Gator Blast Archive, June 2019

DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of June 10-14, 2019

And so we continue the countdown…
Last Day is Friday.

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, June 10:
 Disney Dazzle Music event for all grades, 2:50pm
Tuesday, June 11: Book Swap for grades 1-5
Thursday, June 13 & Friday, June 14: 2-hour early dismissal
Thursday, June 13: 5th grade promotion event, 6:30pm
Friday, June 14: Last day of school

A Look Ahead:
Tuesday, Sept. 3: School opens for Grades 1-5, 6, and 9 only
Tuesday, Sept. 3 & Wednesday, Sept. 4: Kindergarten Conferences

Here’s the News:

Hot off the Presses!
The June edition of The Gator Gazette is here!
The staff of the DES Newspaper club has been writing, reporting, and toiling away to create the final issue for this school year. They offer lots of information about summer break, tips for 5th graders leaving DES, and a whole bunch of fun included for all! The PTO would like to say a big thank you to to the whole Gazette staff and club chair Cathy Manofsky for all of their hard work this year. You can read it online here, or download the file.
The Gator Gazette – June Edition.pub

Gators are year-round readers
Once again DES has put together a Summer Reading Challenge website for parents and students. The site has links to the Anne Arundel County Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge and lots of ideas for customizing a plan for summer reading. Students’ participation in a program is optional, but it can keep reading fun all summer long. Look for more summer reading info to come home with your students. Here’s the link to the site

In Recognition:
Volunteer of the Month for June
Fiona Goodwin
The DES PTO announces that Fiona Goodwin has been named Volunteer of the Month for June, 2019. Fiona has volunteered for years at DES in varying roles. She has put a lot of time into the Sea Perch program for 5th graders, even when she didn’t currently have a student in the program. Fiona comments that she wanted to empower young girls to become engineers like herself and to lead them to love science and math. Fiona and her husband Iain live in Davidsonville with their daughters, including DES 5th grader Charley. The Goodwin family is very involved with the Davidsonville Athletic Association (DAA) and joins in wherever help is needed. The entire community is thankful for the Goodwins.

The family is currently dealing with a deep personal loss and so many people at DES are sending them the most sincere wishes for healing. See below for information on a memorial event this week.

See anything familiar?
Get your Lost & Found items NOW
End of the school year and the Lost & Found is overflowing again! So many jackets, lunchboxes (?) and water bottles. We snapped photos for you all to get a look, but it can hardly do justice to the number of items. If you’d like to take a look this week, come to the school and let the office know. Chances are good that most of these items will be donated after the school year ends. It’s a valuable lesson to write your students’ name in and on their items next year! 

Volunteer Awards – Volunteer of the Year is Melissa Robinson
The Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast event last week featured several recognitions for some DES volunteers. The PTO presented the annual Volunteer of the Year award to Melissa Robinson, who has served as the PTO Fundraising Chairperson for the past 3 years at DES. She has taken on many roles here, handling the Social Committee, field trips, classroom help, and PTO functions galore! The Gator Gamble has benefitted from hundreds, if not thousands, of her hours over the past 3 years. DES cannot thank you enough Melissa for all that you’ve done. Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Year for 2018/2019!

A big thanks to ALL of our DES volunteers. The students at the Volunteer event had so very many thanks and shared so many great memories that the PTO and all of the parents help to make possible. Thanks to all of the students and staff, especially Mrs. Appel, who helped to coordinate this wonderful event for volunteers.

Reminders:

School Supply ordering extended
Order next year’s school supplies now and save SO much time! Select your grades, make the order, and your student’s supplies will be waiting on desks when they meet the teacher before next school year starts! Teachers also need items like tissues, hand sanitizer, and more. Each grade has an optional list so you can purchase those items as well if desired. Ordering has been extended through the end of June.
See the 2019 DES School Supply order form here

Summer reading book swap
The reading teachers at DES are hosting a Book Swap for students in grades 1-5. A flier came home about it, but in case you missed it, collection days will be held on Monday, June 10 before school in the cafeteria. Donate 1 book to select 1 book at the Swap event on June 11th, (any additional books will be donated to classrooms). Books must be in very good condition, no activity books, board books, or sticker books. The AACPL mascot Sneaks will visit during the Swap.

Public Service Announcements:

Celebration of Libby Goodwin is Wednesday
A celebration of former DES student Libby Goodwin is being held at DAA Park this Wednesday, June 12th at  6pm. This will be a time for family and friends to share their memories of Libby, remember the smile that made us all smile, and show the Goodwin family your support. See the flyer, for all the details of the event and how to donate, in lieu of flowers, per the family’s request. Any questions about the event, can be directed to laceemupforlibby@gmail.com.

Note: A shuttle will be provided from Holy Family church on 214 to DAA Park. The expected times of departure are 5:15pm and 5:45pm. After the ceremony, the expected departures are 7:30pm and 7:50pm. If times or location change, we will try to send an update.
See file attached

Hello, Rising 6th Grade Parents!
CMS PTSA publishes a weekly eBlast, usually Sunday nights, with school and community information. You do not have to be a member of PTSA to receive blasts, though we would love to have all parents and families join. If you would like to put your email on the list to start receiving eBlasts, please email your name, your student’s name, and your email address to president@centralmiddlepta.org. We look forward to seeing you next year!

Summer just starting?
Fall sports registration opens up with DAA
Davidsonville Athletic Association (DAA) offers a range of Fall Sports.  Fall registration is now open for Field Hockey, Football, Fall Soccer, and more.  Fall Registration for SMLL Baseball, Volleyball, Adaptive Lacrosse and Lax Academy opens soon. For more information and to register, please visit www.daagators.org.

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Midweek Mail, June 5, 2019

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast tomorrow
Gators for Life at Friday event,
Yearbooks coming soon…

Still to Come this Week:
Thursday, June 6: Cultural Arts school assemblies, BMX biking,      K-2nd- 1:30-2:10 / 3rd-5th- 2:20-3:00
Thursday, June 6: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast in the Media Center, 9:30 am
Thursday, June 6: Open House Event at CMS for 5th graders & parents, 6:30-7:15
Friday, June 7: Relay for Life event at SRHS begins at 6:00 pm
Friday, June 7: Book It Kona Ice Party
Friday, June 7 & Monday, June 10: Book Swap collection days, grades 1-5

A Look Ahead:
Monday, June 10:
Disney Dazzle Music event for all grades, 2:50 pm
Tuesday, June 11: 5th grade Congressional Hearing event, 1:30 pm
Thursday, June 13 & Friday, June 14: 2-hour early dismissal
Thursday, June 13: 5th grade promotion event, 6:30 pm
Friday, June 14: Last day of school

 Here’s the News:

Volunteer Breakfast is Thursday at 9:30 am
DES students and staff are ready to greet you (and spoil you a bit) at the Volunteer Appreciation Luau Breakfast on Thursday, June 6th at 9:30 in the DES Media Center. The event will feature an ono (tasty) breakfast buffet and student mahalo (thank you) presentations. We have closed the RSVP link. If you have questions, contact Mrs. Appel at DES. We look forward to seeing, and thanking, all of you there.

Join the Gators for Life team at Relay for Life event Friday
A celebration of life dedicated to current and former cancer patients, their families and friends, The Relay for Life raises money for the American Cancer Society research, programs, and services, while raising awareness. 

Our “DES Gators for Life” team is looking forward to teaming up on Friday evening for the Relay for Life event at South River High School beginning at 6 pm. Our team will be sponsoring a bounce house from 6-10 pm. Our DES Gator will be on the scene for the “Mascot Mingle” between 7 and 8pm. Stop by – stay for a few laps or stay for a few hours! You do not need to register for the event, just show up. Come visit after your sports practice or dinner! Can’t come? You can still help: light a luminaria and/or offer a donation.  Visit this link to donate online.

On Friday night, Luminaria bags will line the track, representing a person who has been touched by cancer. With a donation of $10, the name of the individual you designate will be placed on a Luminaria bag to be lit during the ceremony around 9:30 pm. You do not need to be present or be a participant for your Luminaria to be included. 

If you would like to purchase a luminaria in advance, send $10 cash donation to DES, Attention: “S. Levery, LUMINARIA” to the school office on Thursday. A white bag will be sent home for you and your family to decorate and return to Mrs. Levery by Friday afternoon (or bring the bag to our team table on Friday night). If you send a donation on Friday morning, your student can decorate the bag at school and return it to Mrs. Levery the same day. Luminaria bags can also be purchased up until 9 pm at the event.   

You can show your support in the fight against cancer by attending the Relay for Life event at SRHS. Thank you.

Guest author says “Thank You” to DES!
Author Rachelle Burk visited DES last week and had great reviews! She wanted to thank all of the students for being so much fun and make sure that everyone knew that they could still order the books if they really fell in love with them. Books are available on Amazon.com, and if you visit using the AmazonSmile link here, you can even earn funds for the DES PTO while ordering! See the flier for titles.
See the original book order form online

Reminders:

School Supply ordering still available
Order next year’s school supplies now and save SO much time! Select your grades, make the order, and your student’s supplies will be waiting on desks when they meet the teacher before next school year starts! Teachers also need items like tissues, hand sanitizer, and more. Each grade has an optional list so you can purchase those items as well if desired. Ordering has been extended through the end of June.
See the 2019 DES School Supply order form here

Friday & Monday
Bring your book in for the summer book swap
The reading teachers at DES are hosting a Book Swap for students in grades 1-5. A flier came home about it, but in case you missed it, collection days will be held on June 7 & 10 before school in the cafeteria. Donate 1 book to select 1 book at the Swap event on June 11th, (any additional books will be donated to classrooms). Books must be in very good condition, no activity books, board books, or sticker books. The AACPL mascot Sneaks will visit during the Swap.

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of June 3-7, 2019

Donuts with Dads Monday,
Talent Show shines on Wednesday,
Volunteer Breakfast is Thursday.

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, June 3: Donuts With Dads, 8:15-9:15am
Monday, June 3: Author visit assemblies
Monday, June 3: Media Books due back
Tuesday, June 4: Rehearsal for DES Talent Show at SRHS, 5pm
Wednesday, June 5: DES Talent Show at SRHS, 6:30pm, free entry for all
Thursday, June 6: Cultural Arts school assembly, BMX biking
Thursday, June 6: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at DES, 9:30 am, details below
Thursday, June 6: Open House Event at CMS for 5th graders & parents, 6:30-7:15
Friday, June 7 & Monday, June 10: Book Swap collection days, grades 1-5

A Look Ahead:
Monday, June 10: Disney Dazzle Music event for all grades, 2:50pm
Thursday, June 13 & Friday, June 14: 2-hour early dismissal
Thursday, June 13: 5th grade promotion event, 6:30pm
Friday, June 14: Last day of school

Here’s the News:

Gator Gear delivery update
All gator gear and field day shirts were delivered last week. If your order was not received, please contact Jody Christian at jody@jodychristian.com, Thank you for your support!

Donuts with Dad is Monday morning
Calling all dads… Enjoy a fun breakfast with your students on Monday, June 3rd from 8:15am-9:15am in the cafeteria. Click this link to RSVP. Please include the total number in attendance. Reminders: Do not park in faculty/staff spots the morning of the event. And if you park on 214, please park across the street from the school so as to not block the exit for outgoing cars. Note. you must remain with your children until 9:15 or leave them with a responsible adult friend. 

Please join us at this event hosted by DES staff & students
Volunteer Breakfast is open to all who have helped
DES students and staff invite you to attend a special Volunteer Appreciation Luau Breakfast on Thursday, June 6th at 9:30 in the DES Media Center. The event will feature an ono (tasty) breakfast buffet and student mahalo (thank you) presentations. Please RSVP to attend by Monday, June 3rd online at this link.
This is an amazing DES tradition to offer thanks for the 1000’s of volunteer hours donated by parents throughout the year. There’s always a surprise or two with student performers, art projects, and shared sentiments from students about all that you do for them. The PTO will present the Volunteer of the Year award, along with AACPS recognition to volunteers.

Attention 5th graders – Sign up for a pool party!
Traditionally DES has had a 5th Grade Pool party on the last day of school. We would like to keep that tradition going and have one on Friday, June 14th from 12-2 at Bel Air Bath & Tennis in Bowie. The cost is $10 per person and you pay at the door. We would like to limit it to 5th graders only for one last hurrah with their classmates. You can bring food in (just no glass bottles). 

There will be lifeguards on duty. There is a water slide and diving board, however in order to be able to use them, the children must do a quick swim test with the lifeguards that day. Here’s the link to sign up for the event: 5th Grade Pool Party

Last call for Box Tops
Keep sending in your Box Tops before school ends and keep collecting over the summer. Please keep in mind:
· Box Tops must include a valid expiration date say “Official Box Top” on them
· Your plastic bag or envelope should include the following items: Your child’s teacher name & Your child’s full name (first and last)

The Box Tops program is going digital soon, visit www.btfe.com for details. If you have any questions, please contact the program chair: jinnap@yahoo.com

In Recognition:
Volunteer of the Month for May
Katie Epperly
The DES PTO is pleased to announce the selection of Katie Epperly as Volunteer of the Month for May. Katie may be new at DES, but she jumped in the deep end this year, and we are so thankful. Here’s some background on Katie.

“My husband Tim and I moved to Davidsonville last summer, but have been local for many years so it was an easy transition for our kids as they had many friends within the schools. I have two boys, Jackson (8th grade) and Connor (5th grade). I like to go on as many field trips as possible and help out in the school whenever possible. I have enjoyed participating in the classroom as a guest reader and volunteering for in-school functions like Donuts for Dads, the Ice Cream Social, Movie Night and Sandy Point.  I also helped with the Gator Gallop and I organized the Fall and Spring Socials. I will really miss Davidsonville Elementary and everyone we met there. Hope to see you all at Central Middle!” Thanks a million for all your time & help Katie and best of luck to you and your family.

Reminders:

School Supply ordering extended
Order next year’s school supplies now and save SO much time! Select your grades, make the order, and your student’s supplies will be waiting on desks when they meet the teacher before next school year starts! Teachers also need items like tissues, hand sanitizer, and more. Each grade has an optional list so you can purchase those items as well if desired. Ordering has been extended through the end of June.
See the 2019 DES School Supply order form here

Summer reading book swap
The reading teachers at DES are hosting a Book Swap for students in grades 1-5. A flier came home about it, but in case you missed it, collection days will be held on June 7 & 10 before school in the cafeteria. Donate 1 book to select 1 book at the Swap event on June 11th, (any additional books will be donated to classrooms). Books must be in very good condition, no activity books, board books, or sticker books. The AACPL mascot Sneaks will visit during the Swap.

Public Service Announcements:

Cross Country Camp held in Crofton
Students entering 3-9th grades are invited to enroll in a 5-week Runners training camp at Bell Branch Complex starting June 25th. Camp will meet on Thursday mornings from 8:15-9:15 am. Coaches will include college and high school runners and coaches. This is meant for serious runners, but will be fun too! Sign up at this link online. Find more info. on the flier.
See the Cross Country Camp flier here

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