The latest Gator Blast

DES PTO Gator Blast E-mail
Week of September 16-20, 2019

It’s a very busy Blast,
many upcoming programs are registering now.


This week:
Monday, Sept.16: Parent meeting for School Play interest, 6:30pm cafeteria
Tuesday, Sept.17: Parent meeting for School Play interest, 6:30pm, details below
Friday, Sept. 20: Family Movie Night outdoors at DES, 7pm arrival, movie around 7:30
Friday, Sept. 20: Ordering deadline for Gator Gear spirit wear, details below

A look ahead:
Monday-Thursday, Sept. 23-26: Drownproofing for 5th graders
Wednesday, Sept. 25: “Emergency Action for Allergies,” 6:30pm, details below
Wednesday, Sept. 25: PTO General Membership Meeting, 7pm
Monday, Sept. 30: NO SCHOOL, all schools & offices closed for Rosh Hashanah
Monday Oct. 14: Golf for Gators, details below


Gators love golfing!
GOLF for the GATORS registration is open
Many have asked the PTO for a new type of parent fundraising event. So, the PTO is hosting the first ever golf outing set for Monday, October 14th (Columbus Day) at 11AM. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to play the private course at The Golf Club at South River in Edgewater. Sign up with friends and make a day of it!

To register online, go to and select your package. Individual golfers are $150 and Foursomes are $600 when registering by October 7th. The golf package includes golf carts, use of the driving range, lunch, drives and MORE! Prizes will be also be awarded to the Longest Drive, Best Dressed Foursome, Closest to the Pin, and Top Scoring Foursome.

GOLF for the GATORS also has many different sponsorship opportunities available at all levels. If you have a business, this is a great chance to let others know about it. Go to to view the sponsorship packages available. Questions? Contact Jeremy Sands (719-235-1055) or Alex Martin (443-468-9608) or by email at:
See flyer attached

Free fun for everyone!
Outdoor Family Movie Night is this Friday
Bring the whole group, along with chairs and blankets (and bugspray?) to enjoy the first movie night of this school year. “Secret Life of Pets 2” is the movie and the PTO’s Social Committee will serve popcorn and water and hand out glow sticks. Arrival begins at 7 pm, showtime is slated for 7:30. The free event is held on the front field at DES. In case of rain, the event will move indoors to the cafeteria. There will be a book raffle held for all attendees, so show up to win! It’s free, it’s for families, and it’s fun!

Student audition sign-ups needed this week
DES Production of “Willy Wonka Jr.,” parent meetings
If your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader is interested in joining the cast or crew of “Willy Wonka Jr.,” please join us for a parent meeting on Monday, Sept. 16 or Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 in the DES Cafeteria. 

Students interested in auditioning to be a member of the cast should sign up for an audition time at, and must turn in the Parent and Child Audition Forms available at the links below by Friday, Sept. 20th. Please email Amy Schropp at if you have any questions.
See the Student Audition Form online here
See the Parent Form online here

Cooking Program is open for K-5th
Do you ever wish your kids could cook for you? Here’s your chance to let them learn more about it. Deliciously Nutritious is back with a 10-week fall session all about kitchen matters. This session focuses on a different food for each week. Sessions held at DES on Wednesdays, from 3:55 to 5:15pm, Oct. 2nd-Dec. 18th. Space is limited and registration is open now. Send in the form along with payment (to DES PTO) in an envelope marked for “Cooking Program.” Lots of info. is available on the flyer.
See the 2019 DES Fall Cooking Program flyer here

Dance Company is for 4th & 5th graders
Do you like to dance? The DES Dance Company may be just what you need. This performance group for 4th and 5th graders performs at various events throughout the year and is led by DES teacher Mrs. Russo. Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays after school. Registration is limited to 20 students and will open up online next Sunday evening; look for the link in the Gator Blast that night. Parent meeting on Oct. 1st.
See the 2019 Dance Club flyer here

Allergies happen – Learn what to do at Sept. 25th parent event
Would you know how to recognize a severe allergic reaction before things get out of hand? Will you know how to administer an EpiPen or if it’s even required? DES School nurse, Tracy Marcalus, will present at the PTO Parent Series event, “Emergency Action for Allergies.” Held on Wed., Sept. 25th at 6:30pm in the Media Center, the event is open to all Davidsonville Elementary parents. You can stay after the 30-minute presentation for the PTO’s General Membership meeting at 7 pm.


Chess program accepting registrations for all grades
Sign up is still open for the 10 week Chess Program at DES. Held on Wednesdays, from 8:15-9:15 am and is open for all grade and skill levels. Your student can learn chess, have fun, and develop thinking skills. All the information can be found on the online program flyer. Program begins on Oct. 2nd.
See registration form here

Gator Gear ordering deadline is this Friday
If you haven’t looked at it yet, your time is running out. Get some of the best school spirit-wear around – but hurry! Check out all the items available at the online store here, or you can order using the paper order form until Sept. 20th. Spirit wear delivery will take place in early October. Go Gators!
Here’s the link to the online catalog and paper order form.

Coding Club sign-ups still open for 2nd to 5th grades
Due to demand, the Coding Club has increased their registration threshold, so if you want to register your 2nd thru 5th grader you can probably still grab a spot. Send in the registration form found online here and payment to the school. All the details are on the flyer here. Send it in soon, the 8-session program begins Tuesday, Oct. 1st at 8:15 am.
See registration form here

PTO Spotlight…………………….

What’s new from the PTO?
You may have noticed some super cool new chairs in the main office that were purchased with your PTO fundraising dollars. Ms. Harris & Ms. Levery are pleased and really appreciate the new furniture for their office. Thanks to all of our PTO members for your support.

Please plan on attending the first of 3 PTO General Membership meetings, set for Wednesday, Sept. 25th at 7:00 pm at DES. Come hear  what your PTO is up to,  and offer  ideas you might have. All members are welcome. Note: the meeting follows the Parent Speaker Series on allergies mentioned above. You are encouraged to arrive at 6:30 to attend that, and remain for the GMM meeting.

Public Service Announcements……………….

Do you like lacrosse?
The Chesapeake Bayhawks professional lacrosse team is offering every student in our school a free ticket to their final home regular season game on Friday, September 20, 2019! Along with the free ticket for your student, you can also attend the game at a discounted rate. The attached flyer includes a promotional code needed to get the discounted ticket. Tickets will soon be distributed to students so keep an eye out!

Join the Girl Scouts!
Girl Scouts is the place for every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)!  As a Girl Scout, your girl will practice leadership, problem solve, embrace challenges and more – in an all-girl, girl-led and girl friendly environment.
• Earn badges while trying new things  • Make new friends as part of a troop
• Make a difference in her community through a Leadership Journey as she learns to stand up for what she believes in.   • And so much more…
Adults: Help build girls of courage, confidence and character! Contact Service Unit 647 Placements Coordinator, Jenn Beall at to get information on existing troops, how to become a leader, and other opportunities available.

Davidsonville Athletics hosts fundraiser for area youth sports
Everyone can take part in the Davidsonville Athletic Association’s Gator Cash Bash, a reverse-raffle where you buy a number on a number wall (only 200 sold). As numbers are picked at random at the event on Sept. 26th, the numbers come off the wall. The last number standing is the winner. Event will be held at Glory Days Grill, from 8-10pm on Sept. 26. Numbers cost $30 and you can purchase them online thru Sept. 23rd. Visit for more details or to make a purchase.

DES PTO Gator Blast E-mail
Week of September 8-12, 2019

** Back to School Night **
is Wednesday at 6:30pm

This week:
Monday, Sept. 9: Staggered entrance continues for Kindergarten
Tuesday, Sept. 10: First full-day for all Kindergarten
Wednesday, Sept. 11: Back to School Night for all parents, 6:30pm, details below
Thursday, Sept. 12: Volunteer Orientation events, 9:30am and 7:30pm, details below

A look ahead:
Friday, Sept. 20: Family Movie Night outdoors at DES, 7pm arrival, movie at dusk
Monday-Thursday, Sept. 23-26: Drownproofing for 5th graders
Wednesday, Sept. 25: “Emergency Action for Allergies,” 6:30pm, details to come
Wednesday, Sept. 25: PTO General Membership Meeting, 7pm
Monday, Sept. 30: NO SCHOOL, all schools & offices closed for Rosh Hashanah
Monday Oct. 14: Golf for Gators, watch for more details coming this week

Back to School Night is Wed., Sept. 11th at 6:30 pm
Head back to school for one night and get to know what your student’s day is like at DES. Parents should report to their children’s homeroom class. There will be brief presentations on the school’s closed circuit broadcast system by the Principal and the PTO. Then teachers will host two-20 minute classroom sessions for parents. If you have more than one student, visit the other classroom for the second session. If you only have one, you are free to leave after the first or mingle in the hallway for a moment.

Be sure to visit the PTO table in the main hall. You can drop off Membership forms, ask questions, find informational materials, and more. There will be some Gator Gear spirit items for sale, so bring a checkbook. Parents will also be able to learn about the first big PTO fundraiser event of the year—Fore!

Parking at Back to School Night
Due to the large volume of cars, 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 and across Rte. 214. Or think about carpooling with your neighbors – seriously, take it from a veteran.

Volunteer Orientation Sept. 12th – pick your session
Come learn about all the volunteer roles available at DES this year. There’s something for everyone. Hear from the PTO’s Volunteer Coordinator about where help is most needed, how it all works, and what you need to know to get going. This should be a 30-40 minute session with snack time available too! Volunteer Sign-Up sheets are still online if you want to take a look:

Choose a Session –
Thursday morning at 9:30am:  RSVP here and you’ll need to check in at the office with your ID before you head to the cafeteria.
Thursday evening at 7:30pm: RSVP by clicking here.

School Spirit Wear online ordering available
GO GATORS! Gator Gear ordering is now open
Welcome Back! The sale is now open for that fantastic Gator spirit wear we told you about. Break out the green & white with pride! You can select from a variety of custom-designed goods for all ages at this fall sale. Check out all the items available at the online store here, or you can order using the paper order form until Sept. 20th. Spirit wear delivery will take place in early October. Go Gators!
See the catalog and order form online here

Get ready for some Gator Golf!
The first annual Golf for Gators “Fun-Raiser” Tournament will be held on Monday, October 14 (Columbus Day) at The Golf Club at South River in Edgewater and will include golfing, lunch, drinks, contests, and MORE! Registration details and more information will be sent out this week.

Update on Chess & Coding Club Registrations
Oops. We had a false start on those. But, with the help of a couple of volunteers at the ready, you really can register for the Chess Program or the Coding Program at DES this fall. There is not going to be an online sign-up, just the regular paper forms to be submitted with payment in an envelope marked for either “Chess Program” or “Coding Program.” Check out the flier for details on both activities. Sorry about that folks.
See the 2019 Fall Chess & Coding DES flier here
See the Fall 2019 DES Chess Program registration form here
See the Fall 2019 DES Coding Program registration form here

News from the School Office
Please send in your child’s signed Emergency Form as soon as possible. Updating the phone numbers and email addresses will ensure you stay informed and are contacted in the case of an emergency. Congratulations to Mrs. LeFaive’s class who won a popsicle party and recess coverage from Mrs. Harris for having all of theirs turned in first.

In case you weren’t aware, Ms. Tammie’s last day in the main office was Friday. Her replacement will start in the next couple of weeks, but please make sure you contact Liz Lewnes or Amy Luckett if you need anything. As always, afternoon dismissal changes are appreciated prior to 3:45pm each day. Their email addresses are: and and the school phone number is (410) 222-1655.

Yoga Program still registering for K-2
The Whole Kids Yoga program has a 5-week session for K-2nd graders for fall. Cost is $80 and sessions are after school on Thursdays, 4-5 pm, beginning Sept. 19. Fill in the form attached and return it with payment (to DES PTO) in an envelope marked “Fall Yoga.” Enrollment is limited. Drop it off at school office, or send in by “backpack mail.”
See the Fall 2019 Yoga program flyer here

Girls on the Run lottery held
If you registered your student for the Girls on the Run program at DES, the results of the lottery will be announced soon and you should receive an e-mail from the organization with your status. We can’t say enough about how well-regarded this program is in the area, so here’s hoping all the girls participating enjoy the experience.

PTO Spotlight………………….   
Behind the scenes
A super big thank you to all the parent volunteers who spent a summer day preparing & stuffing the folders with all that important school info that your kiddos went home with at Sneak-a-Peek. Jennifer Phillips, Leanne Whitwell, Jamie Quinn, Jennifer Keefer, Carrie Groff, Christina Feindt, Dorcas Goel & and many of their kiddos – thank you so much for all your help!

The PTO board also organized a luncheon for the teachers before the kids returned to school.  We hope they all enjoyed the yummy food!  

Coming Soon……………………
Cooking Program sign-up for fall sessions happening soon
First Lego League, Jr. starts up early October for grades 2-5
Spanish Language Club is coming back, stay tuned for details
Martial Arts after school program will be here later in October

Public Service Announcements………………..
Festival Latino at South River HS Sept. 27th
Bring the whole family for the música, the crafts, food and much more at the Festival Latino on Friday, Sept. 27th, from 5:30-8 pm at South River High School in Edgewater. Join families from the South River cluster area for live performances and activities for all ages. Enjoy the fiesta!
See the 2019 SRHS Latino Festival flyer here

DES PTO Gator Blast
Midweek E-mail
•  September 4, 2019  •

New Gators?
We’re excited to meet all the
Kindergartners who begin joining us tomorrow!

Still to Come This week:
Thursday & Friday, Sept. 5-6: Staggered entrance for Kindergarten

Registration is opening now for several sure to be popular programs. As some start very soon, we try to get the word out as soon as we can. Keep watching your Gator Blasts to learn about new clubs and programs as they show up.

Girls on the Run at DES for 3rd to 5th graders!
Many of you have asked for this popular program just for the girls, and we are pleased to say it’s finally here. The program will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays after school, from 4-5:15pm starting mid-September, with the final 5K event set for Nov. 24th. The coaches will be two of our new 4th grade teachers, and we are so thrilled with their excitement for this program! Online registration is available by clicking this link. If you have questions, contact the PTO program chair at:
See the 2019 Girls on the Run flier here

All ages welcome for the Fall Chess Program
OK everyone, this one is always popular. The Fall Chess program at DES will be held on Wednesdays before school, 8:15-9:15 am beginning on Oct. 2nd and ending Dec. 18. The PTO is once again using an outside agency to handle all the details and instruction so that the kids can just learn and develop their chess skills. Cost is $161 for 10 weeks., and scholarships may be requested. Registration is now open online at:
See the 2019 Fall Chess Program DES flier here

A brand new Coding Program for Grades 2-5
Students can now sign-up for this new program, administered by the same staff that handles the Chess program. Kids learn how to code using Scratch programming. It will meet for 8 weeks and enrollment is extremely limited. Cost is $196, scholarships can be requested. All the details are included on the flier combined with Chess program info. Register online starting now at:
See the 2019 Fall Chess & Coding Program DES flier here

Get your Gator Spirit Wear next week
Go Gators Go!!! You gotta’ have that DES spirit, so we offer some great items created just for our special school. From water bottles to hoodies and hats, there’s something for all ages. And you can order online or using a paper order form. Stay tuned for more details on Great Gator Gear in Sunday’s Gator Blast!

Thanks to all who have joined the PTO
We are so thrilled to see so many of you who have sent in your PTO Membership forms and registered online using the weblink at Thanks also to the teachers and staff who have joined the PTO this year. It’s inspirational to have your support as we get this year underway. The 2019/2020 Membership Drive runs thru Sept. 27th. Remember, we are ALL the PTO!

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