The latest Gator Blast

DES PTO Gator Blast E-mail
Week of February 26-March 2, 2018
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No School Friday.
​And Spring is here in 22 days…

Coming Up This Week: 
Thursday, March 1: 
Spring Yoga session starts, details below

Thursday, March 1: 
Spring Cooking Club session starts, details below
Thursday, March 1: PTO Executive Board meeting, 7:30 pm

Friday, March 2: 
Deadline to turn in Mixed Bag fundraiser orders
Friday, March 2:
NO SCHOOL, parent-teacher conferences
Friday-Sunday, March 2-4: 
DES School Play, Madagascar Jr. at CMS, details below

A Look Ahead:
Friday, March 9:
 Deadline to sign up for Spelling Bee Club, details below
Friday, March 9: 
Deadline to sign up for Engineering Club, 
details below
Sunday, March 11: 
Daylight Savings Time begins, spring forward
Thursday, March 15: 
Engineering Club begins
Thursday, March 22: Spring Class/Group Pictures

Friday, March 23:
 Science Fair at DES

Friday, March 23:
 Candy Bar Bingo at DES, 6-8 pm
Saturday, March 24: Davidsonville Green Expo held at DES, 10 am-2 pm

Thursday-Monday, March 29-April 2:
NO SCHOOL, Spring Break
Wednesday, April 4:
 Kindergarten Registration begins

Thursday, April 19:
 DES School Spelling Bee

Saturday, May 12:
 Gator Gallop 5K/1 Mile Run/Fun Run

Here’s the News:

    It’s Showtime for Madagascar, Jr.   
The DES School Play is live this weekend!
Sunday, March 4th, 2:00 pm, Doors open at 1:30 pm

Come see this wonderful production by Davidsonville Elementary School performers! Although there is no cost for this performance, we ask that you consider making a donation at the show. 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). 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. We wish all of our performers the very best and congratulate you all on your hard work.

Register for tickets online at

Tennis program returns this April
Tennis sessions at DES are ready to begin on April 13th for ages 7 and up, and we’d love to get everyone registered prior to Spring Break. Kid-friendly instructors will help your child learn all about this great outdoor sport! The classes will be held on Fridays after school, from 3:55-4:55. Cost is $99 for 6 weeks (April 13-May 18). Registration is online, but send in checks to the school office (marked for Tennis) and payable to DES PTO. Register at:
See the 2018 Spring Tennis program flier here

Mixed Bag Fundraiser offers great stuff!
You should have received your information package last week for the ever-popular Mixed Bag catalog fundraiser. If you’re not familiar with this product line, these things are great! Their grocery bags are awesome and the easiest to keep inside your purse all the time. And the weekender bags and kitchen gadgets are so useful – we think you’ll be pleased with anything you order. We ask that you send in your order forms by Friday of this week, March 2nd. Or you or your friends and family can order online by clicking here for direct access. Thanks for helping to support the programs and projects of your DES PTO.

Reminder: Gator Gallop Running Club for grades 3-5
If you have a 3rd-5th grader who is interested in training for the Gator Gallop 5K on May 12, sign them up for the Gator Gallop Running Club!  We will be training on Mondays and Thursdays after school starting March 22. We will encourage good habits, good form, and having fun! Please see the attached flier for all the details, and send the form and snack fee back with your child to the attention of “Gator Gallop Running Club.”
See the 2018 Gator Gallop flier here

Reminder: Cooking Class now registering
Teach your children about healthy eating, nutrition and cooking in this 8 week session of Deliciously Nutritious Food Adventurers. Meeting on Thursdays after school (3:55 to 5:15), the class is open to all grade levels and will begin March 1st. Class costs $150, checks made out to DES PTO. Send in the registration form to the front office, marked for Cooking Class. For more info., contact Melissa Sherwood at 410-553-1182 or e-mail:
See the Spring 2018 Cooking Program flier here

Reminder: Engineering Club is back for Spring
All grade levels are welcome to this 10 week group, meeting on Thursdays before school (8:15-9:15) beginning March 15. Registration deadline is March 9th. Younger kids will be introduced to coding using Scratch and older kids will move up to a more advanced level of programming with Scratch Advanced. If you did not participate in the fall, no problem! *Scholarships may be available upon request. Send in registrations marked for “Engineering Club.” Contact Bunmi Emenanjo at with any questions.
See the 2018 Spring Engineering program flier here

Reminder: Spelling Club registration for grades 2-5
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). Note: your student does NOT have to take part in this club to participate in the Spelling Bee. Sign up deadline is March 9th. See the flier or contact Kasy Schnabel (
See the 2018 DES Spelling Club flier here

Public Service Announcements:

Language camps offered by AACPS
Still making summer plans? ​There are two great opportunities for students to learn about languages and culture hosted by AACPS and the Office of World & Classical Languages. The first will be held at Arlington Echo between June 25-29th for students in grades 1-5 and focuses on Spanish language. The second will be held between July 16-26th at Old Mill Middle School North and is for grades 4-6. This course offers students the chance to choose a focus on either Spanish, French, Italian, or Chinese language and culture. (Note grade levels indicate the grade for next school year.) Please see the fliers for additional details and the registration forms for each program.
See the 2018 Summer Language Camps fliers here

Frostbite 5K Fundraiser at SRHS
The first annual Frostbite 5K is a community event with the proceeds benefiting Sneakers for Senegal and the SRHS Prom Breakfast. Registration is now open for the race on March 17th. Visit the online link to register. Early bird deadline ends March 1st, so sign up today.

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