Gator Blast Archive, Sept. 2018

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Midweek Mail, September 25, 2018

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REMINDER:
* * * Dinner. Fundraiser. Tonight.* * *
Dining for Davidsonville
Take the whole family out to dinner tonight.
4-9 pm. at AMERICAN STEAKHOUSE in Edgewater.
Let them know you’re supporting DES.
Wear your Gator Gear.
Thank you!

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 Here’s the News:

Extra Extra, Read All About It!  
Newspaper Club Is forming now for grades 4 & 5
We are looking for fourth and fifth grade staff members for Davidsonville Elementary’s very own school newspaper!  Have you ever dreamed of writing for a newspaper? Do you love to write, draw, or interview people? We will need the talents of our fabulous newspaper staff to fulfill the important roles of writer, editor, photographer, comics artist, and more. See the flier and form below for more details. Permission forms for this free school club need to be submitted by Tuesday, October 2. Questions? Contact Cathy Manofsky at cathymanofsky@gmail.com.
See the Newspaper Club flier & registration form here

First Lego League, Jr./STEM program – Grades 1-5
Yay! The FIRST Lego League program is back at DES. For grades 1-5, this is NOT a Lego play club, but an engineering group that works on a themed project, and culminates in an event hosted at South River High School in December. Sessions will be held Thursdays after school, 3:55-5:00, at DES, beginning Oct. 4th. Hosted and led by the PowerHawks Robotics Club from SRHS, this year’s theme is Mission Moon. The cost is estimated around $60 per student (to be paid later), with a very limited number of spots available. You must register using the link on the flier, so sign up today.
See the 2018 FLL, Jr. flier here

Green School Club registration open for grades 3-5
The DES Green School Club is now registering students in grades 3-5. The first club meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, and regular meetings will be held on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month before school at 8:15 a.m. This group takes part in all types of interesting activities and discusses a variety of topics related to the natural environment, they even take trips in the area sometimes. If your student wants to join this free school club, send in the registration form on the flier by this Friday, Sept. 28th please. Read more details on the flier.
See the Green School Club registration form here

Cooking Program – Kids in all grades can learn to cook!
The 10 week session of Deliciously Nutritious Fall & Winter Cooking class is for all grades and will teach kids the importance of healthy eating, nutrition and cooking while making lots of seasonal goodies. Cost is $200 ($20 per session) and classes will be held on Tuesdays from 3:55-5:15 pm, starting October 2nd. Spots are limited, so send in your registrations soon. Make checks payable to DES PTO and mark envelope for Cooking Program. For more info., contact Melissa Sherwood at 410-533-1182 or e-mail: delishdish4@yahoo.com.
See the Fall 2018 Deliciously Nutritious registration form here

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of September 17-21, 2018

A busy calendar this week &
no school Wednesday.

Coming Up This Week:
Sunday, Sept. 16:
Online registration opens for DES Dance Club, details below
Monday, Sept. 17: School Play Parent info. meeting, Cafeteria at 6 pm, details below
Monday, Sept. 17: PTO General Membership Meeting, 7:30 pm, details below
Wednesday, Sept. 19: NO SCHOOL
Thursday, Sept. 20: Online order deadline for Gator Gear
Friday, Sept. 21: Family Movie Night, 7-7:30 pm, details below
Friday, Sept. 21: PTO Membership Drive ends, turn in your forms or see below for link

A Look Ahead:
Tuesday, Sept. 25: Dance Club Parent info. meeting, 5:00 pm, details below
Tuesday, Sept. 25: Dining for Davidsonville at Original Steakhouse, 4-9 pm
Wednesday, Oct. 3: General Magnet program info. night at Annapolis HS, 6-8pm
Friday, Oct. 12: Student Picture Day
Wednesday, Oct. 17: 2 Hour Early Dismissal

Here’s the News:

We are ALL the PTO
PTO membership drive final week
Time is running out to join the DES PTO this year! We would love to have 100% of you join by the end of this week. If you were at Back to School Night, you heard Principal Harris talking about how important the role of the PTO is at DES. And with your help, we can do even more for the students, the staff, and the school.

When you join, you can pay one-time membership dues with PayPal as well as by check or cash. You can fill out the entire form online or use the paper version, so that we have your info. for the Student Directory. The link for online payments is on the PTO website at: despto.org. Thank you to the families & staff who have already joined us!
See the Membership Form online

Outdoor Movie Fun with the family!
DES Family Movie Night is happening Friday
We hope you’re bringing the whole family to a fun & free outdoor movie night event on Friday, Sept. 21st. The movie planned is “Ferdinand” and will begin at dusk, around 7:30 pm. on the field in front of the school. Feel free to arrive at 7 and get settled in with your chairs and blankets. Kids are invited to wear their class colors. There will be popcorn and water provided. In case of rain, the event will move inside to the school cafeteria.

Dance Club registration opens NOW!
The DES Dance Company is ready for registration starting tonight for 4th & 5th graders only. This group performs at events throughout the year and will rehearse weekly on Tuesdays, 4-5 pm after school beginning Sept. 25th. Online registration will open tonight and is limited to the first 20 registrants. Here is the link you need to visit to register:  https://goo.gl/forms/vRtvHxOgDw75snXa2For those who do join, parent meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 25th at 5 pm in the cafeteria.
See the 2018/2019 DES Dance Company flier here

Martial Arts program is back for Grades K-2
We will offer 6 introductory classes at DES for students in grades K-2 (grades 3-5 program in early 2019), after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 to 4:45, starting Sept. 25 and running for 3 weeks. Cost is only $40. All funds are 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, followed by a party at East Coast Martial Arts Edgewater. 

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. Children will get a short introduction to the program in their gym classes starting on Sept. 17. You can sign up online now by visiting this link. Then, send your payment in to DES in an envelope marked “Martial Arts Program.” Contact Program Chair Mike Schneider with any questions at 410-693-8967, or by e-mail at: chayaandmiri@gmail.com. If students need financial assistance, contact Mrs. Isett (DES School Counselor) at 410-222-1655 or e-mail: cisett@aacps.org,
See the Fall 2018 Martial Arts program flier here

Mighty Milers sign-up for Grades 3-5
Mighty Milers is a FREE after school running club for students in 3rd-5th grades. The program focuses on building endurance and strength for running while emphasizing sportsmanship. The club culminates in a ‘track meet’ with Navy Midshipman at Annapolis High School on Nov. 13. The club begins Oct. 1 and meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 4-5 pm. Students participating in the school play can join Mighty Milers too (in the fall not all play participants practice everyday). The program is limited to 30 students.
See the Fall 2018 Mighty Milers Club flier here

Fall Engineering Program registration opens for all grades
We are back this fall with an exciting new Engineering Program and we are taking things to the next level! Younger kids (K-3rd) will get to program the popular Dash and Dot robots to sing and dance and even play basketball! Older students (3rd-5th) will use the Raspberry Pi and Piper computer to become immersed in the Minecraft world of “Piperverse!” If your kid loves Minecraft, they will love this one. This year we have included an option for 3rd graders – they get to pick which session they would like to participate in. Please indicate this on your registration form.

We would like to encourage DES girls to participate. In the past couple of years, enrollment of girls has been less than 20%. These sessions are an excellent introduction to coding, programming and all the fun things they can create. If your child has never participated, no problem! Our experienced instructors are on-hand to help. Classes start Oct. 4 and are held Thursdays before school for 10 weeks. Costs start at $159, check the flier for info. on registering for spring sessions also. Sign up soon. Contact Bunmi Emenanjo at b.emenanjo@gmail.com with any questions.
See the Fall 2018 Engineering K-3 program flier here
See the Fall 2018 Engineering 3-5 program flier here

PTO General Membership meeting Monday
All DES PTO Members are welcome to attend the first of three General Member meetings set for this school year. It will be held in the Media Center on Monday, Sept. 17th at 7:30 p.m. Come hear what the PTO is planning for the year, meet the Executive Board, and vote on the annual budget.

Last call for Gator Gear
All paper orders must be received by the office by September 17th.  All online orders must be placed by September 20th.  If you have any questions, please e-mail Jody Christian at jody@jodychristian.com.
See the 2018/19 Fall Gator Gear order form here

Reminders:

School Play Parent meeting Monday
If your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader is interested in taking part in the DES School Play this year, a Parent Meeting will be held on Monday, September 17th at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria. Meet the production team, learn about the audition process, rehearsal schedule, and some new volunteer policies for this year. The team is looking for volunteers to fill positions including: Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Crew Manager, and others. If you are willing to help make amazing things come to life, contact Amy Schropp at amyschropp@verizon.net or let us know at the meeting. 

Auditions are scheduled for Monday, Sept. 24th or Wednesday, Sept 26th with Call Back Auditions on Friday, Sept. 28th. Rehearsals will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays after school thru April. Note: If you are concerned about scheduling, hear details at the Parent Meeting.

Whole Kids Yoga is for all grades
Registration is now open for Whole Kids Yoga, a yoga program for kids. Two sessions will be held (one K-2, one 3-5), cost is $125 for each. Send in the registration form by the date listed on the flier, limited spots. For questions, e-mail: amy@wholekidsyoga.com.
For grades K thru 2:
Thursdays after school, 4-5pm, 8-week session begins Sept. 20th.
For grades 3-5:
Wednesdays before school, 8:15-9:15am, 8-week session begins Sept. 26th.
See registration form for K-2 online
See registration form for 3-5th online

Chess program registration ends Tuesday
The Fall DES Chess Club Program starts Sept. 26. Weekly sessions will be held on Wednesday mornings at 8:15am at DES. All grades and skill levels are welcome. Registration costs $116 for an 8-week session, and is due by Sept. 18th. Submit the attached form to the school in an envelope marked “Chess Club Registration.”
See the registration form online

Public Service Announcements:

Boy Scout Pack 454
Local Cub Scout Pack 454 is welcoming new members (boys entering grades 1 to 5). If your son may be interested in joining, or you have questions, visit the pack website at: www.scout454.org or you can e-mail Patrick Garvey at: chair.pack454@gmail.com

South Country Pre-K Co-op
Davidsonville’s own South County Pre-K Co-op is looking to hire a part-time teacher. There is an immediate need to fill this position. If you’d like to find out more, or know someone who might be interested in more details about the position, send an e-mail to: southcountyprek@gmail.com.

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of September 10-14, 2018

Back to School Night is Wednesday at 6:30
&
Welcome to all of our newest Gators –
The Kindergartners are all here Tuesday!

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, Sept. 10: Kindergarten staggered entrance continues
Tuesday, Sept. 11: First full day for all Kindergarten
Wednesday, Sept. 12: Back to School Night at DES, 6:30 pm
Friday, Sept. 14: Volunteer Orientation Breakfast at DES, 9:15 am, details below
Sunday, Sept. 16: Online registration opens for DES Dance Club, details below

A Look Ahead:
Monday, Sept. 17: School Play Parent info. meeting, Cafeteria at 6 pm, details below
Monday, Sept. 17: PTO General Membership Meeting, 7:30 pm in Media Center
Tuesday, Sept. 18: Chess Club registrations due
Wednesday, Sept. 19: NO SCHOOL
Thursday, Sept. 20: Online order deadline for Gator Gear
Friday, Sept. 21: Movie Night at DES, 7-7:30 pm, details below
Friday, Sept. 21: PTO Membership Drive ends, turn in your forms or see below for link
Tuesday, Sept. 25: Dance Club Parent info. meeting, 5:00 pm, details below
Tuesday, Sept. 25: Dining for Davidsonville at Original Steakhouse, 4-9pm

Here’s the News:

Back to School Night this week
All parents are asked to attend the annual DES Back to School Night event on Wednesday, Sept. 12th at 6:30 p.m. Parents are asked to report to their children’s homeroom class. There will be a brief welcome over the school’s video broadcast system by the Principal and the PTO. Then your teacher will fill you in on classroom matters and procedures. There will be two 20-minute sessions for parents with more than one classroom to visit. Please do not bring children with you to this event. And remember that this is an opportunity for teachers to relay general classroom information to parents. It is not a time for individual parent/teacher conferences. We hope to see ALL parents there.
Come & visit the PTO Table in the main hall to meet officers of the PTO Board, ask questions, drop off your membership forms, or just to say “Hi.” Gator Gear will be for sale too!
Parking at Back to School Night:
Due to the large volume of cars expected, please be patient when parking on school property and considerate when parking in the surrounding neighborhoods. There is parking available on both sides of the school. Consider carpooling with your neighbors.

Volunteers make things happen!
All Volunteers welcome at Friday’s Orientation Breakfast!
DES parents interested in learning more about the many volunteer opportunities available, are encouraged to attend the annual Volunteer Orientation Breakfast on Friday, Sept. 14th in the cafeteria. Opens at 9:15 a.m., program begins at 9:30 a.m. You will hear about the committees and projects that rely on volunteers and you can enjoy food & refreshments while meeting other parents. Current committee chairpersons are welcome to attend.
Note: There will be a short info. session for Room Parents immediately following the Orientation in the SACC room behind the gym. Room parents will be notified of their selection prior to the meeting.

The magic begins again…
DES School Play is gearing up for grades 3-5
Fairies, pirates, mermaids, brave girls, lost boys, the Darling Family, and a crocodile will be taking the stage for this year’s school play, Disney’s “Peter Pan Jr.” If your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader is interested in joining us for this fun and exciting activity, please join us for a Parent Meeting on Monday, September 17th at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria. Meet our production team, learn about our audition process, rehearsal schedule, and some new volunteer requirements and policies for this year. 

The production team is looking for additional volunteers to fill some key positions including: Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Crew Manager, and many others. If you are willing to join our team, please contact Amy Schropp at amyschropp@verizon.net or let us know at the parent meeting on Sept. 17th. 

Auditions are scheduled for Monday, Sept. 24th or Wednesday, Sept 26th with Call Back Auditions on Friday, Sept. 28th. More info. about auditions will be shared soon. Rehearsals will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from dismissal until 5:30. Performances will be on Friday, April 5th & Saturday, April 6th. 

Whole Kids Yoga fall sessions open for all grades
Registration is now open for Whole Kids Yoga, a yoga program for kids. This fun class includes way more than just yoga, and offers exercise and inspiration. Two sessions will be held (one K-2, one 3-5), cost is $125 for each. Send in the registration attached by the date listed on the flier, limited spots. For questions, e-mail: amy@wholekidsyoga.com.
For grades K thru 2: 
Thursdays after school, 4-5pm, 8-week session begins Sept. 20th.
For grades 3-5: 
Wednesdays before school, 8:15-9:15am, 8-week session begins Sept. 26th.
See the Grades 3-5 Fall 2018 Yoga flier here
See the Grades K-2 Fall 2018 Yoga flier here

Dance Company for grades 4-5, online registration NEXT Sunday
The DES Dance Company is getting underway for 4th & 5th graders only. This group performs at all kind of events throughout the year and will rehearse weekly on Tuesdays, 4-5 pm after school beginning on Sept. 25th. Online registration will open next Sunday evening (Sept. 16) when the Gator Blast will include the required link and only the first 20 to sign up will get spots. Be on the lookout for it if you just need to dance!

For those who do join, there will be a parent meeting held on Tuesday, Sept. 25th at 5 pm in the DES cafeteria. See more info. on the flier.
See the 2018/2019 DES Dance Company flier here

DES Family Movie Night Friday, Sept. 21st
The PTO is planning a fun & free outdoor family movie night event for Friday, Sept. 21st and every DES family is invited. The movie planned is “Ferdinand” and will begin at dusk, around 7:30 pm. Feel free to arrive at 7 and get settled in with your chairs and blankets. Kids are invited to wear their class colors. There will be popcorn and water provided. Come enjoy this DES family event! In case of rain, the event will move inside to the school cafeteria.

We are ALL the PTO – Membership Drive still On!
A huge thank you to the hundreds of families who have joined the DES PTO! We are still busy opening the envelopes and making sure your info. is correct for the Gator Blast distribution list at the same time. If some of you are getting the Blast for the very first time tonight, that might be why (and Welcome!).

Have you joined yet? There’s still time and this year we are accepting membership fees and donations with PayPal as well as by check and cash. You can fill out the entire form online when you pay, so that we have your info. for the Student Directory. The link for online payments is on the PTO website at: despto.org.
See the Membership Form online

PTO General Membership Meeting next Monday
All DES PTO Members are welcome to join us at the first of three General Member meetings set for this school year. It will be held in the Media Center on Mon., Sept. 17th at 7:30 p.m. Come hear what the PTO is planning for the year, meet the Executive Board, and vote to approve the annual budget.

Reminders:

Chess program registration open for all grades
The Fall DES Chess Club Program starts Sept. 26. Weekly sessions will be held on Wednesday mornings at 8:15am at DES, all grades and skill levels are welcome. Registration costs $116 for an 8-week session, and is due by Sept. 18th. Submit the attached form to the school in an envelope marked “Chess Club Registration.” There may be scholarship assistance available, contact DES School Counselor Colleen Isett for information on that at: cisett@aacps.org.
See the Fall 2018 DES Chess Program flier here

Show your Gator Pride with Spirit Wear!
Gator Gear is here!  Please place your order online by September 20th. All paper orders must be received by the office no later than September 17th. We will have a booth set up at Back to School night for magnets, water bottles and apparel samples on September 12th.  We accept cash, check or credit card and you can order online here, or send in the order form. If you have any questions, you can contact: jody@jodychristian.com.
See the 2018/19 Fall Gator Gear order form here

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DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of September 3-7, 2018

Welcome back everyone!

Coming Up This Week:
Tuesday, Sept. 4: First Day of School for Grades 1-5
Tuesday & Wednesday, Sept. 4-5: Kindergarten parent conferences
Wednesday, Sept. 5: PTO Executive Board meeting, 7:30pm
Thursday, Sept. 6: Kindergarten staggered entrance begins, thru Sept. 10
Kindergarten parents received letters with conference times and stagger start date.

A Look Ahead:
Tuesday, Sept. 11: First full day for all Kindergarten
Wednesday, Sept. 12: Back to School night at DES, 6:30 pm
Friday, Sept. 14: Volunteer Orientation Breakfast at DES, 9:30am
Tuesday, Sept. 18: Chess Club registrations due, details below
Monday, Sept. 19: Chairperson meeting, 7:30 pm, info. to come

Here’s the News:

Arrival & Dismissal at DES
Official school hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. Please note that students are expected to be in their classrooms by the official start time, so allow them time to get to their rooms, unpack, and settle in. School doors open at 9:15 a.m., please do not drop students off earlier.

Don’t worry if your student is new to the school, there will be plenty of staff in the hallways helping everyone to find where they need to go.

Your students should know if they are going to be a bus-rider, a car-rider, or going to SACC (school age child care program).

If your student will be a car rider, please note that drop-off and pick-up is in the front of the school, not in the bus loop. Please follow all signs posted concerning entering and exiting the lot. The empty space at the turn in allows exiting drivers a better view of oncoming traffic. You are asked to NOT park in the lot for pick up and do not enter the school – please wait in the car line. School staff coordinates the release of students at the end of the day, so please be patient while you wait.

About Davidsonville Elementary School
The Principal of Davidsonville Elementary School is Mrs. Colleen Harris. The Assistant Principal is Mrs. Stacy Levery. If you need to contact the school, you are encouraged to call the school office at 410-222-1655 and one of the office staff members will help you. Office hours are 8 am.-4:30 pm. 
The school address is 962 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville, MD 21035.
All parents must check in at the front office upon entry to the school and all individuals must have photo ID to be admitted to the school at any time.
Our Mascot: The Gator
Our School Colors: Green & White
Our Motto: Imagine, Believe, Achieve!

Chess program open to all grades
The Fall DES Chess Club Program starts Sept. 26. Weekly sessions will be held on Wednesday mornings at 8:15am at DES, all grades and skill levels are welcome. Registration costs $116 for an 8-week session, and is due by Sept. 18th. Submit the attached form to the school in an envelope marked “Chess Club Registration.” There may be scholarship assistance available, contact DES School Counselor Colleen Isett for information on that at: cisett@aacps.org.
See the Fall 2018 DES Chess Program flier here

Show your Gator Pride
Gator Gear is here!  Please place your order online by September 20th.  All paper orders must be received by the office no later than September 17th.  We will have a booth set up at Back to School night for magnets, water bottles and apparel samples on September 12th.  We accept cash, check or credit card and you can order online here, or send in the order form. If you have any questions, you can contact: jody@jodychristian.com.
See the 2018/19 Fall Gator Gear order form here

Buses will be rolling once again
AACPS has asked that bus riders arrive at their bus stops around 10 minutes early for the first week. This allows for fluctuations in timing that are bound to happen. Please be on alert for school-age children moving about your neighborhoods and please brief your bus-rider on proper bus behavior. If you need to review yourself, check pages 6 & 7 in the AACPS Parent Handbook that came home in your student’s folder you got at Sneak A Peek.

Label ALL of your belongings
Please remember to write your student’s name on their personal items, including lunchboxes, backpacks, jackets, water bottles, etc. 
You would not believe the number of items that end up in the Lost & Found. If items are misplaced, there is a lost and found rack in the cafeteria. These items will eventually be donated as they pile up, so check for your students belongings in a timely manner.

Applications for free & reduced price meals
The Anne Arundel County School Board has placed applications for free and reduced price meals online for easy access. If you are interested in applying, or to find out if you may qualify, visit: http://aacpsschools.org/nutrition. School lunch cost is $2.75 for elementary students. You can also view school lunch menus at this link.

We are looking forward to another great year at DES!

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