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Week of February 12-16, 2018
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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Get your School Play tickets NOW!

Coming Up This Week: 
Wednesday, Feb. 14: Class Valentine’s Parties, see schedule below

A Look Ahead:
Monday, Feb. 19: NO SCHOOL, Presidents Day
Tuesday, Feb. 20-Friday, Feb. 23: Jump Rope for Heart at DES
Wednesday-Thursday, Feb. 21-22: Vision and Hearing screenings
Friday-Sunday, March 2-4: DES School Play performances, info. to come
Thursday-Monday, March 29-April 2: NO SCHOOL, Spring Break
Wednesday, April 4: Kindergarten Registration begins
Saturday, May 12: Gator Gallop 5K/1 Mile Run/Fun Run

Here’s the News:

Wow – That Gator Gamble was a FUN night!
The Gator Gamble event on Saturday night was a huge success! All of those items to bid on, the live band, the crowd, and those costumes – it’s hard to describe in words. Suffice to say that it was indeed a fun fundraiser. We absolutely couldn’t do it without the entire DES community joining together for every aspect of such a huge undertaking. So THANK YOU to all of you for helping to create a memorable event. The parents, the businesses, the teachers and staff all made this happen. And our many thanks to the hard-working members of the Gator Gamble Committee for the many months of effort they put into making this event come to life. Long live the 1980’s!

Madagascar, Jr!
It’s Time for the DES School Play: 
Sunday, March 4th at 2 pm, doors open at 1:30 pm

Come see this wonderful production by Davidsonville Elementary School performers! Although there is no cost for the Sunday show, we ask that you consider making a donation at the performance. Proceeds will go to Relay for Life/American Cancer Society and the Forever Fierce Foundation (cash is welcome or make checks payable to the American Cancer Society).

Please note that there is a 6 ticket per family limit for this performance and that all tickets are General Admission, unassigned seating. Be sure to bring your printed ticket with you as it is required for admission. Not having your printed tickets seriously slows down admission & seating.
Register for tickets at You will need to act quickly as we expect this show to sell out very rapidly. Our Friday and Saturday night shows sold out during pre-sale ticketing for our cast and crew member families.
Madacasgar – A Musical Adventure JR. is presented through special arrangement with, and all authorized materials are supplied by, Music Theatre International, New York, NY.

Duz yor cheyuld lyke tew spele?
If so, they should sign up for the spelling club! The DES Spelling Bee Club is for children grades 2-5 who love to spell and/or want to improve their spelling abilities. The club members meet after school on Fridays (starting March 9 and ending April 13) practicing spelling words and learning to spell in front of an audience (preparation for the bee). For more information, please refer to the attached flier and contact Kasy Schnabel ( with any questions. Sign up deadline is March 9th.
See the 2018 DES Spelling Club flier here

Reminder: Spring Yoga Classes registering now, all grades
Whole Kids Yoga classes offer fun, and more than just yoga. We have two sessions available to include all grade levels. K-2 class held on Monday afternoons, 3rd-5th grade class is Tuesday mornings. Registrations for both sessions are due by March 1st. Cost is $125, send in your form soon. See the fliers for info. Contact: Amy Starkey with any questions or call 917-601-3431.
See the K-2 2018 Spring Yoga flier here
See the 3-5 2018 Spring Yoga flier here

Valentine’s Party schedule
Once again, here is the schedule for class Valentine’s parties on February 14. Your room parent should be in touch with you to organize donations and volunteers for your student’s party. Parking may be an issue, so plan ahead and if you have a later party time, plan on having your car out of the bus lot prior to the arrival of buses.
Kindergarten        12:30-1:15
1st Grade              1:45-2:30
2nd Grade             2:30-3:15
3rd Grade              2:30-3:15
4th Grade              3:00-3:45
5th Grade              2:30-3:15

Reminder: Box Tops needed now
Start sending in your box tops and we will celebrate by having freezer pops at Field Day.  Keep in mind the following when sending in your box tops:
· Box Tops much 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)

In Recognition:
Volunteer of the Month for December

Heather Malcomson
Heather was chosen as DES Volunteer of the Month for December! Heather is the chairperson for the Media Helpers Committee and coordinates Student Picture Day.  Additionally, she also co-chairs the Mighty Milers running club. You will also find Heather helping out with the 1st grade book closet, serving as guest reader, and chaperoning many field trips. Heather has also volunteered with Teacher Appreciation Week in the past.

Heather works part-time as a librarian at Calvert Library.  Aside from books, she loves to boat, hike, and travel with her husband Chuck and kids Charlotte (4th grade), and Weston (1st grade).

Thanks for all that you do for the students and staff Heather! You are awesome.

Public Service Announcements:

STEM Expo at Central Middle School Feb. 22
Everyone is invited to attend a fun and educational night at the STEM Expo hosted by Central Middle School. This event is set for Thursday, Feb. 22nd, from 5:30-7:30 pm at CMS. This annual event has been growing each year and offers all types of activities and interesting displays for people of all ages. From gardening to robotics, there’s a lot to see. Guests are asked to donate any old or unused crayons to donate at the door for the Crayon Initiative, you can win a prize for donating.
See the CMS STEM Expo flier here

DAA Spring Soccer Registration Open
Spring is just around the corner and DAA Spring Soccer is open for registration. Youth development  for birth year 2011 and younger and County Soccer (birth year 2010 and older). Please register early to avoid being wait listed or having to pay late fees (start 22nd Feb). Youth development will play on Friday nights. County soccer practicing twice a week and games on weekends. Register at www. or for more information contact either or

Save the Date for the 2018 Riva 5K
Saturday, April 28th at 9 am, the Riva 5K Run & Walk will be held in the neighborhoods of Berkshire, Annapolis Landing, and Waterford. A fun event for all, proceeds benefit the Annapolis Gigi’s Playhouse, a Down Syndrome Achievement Center. For details, check the flier.
See the 2018 Riva 5K flier here

Parents can explore Camps, Qualify for discounts at Camp Fair
Families can explore summer camps and activities and sign up for programs at discounted rates during two Chesapeake Family LIFE Camp Fairs.
The Annapolis Camp Fair will be Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Annapolis Area Christian School Campus, 716 Bestgate Rd, Annapolis 21401. The Camp Fair will be in the gymnasium. The Bowie Camp Fair will be Saturday, March 25, 2017, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the City of Bowie Gymnasium, 4100 Northview Dr, Bowie 20716.
Chesapeake Family Life Camp Fairs are free for parents and children to attend. Parents are encouraged to pre-register to receive a list of special discounts available when they register for a summer program at Camp Fair. Parents can register to attend either Camp Fair and find out more at
See the Chesapeake Family Camp flier here

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