Gator Blast Archive, December 2018

DES PTO Gator Blast Midweek Mail
December 19, 2018

Holiday Break is nearly here!
And Friday is the 1st day of Winter.

Here’s the News:

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
The Gator Gazette is ready to go
The Newspaper Club has completed the first edition of the Gator Gazette, the school newspaper created by students. It is full of interesting articles, photos, comics, and more all about our school and our community. Please click on the below to access the December edition of the Gator Gazette!
Find the Gator Gazette – December Edition online here

Polar Express Day – You can wear your Pajamas!!!
Another reminder that Friday is Polar Express Day at DES for everyone! Students (and teachers!) are invited to wear their pajamas to school if they wish. Each classroom will get to watch a holiday-themed movie and enjoy a snack and beverage provided by the PTO-oreos and chocolate milk (w/ lemonade and popcorn as a limited option). It’s always a fun day on this last day before the holiday break.

Gator Green Gift Cards will be delivered Friday
If you submitted an order for Gator Green Gift Cards, they are on their way! They will be brought up to school on Friday and sent home with your student if you authorized that on the form. We have a limited number of cards still available if anyone is in need of a card for holiday giving. $10 options include: Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, Noodles & Company, Panera and Chipotle.  Click here to send an e-mail by Thursday evening and we can let you know what’s in stock from the list above. Thanks for helping to raise funds for the DES PTO!

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of December 17-21, 2018

 Enjoy your upcoming holiday break!

 Coming Up This Week:
Monday, Dec. 17: Beginner Strings concert at DES, 6:30 pm (performers arrive 6pm)
Wednesday, Dec. 19: Assembly for 3rd-5th grades, 3pm
Friday, Dec. 21: Polar Express Day at DES, details below

A Look Ahead:
Mon. Dec. 24-Tues., Jan. 1: NO SCHOOL, winter break
Wednesday, Jan. 2: School resumes
Friday, Jan. 18: Group picture day
Monday, Jan. 21:
NO SCHOOL, MLK, Jr. holiday
Tuesday, Jan. 22: PTO General Membership meeting at DES
Tuesday, Jan. 29: DES Skate Zone event, 5:30-7:30 pm
Tuesday & Wednesday, Jan. 29-30:
2 Hour Early Dismissal
Thursday, Jan. 31:
NO SCHOOL for students
Friday, Feb. 8: Candy Bar Bingo, details to come

Here’s the News:

Polar Express Day
Friday is Polar Express Day at DES for all students! Many classrooms have chosen to watch a holiday-themed movie of their choice on this day. And the PTO will provide chocolate milk (or lemonade as a limited option) and a snack of oreo cookies to each student. If your child has an allergy, you can send in another snack option or mention it to the teacher. The day offers a chance for everyone to get in the holiday spirit together before school break.

Please don’t park in staff parking spots
We’d like to ask everyone who uses the school parking lot at any time to please leave the two spots for the Principals vacant for all school events. If you haven’t noticed, one of our two Principals tries to attend each and every school function at some point. And as they often have off-site meetings or other obligations, they need to have quick and easy access to the school when they return. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Last chance for Gift Cards-Order by Tuesday
If you need gift cards for holiday giving, there’s still time to send in an order for Gator Green Scrip Gift Cards. You pay face value for every card, and the PTO earns a small percentage from each purchase. There are hundreds of retailers available–Amazon, iTunes, Starbucks, grocery stores, movie theaters, and many more! In order to ensure delivery by this Friday, you must turn in your order by Tuesday morning. All checks are payable to DES PTO. You can find more info. on the order form and information page attached below. Thanks to all who have sent in orders already.
See the 2018 Gator Green Scrip order form here

Thanks to all for Holiday Shoppe fun!
The PTO would like to extend its deepest appreciation to all who volunteered for the DES Holiday Shoppe last week. It was an amazing night! Thanks to all of our special elves, and busy workers, as well as our food servers, bake sale volunteers and all the vendors who came out. A special thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Wyatt who helped to make sure Santa showed up for the event. We had over 250 kids shop for their holiday gifts! Thanks also to all who took part in the raffles for vendor gits. Winners will be contacted soon, if you haven’t heard already.

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of December 10-14, 2018

Come & enjoy the DES Holiday Shoppe!

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, Dec. 10: PTO Board meeting, 8:30 am
Monday, Dec. 10: 
Winter Concert for Band, Chorus, Adv. Strings at SRHS, 6:30 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 12: 
Holiday Shoppe at DES, 6-8 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 12: 2nd grade field trip

A Look Ahead:
Monday, Dec. 17: Beginner Strings concert at DES, 6:30 pm
Friday, Dec. 21: Polar Express Day at DES
Mon. Dec. 24-Tues., Jan. 1: NO SCHOOL, winter break
Wednesday, Jan. 2: School resumes
Friday, Jan. 18: Group picture day
Monday, Jan. 21:
NO SCHOOL, MLK, Jr. holiday 

Here’s the News:

Happy Holidays!
Holiday Shoppe is here this Wednesday
Bring the family to the Holiday Shoppe on Wed., Dec. 12th, 6-8 pm, for a night of secret shopping by the kids, an awesome bake sale for all, and vendors selling a variety of goods for everyone. There will be pizza and refreshments available for purchase, so the family can eat with friends in the cafeteria. And Santa will be paying a visit too! Have your young ones make their shopping lists and bring some funds to spend, and our special elves will guide them through their shopping without any parent help.
See the 2018 Holiday Shoppe Flier here

Reminders:

Coat & glove donations still needed
Our school is collecting gently used or new coats and gloves of all sizes running until Wed., December 19th. Our collection will be donated to The Stanton Community Center in Annapolis. This community center serves as a resource for both children and adults. Items will be collected in the front hallway at DES. Thanks to all who have already donated.

Donate toys & items for kids thru Dec. 19th
DES is collecting children’s gifts on behalf of The Sharing Foundation. This foundation supports the working needy of Anne Arundel County. Gifts of any kind are appreciated, especially books, crayons, markers, etc. This collection will also run from through Wed., December 19th. A large barrel is located in front of the main office for this collection.

Public Service Announcements:

Parents Night Out offered
Davidsonville UMC church is offering a Parents Night Out event on Saturday, Dec. 15th from 6-9 pm. Dress your kids (ages 4 thru 5th grade) in their favorite holiday PJ’s and drop them off for a safe evening of fun while you take the night off. Games, crafts, snacks, and a Christmas movie. Space is limited, CPR certified adults on site. RSVP online at DUMC.net.

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of December 3-7, 2018

Thursday is an early dismissal day for students.

Coming Up This Week:
Tuesday, Dec. 4: 3rd grade field trip
Wednesday, Dec. 5: Student picture retakes, details below
Wednesday, Dec. 5: Green School Club meets, 8:15 am
Wednesday, Dec. 5: Board of Education meeting, 10 am
Thursday, Dec. 6: 
2 Hour Early Dismissal

A Look Ahead:
Monday, Dec. 10: PTO Board meeting, 8:30 am
Monday, Dec. 10: Winter Concert for Band, Chorus, Adv. Strings at SRHS, 6:30 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 12:
Holiday Shoppe at DES, 6-8 pm
Monday, Dec. 17: Beginner Strings concert at DES, 6:30 pm
Friday, Dec. 21: Polar Express Day at DES
Mon. Dec. 24-Tues., Jan. 1: NO SCHOOL, winter break
Wednesday, Jan. 2: School resumes

Here’s the News:

More info. on Picture Retakes
Retake day is this Wednesday, Dec. 5th. Students who missed picture day or families who want a new picture taken will have the chance. An order form is required. One will be sent home with all students absent on the Oct. 12th date or you can pick one up from the school office. You can also use the form attached below and there’s online ordering available.
Note: Those families who purchased a package in October and want new photos taken need to turn in the complete photo package they purchased.
See the Picture Order Form 2018 here

Holiday Shoppe is nearly here!
Bring the family to the Holiday Shoppe on Wed., Dec. 12th, 6-8 pm, for a night of secret shopping by the kids, an awesome bake sale for all, and vendors selling a variety of goods for everyone. There will be pizza and refreshments available for purchase, so the family can eat with friends in the cafeteria. And there’s a rumor the big guy will be paying a visit throughout the night! Have your young ones make their shopping lists and bring some funds to spend, and our special elves will guide them through their shopping without any parent help, it’s amazing!
See the 2018 Holiday Shoppe Flier here

Book It Program
It’s time to turn in completed November Book It calendars! In case you misplaced your copy, the November calendar is attached. The December calendar is also attached for you to print and have your child log his or her reading in December. Book It calendars will be distributed through the Blast and are available on the PTO website (despto.org). Children that participate for the entire program (Oct.-March) will be invited to a Kona Ice party at the end of the school year!
See calendars here

DES Green School Club seeks new members
It’s never too late to join the Green School Club.  Membership form is attached.  Our club meets twice monthly on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 8:15 am.
See the Green School Club registration form here

Coat & glove donations still needed
Our school is collecting gently used or new coats and gloves of all sizes running until Wed., December 19th. Our collection will be donated to The Stanton Community Center in Annapolis. This community center serves as a resource for both children and adults. Items will be collected in the front hallway at DES. Thanks to all who have already donated.

Donate toys & items for kids thru Dec. 19th
DES is collecting children’s gifts on behalf of The Sharing Foundation. This foundation supports the working needy of Anne Arundel County. Gifts of any kind are appreciated, especially books, crayons, markers, etc. This collection will also run from through Wed., December 19th. A large barrel is located in front of the main office for this collection.

DES Green School Club seeks volunteers
Can you help with making PLARN? This is a super simple job that involves folding and cutting plastic bags into lengths that are then tied together to create plarn.  We have had tremendous success with collecting plastic grocery bags and want to keep the momentum going. In order to that we need HELPERS. Instructions and demonstrations are available for kids and adults (some even find it therapeutic). If you’d like to help out with turning plarn into sleeping mats, we could use some volunteers to crochet as well… again it’s super simple and instructions and demonstrations are available. Contact Sheila Norman at DESGREENSCHOOL@yahoo.com to find out more or volunteer. 

Reminders:

Order a Yearbook
Use the easy online ordering process to order your student a yearbook for this school year. Cost is only $18. Order yours at: www.yearbookforever.com

Holiday Shoppe vendors & bakers wanted
If you are a crafter and have some homemade goods to sell, or are a direct sales vendor and would like to display/sell your products, at the Holiday Shoppe on Dec. 12th, e-mail Katie Epperly at katie.epperly76@gmail.com. If you’d like to donate to the dessert table, contact Saundra Doyle at: giggy.doyle@gmail.com.

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