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DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of May 20-24, 2019 

No school for Kindergarten Monday & Tuesday
Beginner Strings Concert Thursday

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, May 20-Tuesday, May 21: Kindergarten Conferences, No school K only
Monday, May 20-Wednesday, May 22: Grade 4 Field Trip to Arlington Echo
Tuesday, May 21: Kindergarten Orientation, 2pm
Thursday, May 23: Beginner’s String Concert at DES, 6:30pm

A Look Ahead:
Monday, May 27: NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 28: PTO General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, May 28 & Wednesday, May 29: Talent Show tryouts, 4-5:30pm at DES
Wednesday, May 29: 5th Grade Picnic at Sandy Point
Friday, May 31: Field Day at DES
Monday, June 3: Donuts With Dads, 8:15-9:15am
Tuesday, June 4: Rehearsal for DES Talent Show at SRHS, 5pm
Wednesday, June 5: DES Talent Show at SRHS, 6:30pm
Thursday, June 6: Cultural Arts school assembly, BMX biking
Thursday, June 6: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at DES, 9:30 am, details below

Here’s the News:

School Supply ordering is open now
Did you know you can order ALL of your school supplies for next year RIGHT NOW at home in just a few minutes? The PTO is once again offering online School Supply ordering. All the lists have been assembled for you, so pick your grades, make the order, and your student’s supplies will be waiting on their desks when they meet the teacher before next school year starts! Amazing! 

Note that teachers no longer may put classroom supplies on their lists, but we think they still need things like tissues, hand sanitizer, and more. So, each grade has an optional list included so everyone can purchase those items as well. Thank you so much. Let us know if you have any problems ordering.
See the 2019 DES School Supply order form here

Stop The Bleed program coming to DES
May 28th Parent Program can help to save a life
The DES PTO is pleased to present the third parent program of the school year on Tuesday, May 28th at 6:30 pm. “Stop the Bleed” is a popular program nationwide because it trains participants to respond in a crisis/emergency situation that may involve injury.  Learning these few techniques could save a life whether at work or in the community. We are hoping many of you join us to learn some of this important information. The program will be held at DES at 6:30 pm, with the PTO General Membership meeting following at 7:30 pm. If you would like to attend, click here for a quick RSVP.


Last chance for the fundraising survey
Thank you SO much to all of you that have filled out the fundraising survey. The response has been great! Before we shut it down, we’d like to offer everyone one more invitation to complete the survey and give us your opinions on fundraising by the DES PTO. We are reading your responses and hope to have a summary to offer at the May 28th PTO General Membership Meeting. You can find the survey here: DES PTO Fundraising Survey 2019

Field Day T-shirts available thru Wednesday
Field Day is coming up at DES on Friday, May 31st and you can order your t-shirt now online. All field day T-shirt orders need to be received by Wednesday, May 22. Cost is $5 per shirt. Order online today at this link.

Register for the Volunteer Breakfast June 6
DES students and staff invite you to attend a Volunteer Appreciation Luau Breakfast on Thursday, June 6th at 9:30 in the DES Media Center. The event will feature an ono (tasty) breakfast buffet and student mahalo (thank you) presentations. Please RSVP to attend by June 3rd online at this link or by an email to Pat Appel.

Donuts with Dad is June 3rd
Join us Monday June 3rd from 8:15am-9:15am in the cafeteria. Click this link to RSVP. Please include the total number in attendance. Reminders: Do not park in faculty/staff spots the morning of the event. Also. you must remain with your children until 9:15 or leave them with a responsible adult friend. 

In Recognition:
Volunteer of the Month for April
Rebecca Brunelle
The DES PTO is pleased to announce that Rebecca Brunelle has been selected as the Volunteer of the Month for April, 2019. We asked her for a brief bio of herself, so in her own words:

“We were new to DES last year and I was overwhelmed with the number of volunteer opportunities. I love the level of parent involvement and staff support. Last year, I participated in the I Read, You Read Program. For the past two years, I’ve volunteered on the Social Committee, helping with the Fall Social, Muffins with Mom, and Donuts with Dad. I helped manage 3rd graders for last year’s play Madagascar Jr. and this year took on a more active role as co-stage manager for Peter Pan Jr. I really enjoyed that experience. Finally, I volunteer for the fall and spring Book Fairs. This year, I became a chairperson and will be taking over the event side of things next year as my mentor Melissa Allen says good-bye to DES.

I live in Riva/Annapolis Landing (BEST neighborhood ever!) with my husband, Jon and twin 9 year-old boys Aden and Alex. When I’m not volunteering, I enjoy walking with friends (Hi Lisa!) and spending time with my family. Sadly, next year is our last at DES, I look forward to making it a memorable one!”

The DES PTO salutes the fantastic volunteer spirit you have Rebecca! Thanks for jumping in all over the place and helping to make DES more special every day.

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