Gator Blast Archive, May 2019

DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of May 27-31, 2019 

For Tuesday:
Visiting Author book orders due.
“Stop the Bleed” program at 6:30.
PTO Membership Meeting at 7:30.

Coming Up This Week:
Tuesday, May 28: Parent Program Series:Stop the Bleed,” 6:30pm, details below
Tuesday, May 28: PTO General Membership Meeting, 7:30pm
Tuesday, May 28 & Wednesday, May 29: Talent Show tryouts, 4-5:30pm at DES
Wednesday, May 29: 5th Grade Picnic at Sandy Point
Friday, May 31: Field Day at DES

A Look Ahead:
Monday, June 3: Donuts With Dads, 8:15-9:15am
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
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
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:

PTO General Membership Meeting Tuesday evening
All DES PTO members are encouraged to attend the General Membership Meeting (GMM) set for Tuesday, May 28th at 7:30 pm in the Media Center. Elections for the 2019/2020 PTO Board will take place (see the slate in last week’s Blast), there will be a short meeting, a general review of the past year and any future plans. We would love to have you there! Be sure to check out the parent presentation of “Stop the Bleed” the at 6:30, prior to the GMM.

Please RSVP so we know how many to expect
Parent Program teaches you how to help in an emergency
The DES PTO is pleased to present the third parent program of the school year on Tuesday, May 28th at 6:30 pm. “Stop the Bleed” is popular nationwide because it trains participants to respond in a crisis/emergency situation that may involve injury.  Learning these few techniques could save a life whether at work or in the community. The program will be held at DES at 6:30 pm, with the PTO General Membership meeting following at 7:30 pm. If you plan to attend, click here for a quick RSVP.

Send in the form for early dismissals & visitors
DES Field Day is Friday
Field Day is always a fun day at DES! Students wear their Field Day shirts (arriving this week) or their class colors. Parents are asked to please send along water bottles for their students, as well as to apply sunscreen at home prior to school. Lunches can be picnic style in the cafeteria and gym, so parents can bring along a blanket. The schedule is as follows:
Field Day 3-5 graders – 9:45-11:45 am
Lunch for 3-5 graders – 11:45-12:15 pm
Lunch for K-2 graders – 12:30-1:00 pm
Field Day K-2 graders – 1:00-3:00 pm
A form from the school was sent home last week about Field Day procedures this year for visitors and early dismissals. Remember to fill it out and send it in before Friday if you are an adult planning on attending Field Day, or if you are a parent planning to take your student home from Field Day. If you didn’t get a form, contact the school office.

Send in your Box Tops, please
Thank you to all who sent in Box Tops for Education. To show our appreciation, we will be handing out freezer pops at field day. Keep sending in your Box Tops before school ends and keep collecting over the summer. Please keep in mind the following when sending them in:
· 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)
Thanks to everyone in advance for your full cooperation. If you have any questions please contact program chair: jinnap@yahoo.com. There are big changes coming to the Box Top program soon. You can visit www.btfe.com for more details.

Get an autographed book – orders due by Tuesday this week
Children’s book author visits next Monday
Author Rachelle Burk will be visiting DES on Monday, June 3rd. She is the author of many books for children of all ages and we are happy to have her with us for this year’s Author’s Week. Ms. Burk will be reading books and speaking with students in three assemblies that day. Here are the times so you don’t miss it:
Kindergarten & 1st Grades: 10:30-11:30
2nd & 4th Grades: 11:45-12:45
3rd & 5th Grades: 2:50-3:50
Parents, you can purchase books ahead of time and have them autographed by the author. Check out the order form to see which books are being focused on for each grade’s assembly. New order deadline of Tuesday, May 28th so we can be sure to have those books signed and delivered for your students.
See the Guest Author Book 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.

Reminders:

Get your School Supplies online!
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 don’t put classroom supplies on their lists, but  still need things like tissues, soap, and more. Each grade has an optional list so we can purchase those items as well if desired. Ordering ends June 7.
See the 2019 DES School Supply order form here

Always a wonderful event
Register for the Volunteer Breakfast June 6
DES students and staff invite you to attend a 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 June 3rd online at this link or by an email to Pat Appel.

Donuts with Dad is June 3rd
DES loves 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. Also. you must remain with your children until 9:15 or leave them with a responsible adult friend. 

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of May 20-24, 2019 

No school for Kindergarten Monday & Tuesday
Beginner Strings Concert Thursday

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, May 20-Tuesday, May 21: Kindergarten Conferences, No school K only
Monday, May 20-Wednesday, May 22: Grade 4 Field Trip to Arlington Echo
Tuesday, May 21: Kindergarten Orientation, 2pm
Thursday, May 23: Beginner’s String Concert at DES, 6:30pm

A Look Ahead:
Monday, May 27: NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 28: PTO General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, May 28 & Wednesday, May 29: Talent Show tryouts, 4-5:30pm at DES
Wednesday, May 29: 5th Grade Picnic at Sandy Point
Friday, May 31: Field Day at DES
Monday, June 3: Donuts With Dads, 8:15-9:15am
Tuesday, June 4: Rehearsal for DES Talent Show at SRHS, 5pm
Wednesday, June 5: DES Talent Show at SRHS, 6:30pm
Thursday, June 6: Cultural Arts school assembly, BMX biking
Thursday, June 6: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at DES, 9:30 am, details below

Here’s the News:

School Supply ordering is open now
Did you know you can order ALL of your school supplies for next year RIGHT NOW at home in just a few minutes? The PTO is once again offering online School Supply ordering. All the lists have been assembled for you, so pick your grades, make the order, and your student’s supplies will be waiting on their desks when they meet the teacher before next school year starts! Amazing! 

Note that teachers no longer may put classroom supplies on their lists, but we think they still need things like tissues, hand sanitizer, and more. So, each grade has an optional list included so everyone can purchase those items as well. Thank you so much. Let us know if you have any problems ordering.
See the 2019 DES School Supply order form here

Stop The Bleed program coming to DES
May 28th Parent Program can help to save a life
The DES PTO is pleased to present the third parent program of the school year on Tuesday, May 28th at 6:30 pm. “Stop the Bleed” is a popular program nationwide because it trains participants to respond in a crisis/emergency situation that may involve injury.  Learning these few techniques could save a life whether at work or in the community. We are hoping many of you join us to learn some of this important information. The program will be held at DES at 6:30 pm, with the PTO General Membership meeting following at 7:30 pm. If you would like to attend, click here for a quick RSVP.

Reminders:

Last chance for the fundraising survey
Thank you SO much to all of you that have filled out the fundraising survey. The response has been great! Before we shut it down, we’d like to offer everyone one more invitation to complete the survey and give us your opinions on fundraising by the DES PTO. We are reading your responses and hope to have a summary to offer at the May 28th PTO General Membership Meeting. You can find the survey here: DES PTO Fundraising Survey 2019

Field Day T-shirts available thru Wednesday
Field Day is coming up at DES on Friday, May 31st and you can order your t-shirt now online. All field day T-shirt orders need to be received by Wednesday, May 22. Cost is $5 per shirt. Order online today at this link.

Register for the Volunteer Breakfast June 6
DES students and staff invite you to attend a 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 June 3rd online at this link or by an email to Pat Appel.

Donuts with Dad is June 3rd
Join us 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. Also. you must remain with your children until 9:15 or leave them with a responsible adult friend. 

In Recognition:
Volunteer of the Month for April
Rebecca Brunelle
The DES PTO is pleased to announce that Rebecca Brunelle has been selected as the Volunteer of the Month for April, 2019. We asked her for a brief bio of herself, so in her own words:

“We were new to DES last year and I was overwhelmed with the number of volunteer opportunities. I love the level of parent involvement and staff support. Last year, I participated in the I Read, You Read Program. For the past two years, I’ve volunteered on the Social Committee, helping with the Fall Social, Muffins with Mom, and Donuts with Dad. I helped manage 3rd graders for last year’s play Madagascar Jr. and this year took on a more active role as co-stage manager for Peter Pan Jr. I really enjoyed that experience. Finally, I volunteer for the fall and spring Book Fairs. This year, I became a chairperson and will be taking over the event side of things next year as my mentor Melissa Allen says good-bye to DES.

I live in Riva/Annapolis Landing (BEST neighborhood ever!) with my husband, Jon and twin 9 year-old boys Aden and Alex. When I’m not volunteering, I enjoy walking with friends (Hi Lisa!) and spending time with my family. Sadly, next year is our last at DES, I look forward to making it a memorable one!”

The DES PTO salutes the fantastic volunteer spirit you have Rebecca! Thanks for jumping in all over the place and helping to make DES more special every day.

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Midweek Mail, May 15, 2019

It’s Carnival Time at the Spring Social!

Still to Come this Week:
Friday, May 17: Spring Social for grades 2-5, 6:00-8:00 pm, details below
Friday, May 17: Deadline to order Gator Gear online, details below

Here’s the News:

It’s the DES Spring Social
Are you ready to dance? Then LET’S GO!
OK then. All registrations are in and we are getting ready to party with your students on Friday night, from 6 to 8pm. Parents, enter through bus loop doors to check in your students and at the 8:00 pick-up, too. Students will be served pizza, water, and a dessert. There’s music, dancing, games, and all the fun you can handle! Hey parents, looks like we could use a few more folks to help with clean-up if you can. Visit the sign-up here.
Note: There will be NO registrations at the event. Registrations are being collated and you should be sent a confirmation e-mail. If you don’t receive an e-mail by Thursday evening and aren’t sure your form made it in, drop a line to: social@despto.org.

Get a signed book for your student
Children’s book author coming to DES
The PTO is excited to announce that author Rachelle Burk will be visiting DES on Monday, June 3rd. She is the author of many books for children of all ages and we are happy to have her with us for this year’s Author’s Week. Ms. Burk will be reading books and speaking with students in three assemblies that day. Here are the times so you don’t miss it:
Kindergarten & 1st Grades: 10:30-11:30
2nd & 4th Grades: 11:45-12:45
3rd & 5th Grades: 2:50-3:50

Parents, you can purchase books ahead of time and have them autographed by the author. Check out the order form to see which books are being focused on for each grade’s assembly. Get your order form in by Friday, May 24th so we can be sure to have those books signed and delivered for your students. See details on the form.
See the Guest Author Book Order Form here

Your PTO is listening…
Would you please take a quick survey about fundraising?
The fundraising committee is already planning for next year and before things really get going, they would very much appreciate getting some opinions from you, the parents of DES. So, we set up a quick survey, and you just have to answer 10-12 questions and share some thoughts. It will help SO much with understanding what people want to see (or don’t want to see) when it comes to school fundraising! Speak up please, we are ready to listen. Thanks so much!
You can find the survey here: DES PTO Fundraising Survey 2019

Reminders:

Gator Gear online orders due Friday
Support your DES Gator and look stylish doing it. Orders may be placed online until May 17thPlace your order online here. Delivery will be during the last week of May.
See the Spring 2019 Gator Gear flier here

Field Day T-shirts ready to order
Field Day is coming up at DES on Friday, May 31st and you can order your t-shirt now online. All field day T-shirt orders need to be received by Wednesday, May 22. Cost is $5 per shirt. Order online today at this link.

Register for the Volunteer Breakfast June 6
DES students and staff invite you to attend a 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 June 3rd online at this link or by an email to Pat Appel.

Donuts with Dad is June 3rd
Join us 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. Also. you must remain with your children until 9:15 or leave them with a responsible adult friend. 

Public Service Announcements:

Quacks for Backpacks at Homestead this Sunday
The 6th Annual Quacks for Backpacks Duck Races & Family Carnival will be held on Sunday, May 19th, from 11 am to 4 pm. Come to Homestead Gardens and enjoy face painting, a rubber duck decoration contest, live music, food, and more. Admission is free. Ducks in the races have been sponsored with donations by families and businesses. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club’s Bountiful Backpack program that provides weekend food supplies to up to 150 needy elementary school kids in South Anne Arundel County during the school year.

Summer Art Camps at DES!!
This summer, Abrakadoodle will  be hosting their popular summer art camps at Davidsonville Elementary school in partnership with Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks. All camps are 9 am-3 pm Monday to Friday, for ages 6-12. You can see more details on the flier or visit them online.
See the 2019 Abrakadoodle Art Camp flier here

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of May 13-17, 2019 

Spring Social is happening this Friday!
Grade 5 PARCC testing this week

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, May 13: Deadline to sign up for Talent Show, details below
Monday, May 13: PTO Board meeting, 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 15: Gator Gear orders due, online orders by Friday, details below
Wednesday, May 15: Board of Education meeting, 10am, see agenda online
Friday, May 17: Spring Social for grades 2-5, 6-8pm, details below

A Look Ahead:
Monday, May 20-Tuesday, May 21: Kindergarten Conferences, No school K only
Monday, May 20-Wednesday, May 22: Grade 4 Field Trip to Arlington Echo
Tuesday, May 21: Kindergarten Orientation, 2pm
Thursday, May 23: Beginner’s String Concert at DES, 6:30pm
Monday, May 27: NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 28: PTO General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, May 28 & Wednesday, May 29: Talent Show tryouts, 4-5:30pm at DES
Wednesday, May 29: 5th Grade Picnic at Sandy Point
Friday, May 31: Field Day at DES
Monday, June 3: Donuts With Dads
Tuesday, June 4: Rehearsal for DES Talent Show at SRHS, 5pm
Wednesday, June 5: DES Talent Show at SRHS, 6:30pm
Thursday, June 6: Cultural Arts school assembly
Thursday, June 6: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at DES, 9:30 am, details below

Here’s the News:

Spring Social – Sign-up by Wednesday
The exciting Spring Carnival Social for 2nd thru 5th graders will be held this Friday, 6-8 pm at DES.
All registrations are due by Wednesday, and no late sign-ups will be taken. So, send in the form with $5 per student payment in an envelope marked “Spring Social.” The evening will be full of fun with music, dancing, games, food, and lots of friends around. Please note there will be no drop-offs, you must come sign in your students. Pick-ups will also require adults to come inside. Entrance is thru bus loop doors. We look forward to seeing you at the final big party of the year! If you can volunteer at the event, let us know on the form or you can sign-up online at this link.
See the 2019 Spring Social flier here

Field Day T-shirts ready to order
Field Day is coming up at DES on Friday, May 31st and you can order your t-shirt now online. Congratulations to Kinsey Smith from Mrs. Kahl’s 5th grade class for this year’s winning DES Field Day T-shirt design. Thank you to all students who entered the competition. All field day T-shirt orders need to be received by Wednesday, May 22. Cost is $5 per shirt. Order online today at this link.

Aloha all DES Volunteers!
DES students and staff invite you to attend a 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 June 3rd online at this link or by an email to Pat Appel.

It’s time to celebrate Fathers with Donuts with Dad
Join us Monday June 3rd from 8:15am-9:15am in the cafeteria. Click this link to RSVP. Please include the total number in attendance. This will help us plan for food. It will also allow the office to print badges ahead of time and speed up the check-in process. Reminders: Do not park in faculty/staff spots the morning of the event. Also. you must remain with your children until 9:15 or leave them with a responsible adult friend. 

Reminders:

Sign up for the Talent Show by Monday, May 13th
The DES Talent Show is set for June 5th, and we can’t wait to see our amazing Gators show off their talents!  Send in the form to take part in the show, see details in the flier.  Permission forms are due back by May 13th, that’s tomorrow! We are looking for a few more volunteers to help with the performance, rehearsal, and tryouts!  If you are able to help in any way, please e-mail cathymanofsky@gmail.com.
See the 2019 DES Talent Show flier here

Summer Gator Gear is here! Orders due this week
Check out the order form attached to see some of the great new items we have ready for you and your DES family! Support your DES Gator and look stylish doing it. Orders may be placed online until May 17th. If you prefer to use a paper form, it must be received in the DES office by May 15th. Place your order online here. Delivery will be during the last week of May.
See the Spring 2019 Gator Gear flier here

Second county budget hearing Monday
A reminder that the second of two public hearings on the proposed AA County budget will be held on Monday evening at North County High School. This information is shared in hopes that many DES parents will get involved in the budget process and stay informed. Thanks to those who attended last week’s hearing. The budget proposals so far include requests for additional teachers countywide, and we want to make sure the County Council knows how important this issue is to us at DES, and ensure that funding for the additional positions is included in the final budget.
Monday, May 13, 2019 – 7:00-11:00 pm
North County High School, 10 East 1st Ave Glen Burnie, MD

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Happy Almost Friday!

We just wanted to share a couple of things with you all.

 1. If you are attending Muffins for Moms tomorrow morning at 8:15, please know that we’ve had an overwhelming response for this event and parking may be a bit of a complication. 

The school asks that you please try to NOT park in the teacher spots in the front lot. It would be unfortunate for our teaching staff to be unable to find parking, or have to park on the main road (especially during Teacher Appreciation Week). So, if you’re coming, think of carpooling, or parking on the main road. Thanks for your help with this.

2. The County Budget Hearing is tonight and the PTO has only heard from a handful of you that are planning to attend. We are really hoping that more DES families will show up to represent the school, present opinions on class sizes and staffing, and to encourage the County Council to approve a budget that would allow for the recommended increase in teachers for Anne Arundel County. You can find more details in the last few editions of the Gator Blast and links to online information as well.

We would love to have you there tonight at 7:00 pm to stand with the DES PTO! Thank you.

Thursday, May 9, 2019
Budget Hearing
7:00pm – 11:00pm
Arundel Center – County Council Chambers,
44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Midweek Mail, May 8, 2019

Teacher Appreciation Week
County Budget hearings
Muffins for Moms
Gator Gallop!

Still to Come this Week:
Thursday, May 9: County Budget Hearing, 7-11pm, details below
Friday, May 10: Muffins for Momsdetails below
Friday, May 10: Gator Gallop Race bib pick-up at DES cafeteria, 4-8pm
Saturday, May 11: Gator Gallop, 8am at DAA Park, details below

 Here’s the News:

Please lend your support!
Join us at the county budget hearing Thursday
You’ve seen details in recent Blasts about the upcoming County Budget hearings. Your PTO will be sending a representative, and a group of supportive DES parents to tomorrow’s event to advocate for more teachers and smaller class sizes in the AA County budget for fiscal year 2020. 

DES is potentially losing a teacher position next year, which would increase class sizes (primarily for next year’s 4th graders), make us say goodbye to one of our teachers, and is not what anyone wants to happen. The budget proposals so far include requests for additional teachers countywide, and we want to make sure the County Council knows how important this issue is to us at DES, and ensure that funding for the additional positions is included in the final budget.

We are asking DES parents to join us tomorrow night, at 7:00 pm at the Arundel Center (info. below). If you’d like to speak at the hearing, sign-ups begin at 6 pm.  You don’t have to speak, but we’d love to have your presence. This is the time to stand up about issues that matter to you. If you can’t make it tomorrow, there’s another hearing on Monday at North County HS. Any questions? Contact PTO President Carrie Groff at cagroff@comcast.netNote: there will also be discussion on other budget issues at these events.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 – 7:00-11:00 pm
Arundel Center, County Council Chambers, 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, 21401
Monday, May 13, 2019 – 7:00-11:00 pm
North County High School 10 East 1st Ave Glen Burnie, MD

Can you feel the love?
Teacher Appreciation Week continues at DES!!
Our teachers & staff are out of this world! Many students have been showing their thanks all week long and the fun continues as the PTO and volunteers offer a great lunch, dessert treats, raffles, and more. Like your teacher? Show them! And don’t forget, you can send your favorite teachers a Thank-A-Gram from the AACPS website at this link.
Thursday 5/9: Wear your teacher’s favorite color
Friday 5/10: Wear green, or your Gator Gallop t-shirt, to show your Gator pride

Sign up for the Talent Show by May 13th
The DES Talent Show is set for June 5th, and we can’t wait to see our amazing Gators show off their talents!  Send in the form to take part in the show, see details in the flier.  Permission forms are due back by May 13th. We are looking for a few more volunteers to help with the performance, rehearsal, and tryouts!  If you are able to help in any way, please e-mail cathymanofsky@gmail.com.
See the 2019 DES Talent Show flier here

Summer Gator Gear is here!!!
Have you gotten your Gator Gear yet this year? Well, what are you waiting for? We have some new items for you to select from when you support your favorite DES Gators! Orders may be placed online until May 17th. If you prefer to use a paper form, it must be received in the DES office by May 15th. Place your order online here. Delivery will be during the last week of May.
See the Spring 2019 Gator Gear flier here

In Recognition:
Volunteer of the Month for March
Victoria Murno
The  DES PTO has selected Victoria Murno as the Volunteer of the Month for March, 2019. The Ramos-Murno family moved from Centreville, Virginia to Riva and started at DES in January of 2014. Agustin and Victoria have been married for 18 years, and together they have 2 kids and a dog. Daughter Micaela is a sophomore at Archbishop Spalding High School, and Lucas is a 5th grader at DES. (The dog’s name is Lizzie.) Victoria is a stay-at home-mom who enjoys walking with friends, paddle boarding, and hosting impromptu gatherings. 

Throughout her years at DES, Victoria has helped with most (if not all) of the Gator Gamble auction events, Teacher Luncheons, chaperoning Field Trips, Teacher Appreciation Week, Book Fair, Field Day ,and now with the Sea Perch program.

Victoria commented, “Thanks for the recognition. What a nice way of saying goodbye to DES!” We will miss having your smiling face around Victoria! And thank you for all that you’ve done to help make so many things happen at Davidsonville Elementary School.

Reminders:

Muffins for Moms is Friday
In honor of Mother’s Day, join us for a breakfast event in the DES cafeteria this Friday from 8:15 to 9:15 am. Please take a moment to let us know if you’re coming. It’s easy to just click over to the Sign-Up online here. We welcome all moms and other special women friends along with their students. 

Gator Gallop is Saturday! Bib pick-up Friday
Come on out this Saturday morning, to DAA Park (3042 Patuxent River Rd). The first event begins at 8am, but you can come for the warm-up at the pavilion a bit earlier. If you registered for the Gator Gallop, pick up your race bib on Friday, 4-8 pm at DES. If you didn’t register, come out Saturday morning and cheer on the racers! Signs will direct participants to events. Questions? E-mail: gatorgallopdes@gmail.comLet’s go Gallop!!

Have you signed up for the Spring Social yet?
Set for Friday, May 17th from 6-8 pm at DES, the Spring Social will be a Carnival theme! Students in grades 2-5 can enjoy dancing, a DJ, pizza, refreshments, games, and more. Parents, send in registration forms with $5 per student. Mark envelope for Spring Social. Register by May 15th, there will be NO late registration. If you can volunteer at the event, let us know on the form or you can sign-up online at this link.
See flier/registration form attached

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of May 6-10, 2019 

We LOVE our Staff at DES!!
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week.
Muffins for Moms & Gator Gallop, too!

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, May 6: National Nurse Appreciation Day
Monday-Friday, May 6-10: 
Teacher Appreciation Week, details below
Tuesday, May 7: Spring Concert-Advanced Strings, Band, Chorus at SRHS, 6:30pm
Wednesday, May 8: 5th Grade Field Trip
Thursday, May 9: County Budget Hearing, 7-11pm, details below
Friday, May 10: Muffins for Momsdetails below
Friday, May 10: Gator Gallop Race bib pick-up at DES cafeteria, 4-8pm
Saturday, May 11: Gator Gallop, 8am at DAA Park, details below

A Look Ahead:
Monday, May 13: PTO Board meeting
Friday, May 17:
Spring Social for grades 2-5, 6-8pm, details below
Monday, May 20-Tuesday, May 21: Kindergarten Conferences, No school K only
Tuesday, May 21: Kindergarten Orientation, 2pm
Thursday, May 23: Beginner’s String Concert at DES
Monday, May 27: NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 28: PTO General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, May 28 & Wednesday, May 29: Talent Show tryouts, 4-5:30pm at DES
Wednesday, May 29: 5th Grade Picnic at Sandy Point
Friday, May 31: Field Day at DES
Monday, June 3: Donuts for Dads
Tuesday, June 4: Rehearsal for DES Talent Show at SRHS, 5pm
Wednesday, June 5: DES Talent Show at SRHS, 6:30pm
Thursday, June 6: Cultural Arts school assembly
Thursday, June 6: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at DES, 9:30 am, details to come

Here’s the News:

Our DES Teachers and Staff Are Out of this World!
Teacher Appreciation Week is here! The week of May 6th we are celebrating our DES teachers and staff who are always on a mission to go above and beyond the call of duty to make our school out of this world! Your PTO and volunteers have planned meals, treats, raffles, gifts, and more! Here’s the plan:
Monday 5/6: Bring your teacher’s favorite flower
Tuesday 5/7: Complete the “You Are Out of this World” template for teachers and staff (attached below)
Wednesday 5/8: Bring your teacher’s favorite snack
Thursday 5/9: Wear your teacher’s favorite color
Friday 5/10: Wear green, or your Gator Gallop t-shirt, to show your Gator pride
We still need a few more volunteers to bring food this week, please consider signing up to help:
·  Teacher Appreciation Week – Food Preparation Help

Muffins for Moms is Friday
It’s time to celebrate Mother’s Day with our annual Muffins for Mom event. All moms or other female family & friends are invited to enjoy a breakfast event with pastries, refreshments and other breakfast fare on Friday May 10th from 8:15 am-9:15 am in the cafeteria. Come chat with others and enjoy a bite before school while making your student feel special. Please click this link to RSVP online. Include the total number in attendance. This will allow the office to print badges ahead of time.

Gator Gallop is this Saturday!
It’s finally here – The Gallopers take off on Saturday morning at DAA Park (3042 Patuxent River Rd). If you registered, be sure to pick up your race bib on Friday evening at DES from 4-8 pm. If you didn’t register, you can still come out and cheer on the racers! It’s a super fun morning outdoors. Parking is available at the park. Meet at the pavilion for the pre-race warm up. Signs will direct participants to the start of the 5K, 1 mile and fun run. If you have questions, email: gatorgallopdes@gmail.com. See the schedule below for details.
Friday, May 10th:
4:00 – 8:00 pm bib pickup at DES cafeteria (no race day pickup will be available)

Saturday, May 11th:
8:00 am: 5K run start
9:00 am: 1 mile run start
9:20 am: 100 yard gallop start
9:30 am: Chase the Mascot
9:40 am: Post-race refreshments

Gators got talent – Sign-ups open now
Volunteers needed for Talent Show
The DES Talent Show will be June 5, 2019, and we can’t wait to see our amazing Gators show off their talents!  Send in the form to take part in the show, all the details are in the attached flier.  Permission forms are due back by May 13th. We are looking for a few more volunteers to help with the performance, rehearsal, and tryouts!  If you are able to help in any way, please e-mail cathymanofsky@gmail.com.
See the 2019 DES Talent Show flier here

Spring Social is May 17th for 2nd-5th grade students
It’s Spring Carnival Time at the DES Spring Social!  Set for Friday, May 17th from 6-8 pm at DES, it’s going to be fun, fun, fun! Students in grades 2-5 can enjoy an evening of dancing to tunes spun by a DJ, pizza, refreshments, games, and more. Parents, send in registration forms with $5 per student. Mark envelope for Spring Social. Forms due by May 15th, there will be NO late registration, so plan ahead. Check the form for details on check-in & pick-ups. If you can volunteer at the event, please let us know on the form or you can sign-up online at this link.
DES Spring Social 2019See the 2019 Spring Social flier here

Public Service Announcements:

AACPS helps recognize teachers for Appreciation Week
You can visit this page online to find many ways you can reach out and thank a teacher. From messages, to donations, and stories about great AACPS teachers, you can share the love with everyone by visiting this link. Sending a Thank-A-Gram qualifies a teacher for prize drawings too!

Proposed budget presented by County Executive Pittman
The County Executive’s office has released the proposed budget for fiscal year 2020. There are many items relevant to school planning & funding within the budget. If you’d like to learn more, visit this link where you can read the remarks and the budget as it has been put forward. 

If you want to learn more about the budget originally requested by the AA County Board of Education, you can visit this link. (For school budgeting, the sequence is: Superintendent to Board of Education to County Executive to County Council and back to Board of Ed for adoption.)

The County Council has 45 days to review and make changes to the budget as proposed and they will seek public input. If you have an opinion about school funding, would like to speak on the topic, or want to learn more, you should attend one of the Public Hearing events. If you cannot attend, you can visit this link to contact your County Council representative.
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Budget Hearing
7:00pm – 11:00pm
Arundel Center – County Council Chambers, 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Details: Proposed BOE and General County Budget

Monday, May 13, 2019
Budget Hearing
7:00pm – 11:00pm
North County High School 10 East 1st Ave Glen Burnie, MD
Details: Proposed BOE and General County Budget

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