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DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of October 15-19, 2018

Early dismissal on Wednesday

Coming Up This Week:
Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 15-16: Drownproofing program for 5th graders
Monday, Oct. 15: Mixed Bag fundraiser orders due
Monday, Oct. 15: Online AACPS Magnet program application window opens
Tuesday, Oct. 16: Middle School IB program info. night at Annapolis Middle, 6:30pm
Wednesday, Oct. 17: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Thursday-Friday, Oct. 18-19: Drownproofing program for 5th graders continues

A Look Ahead:
Tuesday, Oct. 23: NO SCHOOL, Parent-Teacher conferences
Wednesday, Oct. 24: Middle School STEM info. night at CMS, 6:30pm
Wednesday, Oct. 24: National Unity Day, wear orange, details below
Thursday, Oct. 25: 24 Club begins after school, 4-5pm
Friday, Oct. 26: Fall Social for 3-5th grades, 6-8 pm at DES
Wednesday, Oct. 31:
Halloween Parade 10am, details below
Tuesday, Nov. 6:
NO SCHOOL, election day
Wed. & Thurs, Nov. 8-9:
2 Hour Early Dismissal

Here’s the News:

Harvest for the Hungry collection continues – Week 2
Donations are coming in! All food and monetary donations (checks to: AA County Food Bank) benefit the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. Each day features a themed item for donations. Here’s the requested items for this week:
Monday: Munchies Monday-Snack foods of any kind – popcorn chips, pretzels, etc.
Tuesday: Pasta Tuesday-Boxes or bags of rice, pasta items, dried beans
Wednesday: Let’s Do Breakfast-Cereal, oatmeal, granola bars, pancake mixes, etc.
Thursday: Veggie Thursday-Canned vegetables (Wear Green)
Friday: Peanut Butter & Jelly-Bring in PB and jelly (Twin Day, dress like a friend)

Halloween is coming!
Halloween at DES is super fun! Wednesday, Oct. 31st is the day for costumes, parties, and parade. All DES families are welcome to attend The Whole School Parade, starting at 10:00 a.m. Families remain outside the building and all classes will walk around the school for the parade. Parking is available in the bus loop. In case of rain, parade will be inside for students only.
Party time comes next with a scheduled Class Halloween Party. Parents are welcome to attend.
Here is the party schedule:
Kindergarten: 11:30-12:15
First Grade: 1:45-2:30
Second Grade: 2:15-3:00
Third Grade: 2:30-3:15
Fourth Grade: 2:45-3:30
Fifth Grade: 2:45-3:30

Priceless memories
Yearbook Ordering is now open!
The DES Yearbook Committee is already hard at work planning this year’s book of memories and ordering is now open for families. The cost is $18 for a non-personalized yearbook (there are options available and there is a $1.25 credit card processing fee). Ordering is online at: Instructions are on the attached flier to help make it simple. Books will be delivered at the end of the year, but it would be great if you could order as soon as you can. If you have any questions, contact the Yearbook Committee at:
See the 2018-2019 DES Yearbook flier here

Stage Crew is recruiting members
Calling 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders that are interested in joining the Stage Crew for the DES Production of Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. If you are interested in building a pirate ship, creating Neverland, or helping to figure out how to make your friends fly, among other things, then stage crew is for you. The stage crew will meet every other Friday after school beginning on November 2nd. If you would like to join in the fun, please contact Greg Eggleston at

National Unity Day- Wednesday, October 24th
National Unity Day will be recognized in every school in Anne Arundel County. It’s a day for children to unite together for kindness, acceptance and inclusion! We are asking every child to come together and wear ORANGE as a message of hope and support because no child should ever experience bullying!

Mrs. Isett is looking for 6 parents who would like to guest read to an entire grade level (4-5 classrooms) on this day. A book will be preselected for you and each book will incorporate a positive message focused on tolerance. If you are interested, please email Mrs. Isett at  

Send in your Box Tops – Now please!
It’s time for the November 1st submission, so send in your Box Tops for Education. The last few years, we have celebrated and said thank you to the children by handing out freezer pops at Field Day. Thank you to the parents, grandparents, neighbors, etc. for keeping this program successful at DES. 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 again to everyone in advance for your full cooperation. If you have any questions please contact:


Fall Social sign-ups continue for 3rd-5th graders
Don’t miss the fun of the Fall Social with a DJ, music, food, activities, and more! See the flier online and sign up your students today by sending in the form with $5 payment. There will be NO sign-ups at the event. The Social Committee is also in need of volunteers to help at the social. Contact Katie Epperly at:
See the 2018 DES Fall Social flier here

24 Club registration still open for 3rd-5th grade
All students in 3-5th grades are welcome to join the 24 Game club. This math-focused club will meet on Thursdays, from 405 pm, starting on Oct. 25th. Led by teacher, Mrs. Yancey, the club will compete in the April competition for all area 24 Clubs. Fill out the registration form and send in to school.
See the 2018 24 Club flier here

Public Service Announcements:

Special Education Resource Fair
This community event will be held on Tuesday, October 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Severna Park Middle School, 450 Jumpers Hole Rd., Severna Park, 21146. Co-sponsored by the Anne Arundel Special Education Citizen Advisory Committee (SECAC) and the AACPS Division of Special Education, the fair will inform parents about the resources and supports available to special education students throughout the county.

Representatives from the AACPS Infants & Toddlers program, Rise for Autism, Parents Place of Maryland, and more groups will be on hand. For details, visit this link.

Crofton redistricting meetings continue
The Redistricting Advisory Committee is holding public meetings regarding the school boundaries for the new Crofton high school. The committee consists of two representatives from each school involved in boundary adjustments. These schools include: Crofton Elem., Crofton Meadows, Crofton Woods, Nantucket Elem., Piney Orchard Elem., Arundel Middle, Crofton Middle, Arundel High and South River High. Additional details on the redistricting process can be found online here.

Note that DES is not included on this committee as there is no anticipated impact to the attendance boundaries of this school.

All meetings are at Arundel HS (1001 Annapolis Rd., Gambrills 21054), 7-9 pm in the auditorium. Public is welcome to attend. Future meetings are on Tuesdays, Oct. 16, Oct. 23, Oct. 30. *Note: All dates may not be needed. The committee has met 3 times so far.

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