middle School Thursday
Everyone is invited to attend the fun STEM & Green Expo set for Thursday, Feb. 9th, 5-7 pm at Central Middle School. Take part in activities and discover all types of information from a variety of local groups. If you haven’t been to one of these Expo’s, you should check it out. Bring a new toothbrush to donate for the Smile Drive and you may win a prize.


DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of February 13-17, 2017
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Coming Up This Week:
Monday, February 13: Wear your Blue & Gold to celebrate the Navy Band at DES!!!
Monday, February 13: Cultural Arts Assemblies at DES with the U.S. Navy Band, 9:30 a.m. for K-2; 2:30 pm for 3-5
Tuesday, February 14: Valentine’s Parties at DES, see schedule below
Wednesday, February 15: Math 24 Club meets after school
Wednesday & Thursday, February 15-16: Vision & Hearing screenings at DES

A Look Ahead:
Monday, February 20: NO SCHOOL, Presidents’ Day
Wednesday, March 1: Chess Club begins 8 am, details below
Thursday, March 2: 2 HR Early Dismissal, Professional Workday
Friday, March 3: NO SCHOOL, conferences
Wednesday, March 8: DES Family STEAM night at the school, 6:30-8 pm

 Here’s the News:

All You Need is Love – Valentine’s Party Information
It’s finally here! Tuesday, February 14th is Valentine’s Day! You may have already heard from your Class Parent about upcoming plans and the need for volunteers. You are reminded of school policy of not having younger siblings attend parties, and you are asked to provide a balance of nutritious food along with treats. Be aware that parking may be a bit crowded. Here is the schedule:
Kindergarten – 11:45-12:45
1st Grade – 1:15-2:15
2nd-5th Grades – 2:15-3:15

Chess Club is starting soon – Informational flier attached
Registration is now open for all grades and skill levels. Chess Club will be held on Wednesday mornings at 8 am in the cafeteria beginning March 1st. Students will be grouped with others of their same skill level, and taught by the instructors of Silver Knights. Please see the attached flier for details and registration form online. Registration is due by Feb 15th. If there are any questions, please contact Erin Lawrence at 410-340-3384 or send an e-mail to: deschessclub@gmail.com.
See the DES Chess Club registration form here
See the DES Chess Club 2017 flier here

Tennis Anyone?
Spring must be coming, because we’re talking tennis at DES! A new tennis class is being offered to ages 7 and up for all skill levels. Cost is $99 for a 6 week session. Classes will be held on Fridays beginning March 31st after school at DES. You can register online. See the flier attached and register as soon as possible as sign-ups are limited.
See the DES 2017 Tennis Program flier here

The School Play is coming – Tickets go on sale next week!
Come see our talented DES students perform Alice in Wonderland Jr. on March 17 and 18 (7 pm) at Central Middle School. General admission ticket sales will open February 20. Look for the link in next week’s Blast! 

We need those Box Tops!
It’s that time again – start sending in your box tops and we will celebrate by having freezer pops at Field Day.  Keep in mind the following when sending in your box tops:
· Box Tops much include a valid expiration date and must say “Official Box Top” on them
· Your plastic bag or envelope should include the following items:

1. Your child’s teacher name
2. Your child’s full name (first and last)

Thanks to everyone in advance for your full cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact Committee Chair Jinna Suggs at: jinnap@yahoo.com 

Parent Survey
AACPS is hosting an online survey to learn how parents, student, and staff feel about the climate at their school. The survey is open until March 10th, and parental input is very important. It should take 10-15 minutes to complete and you should have received a notice sent home with the code needed to access it. Please try and fill out the survey when you get a chance.

Reminder: Register for the Gator Gallop event on May 13th
Come join us at this annual event at DAA Park. You can select from a 5K, a 1 mile run (ages 4-11), or a 100 yard gallop –  there’s something for all ages. You can register online anytime for this fun family event at this link.

 Public Service Announcements:

Volleyball Clinic at Naval Academy
Navy will be hosting a free Volleyball clinic for Boys and Girls in 5th to 8th Grade on Saturday, March 4th at 10 – 12 pm. Anyone interested can register at the Navy Facebook or email schwob@usna.edu or visit online for information at:  https://www.facebook.com/events/224539044683558/

Local Theater Camp
Davidsonville United Methodist Church is pleased to announce the opening of registration for summer Theater Camp. Now in its 11th year, the Theater Camp has provided children ages 7-12 with an outlet for their acting and singing abilities. They have watched many a shy child grow with confidence as they learn their lines and lyrics.  The camp culminates with a performance of an original production, including contemporary music, open to the public, on Friday afternoon of camp week. 


DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of February 20-24, 2017
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Enjoy your day off Monday!

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, February 20: NO SCHOOL, Presidents’ Day
Monday, February 20: General Ticket Sales open for DES School Play, details below
Tuesday, February 21: Green School Club meets after school
Wednesday, February 22: Math 24 Club meets after school
Friday, February 24: 5th Graders vote at lunch on class shirt color

A Look Ahead:
Tuesday, February 28: Vision and Hearing screening make-up day
Wednesday, March 1: Chess Club begins 8 am, registration extended, details below
Thursday, March 2: 2 HR Early Dismissal, teacher workday
Friday, March 3: NO SCHOOL, parent/teacher conferences
Wednesday, March 8: DES Family STEAM Night at the school, 6:30-8 pm
Thursday, March 9: Engineering Club Spring session starts, 8-9 am, details below
Sunday, March 12: Daylight Savings Time begins, turn clocks forward one hour
Wednesday, March 15: 2 HR Early Dismissal, Professional Development
Friday & Saturday, March 17-18: DES School Play, Alice Jr, 7 pm at CMS, details below
Saturday, March 25: Green Expo held at DES, see flier attached for contest info.
Tuesday & Wednesday, March 28-29: 2 HR Early Dismissal, teacher workdays
     Save the Date: Saturday, May 13, DES Gator Gallop event
     Save the Date: Wednesday, June 8, DES Talent Show at AHS

Here’s the News:

Chess Club registration extended to Feb. 21 – Tuesday
Registration is still open for all grades and skill levels. Chess Club will be held on Wednesday mornings at 8 am in the cafeteria beginning March 1st. Students will be grouped with others of their same skill level, and taught by the instructors of Silver Knights. If there are any questions, please contact Erin Lawrence at 410-340-3384 or send an e-mail to: deschessclub@gmail.com. You can find the registration form and flier online in last week’s Gator Blast.

Alice In Wonderland Jr. – DES School Play ticket sales start now
Come see our talented DES performers in a production of Alice in Wonderland, Jr! The performances are on March 17 and 18 at 7 pm at Central Middle School. Click on the link below for either the FRIDAY performance or SATURDAY performance below (please be sure to select the correct one).
These are General Admission seats and are not assigned, so it will be first-come, first-serve as you arrive at the performance. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $5/ticket plus a modest processing fee, for a total of $6.24, payable only through the Eventbrite electronic payment process.  You must have ticket in hand to enter. Email desgatorplay@gmail.com if you have any questions.
Friday Performance Link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alice-in-wonderland-jr-friday-performance-tickets-31651880627

Saturday Performance Link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/copy-of-alice-in-wonderland-jr-saturday-performance-tickets-32189435468

New Engineering Class Sessions for Spring – Registration open
There’s something for every grade student in the Spring Engineering Club! The 10 week session will begin on March 9th, so get your registration form in. Classes will be held on Thursday mornings, from 8-9 am, cost is $160. Grades K-2 will have “Introduction to Robots,” and Grades 3-5 will have “Robotics Design and Programming.” This is a new and amazing program custom designed for us this year. if you have any questions, contact Committee Chairperson, Bunmi Emenanjo.
See the Spring 2017 DES Engineering flier here

Green School Club needs volunteers & glue guns
If you are the parent of a student in the Green School Club, please consider helping at this Tuesday’s meeting, they could use the help. The group is also seeking additional glue guns to work on a group project. If you can help, contact Mrs. Spencer at DES.

Running Club for Grades 3-5 starts March 28th
If you have a 3rd-5th grader who is interested in training for the Gator Gallop 5K on May 13, please sign them up for the Gator Gallop Running Club! We will be training on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school starting March 28.  We will encourage good habits, good form, and having fun! Please see the attached flier for all the details, and send the form and snack fee back with your child to the attention of “Gator Gallop Running Club”.
See the 2017 Gator Running Club registration form here

5th Grade Students Voting Day is Friday
Vote on the color for the 5th grade class t-shirts at lunch on Friday, Feb. 24th at lunchtime. You will have two colors to choose from, so be sure to cast your vote!!

Tennis Program registration update
The DES Tennis program for spring is still in the works, as announced in a recent Gator Blast. However, the group is organizing final payment details, so sign-ups will re-open next week and we will announce that information for you here. Thank you.

Please take part in the Parent Survey
AACPS is hosting an online survey to learn how parents, student, and staff feel about the climate at their school. The survey is open until March 10th, and parental input is very important. It should take 10-15 minutes to complete and you should have received a notice sent home with the code needed to access it. That notice was attached to your Sunday Blast for your convenience. Your participation is valued by the school and the county.

DES gets $1,000 prize donation from former DES family
DES recently got news that the school has been chosen as the recipient of a $1,000 prize in a contest that was won by the family of a former student. The Festival at Riva contest had over 700 entries and the winner was allowed to pick a local school to receive the winnings. The prize money will be going towards improvements in the Seeds of Learning Garden outside the Media Center. Much thanks to winner Alice George for thinking of Davidsonville Elementary School.

Public Service Announcements:

AACPS wants your help with Strategic Plan
AACPS will host three community forums on the development of its new Strategic Plan beginning next week. Public forums will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21, at North County HS; Monday, March 6, at Old Mill HS; and Tuesday, March 7, at South River HSl. Superintendent George Arlotto will address those in attendance and community members will then have the opportunity to work on the strategic plan in discussion groups where their input will be recorded and collected.  The final strategic plan will be presented to the Board of Education later this year for approval. We look forward to your input.

It’s a puzzling time at the Library
Family Puzzle Night Tuesday, February 21 at 6 pm at the Edgewater Library. Jigsaw, picture, word and logic, play with puzzles of all types and solve them together. Sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Public Libraries.

Davidsonville Athletic Association (DAA) – Spring Sports
Keep the kids active as the weather is getting warmer. Registration for Spring Sports including Soccer, Baseball, and Lacrosse is now open. Soccer offered from birth years of 2013-1999.  Lacrosse offered from Kindergarten to 8th Grade. Baseball offered from Age 4 – 14. Registration for all sports is closing in the next few weeks, so register soon. More information can be found on www.daagators.org.


DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of February 27-March 3, 2017
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Coming Up This Week:
Tuesday, February 28: Vision and Hearing screening make-up day
Wednesday, March 1: Chess Club begins 8 am
Wednesday, March 1: Math 24 Club meets after school, 3:45
Thursday, March 2: 2 HR Early Dismissal, teacher workday
Thursday, March 2: Read Across America Day, Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!
Friday, March 3: NO SCHOOL, parent/teacher conferences

A Look Ahead:
Wednesday, March 8: DES Family STEAM Night at the school, 6:30-8 pm
Thursday, March 9: Engineering Club Spring session starts, 8-9 am
Sunday, March 12: Daylight Savings Time begins, turn clocks forward one hour
Wednesday, March 15: 2 HR Early Dismissal, Professional Development
Friday & Saturday, March 17-18: DES School Play, Alice Jr, 7 pm at CMS
Saturday, March 25: Green Expo held at DES
Tuesday & Wednesday, March 28-29: 2 HR Early Dismissal, teacher workdays

Here’s the News:

Mixed Bag Catalog Fundraiser – Get shopping!
The popular Mixed Bags is back! The Spring Catalog Fundraiser packet was sent home last week. You can order by paper order form or online by clicking this link. There are two catalogs in your pack, offering tote bags, accessories, kitchenware and more. If you haven’t ordered Mixed Bags yet, they make great summer pool/beach bags as well as grocery shopping bags, laundry bags, and so much more. Paper orders are due by March 8th. If you have any questions, contact PTO Fundraising Chairperson, Melissa Robinson at: mrsrobinson062005@gmail.com. This fundraiser helps to fund the activities and events of your Davidsonville PTO. 

Alice In Wonderland Jr. – DES School Play ticket sales still open
Come see our talented DES performers in a production of Alice in Wonderland, Jr! The performances are on March 17 and 18 at 7 pm at Central Middle School. Click on the link below for either the FRIDAY performance or SATURDAY performance below (please be sure to select the correct one). 

These are General Admission seats and are not assigned, so it will be first-come, first-serve as you arrive at the performance. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $5/ticket plus a modest processing fee, for a total of $6.24, payable only through the Eventbrite electronic payment process.  You must have ticket in hand to enter. Email desgatorplay@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Friday Performance Link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alice-in-wonderland-jr-friday-performance-tickets-31651880627

Saturday Performance Link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/copy-of-alice-in-wonderland-jr-saturday-performance-tickets-32189435468

Calling all DES families – We really NEED your help!
STEAM Night is Wed. March 8th and DES is asking for items to be donated to make this fun and educational night possible. We are looking for recyclables (cardboard boxes, paper towel rolls, egg cartons, etc), straws, string, marbles, foil, paint, popsicle sticks, tape (masking, scotch, duct), scissors, toothpicks, marshmallows, construction paper, plain paper, cups, spoons, containers, and anything else you can imagine to assist in a STEAM night! The office is collecting these items. Contact caperkins1@aacps.org with any questions.

Talent Show Date now pending
Last week, the Gator Blast included future events that you might want to save the date for. We included the Talent Show date of June 8th. However, as AACPS schools have not used the allotted “snow days” this school year, there will most likely be changes coming to the calendar for the final weeks of school (Yay!). So, the DES Talent Show date is in limbo until final calendar determinations can be made. We’ll let you know when we do. Sorry for any confusion.

Tennis Club registration re-opens
Tennis Club will begin Friday, March 31st and run for 6 weeks. All grades are welcome.  Unless you have already paid, please send checks in an envelope to the school office made payable to DES PTO. Please put your child’s name and “Tennis Club” on the envelope. Register at https://annearundel.playtga.com/ShoppingCart.aspx.

The Votes are In – 5th Grade T-shirts
Green won the vote for your t-shirts! We will be sending out ordering information soon.

Reminder: Running Club for Grades 3-5 starts March 28th
If you have a 3rd-5th grader who is interested in training for the Gator Gallop 5K on May 13, sign them up for the Gator Gallop Running Club! We will be training on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school starting March 28. We will encourage good habits, good form, and having fun! Please see the flier for details, and send the form and snack fee back with your child to the attention of “Gator Gallop Running Club.”
See the 2017 Gator Gallop Running Club Registration Flier here

Reminder: Engineering Class for Spring – Registration open
Come learn about making robots in the Spring Engineering Club! The 10 week session will begin on March 9th, so get your registration form in. Classes will be held on Thursday mornings, from 8-9 am, cost is $160. Grades K-2 will have “Introduction to Robots,” and Grades 3-5 will have “Robotics Design and Programming.” For questions, contact Committee Chairperson, Bunmi Emenanjo at: b.emenanjo@gmail.com.
See the Spring 2017 DES Engineering flier here

In Recognition of Volunteer of the Month: Jennifer Edwards
Jennifer Edwards was selected as September’s Volunteer of the Month at DES! Jennifer is new to DES this year and already dove in headfirst to lead a great program this past fall, “The Mighty Miler’s.”

She will also be volunteering to help with the Gator Gallop this spring. Jennifer has 5 lovely children and spends her time working at her church as well as giving her talents to the students at DES.

We are so thrilled to have you now as part of our DES team of volunteers! Sincere thanks to Jen from the DES PTO and the whole school community.

Public Service Announcements

Entries sought for the 2017 Green Expo Poster Contest
The Green Expo is set to happen at DES on Saturday, March 25th, from 10 am to 2 pm. Free admission and everyone is encouraged to come and learn more about all of the environmental groups and projects happening in our local area. There’s a ton of information and something for everyone to enjoy. The DES Green School Club will have a table at the event too. All students in Grades K-5 are welcome to submit an entry for the poster contest, entries due on March 25th at the event. See details on the flier.
See the Green Expo Poster Contest flier here
See the 2017 Green Expo Flier here


DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of March 6-10, 2017
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Remember to turn in February Book-It Reading Calendars this week!

Coming Up This Week: 
Wednesday, March 8: DES Family STEAM Night at the school, 6:30-8 pm, details below
Wednesday, March 8: Mixed Bag Fundraiser paper orders are due
Wednesday, March 8: Math 24 Club meets after school
Thursday, March 9: Engineering Club Spring session starts, 8-9 am

A Look Ahead: 
Sunday, March 12: Daylight Savings Time begins, turn clocks forward one hour
Monday, March 13: 5th Grade Parent Info. night with CMS Principal Beall, 7 pm
Wednesday, March 15: 2 HR Early Dismissal, Professional Development
Friday & Saturday, March 17-18: DES School Play, Alice Jr, 7 pm at CMS
Thursday, March 23: Spring photo day-Groups & 5th Grade panoramic pictures taken
Saturday, March 25: Davidsonville Green Expo held at DES
Tuesday & Wednesday, March 28-29:   2 HR Early Dismissal , teacher workdays
Thursday, March 30: Science Fair project drop-off day
Friday, March 31: Science Fair judging. Participant family Open House, 6-7:30 pm

Here’s the News:

  Come to this fun family event!   
STEAM Night is this Wednesday
How tall can you build a marshmallow and toothpick tower? What does painting with a pendulum look like? How far can your gummy bear fly with your hand built launcher? Find out these answers and much more at DES STEAM Night on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 6:30-8:00! Please join us at Davidsonville Elementary for a night of science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities for the whole family to enjoy! There will be something for everyone. Do you think you could visit every station? Prove it with the STEAM night passport where you receive credit for every activity completed! We will see you there!

Mixed Bag Catalog Fundraiser – Send in your orders this week
Don’t forget to send in your order forms for the Mixed Bag Catalog Fundraiser. We are asking to have them in by Wednesday. You can also continue to order online  by clicking this linkIf you have any questions, contact PTO Fundraising Chairperson, Melissa Robinson. We are hoping to see lots of orders for this! Have you seen the sample items on display in the school hallway?

Donut Fundraiser??? What a genius idea!
Do you need an excuse to eat a hot fresh doughnut? What if we told you it’s for a good cause? That’s right, join us on Tuesday, March 7th at Krispy Kreme in Crofton from 3-9 pm, bring the flier attached, and buy as many doughnuts as you can eat because a portion of the proceeds are going to our Relay for Life Gators for Life team, a branch of American Cancer Society. Come hungry and we’ll see you there!
See the Krispy Kreme Gators For Life flier here

Parent Survey Online
Parents, this is a reminder to please complete the 10-15 minute survey about our school. The survey can be taken at http://survey.pagequest.net. The parent password is “AADavidsElemP3”. The survey results are being tracked by the Board, so your participation is valued. The survey will be open online until March 18th. We would love to see a high participation rate for Davidsonville Elementary School. Thank you.

Reminder: DES School Play ticket sales still open 
Come see our talented DES performers in a production of Alice in Wonderland, Jr! The performances are on March 17 & 18 at 7 pm at Central Middle School. Click on the link below for either the FRIDAY performance or SATURDAY performance below (please be sure to select the correct one). These are General Admission seats and are not assigned, so it will be first-come, first-serve as you arrive at the performance. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $5/ticket plus a modest processing fee, for a total of $6.24, payable only through the Eventbrite electronic payment process.  You must have ticket in hand to enter. Email desgatorplay@gmail.com  if you have any questions.
Friday Performance Link: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alice-in-wonderland-jr-friday-performance-tickets-31651880627
Saturday Performance Link: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/copy-of-alice-in-wonderland-jr-saturday-performance-tickets-32189435468

Reminder: Gator Gallop Running Club Sign-ups still open for grades 3-5
If you have a 3rd-5th grader who is interested in training for the Gator Gallop 5K on May 13, please sign them up for the Gator Gallop Running Club! We will be training on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school starting March 28.  We will encourage good habits, good form, and having fun! Please see the flier for all the details, and send the form and snack fee back with your child to the attention of “Gator Gallop Running Club”.
See the Gator Gallop Running Club flier here

Reminder: Tennis Club registration
Tennis Club will begin Friday, March 31st and run for 6 weeks. All grades are welcome.  Unless you have already paid, please send checks in an envelope to the school office made payable to DES PTO. Please put your child’s name and “Tennis Club” on the envelope. Register at https://annearundel.playtga.com/ShoppingCart.aspx .

Public Service Announcements:

Lend your voice to AACPS planning
Anne Arundel County Public Schools reminds you that the school system is hosting two community forums on the development of its new Strategic Plan this week. Public forums will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on  Monday, March 6, at Old Mill High School; and Tuesday, March 7, at South River High School.

Superintendent George Arlotto will address those in attendance at the outset of each forum, and community members will then have the opportunity to work on the strategic plan in discussion groups where their input will be recorded and collected.  The final strategic plan will be presented to the Board of Education later this year for approval. We hope to see you at one of these forums and look forward to your input.


DES PTO Gator Blast
Midweek Mail – March 8, 2017
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*** Family STEAM Night is tonight at 6:30 ***
It’s a very special night at DES tonight. Come on up to the school from 6:30 to 8 pm and enjoy all the fun we have in store for you. Join us for a night of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math activities for the whole family! Collect your STEAM night passport where you receive credit for every activity completed at every station. How tall can you build a marshmallow and toothpick tower? What does painting with a pendulum look like? How far can your gummy bear fly with your hand-built launcher? Find out these answers and more. We are excited to see everyone tonight!
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Still to Come This Week:
Wednesday, March 8: DES Family STEAM Night at the school, 6:30-8 pm
Thursday, March 9: Mixed Bag Fundraiser paper orders still accepted
Thursday, March 9: Engineering Club Spring session starts, 8-9 am 

A Look Ahead:
Sunday, March 12: Daylight Savings Time begins, turn clocks forward one hour
Monday, March 13: 5th Grade Parent Info. night with CMS Principal Beall, 7 pm
Wednesday, March 15: 2 HR Early Dismissal, Professional Development
Friday & Saturday, March 17-18: DES School Play, Alice Jr, 7 pm at CMS 

Here’s the News:

Mixed Bag Catalog Fundraiser – Late orders still accepted on Thursday
We’ve gotten a couple of requests for late orders, so we’d like to tell everyone that you can still turn in the order on Thursday. You can also order online  by clicking this linkIf you have any questions, contact PTO Fundraising Chairperson, Melissa Robinson at:  mrsrobinson062005@gmail.com. We are hoping to see lots of orders for this! Thanks to all who are taking part.

Cooking Classes are back again
This fun and delicious 6-week session will be our last for the school year. Each week our budding young chefs will create something delicious to carry home to share with their family. Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 3:45-5:00 pm. Parents are required to pick up their students at 5 p.m. SACC students will be taken to SACC after class. The price for the 6-week session is $110. Please make checks payable to DES PTO. For more information, contact Melissa Sherwood at 410-533-1182 or delishdish4@yahoo.com.
See the 2017 Spring Cooking Program flier here

Last Call for Alice in Wonderland Jr. Tickets!
Come see our talented DES performers in a production of Alice in Wonderland, Jr! The performances are on March 17 & 18 at 7 pm at Central Middle School. Click on the link below for either the FRIDAY performance or SATURDAY performance below (please be sure to select the correct one). These are General Admission seats and are not assigned, so it will be first-come, first-serve as you arrive at the performance. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $5/ticket plus a modest processing fee, for a total of $6.24, payable only through the Eventbrite electronic payment process.  You must have ticket in hand to enter. Email desgatorplay@gmail.com  if you have any questions.
Friday Performance Link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alice-in-wonderland-jr-friday-performance-tickets-31651880627

Saturday Performance Link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/copy-of-alice-in-wonderland-jr-saturday-performance-tickets-32189435468

Public Service Announcements:

UA Flag Football Program registration open
Come enjoy a night out with family and friends to experience the Under the Lights Flag Football program offered by Under Armour. It’s healthy football competition for young athletes without the intensity of tackle. It’s community fun, food and music for all to enjoy! Practices and games begin in late April and run every Friday evening at Davidsonville Park. See details online. Register your athlete to participate in this amazing program online at http://www.uaflag.com/page/show/2334433-davidsonville-2017-spring-season-.
See the UA Football flier here


DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of March 13-17, 2017
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Will there be snow this week?
Wear your “Faith in the Flakes” shirt Monday!!!

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, March 13: 5th Grade Parent Info. night with CMS Principal Beall, 7 pm
Monday, March 13: Wear your “Faith in the Flakes” shirt, or other blue shirt
Wednesday, March 15: 2 HR Early Dismissal, Professional Development
Wednesday, March 15: Math 24 Club will NOT meet due to early dismissal
Thursday, March 16: Engineering Club-Spring meets 8-9 am
Friday & Saturday, March 17-18: DES School Play, Alice Jr, 7 pm at CMS 

A Look Ahead:
Monday, March 20: PTO Executive Board meeting, 7:15 pm
Thursday, March 23: Spring photo day-Groups & 5th Grade panoramic pictures taken
Saturday, March 25: Davidsonville Green Expo held at DES
Tuesday & Wednesday, March 28-29:  2 HR Early Dismissal, teacher workdays
Thursday, March 30: Science Fair project drop-off day
Friday, March 31: Science Fair judging. Participant family Open House, 6-7:30 pm
Friday, March 31: Candy Bar Bingo at DES, 6-8 pm in the cafeteria

Here’s the News:

Let it Snow!!!!
You may have heard talk of a possible snow event this week. To show your support for a snow day, wear your blue “Faith in the Flakes” t-shirt to school on Monday. If you didn’t purchase the shirt, join the movement by wearing a blue shirt. Let’s all band together and Make It Snow!!!!

5th Grade Parent Information Session Monday
All 5th grade parents are invited to DES on Monday, March 13th at 7:00 p.m. Mrs. Beall, CMS Principal, will host a session on transitioning to middle school for our parents. Come ask questions and find out more about how things will work next year.

Spelling Bee at DES
It’s time for the Davidsonville Elementary School Annual Spelling Bee! Any child in grades 2-5 may register to participate. There will be preliminary rounds (March 27 & 28) leading up to the main event on April 6th. See the flier for all of the details.
See the Spelling Bee flier here

Cooking Classes are back again
This fun and delicious 6-week session will be our last for the school year. Each week our budding young chefs will create something delicious to carry home to share with their family. Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 3:45-5:00 pm. Parents are required to pick up their students at 5 p.m. SACC students will be taken to SACC after class. The price for the 6-week session is $110. Please make checks payable to DES PTO. For more information, contact Melissa Sherwood at 410-533-1182 or delishdish4@yahoo.com.
See the 2017 Spring Cooking Program flier here

Best of Luck to all of our student performers!
Alice in Wonderland Jr. is this weekend
Come see our talented DES performers in a production of Alice in Wonderland, Jr! The performances are on March 17 & 18 at 7 pm at Central Middle School. Click on the link below for either the FRIDAY performance or SATURDAY performance below (please be sure to select the correct one). These are General Admission seats and are not assigned, so it will be first-come, first-serve as you arrive at the performance. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $5/ticket plus a modest processing fee, for a total of $6.24, payable only through the Eventbrite electronic payment process. You must have ticket in hand to enter. E-mail desgatorplay@gmail.com  if you have any questions.
Friday Performance Link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alice-in-wonderland-jr-friday-performance-tickets-31651880627

Saturday Performance Link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/copy-of-alice-in-wonderland-jr-saturday-performance-tickets-32189435468

Candy Bar Bingo is coming around again
Have you played Candy Bar Bingo yet? It’s a fun family night with sweet, sweet prizes! This year’s event, sponsored by the DES PTO, will be held on Friday, March 31st in the DES Cafeteria, from 6 to 8 pm. Everyone that wants to play should bring along a candy bar to enter. There will be free popcorn and water. All grades are welcome. Put it on your calendars now, we hope to see you there.

Science Fair Participants
Remember to keep working on your projects for the upcoming DES Science Fair. And parents, please ensure all forms have been turned in to your student’s science teacher. We are excited to see what our brilliant DES students come up with this year.

Reminder: Talent Show Form Correction
Any questions regarding the Talent Show, please contact Ms. Isett at cisett@aacps.org. Please DO NOT e-mail the address as listed on the form as it is inaccurate and will not be received at Davidsonville Elementary. Thank you!

Public Service Announcements:

Books for Bill
Navy Athletics would like to invite you and your students to kick off the 2nd Annual Books for Bill Summer Reading Program! We encourage all students to come out and watch your Navy Midshipmen take on the Lehigh Mountain Hawks on Saturday March 25th at 11:30 am at Navy- Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Before or during the game please come by our marketing table to pick up your Books for Bill Summer Reading packet at the North end zone entrance or the Blue side concourse level. All participating students must place their order in advance. For any questions or additional information, please contact Jordan Albright at 410-293-8791 or albright@usna.edu


DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of March 20-24, 2017
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Congratulations to our DES performers & helpers
who wrapped up their run of Alice Jr. this weekend.
What a great job they ALL did!

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, March 20: PTO Executive Board meeting, 7:15 pm
Wednesday, March 22: Math 24 Club meets after school
Thursday, March 23: Spring photo day-Groups & 5th Grade panoramic pictures taken
Saturday, March 25: Davidsonville Green Expo held at DES, 10am-2pm, details below

A Look Ahead:
Monday, March 27: 1st Tryout date for DES Talent Show held after school
Monday & Tuesday, March 27-28: Spelling Bee Preliminary rounds
Tuesday & Wednesday, March 28-29:  2 HR Early Dismissal, teacher workdays
Tuesday, March 28: Gator Gallop Running Club holds first meeting after school
Thursday, March 30: 2nd Tryout date for DES Talent Show held after school
Thursday, March 30: Science Fair project drop-off day
Friday, March 31: Science Fair judging. Participant family Open House, 6-7:30 pm
Friday, March 31: Candy Bar Bingo at DES, 6-8 pm in the cafeteria
Wednesday, April 5: DES Special Education Committee meeting, 6:30 pm

Here’s the News:

Square One Art is here!
Students will be bringing home their personalized Square One art catalogs. You can place orders online or by sending in the order form and check by no later than APRIL 19. We cannot accept late orders. Checks should be made payable to Square One Art. Students can give their teachers their paper orders on or before the deadline date. Products are due to be delivered just in time for Mother’s Day! There are three ways to order after you receive your catalog:
– The paper order form attached to the custom catalog.
– Online at www.square1art.com/shop]www.square1art.com/shop.
– Phone Customer Care at 888-332-3294.

The sheet of stickers included with the catalog is complimentary and are for students to keep. Any questions? E-mail Syndy Shilling-Kucner at sjshilling@hotmail.com.

Show us what you can do at the DES Talent Show!
You may have seen the information sent home all about the 2017 DES Talent Show. It will be held on Tuesday, June 6th at 6:30 pm at AHS. All participants must attend one of the two tryouts held on March 27th or March 30th at DES afterschool prepared to perform. There is a 2 minute time limit for each act and you must have a signed permission slip to try out. If you need information, contact Colleen Isett at: cisett@aacps.org

All About Relay For Life – Gators for Life Team
Have you seen these friendly plastic flamingos flocking around Davidsonville? Wondering what it’s all about? The fun flamingos are the beginning of a DES Gators For Life, Relay for Life fundraiser!!! We are “flocking” DES families that are nominated by the previous flock “victim” for a donation. It has been so much fun!

We have lots of other fundraisers coming up – Yard Sale, Date Night Babysitting, Yankee Candle Fundraiser, Recess Relay, and more! These all lead up to the BIG Relay for Life event on Friday June 2nd 6 pm – June 3rd 6 am. The BIG event is an overnight gathering of all the South Anne Arundel teams where teams take laps to raise money and honor love ones who have or have had cancer.

“Relay is a team fundraising event where team members take turns walking around a track. The event is 12 hours in length and each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Cancer patients don’t stop because they’re tired, and for one night, neither do we. Each team sets up a themed campsite at the event and continues their fundraising efforts by collecting donations for food, goods, games, and activities. This money will count towards their overall team fundraising goal.”

This night is a life-changing event. We are all one team – students, teachers, parents and all! Relay for Life is a branch of American Cancer Society. Contact Team Captains: Casey Perkins, caperkins1@aacps.org, or Helen Kleintank, hmorrison-kleintank@aacps.org with any questions! Click below to sign up for DES Gators for Life:
http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY17SA?team_id=2108263&pg;=team&fr;_id=83108

Here’s one of the Relay for Life fundraisers now:
Candles to stop cancer? Let’s do it! Your child recently brought home a Yankee Candle fundraising packet to raise money for the Relay for Life team, DES Gators for Life! There are lots of goodies for sale, not just candles. So check it out and send it off to relatives or friends. The sale launches March 15 and ends Friday, March 31. You can buy online, or through the catalog. Please make checks out to DES. Any questions, please contact Casey Perkins at caperkins1@aacps.org *If you choose not to have your items shipped to you, they will come to the school. We will arrange a time after school for a pick up day – stay tuned for those details in a few weeks! Thank you!

Reminder: The Spelling Bee is nearly here at DES
It’s time for the Davidsonville Elementary School Annual Spelling Bee! Any child in grades 2-5 may register to participate. There will be preliminary rounds (March 27 & 28) leading up to the main event on April 6th. See the flier for all of the details.
See the Spelling Bee flier here

Reminder: Register for the Gator Gallop event set for May 13th
Come join us at this annual event at DAA Park. You can select from a 5K, a 1 mile run (ages 4-11), or a 100 yard gallop –  there’s something for all ages. You can register online anytime for this fun family event at this link.

Reminder: Gator Gallop Running Club for grades 3-5
If you have a 3rd-5th grader who is interested in training for the Gator Gallop 5K on May 13, please sign them up for the Gator Gallop Running Club! We will be training on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school starting March 28. We will encourage good habits, good form, and having fun! Please see the flier for all the details, and send the form and snack fee back with your child to the attention of “Gator Gallop Running Club”.
See the Gator Gallop Running Club flier here

In Recognition of Volunteer of the Month: Beth Kuhl
The DES PTO Volunteer of the Month for October is Beth Kuhl. Beth has given countless hours to DES over the past few years! Beth has served on the PTO board as the secretary and volunteer coordinator. In addition to her years on the board, she has also helped chair the Book Fair which has been a tremendous success every year. You’ll also find Beth in the halls of DES volunteering in the classrooms, helping with social events, working on the yearbook and many other activities.

For the past 5 years, Beth has been a dependable, willing and able volunteer who has worked hard to make DES a fantastic school. Beth is married with two children, has a cute doggie and loves to spend her free time on her Pampered Chef endeavor. Thanks Beth for all the time that you give to our kiddos!

Public Service Announcements:

Davidsonville Green Expo is this Saturday!
The Green Expo is set to happen at DES on Saturday, March 25th, from 10 am to 2 pm. Free admission and everyone is encouraged to come and learn more about all of the environmental groups and projects happening in our local area. There’s a ton of information and something for everyone to enjoy. The DES Green School Club will have a table at the event too.
See the 2017 Green Expo Flier here


DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of March 27-31, 2017
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Friday Night:
Check out the Science Fair Projects AND Play Candy Bar Bingo!

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, March 27: 1st Tryout date for DES Talent Show held after school
Monday & Tuesday, March 27-28: Spelling Bee Preliminary rounds
Tuesday & Wednesday, March 28-29: 2 HR Early Dismissal, teacher workdays
Tuesday, March 28: Gator Gallop Running Club holds first meeting after school
Wednesday, March 29: Math 24 Club will NOT meet due to early dismissal
Thursday, March 30: 2nd Tryout date for DES Talent Show held after school
Thursday, March 30: Science Fair project drop-off day, starting at 8:30 am
Friday, March 31: Science Fair judging. Open House, 6-7:30 pm
Friday, March 31: Candy Bar Bingo at DES, 6-8 pm in the cafeteria

A Look Ahead:
Monday, April 3: PTO Executive Board meeting, 7 pm
Wednesday, April 5: DES Special Education Committee presentation on Dyslexia, 6:30
Thursday, April 6: DES School Spelling Bee, 6 pm
Monday, April 9-Monday, April 17: NO SCHOOL, Spring Break
Wednesday, April 19: 3rd Grade Field trip
Friday, April 21: Spring Book Fair & Ice Cream Social
Wednesday & Thursday, April 26-27: 4th Grade Arlington Echo trip

Here’s the News:

It’s Science Fair Week at DES!
Bring on the annual DES Science Fair! Projects are due this Thursday before school and can be dropped off starting at 8:30 am. Remember that student names should be on the BACK of their display boards. The Science Fair takes place on Friday with judges on hand to rate the projects. The judges will use a scoring guide that we have attached here so students can see what they will be judged on. Everyone is invited to attend the Open House event on Friday evening, from 6-7:30 pm, to see all the projects on display.
See the Science Fair Judging sheet here

Candy Bar Bingo is Sweet Fun this Friday
Come one and all to the super fun, always exciting, Candy Bar Bingo! It’s a fun family night with sweet, sweet prizes. This year’s event, sponsored by the DES PTO, will be held on Friday, March 31st in the DES Cafeteria, from 6 to 8 pm. Everyone that wants to play should bring along a candy bar to enter. There will be free popcorn & water, and Friday Family Fun for everyone!

Tennis Program begins this week
Session dates for the upcoming Tennis Program at DES have been announced. They are as follows: The session dates will be March 31, April 7, April 21, (No class on April 14), April 28, May 5 and May 12. Best of luck to our inaugural DES Tennis players.​

Honors Chorus & Honors Band
Please turn in your Baysox permission slip and ticket money to Mrs. Ciecierski or Mrs. Fidyk by Friday, March 31st. Please also include your t-shirt size on the permission slip. We hope to see everyone there. It will be a fun night!

Honors Chorus
If you are singing at the Tiger Trot on Saturday, April 1st, please turn in your permission slip to Mrs. Ciecierski by Friday, March 31st. There is no dress code. Please meet Mrs. Ciecierski by the stage in the cafeteria at Central Elementary to warm up by 7:30 a.m. We perform at 7:45 a.m. Also, there is no rehearsal on Tuesday, March 28th because it is an early dismissal. Next rehearsal is on April 4th.

Spring Yoga at DES for K-2nd Grade
Whole Kids Yoga is set to begin again for K-2 on Mondays afterschool, starting on April 24th. This fun program offers much more than yoga with music, stories, games, and more. Cost is $82 for 5 classes. Space is limited, so turn in your registration form marked for Yoga Program by April 7th. See the flier for details.
See the Whole Kids Yoga Spring 2017 flier here

Square One Art order deadline is April 19
You can place your Square One order online or by sending in the order form and check by no later than APRIL 19. We cannot accept late orders. Checks should be made payable to Square One Art. Students can give their teachers their paper orders on or before the deadline date. Products are due to be delivered just in time for Mother’s Day! Any questions? E-mail Syndy Shilling-Kucner.

Next Year’s School Start & Dismissal times
Parents should note that the hours for all Anne Arundel County Public Schools will be shifting for the next school year. The tentative schedule has been announced. The school hours for DES under the proposed schedule would be: 9:30 am to 3:55 pm. The change in times for all schools should be finalized before the end of this school year. If you would like more information, visit www.aacps.org and click on “School Start and Dismissal Times Initiative.” We will place an item in a future Gator Blast when the schedule is confirmed.


DES PTO Gator Blast 
Week of April 3-7, 2017
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  Let’s Go O’s! 
  Wear Orange & Black on Monday for opening day  

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, April 3: Wear Orange & Black today for the Orioles!
Monday, April 3: PTO Executive Board meeting, 7 pm
Wednesday, April 5: DES Special Education Committee presentation on Dyslexia, 6:30
Wednesday, April 5: AA County Board of Education meeting at 10 a.m., 2644 Riva Rd.
Thursday, April 6: DES School Spelling Bee, 6 pm

A Look Ahead: 
Monday, April 9-Monday, April 17: NO SCHOOL, Spring Break (school resumes 4/18)
Wednesday, April 19: 3rd Grade Field trip
Friday, April 21: Spring Book Fair & Ice Cream Social, 6-7:30 pm, details below
Monday April 24-Friday April 28: PARCC Testing for grades 3 & 5
Tuesday, April 25: Book Fair is open late, until 6 pm
Wednesday, April 26: Special Friends Day at the Book Fair, student last names A-M

Wednesday & Thursday, April 26-27: 4th Grade Arlington Echo trip
Thursday, April 27: Special Friends Day at the Book Fair, student last names N-Z
Monday, May 15: DES Spring Chorus Concert
Wednesday, May 17: DES Spring Strings Concert
Thursday, May 18: DES Spring Band Concert

Here’s the News:

Wear your Orange & Black Monday
Orange you glad Monday is OPENING DAY for the Orioles? So please wear orange & black or Orioles attire.

Curious about Dyslexia? Join us Wednesday evening
The DES Special Education Committee is hosting a special parent event on Wednesday, April 5th at 6:30 pm at DES. They welcome the Anne Arundel County Chapter of Decoding Dyslexia for an educational presentation covering the topic. The entire DES community is encouraged to attend.
See the Special Education program flier here

The Spring Book Fair is coming! Have S’more Fun with Books!
The HAPPY CAMPER Book Fair is coming to DES from April 21-28. There are lots of special events and shopping times scheduled. All students will also get to visit the Book Fair during their Media Center time. Come to the opening night on Friday, April 21st and enjoy the Ice Cream Social ($1 per bowl) along with shopping. Enjoy a later night of shopping on Tuesday, April 25th when the fair is open until 6:00 pm. Grandparents or Special Friends are invited to have lunch with their student in the cafeteria on Wednesday or Thursday of Book Fair Week, and then shop at the Book Fair.
Wednesday, April 26th: Children with last names A-M will attend
Thursday, April 27th: Children with last names N-Z will attend
Remember you can send in shopping money with your student on their Media Center day. There is also online shopping available.
See the DES Spring Book Fair flier here

Last Call for Book It Calendars
Remember to turn in completed March Book It calendars this week! Please include your child’s full name, teacher name, and grade on the calendars. If you still need to print March’s calendar, a copy is attached. This is also the last call for any other Book It calendars that your child has completed, but not yet submitted. March was the last month for Book It.  All students who participated in the Book It program each month from October through March will be invited to a Kona Ice party in June.
See the March Book-It calendar here

Reminder: Spring Yoga at DES for K-2nd Grade
Whole Kids Yoga is set to begin again for K-2 on Mondays afterschool, starting on April 24th. This fun program offers much more than yoga with music, stories, games, and more. Cost is $82 for 5 classes. Space is limited, so turn in your registration form marked for Yoga Program by April 7th. See the flier for details.
See the Whole Kids Yoga Spring 2017 flier here

Reminder: Square One Art order deadline is April 19
You can place your Square One order online or by sending in the order form and check by no later than APRIL 19.  We cannot accept late orders.  Checks should be made payable to Square One Art. Students can give their teachers their paper orders on or before the deadline date. Products are due to be delivered just in time for Mother’s Day! Any questions? E-mail Syndy Shilling-Kucner at sjshilling@hotmail.com.

Public Service Announcements:

Kids in the Digital Age – What’s a Parent to do?
The Harbor Hills Community is hosting a private showing of the documentary “Screenagers” on Friday, April 21st, 6:30 pm at the Harbor Hills Clubhouse. Dr. Delaney Ruston explores why young people are so drawn to social media and video games and what effect it’s having on their brains. Admission is $5. Parents, teens, adolescents, friends and family are welcome. Pizza & drinks will be available to purchase. Contact Pamela Davis at ptribino@comcast.net (former DES parent/current CMS & SRHS parent) or Kathleen Spain (current DES parent) for questions. We hope to create meaningful conversation among teens and parents. For more info., visit www.screenagersmovie.com.
Seating is limited – tickets must be purchased in advance online. Visit:
https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-harbor-hills-homeowners-association-2096.


DES PTO Gator Blast
Midweek Mail, April 5, 2017
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 Are you nearly ready for your Spring Break! 

Still to Come This Week:
Thursday, April 6: DES School Spelling Bee, 6 pm
Friday, April 7: Last day to search the Lost & Found, details below

A Look Ahead:
Monday, April 10-Monday, April 17: NO SCHOOL, Spring Break (school resumes 4/18)
Wednesday, April 19: 3rd Grade Field trip

Friday, April 21: Spring Book Fair & Ice Cream Social, 6-7:30 pm
Monday April 24-Friday April 28: PARCC Testing for grades 3 & 5
Tuesday, April 25: Book Fair is open late, until 6 pm
Wednesday, April 26: Special Friends Day at the Book Fair, student last names A-M

Wednesday & Thursday, April 26-27: 4th Grade Arlington Echo trip
Thursday, April 27: Special Friends Day at the Book Fair, student last names N-Z
Friday, April 28: Last day to register for the Gator Gallop
Saturday, May 13: Gator Gallop event held at DAA Park
Monday, May 15: DES Spring Chorus Concert
Wednesday, May 17: DES Spring Strings Concert
Thursday, May 18: DES Spring Band Concert
Thursday, June 8: New Last Day of School

Here’s the News:

New Official Last Day of School
AACPS has announced that the newly adjusted school calendar shows that the last day of school at DES will be on Thursday, June 8th, 2017. The unused snow days were the reason behind the adjustment. Schools will dismiss two hours early on Wed. & Thurs., June 7th and 8th. 5th grade parents should note that the Promotion Event will now be held on June 8th.

Last Chance for Lost & Found this week
Parents and students please note that any items (coats, jackets, clothing, lunchboxes, etc.) left in the lost and found by the end of spring break will be donated by SGA as part of their spring service project. We have been putting items out on display for students to look at weekly, so it is nearly time to donate those items that are not claimed. The Lost & Found is kept in the school cafeteria, so stop in to the office and let them know if you’d like to take a look before Friday afternoon. Thanks.

Gator Gallop Registration closing soon
Just a reminder that all registration for the Annual Gator Gallop event will be closing on Friday, April 28th. If you haven’t yet signed up to take part in this event, sponsored by the PTO, you should do it soon. The DES Gator Gallop is a fun run benefitting Davidsonville Elementary School and is open to everyone.  Please join us on Saturday, May 13, 2017, for the 5K, 1 Mile or the 100 yard gallop. Enjoy a fun morning at DAA Park with pre-run warm-ups, post-run snacks, a mascot chase, and giveaways!

  • 5K – A trail run around Davidsonville Park, 2 loops. 
  • 1 Mile – Ages 4 – 11 only – an out and back course. 
  • Fun Run – 100 yard gallop for the kids. (You may sign your child up for both the 1 mile and 100 yard gallop as a combination option).

The Gator Gallop is an untimed, family event for all. Runners and walkers of all abilities are encouraged to register. Funds raised will benefit Davidsonville Elementary. Register at: http://www.active.com/davidsonville-md/running/distance-running-races/davidsonville-elementary-gator-gallop-5k-1-mile-fun-run-2017

Relay for Life Fundraiser update
Relay for Life’s Yankee Candle Fundraiser catalog sales are over but the fundraising is NOT! You can still buy online through July 12th by using this link:
https://www.yankeecandlefundraising.com/store.htm
Thank you for supporting Relay for Life, a branch of American Cancer Society. Together we are supporting and saving lives! Contact Mrs. Perkins caperkins1@aaps.org with any questions.

Teacher Appreciation Week – Help us get ready!!
Teacher Appreciation Week will be May 1st – 5th.  At DES we know our teachers and staff are the BEST!  We are gearing up to show them how much we appreciate them during National Teacher Appreciation Week.  Consider making a donation of a gift card or product ($15 value or greater) for our daily gift raffle. Gift cards can be purchased through our Gator Green program, which will help us raise additional funds for our school. If you are interested in that option order soon. Please contact Gator Green Chairperson Christina Feindt at cfeindt@gmail.com. Thank you!

In Recognition of Volunteer of the Month:
Melissa Robinson
Volunteer of the Month for November was none other than Melissa Robinson! Melissa is currently our Vice President of Fundraising. She has worked countless hours on the fantastic Gator Gamble this year to ensure that it once again earned over 30K for our school. And, we can’t forget about the numerous hours she dedicated to our other smaller fundraisers, like our catalog sales. We depend on those fundraising dollars to make so many fantastic things happen at the school. Prior to taking on fundraising, she was our social chair and still continues to help out with that. And Melissa attends every board meeting with dedication and valuable input. In addition to helping out in her children’s classroom and with PTO activities, you can even find her on the fields coaching a sport or two! We appreciate her finding the time to help our school in so many ways between her full time job, the busy schedules of her 3 children and wife to Will!  Thank you Melissa for time and dedication to our school community!

In Recognition – Science Fair Winners:
We’d like to offer our Congratulations to the winners of this year’s DES Science Fair. There were nearly 80 projects in the Fair this time around and everyone worked hard to make it a wonderful experience. Thanks to our great PTO volunteers who organized it all, and also to our 17 volunteer judges who helped us out. Here are this year’s winners:
3rd Grade:
1st place – Isaac McMahan
2nd place – Sofia Moss
3rd place (tie) – Tyler Spain,
Madaline Hunt
4th Grade:
1st place – Edwin Siembieda & Ian Wallace
2nd place – Elsa Turner
3rd place (tie) – Jude Malas & Brayden Marcus,
Ava Weisner
5th Grade:
1st place – Riley Dickens
2nd place – Kathryn Caldwell
3rd place (tie) – Bride Boensen & Hania Malas,
Emerson Drenner


DES PTO Gator Blast 
Week of April 18-21, 2017
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Welcome back everyone!
We hope you enjoyed your Spring Break.

Coming Up This Week:
Tuesday, April 18: School resumes following Spring Break
Wednesday, April 19: 3rd Grade Field trip
Wednesday, April 19: Math 24 Club final meeting after school
Wednesday, April 19: Math 24 Club competition for 4th grade at AHS, 5-6:30 pm
Wednesday, April 19: Deadline for Square One Art orders, details below
Friday, April 21: Spring Book Fair opens & Ice Cream Social held, 6-7:30 pm

A Look Ahead:
Monday April 24-Friday April 28: PARCC Testing for grades 3 & 5
Tuesday, April 25: Book Fair is open late, until 6 pm
Wednesday, April 26: Special Friends Day at the Book Fair, student last names A-M
Wednesday, April 26: Math 24 Club competition for 3rd grade at AHS, 5-6:30 pm
Wednesday & Thursday, April 26-27: 4th Grade Arlington Echo trip
Thursday, April 27: Special Friends Day at the Book Fair, student last names N-Z
Friday, April 28: Last day to register for the Gator Gallop
Monday, May 1-Friday, May 5: PARCC Testing for grade 4
Thursday, May 4: 5th Grade Philadelphia trip
Friday, May 5: Sea Perch competition
Saturday, May 13: Gator Gallop event held at DAA Park
Monday, May 15: 1st Grade field trip
Monday, May 15: DES Spring Chorus Concert
Wednesday, May 17: DES Spring Strings Concert
Thursday, May 18: DES Spring Band Concert
Thursday, June 8: New Last Day of School

Here’s the News:

LAST CALL – Square One Art order deadline is April 19
You can place orders online or by sending in the order form and check by no later than APRIL 19. We cannot accept late orders. Checks should be made payable to Square One Art. Students can give their teachers their paper orders on or before the deadline date. Products are due to be delivered just in time for Mother’s Day! There are three ways to order after you receive your catalog:
– The paper order form attached to the custom catalog.
– Online at www.square1art.com/shop]www.square1art.com/shop.
– Phone Customer Care at 888-332-3294.
Any questions? E-mail Syndy Shilling-Kucner at sjshilling@hotmail.com.

Math 24 Club heads to competition
Members of the Math 24 Club have been working for a long time this year to have fun and improve their math skills. Faculty chairperson Mrs. Yancey, would like to invite everyone to come to the remaining two competitions to support our DES Math 24 teams. 4th graders will compete on Wednesday, April 19th from 5-6:30 pm at Annapolis High School. 3rd graders will compete on Wednesday, April 26th from 5-6:30 pm, also at AHS. The 5th graders already held their competition earlier in the month. Best of luck to our DES teams!

The Spring Book Fair starts Friday!
Have S’more Fun with Books & Ice Cream
The HAPPY CAMPER Book Fair is coming to DES from April 21-28. There are lots of special events and shopping times scheduled. All students will also get to visit the Book Fair during their Media Center time. Come to the opening night on Friday, April 21st and enjoy the Ice Cream Social ($1 per bowl) along with shopping. Enjoy a later night of shopping on Tuesday, April 25th when the fair is open until 6:00 pm. Grandparents or Special Friends are invited to have lunch with their student in the cafeteria on Wednesday or Thursday of Book Fair Week, and then shop at the Book Fair.
Wednesday, April 26th: Children with last names A-M will attend
Thursday, April 27th: Children with last names N-Z will attend
Remember you can send in shopping money with your student on their Media Center day. There is also online shopping available.
See the DES Spring Book Fair flier here

If you’d like to see a yearbook next year, we need YOU!
We are earnestly seeking a volunteer to step up and be the team leader for the DES Yearbook project for the next school year. We are reaching out now so that this volunteer might be able to shadow this year’s chairperson and get some insight and info. on what is involved. If you are willing to take this on, contact PTO Volunteer Chair Jodi Doney at: jodidoney@hotmail.com. Thank you!!!!

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming!!! May 1st – 5th  
The TAW committee is collecting donations of daily raffle items for the teachers (gift cards $15 to $25). Volunteers need to help with activities during the week. Please contact Marie Londot at: mariemL963@aol.com or Dodie Seppi at: djseppi5@gmail.com.

Public Service Announcements:

Would you like to play a game?
Family Game Nights are coming to Westfield Annapolis Mall! From April thru October, the 4th Tuesday of the month will feature Game Night for anyone interested in taking part. You should check out the website linked below for all the details. Kick off is April 25th. You can either pre-register for dinner and other items, or just show up and play for free. All proceeds benefit the 21st Century Education Foundation for AACPS. You can register online at:
https://www.westfield.com/annapolis/events/all-events/westfield-annapolis-family-game-night/39467

Kids in the Digital Age – What’s a Parent to do?
The Harbor Hills Community is hosting a private showing of the documentary “Screenagers” on Friday, April 21st, 6:30 pm at the Harbor Hills Clubhouse. Dr. Delaney Ruston explores why young people are so drawn to social media and video games and what effect it’s having on their brains. Admission is $5. Parents, teens, adolescents, friends and family are welcome. Pizza & drinks will be available to purchase. Contact Pamela Davis at ptribino@comcast.net (former DES parent/current CMS & SRHS parent) or Kathleen Spain (current DES parent) for questions. We hope to create meaningful conversation among teens and parents. For more info., visit www.screenagersmovie.com

Seating is limited – tickets must be purchased in advance online. Visit:

https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-harbor-hills-homeowners-association-2096.


DES PTO Gator Blast
Midweek Mail for April 19, 2017
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Still to Come This Week:
Friday, April 21: Spring Book Fair opens & Ice Cream Social held, 6-7:30 pm

A Look Ahead:
Monday April 24-Friday April 28: PARCC Testing for grades 3 & 5
Tuesday, April 25: Book Fair is open late until 6 pm
Wednesday, April 26: Special Friends Day at the Book Fair, student last names A-M
Wednesday, April 26: Math 24 Club competition for 3rd grade at AHS, 5-6:30 pm
Wednesday & Thursday, April 26-27: 4th Grade Arlington Echo trip
Thursday, April 27: Special Friends Day at the Book Fair, student last names N-Z
Friday, April 28: Last day to register for the Gator Gallop, details below

Here’s the News:

Do you worry about the Digital Culture our kids are growing up in?
The Davidsonville Elementary PTO is sponsoring a very informative program that we’ve heard a lot about and wanted to share with everyone.
Innocence Stolen: Protecting our Children Online” offers all types of helpful advice for parents who want to keep their children safe on the Internet. The guest presenter, Vincent DeVivo, is from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He has given this talk several times and is in great demand as a speaker. Topics include social networking, cyber bullying, in appropriate texting, and Internet predators. We think these are important subjects and welcome all adults in the area to attend on Wednesday, May 24th from 7 to 8:30 pm at DES.

We have set up an online RSVP system to help us determine attendance. Please take a moment to visit: http://whoozin.com/KVW-NX6-9E44 to let us know you’d like to attend. The event is free of charge and we hope to see all parents there.
See the Online Safety Program flier here

Teacher Awareness Week
Hello DES Parents: We need your HELP to make this event a huge success! Please sign up below. Your support is invaluable and we greatly appreciate your efforts! Also we are accepting any donation in any amount for a daily gift card raffle for the teachers. If you would rather send in money, please make it payable to Marie Londot and Attention:  TAW Committee.  Any questions, e-mail me at mariemL963@aol.com or Dodie Seppi at djseppi5@gmail.com.  Please visit the Sign-Up Genius Link to help: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4ca5ab2baa8-taw2017

Get Your Spring Gator Gear!
The Spring spirit wear sale is on now with this year’s fun designs. You can see them all on the form attached. We have water bottles, and decals, umbrellas, and so many different types of shirts. You can wear your Gator Gear with pride AND help support the PTO at the same time! All paper order are due by May 5th to the office and online orders will be taken through May 8th.
See the Spring Gator Gear flier here

Square One Art -ONLINE ORDER EXTENSION – April 26
Square One Art has extended our deadline for ONLINE ORDERS ONLY.  Please do not send in any paper orders. Order online at: http://www.square1art.com/shop. You will need your access code. Any questions? E-mail Syndy Shilling-Kucner at sjshilling@hotmail.com.

Gator Gallop Registration closes next Friday, April 28th
The Gator Gallop is an untimed, family event for all.
Runners and walkers of all abilities are encouraged to register.
Just a reminder that all registration for the Annual Gator Gallop event will be closing on Friday, April 28th. If you haven’t yet signed up to take part in this event,  you should do it soon. The DES Gator Gallop is a fun run benefitting Davidsonville Elementary School and is open to everyone. Please join us on Saturday, May 13, 2017, for the 5K, 1 Mile, or the 100 yard gallop. Enjoy a fun morning at DAA Park with pre-run warm-ups, post-run snacks, a mascot chase, and giveaways!
5K – A trail run around Davidsonville Park, 2 loops. (8 am)
1 Mile – Ages 4 – 11 only – an out and back course. (9 am)
Fun Run – 100 yard gallop for the kids.
(You may sign your child up for both the 1 mile & 100 yard gallop as a combination option. The gallop is after the 1 mile run.)
Register at: http://www.active.com/davidsonville-md/running/distance-running-races/davidsonville-elementary-gator-gallop-5k-1-mile-fun-run-2017
Thank you to our gold sponsors:
Thompson Creek Window Company and Homestead Gardens!


DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of April 24-28, 2017
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PARCC Testing, Book Fair, Movie Night and more…
Wear Yellow on Monday!

Coming Up This Week:
Monday April 24-Friday April 28: PARCC Testing grades 3 & 5
Tuesday, April 25: Book Fair is open late, until 6 pm
Wednesday, April 26: Special Friends Day at the Book Fair, student last names A-M
Wednesday, April 26: Math 24 Club competition for 3rd grade at AHS, 5-6:30 pm
Wednesday-Friday, April 26-28: 4th Grade Arlington Echo trip, details below
Thursday, April 27: Special Friends Day at the Book Fair, student last names N-Z
Friday, April 28: Last day to register for the Gator Gallop, Class Color Wars, details below
Friday, April 28: Outdoor Movie Night at DES, 7:30 pm. details below

A Look Ahead:
Monday, May 1-Friday, May 5: PARCC Testing for grade 4
Thursday, May 4: 5th Grade Philadelphia trip
Friday, May 5: Sea Perch competition
Thursday, May 11: 2nd Grade field trip
Saturday, May 13: Gator Gallop event held at DAA Park
Monday, May 15: 1st Grade field trip

 Here’s the News:

Wear Yellow on Monday!
We are hosting a smiling theme on Monday, April 24th at DES. Teachers will be sporting yellow that day. We are asking for as many students as possible to also wear yellow on Monday. And don’t forget to also wear a smile!

Friday night is Outdoor Movie Night at DES – Let’s hunt for Dory!
Outdoor Movie Night  is back again! Bring the family with chairs or blankets and join us on Friday, April 28th at 7:30 pm on the fields in front of the school. The movie we will be showing is “FInding Dory.” The start time is 7:30 pm and we will have popcorn and ice pops for everyone. This is a fun chance to bring the whole school community together for a night.

Reminder: Order your Gator Gear Spirit Wear – It’s fun to be a Gator!
The Spring spirit wear sale is on now with this year’s fun designs. You can see them all on the form attached. We have water bottles, and decals, umbrellas, and so many different types of shirts. You can wear your Gator Gear with pride AND help support the PTO at the same time! All paper order are due by May 5th to the office and online orders will be taken through May 8th.
See the Spring Gator Gear flier here

Arlington Echo class trip clarification
OK, parents of 4th graders – we didn’t mean to cause confusion. Here’s the deal: Mrs. Keenan, Mrs. Mourterot & Mrs. Neeley’s classes will be attending Arlington Echo on Wed & Thurs. this week. Students in Mr. McCoach’s  & Ms. Zacks’ classes will be attending on Thurs. & Friday. We hope our students and parent chaperones have fun on this special trip.

It’s the last week to register for the GATOR GALLOP
Registration closes Friday, April 28. Register here for the 5K, 1 Mile (Kids), or 100-yard Gallop on Saturday, May 13th at DAA Park: http://bit.ly/2jvETnvWear your class colors to school this Friday during Class Color Wars to show your Gator spirit, and we’ll announce a grade winner!!
Kinder- Lime Green
1st- Green
2nd- Light Blue
3rd- Red
4th- Orange
5th- Yellow / Gold

Reminder: Book Fair is going on now – It’s S’more fun with books!
The Spring Book Fair will be around all this week at DES. Come out and support reading and the school! The Fair will be open late on Tuesday, April 25th until 6:30 p.m. for another chance to shop. Special Friends day is Wednesday, April 26th for students with last names A-L and Thursday for students with last names M-Z. Join your student at lunch, then shop the Book Fair together. You can also send in shopping money with your student on their class Media Center Day. Thanks to all who came out Friday evening for the opening night and the fun Ice Cream Social!
Lunch Times for Special Friends event:
Grade 3: 11-11:25 / Grade 4: 11:30-11:55 / Grade 1: 12-12:25
Grade 2: 12:30-12:55 / Grade K: 1-1:25 / Grade 5: 1:30-2

Join Us – “Innocence Stolen: Protecting our Children Online”
A special PTO presentation that offers all types of helpful advice for parents who want to keep their children safe on the Internet. The guest presenter, Vincent DeVivo, is from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He has given this talk several times and is in great demand as a speaker. Topics include social networking, cyber bullying, inappropriate texting, and Internet predators. We think these are important subjects and welcome all adults to attend on Wednesday, May 24th from 7 to 8:30 pm at DES. We have set up an online RSVP system. Visit: http://whoozin.com/KVW-NX6-9E44 to let us know you’d like to attend. The event is free of charge and we hope to see all parents there.
See the Online Safety Program flier here

Honors Chorus and Honors Band
The Baysox game is Saturday, April 29th at 6:30 p.m. We will distribute t-shirts on Thursday or Friday. If you haven’t received your tickets you will get them by the end of the week. Chorus students – please meet Mrs. Ciecierski in front of the concession stand by the seats on the third base line. That is where we will be singing. Please be there by 6:00 p.m. in order to warm up.  Wear your t-shirt.  Honors band students – please be at the front gate by 5:00 p.m. and be ready to play by 5:15 p.m. If you are in both groups, play first and meet Mrs. Ciecierski at 6:00 p.m. for warm ups. Everyone wear your shirt. If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Ciecierski at sciecierski@aacps.org or Mrs. Fidyk at tfidyk@aacps.org.

Donate to Teacher Appreciation Week
Teacher Appreciation Week will be May 1st – 5th.  At DES we know our teachers and staff are the BEST!  Consider making a donation of a gift card or product ($15 value or greater) for our daily gift raffle. Or if sending in a check is more convenient, please make check payable to Marie Londot and ATTN:  TAW Committee. I will purchase gift cards. Also gift cards can be purchased through our Gator Green program, which will help raise funds for our school. Contact Christina Feindt at cfeindt@gmail.com. Any questions, e-mail Marie Londot at mariemL963@aol.com or Dodie Seppi at djseppi5@gmail.com. Visit the Sign-Up Genius link to see what goodies you might donate to the week of thanks: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4ca5ab2baa8-taw2017

PARCC Testing begins
PARCC testing for grades 3 & 5 will begin this week at DES. We would like to remind all parents that the return of PARCC testing means parent volunteers will not be allowed beyond the school office on testing days. We will accommodate our guest visitors for the Book Fair’s Special Friends Days, with visitors allowed only in the Cafeteria and Media Center. Make sure students are well rested and arrive at school on time for testing days. Thank you for your cooperation.

No glass in student lunches please
Just a note reminding parents that they cannot send glass containers to school in their child’s lunches. We’ve had some glass containers broken and it can be dangerous. Also note that per school and county rules explained in the Parent Handbook, the only beverages that are supposed to be sent in lunches are water, milk, or juice – no sodas.

In Recognition: Spelling Bee Winners:
Congratulations to all of the participants in the recent Davidsonville Elementary School Spelling Bee. It’s such fun to see everyone step up and give it their best effort at something so challenging. We would like to announce the winners within each grade grouping and offer them our special congratulations.

5th Grade:
1st place- Rebecca Messer
2nd place- Noah Smarowsky
3rd place- Isabel Romero

4th Grade:
1st place- Arianna Bodycomb
2nd place- Emily LaTour
3rd place- Natalie Groff

3rd Grade:
1st place- Owen Hurson
2nd place- Caden Schnabel
3rd place- Vivienne Newburger

2nd Grade:
1st place- Alex Shamah
2nd place- Courtney Wiggin
3rd place- Tristan Watkins
Special thanks to:  Mrs. Appel, Mrs. Levery, the DES PTO, front office staff, and our school custodial staff


DES PTO Gator Blast E-mail
Week of May 1-5, 2017
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Coming Up This Week:
Monday, May 1-Friday, May 5: Teacher Appreciation Week at DES
Monday, May 1-Friday, May 5: PARCC Testing for grade 4
Thursday, May 4: 5th Grade Philadelphia trip
Friday, May 5: Sea Perch competition
Friday, May 5: PTO Executive Board meeting, 8:45 am

A Look Ahead:
Thursday, May 11: 2nd Grade field trip
Saturday, May 13: Gator Gallop event held at DAA Park
Monday, May 15: 1st Grade field trip
Monday, May 15: DES Spring Chorus Concert
Wednesday, May 17: DES Spring Strings Concert
Thursday, May 18: DES Spring Band Concert
Wednesday, May 24: “Innocence Stolen” Internet Safety parent program, 7 pm at DES
Wednesday, May 31: 5th Graders day at Sandy Point
Wednesday, May 31: Info. Session on Summer Reading Challenge, Media Center, 4-6:30
Thursday, June 1: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, 9:30 am
Tuesday, June 6: DES Talent Show at AHS, 6:30 pm
Thursday, June 8: Last Day of School

Here’s the News:

We are so grateful for our teachers
These are the events for Teacher Appreciation Week
Here we go… It’s time to celebrate our fantastic teachers & staff! Your PTO and volunteers have plans to show our teachers how much we value our special sense of community at DES. There will be meals, and treats, and raffles, and gifts, and more! Donations and help is still welcome, contact Marie Londot at:mariemL963@aol.com. We’d like to ask you to encourage your students to take part in the week. Here’s the plan:
Monday 5/1 – Bring your Teacher a Flower
Tuesday 5/2 – Wear your Teacher’s Favorite Color
Wednesday 5/3 – Bring in “Why your Teacher is a Star” (Find it attached below)
Thursday 5/4 – Bring in school supplies
Friday 5/5 – Wear Green showing your Gator Pride

Thank A Teacher with help from Anne Arundel County Schools
Make a donation, send a message with their Thank-A-Gram, or share a story! Visit aacps.org/thankateacher for details. You can win money for your school too. The campaign will run from Monday, May 1 through Friday, May 5. Visit on Facebook, on the web, or on Twitter. There are daily drawings and more fun for schools, parents, and teachers. Go check it out and represent Davidsonville Elementary School as we reach out to thank all of our teachers.

Get your Gator Gear this week
It’s fun to be a Gator and you can show your pride to everyone when you wear (or carry) some of our great spirit wear items. Spring Gator Gear is ready to go and orders are due by May 8th. Thanks to all who have already been sending them in. Take a look at the merchandise on the order form. Go Gators!!!
See the Spring Gator Gear flier here

Celebrate books with the upcoming Author’s Week
Authors week is coming soon and the DES PTO is hosting visits from two local authors to honor the craft of writing and introduce our young people to the writers and books all around htem. There will be an opportunity to purchase the books prior to the events. Please look for the book information in your student’s folders coming home soon. Order forms are on the back side.

Grades 3-5 will have their event on May 22nd, with author Quentin Cupp. He is the author of a three part adventure series, “The Kidlings of Tiger Island.” Students will get a chance to meet with and listen to this local author during the visit. Tiger Island is an amazing place where dreams may really come true, and you just might stay young forever.

Grades K-2 will enjoy a visit from author Elaine Ann Allen on May 24th. This author has written books all about the world on and under the water such as “Olly the Oyster,” “Mallory The Forgetful Duck,” “Olly’s Treasures” and “Olly Explores 7 Wonders.” Journey under the Chesapeake Bay with Olly and his friends with this fun local author.

Save the Date for “Innocence Stolen: Protecting our Children Online”
We’d like to see all parents at this important event- May 24th
A special PTO presentation that offers advice for parents who want to keep their children safe on the Internet. The guest presenter, Vincent DeVivo, is from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Topics include social networking, cyber bullying, inappropriate texting, and Internet predators. We think these are important subjects and welcome all adults to attend on Wednesday, May 24th from 7 to 8:30 pm at DES. We have set up an online RSVP system. Visit: http://whoozin.com/KVW-NX6-9E44 to let us know you’d like to attend. The event is free of charge.
See the Online Safety Program flier here

Class of 2017 (5th grade families)
We are hoping to hear from some more 5th grade families about the Class Gift idea that we shared with you recently. We are collecting donations from everyone in hopes of keeping up the annual tradition of buying a parting gift for the school at the end of the year. Please send donations (made to DES PTO) into school marked for “5th grade gift” with your student’s name on the envelope. Any questions, please contact Syndy Shilling-Kucner at: sjshilling@hotmail.com. Thank you.


DES PTO Gator Blast E-mail
Week of May 8-12, 2017
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Coming Up This Week:
Tuesday-Friday, May 9-12: SGA Flower Sale at DES, pots of flowers are $3 each
Wednesday, May 10: Waste Not Wednesday, details below
Thursday, May 11: 2nd Grade field trip
Saturday, May 13: Gator Gallop event held at DAA Park

A Look Ahead:
Monday, May 15: Muffins for Moms at DES, 8-9 am, details below
Monday, May 15: 1st Grade field trip
Monday, May 15: DES Spring Chorus Concert, 6:30 pm
Wednesday, May 17: DES Spring Strings Concert, 6:30 pm
Thursday, May 18: DES Spring Band Concert, 6:30 pm
Friday, May 19: End of the Year Social at DES, details to come
Friday, May 19:
Recess Relay, Fundraiser for American Cancer Society, details below
Wednesday, May 24: “Innocence Stolen” Internet Safety parent program, 7 pm at DES
Thursday, May 25: Kindergarten Orientation at DES, 10-10:45 am
Thursday & Friday, May 25-26: Kindergarten Conferences. No school for Kindergarten
Tuesday, May 30: Field Day at DES
Wednesday, May 31: 5th Graders day at Sandy Point
Wednesday, May 31: Info. Session on Summer Reading Challenge, Media Center, 4-6:30
Thursday, June 1: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, 9:30 am
Monday, June 5:  Honors Chorus concert
Tuesday, June 6: DES Talent Show at AHS, 6:30 pm

Here’s the News:

Waste Not Wednesday means earth-friendly lunches
This Wednesday, May 10th, we are holding our first Waste Not Wednesday at DES. We are asking families to pack lunches and snacks in reusable containers and not use plastic water bottles. This is sponsored by The Green School Club and the 3rd Grade environmental project. Join us by making your snacks and lunches without throwaway plastics.

Students help Chomp Out Cancer at Recess Relay
On Friday, May 19th, the children will be walking on the field (weather permitting) to music provided by DJ Mr. Reinhardt during their recess. The children will be learning about sun safety, nutrition, the importance of exercise, and tobacco prevention, while taking laps around the field.  Families are invited to walk with their children outside. If held inside, students will take their laps in the gym, but unfortunately due to the limited space, younger siblings will not be allowed to join them. Please see the flier for times of your child’s recess. If you have any questions, contact Casey Perkins at caperkins1@aacps.org or Karen Yancey at kyancey@aacps.org.  Thank you for supporting this worthy cause.
Donations to the American Cancer Society can be made directly to our team:  https://secure.acsevents.org/site/SPageServer/?pagename=relay_donate_now&PROXY_TYPE=22&PROXY_ID=2108263&FR_ID=83108
See the Recess Relay 2017 flier here

A note to chorus members from Ms. Ciecierski
The chorus sounded great at the Baysox game! Great job! Thank you to all the students who turned out for the game. Thank you for your support. They were fantastic! I hope you had fun!

Mother’s Day Flowers for Sale Tuesday to Friday this week
Mother’s Day is next Sunday. In honor of this, SGA will be selling flowers, Tuesday through Friday of this week. Students or dads can come before school, from 8:55-9:15 a.m. in the cafeteria. Flowers are inexpensive, tentatively only $2-3 each, and they are lovely. Please consider supporting the SGA and their efforts by purchasing a flower for Mom.

Muffins for Moms and special friends (women & students only)
Please join us Monday, May 15th in the DES Cafeteria from 8 -9 am for Muffins for Moms, or students may bring another adult female friend. Enjoy coffee, muffins and a chance to mingle. Kids love to share this special hour with that special woman in their life. Please note, students cannot go to their classrooms prior to 8:55 am and moms/friends need to stay until then. Don’t worry guys, the men’s event will be coming up soon.

Coming soon: The 2017 DES Summer Reading Challenge!
Please stop by the Media Center on May 31st from 4-6:30 pm for an informal Summer Reading Challenge information session. Browse resources and speak with our Media Specialists and Reading Teachers about a variety of ways to encourage your child to read for enjoyment during the extended summer break. 

Reminder: “Innocence Stolen: Protecting our Children Online”
A special PTO presentation that offers advice for parents who want to keep their children safe on the Internet. The guest presenter, Vincent DeVivo, is from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Topics include social networking, cyber bullying, inappropriate texting, and Internet predators. We think these are important subjects and welcome all adults to attend on Wednesday, May 24th from 7 to 8:30 pm at DES. The PTO has invited parents at all area schools to this event, so we have set up an online RSVP system. Visit: http://whoozin.com/KVW-NX6-9E44 to let us know you’d like to attend. The event is free of charge.
See the Online Safety Program flier here

5th Grade Parents
Be on the lookout for an e-mail about upcoming 5th Grade matters. We’d like for you to review all the information we have for you about Sandy Point sign ups, the class gift and more. That mail should follow the Blast  this evening just for you. If you do not receive it, just let us know at: desgatorblast@gmail.com.

In Recognition: Volunteer of the Month
Kelly Hallam
Kelly Hallam has been selected as Volunteer of the Month for the month of February. Kelly leads the yearbook committee, hence she is known by most kids at DES as the “Picture Lady.” Yearbook has been Kelly’s biggest contribution to DES as it takes about 6-7 months to create the book start to finish. This is a perfect combination for Kelly since her two favorite hobbies are working with kids and photography. Kelly has also volunteered on the social committee, Teacher Appreciation Week committee, as an art parent helper, and room mom. 

You will usually find Kelly running between her 9th grader at Archbishop Spalding, 7th grader at The Severn School, and her 5th grader at DES. Kelly has a Bachelor degree in Social work and Masters Degree in Counseling and was working at a residential treatment center, but is now taking time off to be at stay at home mom. She is savoring this time to focus on volunteering between the three schools and running kids to every sport and club possible!

This is Kelly’s 9th and final year at DES. Thank you for all you have done for the students here Kelly! We will miss you.

Public Service Announcements:

Central Middle School Drama Club Presents…
Grease School Version! The T-Birds & Pink Ladies sing and dance at Rydell High while Danny tries to stay cool & make Sandy his girl! May 11-13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm. Tickets are $5 each and are available at the door at CMS. You are all welcome to attend.

AACPS Meal prices to remain unchanged next school year
The Board of Education of Anne Arundel County approved a plan to leave school meal prices unchanged for the 2017-2018 school year, marking the fourth consecutive year that students will pay the same prices for meals. Under the plan approved by the Board, full-price breakfast at all levels will cost $1.50, elementary school lunches will cost $2.75, and secondary school lunches will cost $3.00. The price of milk will remain at 55 cents. To read more about it, visit: http://www.aacpsnews.org/pressr/?p=3659

School Budget Public Hearings set for this week
There are two upcoming public hearings being held by the Anne Arundel County Council about the Fiscal Year 2018 capital and operating budget proposal recently released by County Executive Steve Schuh. Everyone is encouraged to attend one of the events to learn about how money is being allocated for education spending. Speakers will have 2 minutes to speak and may sign up beginning at 6 p.m. They are scheduled as follows:
  • Monday, May 8, at North County High School at 7 pm
 •  Thursday, May 11, at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts at 7 pm
 Due to another event, parking at Maryland Hall may be very limited, parents are encouraged to attend North County HS event if they are able.


DES PTO Gator Blast E-mail
Week of May 15-19, 2017
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Happy Mother’s Day to all our Moms 

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, May 15: Muffins for Moms at DES, 8-9 am, details below
Monday, May 15: 1st Grade field trip to Science Center
Monday, May 15: DES Spring Chorus Concert, 6:30 pm, performers arrive by 6 pm
Wednesday, May 17: DES Spring Strings Concert, 6:30 pm, performers arrive by 6 pm
Wednesday, May 17: AA County Board of Education meeting, 7 pm
Thursday, May 18: DES Spring Band Concert, 6:30 pm, performers arrive by 6 pm
Friday, May 19: **End of the Year Social rescheduled to June 2**
Friday, May 19: Recess Relay – Wear purple, families welcome, details below

A Look Ahead:
Wednesday, May 24: “Innocence Stolen” Internet Safety parent program, 7 pm at DES
Wednesday, May 24: PTO General Member Meeting, 8:30 pm at DES
Thursday, May 25: Kindergarten Orientation at DES, 10-10:45 am
Thursday & Friday, May 25-26: Kindergarten Conferences. No school for Kindergarten
Monday, May 29: No School, Memorial Day holiday
Tuesday, May 30: Field Day at DES
Wednesday, May 31: 5th Graders day at Sandy Point
Wednesday, May 31: Info. Session on Summer Reading Challenge, Media Center, 4-6:30
Thursday, June 1: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, 9:30 am, details below
Friday, June 2: End of the Year Social at DES, details to come
Friday, June 2: Donuts for Dads, 8-9 am in the cafeteria
Monday, June 5:  Honors Chorus concert
Tuesday, June 6: DES Talent Show at AHS, 6:30 pm

Here’s the News:

Muffins for Moms and friends is tomorrow – Monday
Please join us Monday, May 15th in the DES Cafeteria from 8 -9 am for Muffins for Moms, or students may bring another adult female friend. Enjoy coffee, muffins and a chance to mingle. Kids love to share this hour with that special woman in their life. Please note, students cannot go to their classrooms prior to 8:55 am and moms/friends need to stay until then. (Donuts with Dads is set for June 2nd)

Music Concerts this week
The Spring Music Concerts are here! All of our talented student musicians will be performing with their groups this week. You can see the schedule on the calendar above. Please have performing students at the school at 6 pm to prepare for the shows. The shows begin at 6:30 p.m.

Recess Relay is Friday – Come out and show your support!
On Friday, May 19th, the children will be walking on the field (weather permitting) to music provided by DJ Mr. Reinhart during their recess. The children will be learning about sun safety, nutrition, exercise, and tobacco prevention while taking laps around the field.  Families are invited to walk with their children outside.  If held inside, students will take their laps in the gym, but unfortunately due to the limited space, younger siblings will not be allowed to join them. Contact Casey Perkins at caperkins1@aacps.org or Karen Yancey at kyancey@aacps.org. Wear purple on Friday to show your support!

We would love to get some more parent support at our stations, visit the sign-up at:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044baba928a5f85-recess. Please read the flier for details on how you can donate and everything else. Here’s the schedule if you’d like to come walk with your student:
4th Grade 11:10 – 11:30
1st Grade 11:40 – 12:00
2nd Grade 12:10 – 12:30
3rd Grade 12:30 – 12:50
Kindergarten 12:35 – 12:55
5th Grade 1:10 – 1:30
See the Recess Relay 2017 flier here

All Volunteers are invited to the DES Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
It’s YOUR day! DES Parent Volunteers are our SUPER HEROES! DES students and staff wish to show their appreciation for your SUPER EFFORTS and SUPPORT at our Parent Volunteer Breakfast on Thursday, June 1st at 9:30 am in the Media Center.  Please come to relax and enjoy student thank you’s and yummy breakfast treats provided by teachers. We hope you can join us!   Little siblings (future gators) are welcome, too. The PTO will also announce the PTO Volunteer of the Year at the event. Please RSVP online at http://whoozin.com/UT9-6JK-AY49 or by e-mail at: pappel@aacps.org by Friday, May 26th. We hope to see you there.
See the Volunteer Breakfast Invite 2017 here

Box Tops – Last Call!
Send in your Box Tops! I can’t believe the school year is almost over and time to send box tops in again. The last few years, we have celebrated and said thank you to the children by handing out freezer pops at Field Day. Thank you to the parents, grandparents, neighbors, etc. for sending them in and keeping this program successful at DES. Please keep in mind the following when sending in your box tops:
· Box Tops must include a valid expiration date and must say “Official Box Top” on them
· Your plastic bag or envelope should include the following items:
1. Your child’s teacher name
2. Your child’s full name (first and last)
Thanks again to everyone in advance for your full cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact Chairperson Jinna Suggs: jinnap@yahoo.com.

Reminder: “Innocence Stolen: Protecting our Children Online”
RSVP soon for this important event
A special PTO presentation that offers advice for parents who want to keep their children safe on the Internet. The guest presenter, Vincent DeVivo, is from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Topics include social networking, cyber bullying, inappropriate texting, and Internet predators. We think these are important subjects and welcome all adults to attend on Wednesday, May 24th from 7 to 8:30 pm at DES. The PTO has invited parents at all area schools to this event, so RSVP at: http://whoozin.com/KVW-NX6-9E44 to let us know you’d like to attend. The event is free of charge.
See the Online Safety Program flier here

AA County School Budget approval set to happen by June 15
If you didn’t attend one of the Public Hearings for budget discussion (or even if you did), you should go ahead and take a look at all of the items in the budget as they stand after the proposal from AA County Executive Steve Schuh. Stay informed by reviewing this helpful budget impact analysis distributed by AACPS. You can see all that was requested and any changes proposed, with details on the spreadsheet at the end. If you have an opinion, you should e-mail your representatives very soon: County Executive Steve Schuh by e-mail at sschuh@aacounty.org, or by phone at 410-222-1821. Or you can contact County Council Member for District 7, Jerry Walker, at: jerry.walker@aacounty.org. All of these decisions impact ALL of us at DES in some manner, so we ask all of you to take a few minutes to get involved and take a look at what your local government is doing about education.

CAC wants to hear from parents about testing
The Citizens Advisory Committee is collecting informal feedback on testing and assessment issues at Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Your input is needed. Please complete the short online survey which should take less than 5 minutes of your time. The survey will remain open until May 19th. Thank you.
English Version Survey
Spanish Version Survey

Davidsonville Elementary School to celebrate 15 years in September
We are excited to share that the 15th anniversary of the new DES building will be in September of 2017, during the next school year. The PTO is forming a committee now to come up with plans to celebrate the event. If you are interested in helping to plan, contact Carrie Groff at: cagroff@comcast.net.

In Recognition: Essay Contest Winners
3rd Grade students participated in this year’s American Legion Auxiliary Americanism Essay Contest. The entries were judged and the following winners deserve a big congratulations!
1st place — Aisley Kligge
2nd place — Natalie Egna
3rd place — John Shinn

In Recognition: Thanks to parent help from James Londot
The PTO would like to extend our great thanks to parent James Londot and his Grounds Guys company for coming through with some very last minute lawn maintenance on the day of the Outdoor Movie night. We reached out for help with the great big field and we are so happy that we got an instant response. James Londot, we thank you SO much for all that you do for DES that most folks never even hear about!

In Recognition: Volunteer of the Month
Lisa Smith
Lisa Smith has been voted Volunteer of the Month for March. Lisa has been the chair for our teacher and staff luncheons for the past 5 years. In addition, she has co-chaired the Spelling Bee and has been a part of the development of the program from its inception.  In the past, Lisa has also chaired Teacher Appreciation Week, organized the Sandy Point Field Trip and Class gift, been a room parent and volunteered for the Book Fair and school photos. You may also often find Lisa chaperoning field trips.  

Lisa and her husband Craig have two boys. Connor is an 8th grader at Central Middle School and Aidan is a 5th grader at DES. 

This is Lisa’s 9th and final year at DES.  We will miss her warm smile and cheerful spirit!

Public Service Announcements:

Rugby Anyone?
SRYA announces Co-Ed Youth Rugby for ages 6-15 starting in May this year. Practices will be Tuesdays & Thursdays. Everyone is invited to participate. Take a look at the flier for all of the details.
See the Rugby program flier here

Swim Lessons offered
The Southdown Pool in Edgewater would like to let everyone know that the pool is offering swim lessons this summer for many levels of swimmers. Non-members are welcome to enroll. To find out more, see their flier for all the info.
See the Southdown Swim Lesson flier here


DES PTO Gator Blast
Midweek Mail, May 17, 2017
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*** BAND PARENTS ***
Note that performers for Thursday concert are now asked to arrive
at 5:30 pm. The show still starts at 6:30, details below.

Still to Come This Week:
Thursday, May 18: DES Spring Band Concert, 6:30 pm, performers arrive by 5:30 pm
Friday, May 19: **End of the Year Social rescheduled to June 2**
Friday, May 19: Recess Relay – Wear purple, families welcome, details below

A Look Ahead:
Wednesday, May 24: “Innocence Stolen” Internet Safety program, 7 pm at DES
Wednesday, May 24: PTO General Member Meeting, 8:30 pm at DES
Wednesday, May 24: Blue Angels demonstration flight (practice on Tues.)
Thursday, May 25: Kindergarten Orientation at DES, 10-10:45 am
Thursday & Friday, May 25-26: Kindergarten Conferences. No school for Kindergarten
Monday, May 29: No School, Memorial Day holiday
Tuesday, May 30: Field Day at DES

Here’s the News:

*** Change for Band Concert arrival time Thursday ***
The Band Concert set for tomorrow night is going to be a special event this time around. It’s the first concert of its type. A side-by-side concert, the evening will feature over 40 special guests performing “side by side” with the band. This includes family, friends, private teachers and DES staff. Due to this, we are asking all performers to arrive for rehearsal at 5:30 pm, a full hour before the concert time of 6:30. It’s going to be something special!

Recess Relay is Friday – Come out and show your support!
On Friday, May 19th, the children will be walking on the field (weather permitting) to music provided by DJ Mr. Reinhart during their recess. Families are invited to walk with their children outside.  If held inside, students will take their laps in the gym, but unfortunately due to the limited space, younger siblings will not be allowed to join them. Contact Casey Perkins at caperkins1@aacps.org or Karen Yancey at kyancey@aacps.org. Wear purple on Friday to show your support!

If you are a parent and can help at one of the stations outside, visit the sign-up at:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044baba928a5f85-recess. Please read the flier for details on how you can donate and everything else. Here’s the schedule if you’d like to come walk with your student:
4th Grade 11:10 – 11:30
1st Grade 11:40 – 12:00
2nd Grade 12:10 – 12:30
3rd Grade 12:30 – 12:50
Kindergarten 12:35 – 12:55
5th Grade 1:10 – 1:30
See the Recess Relay 2017 flier here

Field Day t-shirt ordering is now open
Congratulations to Abby Sayan of Mrs. Yancey’s 3rd grade class for this year’s winning T-shirt design. Thank you to all students who entered the competition! All field day T-shirt orders need to be received Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017. Costs are only $5.00 per shirt. Place your order online at: http://swagdog.com/c-451-field-day-2017.aspx.
See the 2017 DES Field Day shirt order form here

How do we keep our kids safe in the age of computers?
All parents should plan to attend the informative and free event, “Innocence Lost: Protecting our Children Online.” It will be held at DES on Wednesday, May 24th, 7-8:30 pm. Our guest speaker, Vincent DeVivo, from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, will cover subjects such as the latest social networking sites, texting, Internet predators and much more. Get advice on guidelines to use in your parenting. Please RSVP at: http://whoozin.com/KVW-NX6-9E44. You are also invited to join the PTO after the presentation for a brief meeting.
See the Online Safety Program flier here

DES PTO General Member Meeting & elections on May 24th
The PTO’s second general membership meeting of the year will take place on Wednesday, May 24th in the Media Center following the Internet Safety Presentation event. This meeting will be very brief and will tentatively begin at 8:30 pm. The PTO Board will present an overview of projects this year and would like to hear some of your ideas for next year. Board elections will also be held. The slate for next year has all officers from this year continuing. We hope to see you there.

Ways to lend your support for a 3rd grader in need
The school would like to invite all of our DES community to get involved in some way to show our support for a student dealing with a serious illness. Please read the attached letter to find multiple ways that you and your family can be of help. And please send in the photo release form only if you are on the list mentioned in the letter. Thank you so much.
You can see a copy of the letter in the original e-mail Blast
We have chosen not to publish it online for privacy concerns

Donate your Junk next week for Relay for Life Yard Sale
One of DES Gators for Life’s biggest fundraisers is back! The community yard sale! The school will be collecting donations the week of May 22nd. The yard sale will take place on Saturday, May 27th 8am-12pm in Edgewater. Items can be brought directly to the front office Mon-Fri.  Any donations would be helpful! All profits made during the yard sale will go to American Cancer Society with our Relay for Life team, DES Gators for Life. Please contact Casey Perkins with any questions, 410-222-1655, caperkins1@aacps.org.

PTO buys 50 Chromebooks for Davidsonville Elementary students
Your PTO purchased 50 new Chromebooks (with extended warranties) for the school this year. The staff and teachers were very happy, and the students have quickly put them to good use. Thanks to the strong parent membership of the PTO and the generous support of our fundraisers, we help make the school better in so many ways. Thank you to all of you.

In Recognition: County Science Fair Winners from DES
The winners of the DES Science Fair went on to compete in the Anne Arundel County Science Fair held recently. And DES was well represented in the winners circle. We’d like to offer a huge congratulations to the following students for their great achievements:
Edwin Siembieda & Ian Wallace 1st Place in 4th Grade Physics and Engineering
Issac McMahan Honorable Mention in 3rd Grade Physics and Engineering
Riley Dickens Honorable Mention in 5th Grade Physics and Engineering.

Public Service Announcements:

Science and Technology camps
Club SciKidz announces their Tech Scientific camps, with over 50 to select from in multiple locations. DES Students can claim a $25 off the cost discount by using code DES25 when registering. To get details, visit: www.clubscikidzmd.com.
See the 2017 SciKidz flier here


DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of May 22-26, 2017
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Parents, please join us for the Internet Safety program
this Wednesday night at DES, 7 pm.

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, May 22: Author’s Assembly for grades 3-5, 2:30 pm
Wednesday, May 24: “Innocence Stolen” Internet Safety program, 7 pm at DES
Wednesday, May 24: PTO General Member Meeting, 8:30 pm at DES
Wednesday, May 24: Author’s Assembly for grades K-2, 2:30 pm
Wednesday, May 24: Blue Angels demonstration flight (practice on Tues.)
Thursday, May 25: Kindergarten Orientation at DES, 10-10:45 am
Thursday & Friday, May 25-26: Kindergarten Conferences. No school for Kindergarten

A Look Ahead:
Monday, May 29: No School, Memorial Day holiday
Tuesday, May 30: Field Day at DES
Wednesday, May 31: 5th Graders day at Sandy Point
Wednesday, May 31: Info. Session on Summer Reading Challenge, Media Center, 4-6:30
Thursday, June 1: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, 9:30 am, details below
Thursday, June 1: Talent Show dress rehearsal at AHS, 4:30-6:30 pm
Friday, June 2: End of the Year Social at DES, details to come
Friday, June 2: Donuts for Dads, 8-9 am in the cafeteria
Monday, June 5:  Honors Chorus concert at DES, 7 pm
Tuesday, June 6: DES Talent Show at AHS, 6:30 pm
Wednesday & Thursday, June 7-8: 2 Hour early dismissal
Thursday, June 8: 5th Grade Promotion, 9:30 am
Thursday, June 8: Last day of School

Here’s the News:

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Growing up can be very different in the digital age…
Online Child Safety event at DES this Wednesday at 7 pm

This information could save a life. All parents should plan to attend the informative and free event, “Innocence Lost: Protecting our Children Online.” It will be held at DES on Wednesday, May 24th, 7-8:30 pm. Our guest speaker, Vincent DeVivo, from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, will cover subjects such as the latest social networking sites, texting, Internet predators, cyber bullying, and much more. Get advice on guidelines to use in your parenting and get familiar with new technologies and sites your children use.
Please let us know you’re coming so we can predict attendance numbers at: http://whoozin.com/KVW-NX6-9E44. Invite your friends and neighbors too. You are also invited to join the PTO after the presentation for a brief meeting.
See the Online Safety Program flier here

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Time’s Running Out – Field Day t-shirt ordering ends Tuesday
All field day T-shirt orders need to be received Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017. Costs are only $5.00 per shirt. Each grade has their own color at DES, and this is your color for the entire time at the school – K-5. So, add a shirt to your collection and wear it with pride! Place your order online at: http://swagdog.com/c-451-field-day-2017.aspx. Field Day is coming up just next week on May 30th.
See the 2017 DES Field Day shirt order form here

DES PTO General Member Meeting & elections Wednesday
The PTO’s second general membership meeting of the year will take place on Wednesday, May 24th in the Media Center following the Internet Safety Presentation event. This meeting will be very brief and will tentatively begin at 8:30 pm. The PTO Board will present an overview of projects this year and would like to hear some of your ideas for next year. Board elections will also be held. The slate for next year has all officers from this year on the ballot again. We hope to see you there.

Gators for Life Yard Sale collection begins NOW!
Give us your tired, dusty, unwanted old stuff! We’ll take it all and try to sell it at the Community Yards Sale to be held in Edgewater on Sat., May 27th from 8-12 in Edgewater. ANY or ALL donations would be appreciated. Just bring them to the front office at DES this week between Monday and Friday. We need your help. All profits go to the American Cancer Society through the Gators for Life team at the Relay for Life event. Contact Casey Perkins with any questions at 410-222-1655 or at: caperkins1@aacps.org.

Volunteer Breakfast on June 1 – Don’t Miss Out!
Have you RSVP’d yet? You really should. The event is on Thursday, June 1st at 9:30 a.m. in the DES Media Center. If you’ve volunteered at DES this year in any way, you should plan to attend the super special Volunteer Breakfast. This event offers the chance for the staff, the students, and the PTO to thank everyone that helps at the school. There is food, refreshments, awards and more. Students often perform and come give thanks. RSVP online at http://whoozin.com/UT9-6JK-AY49 or by e-mail at: pappel@aacps.org by the new date of Tuesday, May 30. If you haven’t been to one, you don’t know what you’re missing.
See the Volunteer Breakfast Invite 2017 here

Our teachers rock!
Now we need your help to prove it. Your PTO Teacher of the Year (TOY) Committee is accepting nominations for the DES 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year. In recent years, nominations were collected in the fall; this year we decided to move that process to the spring as it gives parents an entire school year to gather reasons as to why a teacher deserves to be nominated. Nominations can be submitted directly to the TOY email address: DESTOYcommittee@gmail.com by Friday, May 26th.
See the Teacher of the Year Nomination 2017 form here

In Recognition: Volunteer of the Month
Carrie Hayes
Carrie Hayes was voted Volunteer of the Month for December! Carrie put a ton of heart and soul into choreographing the DES School play “Alice in Wonderland.” She also choreographed last year’s DES play “Seussical.” Carrie also plays an important role on the yearbook committee that she has been part of for several years. She is a consistent face around DES helping in both  classrooms and field trips.  You can always count on Carrie to be a positive light to the lives she touches at DES.  Carrie and her husband Steve have 4 children – Grace at Central Middle, Connor and Jane at DES, and newborn baby Norah! Thank you Carrie for your dedication to the students at DES!!

Public Service Announcements:

Cobra Color Rush at Central Middle School:
Don’t forget to register for the 3rd annual Cobra Color Rush on June 10, 2017! Show up at CMS wearing white and end up as part of a rainbow! People of all ages, shapes, sizes and athletic ability are encouraged to participate. Join us for music, food, games, prizes-–a carnival atmosphere that gets you moving! Find out more and register at https://centralmiddlepta.org/cobra-color-rush/.


DES PTO Gator Blast
Mid-Week Mail, May 24, 2017
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Please join us TONIGHT for the parent
Internet Safety program at DES, 7 pm.
And enjoy your Memorial Day holiday on Monday.

Still to Come This Week:
Wednesday, May 24: “Innocence Stolen” Internet Safety program, 7 pm at DES
Wednesday, May 24: PTO General Member Meeting, 8:30 pm at DES
Thursday, May 25: Kindergarten Orientation at DES, 10-10:45 am
Thursday & Friday, May 25-26: Kindergarten Conferences. No school for Kindergarten

A Look Ahead:
Monday, May 29: No School, Memorial Day holiday
Tuesday, May 30: Field Day at DES, details below
Wednesday, May 31: 5th Graders day at Sandy Point
Wednesday, May 31: Info. Session on Summer Reading Challenge, Media Center, 4-6:30
Thursday, June 1: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, 9:30 am, details below
Thursday, June 1: Talent Show dress rehearsal at AHS, 4:30-6:30 pm
Friday, June 2: End of the Year Social at DES, details below
Friday, June 2: Donuts for Dads, 8-9 am in the cafeteria

Here’s the News:

Cyber Safety Presentation is at 7:00 tonight
The big event is tonight at DES at 7 pm. Join other parents as we listen to tips to keep our children safer online. “Innocence Lost: Protecting our Children Online” will be presented by our guest speaker from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. It’s always helpful to learn about the latest tips and technology when it comes to online safety, so we hope to see all DES parents there. It is free and open to the public, we only ask that you do not bring young children with you. Presented by the DES PTO.

PTO General Member Meeting tonight
Come join us at the second General Membership meeting of the PTO, tonight at DES, following the Internet Safety program in the Media Center. The PTO will hold a brief meeting and elections for next year’s board will be held. Learn a bit about how it all works and hear about what your PTO has been up to this year. Start time is tentatively 8:30 pm.

Kindergarten Orientation is Thursday
Parents & guardians and children entering Kindergarten this fall are invited to the Kindergarten Orientation event on Thursday, May 25th at 10 a.m. in the DES cafeteria. Park in the back bus loop parking lot. Come meet the staff and find out about the school, the PTO, and a typical day at DES for first time students. Bring along the future students, but, sorry, no siblings. 

End of the Year Social for 3rd to 5th graders June 2
Who’s ready to dance? 3rd to 5th grade students are invited to the super fun End of the Year Social on Friday, June 2nd from 6-8 pm. Cost is $5 and you must send in the form by May 31st. NO tickets will be sold at the door. We will have a master list of registered names at the door. We are asking for help with this event and would appreciate whatever time you might have. See the flier for all the details. Hope to see you dancing!
See the Spring 2017 Social flier here

School Supply Kit ordering is open now
Parents…. an exciting opportunity is available to you! Order your school supplies for next year now and you don’t have to worry about the crowds in the back-to-school rush! We have worked with all of the teachers at DES and have input supply list for each grade. New this year, Anne Arundel County is no longer allowing teachers to put needed classroom items on the school lists including hand sanitizer, soap, etc. So, there is an option to buy the standard box without the classroom items; and the deluxe box, that includes the classroom items. If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail jennkeefer215@gmail.com. Order online now and it will be waiting on your student’s desk at the Sneak-A-Peek event set for August 31, 2017 when students meet their new teachers.
See the School Supply Kit orders 2017/18 form here

Author’s Week Last Chance Book Order!
We hope your student’s enjoyed the author visits this week at DES. Now, one last chance to get in those book order forms and pick up copies of ‘The Kidlings of Tiger Island’ and ‘Olly the Oyster’ just in time for summer reading!  Students can grab an order form from the display table near the front office and return it to their teacher with cash or check payment (made out to DES PTO.) Orders MUST be in by June 1. Don’t miss out!

Here’s the Schedule for Field Day next Tuesday
Enjoy the day outside for Field Day 2017 on Tuesday, May 30th! You can join your student for a picnic lunch outside, bring a blanket or towel to sit on. Students should also bring a bag lunch, water bottle, and apply sunscreen at home. Don’t forget the water, there will not be any water handed out this year. Here’s the schedule:
10-11:30 am: 3rd thru 5th graders Field Day activities
11:30-Noon: 3rd thru 5th grade Picnic Lunch
12:30-1:00 pm: K thru 2nd grade Picnic Lunch
1:00-2:30 pm: K thru 2nd grade Field Day activities

Reminder: Volunteer Breakfast June 1
Register now for the upcoming Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast set for Thursday, June 1st at 9:30 am. It’s a very special morning with all kinds of surprises each year. Please let our hosts know you are attending at http://whoozin.com/UT9-6JK-AY49 or by e-mail at: pappel@aacps.org by the new date of Tuesday, May 30.

Reminder: Donate Yard Sale items all this week!
Keep bringing in those items you want to donate so that the Gators for Life team can sell them at the upcoming Yard Sale on May 27th in Edgewater. Bring items into the front office all this week. Thanks so much for all who have donated! For questions, call Casey Perkins at 410-222-1655 or at: caperkins1@aacps.org.

Reminder: Nominate your choice for Teacher of the Year
The Teacher of the Year (TOY) Committee is seeking your ideas for which teachers you think deserve to be nominated for next year’s teacher of the year award. Take a minute and let us know what makes your choice so special by filling out the form provided. Nominations can be submitted directly to: DESTOYcommittee@gmail.com by Friday, May 26th. Thanks.
See the Teacher of the Year Nomination 2017 form here


DES PTO Gator Blast E-mail
Week of May 30-June 2, 2017
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Field Day is Tuesday – Bring your water bottle
and wear your sunscreen!

Coming Up This Week:
Tuesday, May 30: Field Day at DES, details below
Tuesday, May 30: Open House at Central Middle School, 6-8 pm
Wednesday, May 31: 5th Graders day at Sandy Point
Wednesday, May 31: Info. Session on Summer Reading Challenge, Media Center, 4-6:30
Thursday, June 1: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, 9:30 am, details below
Thursday, June 1: Disney Dazzle music event for 2nd & 3rd graders at 2 pm
Thursday, June 1: Talent Show dress rehearsal at AHS, 4:30-6:30 pm
Friday, June 2: End of the Year Social at DES, details below
Friday, June 2: Donuts for Dads, 8-9 am in the cafeteria
Friday, June 2: Book It Kona Ice party, 1:30-3:30 pm
Friday, June 2: Relay for Life held at SRHS, beings at 6 pm

 A Look Ahead:
Monday, June 5:  Honors Chorus concert, 7 pm
Tuesday, June 6: DES Talent Show at AHS, 6:30 pm
Wednesday & Thursday, June 7-8: 2 Hour early dismissal
Thursday, June 8: 5th Grade Promotion, 9:30 am
Thursday, June 8: Last day of School

Here’s the News:

Here’s the Schedule for Field Day Tuesday
Enjoy the day outside for Field Day 2017 on Tuesday, May 30th! You can join your student for a picnic lunch outside, bring a blanket or towel to sit on. Dress appropriately for an active day (and wear their field day shirts or class colors if possible). Students should also bring a bag lunch, water bottle, and apply sunscreen at home. Don’t forget the water, there will not be any water handed out this year. We could still use some parent help passing out the ice pops outside tomorrow. Just look for the group handling it at the picnic table area. Here’s the schedule (also on the flier attached):
10-11:30 am: 3rd thru 5th graders Field Day activities
11:30-Noon: 3rd thru 5th grade Picnic Lunch
12:30-1:00 pm: K thru 2nd grade Picnic Lunch
1:00-2:30 pm: K thru 2nd grade Field Day activities

Class Colors:
Kindergarten – Lime green
1st Grade – Green
2nd Grade – Sky Blue
3rd Grade – Red
4th Grade – Orange
5th Grade – Yellow/Gold
See the 2017 DES Field Day shirt order form here

Field Day T-Shirts & Gator Gear
All Gator Gear and Field Day t-shirts were delivered to the classes on Friday. Kindergarteners will receive their shirts from their teacher on Tuesday morning. Thank you to all families who supported DES school spirit by ordering Gator Gear and Field Day Shirts. If you have any issues or did not receive your Gator Gear or Field Day Shirt order, please email jody@jodychristian.com.

Video for Ella filming tomorrow
Remember how we told you about the special video project that DES will be doing for our fellow student Ella Edwards to show our support for her health struggle? Well, it’s happening tomorrow, Tuesday, May 30th at 3 pm. So, if you were thinking of pulling your child out early due to field day events, we wanted you to know that we’d love to have students stay to make the video extra special with most everyone there. Thank you!!!

Last Chance to Register:
Volunteer Breakfast is Thursday, June 1
Register now for the upcoming Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast set for this Thursday, June 1st at 9:30 am. It’s a very special morning with all kinds of surprises each year. Please let our hosts know you are attending at http://whoozin.com/UT9-6JK-AY49 or by e-mail at: pappel@aacps.org by the new date of Tuesday, May 30.

End of the Year Social for 3rd-5th graders is Friday
Who’s ready to dance? 3rd to 5th grade students are invited to the super fun End of the Year Social on Friday, June 2nd from 6-8 pm. Cost is $5 and you must send in the form by Wednesday, May 31st. NO tickets will be sold at the door. We will have a master list of registered names at the door. We are asking for help with this event and would appreciate whatever time you might have. See the flier for all the details. Hope to see you dancing!
See the Spring 2017 Social flier here

Honors Chorus Information
June 2nd: Relay for Life.  We will be singing the National Anthem.  Please meet Mrs. Ciecierski by the stage at 5:40 p.m. in order to warm up.  We will sing at 6:00 p.m.  Wear your chorus t-shirt.  It is in the South River High School parking lot.

June 5th: All-day rehearsal and concert. The all-day rehearsal is from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  Please be in Mrs. Ciecierski’s room by 8:30.  Bring a sack lunch, towel, and something to drink. You will return to class. Please meet in the cafeteria by 6:00 p.m. in order to warm up and rehearse with the strings. The concert is at 7:00 p.m. Wear a colorful shirt and black on the bottom with black shoes.

Last Chance for Box Tops
Send in your Box Tops! Last call for box tops!!  We will be celebrating and saying thank you to the children by handing out freezer pops at Field Day. If your child has an allergy please remind them not to take one and I can pass stickers instead. Thank you to the parents, grandparents, neighbors, etc. for sending them in and keeping this program successful at DES. Please keep in mind the following when sending in your box tops:
· Box Tops must include a valid expiration date and must say “Official Box Top” on them
· Your plastic bag or envelope should include the following items:
1. Your child’s teacher name
2. Your child’s full name (first and last)
Thanks again to everyone in advance for your full cooperation. If you have any questions please contact: jinnap@yahoo.com

Donuts for Dads is Friday
All dads (or students may bring another adult male friend) are invited to attend the Donuts for Dads event in the DES cafeteria. It will be held on Friday, June 2nd, from 8-9 a.m. The kids LOVE these events and like to show off their parents to anyone and everyone! Make your child proud by planning to attend. Please note, students cannot go to their classrooms prior to 8:55 am and dads/friends need to stay until then. If you have small children, you can bring them along.

Book It Kona Ice Party Friday
The Book It Kona Ice Party will be held on Friday, June 2 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. for those students who participated in the Book It program from October through March. 

Reminder: School Supply Kit ordering is on
Parents…. an exciting opportunity is available to you! Order your school supplies for next year now and you don’t have to worry about the crowds in the back-to-school rush! We have worked with all of the teachers at DES and have input supply list for each grade. New this year, Anne Arundel County is no longer allowing teachers to put needed classroom items on the school lists including hand sanitizer, soap, etc. So, there is an option to buy the standard box without the classroom items; and the deluxe box, that includes the classroom items. If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail jennkeefer215@gmail.com. Order online now and it will be waiting on your student’s desk at the Sneak-A-Peek event set for August 31, 2017 when students meet their new teachers.
See the School Supply Kit orders 2017/18 form here

Reminder: Teacher of the Year Nomination extended to June 2
Your PTO Teacher of the Year (TOY) Committee is accepting nominations for the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year. In recent years, nominations were collected in the fall; this year we decided to move that process to the spring as it gives parents an entire school year to gather reasons as to why a teacher deserves to be nominated. Nominations can be submitted directly to the TOY email address: DESTOYcommittee@gmail.com by Friday, June 2. In a rush? Just email us the teacher’s name, grade/subject, and why are you nominating this teacher to be selected as Teacher of the Year. Thanks on behalf of DES!!!!
See the Teacher of the Year Nomination 2017 form here

Attention 5th Grade families heading to CMS
If you have a student heading to Central Middle School next year, here’s news you need. There will be an open house held at CMS on Tuesday evening, May 30th, from 6-8 pm. You should go get a look at the school and bring your student along.

The best way know what is happening week-to-week at CMS is by subscribing to the PTSA e-blast (just like the DES one!) Please e-mail centralmiddleptsa@gmail.com with the subject line: incoming CMS student, to subscribe.

Want more information about PTSA membership, committee’ and chair opportunities, and volunteering? E-mail Melanie Quinn at vicepresident@centralmiddlepta.org or visit the website at: https://centralmiddlepta.org and join the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CentralMiddleSchoolPtsa.

In Recognition: Volunteers of the Month
Marie & James Londot
Marie and her husband James Londot were voted Volunteers of the Month for April. Marie has chaired the “Teacher Appreciation Week” for the past 2 years. Marie spends countless hours putting it all together by getting food donations from local businesses, decorating, and making sure our teachers feel special!  Marie also works 2+ times a week as lunch and recess monitor. This entails trying to keep the lunch room clean and the kids safe during recess.  Marie has also been a room mom for the past 3+ years and she helps out in the classrooms whenever possible.  Marie is a stay at home mom to her children Adam (3rd grade) and Ashley (5th grade).

James Londot,who owns “Vista Pro Landscape” works hard with DES to make the “Seeds of Learning Garden” look more beautiful and functional.  In addition, we are so grateful to James for sending his company to cut the grass before school events so that our students don’t have to run around in tall grass! And thanks for donating goods and services to the Gator Gamble event each year. 

Thank you Marie and James for sharing your gifts and dedication to our school and students! 

Public Service Announcements:

DAA Soccer Travel tryouts
Davidsonville Athletic Association is holding its annual open tryouts for the travel soccer program to form teams for the next soccer year (Fall-Spring 2017/2018). The goal of tryouts is the selection of players for travel teams within DAA.  We are planning to field teams for all age groups starting with Boys/Girls U09 (birth year 2009 and older). Depending on numbers registered and talent-level,we may field more than one team at a particular age group.

Tryouts will be held the week of June 5th (M-Th). Supplemental Tryouts (as needed) will be held the week of June 12th (M-Th).  Register at www.daagators.org.


DES PTO Gator Blast E-mail
Week of June 5-8, 2017
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Can you feel the energy buzzing?
It’s the last week of school…

 Coming Up This Week:
Yearbooks will be distributed this week!
Monday, June 5:  Honors Chorus concert, 7 pm
Tuesday, June 6DES Talent Show at AHS, 6:30 pm
Wednesday & Thursday, June 7-8: 2 Hour early dismissal both days
Thursday, June 8: 5th Grade Promotion, 9:30 am
Thursday, June 8: Last day of School

A Look Ahead:
Tuesday, August 29: PTO Sponsored school-wide Play Date, times to be announced
Thursday, August 31: Sneak A Peek, 3-3:45 pm, Come and meet your new teachers. Bring your school supplies or find your orders on your desk already!
Tuesday, September 5: First Day of School for grades 1-5
Tuesday & Wednesday, September 5-6: Kindergarten Conferences
Wednesday, September 6: Schools Open for Grades 1-12
Thursday, September 7: Staggered entrance for Kindergarten begins, thru Sept. 11th
Tuesday, September 12: First full day for all Kindergarten
Friday, September 15: Volunteer Breakfast at DES, 9:30 in the cafeteria
Tuesday, September 19: Back to School Night at DES, 6:30 pm

Here’s the News:

Goodbye to Mrs. Hofstetter
Principal Hofstetter will be retiring and leaving DES as of June 30th. We’ve had so much fun getting to know you and watching you getting to know ALL of the hundreds of kids you have met at DES over the past 10 years. You are always present and involved. Always listening and participating. And you are appreciated more than you know. The entire DES community wishes you a fond farewell and we hope you enjoy your new path in life. We will miss you and hope you come and visit us sometime. Best of luck to you Mrs. Jean Marie Hofstetter.

Announcing the DES Summer Reading Challenge
This year teachers are challenging all Gators to take the Davidsonville Elementary School’s Summer Reading Challenge! Participating in the Challenge will help students continue to grow as readers through the summer months. The program is all about choices and reading for fun! Students can choose to participate in the Anne Arundel County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program or set personal goals for literacy activities. All reading counts! Students complete a DES Summer Reading Log and submit it to their new homeroom teachers in September to receive kudos and special recognition.

There’s a great website to learn more. See the link below for the log, details, helpful resources for parents, and ideas to keep students motivated to read for enjoyment over the summer! The 2017 Summer Reading Challenge link can be found on the school’s webpage or at. http://dessummerreading.weebly.com/

Mr. Al is also leaving DES
Our main watchdog, our oh-so-helpful friend Mr. Al Stanton, chief custodian, has also announced his retirement from AACPS as of June 30th. His smile and kind attitude will be sorely missed around here. We wish you the very best Mr. Al. And we all thank you for going above and beyond for so many years here with us. Thank you.

Reminder: Honors Chorus concert Monday
June 5th – all-day rehearsal and concert for Honors Chorus. The all-day rehearsal is from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Please be in Mrs. Ciecierski’s room by 8:30.  Bring a sack lunch, towel, and something to drink. You will return to class. Please meet in the cafeteria by 6:00 p.m. in order to warm up and rehearse with the strings. The concert is at 7:00 p.m. Wear a colorful shirt and black on the bottom with black shoes.

Internet Safety Program info. for parents
Our Cyber Safety presentation on May 24th was well attended and very informative. If you missed it, we wanted to share a packet of information that was shared by the presenter. It is important for parents to review their children’s online presence and we hope you help to teach them how to be safe, now and in the future.
See the Online Safety tips for parents here

5th grade families
Be on the lookout for an e-mail just for you with late-breaking information on a venue change for the promotion pool party gathering. 

In Recognition: Volunteer of the Month
Lori Lancaster
Lori was voted Volunteer of the Month for June. Lori is your school PTO Treasurer. She works hard all year for our school, but especially does a lot at the end of the year to be sure all the funds are in order. She deals with all of the paperwork and filings and accounts for us – thank you for that! Lori has been on the Gator Gamble Committee since its existence 3 years ago.  Lori also helped with the school play and has served on the Teacher’s Elves committee.  

Lori is a Financial Analyst for the Federal Housing Finance Agency. She and her husband Tom have 2 daughters.  Elise is in 4th grade and Marlee is in 7th grade at CMS. We are very thankful to have Lori serve one more year before she graduates from DES!Thank you Lori for all of your hard work!

In Recognition: Volunteer of the Month & Volunteer of the Year
Christina Feindt
Well, this is awkward. I handle the Blast, so I find myself having to do a write-up about myself. Here it goes:

I was voted Volunteer of the Month for May. At the Volunteer Breakfast last week, I was also fortunate to be selected as the DES PTO Volunteer of the Year. The weekly E-mail Blasts and the despto.org website are my tasks as VP of Communications on the PTO Board. I also chair the PTO Membership Committee, handling all member forms and dues, and creating the PTO School Directory. The only other committee I chair (I think) is the Gator Green Scrip Gift Card program. Yes, I sell gift cards anywhere and everywhere to help raise funds for the PTO. And, yes, you should buy them from me! I love chaperoning field trips and helping out at the Book Fair and other events, but my favorite is being a guest reader and getting to know all of your children. I also really enjoy recognizing the teachers at DES with lunches, gifts, and whatever we can do to say “Thank You” to them – it’s never enough.

I’ve been involved with the Gator Gamble since it was just an idea and enjoy making the program and other materials each year. I make all kinds of fliers, brochures, letters and more around here. As a freelance graphic designer, writer, and editor, my skills are well utilized by the PTO. My husband Kevin and I live in Riva with our two kids: Zelda in 7th grade and Leo in 1st. I timed my kids just right to be at DES for 12 solid years… so I’m ready for 4 more. Thanks so much for everyone’s kind words about the Blast. I hear from a lot of you and hope that it helps make your week a bit more organized. 

Public Service Announcements:

Girls Golf program announced
All girls ages 6-17 are invited to take part in the LPGA Girls Golf Club. For more information, see the flier or visit: http://www.yourgolfsolutions.com.
See the Girls Golf flier here


DES PTO Midweek Gator Blast
June 7, 2017
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Enjoy your summer break, and keep on reading!

Still to Come this Week:
Thursday, June 8: Last day of school & 5th Grade Promotion at 9:30 am
Thursday, June 8: 2 Hour early dismissal

A Look Ahead for Next School Year:
Tuesday, August 29: PTO Sponsored school-wide Play Date, times to be announced
Thursday, August 31: Sneak A Peek, 3-3:45 pm, Come and meet your new teachers. Bring your school supplies or find your orders on your desk already!
Tuesday, September 5: First Day of School for grades 1-5
Tuesday & Wednesday, September 5-6: Kindergarten Conferences
Wednesday, September 6: Schools Open for Grades 1-12
Thursday, September 7: Staggered entrance for Kindergarten begins, thru Sept. 11th
Tuesday, September 12: First full day for all Kindergarten
Friday, September 15: Volunteer Breakfast at DES, 9:30 in the cafeteria
Tuesday, September 19: Back to School Night at DES, 6:30 pm

This is the last official e-mail for this school year (unless we think of something you might want to know). If your family is leaving DES following this school year, you may want to unsubscribe from the Gator Blast after Thursday.
You can do so by sending us an e-mail at: 
desgatorblast@gmail.com.

Here’s the News:

You can still order school supplies thru June 23rd
Order your school supplies for next year now and you don’t have to worry about the crowds in the back-to-school rush! We have worked with all of the teachers at DES and have input supply list for each grade. New this year, Anne Arundel County is no longer allowing teachers to put needed classroom items on the school lists including hand sanitizer, soap, etc. So, there is an option to buy the standard box without the classroom items; and the deluxe box, that includes the classroom items. Visit www.shopttkits.com and enter school account number: 86444. If you have any questions or concerns, e-mail jennkeefer215@gmail.com. Order online now and it will be waiting on your student’s desk at the Sneak-A-Peek event set for August 31, 2017.

Congratulations 5th Graders!
Onward & Upward you go. We hope you always look back fondly at your years at Davidsonville Elementary School and we wish you the best of luck in all that you do. Imagine, Believe & Achieve.

If you have a student heading to Central Middle School next year, visit their website at https://centralmiddlepta.org. You can also e-mail them at: centralmiddleptsa@gmail.com.

Things to Keep Doing over the Summer
Join the DES Summer Reading Challenge
The 2017 Summer Reading Challenge link can be found on the school’s webpage or at http://dessummerreading.weebly.com/

Keep saving those Box Tops for Education:
They are so helpful to the school and are such an easy way to raise funds. Tell your family, your neighbors and your friends to save them too! We’ll be waiting for them next school year.

Keep shopping at Amazon & use this link:
Lots of us shop at Amazon, and now that shopping can help raise funds. Just click the link here before you begin shopping and Amazon Smile will donate a percentage to the DES PTO. http://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-2358390

Rest, Relax, Read, and Enjoy!

See most of you back here in September.

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