Gator Blast Archive April, 2018

DES PTO Gator Blast E-mail
Week of April 30-May 4, 2018
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Coming Up This Week: 
Wednesday, May 2: 5th Grade trip to Philadelphia
Thursday, May 3: Engineering Club meets, 8:15 am
Friday, May 4: Tennis program held after school
Friday, May 4: Superstar Kids Fitness program at 8:15 am

A Look Ahead:
Tuesday, May 8: PTO Board meeting, 7:30 pm
Friday, May 11: Muffins for Moms, 8:15 am, details below
Friday, May 11: Gator Gallop Bib pick-up at DES cafeteria, 4-8 pm (must pick up)
Saturday, May 12: Gator Gallop 5K/1 Mile Run/Fun Run, 8 am
Monday, May 14: Public hearing on AACPS budget, 7 pm North County HS
Friday, May 18: Recess Relay at DES
Monday, May 21:
PTO General Membership Meeting 7 pm
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: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at DES, 9:30 am
Thursday, May 31: Spring Band Concert at DES, 6:30 pm
Friday, June 1: End of the Year Student Social at DES, details to come
Monday, June 4: Cultural Arts Assemblies for students
Wednesday, June 6: DES Talent Show, 6:30 pm at AHS
Friday, June 8: DES Field Day, details to come
Monday, June 11: Donuts for Dads, 8:15 am

Here’s the News:

DES Teachers & Staff are our Super Heroes!
Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up! The week of May 7th we are celebrating our favorite super heroes–our DES teachers and staff who go above and beyond the call of duty to make our school super! Your PTO and volunteers have planned meals, treats, raffles, gifts, and more! Donations and volunteer help are still needed, please contact Lisa Gebbia at lisa.gebbia@gmail.com. We’d like to ask you to encourage your students to take part in the week.
Here’s the plan for Teacher Appreciation Week:
Monday, May 7: Wear your teacher’s favorite color
Tuesday, May 8: Bring in your teacher’s favorite snack or food
Wednesday, May 9: Complete the “I Think You Are Super” template for teachers and staff (attached below)
Thursday, May 10: Donate any needed school supplies to your teacher
Friday, May 11: Wear green to show your Gator pride!
See the Teacher Appreciation Week flier here
See the “I Think You’re Super” Template here

Reminder: Muffins for Moms & special friends May 11
Join us Friday, May 11th in the DES Cafeteria from 8:15 -9:15 am for Muffins for Moms (students may bring another adult female friend). Enjoy coffee, muffins and a chance to mingle. Please note, students cannot go to their classrooms prior to 9:15 am and moms/friends need to stay until then. The Donuts for Dads event is set for June 11th. Due to recent security changes, all guests must have a visitor sticker. Please arrive early (8 am or approx. 15 min’s) in order to have your driver’s license scanned and sticker printed. If you would like to pre-register, e-mail Cory Samaras Griffeth (csamaras@hotmail.com) the full driver’s license name and birthdate of Mom/Special Friend by May 10th. 

RSVP for the Volunteer Breakfast May 31st
Yee Haw! Callin’ ALL Parent Volunteers to saddle-up and come on over to a Rootin’ Tooin’ Volunteer Appreciation Hoedown on Thursday, May 31st at 9:30 am in the Media Center. Mosey on over to a Chuck Wagon Chow Line featuring breakfast treats rustled-up just for you by DES teachers. The band will perform and students will stop by to show their appreciation. Give a holler (or RSVP) to  pappel@aacps or http://whoozin.com/M6X-NKW-J74N to let us know you’re a-comin’. (Denim duds and little sibling cowpokes are welcome.)
See the 2018 Volunteer Breakfast flier here

Send in those Box Tops for Education!
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 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 to everyone in advance for your full cooperation. If you have any questions please contact me: jinnap@yahoo.com 

PTO General Membership meeting & elections May 21
Our last DES PTO General Membership Meeting for this school year will be on May 21st beginning at 7pm at DES.  We will be electing board members for next year.  If you would like to nominate someone (or yourself) for a board position, please send your nomination in writing to our PTO President, Carrie Groff at cagroff@comcast.net Our bylaws state that a board member must be a committee chair for at least one year prior to serving in a board position. However, there can be exceptions to this rule with current board approval. Nominations cannot be received during the general membership meeting. The current exec board will announce their slate and any additional nominations for next year one week prior to the GMM meeting.

Public Service Announcements:

Don’t forget DAA Gator Day Spring Carnival this Saturday
It’s going to be a super fun day outdoors with playtime, dance, food and much more. Hosted by DAA, the event will be on Saturday, May 5th at Davidsonville Park (3042 Patuxent River Road, Davidsonville, MD), from 10 am to 8 pm. Athletic competitions, clinics and combines, along with games, food trucks, silent auction, vendors, and music. Proceeds will benefit the Davidsonville Athletic Association. For info., visit daagators.org.
See the Gator Day Spring Carnival flier here

See The Music Man at CMS
Come see the Central Middle School student performers in Music Man, School Version! Performances are at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30) on May 3, 4, and 5. Tickets are now all general admission at the door, $5 each. Exact cash please!


DES PTO Gator Blast E-mail
Week of April 23-27, 2018
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Book Fair is here all week!
Spirit Week for the Gator Gallop –
Wear your Crazy Socks Monday

Coming Up This Week: 
Tuesday, April 24: Book Fair stays open late, until 6 pm
Tuesday & Wed., April 24-25: Special Friends Day, lunch & book fair, details below
Wednesday, April 25: PTO Board meeting, 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 26:
Deadline to register for the Gator Gallop, details below
Thursday, April 26: Engineering Club meets, 8:15 am
Friday, April 27: Tennis program held after school
Friday, April 27: Superstar Kids Fitness program at 8:15am

A Look Ahead:
Wednesday, May 2: 5th Grade trip to Philadelphia
Friday, May 11: Muffins for Moms, details below
Saturday, May 12: Gator Gallop 5K/1 Mile Run/Fun Run, details below
Monday, May 14: Public hearing on AACPS budget, 7 pm North County HS
Monday, May 21: PTO General Membership Meeting 7:30 pm, w/ special program
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: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at DES, 9:30 am
Thursday, May 31: Spring Band Concert at DES, 6:30 pm

Here’s the News:

Paws for Books: The Book Fair is at DES
Thanks to all who came out for Friday’s opening night! The Book Fair will be open each morning at 8:30am until the first bell rings at 9:15am. Or stop by in the evening on Tues., April 24th until 6:00pm. Also on Tues., April 24th (for students last names A-L) and Wed., April 25th (for students last names M-Z), Grandparents or special friends are invited to have lunch with their student in the cafeteria and then shop at the Book Fair. Students will all have a chance to visit the Book Fair during their Media Center time. You can send money along with them and let them shop. Check the flier for all of the details.
Note: Due to recent security changes, all guests to the building must have their license scanned by front office staff and have a visitor sticker visible during the event. Please arrive early (approximately 15 minutes) in order to have your driver’s license scanned and sticker printed.
See the 2018 Spring Book Fair DES flier here

Fun Times at DES!
Gator Gallop Spirit Week is here
This week is your last chance to register for the Gator Gallop event. To celebrate, we have created a fun dress-up schedule, all leading up to the final date for registration. Please support DES and the Gator Gallop by dressing in your gear and signing up for the Gator Gallop. Last day to register is Thursday, April 26th!! Visit this link and sign up online: https://bit.ly/2GobffM. Remember the Gallop event is on May 12th.
Here’s the schedule for this week:
Monday 4/23:  Crazy Sock Day – wear your craziest socks!
Tuesday 4/24: Favorite Sports team – College, Pro, Local, doesn’t matter
Wednesday 4/25: DES Pride Day – wear green and white!
Thursday 4/26: Color Wars – wear your class color – we will announce a grade winner!
K- Yellow/Gold
1st- Lime Green
2nd- Green
3rd- Light Blue
4th- Red
5th- Orange 

Grab your Spring Gator Gear before it’s too late!
Go Gators! Show your love for the Gators and order some of this great school gear. See the fun items we have for you to choose from on the order form. Please place your orders online before April 30. You may order online at www.swagdog.com/c-306-davidsonville-elementary-school.aspx or send your paper order into the office by April 27.
See the Spring 2018 Gator Gear Flier & Order Form here

Teacher Appreciation Committee still seeking donations
The week of celebration will be May 7-11th, however we are busy making big plans now and could use your help. We are seeking additional donations of gift cards that the committee will be distributing to our “winning” teachers & staff throughout that week. If you can donate any gift cards, send them into the office in an envelope marked “Teacher Appreciation Week Committee.” If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Gebbia (lisa.gebbia@gmail.com). Any and all donations are appreciated.
(Note: You can also order gift cards through the Gator Green Scrip Gift Card program and a percentage of your purchase will benefit the PTO. Order by Tuesday, April 24. E-mail: cfeindt@gmail.com and just let us know what you’d like to spend.)

Muffins for Moms & special friends
(women & students only) May 11th
Join us Friday, May 11th in the DES Cafeteria from 8:15 -9:15 am for Muffins for Moms (students may bring another adult female friend). Enjoy coffee, muffins and a chance to mingle. Please note, students cannot go to their classrooms prior to 9:15 am and moms/friends need to stay until then. The Donuts for Dads event is set for June 11th.
Note: Due to recent security changes, all guests to the building must have a visitor sticker during the event. Please arrive early (8 am or approx. 15 min’s) in order to have your driver’s license scanned and sticker printed. If you would like to pre-register to help speed things up, please e-mail Cory Samaras Griffeth (csamaras@hotmail.com) the full driver’s license name and birthdate of Mom/Special Friend by Thursday, May 10th. 

In Recognition: Spelling Bee Winners
The DES Spelling Bee took place last week and we would like to extend our congratulations to the winners from each grade level and to all of the students who took part in the Spelling Bee contest. Great job everyone!
2nd Grade
1st place – Johanna Fraser
2nd place – Keller Schnabel
3rd place – Liam Manzoli
3rd Grade
1st place – Ryan Lewis
2nd place – Will Deppe
3rd place – Conor Young
4th Grade
1st place – Caden Schnabel
2nd place – Owen Hurson
3rd place – Travis Allen
5th Grade
1st place – Natalie Groff
2nd place – Will Malone
3rd place – Owen Infante

Public Service Announcements:

CMS Presents The Music Man
Come see some wonderful student performers in Central Middle School’s Drama Club performance of “The Music Man – School Version.” You may pre-order tickets now by e-mailing cmsmusicmantickets@gmail.com. If you purchase tickets and pay for them by April 27, your seats will be reserved. After that date, remaining seats will be sold only at the door each night as unreserved, general admission. Ticket price is $5.00 for each ticket purchased. Send check, payable to CMS Drama Club, c/o Syndy Kucner, 3474 Constellation Dr, Davidsonville, MD 21035 or (if you have a student at CMS) to  the CMS office in an envelope marked MUSIC MAN TICKETS. Payment must be postmarked by April 27th or they will be released for General Sale. There are no refunds for tickets, but you can resell to others. Questions?  E-mail: cmsmusicmantickets@gmail.com.
Include in your order e-mail your name, a reliable phone number and indicate how many tickets you would like for any of the following performances:
Thursday May 3rd at 7:00pm
Friday May 4th at 7:00pm
Saturday May 5th at 7:00pm 

Quacks for Backpacks Duck Races and
Family Carnival set for May 20
The 6th annual Quacks for Backpacks Duck Races and Family Carnival will be held on Sunday, May 20th at Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville from 11am to 4pm. The event raises funds for the Bountiful Backpacks program that furnishes needy children with weekend food. The family carnival at the event will include carnival games, face painting, rubber duck decoration contest, music, magic food and refreshments. Admission to the events are free. The rain date for the event is Sunday, June 3 at the same time and place. Any family or individual may sponsor a duck or ducks in the races for $10 donation at this webpage: http://www.southcountyrotary.org/quacksforbackpacks.php. Prizes will be awarded to the top ducks racing on a special water course. Business and donor sponsorships are now being sought to raise funds and publicize the event. Further information on sponsorships is located at this link.
See the Quacks for Backpacks flier here


DES PTO Gator Blast
Mid-Week Mail, April 18, 2018
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Say Cheese: Picture Day Thursday!

Coming Up This Week: 
Thursday, April 19: Spring Class & Group pictures
Thursday, April 19: Engineering Club meets, 8:15 am
Thursday, April 19: Spelling Bee finals at DES, 6pm
Friday, April 20-Thursday, April 24: DES Spring Book Fair is here!
Friday, April 20: Book Fair Opening evening, 5:30-8pm
Friday, April 20: Ice Cream Social at DES, 6-8 pm
Friday, April 20: Tennis program held after school
Friday, April 20: Superstar Kids Fitness program at 8:15am

A Look Ahead:
Tuesday, April 24: Book Fair stays open late, until 6 pm
Tuesday & Wed., April 24-25: Special Friends Day, lunch & book fair, details on flier
Thursday, April 26: Last date to register for the Gator Gallop event set for May 12

Here’s the News:

Book Fair & Ice Cream Social this Friday night!
Friday is happening this week! Everyone should come on out to the Grand Opening of the Book Fair, from 5:30-8:30 pm. There are tons of books for every age (even adults), and plenty of shopping to do. You can also enjoy the Ice Cream Social from 6-8 while you’re there. It’s going to be a lot of fun, so come with the whole family!
The Book Fair will be open each morning at 8:30am until the first bell rings at 9:15am. If you prefer, stop by in the evening on Tuesday, April 24th when the fair is open until 6:00pm. Also on Tuesday, April 24th and Wednesday, April 25th,Grandparents or special friends are invited to have lunch with their student in the cafeteria and then shop at the Book Fair. Check the flier for details.
See the 2018 Spring Book Fair DES flier here

Spring Gator Gear is here!
Go Gators! Thank you for showing your school spirit and purchasing Gator Gear this Spring. See the fun items we have for you to choose from. Please place your orders online before April 30. You may order online at www.swagdog.com/c-306-davidsonville-elementary-school.aspx or send your paper order into the office by April 27.
See the Spring 2018 Gator Gear Flier & Order Form here

Get Ready…
Gator Gallop Spirit Week is April 23rd-26th
We are going to dedicate next week to the Gator Gamble event. To do so, we have created a fun dress-up schedule, all leading up to the final date for registration. Please support DES and the Gator Gallop by dressing in your gear and signing up for the Gator Gallop. Last day to register is Thursday, April 26th!! To register, visit this link and sign up online: https://bit.ly/2GobffM. Remember the Gallop event is on May 12th.
Monday 4/23:  Crazy Sock Day – wear your craziest socks!
Tuesday 4/24: Favorite Sports team – College, Pro, Local, doesn’t matter, just show your pride!
Wednesday 4/25: DES Pride Day – wear green and white!
Thursday 4/26: Color Wars – wear your class color – we will announce a grade winner!
K- Yellow/Gold
1- Lime Green
2- Green
3- Light Blue
4- Red
5- Orange 

Reminder: Teacher Appreciation Week donations wanted
We have had a good response to our initial request for gift card donations for the upcoming Teacher Appreciation Week at DES. And thanks to those who have already given. However, we need a lot more help and are hoping many DES families might be able to contribute. Please send gift card donations to the office, in an envelope marked “Teacher Appreciation Week Committee,” no later than Friday, April 27. Any amount is greatly appreciated! Please contact Lisa Gebbia (lisa.gebbia@gmail.com) with any questions. If you just can’t make it out to shop, contact the Gator Green Scrip folks and purchase through our gift card program where the PTO gets a rebate from every purchase. E-mail them at: cfeindt@gmail.com 


DES PTO Gator Blast E-mail
Week of April 16-20, 2018
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Early Dismissal Tuesday
Spring Picture day Thursday
Book Fair opens Friday

Coming Up This Week: 
Monday, April 16: Field Day T-shirt Design Contest entries due
Tuesday, April 17: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Thursday, April 19: Spring Class & Group pictures
Thursday, April 19: Engineering Club meets, 8:15 am
Thursday, April 19: Spelling Bee finals at DES, 6pm
Friday, April 20-Thursday, April 24: DES Spring Book Fair is here!
Friday, April 20: Book Fair Opening evening, 5:30-8pm
Friday, April 20: Ice Cream Social at DES, 6-8 pm
Friday, April 20: Tennis program held afterschool
Friday, April 20: Superstar Kids Fitness program at 8:15am

A Look Ahead:
Tuesday, April 24: Book Fair stays open late, until 6 pm
Tuesday & Wed., April 24-25: Special Friends Day, lunch & book fair, details below
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, details below
Monday, May 14: Public hearing on AACPS budget, 7 pm North County HS
Monday, May 21: PTO General Membership Meeting 7:30 pm, w/ special program
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:

Paws for a Great Book —
The Spring Book Fair is coming to DES!
The Spring Book Fair will be at DES this week. Come to the opening night on Friday, April 20th and enjoy the Ice Cream Social along with shopping. The Book Fair will be open each morning at 8:30am until the first bell rings at 9:15am. If you prefer, stop by in the evening on Tuesday, April 24th when the fair is open until 6:00pm. Also on Tuesday, April 24th and Wednesday, April 25th,Grandparents or special friends are invited to have lunch with their student in the cafeteria and then shop at the Book Fair. See the flier for all the details. PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent changes in security, ALL visitors must have their drivers license scanned in the office. Please arrive approximately 15 minutes early to allow time to attain a visitor’s pass. As a reminder, students are only allowed to shop the Book Fair before 9:15am (with an adult), during their Recess, or during their Media Center time.
See the 2018 Spring Book Fair DES flier here

Two Weeks Left for Gator Gallop Registration
Register today for either the 5K, 1 mile or 100 – yard Gallop! Support your school and enjoy a fun morning at DAA Park on Saturday, May 12th. Register by April 26th at: https://bit.ly/2GobffM .
Thank you to our gold sponsors – Thompson Creek Window Company, Homestead Gardens and Harvest Thyme Tavern!

Teacher Appreciation Week –
Gift Card Donations Needed
The Teacher Appreciation Week Committee is seeking donations of gift cards to local area businesses for a raffle to be held for teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week, scheduled for May 7-11. We have a large number of teachers and staff at DES and would like for everyone to “win” a gift card during the raffle. Please send gift card donations to the office, in an envelope marked “Teacher Appreciation Week Committee,” no later than Friday, April 27. Any amount is greatly appreciated! Please contact Lisa Gebbia (lisa.gebbia@gmail.com) with any questions. Thank you for helping to show our DES teachers and staff how much we appreciate them!
(Note: You can order gift cards through the Gator Green Scrip Gift Card program and a percentage of your purchase will benefit the PTO. It’s a win-win! Order by Tuesday, April 24. E-mail: cfeindt@gmail.com to order.)

Public Service Announcements:

Little Shop of Horrors at Southern High
Come support Southern High School’s incredibly talented theater department! They open the spring production, Little Shop of Horrors, on April 19, 20 & 21 with performances at 7pm as well as a matinee on April 21 at 2pm. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for SHS students with ID and  can be purchased at the door. Comedy, effects, amazing props, rocking music, and superb talent…you don’t wanna miss this production!

Gator Day Spring Carnival for DAA is May 5!
It’s going to be a super fun day outdoors with playtime, dance, food and much more. Hosted by DAA, the event will be on Saturday, May 5th at Davidsonville Park (3042 Patuxent River Road, Davidsonville, MD), from 10 am to 8 pm. Athletic competitions, clinics and combines, along with games, food trucks, silent auction, vendors, and music. Proceeds will benefit the Davidsonville Athletic Association. Questions? Want to volunteer? Contact gatorday@daagators.org.
See flier attached

2018 DeMatha Soccer Academy Free Skills Clinics
DeMatha Soccer Academy’s free skills clinics are open to all boys and girls ages 6-14. The clinics are designed to improve the player’s individual skill on the ball. The focus will be on dribbling, shooting, 1v1 attacking and 1v1 defending. Each session will conclude with small sided games. All clinics will be held at Elizabeth Seton High School, 5715 Emerson St, Bladensburg, MD 20710. No charge, but they ask for a donation of a piece of used soccer equipment to be given to the US Soccer Foundation. Register at: https://goo.gl/forms/bWhQZX8UC5OlFWrQ2
Dates:
Friday April 13 6:30-7:45pm
Friday April 27 6:30-7:30pm
Friday May 4 6:30-7:30pm
There are also Summer Camps available for ages 6-14. To find out more about them, visit this link.


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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