Gator Blast Archive February, 2019

DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of February 25-March 1, 2019 

It’s Gator Gamble Week!
You can buy your tickets with PayPal starting now.

Coming Up This Week:
Thursday, Feb. 28: Math 24 Club in-school competition, details below
Friday, March 1: Deadline to sign up for Spelling Club, details below
Saturday, March 2: GATOR GAMBLE auction event, 6:30-11:30pm

A Look Ahead:
Monday, March 4: Cultural Arts assembly with a magician, all grades
Tuesday, March 5: NO SCHOOL, parent/teacher conferences
Tuesday, March 12: Spring Martial Arts program begins, details below
Thursday, March 14: Spring Engineering program begins, details below
Friday, March 15: Cultural Arts assembly for K-2, 3pm
Friday, March 22: Science Fair judging
Friday, March 22: DES International Night, 6-7:30pm
Tuesday, March 26: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Friday, March 29: Spring Book Fair opening
Wednesday, April 3: Kindergarten registration begins

Here’s the News:

 Gator Gamble Time! 
It’s the Final Countdown… And it’s SO MUCH FUN!
Last chance to get your tickets to the BEST night out for a great cause! The Gator Gamble is happening this Saturday, from 6:30-11:30pm at The Crowne Plaza in Annapolis. Break out the 80’s gear and join the fun. Silent and live auctions, food, live music from 80’s cover band “The Reagan Years,” dancing, prize wheels, raffles, costume contest, and more.

Don’t  miss out on the great teacher time donations you can bid on. Your child can experience a dinner with their teacher, a Pottery Party, Recorder lessons, a cupcake decorating session, and lots of other special moments. Tickets to sports events, hotel stays, dinners out, trips, the amazing Class Baskets, and other awesome items also await! Send in your ticket order forms NOW! We can’t wait to see you there.
See Ticket Order form attached

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Attention Math 24 members
Do not miss Math 24 this Thursday, Feb. 28th from 4-5pm.  We are holding our Math 24 in-school competition. The top two scorers from each grade 3th, 4th, and 5th grades (total of six students) will be representing our school in the County Competition in April. Please note – Even if you do not want to participate in the competition, please continue to come to the club meetings. Go MATH!!! 

The Schneider family

In Recognition:
Volunteers of the Month for December
Amanda & Mike Schneider
Amanda began volunteering at DES with I Read You Read and the Gator Gamble four years ago. She has been a Media Mom for two years and is currently the Co-Stage Manager for the school play, Peter Pan Jr. She has been a clerical helper and is frequently a chaperone with field trips and school socials, as well as volunteering to help with class parties and special activities like gingerbread ornaments and Polar Express Day. Amanda lives in Riva with husband (and co-volunteer of the month!) Mike and their children Chaya (3rd grade) and Miriam (1st grade).  

Mike has been the Chairman of the DES Martial Arts Enrichment Program for four years. The program has run multiple martial arts sessions every year where they have enabled almost 200 students to try out martial arts. Over that time they have also raised almost $8,000 for the PTO. Like his wife, Mike is also a frequent chaperone, party and special activity helper.  

The Davidsonville Elementary School PTO would like to express our appreciation to the Schneiders for their regular volunteer work and ongoing participation in school activities. It’s rare to visit the halls of Davidsonville Elementary without seeing one (or both) of them there! Thanks for all that you do.

Reminders:

Spelling Club registration due by Friday for grades 2-5
The DES Spelling Bee Club is for children grades 2-5 who love to spell and/or want to improve their spelling abilities. The club meets before school on Fridays (starting March 8 and ending March 29) practicing spelling words and learning to spell in front of an audience. Note: Your student does NOT have to take part in this club to participate in the Spelling Bee. Sign up deadline is March 1st. See the flier or contact Kasy Schnabel (kasyschnabel@gmail.com).
See the 2019 DES Spelling Club flier here

Save the Date – Running Club for Grades 3-5
Running Club 2019 will be kicking off on March 18, in preparation for the Annual Gator Gallop, May 11th. This is a great (and fun!) way to prepare for the run, and we are excited to introduce a new curriculum which will incorporate weekly themes & challenges. Running techniques will be emphasized as the kids are taught pace, endurance & proper breathing. 

The Club will be meeting on Mondays & Thursday from 3:55-5:00 pm, beginning March 18th. Registration opens soon. Contact Running Club Chairperson Natalie Camuso with any questions at: nataliecamuso@gmail.com.

Martial Arts program is back for grades 3-5
DES and East Coast Martial Arts are teaming up again. ECMA will offer 6 introductory classes at DES for students in grades 3 to 5, after school in March for only $40. All profits will be donated to the DES PTO.  Kids will learn the basics of martial arts and self defense and get to test for their white belt at the end, followed by a party at ECMA Edgewater. Classes will start after school on March 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and March 28.

This is a great way to start your children in martial arts without a huge commitment! Register online by clicking this link.  Contact Mike Schneider at 410-693-8967 or by e-mail at: chayaandmiri@gmail.com with any questions. Send in your payment marked “Martial Arts Program.” If students need financial assistance, please contact Mrs. Isett  at 410-222-1655, cisett@aacps.org.
See the 2019 Spring Martial Arts flier here

Engineering Program registration for all grades
The Spring Engineering Program session is all about cars and energy! The younger kids (K-3rd) will build cars using renewable energy while older kids (3rd-5th) will use basic coding skills to control an automated car to solve missions. This year we have included an option for 3rd graders – they get to pick which session they would like. Please indicate this on your registration. If your child hasn’t participated in the engineering program, no problem, instructors are on hand to help. Classes start March 14. Contact Bunmi Emenanjo at b.emenanjo@gmail.com with any questions.
See the 2019 Spring Engineering Grades K-3 form here
See the 2019 Spring Engineering Grades 3-5 form here

Public Service Announcements:

Kids event at Glory Days in Edgewater
On Thursday, Feb. 28th from 6-7 pm, there will be a Kids Night Out with giveaways, face painting, entertainment, and more at Glory Days Grill, 3 Lee Airpark Dr., Edgewater. Kids eat free with purchase, 5-8pm.
See the Kids Night 2019 flier here

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of February 18-22, 2019 

Lots of snow talk this week…

Coming Up This Week:
Thursday, Feb. 21: Turn in International Night form if you want to participate
Thursday, Feb. 21: STEM & Green Expo at Central Middle, 5:30-7:30, details below
Friday, Feb. 22: Ident-A-Kid, 9:30am

A Look Ahead:
Saturday, March 2: GATOR GAMBLE auction event
Monday, March 4: Cultural Arts assembly with a magician, all grades
Tuesday, March 5: NO SCHOOL, parent/teacher conferences
Tuesday, March 12: Spring Martial Arts program begins, details below
Thursday, March 14: Spring Engineering program begins, details below
Friday, March 15: Cultural Arts assembly for K-2, 3pm
Friday, March 22: Science Fair judging
Friday, March 22: DES International Night, 6-7:30pm
Tuesday, March 26: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Friday, March 29: Spring Book Fair opening
Wednesday, April 3: Kindergarten registration begins

Here’s the News:

Spelling Club starts soon for grades 2-5
The DES Spelling Bee Club is for children grades 2-5 who love to spell and/or want to improve their spelling abilities. The club meets before school on Fridays (starting March 8 and ending March 29) practicing spelling words and learning to spell in front of an audience (preparation for the bee). Note: Your student does NOT have to take part in this club to participate in the Spelling Bee. Sign up deadline is March 1st. See the flier or contact Kasy Schnabel (kasyschnabel@gmail.com).
See the 2019 DES Spelling Club flier here

Save the Date – Running Club for Grades 3-5
Running Club 2019 will be kicking off next month, in preparation for the Annual Gator Gallop to be held Saturday, May 11th. This is a great (and fun!) way to prepare for the run, and we are excited to introduce a new curriculum which will incorporate weekly Themes & Challenges that are based on character building and attributes. Running techniques will be emphasized as the kids are taught pace, endurance, & proper breathing. 

More details and registration to follow! As a placeholder, our Club will be meeting on Mondays & Thursday from 3:55-5:00 pm, beginning March 18th. Contact Running Club Chairperson Natalie Camuso with any questions at: nataliecamuso@gmail.com.

Kid parties & more are up for auction!
Don’t freak out if you forgot to plan that birthday party. While enjoying your night out at the Gator Gamble you will have your choice from the following party options up for auction: Skate Zone, South River Pottery, Pig Tails & Crewcuts, Crofton Bowl, and East Coast Martial Arts. Summer camps, teacher time, and many other items will also be available for the kids! You can still purchase tickets for the Gator Gamble by sending in the form attached with payment. We hope to see you there!
See the 2019 Gator Gamble Ticket form here

Reminders:

Martial Arts program is back for grades 3-5
DES and East Coast Martial Arts are teaming up again for the 2019 Martial Arts Enrichment program! ECMA will offer 6 introductory classes at DES for students in grades 3 to 5, after school in March for only $40. All profits will be donated to the DES PTO.  Kids will learn the basics of martial arts and self defense and get to test for their white belt at the end, followed by a party at ECMA Edgewater. Classes will start after school on March 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and March 28.

This is a great way to start your children in martial arts without a commitment! Registration forms coming soon, or contact Chair Mike Schneider at 410-693-8967, chayaandmiri@gmail.com. Send in your registration and payment marked “Martial Arts Program.” If students need financial assistance, please contact Mrs. Isett  at 410-222-1655, cisett@aacps.org.
See the 2019 Spring Martial Arts flier here

Engineering Program registration for all grades
We are back with exciting new sessions for the Engineering Program, delving further into the world of engineering. This session is all about cars and energy! The younger kids (K-3rd) will build cars using renewable energy while older kids (3rd-5th) will use basic coding skills to control an automated car to solve missions. This year we have included an option for 3rd graders – they get to pick which session they would like. Please indicate this on your registration form. If your child has never participated in the engineering program, no problem, instructors are on hand to help. Classes start March 14, so sign up soon. Contact Bunmi Emenanjo at b.emenanjo@gmail.com with any questions.
See the 2019 Spring Engineering Grades K-3 form here
See the 2019 Spring Engineering Grades 3-5 form here

Public Service Announcements:

Community STEM & Green Expo at CMS this Thursday
Everyone is invited to the annual Expo event at Central Middle School on Thursday, Feb. 21st, from 5:30 to 7:30. There’s something for everyone at this fun evening out. There are crafts, games, and activities, as well as many area businesses on hand to share how they use technology. Displays on recycling, environmental issues, and all types of fun science. This is always a popular event, so bring the whole family along. Check out the flier for more details.
See the CMS STEM Expo flier here

Girl Power STEM event March 10th
A STEM Expo for middle school and high school girls will be hosted by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) on Sunday, March 10th from 2-5 pm in Laurel. The event features hands-on activities, cool demonstrations, and take-home material for the girls to encourage an interest in STEM careers. Girls have the opportunity to talk to professional women in STEM careers such as aerospace, computer science, electrical engineering, geology, information technology, and space mission engineering. There is no registration required. See the flier for more details.
See the 2019 Girl Power STEM flier here

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of February 11-15, 2019 

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone.

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, Feb. 11: Grade 3 field trip
Monday, Feb. 11: Deadline for Spring Chess Club registration, details below
Monday, Feb. 11: PTO Board meeting, 7:30pm
Thursday, Feb. 14: Valentine’s class parties, details below

A Look Ahead:
Monday, Feb. 18: NO SCHOOL, Presidents’ Day
Saturday, March 2: GATOR GAMBLE auction event
Friday, March 22: Science Fair judging
Wednesday, April 3: Kindergarten registration begins

Here’s the News:

Valentine’s Day Party schedules
We all LOVE Valentine’s Day at DES! Each class will host a party to celebrate the day. Parents are always welcome to class parties, but no siblings please. Room Parents should have already reached out for party planning and donations. Here’s the schedule:
Kindergarten: 11:30-12:15
1st grade: 1:45-2:30
2nd grade: 2:15-3:00
3rd grade: 2:00-2:45
4th grade: 2:45-3:30
5th grade: 2:45-3:30

Engineering Program opens registration for all grades
We are back with exciting new sessions for the Engineering Program, delving further into the world of engineering. This session is all about cars and energy! The younger kids (K-3rd) will build cars using renewable energy while older kids (3rd-5th) will use basic coding skills to control an automated car to solve missions. This year we have included an option for 3rd graders – they get to pick which session they would like to participate in. Please indicate this on your registration form.

We are happy to report that enrollment of DES girls went from less than 20% to 35% in the fall! We hope this upward trend continues. Sessions are an excellent introduction into coding, programming and all the fun and innovative things that they can create. If your child has never participated in the engineering program, no problem! Our experienced instructors are on hand to help. 

Classes start March 14, so sign up as soon as possible. Contact Bunmi Emenanjo at b.emenanjo@gmail.com with any questions.
See the 2019 Spring Engineering Grades 3-5 form here
See the 2019 Spring Engineering Grades K-3 form here

Send in your Box Tops!
It’s time for the March 1st submission, so please send in your Box Tops for Education labels. The last few years, we have celebrated and said thank you to the children by handing out freezer pops at Field Day. Thanks 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 chair Jinna Suggs at: jinnap@yahoo.com.

Martial Arts program is back for grades 3-5
DES and East Coast Martial Arts are teaming up again for the 2019 Martial Arts Enrichment program! ECMA will offer 6 introductory classes at DES for students in grades 3 – 5, after school in March for only $40. All profits will be donated to the DES PTO.  Kids will learn the basics of martial arts and self defense and get to test for their white belt at the end of the program, followed by a party at ECMA Edgewater.  Classes will start immediately after school on March 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28 March.

This is a great way to start your children in a martial arts program without a long term commitment! Kids with experience are also welcome. Children will be receiving registration papers and waivers in gym classes the first week of March or you can contact the Program Chair for forms. Feel free to sign up now! Send in your registration and payment in an envelope marked “Martial Arts Program” or bring to the front office. Contact Chair Mike Schneider for forms or with any questions at 410-693-8967, chayaandmiri@gmail.com. If students need financial assistance, please contact Mrs. Isett  at 410-222-1655, cisett@aacps.org.

Why is the Gator Gamble such a big deal?
We know you are hearing a lot about the Gator Gamble and some may wonder why this one night is so important. You hear requests for Class Baskets, ticket sales, additional donations, and help at the event. It can seem like a lot.

This auction event began as a way to reduce the number of fundraisers needed at DES. It was decided to “gamble” on one big event that would help to cover a huge chunk of the annual budget and allow even more improvements at the school. And so far, it has worked! Far fewer wrapping paper and frozen pizza sales at DES these days.

Your PTO helps to provide SO many things: 5th grade drownproofing, school assemblies, technology improvements (Smart boards and Chromebooks), socials and movie nights, running clubs, a school play, family events, and much more. These events and programs help to make elementary school a very special time to try new things and to make memories. Membership dues and the Gator Gamble are the primary income sources to make it all happen.

So, the Gamble is a once-a-year mega event and takes a lot of work. But, if we all join together to make it happen, the results can be amazing. We would love for you to attend the Gator Gamble on Saturday, March 2nd, and bid on the wonderful items donated by area businesses, individuals, and school staff. Invite friends and family, too (adults only). It’s a really fun night out, it’s a chance to make an impact, and it’s for the kids. Thank you for any and all assistance.
See the 2019 Gator Gamble Ticket form here

Reminder: Spring Chess Club registration open for all grades
You can sign up your students now for the popular Chess Club at DES. All grades and levels are welcome. Sessions held on Wednesday mornings before school, starting Feb. 20th. Fee is $174 for 12 sessions, ending May 8th. If your students has never played chess, don’t worry – they can learn everything! Read the flier for all the details, and submit your registration form & payment in an envelope marked for Chess Club by Feb. 11th (that’s Monday).
See the Chess Club 2019 registration form here

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of February 4-8, 2019 

Candy Bar Bingo is this Friday night!

Coming Up This Week:
Wednesday, Feb. 6: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Wednesday, Feb. 6: Vision & Hearing screening make-ups
Friday, Feb. 8: 5th Grade Wax Museum
Friday, Feb. 8: Candy Bar Bingo, 6-8pm, details below
Friday, Feb. 8: Report Card distribution
Saturday, Feb. 9: AA County Camp Fair, 10-2 at Severna Park HS, see flier online

A Look Ahead:
Monday, Feb. 11: Grade 3 field trip
Thursday, Feb. 14: Valentine’s class parties, details below
Monday, Feb. 18: NO SCHOOL, Presidents’ Day
Saturday, March 2:
GATOR GAMBLE auction event

Here’s the News:

Spring Chess Club registration open for all grades
You can sign up your students now for the popular Chess Club at DES. All grades and levels are welcome. Sessions held on Wednesday mornings before school, starting Feb. 20th. Fee is $174 for 12 sessions, ending May 8th. If your students has never played chess, don’t worry – they can learn everything! Read the flier for all the details, and submit your registration form & payment in an envelope marked for Chess Club by Feb. 11th.
See the Chess Club 2019 registration form here

Candy Bar Bingo offers F-U-N this Friday
It’s Bingo, but with Candy prizes! And it’s a great night out for the whole family. This year’s event will be held on Friday, February 8th in the DES Cafeteria, from 6 to 8 pm. Please bring a full size candy bar (or 2) to play! Popcorn, Oreos and water will be provided by the PTO.

Get a Gamble Ticket!
The Gator Gamble is back on Saturday, March 2nd, 6:30-11:30pm. Be sure to get yourself signed up for the event with Silent Auction & Live Auctions, raffles, costume contest, live music, dancing, food, and more! Super fun, and super important for the PTO programs and projects at Davidsonville Elementary School.

Send in the ticket form with payment and you will receive a confirmation e-mail. Remember the Friday prize drawings for everyone who sends in their ticket order each week. Names will be selected and your students can bring home cool retro gifts! Send in the order form today.
See the 2019 Gator Gamble Ticket form here

Valentine’s Day Parties
It’s Party Time again! The holiday is Thursday of next week, but we thought you’d want to know when the parties are being held so you can plan ahead a bit. Parents are always welcome to class parties, but no siblings please. You should be hearing from your Room Parents for party planning. So, here’s the schedule:
Kindergarten: 11:30-12:15
1st grade: 1:45-2:30
2nd grade: 2:15-3:00
3rd grade: 2:00-2:45
4th grade: 2:45-3:30
5th grade: 2:45-3:30

Turn in those Book-It calendars this week
It’s time to turn in completed January Book It calendars! In case you misplaced your copy, the January calendar is attached. The February calendar is also attached for you to print and have your child log his or her reading in February. Book-It calendars 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!
January Book It Calendar
February Book It Calendar

Public Service Announcements:

“Strategies for Supporting Children with Dyslexia”
All parents are invited to attend this interactive workshop on dyslexia and dysgraphia. Learn techniques to support students and much more. Held at the Board of Education building, 2644 Riva Rd. on Thursday, Feb. 7th at 6:30pm. This free program is presented by AA County Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee and AACPS Dept. of Special Education. Visit aasecac.org for more info.

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