Gator Blast Archive March, 2019

DES PTO Gator Blast
Midweek Mail, March 27, 2019 

Still To Come This Week:
Friday, March 29: Spring Book Fair opening, with Ice Cream Social, 5:30-8pm

A Look Ahead: 
Monday, April 1: School Play, in-school performance assembly
Tuesday, April 2: Deadline to send in Square 1 Art paper orders
Tuesday, April 2: Spring pictures and class photo day, details below
Tuesday, April 2: Special Friends Day, Book Fair & lunch, student names A-L
Wednesday, April 3: Special Friends Day, Book Fair & lunch, student names M-Z
Wednesday, April 3: Kindergarten registration begins
Wednesday, April 3: Preliminary Spelling Bee rounds, grades 2 & 4, 8am
Thursday, April 4: Preliminary Spelling Bee rounds, grades 3 & 5, 8am
Friday-Saturday, April 5-6: DES School Play, see last Sunday’s Blast for ticket info.

Here’s the News:

Ice Cream Social & Books Galore!
Spring Book Fair night is Friday
The Spring Book Fair opens this week with a special evening shopping event for everyone on Friday and the awesome Ice Cream Social ($1) going on too! Come on up to DES from 5:30 to 8:00pm to shop for books, grab some ice cream, and have a great family night out. 

Students are able to shop the Book Fair during their Media Center time (send funds with them if you wish), during recess, or between 8:30-9:15 a.m. each day (only with an adult). Parents, you can also shop the Book Fair online anytime, at this link. For further details on all of this, see the event flier.
See the 2019 Spring Book Fair flier here

Hot off the Presses!
 The Gator Gazette is ready to read
The Newspaper Club has completed the March edition of the Gator Gazette, the school newspaper created by students. It is full of interesting articles, photos, and more about our school and our community. We hope you take a  few moments to read the Gator Gazette and enjoy the work of our aspiring journalists. Please click on the below to access the March edition of the Gator Gazette!
See the March 2019 edition of the Gator Gazette here

School Picture Day is next Tuesday
It’s time for Spring photos at DES and forms will be coming home soon. Individual photos, as well as class pictures, will be taken on Tuesday of next week. You can order your student’s photos online today and have one less thing to remember. Just follow the instructions on the flier attached. You will need the access code listed on there too. So, pick out the outfits, get the haircut, and practice smiling big!
See the Spring 2019 DES picture day form here

Book-It reminder
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 monthly calendars on the DES PTO website at: http://despto.org/programs-clubs/pto-programs/reading-incentive-program/. 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.
See the March Book It Calendar here

Public Service Announcements:

Free Art Fest on Sunday at Maryland Hall
All ages are invited to attend Art Fest 2019 at Maryland Hall this Sunday, March 31st from 1-4 pm. Demonstrations, recitals, dance, activities, crafts and more at this free event. The U.S. Naval Academy Band will perform at 4 pm. Food trucks will be there and free parking is available. They’re asking for RSVP’s at marylandhall.org.
See the 2019 Art Fest flier here

 Cyber Safety presentation Monday
All parents are welcome to attend a presentation by Sarah Kivett of AACPS on keeping your student safe online. The talk will be held on Monday, April 1st, 6:00-7:00 pm at Central Elementary School, 130 Stepney Lane in Edgewater. If you want information on Internet safety, plan to attend.

Recess Survey Link Fix
The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) would love to hear your opinions about recess in Anne Arundel County schools. They are hosting an online survey where you can share your thoughts, answer some simple questions, and help to shape future guidelines. There were a few reports of a link not working in Sunday’s Blast, so let’s try this againhttps://goo.gl/forms/ysffrUQauhAWhaNq2.

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of March 25-29, 2019 

Early Dismissal on Tuesday.
Ice Cream Social & Book Fair on Friday

Coming Up This Week: 
Tuesday, March 26: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Thursday, March 28: Math 24 Club last meeting, 4-5pm
Friday, March 29: Spring Book Fair opening, with Ice Cream Social, 5:30-8pm

 A Look Ahead: 
Monday, April 1: School Play, in-school performance assembly
Tuesday, April 2: Deadline to send in Square 1 Art paper orders, details below
Tuesday, April 2: Spring pictures and class photo day
Tuesday, April 2: Special Friends Day, Book Fair & lunch, student names A-L
Wednesday, April 3: Special Friends Day, Book Fair & lunch, student names M-Z
Wednesday, April 3: Kindergarten registration begins
Wednesday, April 3: Preliminary Spelling Bee rounds, grades 2 & 4, 8am
Thursday, April 4: Preliminary Spelling Bee rounds, grades 3 & 5, 8am
Friday-Saturday, April 5-6: DES School Play performances, ticket details below
Monday & Tuesday, April 8-9: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Tuesday, April 9: Skate Zone event for DES, 5:30-7:30pm
Wednesday, April 10: Start of 4th marking period
Thursday, April 11: Spelling Bee final, 6pm
Saturday, May 11: Gator Gallop, 8 am at DAA Park
Friday, May 17: Spring Social for grades 2-5, details to come

Here’s the News:

It’s DINO-MITE!!!
The Spring Book Fair starts Friday
The Spring Book Fair opens this week with a special evening shopping event for everyone on Friday and the awesome Ice Cream Social ($1) going on too! Come on up to DES from 5:30 to 8:00pm to shop for books, eat, and have a great family night out.

The Book Fair will be open each morning, 8:30-9:15 a.m. (students must be accompanied by an adult). Tuesday, April 2nd will offer extended shopping until 6:00 p.m. Special Friends Days for lunch & shopping also provide a fun chance to shop the Book Fair with a companion on Tuesday & Wednesday. See the flier for info. on that.

Students are able to shop the Book Fair during their Media Center time (send funds with them if you wish), during recess, or between 8:30-9:15 a.m. each day (only with an adult). Parents, you can also shop the Book Fair online anytime, at this link. For further details on all of this, see the event flier.
See the 2019 Spring Book Fair flier here

Come out and support our Math 24 competitors
Everyone at DES is invited to come out to the county-wide competitions for Math 24 in the coming weeks. Our school winners will be vying to bring home the top awards, so please come and show your support. Members, note the last Math 24 Club meeting will be this Thursday, March 28 from 4 – 5 pm.
County Competitions at Annapolis High School will be:
5th Grade – Wednesday, April 3  4:45-7:00 PM
4th Grade – Wednesday, April 10  4:45 – 7:00 PM
3rd Grade – Wednesday, April 24  4:45 – 7:00 PM

The Square 1 Art Fundraiser is here!
Ask your child for their personalized catalog complete with FREE stickers.  All students who submitted artwork will be bringing this home in their Wednesday folders. Ordering details are on the catalog. Paper orders can be sent in to school until Tuesday, April 2nd. You can also go to shop.square1art.com/Shop/ and use the art access code on your catalog. Thanks for supporting the arts at DES!
See the Square 1 Art flier here 2019

In Recognition:
Thanks for the Rain Barrels!
We’d like to offer our appreciation for everyone who helped to bring the new rain barrels to Davidsonville Elementary. Have you seen them around the building yet? These barrels are the result of the combined efforts of last year’s 3rd grade classes, their teachers, and the Green School Club. We’d also like to thank art teachers Mrs. Chester and Mrs. Wuest for donating their time to help get the barrels decorated, as well as DES parent and author Jeff Gunhus for donating proceeds from book sales to help fund the purchase of the barrels. Thanks also to our own Mr. Terry Drake for facilitating the installation.

Reminders:

Take a trip to Neverland…
Get your tickets for the awesome school play
Come see our talented DES performers in the school play, Peter Pan, Jr! Shows will be held at Central Middle School and performance dates are as follows:

Friday, April 5 at 7 pm  •  Saturday, April 6 at 2 pm  •  Saturday, April 6 at 7 pm
General Admission tickets offer unassigned seats and you may sit in any available seat labeled as “General Admission.” The links for each performance are below. Tickets are $5 plus a service fee of $1.27 each. For questions, desgatorplay@gmail.comPlease print your tickets from the website and have them in hand to enter the show.
For tickets to FRIDAY NIGHT Click Here
For tickets to SATURDAY MATINEE Click Here
For tickets to SATURDAY NIGHT Click Here

Spelling Bee Preliminary rounds sign-up for Grades 2-5
Last chance to register for the preliminary rounds of the 2019 DES Spelling Bee! This is for students in grades 2-5. You must take part in these first rounds to qualify to continue. Deadline to register is April 2nd. To sign-up, e-mail chair Kasy Schnabel at: kasyschnabel@gmail.com and include all the information requested on the flier.
See  flier online

Public Service Announcements:

What do you think about recess policies in AA County?
The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) would love to hear your opinions about recess in Anne Arundel County schools. They are hosting an online survey where you can share your thoughts, answer some simple questions, and help to shape future guidelines. Visit the link provided here to take part in the survey: https://goo.gl/forms/ysffrUQauhAWhaNq2

Family Involvement Summit Wednesday
AACPS Office of School & Family Partnerships and the AVID Program are hosting the “Unleash Your Parenting Superpowers” event on Wednesday, March 27th from 9-11:30 a.m. at the BWI Airport Marriott. Learn tips to boost your child’s self-esteem, minimize stress and instill discipline, followed by the chance to talk with other parents about these issues and more. Space is limited, admission is free. You can find more details and register online at this link.

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

Science Fair & International Night this week

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, March 18: Spring Running Club begins
Tuesday, March 19: 3rd grade Field Trip make up
Wednesday, March 20: Green School Club meeting 8:15am
Friday, March 22: Science Fair judging during the day, project display 6-7:30pm
Friday, March 22: DES International Night, 6-7:30pm

 A Look Ahead: 
Tuesday, March 26: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Friday, March 29: Spring Book Fair opening, with Ice Cream Social, 5:30-8pm
Monday, April 1: School Play, in-school performance assembly
Tuesday, April 2: Spring pictures and class photo day
Wednesday, April 3: Kindergarten registration begins
Wednesday, April 3: Preliminary Spelling Bee rounds, grades 2 & 4, 8am
Thursday, April 4: Preliminary Spelling Bee rounds, grades 3 & 5, 8am
Friday-Saturday, April 5-6: DES School Play performances, ticket details below
Monday & Tuesday, April 8-9: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Tuesday, April 9: Skate Zone event for DES, 5:30-7:30pm
Wednesday, April 10: Start of 4th marking period
Thursday, April 11: Spelling Bee final, 6pm
Saturday, May 11: Gator Gallop, 8 am at DAA Park
Friday, May 17: Spring Social for grades 2-5, details to come

Here’s the News:

Multicultural Night is Friday at DES
Come and celebrate the multicultural community of DES families at the school’s International Night event on Friday, March 22nd, 6:00-7:30 pm. There will be food, dance, crafts, and more presented by our own school families and students. It should be quite a fun and educational evening for all! You can also stop in and take a look at the Science Fair projects on display in the Media Center the same evening. 

Science Fair is this week
Students should bring in their Science Fair projects on Thursday morning, starting at 9:00 am, to the Media Center. Students will then stay in the Media Center until 9:15 a.m. when they can head to class. Judging will begin Friday morning, and students will be pulled from classes as judges require them to present their project. Everyone is invited to come and see the projects on display Friday night in the Media Center during the International Night event at DES, starting at 6:00 pm.

It’s time for Books (and Ice Cream…)
The Dino-Mite Spring Book Fair starts March 29th
Announcing the DES Spring Book Fair! Everyone loves all of the books and the games, kits, crafts, journals, and everything else there. Enjoy many special events and shopping opportunities, especially opening night on Friday, March 29th (5:30-8 pm) and make sure to visit the Ice Cream Social while you’re there that evening.

The Book Fair will be open each morning, 8:30-9:15 a.m. (students must be accompanied by an adult). Tuesday, April 2nd will offer extended shopping until 6:00 p.m. Special Friends Days for lunch & shopping also provide a fun chance to shop the Book Fair with a companion on Tuesday & Wednesday. See the flier for info. on that.

Students are allowed to shop the Book Fair during their Media Center time (send funds with them if you wish), during recess, or between 8:30-9:15 a.m. each day (only with an adult). For further details on all of this, see the event flier.
See the 2019 Spring Book Fair flier here

Peter Pan, Jr!
General admission tickets now on sale
Come see our talented DES performers in the school play, Peter Pan, Jr! Shows will be held at Central Middle School and performance dates are as follows:
Friday, April 5 at 7 pm  •  Saturday, April 6 at 2 pm  •  Saturday, April 6 at 7 pm
General Admission tickets are now on sale  These seats are not assigned and you may sit in any available seat labeled as “General Admission.” The links for each performance are below. Tickets are $5 plus a service fee of $1.27 each.  Any questions? Email desgatorplay@gmail.comPlease print your tickets from the website and have them in hand to enter the show.
For tickets to FRIDAY NIGHT Click Here
For tickets to SATURDAY MATINEE Click Here
For tickets to SATURDAY NIGHT Click Here

 Does your Gator Gallop?
Get ready to have a day of racing fun with everyone!
Sign up now for the 2019 Gator Gallop event being held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Davidsonville Park. The event includes a 5K, the 1 mile, and the 100-yard Gallop Fun Run. The day begins with a pre-race warm-up before the 5K start at 8:00 am, and the 1-mile run follows at 9:00 a.m. Registration is open until April 25th and includes a t-shirt for all except Fun Run (if you want extra shirts, you can order them during online registration). See all the details on the registration site.

There is truly something for everyone at this awesome event, whether you’re running or cheering, so come out to enjoy a fun-filled day! Sign up the whole family today by clicking this link.

Reminders:

Spelling Bee Preliminary rounds sign-up for Grades 2-5
Register today for the preliminary rounds of the 2019 DES Spelling Bee! This is for students in grades 2-5. You must take part in these first rounds to qualify to continue. Deadline to register is April 2nd. To sign-up, e-mail chair Kasy Schnabel at: kasyschnabel@gmail.com and include all the information listed on the flier.
See the 2019 DES Spelling Bee flier here

Public Service Announcements:

Davidsonville Green Expo is this Saturday, March 23
The Annual Davidsonville Green Expo is set for this Saturday at Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville, from 11 am to 4 pm. The event features over 30 exhibitors offering information, education and demonstrations on environmentally-friendly products, sustainable lifestyle, lawn and garden techniques, agricultural practices, energy use, water conservation and preservation, recycling, land use and conservation. There will be free tree seedling giveaways, face painting, barnyard animals, U.S. flag recycling, and special guest speakers, including Senator Ed Reilly, Jeff Holland of Arundel River Federation (at noon) and others. Bring the whole family for this fun and informative local event.
See the 2019 Green Expo flier here

Riva 5K Run & Walk
Save the Date of Saturday, April 27th for the annual Riva 5K Run & Walk event, held at 9 am and hosted by the neighborhoods of Waterford, Annapolis Landing, and Berkshire. Proceeds benefit Gigi’s Playhouse, a Down Syndrome Achievement Center. Register online here. If you have any questions, you can e-mail the group at: rivarunwalk5k@gmail.com

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

 Coming Up This Week: 
Monday, March 11: PTO Board meeting, 7:30pm
Tuesday, March 12: Spring Martial Arts program after school
Tuesday, March 12: Interims sent home
Wednesday, March 13: PTO staff luncheon
Thursday, March 14: Spring Engineering program begins, you can still register below
Friday, March 15: Cultural Arts assembly for K-2, 3pm

 A Look Ahead: 
Monday, March 18: Spring Running Club begins, details below
Tuesday, March 19: 3rd grade Field Trip make up
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, with Ice Cream Social, details to come
Wednesday, April 3: Kindergarten registration begins
Wednesday, April 3: Preliminary Spelling Bee rounds, grades 2 & 4, 8am
Thursday, April 4: Preliminary Spelling Bee rounds, grades 3 & 5, 8am
Friday-Saturday, April 5-6: DES School Play performances, details below
Monday & Tuesday, April 8-9:
2 Hour Early Dismissal
Tuesday, April 9: Skate Zone event for DES, 5:30-7:30pm
Wednesday, April 10: Start of 4th marking period
Thursday, April 11: Spelling Bee final, 6pm
Saturday, May 11:Gator Gallop, 8 am at DAA Park
Friday, May 17: Spring Social for grades 2-5, details to come

Here’s the News:

Peter Pan, Jr!
Ticket sales start Monday for school play
Come see our talented DES performers in the school play, Peter Pan, Jr! Shows will be held at Central Middle School and performance dates are as follows: Friday, April 5 at 7 pm  •  Saturday, April 6 at 2 pm  •  Saturday, April 6 at 7 pm

General Admission tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 11 at 9 pm.  These seats are not assigned and you may sit in any available seat labeled as “General Admission.”  The links for each performance are below. Tickets are $5 plus a service fee of $1.27 each.  Any questions? Email desgatorplay@gmail.comPlease print your tickets from the website and have them in hand to enter the show.
For tickets to FRIDAY NIGHT Click Here
For tickets to SATURDAY MATINEE Click Here
For tickets to SATURDAY NIGHT Click Here

Spelling Bee Preliminary rounds sign-up for Grades 2-5
How do you spell success? You’ll never know if you don’t try, so register today for the preliminary rounds of the 2019 DES Spelling Bee! This is for students in grades 2-5. You must take part in these first rounds to qualify to continue. Deadline to register is April 2nd. To sign-up, e-mail chair Kasy Schnabel at: kasyschnabel@gmail.com and include all the information listed on the flier.
See the 2019 DES Spelling Bee flier here

In recognition:
Volunteer of the Month for January
Lorianne Moss
Lorianne is currently the director and choreographer for the DES play, Peter Pan Jr, with 89 kids under her wing. The group has been rehearsing after school twice a week since the beginning of October.  She is also busy this spring as chair of the Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held March 22. Lorianne helps out regularly with the Book Fair, Newspaper Club, and Holiday Shoppe. She is frequently a field trip chaperone, and volunteers for Drown Proofing, Recess Relay, and helps with class parties.  Last year, she worked with the I Read You Read program.  Lorianne and husband Robert have two children at DES, Sofia (5th grade) and Natalie (1st grade).  The Moss family moved to Davidsonville in 2016.

The PTO salutes the volunteer spirit we see in Lorianne and we are so thankful that she chooses to donate her time so generously for the good of the students and school. Thank you Lorianne!

Reminders:

Final Chance
Engineering Program sign-up extended thru Monday 3/11
The Spring Engineering Program is still registering. 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. Classes are before school on Thursdays and 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

Spring Running Club still open for grades 3-5
Running Club 2019 will begin Monday, March 18. Send the registration form in by Friday, March 15. The cost is $10. Checks to: DES PTO, mark envelope: Spring Running Club. The group will meet in the cafeteria after dismissal, and then go outside to the upper field until 5pm pick-up. Meetings every Mon. and Thurs., ending May 9th. The goal is to help your child prepare for the Annual Gator Gallop, Sat., May 11th. Running techniques will be emphasized for pace, endurance, & proper breathing. Reach out to program chair Natalie Camuso anytime at: nataliecamuso@gmail.com
See the 2019 Spring Running Club registration form here

Gator Gallop 5K /1 Mile /Fun Run Registration Open
Registration is open for the 2019 Gator Gallop fun run being held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Davidsonville Park. The event includes a 5K, the 1 mile, and the 100-yard gallop fun run. New this year, we’ve added a 5K & fun run registration category for those children that like to do both events, as well as the option for anyone to purchase additional t-shirts. Sign up the whole family today by clicking this link. Registration by April 25th is encouraged.

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

Parent/Teacher Conferences Tuesday,
No School for students

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, March 4: Cultural Arts assemblies with a magician, K-2 2pm/3-5 2:55pm
Tuesday, March 5: NO SCHOOL, parent/teacher conferences
Friday, March 8: Spelling Club begins, 8:15am
Sunday, March 10: Daylight Savings Time begins, turn clocks forward one hour

A Look Ahead:
Tuesday, March 12: Spring Martial Arts program begins, details below
Wednesday, March 13: PTO staff luncheon
Thursday, March 14: Spring Engineering program begins, details below
Friday, March 15: Cultural Arts assembly for K-2, 3pm
Monday, March 18: Spring Running Club begins, details below
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
Monday & Tuesday, April 8-9: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Tuesday, April 9: Skate Zone event for DES
Wednesday, April 10: Start of 4th marking period

Here’s the News:

Math 24 Club to compete at County Competition
We held our annual in-school Math 24 competition on February 28th. After months of practice and a lot of hard, but fun work, it was determined that the following students will be representing our school at the County Competition in April:
3rd Grade – Liam Manzoli and Keller Schnabel
4th Grade – Suraj Sharma and Declan Schnabel
5th Grade – Spencer Lawrence and Nina Le
A big thank you for all the students that participated in the Math 24 club.  We will be well-represented! Please note – The 24 club will continue to meet through the end of March on Thursdays from 4-5pm.

Spring Running Club Registration Open for grades 3-5
Running Club 2019 will begin Monday March 18. Send the registration form in by Friday, March 15. The cost is $10. Checks to: DES PTO, mark envelope: Spring Running Club. The group will meet in the cafeteria after dismissal, and then go outside to the upper field until 5pm pick-up. Meetings every Mon. and Thurs., ending May 9th. More info. will be sent once registration is complete. The goal is to help your child prepare for the Annual Gator Gallop, set for Sat., May 11th, so don’t forget to register for this event.

This year, a new curriculum is being introduced and we are so excited! The plan is to incorporate weekly Themes & Challenges that are based on character building and attributes. Running techniques will be emphasized for pace, endurance, & proper breathing. Reach out to program chair Natalie Camuso anytime at: nataliecamuso@gmail.com
See the 2019 Spring Running Club registration form here

Gator Gallop 5K / 1 Mile / Fun Registration Open
Sign your family up for a fun, healthy event &  join us for the DES Gator Gallop!
Registration is open for the 2019 Gator Gallop fun run being held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Davidsonville Park. The fun run includes a 5K, the 1 mile for kids, and the 100-yard gallop. New this year, we’ve added a 5K & fun run registration category for those children that like to do both events as well as the option for anyone to purchase additional t-shirts. Register today by clicking this link.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Wow… The 80’s were back for a night at the Gator Gamble. The outfits, the music, the laughter, you all really made it awesome! Fundraising should always be this fun! So many fantastic items to bid on, and some really great deals were found.
Thanks go to:

  • A million thanks to all that attended, bid on items, and took part in it all.
  • Co-chairs Melissa Robinson and Lisa Gebbia. It’s a huge amount of work to put on an event that size – and they rocked it!
  • Everyone who volunteered at the event and behind the scenes.
  • Everyone who donated items, sought donations, and the Room Parents who helped put together the Class Baskets.
  • The school staff for your support and donation of your time.
  • The area businesses who sponsored the Gamble.

Sights we saw: The Top Gun crew was in the house, the girls from Heathers were there with croquet mallets, Alpha Beta ran the prize wheel, Carl the groundskeeper from Caddyshack was roaming around, and lots of big hair, punk rock, legwarmers, raised collars, shoulder pads, and zebra-print were all around. Thanks for the memories everyone!

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

AmazonSmile program really works!
We just wanted to let everyone know that your usage of the AmazonSmile shopping link was tremendous at the end of last year. The Davidsonville Elementary School PTO earned over $220 for activity between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31st. Thanks to all who click that link at the bottom of every Gator Blast before shopping at Amazon, or visit the despto.org website for the link on the right of the main page. We just wanted to say “Thanks” and keep up the great work!

Reminders:

Engineering Program registration ends Friday
The Spring Engineering Program is still registering. 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. Classes are before school on Thursdays and start March 14. Registration ends March 8. 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

Martial Arts program set to begin 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, 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 28Register 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 (checks to DES PTO) 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

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