The latest Gator Blast

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 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:
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:
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.


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:
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:
See the 2018/19 Fall Gator Gear order form here

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