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DES PTO Gator Blast
Midweek Mail
November 14, 2018

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Lots of new info. and dates for you

School Pictures are in & you can order more
Parents, you are receiving your student’s school photo orders this week. Just a note that pictures of your children are also available online for you to order any additional photos or items you would like. You must have your child’s key code to place an order. Your key code was included in the package you received. If you have any questions, contact Classic Photography 410-203-1003 ext 112. The website to order at is:

Franklin’s Toys shopping discount good thru Friday
A reminder that you can get some holiday shopping done at Franklin’s Toys thru Friday of this week and enjoy a 10% discount on your total purchase! Franklin’s will also donate a portion of your sale to the DES PTO. It’s a great chance to save money and raise funds for the school. You can also shop online at, and use our school code “DAVID” at checkout and get the discount. 

The DES Holiday Shop is coming back!
Mark your calendar now for Wednesday, December 12th from 6-8 pm! The elves are arriving to help the kiddos of DES shop for their family and friends. Have your shopping list ready and they won’t need to empty their wallets because all items are priced between $1-$7. Parents can also shop our super awesome vendor & display tables or treat themselves to an awesome treat from the DES Delicious Desserts table while the kids shop. Pizza, snacks and drinks will also be sold. Bring the whole family for a fun night at our school! And, have the cameras ready because Santa has been known to stop by for a visit with the good kids of DES. 

If you are a crafter and have some homemade goods to sell, or are a direct sales vendor and would like to display/sell your products, we’d love to have you at our Holiday Shop!  E-mail Katie Epperly at If you’d like to donate to the dessert table, contact Saundra Doyle at:
See the 2018 Holiday Shoppe Flier here

DES Winter Concert dates
We know parents are anxious to fill in their calendars with upcoming events, so we’d like to share with you the plans for the winter performances of our talented musicians at DES. The Beginner Strings Concert will be held on Monday, Dec. 17th at 6:30 p.m. at DES. All other performance groups, including Band, Advanced Strings, and Chorus groups will perform on Monday, Dec. 10th at the South River High School auditorium (more details to come).

Book Fair continues
Students are loving the Fall Book Fair at DES with so many books and fun items to look at and to shop for. A reminder that the second Pastries for Parents takes place on Thursday, from 8:30-9:15 a.m. Students with last name M-Z are welcome to have parents attend and enjoy refreshments before shopping at the Fair together. The Book Fair will be at DES through Friday of this week and is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parents can also shop with students during their recess and before school. 

Get rolling at Skate Zone over Thanksgiving break
Looking for a fun idea over the break? Get to Skate Zone and use the attached coupons for a chance for a discount. One coupon gets up to 4 people free admission during Thanksgiving break for the 1-4 pm session (Wednesday, Nov. 21st or Friday, Nov. 23rd), and the 2nd coupon is a free slice of pizza & drink with a paid admission at the 7-11 pm session on Friday, Nov. 30th. Enjoy your break!
See the 2018 Skate Zone discounts flier here

You can still shop for Mixed Bags online
Thanks again to all who recently took part in the Fall Catalog sale for Mixed Bag. Your orders helped to raise over $3,000 for the DES PTO! There are still several orders awaiting pick-up in the front office if you are missing items. You can continue to order Mixed Bag products online for a limited time. Shipping is free for orders over $75 and can be shipped nationwide, so share the link with family and friends. Deadline to order in time for holiday delivery is December 13th and the Fundraiser ID is: 63508. You can shop using this link. Thank you!

PTO Student Directory mailed out this evening
The Student Directory, put together by the PTO Membership Committee, is ready. It will be sent as a separate e-mail tonight, and you can also find it on a password protected page of the website. Do yourself a favor and download the Directory and keep it on your computer or phone–it is so handy for playdates, homework requests and birthday party planning. Only PTO Members will be receiving the Directory. If you think you are a member, but do not receive an e-mail, please let us know and we can check our member roster. We have tried to align our e-mail database with the member list, but sometimes last names can vary. Thanks for understanding.

If you know that you did not join the PTO, but would still like to, please visit the link on the front page of the website to sign-up (you can even use PayPal). Thank you to everyone for your support, it makes a world of difference here at DES.

PTO seeking computer repair assistance
The PTO is looking for someone able to help us repair a technical problem with the laptop computer utilized by the PTO. If you are tech savvy and think you might be able to give us a hand, please contact the PTO at: Thanks for any offers of help.

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