Gator Blast Archive May, 2018

DES PTO Gator Blast
Mid-Week Mail, May 9, 2018
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Happy Mother’s Day to all of our DES Moms!
Muffins for Moms is Friday.
Gator Gallop is Saturday.

 Still to Come This Week: 
Thursday, May 10-Friday, May 11: Teacher Appreciation Week continues
Thursday, May 10: Public Hearing on AACPS Budget, 7 pm Arundel Center
Friday, May 11: Muffins for Moms, 8:15 am, details below
Thursday, May 10: Engineering Club meets, 8:15 am
Friday, May 11: Gator Gallop Bib pick-up at DES cafeteria, 4-8 pm (must pick up)
Saturday, May 12: Gator Gallop 5K/1 Mile Run/Fun Run, 8 am

A Look Ahead:
Monday, May 14: Public Hearing on AACPS Budget, 7 pm North County HS
Friday, May 18: Recess Relay at DES
Monday, May 21: PTO General Membership Meeting 7 pm
Monday, May 21-Tuesday, May 22: Kindergarten Conferences, no school for K only
Thursday, May 31: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at DES, 9:30 am, RSVP here

Here’s the News:

Keep the teacher love coming…
There’s a lot to love about our teachers at DES, and you’ve all been showing them this week. The committee is asking parents to donate any needed school supplies for Thursday and would love for all students to show Gator Pride on Friday by wearing Green!
The AACPS Thank A Teacher campaign continues with a 24 hour Facebook Challenge that runs Thursday at noon until Friday at noon. DES teacher Ryan McCoach was chosen as one of the lucky prize winners by AACPS after a parent sent him a Thank-A-Gram. Find out more at www.aacps.org/thankateacher. 

 Muffins for Moms is this Friday
All Moms & other adult female friends are invited to join their students for the Muffins for Moms event this Friday, May 11th in the DES Cafeteria from 8:15 to 9:15 am. There will be coffee, muffins, and breakfast snacks. Note, students cannot go to their classrooms prior to 9:15 am and moms/friends need to stay until then. Please plan to arrive early (approx. 15 min’s) to have your driver’s license scanned and sticker printed. Even if you are already in the system, you will need to allow time for a sticker, unless you pre-register. If you would like to pre-register, e-mail Cory Samaras Griffeth (csamaras@hotmail.com) the full driver’s license name and birthdate of Mom/Special Friend by Thursday.

Go Gators Go!
Gator Gallop is happening Saturday
It’s finally here! The super fun Gator Gallop event is set for Saturday, May 12th at DAA Park. There’s fun, friendship, prizes, and lots of Gator pride. The 5K event begins at 8 am, the 1 Mile Run starts at 9 am, and the 100 Yard Fun Run follows the 1 Mile Run.
All racers are reminded to pick up their race bibs on Friday, May 11th, between 4-8 pm in the DES Cafeteria. NO race day pick up will be available, so make sure you get yours. Any questions, visit the website at this link or contact a committee chair here

Don’t forget the flowers for mom!
Flowers are on sale through this Friday in the DES cafeteria during morning arrival. Cost is $3.00 a plant and all proceeds will go directly to support the DES Relay for Life Team. Buy your mom some lovely flowers for Mother’s Day! 

Did you get your tickets for the Baysox yet?
This Saturday, May 12th, is our Bowie Baysox Night. Students who read the required number of books all received a free ticket to the game sent home recently. Attached to each ticket was an order form for discount tickets for others/adults.  Of course, tickets can also be purchased at the Stadium. Game Time is 6:35 pm and parking is free. There will be fireworks after the game, weather permitting. Enjoy a night at the ballpark!

Author’s Week guests offer books to purchase
Children’s Book authors Nick Rokicki & Joe Kelley will be visiting DES on Wednesday, May 23rd to read some of their many books to students as part of the annual Author’s Week at DES. They are offering autographed books for sale as part of the visit. There are 8 books ($10 each) and 1 workbook ($20) available for purchase. Fill out the form attached and turn it in with your payment by May 28th, books will be delivered to students in June. See the flier for more details on this.
See the 2018 Author’s Week Order Form here
See the Book info. flier here

 A reminder about School Budget Hearings
The first public hearing of two is coming up tomorrow, Thursday, May 10th and the other is Monday, May 14th. We would like to remind you that these events are among your last opportunities to voice your opinion about the AACPS budget for next year. When the next school year begins in September, it will be too late. Learn about what’s going on, find the hearing locations, and read the AACPS Impact Statement by visiting this link.

 In Recognition:
Volunteer of the Month for March
Greg Eggleston
The PTO has selected DES parent volunteer Greg Eggleston as the Volunteer of the Month for March. Greg handcrafted our fabulous prize wheel that we used for the Gator Gamble this year! In addition, he was our go-to-guy to create the beautiful sets for the last three years of DES plays (Seussical, Alice, and Madagascar). He also has worked on the Course Map and Race Day Pace for the Gator Gallop event, helped create the carnival games at DAA’s Gator Day and the scoreboard for their Gator summer Swim Team. He’s an all-around handy guy to get help from in this community.

Greg and his wife Shannon have two children at DES – Emma who is in 3rd grade and Davis who is in 5th grade. Greg works as a US Navy Flight Test Engineer.

Thank you for all of your time and efforts that you put into our school and students Greg!


DES PTO Gator Blast E-mail
Week of May 7-11, 2018
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It’s Time to Celebrate Teachers!
And get ready to Gallop on Saturday!

Coming Up This Week: 
Monday, May 7-Friday, May 11: Teacher Appreciation Week at DES, details below
Monday, May 7: Wear your teacher’s favorite color
Tuesday, May 8: PTO Board meeting, 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 10: Hearing on AACPS Budget, 7 pm Arundel Center
Friday, May 11: Muffins for Moms, 8:15 am, details below
Thursday, May 10: Engineering Club meets, 8:15 am
Friday, May 11: Gator Gallop Bib pick-up at DES cafeteria, 4-8 pm (must pick up)
Friday, May 11: Tennis program held afterschool
Saturday, May 12: Gator Gallop 5K/1 Mile Run/Fun Run, 8 am

A Look Ahead:
Monday, May 14: Public hearing on AACPS budget, 7 pm North County HS
Friday, May 18: Recess Relay at DES
Monday, May 21: PTO General Membership Meeting 7 pm
Monday, May 21-Tuesday, May 22: Kindergarten Conferences, no school for K only
Tuesday, May 22: Spring Chorus Concert at DES, 6:30 pm
Wednesday, May 23: Authors Visit
Monday, May 28: NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 29: Spring Strings Concert at DES, 6:30 pm
Wednesday, May 30: 5th Grade trip to Sandy Point
Thursday, May 31: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at DES, 9:30 am
Thursday, May 31: Spring Band Concert at DES, 6:30 pm
Friday, June 1: Book-It Kona Ice Party
Friday, June 1: End of the Year Student Social at DES, tentative date
Monday, June 4: Cultural Arts Assemblies for students, “Magical Math”
Wednesday, June 6: DES Talent Show, 6:30 pm at AHS
Friday, June 8: DES Field Day, details to come
Monday, June 11: Donuts for Dads, 8:15 am

Here’s the News:

It’s Teacher Time!
Teacher Appreciation Week is here
Here we go… it’s time to celebrate our favorite super heroes… our amazing DES teachers and staff who go above and beyond the call of duty to make our school super! Your PTO and volunteers have planned meals, treats, raffles, gifts, and more! We’d like to ask you to encourage your students to take part in recognizing our teachers and staff. Here’s the plan for the week:
Monday 5/7:  Wear your teacher’s favorite color
Tuesday 5/8: Bring in your teacher’s favorite snack or food
Wednesday 5/9: Complete the “I Think You Are Super” template for teachers and staff (attached below)
Thursday 5/10: Donate any needed school supplies
Friday 5/11: Wear green to show your Gator pride
Note: We still don’t have enough donations to include every teacher in our raffle for the week. Please send in a gift card donation (any item is great!) or if you have a super cool item that you would like to donate to the raffle, that works too. We need these donations by Wednesday. See below for details on AACPS’s Thank A Teacher activities.
See the Teacher Appreciation Week flier here
See the “I Think You’re Super” Template here

Ready, Set, Go!
DES Gator Gallop is this Saturday!
You’ve registered and waited – So here we go! The Annual Gator Gallop event is set for Saturday, May 12th at DAA Park. Even if you didn’t register, there’s still plenty of fun to be had while you cheer on our Gators! The 5K event begins at 8 am, the 1 Mile Run starts at 9 am, and the 100 Yard Fun Run follows the 1 Mile Run.
All racers are reminded to pick up their race bibs on Friday, May 11th, between 4-8 pm in the DES Cafeteria. NO race day pick up will be available, so make sure you send someone to get yours.
Parking is available at DAA Park, meet at the Pavilion for the pre-race warm up and follow the signs to your events. Any questions, visit the website at this link or contact one of the committee chairs here. Best of luck to all of our racers and thank you for taking part in this great family-friendly event!

Field Day T-Shirt ordering is open
Congratulations to Isabelle Fick from Mr. McCoach’s 4th grade class for this year’s winning T-shirt design. Thank you to ALL the students who entered the competition. The entries were fantastic! Ordering is now open for the shirts. All field day T-shirt orders need to be received Monday May 21st. Cost is only $5 per shirt and you can order online by visiting this link. Shirt colors represent each grade’s color for the year.
See the DES FIeld Day shirt order form here

Mother’s Day Flower Sales
From Wednesday to Friday this week, beautiful flowers will be on sale in the school cafeteria during morning arrival. Cost is $3.00 a plant and all proceeds will go directly to support the DES Relay for Life Team. Buy your mom some lovely flowers for Mother’s Day and help support a great cause too!

Support DES Relay For Life Team at a Glow Party!
How fun is this idea? Join some of your favorite teachers for a Jazzercise Glow Party! Help raise funds for the DES Relay for Life Team, kids and adults welcome. Dance, exercise, and have fun while supporting a great cause! Held on Saturday, May 19th at 7 pm at Jazzercise Edgewater, 179 Mitchells Chance Rd., Edgewater. Cost is $10 per person. RSVP by May 16 to Jamie Quinn at JamieLynne827@gmail.com.

Reminder: Please RSVP for Volunteer Breakfast May 31
Callin’ ALL Parent Volunteers to saddle-up and come on over to a Rootin’ Tooin’ Volunteer Appreciation Hoedown on Thursday, May 31st at 9:30 am in the Media Center. Mosey on over to a Chuck Wagon Chow Line featuring breakfast treats rustled-up just for you by DES teachers. The band will perform and students will stop by to show their appreciation. RSVP to  pappel@aacps or online at: http://whoozin.com/M6X-NKW-J74N to let us know you’re a-comin’. (Denim duds & little sibling cowpokes welcome.)
See the 2018 Volunteer Breakfast flier here

In Recognition:
Volunteer of the Month for February
Jodi Doney
A master volunteer, Jodi Doney was selected as the DES PTO’s Volunteer of the Month for February, 2018. Jodi currently serves on the PTO Board as a Vice President of the PTO as Volunteer Coordinator, a huge job! She also leads the Cultural Arts Committee and co-chairs the DES Spelling Bee. In the past, she has been the Chairperson for Geo Bee, Spelling Bee, SeaPerch and the School Play, as well as serving as Secretary for the PTO Board.

Jodi and her husband Dan have 5 children, with two of those kids currently at DES – Kate in Kindergarten and Danny in 5th grade. Jodi works as a nurse at Anne Arundel Medical Center. She’s certainly busy, but always finds the time to help in so many ways. We thank Jodi for her great attitude, her time, and her willingness to jump in. Thank you Jodi for all that you do!

PTO Meeting Summary
The DES PTO Board meets monthly and hosts three general membership meetings each school year (next one is May 21st). We understand many people are busy and not able to attend. So, we’d like to let you know what is going on with a meeting summary from the PTO President. If you ever have questions, comments or ideas, e-mail them to any PTO Board member, attend a meeting, or drop a note in the PTO Suggestion box on the front table at school. You can also send an e-mail reply to the Gator Blast and we will direct the mail to the proper location.
See the PTO Summary March/April 2018 here

Public Service Announcements:

AACPS Thank-A-Teacher program is back
Take advantage of one of the many ways you can thank a teacher this week, and you can win prizes for teachers and schools! Visit www.aacps.org/thankateacher to find out all about the program. You can send Thank-A-Grams to individual teachers, make a donation, or take part in the 24-Hour Teacher Appreciation Facebook Challenge by nominating your favorite teacher between noon on Thursday and noon on Friday. See the flier for more.
See the 2018 Thank A Teacher flier here

Parent Showcase for ALPS programs at CMS Tuesday
Come learn more about opportunities for advanced and gifted learners in AACPS at this Advanced Learner Programs (ALPs) event for the South River Cluster. Held on Tuesday, May 8th, from 6:30-7:30 at Central Middle School. This event is intended for all parents who want to know more about Advanced Learner Programs in grades 3-8. RSVP’s requested, so to register, visit this link. For more info., contact Don Counts, Coordinator of Advanced Learning, PreK-12 at: dcounts@aacps.org.
See the ALPS program flier here


DES PTO Gator Blast
Mid-Week Mail, May 2, 2018
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Let the County Council hear
your thoughts on school budget revisions.
See information below.

Still to Come This Week: 
Thursday, May 3: Engineering Club meets, 8:15 am
Friday, May 4: Tennis program held afterschool
Friday, May 4: Superstar Kids Fitness program at 8:15 am

A Look Ahead: 
Monday, May 7-Friday, May 11: Teacher Appreciation Week at DES, details below
Monday, May 7: Wear your teacher’s favorite color
Tuesday, May 8: PTO Board meeting, 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 10: Hearing on AACPS Budget, 7 pm Arundel Center, details below
Friday, May 11: Muffins for Moms, 8:15 am
Friday, May 11: Gator Gallop Bib pick-up at DES cafeteria, 4-8 pm (must pick up)
Saturday, May 12: Gator Gallop 5K/1 Mile Run/Fun Run, 8 am
Monday, May 14: Hearing on AACPS Budget, 7 pm North County HS, details below
Friday, May 18: Recess Relay at DES
Monday, May 21: PTO General Membership Meeting 7 pm
Tuesday, May 22: Spring Chorus Concert at DES, 6:30 pm
Tuesday, May 29: Spring Strings Concert at DES, 6:30 pm

Here’s the News:

Spring Gator Gear has been extended – Last Chance!
Thank you for showing your school spirit and purchasing Gator Gear this Spring. Please place your orders by 5 pm on Friday, May 4th. You may order online at www.swagdog.com/c-306-davidsonville-elementary-school.aspx or send your order into the office by Friday.
See the DES FIeld Day shirt order form here

Revised school budget has been announced
We need your voice!
Plan to attend a Public Budget Hearing May 10th or May 14th
It seems the news is not great for the proposed budget requested for 2019 by AACPS. Changes have now been proposed by County Executive Steve Schuh that drastically alter many of the goals that had been put forward by the School Board and Superintendent Arlotto. They had asked for more teachers to reduce class sizes, more counselors, more special education teachers, and more projects and personnel just to keep up. As an example of the revisions, AACPS had asked for funding for 106 additional teaching positions to help with higher enrollment. The response from Schuh funded zero of these positions. Read the impact statement for yourself to see the original requests, and the adjustments from Schuh. It is attached below.

If this concerns you, disappoints you, or leaves you with questions, we urge you to attend one of the upcoming community hearings with the County Council as they move forward with the approval process. The Council holds the power to add funding back into the budget, or they could approve it as it stands. This may be your ONLY chance to let them know how you feel. DES would love to have a large group of parents attend and speak out. We especially urge you to go to the North County High School event on Monday, May 14th at 7 pm as there is more space at that venue.

The County Council will conduct hearings on the following dates:
7 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at the Arundel Center, 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis.
7 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 2018, at North County H.S., 10 E. First Avenue, Glen Burnie.
Those wishing to speak can sign up beginning at 6 p.m. Speakers will be allotted two minutes each. The Council will take input from the hearings and other information it gathers before adopting its FY2019 operating and capital budgets no later than June 15th.

If you cannot attend, please consider calling or e-mailing members of the County Council. Visit this page for their contact information.For more info. on the entire budget process, visit this link.
See the AACPS Budget Impact statement here

Reminder: Teacher Appreciation events need your help
Your PTO and volunteers have planned meals, treats, raffles, gifts, and more to celebrate our fantastic teachers & staff. Donations and volunteer help are still needed, please contact Lisa Gebbia at lisa.gebbia@gmail.com.
Here’s the plan for Teacher Appreciation Week:
Monday, May 7: Wear your teacher’s favorite color
Tuesday, May 8: Bring in your teacher’s favorite snack or food
Wednesday, May 9: Complete the “I Think You Are Super” template for teachers and staff (attached below)
Thursday, May 10: Donate any needed school supplies to your teacher
Friday, May 11: Wear green to show your Gator pride!
See the Teacher Appreciation Week flier here
See the “I Think You’re Super” Template here

Public Service Announcements:

Davidsonville area Pre-Kindergarten is hiring
The South County Pre-K Co-op is hiring for the first time in 30 years! To find out more about this special opportunity, please visit www.davidsonvilleprek.com. Application deadline is May 4th.

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