Gator Blast Archive Oct. 2017

DES PTO Gator Blast E-mail
Week of October 30-November 3, 2017
 

  Boo!  It’s Halloween Week!  

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, Oct. 30: Drownproofing program for 5th graders
Tuesday, Oct. 31: Halloween Parties & Parade, School-wide parade at 10am
Thursday, Nov. 2: Second Grade field trip
Thursday, Nov. 2: STEM Middle School Info. night at Central Middle, 6:30-8pm

A Look Ahead:
Sunday, Nov. 5: Daylight Savings Time ends, turn clocks back one hour
Monday, Nov. 6: PVA Middle School Info. night at Bates Middle, 6:30-8pm
Monday, Nov. 6: Third Grade field trip
Friday, Nov. 10: Fall Book Fair begins at DES with an Ice Cream Social evening event
Monday, Nov. 13: American Education Week Parent Visit day, 10 am – 2 pm
Monday, Nov 13: Second Marking period begins

 Here’s the News:

Reminder: Halloween Schedules
Tuesday, October 31st is Halloween at DES! First, we will enjoy the school-wide Parade around the school starting at 10:00 am. Parents & younger siblings are welcome to gather outside the school and watch as the students will all walk around the building twice. Next up are the Class Parties, always a big hit! We have a schedule and we ask you to remember that for the later parties, you will need to have your car out of the bus loop parking lot in time for the buses to arrive.

Here is the Class Party schedule:
Kindergarten: 12:00-1:00
1st Grade: 1:40-2:40
2nd Grade: 2:30-3:30
3rd Grade: 2:00-3:00
4th Grade: 2:40-3:40
5th Grade: 2:00-3:00

Have you been doing your reading?
Remember to turn in completed October Book It calendars this week! In case you misplaced your copy, the October calendar is attached. The November Book It calendar is also attached for you to print at home and have your child log his or her reading in November. Children that participate in the Book It program every month will be invited to a Kona Ice party at the end of the year!
See the October Book It Calendar here
See the November Book It Calendar here

5th Grade Parents-Time to Send in some pictures
We told you to start looking for baby pictures. The yearbook committee is now collecting those from 5th grade families, along with a current photo of your choice, as well as sentiments – all for the yearbook this year. Submissions will be made online and are due by November 30th. See the flier for all the details on how to do it and where to go. PLEASE try and get these in by the deadline. This special section of the book takes some time to prepare. Any questions, e-mail desgatorsyearbook@gmail.com. Thank you.
See the 5th Grade family yearbook item flier here

Speaking of yearbooks…
Have you ordered yours yet?  Remember to order your DES Yearbook for this school year. The sooner you order, the more it helps it all come together. The cost is $18 for a non-personalized book. There are extra items available. Go ahead and get it done today! Ordering is online at: http://www.yearbookforever.com. All of the directions are included on the flier. For any questions, contact Steph Brooks at: tobgr8ful@gmail.com.
See flier online

Public Service Announcements:

Parent Involvement
The Superintendent’s Parent Involvement Advisory Council (PIAC) for Anne Arundel County Public Schools is an organization designed to represent the families in this cluster. The Council’s task is to advise the Superintendent on parent involvement issues ranging from policy to implementation. One of the PIAC representatives for our cluster is Davidsonville Elementary School parent Jerry Esper. If you have any issues that concern parent involvement in the schools, you can contact Mr. Esper at PIACSouthRiver@gmail.com or any DES PTO Board member who can forward information for you to the PIAC. Thank you.

Note: Due to a change with the e-mail distribution provider, the Gator Blast could look a little different next week. We’re not sure if you’ll notice much change (we hope not), but just wanted to let you all know.

 

DES PTO Gator Blast
Midweek Mail, 10/25/17

 Come out Friday for an Evening of Family Fun!

Still to Come this Week:
Thursday & Friday, Oct. 26-27: Drownproofing program for 5th graders
Friday, Oct. 27: Celebrate 15 Magical Years at DES, movie night, 6pm details below

Here’s the News:

Come join the fun this Friday! 
Celebrate 15 Magical Years at DES with Outdoor Movie event
Current and past Davidsonville Elementary School families are invited to attend a special 15th anniversary celebration on the fields at DES this Friday evening, beginning at 6 pm. Enjoy snacks and hot chocolate while we all snuggle in to watch “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” on the field. Both the current DES building and the film we will see came to life in 2002. So, let’s have a party!

Everyone is encouraged to come dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character. Movie starts at 6:30. Bring your friends and family for a free, fun night out, and bring along blankets or chairs for yourselves. Muggles are welcome too.

Did you know that Friday, Oct. 27th will be Day 300 of this year? Cool…
See the DES 15th Celebration flier here

Last Days of the Kids Helping Kids Food Drive
It is the very last two days of our spectacular food drive at DES. Thursday’s theme is Campfire items- beans, chocolate, graham crackers, marshmallows, and more. Friday is wide open for any and all food items you can donate. Families have been so very generous again this year and every donation helps those in need. Together we can make amazing things happen!

Fall Gator Gear is here!
Thank you for showing your school spirit and purchasing Gator Gear this fall.  Most of the items were delivered on Monday. There are 20 orders that are still being processed and will deliver next week. If you do not receive your order by next week, or if there are any issues with your order,  please email jody@jodychristian.com.

Are you a PTO Member this year?
Did you forget to send in your PTO Membership form and payment, but meant to? We are offering a very last-minute, 2 day chance to join so that you don’t miss out. If you didn’t join the PTO you will not receive a copy of the Student Directory, and while your student will be listed, there will not be any contact information provided for your family. Fill out the form and send it along with payment into the office by this Friday (attn: PTO Membership) and we can add your info. to the Directory before we send it out next week. If you’re not sure if you joined, here’s your chance. Questions? E-mail Membership Chair Christina Feindt at: cfeindt@gmail.com. Thank you to the hundreds of families that have joined this year! And thanks also to all of the DES teachers and staff who have joined as well.

5th Grade Parents-Find your favorite baby pictures
Look for information in the upcoming Sunday Blast for submitting baby photos and sentiments for a special section of this year’s DES Yearbook. Start tracking down your favorite photo!

 

DES PTO Gator Blast E-mail
Week of October 23-27, 2017
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Don’t forget to send in those
Box Tops for Education this week!

Coming Up This Week: 
Thursday & Friday, Oct. 26-27: Drownproofing program for 5th graders
Friday, Oct. 27: Celebrate 15 Magical Years at DES, movie night, 6pm details below

A Look Ahead: 
Monday, Oct. 30: Drownproofing program for 5th graders
Tuesday, Oct. 31: Halloween Parties & Parade, School-wide parade at 10am
Thursday, Nov. 2: Second Grade field trip
Thursday, Nov. 2: STEM Middle School Info. night at Central Middle, 6:30-8pm
Sunday, Nov. 5: Daylight Savings Time ends, turn clocks back one hour
Monday, Nov. 6: PVA Middle School Info. night at Bates Middle, 6:30-8pm
​Thursday & Friday, Nov. 9-10: 2 Hour Early Dismissal

Check out the full calendar online at: www.despto.org/pto-event-calendar

Here’s the News:

Kids Helping Kids Food Drive finishes up this week
Thanks to all who have donated for your generosity and support! 
Week 4
Monday: “Super Snack” Monday – Donate healthy snacks
Tuesday: “Nutty” Tuesday – Donate nuts, seeds, and trail mixes
Wednesday: “Dairy” Wednesday – Donate shelf-stable milk, evaporated milk,
or infant formula
Thursday: “Campfire” Thursday – Donate campfire items like beans, baked beans,
marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers
Friday: TGIF – “Thank Goodness It’s Food” – Last day to bring in more food for
those in need!
Monetary donations are still being accepted and every dollar helps! All check donations are 100% tax deductible and should be made to Anne Arundel County Food Bank. Thank you.

Celebrate 15 Magical Years at DES with Movie event Friday
You are all cordially invited to an extra special Outdoor Movie Night at DES on Friday, October 27th at 6 pm. Tonight we recognize the 15 year anniversary of the school building that we all know and love. So, we will go back in time by watching “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” on the field at DES. Movie starts at 6:30, light snacks and hot chocolate provided. All students and their families are invited to attend and the whole event is free. Dress up as your favorite Harry Potter character! It will be a fun night for all! Contact Cory Samaras Griffeth at: csamaras@hotmail.com if interested in volunteering.
See flier attachedThank A Principal

October is National Principals Month!
Did you know there is a nationwide event that offers us all an opportunity to say “thank you” to Principals everywhere? As we honor their hard work and dedication, we encourage the entire DES family to recognize and show appreciation for the support our Principals provide to schools, staff, students, parents, and community.

The PTO would like to thank Principal Colleen Harris & Assistant Principal Stacy Levery. Your work is endless and we are so very grateful for your efforts. We are happy to have you here at DES!  #ThankAPrincipal

Halloween Parties coming soon!
Tuesday, October 31st is Halloween at DES! First, we will enjoy the school-wide Parade around the school starting at 10:00 am. Parents & younger siblings are welcome to gather outside the school and watch as the students will all walk around the buidling twice. Next up are the Class Parties, always a big hit! We have a schedule and we ask you to remember that for the later parties, you will need to have your car out of the bus loop parking lot in time for the buses to arrive.
Here is the Class Party schedule:
Kindergarten: 12:00-1:00
1st Grade: 1:40-2:40
2nd Grade: 2:30-3:30
3rd Grade: 2:00-3:00
4th Grade: 2:40-3:40
5th Grade: 2:00-3:00

Home Access to Databases announced
Coming home with each student on Wednesday will be a bright red brochure with information about how to access the school’s databases and e-books from home. Questions? Contact Mrs. Frank in the library at cmfrank@aacps.org Enjoy!

Order Your Yearbook – It’s online and it’s easy!
Go ahead and get this task off your to-do list. Order your DES Yearbook for 2017/2018 now! Ordering is online at: http://www.yearbookforever.com. All of the directions are included on the latest flier, which you can find online here. For any questions, contact Steph Brooks at: tobgr8ful@gmail.com.

In Recognition:
Volunteer of the Month for August
Nicole Gunhus​
Gunhus family
Nicole was named DES Volunteer of the Month for August. Nicole does a fabulous job leading the Garden Committee. If you have noticed any festive décor outside or beautiful landscaping around the school, she would be the mastermind.

She has served as Secretary of the PTO Board, and has also been the committee chair for the Teacher Luncheon & Hospitality Committee to rave reviews from a grateful staff! Nicole and her husband Jeff have 5 children, three currently attending DES. She is an avid tennis player, involved with Girl Scouts and various other community groups, and is an all-around wonderful person.

Nicole, we appreciate your helpful spirit, friendly nature, and warm smile!

Public Service Announcements:

Interested in Girl Scouts?
There is interest in forming a new Daisy troop for Kindergarten age girls this year. If you would like to find out more information, or sign up your student, send an email to:  su47placements@gmail.com. Thank you.

 

DES PTO Gator Blast E-mail
Week of October 16-20, 2017
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** Congratulations to Mrs. Akers **
DES Teacher of the Year!!!

Coming Up This Week: 
Monday, Oct. 16: Catalog fundraiser orders are due
Tuesday, Oct. 17: IB Middle School magnet info. night at Annapolis Middle, 6:30 pm
Wednesday, Oct. 18: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Thursday, Oct. 19: Parent-Teacher Conferences
Thursday & Friday, Oct. 19-20: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

A Look Ahead: 
Thursday & Friday, Oct. 26-27: Drownproofing program for 5th graders
Friday, Oct. 27: Celebrate DES 15th Anniv. w/ Harry Potter themed event
Monday, Oct. 30: Drownproofing program for 5th graders
Tuesday, Oct. 31: Halloween Parties & Parade, School-wide parade at 10 am

Check out the full calendar online at: www.despto.org/pto-event-calendar 

Here’s the News:

Kids Helping Kids Food Drive continues
Here is this week’s plan for donated items for the ongoing Food Drive and any dress up days scheduled.
Week 3
Monday: “Mac ‘N Cheese” Monday – Wear yellow; donate boxes of macaroni and cheese
Tuesday: “Tuna” Tuesday – Donate canned proteins like tuna, salmon, and chicken
Wednesday: “Wee Ones” Wednesday – Donate baby products like diapers, infant formula, and dry box baby food
Thursday & Friday: Feel free to bring donations along to your teacher/parent conference, no school for students

Catalog Sale orders are due
Orders are due on Monday for the Catalog Fundraiser that came home a couple of weeks ago. Housewares, holiday goods, sweets, wrapping paper, magazines and more are available to order. And out-of-town family and friends can order online at www.shopbelieve.com. Please send in your order envelope with payments (checks made out to DES PTO/no taxes added) with your students. And thank you for supporting the DES PTO.

Yoga sessions starting soon – all grades can take part
Whole Kids Yoga is once again offering their special fun yoga for young people with two different fall sessions. K-2 will be held on Wednesdays after school, running from Nov.1-Dec. 13th. Grades 3-5 will meet on Tuesdays before school, from Oct. 24 thru Nov. 28. Both sessions feature 6 classes for $99. Fill out the registration form and waiver attached here and return by the requested dates on the fliers–but hurry, classes start soon!
See the Whole Kids Yoga K-2 program flier here
See the Whole Kids Yoga Grades 3-5 program flier here

Time to send in your Box Tops!
Send in your Box Tops –  It’s that time again – start sending in your box tops and we will celebrate by having freezer pops at Field Day at the end of the year. Keep in mind the following when sending in your Box Tops:
· Box Tops must include a valid expiration date and must say “Official Box Top” on them
· Your plastic bag or envelope should include the following items:
1. Your child’s teacher name
2. Your child’s full name (first and last)
Thanks to everyone in advance for your full cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact chairperson Jinna Suggs at: jinnap@yahoo.com.

Reminder: Yearbook Ordering is open
Order your student’s yearbook online now. Your early order helps make everything easier, so do it today while you’re thinking about it. The cost is $18 and there are extra items available. Ordering is online at: http://www.yearbookforever.com. All of the directions are included on the latest flier. For any questions, contact Steph Brooks at: tobgr8ful@gmail.com.
See flier online

Congratulations Mrs. Akers    
DES Teacher of the Year!
We are very excited to announce that Mrs. Kimberly Akers has been selected as this year’s Teacher of the Year at Davidsonville Elementary School. Mrs. Akers, a Kindergarten teacher, was recognized on Friday at the school. The praise heaped on her by parents, students, staff, and alumni attests to her popularity with nearly everyone who knows her. The word “amazing” is used often by those around her, and in the letters of those who nominated her. We are thankful to have a teacher who gives so very much. Congratulations to Mrs. Akers!!

Many thanks to all who submitted Teacher of the Year nominations! We have passed along to all nominees the warm and thoughtful feedback that was submitted. DES is clearly fortunate to have such terrific teachers. You will have a chance in the spring to submit nominations for next year’s Teacher of the Year.

Public Service Announcements:

Need something for kids to do Thursday/Friday?
A kid crafting drop-off class for ages 7-15 is being hosted by a DES parent at The Pottery in Edgewater. Held on both Thurs & Fri, the sessions will be from 10 am to 1 pm and the $40 cost will cover the craft and a pizza lunch. The group will play a couple of simple, age appropriate games and have small prizes for all participants. Registration is required. If you’d like to find out more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1482149288500061/?ti=icl. Please note that this event is not sponsored by DES or the DES PTO in any way.

 

DES PTO Gator Blast E-mail
Week of October 9-13, 2017
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Smile!
It’s Student Picture week at DES

 

Coming Up This Week: 
Monday, Oct. 9: Green School Club meets at 8:15am at DES
Monday, Oct. 9: PTO Executive Board meeting 8:30am
​Monday, Oct. 9: Math 24 Game Club meets afterschool in Mrs. Yancey’s room,
pick-up at 5 pm, See last week’s Blast for details
​Tuesday, Oct. 10: STEM Robotics/First Lego League program meets afterschool in the
Science Lab, Pick up promptly at 5:30 pm
Tuesday, Oct. 10: Martial Arts Program held in the gym afterschool, pick-up at 4:45pm,
See details & waiver below
Thursday, Oct. 12: Engineering Club meets at 8:15am
Friday, Oct. 13: Student Pictures at DES, order forms will come home this week

A Look Ahead: 
Wednesday, Oct. 18: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Thursday, Oct. 19: Parent-Teacher Conferences
Thursday & Friday, Oct. 19-20: NO SCHOOL
Friday, Oct. 27: Celebrate DES 15th Anniv. w/ Harry Potter themed event, details below

Check out the full calendar online at: www.despto.org/pto-event-calendar

Here’s the News:

Kids Helping Kids Food Drive continues
Here is this week’s plan for donated items for the ongoing Food Drive and any dress up days scheduled.
Week 2
Monday: “Munchies” Monday – Donate snack foods
Tuesday: “Pasta” Tuesday – Donate bags of rice, pasta items, and dried beans
Wednesday: “Let’s Do Breakfast” Wednesday – Donate breakfast items like cereal, oatmeal, poptarts, granola bars, pancake mix
Thursday: “Veggie” Thursday – Wear green; donate canned vegetables
Friday: “Peanut butter-jelly” Friday and Twin Day – Dress up as twins; donate peanut butter and jelly
*Note: Friday twin day is also picture day at DES.

Bus Changes go into effect October 12th
The AACPS Transportation Department has worked to relieve overcrowding on our busses. Attached you will find the specific memos that will go to the students on Busses 82, 115, 330, 217, and 27. Paper memos will be sent home with students on Monday. All changes will go into effect on Thursday, October 12, 2017.
See the Bus Changes letters from AACPS here

Picture Day Friday
Better get your haircuts now! It’s time for the Fall Student Picture Day at DES on Friday, Oct. 13th. You will be receiving an order envelope sent home this week. Make sure your student brings the order with payment on picture day.

Save the Date for a Magical Night
Friday, October 27th at 6 pm, movie starts at 6:30 pm
“15 Magical Years at Davidsonville Elementary School” a Celebration & Movie Night featuring Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (released in 2002 – when the new DES building opened)! Light snacks and hot chocolate provided. All grades and their families invited to attend. More details coming. Volunteers/Harry Potter fans always needed! Contact Cory Samaras Griffeth at: csamaras@hotmail.com if interested in volunteering.

Martial Arts Program reminder
The 2017 Martial Arts Enrichment program starts this Tuesday, Oct. 10th. We will offer 6 introductory classes at DES for students in grades K-2, after school 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 of the program on, followed by a party at ECMA Edgewater.  Classes will run in the school gym from 4:00pm to 4:45pm on Oct. 10, 12, 17, 24, 26 and 27. Belt test and donut party will be at ECMA Edgewater on Oct. 28 at 9:00 am. This is a great way to start your children in a martial arts program without a long term commitment! Kids with experience are also welcome! Contact Program Chair, Mike Schneider with any questions, 410-693-8967, chayaandmiri@gmail.com.
See the Martial Arts Program waivers here

Yearbook Ordering update
You are invited to now order your DES Yearbook for this school year. It may seem early, but things are already happening for this unique memory book. The sooner you order, the more it helps it all come together. The updated cost is $18 for a non-personalized book. There are extra items available. Ordering is online at: http://www.yearbookforever.com. All of the directions are included on the flier. For any questions, contact Steph Brooks at: tobgr8ful@gmail.com.
See the 2017 Yearbook Ordering flier here

Meet the Citizens Advisory Committee
The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is a structured group appointed by the Board of Education to provide advice to the Board on specific issues impacting educational policy, activities, and programs. The CAC may choose to study and report on educational issues of countywide concern. They also respond to requests from the Board for research and recommendations on specific educational issues.  The CAC representative for our school is Kelly Purnell: kellypurnell4@gmail.com. If you ever have issues that you would like addressed or questions you would like answered, you can contact our CAC representative.

In Recognition:
Volunteer of the Month for September

Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith has been chosen the Volunteer of the Month for September for DES! Sandy did a fantastic job on coordinating the Kindergarten Welcome Wagon. In addition, Sandy is volunteering for the Holiday Shoppe

Smith familyand Yearbook. In the past, she has helped with the flu clinic and as Media helper, and behind the scenes for the school play. You will also see Sandy volunteering in the classrooms. Sandy and her husband Mark have a son Ethan (7th grade-CMS), and 2 daughters at DES- Addisyn in 5th and Ella in 3rd.
Thanks Sandy for sharing your time and talents with us!

 

Public Service Announcements:

Magnet Program Information Presentations
If you missed last week’s general info. session at AHS, you have another chance. There will be another general session held on Saturday, Oct. 14th, from 9-11 am., at North County High School, 10 E 1st. Ave, Glen Burnie, 21061.

There will be an IB Middle School information session held on Tuesday, Oct. 17th at Annapolis Middle School at 6:30 pm.

There will be a STEM Middle School Information session held on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 pm at Central Middle School.

For more details on the AACPS magnet programs, visit: www.aacps.org/magnet.

DES PTO Gator Blast E-mail
Week of October 2-6, 2017
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Here’s your tracker for the week –
lots going on at DES! 

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, Oct. 2: Custodial Worker Appreciation Day (See Wed. Blast for info.)
Tuesday, Oct. 3: Parents Meeting for Dance Company members, 5pm
Wednesday, Oct. 4: Special Education Committee meeting 6:30pm
Wednesday, Oct. 4: General Magnet School info. session held at Annapolis HS 6pm
This will be of interest to 5th grade families seeking info. for Middle School next year
Friday, Oct. 6: Skate Zone event for DES families, 5-7pm, details below

A Look Ahead:
Friday, Oct. 13: Student Pictures at DES, order forms will come home that week
Wednesday, Oct. 18:
2 Hour Early Dismissal
Thursday & Friday, Oct. 19-20:
NO SCHOOL
Friday, Oct. 27: Celebrate DES 15th Anniv. w/ Harry Potter themed event, details to come

Check out the full calendar online at: www.despto.org/pto-event-calendar

Here’s the News:

The “Kids Helping Kids” Food Drive starts this week!
It’s the time to give. The annual Food Drive is back, so help us Fill the Fridge for the next 4 weeks. We have a game plan in place and ask for certain items on certain days to help us pack things up nicely. But, feel free to give anything, anytime during the drive. You should have received the flier sent home last week. Lots of fun activities and color days are involved too, so read the flier to plan your week! And don’t forget to give!
Week 1
Monday: Giving Monday – Donate $1 to feed a family for a day. All monetary donations are welcome, checks go to: Anne Arundel County Food Bank
Tuesday: “Souper Tuesday” – Wear sports team clothing; donate soups, stews, or cans of chili
Wednesday: “Water, Please!” Wednesday – Wear blue; donate cases, jugs, or bottles of water
Thursday: “Spaghetti” Thursday – Wear red; donate spaghetti, canned sauces, and canned veggies
Friday: “Fruity” Friday – Wear bright colors; donate canned fruit and fruit juices

 Skate Zone event rolls up this Friday
Bring the whole family and enjoy a mega fun night at Skate Zone in Crofton on Friday, Oct. 6th. It’s Mix & Match night, so wear your craziest outfit to win a prize at the door. Hours are 5-7 pm, $5 admission, $4.50 skate rentals (skates & scooters only). Skate Zone is located at 1082 Rt. 3 South, Crofton 21114. See the flier for more info. We hope to see you all there!
See the DES Skate Zone 2017 flier here

 Green School Club kicks off for 3-5th graders
The Green School Club is back and ready to get going with all kinds of interesting club meetings, projects, and more. Explore and learn about the natural environment and what we can do to help. Club meetings will be on the 2nd Monday of the month before school this year, at 8:15 am. The first meeting is Monday, Oct. 9th. Fill out the registration form and submit by this Friday, Oct. 6. For info, contact Chairperson Sheila Norman at sheilamnorman@yahoo.com.
See the DES Green School Club 2017 flier here

24 Club starting for 3rd-5th graders
The club that makes math FUN! The 24 Game Club is a program that introduces all kinds of math solving skills and techniques, and kids love playing it. There will be a 24 Game competition in April and the club will start meeting in October on Mondays after school through all of Nov., then switching to Wednesdays after that. Membership is open to 3rd thru 5th graders. See the flier and registration form for more details. Contact faculty chair, Mrs. Yancey at: kyancey@aacps.org for info.
See the 24 Game Club flier here

Martial Arts for K-2 starts Oct. 10th (older kids in Jan.)
DES and East Coast Martial Arts (ECMA) are teaming up again for the 2017 Martial Arts Enrichment program! ECMA will offer 6 introductory classes at DES for students in grades K – 2, after school in October (grades 3 – 5 to follow in January) or 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 be in the DES gym  4 to 4:45 pm on Tuesdays, Oct. 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 and 26.  Belt test and donut party will be at ECMA Edgewater on Oct. 28 at 9:00 am.

This is a great way to start your children in a martial arts program without a long term commitment! Kids with experience are also welcome! See the flier for all the details. Send in your registration forms and payment in an envelope marked “Martial Arts Program.” Contact Program Chair, Mike Schneider at 410-693-8967, chayaandmiri@gmail.com.
See the Martial Arts program 2017 flier here

Yearbook Ordering starts now!!!
You are invited to now order your DES Yearbook for this school year. It may seem early, but things are already happening for this unique memory book. The sooner you order, the more it helps it all come together. The cost is $19 for a non-personalized book. There are extra items available. Ordering is online at: http://www.yearbookforever.com. All of the directions are included on the flier. For any questions, contact Steph Brooks at: tobgr8ful@gmail.com.
See the 2017/18 DES Yearbook Ordering flier here

Public Service Announcements:

Collection for Puerto Rico
A DES parent has helped to organize a collection of goods to help Puerto Rico Hurricane survivors. Suggested items are listed on the attached flier and you can drop off these goods at Davidsonville Park this week on Monday and Tuesday evening from 5-8 pm. If you have any questions, contact Jenn Keefer at  617-875-8941.
See the Puerto Rico donations flier here

October at the library
Announcing the October events for youth available at the Edgewater Community Library. See the attached flier for all the information.
See flier online

2 violins for sale
A DES parent has two used violins for sale. They would be a great option for those new strings players at the school this year. See all of the details on the info. sheet.
See the Used Violins for Sale flier here

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