The latest Gator Blast

DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of June 10-14, 2019

And so we continue the countdown…
Last Day is Friday.

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, June 10:
 Disney Dazzle Music event for all grades, 2:50pm
Tuesday, June 11: Book Swap for grades 1-5
Thursday, June 13 & Friday, June 14: 2-hour early dismissal
Thursday, June 13: 5th grade promotion event, 6:30pm
Friday, June 14: Last day of school

A Look Ahead:
Tuesday, Sept. 3: School opens for Grades 1-5, 6, and 9 only
Tuesday, Sept. 3 & Wednesday, Sept. 4: Kindergarten Conferences

Here’s the News:

Hot off the Presses!
The June edition of The Gator Gazette is here!
The staff of the DES Newspaper club has been writing, reporting, and toiling away to create the final issue for this school year. They offer lots of information about summer break, tips for 5th graders leaving DES, and a whole bunch of fun included for all! The PTO would like to say a big thank you to to the whole Gazette staff and club chair Cathy Manofsky for all of their hard work this year. You can read it online here, or download the file.
The Gator Gazette – June

Gators are year-round readers
Once again DES has put together a Summer Reading Challenge website for parents and students. The site has links to the Anne Arundel County Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge and lots of ideas for customizing a plan for summer reading. Students’ participation in a program is optional, but it can keep reading fun all summer long. Look for more summer reading info to come home with your students. Here’s the link to the site

In Recognition:
Volunteer of the Month for June
Fiona Goodwin
The DES PTO announces that Fiona Goodwin has been named Volunteer of the Month for June, 2019. Fiona has volunteered for years at DES in varying roles. She has put a lot of time into the Sea Perch program for 5th graders, even when she didn’t currently have a student in the program. Fiona comments that she wanted to empower young girls to become engineers like herself and to lead them to love science and math. Fiona and her husband Iain live in Davidsonville with their daughters, including DES 5th grader Charley. The Goodwin family is very involved with the Davidsonville Athletic Association (DAA) and joins in wherever help is needed. The entire community is thankful for the Goodwins.

The family is currently dealing with a deep personal loss and so many people at DES are sending them the most sincere wishes for healing. See below for information on a memorial event this week.

See anything familiar?
Get your Lost & Found items NOW
End of the school year and the Lost & Found is overflowing again! So many jackets, lunchboxes (?) and water bottles. We snapped photos for you all to get a look, but it can hardly do justice to the number of items. If you’d like to take a look this week, come to the school and let the office know. Chances are good that most of these items will be donated after the school year ends. It’s a valuable lesson to write your students’ name in and on their items next year! 

Volunteer Awards – Volunteer of the Year is Melissa Robinson
The Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast event last week featured several recognitions for some DES volunteers. The PTO presented the annual Volunteer of the Year award to Melissa Robinson, who has served as the PTO Fundraising Chairperson for the past 3 years at DES. She has taken on many roles here, handling the Social Committee, field trips, classroom help, and PTO functions galore! The Gator Gamble has benefitted from hundreds, if not thousands, of her hours over the past 3 years. DES cannot thank you enough Melissa for all that you’ve done. Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Year for 2018/2019!

A big thanks to ALL of our DES volunteers. The students at the Volunteer event had so very many thanks and shared so many great memories that the PTO and all of the parents help to make possible. Thanks to all of the students and staff, especially Mrs. Appel, who helped to coordinate this wonderful event for volunteers.


School Supply ordering extended
Order next year’s school supplies now and save SO much time! Select your grades, make the order, and your student’s supplies will be waiting on desks when they meet the teacher before next school year starts! Teachers also need items like tissues, hand sanitizer, and more. Each grade has an optional list so you can purchase those items as well if desired. Ordering has been extended through the end of June.
See the 2019 DES School Supply order form here

Summer reading book swap
The reading teachers at DES are hosting a Book Swap for students in grades 1-5. A flier came home about it, but in case you missed it, collection days will be held on Monday, June 10 before school in the cafeteria. Donate 1 book to select 1 book at the Swap event on June 11th, (any additional books will be donated to classrooms). Books must be in very good condition, no activity books, board books, or sticker books. The AACPL mascot Sneaks will visit during the Swap.

Public Service Announcements:

Celebration of Libby Goodwin is Wednesday
A celebration of former DES student Libby Goodwin is being held at DAA Park this Wednesday, June 12th at  6pm. This will be a time for family and friends to share their memories of Libby, remember the smile that made us all smile, and show the Goodwin family your support. See the flyer, for all the details of the event and how to donate, in lieu of flowers, per the family’s request. Any questions about the event, can be directed to

Note: A shuttle will be provided from Holy Family church on 214 to DAA Park. The expected times of departure are 5:15pm and 5:45pm. After the ceremony, the expected departures are 7:30pm and 7:50pm. If times or location change, we will try to send an update.
See the Goodwin Celebration file here

Hello, Rising 6th Grade Parents!
CMS PTSA publishes a weekly eBlast, usually Sunday nights, with school and community information. You do not have to be a member of PTSA to receive blasts, though we would love to have all parents and families join. If you would like to put your email on the list to start receiving eBlasts, please email your name, your student’s name, and your email address to We look forward to seeing you next year!

Summer just starting?
Fall sports registration opens up with DAA
Davidsonville Athletic Association (DAA) offers a range of Fall Sports.  Fall registration is now open for Field Hockey, Football, Fall Soccer, and more.  Fall Registration for SMLL Baseball, Volleyball, Adaptive Lacrosse and Lax Academy opens soon. For more information and to register, please visit

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