The latest Gator Blast

DES PTO Gator Blast
Midweek Mail
June 14, 2018
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It’s time to say “Later Gator”
And a welcome to some of our new families!

Still to Come This Week: 
Friday, June 15: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Friday, June 15: 5th Grade Promotion event at DES, 9:45 am, entry begins at 9 am
Friday, June 15: Last day of school for students

A Look Ahead:
Sunday, July 15: Deadline to order online School Supply Kits, details below
Saturday, July 28: Bayhawks DES Lacrosse event, details below
Thursday, Aug. 30: Tentative date of Sneak-A-Peek event for Grades 1-5
Friday, Aug. 31: Tentative date of school-wide playdate, more info. to come
Tuesday, Sept. 4: First Day of School for Grades 1-5
Tuesday & Wednesday, Sept. 4-5: Kindergarten Conferences
Thursday, Sept. 6: Staggered entrance for Kindergarten begins, thru Sept. 10
Tuesday, Sept. 11: First full day for all Kindergarten

Here’s the News:

5th grade promotion update
One correction since the last Gator Blast. The school is asking for guests to plan for entry at 9:00 a.m. And it is hoped that all attending have filled out and submitted the form that was sent home with your 5th grader. This will really help speed up the anticipated line waiting for entry. Parking will be extremely tight given the timing and the need for buses to use the bus lot. Consider carpooling if possible, and please DO NOT park in the turn lane for front lot entry. It’s sure to be an exciting event for many and we look forward to celebrating our amazing 5th graders with you.

A quick survey for all of you
The PTO’s fundraising committee has a short survey for all DES families. Just a few questions to find out what all of you think about things and get some ideas from you for next year’s planning. So, take a few minutes and share with us. Click here for the online survey.

Committee Chairperson openings next year
The PTO does a lot at DES and we can always use more helpers. As we look forward to the next school year, we find several important positions that need to be filled. We will be talking about them more at the Volunteer Orientation Breakfast in Sept., however we’d like to share some right now. Open positions may include: Author’s Week, I Read-You Read, School Supply Kits, and more. If you might be interested in any of those listed, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at: Don’t worry, there’s plenty more volunteer spots to fill!

Reminder: School Supply ordering is open
Order your school supply kit online thru July 15th. Supplies will be in your child’s classroom when they meet their new teacher in late August. We are offering an optional donation kit this year to equip all teachers with necessary items that are no longer listed as “required.” Please consider buying one of these kits to help. Contact Jenn Keefer at: Visit:

School ID:  DAV198
See the flier online here

Reminder: Summer Reading Challenge
Avoid the Summer skill slide. Consider having your child participate in DES’ Summer Reading Challenge, as an easy way to incorporate regular reading for enjoyment into your child’s busy summer schedule. The Summer Reading Challenge’s website is online and you can visit it at:

Reminder: Come watch pros play lacrosse at DES Night
Filling out your summer calendar? The Chesapeake Bayhawks are hosting a special lacrosse game night on Saturday, July 28th at the Navy Stadium in Annapolis. The Bayhawks will be playing the Denver Outlaws at 7 pm, gates open at 5 pm. DES families are welcome to purchase tickets for the event online, then come take part in a fan tunnel before the game begins. There’s all kinds of options available for this chance at summer fun, so visit the website at this link. Go Bayhawks!

In Recognition: Volunteer of the Month for June
Jamie Quinn
Jamie Quinn was selected by the DES PTO as the DES Volunteer of the Month for June. Jamie is currently serving as the Room Parent Coordinator for the school. She has also volunteered in many other ways such as being a Room Parent, a Media Center helper, working with the I Read, You Read program, with Gator Wear, Polar Express Day, the Recess Relay, Holiday Shoppe, and running the Candy Bar Bingo event this year.

You can also find her at the school socials, on many field trips, and helping teachers with administrative duties.  But best of all, Jamie is always willing to pitch in wherever needed.

Jamie is also a substitute teacher at DES so she spends a lot of time at the school.  Thank you Jamie for all of the time and dedication that you have given to the staff and students!!

Congratulations 5th Graders!
Onward & Upward you go. We hope you always look back fondly at your years at Davidsonville Elementary School and we wish you the best of luck in all that you do. Remember to: Imagine, Believe & Achieve.

If you are a parent with a student heading to Central Middle School next year, visit: To sign up for their weekly e-mail communication list, send an e-mail to:

Things to Keep Doing over the Summer
Join the DES Summer Reading Challenge
See above for details on that program.
Keep saving those Box Tops for Education:
They are so helpful to the school and are such an easy way to raise funds. Tell your family, your neighbors and your friends to save them too! We’ll be waiting for them next school year.
Keep shopping at Amazon & use this link:
Lots of us shop at Amazon, and that shopping can help raise funds. Just click the link here before you begin shopping and Amazon Smile will donate a percentage to the DES PTO.

Rest, Relax, Read, and Enjoy!

A final word
A huge thank you to all of our tremendous staff, parents & volunteers for another outstanding year at DES! We may receive additional information to share with you in the coming months, so read your Gator Blasts if you see them. We hope you enjoy a well-deserved break & look forward to working with most of you again in September.  

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