Gator Blast Archive April, 2018

DES PTO Gator Blast E-mail
Week of April 9-13, 2018
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CALLING ALL DES PARENTS:
Come to the Parent Social this Friday! 

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, April 9: Spelling Bee preliminary round for grades 2-3, 8am in cafeteria
Tuesday, April 10: Spelling Bee preliminary round for grades 4-5, 8am in cafeteria
Tuesday, April 10: 5th grade Math 24 County competition, 4:45pm, details below
Wednesday-Thursday, April 11-12: 2 Hour Early Dismissal both days
Thursday, April 12: End of 3rd Marking Period
Thursday, April 12: Engineering Club meets, 8:15 am
Friday, April 13: Tennis program begins at DES afterschool
Friday, April 13: Superstar Kids Fitness program begins, 8:15 am
Friday, April 13: Parent Social at Killarney House, 4:30-6:30, details below
Friday, April 13: Gators for Life “Parents Night Out” Fundraiser, details below

A Look Ahead:
Monday, April 16: Field Day T-shirt Design Contest entries due
Tuesday, April 17: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Thursday, April 19: New Date, Spring Class & Group pictures
Friday, April 20-Thursday, April 24: DES Spring Book Fair is here! Stay tuned for info.
Friday, April 20: Ice Cream Social at DES, 5:30-8 pm
Wednesday, May 2: 5th Grade trip to Philadelphia
Friday, May 11: Muffins for Moms, details to come
Saturday, May 12: Gator Gallop 5K/1 Mile Run/Fun Run
Monday, May 14: Public hearing on AACPS budget, 7 pm North County HS
Tuesday, May 22: Spring Chorus Concert at DES, 6:30 pm
Tuesday, May 29: Spring Strings Concert at DES, 6:30 pm
Wednesday, May 30: 5th Grade trip to Sandy Point
Thursday, May 31: Spring Band Concert at DES, 6:30 pm

Here’s the News:

 ** Come to the Parent Social Friday at Killarney **
Free appetizers for DES Parents!
The Social Committee wanted to do something for grown-ups this time. So, come out to the DES Parent Social at Killarney House this Friday, April 13th from 4:30 to 6:30 and enjoy complimentary appetizers. Socialize with other DES parents and relax a bit on the patio. No kids please. If that’s a problem, you might take advantage of the Gators for Life childcare at the school being offered during this event (see below for details on that). Please join us as we celebrate the joys of parenting!! Hosted by the DES PTO.
See the 2018 Parent Social flier here

Gators for Life offers Parent’s Night Out – this Friday!
Here’s a great way to support the DES Gators For Life team while getting some much-deserved time for yourself! The team will offer DES parents the chance to sign up for 2+ hours of afterschool childcare this Friday, April 13th. Children who are registered can stay after school Friday until 6:30 pm, to enjoy all kinds of activities with teachers and staff who will join with them for the fun. Spots are limited, so check out the attached flier and turn it in ASAP with your donation (or you can donate online). All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Any questions, contact Mrs. Kleintank.
See the Gators For Life fundraiser flier here

Gator Gallop Registration Open Until April 26th
Don’t forget to sign up for the school’s fun run to support DES!
The Gator Gallop fun run registration is open until Thursday, April 26th – sign up today for any of the following distances:
• 5K (scenic route around DAA Park), 8 am
• 1 mile (kids 4 – 11, an out and back along the paved trail along the soccer fields), 9 am
• 100 – yard Gallop (just for kids on the football field), occurs just after the 1 mile finishes

The Gator Gallop takes place on Saturday, May 12th, and is open to everyone! Enjoy the pre-race warm up, making cheer signs, Chase the Mascot fun, post-race refreshments and prizes! Register by 4/26 at: https://bit.ly/2GobffM

Math 24 Club members to compete
Though meetings have now ended for the Math 24 Club, participants will now head to County Competitions over the next couple of weeks. All events will be held at Annapolis High School. We wish all of our competitors the best of luck!
5th graders compete on Tuesday, April 10 at 4:45 pm
4th graders compete on Wednesday, April 18 at 4:45 pm
3rd graders compete on Wednesday, April 25 at 4:45 pm

In Recognition of Student Winners:
We had a stellar turn out for the recent Science Fair at Davidsonville Elementary. Such an amazing amount of talent and effort! Thanks to all of our volunteer judges who helped provide a thorough survey of all the submitted projects.

Congratulations to all of the winners for this year’s Science fair:
Third Grade:
1st Place: Suraj Sharma
2nd Place: Scott Hommel and Christopher Perkins
3rd Place: Alex Shamah

Fourth Grade:
1st Place: Dylan Kivett
2nd Place: Sofia Moss (tie)
2nd Place: Corinne Barnes  (tie)
3rd Place: Maddy Hunt

Fifth Grade:
1st Place: Lilah Brennan and Ava Weisner
2nd Place: David Law
3rd Place: Lillian Jurik and Ella Lovelace

Innovators Olympics – Fifth Grade:
Winners Grant Davenport & Jason Tebbe

Congratulations also to the recent winners of the DACA poster contest
Winners were announced at the Davidsonville Green Expo event held at DES.
1st Place: Jazlynn McCormick
2nd Place: Caroline Walters

Public Service Announcements:

For parents of 4th graders
It’s never too early to start preparing. You are invited to attend a Magnet Program information night hosted by AACPS on Monday, April 23rd. Open to Anne Arundel County residents, the event will provide details on the various programs available to middle and high schoolers, as well as information on the process to register, and more. Read the flier for more.
See the Magnet Fair 2018 flier here

Reminder: Lend your support to AACPS budget approval
We want to remind you once again to offer your support for the proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal year. The County Council will vote on the budget that has been presented to them and the DES PTO urges you to make your opinion known to council members. Save the date for Monday, May 14th at 7 pm for a Public Hearing at North County High School, or contact Council members by e-mail any time. All the details are on the information page attached.
See the AACPS Budget info sheet here


DES PTO Gator Blast E-mail
Week of April 3-6, 2018
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We are back to business.

Coming Up This Week: 
Tuesday, April 3: School resumes
Wednesday, April 4: Math 24 Club last meeting, 4-5pm
Wednesday, April 4: Kindergarten registration begins
Thursday, April 5: Engineering Club meets, 8:15 am
Friday, April 6: Last day to sign up for DES Spelling Bee, details below

A Look Ahead:
Monday, April 9: Spelling Bee preliminary round for grades 2-3, 8am in cafeteria
Tuesday, April 10: Spelling Bee preliminary round for grades 4-5, 8am in cafeteria
Wednesday-Thursday, April 11-12: 2 Hour Early Dismissal both days
Friday, April 13: Tennis program begins at DES afterschool
Monday, April 16: Field Day T-shirt Design Contest entries due
Tuesday, April 17: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Thursday, April 19: New Date, Spring Class & Group pictures
Saturday, May 12: Gator Gallop 5K/1 Mile Run/Fun Run
Tuesday, May 22: Spring Chorus Concert at DES, 6:30 pm
Tuesday, May 29: Spring Strings Concert at DES, 6:30 pm
Thursday, May 31: Spring Band Concert at DES, 6:30 pm

Here’s the News:

Support Your School by Registering for the Gator Gallop!
Registration closes Thursday, April 26th
The Gator Gallop fun run registration is open until Thursday, April 26th – sign up today for any of the following distances:
• 5K (scenic route around DAA Park), 8 am
• 1 mile (kids 4 – 11, an out and back along the paved trail along the soccer fields), 9 am
• 100 – yard Gallop (just for kids on the football field), occurs just after the 1 mile finishes

The Gator Gallop takes place on Saturday, May 12th, and is open to everyone! Enjoy the pre-race warm up, making cheer signs, Chase the Mascot fun, post-race refreshments and prizes! Register by April 26th at: https://bit.ly/2GobffM

Book It Program
Remember to turn in all completed March Book It calendars this week.  This is also the last call for any other completed Book It calendars for this school year.  You can find all of the prior monthly calendars on the DES PTO website at this link. March is the last month for Book It.  All students who completed the program from October-March will be invited to a Kona Ice party at the end of the year. For questions, contact program chairperson Cathy Manofsky at: cathymanofsky@gmail.com.

Volunteer DJ needed
Recess Relay, a fundraiser for Relay for Life/American Cancer Society, will be held on Friday, May 18th, during the student’s recesses. We are in need of a DJ for the event. If you know of someone, please contact Linda Sullivan in the front office, lsullivan@aacps.org  Thank you!

Last chance to sign up for Spelling Bee
Sign up today to take part in the 5th Annual DES School Spelling Bee. Students must participate in the Preliminary Rounds to advance to the Bee. Preliminaries will be held at 8 am in the cafeteria on: Mon., April 9 for Grades 2-3, and Tues., April 10 for Grades 4-5. Top 10 spellers from each grade will compete in the Spelling Bee. To register, e-mail Kasy Schnabel at: kasyschnabel@gmail.com. Include: Child’s name, grade, teacher, & parent name.

Tennis anyone? Still some spots, register today!
Tennis sessions at DES will begin on April 13th for ages 7 and up. The classes will be held on Fridays after school, from 3:55-4:55. Cost is $99 for 6 weeks (April 13-May 18). Registration is online, but send in checks to the school office (marked for Tennis) and payable to DES PTO. Register at: http://tinyurl.com/DESTennis18.
See the 2018 Spring Tennis program flier here

Mixed Bags items
A reminder that if you had an item or order that hasn’t yet been sent home from the recent Mixed Bags fundraiser, it is most likely being held at school for pick up. If you have questions, contact Melissa Robinson at: robinso12311996@yahoo.com.

Public Service Announcements:

Parents of 4th graders
Have you looked into the Every Kid in a Park program yet? Since it’s only for 4th graders, you really are under a deadline of sorts. Every year, beginning Sept. 1st, all kids in the fourth grade have access to their own Every Kid in a Park pass available online. This pass provides free access to national parks across the country. It is good until August 21st of 2018. For information on getting your pass before it’s too late (and summer plans are made), visit www.everykidinapark.gov.

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