Gator Blast Archive, January 2019

DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of January 28-February 1, 2019 

Early Dismissal Tuesday & Wednesday,
No School Thursday.

Coming Up This Week:
Tuesday, Jan. 29: DES Skate Zone event, 5:30-7:30 pm
Tuesday & Wednesday, Jan. 29-30: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Wednesday, Jan. 30: End of 2nd marking period
Thursday, Jan. 31: NO SCHOOL for students

A Look Ahead:
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 Cards
Monday, Feb. 11: Grade 3 field trip
Thursday, Feb. 14: Valentine’s class parties
Saturday, March 2: GATOR GAMBLE auction event

Here’s the News:

Might as well JUMP!
And order your Gator Gamble Tickets
The Gator Gamble is back on Saturday, March 2nd, 6:30-11:30pm. Amazing Silent Auction & Live Auctions, raffles, costume contest, live music, dancing, food, and more! This one mega event means fewer smaller fundraisers throughout the year. Start watching the PTO Facebook & Twitter feeds soon for some teasers on items up for auction!

80’s tribute band, “The Reagan Years” will be performing at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Annapolis to take us all back in time for the night. So, put on your parachute pants or leg warmers, tease that hair, and come on out for the fun!

Send in the ticket form with payment (to DES PTO). 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

Skate Zone Pajama Party is Tuesday
Join your fellow Gators for a Skate Zone Pajama Party! On Tuesday, January 29th from 5:30-7:30pm we will be skating in our jammies! Admission is $5 and some fun Gator Gear will be raffled off! Door prizes for anyone that comes in their PJ’s! See all the details on the flier. It’s an early dismissal day, so come on out for the fun!
See the Skate Zone flier here

Candy Bar Bingo is Fun for All!
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 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.

Save the Date: 5K / 1 Mile / Fun Run is May 11th 
Sign your family up for a fun, healthy event, and join us for the DES Gator Gallop! Registration is open for the 2019 Gator Gallop on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Davidsonville Park. The day includes a 5K, the 1-mile for kids, and the 100-yard gallop. Register today at this link.

Thank you parents
Thanks to those who joined us last week for the School Security presentation. It was an interesting evening hearing how the county prepares and plans to keep our schools safe. Thanks also to the parents who stuck around for the PTO’s General Membership meeting. It’s always a great chance to hear some new ideas, and it’s so helpful to the board to get input. There will be another General Membership meeting in May of this year. Look for the announcement in a future Gator Blast.

Still to come this school year:
Engineering program, Chess program, Running club, Yoga program, Authors’ Visits, Science Fair, Spelling Bee, Book Fair, Spring Social, and more.
If there’s a program you’d like to see at DES, let the PTO know.
If you’d be willing to help make it happen, let’s talk.

Public Service Announcements:

Reminder: Summer Camp Fair held February 9th
The entire family is invited to attend the 10th annual AA County Recreation & Parks Dept. Summer Camp and Program Fair set for Saturday, Feb. 9th from 10am-12pm. It will be held at Severna Park High School, 60 Robinson Rd., Severna Park. Free admission. This event will offer all of the county’s summer programs and even let you register for some while there, prior to official opening of registration.
See flier online

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Midweek Mail, Jan. 23, 2019

Get your ticket to the 80’s 

Gator Gamble Ticket Sales start now.

Tickets are now available for the annual PTO fundraiser that is SO much fun! The Gator Gamble is back. Amazing Silent Auction & Live Auctions, raffles, costume contest, live music, dancing, food, and more! This one mega event raises funds for much of what the PTO handles at DES. So buy your tickets, gather your friends, and make it a memorable adult night out!

80’s tribute band, “The Reagan Years” will be joining us at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Annapolis on Sat., March 2nd, 6:30-11:30 pm. Don’t wait to get your tickets to this party for a cause. Send in the attached ticket form with payment (to DES PTO). You will receive a confirmation e-mail.

If you are new to DES, or haven’t been to the Gamble before, you’ll be hearing more about it. There are a ton of great items to bid on with something for everyone: kids’ parties, teacher time, special parking & front row seats at events, dinners, sports tickets, home goods, package deals, the incredible class baskets, and much more. It takes everyone’s help to make this huge event successful – both behind the scenes with donations & event planning, and by those that attend & bid on auction items.

The Gamble Committee will be giving away 80’s-themed prizes each Friday until the event for everyone who sends in their ticket order that week. Names will be selected and your students will bring home cool retro gifts! Send in the order form today.
See the 2019 Gator Gamble Ticket form here

  It’s totally going to be a  most excellent adventure. 

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of January 22-25, 2019 

School Security presentation
Tuesday night at 6:30
DES PTO General Member Meeting at 7:30

Coming Up This Week:
Tuesday, Jan. 22: PTO Speaker Series: “School Security,” 6:30pm, details below
Tuesday, Jan. 22: PTO General Membership Meeting at DES, details below
Wednesday, Jan. 23: Vision & Hearing Screenings for K, 1st & 4th grades

A Look Ahead:
Tuesday, Jan. 29: DES Skate Zone event, 5:30-7:30 pm, see flier attached
Tuesday & Wednesday, Jan. 29-30: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Wednesday, Jan. 30: End of 2nd marking period
Thursday, Jan. 31: NO SCHOOL for students
Wednesday, Feb. 6: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Friday, Feb. 8: Candy Bar Bingo, details to come
Friday, Feb. 8: Report Cards

Here’s the News:

How do we keep our schools safe?
School Security Presentation, Tuesday at 6:30pm
Are you concerned about the security of our schools? Do you know the procedures in place for local schools? If you want to find out more, please join us for an important presentation on Tuesday evening, Jan. 22nd, at 6:30 pm at DES.

We have invited Mr. Doyle Batten, Supervisor of School Security for Anne Arundel County Public Schools, to come and speak with DES parents about school security in our county. A much-in-demand speaker, Mr. Batten will share an overview of the AACPS Office of School Security and the role the office plays in emergency prevention and response to protect our schools and our children. He will also take questions from parents. This is your chance to learn, to get involved, and to ask about any points of concern.

This program has been standing-room only at other area schools recently. Parents naturally want to get involved and understand what we are doing for our schools. Please, RSVP online today so we know how many to expect in attendance at this important event.

PTO holds General Membership Meeting
All members of the Davidsonville Elementary PTO are invited to attend the second of three General Membership Meetings held this school year. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, following the Security presentation. Estimated start at 7:30pm. The PTO Board will be having a monthly meeting, discussing school issues, and be available for comments and questions from members. Come join us to see what’s happening at DES.

Volunteers needed for Hearing & Vision screenings
We are in need of some help for hearing and vision screenings at DES on Jan 23rd and the makeup day, Feb 6th. We need morning volunteers on Wed., Jan 23rd from approximately 10am until 12:30/1:00pm (or whenever those testing the children break for lunch). Additionally, there is a make-up day on Feb 6th that needs 2 volunteers in the morning. 

Volunteering is easy! You are in charge of escorting the children back and forth to classrooms. Parents are not responsible for helping with any testing. Please visit the Sign-Up Genius page to sign up to help You may also contact the program chair, Lynelle Wittmaack, by sending an e-mail.

Gator Gamble Ticket Sales start this week!
Watch for a Gator Blast on Wednesday for your chance to re-live the 80’s one more time at the amazing, awesome  and totally radical Gator Gamble event 2019! Support your school and have fun doing it at the adults-only Gator Gamble, the premiere fundraiser at Davidsonville Elementary. Make plans for childcare on Sat., March 2nd and get ready!

Public Service Announcements:

Lace ‘Em Up for Libby Fundraiser
The community is joining forces to raise funds for the medical costs of former DES student Libby Goodwin who is dealing with serious health concerns. There will be a Dinner & Auction event, held at Killarney House on two dates: Tues., Jan. 29th & Tues., Feb. 5th from 5-10pm each night. Word is that the first date is full already. If you’d like to find out more or offer your help, read the flier for all of the details.
See the Lace em up for Libby fundraiser flier here

Davidsonville area Pre-K hosts Open House Feb. 7th
South County Pre-Kindergarten Co-op in Davidsonville is holding an Open House on Thursday, Feb. 7th, 6:30-8:30pm. The school offers programs for 3’s and 4’s, offers a unique play-based concept, and the co-op environment means parents get to join in and help run the school. Classes for next year are registering now. If you’d like to find out more, plan to visit the Open House, or visit their website at: davidsonvilleprek.com.

Crofton Area HS Redistricting
The Anne Arundel County Board of Education will hold a public workshop to discuss Crofton area redistricting proposals from 6-8pm on Jan. 22nd in the Board Room of the Parham Building, 2644 Riva Rd., Annapolis. While open to the public, no public testimony or questions will be taken. The Board of Education’s regular meeting will be on Wed., Jan. 23rd at 7 pm at the Parham Building and they will be determining which redistricting proposals they will then take to public hearing. Public is welcome at the regular meeting.

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Midweek Mail, January 16, 2019 

Just a few things to share

Still To Come This Week:
Friday, Jan. 18: DES Group yearbook picture day

A Look Ahead:
Monday, Jan. 21: NO SCHOOL, MLK, Jr. holiday
Tuesday, Jan. 22:
PTO Speaker Series: “School Security,” 6:30pm
Tuesday, Jan. 22: PTO General Membership Meeting at DES
Wednesday, Jan. 23: Vision & Hearing Screenings
Tuesday, Jan. 29: DES Skate Zone event, 5:30-7:30 pm, details below
Tuesday & Wednesday, Jan. 29-30: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Wednesday, Jan. 30: End of 2nd marking period
Thursday, Jan. 31: NO SCHOOL for students
Friday, Feb. 8: Candy Bar Bingo, details to come 

Here’s the News:

24 Club no meeting this week
Members please note there will be no Thursday meeting this week (1/17) for the 24 Club. 

 Skate Zone Party, January 29th 
Join your fellow Gators for a Skate Zone Pajama Party! On Tuesday, January 29th from 5:30-7:30pm we will be skating in our jammies! Admission is $5 and some fun Gator Gear will be raffled off! Door prizes for anyone that comes in their PJ’s! See all the details on the flier. It’s an early dismissal day that day, so come on out for the fun!
See the Skate Zone flier here

Public Service Announcements:

 DAA Boys Lacrosse skills clinics
DAA Boys Lacrosse is hosting two free skills clinics for 2nd thru 7th graders in Davidsonville on Jan. 21st and Feb. 18th. Check the flier for all the details on how to register.
See the DAA Boys Lacrosse flier here

Reminders:

RSVP for the School Security presentation, Jan. 22
The important special event will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, at 6:30 pm at DES and will be followed by the DES PTO General Membership Meeting.

Guest speaker is Doyle Batten, AACPS Supervisor of School Security. If you can take a moment and click this link for a quick RSVP, it would be very helpful.

Register for Cooking Program
Kids learn to cook! Get your registration in this week if you can. The 10-week program begins Jan. 22 on Tuesdays after school. There are still some spots available.
See the flier online here
See the registration form online here

Help with the Gator Gamble
We’re still looking for some folks to assist with gathering donations. If you can help, please reach out to Lisa Gebbia at  lisa.gebbia@gmail.com or Melissa Robinson at  mrsrobinson062005@gmail.com.

PTO General Member Meeting next Tuesday
Join us at the DES PTO General Membership Meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 22 following the security presentation. Estimated start time around 7:30pm. All PTO members welcome.

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of January 15-18, 2019  

2 Hour Late Start Tuesday as of this time.

Coming Up This Week:
Friday, Jan. 18: DES Group yearbook picture day

A Look Ahead:
Monday, Jan. 21: NO SCHOOL, MLK, Jr. holiday
Tuesday, Jan. 22: PTO Speaker Series: “School Security,” 6:30pm, details below
Tuesday, Jan. 22: PTO General Membership Meeting at DES, details below
Wednesday, Jan. 23: Vision & Hearing Screenings
Tuesday, Jan. 29: DES Skate Zone event, 5:30-7:30 pm
Tuesday & Wednesday, Jan. 29-30: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Wednesday, Jan. 30: End of 2nd marking period
Thursday, Jan. 31: NO SCHOOL for students
Friday, Feb. 8: Candy Bar Bingo, details to come 

Here’s the News:

The DES Science Fair is getting rolling!
All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students are invited to enter the DES Science Fair will be held on March 22, 2019. Your student’s science teacher will be discussing the whole thing in classes soon. An information page is attached to let you know more about what’s going on, and what the dates and deadlines are. Please return your Safety Forms (Form #1A or #1B also attached) to your child’s teacher by February 7th.
See the 2019 Science Fair Safety Forms here

Gator Gamble Committee is asking for help
The biggest fundraiser of the year is coming up and the Gator Gamble Committee needs YOU! We are asking for help seeking donations for both the Silent and Live Auctions. Do you have season tickets that you could add to the auction or do you know a business that you could reach out to for a donation?  If you can help, please reach out to Lisa Gebbia at  lisa.gebbia@gmail.com or Melissa Robinson at  mrsrobinson062005@gmail.com.

New this year will be the Gator Gamble “Detention Slip” – a special pass that will allow folks to stay after class (after the silent auction bidding ends) for some extra time to bid on the Class Baskets and Teacher Time packages – which are always the most coveted items at the Gator Gamble. To get your “Detention Slip” pass, bring in five donations (class basket items do not count) and once we receive the donations, you will receive one pass for one person.

Save the Date: May 11th
Gator Gallop 5K / 1 Mile / Fun Registration Open
Add a family friendly race to your health & fitness resolutions for 2019, and join us for the DES Gator Gallop! We’re excited to share the registration link for the 2019 Gator Gallop fun run being held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Davidsonville Park. The fun run is a family event that benefits DES. New this year – we’ve added a 5K & fun run category for those children that like to do both events as well as the option for anyone to purchase additional t-shirts. Register online today at this link.

PTO General Membership Meeting Jan. 22nd
All DES PTO members are encouraged to attend the second of three planned General Membership Meetings (GMM) set for next Tuesday, Jan. 22nd at DES. There will a short meeting, general discussion of how the year is going so far, and always time for questions and comments. We would love to have you there! The start time is dependent upon the 6:30 pm presentation on School Security that precedes the meeting, so a tentative 7:30 start for PTO GMM.

In Recognition:
Volunteer of the month for November
Christy Logue
The DES PTO has selected Christy Logue as Volunteer of the Month at DES for the month of November.

Christy is excited to head the Teacher Luncheon Committee this year. She is also on the Book Fair committee, the Gator Gallop Committee and the Social Committee. She has helped with I Read-You Read, Holiday Shoppe and with the Gator Gamble event. It’s totally awesome!

She is always willing to chaperone the field trips and you will also see her every Thursday in her favorite volunteer place, the copy room! She also volunteers as a Sunday school teacher. Christy and Brian have 2 girls Madelyn (4th grade) and Hollyn (2nd grade). 

We would like to send out a huge cheer for everything that Christy does for everyone at DES! Thank you for your enthusiasm, your involvement, and all of your smiles.

Reminders:

You can still register for Cooking Classes!
Students of all ages are invited to join in on the Spring session of Deliciously Nutritious cooking class. STEM-The Science of Cooking will explore all facets of creating delicious food and the science behind it all. Sessions will be held on Tuesdays after school, from 3:55 to 5:15 pm for 10 weeks. Cost is $200 and includes all supplies and food. Space is limited, so read the attached flier for all details and send in your registrations today.
See the DES Spring 2019 Cooking Program flier here
See the DES Spring 2019 Cooking Program Registration form here

DES PTO Speaker Series presents:
“School Security with Doyle Batten” January 22nd
All DES parents are invited to attend an informative event about school security within Anne Arundel County Schools. Special guest speaker Doyle Batten is the Supervisor of School Security for AACPS and has an extensive background in law enforcement. Get a general overview of the AACPS Office of School Security, learn about the role the office plays in emergency prevention and response, and take part in a Q&A session with Mr. Batten.

If you can take a moment and click this link for a quick RSVP, it would help us plan for the evening. Thank you!

The event will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, at 6:30 pm at DES and will be followed by the DES PTO General Membership Meeting.

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of January 7-11, 2019 

It’s kind of a quiet week at DES – enjoy.

Coming Up This Week:
Thursday, Jan. 10: Chorus Cluster Concert at SRHS, 7pm (Elem, Middle, HS students)
Thursday, Jan. 10: BOE Public Budget Hearing, 6pm in the Parham Building
See last week’s Blast for more details on the hearing

A Look Ahead:
Friday, Jan. 18: DES Group yearbook picture day
Monday, Jan. 21: NO SCHOOL, MLK, Jr. holiday
Tuesday, Jan. 22: PTO Speaker Series: “School Security,” 6:30pm, details below
Tuesday, Jan. 22: PTO General Membership Meeting at DES
Wednesday, Jan. 23: Vision & Hearing Screenings
Tuesday, Jan. 29: DES Skate Zone event, 5:30-7:30 pm
Tuesday & Wednesday, Jan. 29-30: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Wednesday, Jan. 30: End of 2nd marking period
Thursday, Jan. 31: NO SCHOOL for students
Friday, Feb. 8: Candy Bar Bingo, details to come 

Here’s the News:

Science of Cooking program registration open now
Students of all ages are invited to join in on the Spring session of Deliciously Nutritious cooking class. STEM-The Science of Cooking will explore all facets of creating delicious food and the science behind it all. Sessions will be held on Tuesdays after school, from 3:55 to 5:15 pm for 10 weeks. Cost is $200 and includes all supplies and food. Space is limited, so read the attached flier for all details and send in your registrations today.
See the DES Spring 2019 Cooking Program flier here
See the DES Spring 2019 Cooking Program Registration form here

DES PTO Speaker Series presents:
“School Security with Doyle Batten” January 22nd
All DES parents are invited to attend an informative event about school security within Anne Arundel County Schools. Special guest speaker Doyle Batten is the Supervisor of School Security for AACPS and has an extensive background in law enforcement. Get a general overview of the AACPS Office of School Security, learn about the role the office plays in emergency prevention and response, and take part in a Q&A session with Mr. Batten. Please consider attending this important event to learn more about how your school system addresses the many issues involved in student security.

We’d love to get an idea of how many will be attending. If you can take a moment and click this link for a quick RSVP, it would help us plan for the evening. Thank you!

The event will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, at 6:30 pm at DES and will be followed by the DES PTO General Membership Meeting.
* Note that the event date listed in the monthly school newsletter was incorrect.

In Recognition:
Volunteer of the Month for October
Sheila Norman
Sheila began leading the Green School Club three years ago after co-leading it for one year, and has been running monthly meetings and coordinating activities (i.e., Green Expo, offsite planting, guest speakers) since then. She has helped with projects such as building and installing bluebird houses around the school, introducing composting during lunch, painting rain barrels, and sharing about our impact on the school, community and world. Under her leadership, the Green School Club has also visited a local farm to understand sustainability in action. This year the group has taken on the challenge of repurposing plastic bags into sleeping mats for the homeless and hope to deliver their first mats in January.

Sheila also works in conjunction with the School Beautification Committee to bring in landscapers to do some serious pruning, cleaning, and maintenance of the outdoor areas around the school, with a special emphasis on the Seeds of Learning Garden. She has been a Room Parent multiple times and has also served as the Chairperson for the Cooking Program for the past 2-3 years. Sheila also assists with Book Fair and other activities whenever possible. 

Sheila, husband Patrick, and their daughters Emerson (5th grade) and Mallory (7th grade), live in Davidsonville. The DES PTO would like to thank Sheila for all of her outstanding efforts and all of the time she dedicates towards the students, school, staff, and to the entire community. We appreciate all that you do!

Public Service Announcements:

Summer Camp Fair held February 9th
The entire family is invited to attend the 10th annual AA County Recreation & Parks Dept. Summer Camp and Program Fair set for Saturday, Feb. 9th from 10am-12pm. It will be held at Severna Park High School, 60 Robinson Rd., Severna Park. Free admission. This event will offer all of the county’s summer programs and even let you register for some while there, prior to official opening of registration.
See the AA County Parks & Rec Summer Camp flier here

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of January 2-5, 2019 

…And we’re back. 

Coming Up This Week:
Wednesday, Jan. 2: School resumes

A Look Ahead:
Friday, Jan. 18: Group yearbook picture day
Monday, Jan. 21: NO SCHOOL, MLK, Jr. holiday
Tuesday, Jan. 22: Speaker Series: “School Security,” 6:30pm, details below
Tuesday, Jan. 22: PTO General Membership meeting at DES
Wednesday, Jan. 23: Vision & Hearing Screenings
Tuesday, Jan. 29: DES Skate Zone event, 5:30-7:30 pm
Tuesday & Wednesday, Jan. 29-30: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Wednesday, Jan. 30: End of 2nd marking period
Thursday, Jan. 31: NO SCHOOL for students
Friday, Feb. 8: Candy Bar Bingo, details to come

Here’s the News:

DES PTO Speaker Series presents:
“School Security with Doyle Batten” January 22nd
All DES parents are invited to attend an informative event about school security within Anne Arundel County Schools. Special guest speaker Doyle Batten is the Supervisor of School Security for AACPS and has an extensive background in law enforcement. Get a general overview of the AACPS Office of School Security, learn about the role the office plays in emergency prevention and response, and take part in a Q&A session with Mr. Batten.

Most parents have thought about school safety planning as they send their children to school each day. Please consider attending this important event to learn more about how your school system addresses the many issues involved.

The event will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, at 6:30 pm at DES and will be followed by the DES PTO General Membership Meeting.

Book It Program continues
It’s time to turn in completed December Book It calendars!  In case you misplaced your copy, the December calendar 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. Book It calendars will be distributed through the Blast and are available on the PTO website.
December Book It Calendar
January Book It Calendar

Public Service Announcements:

School Budget hearings open for all
The recommended Operating and Capital budgets for 2020 have been presented by Superintendent Arlotto. The Board of Education has set dates for two public hearings and a public workshop to explore the proposed budgets. Public hearings will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 8th at Old Mill High School and on Thursday, Jan. 10th in the Board Room at the Parham Building on Riva Rd. in Annapolis. Times for both events are 6-8 pm. The public budget workshop will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 15th, 6-8 pm in the Board Room at the Parham Building in Annapolis. The Board of Education is set to adopt the budget at their February 20th meeting.

This is how you can get involved early in the process. To learn more and read the budgets for yourself, visit this link online.

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