The latest Gator Blast

DES PTO Gator Blast
Week of March 11-15, 2019 

 Coming Up This Week: 
Monday, March 11: PTO Board meeting, 7:30pm
Tuesday, March 12: Spring Martial Arts program after school
Tuesday, March 12: Interims sent home
Wednesday, March 13: PTO staff luncheon
Thursday, March 14: Spring Engineering program begins, you can still register below
Friday, March 15: Cultural Arts assembly for K-2, 3pm

 A Look Ahead: 
Monday, March 18: Spring Running Club begins, details below
Tuesday, March 19: 3rd grade Field Trip make up
Friday, March 22: Science Fair judging
Friday, March 22: DES International Night, 6-7:30pm
Tuesday, March 26: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Friday, March 29: Spring Book Fair opening, with Ice Cream Social, details to come
Wednesday, April 3: Kindergarten registration begins
Wednesday, April 3: Preliminary Spelling Bee rounds, grades 2 & 4, 8am
Thursday, April 4: Preliminary Spelling Bee rounds, grades 3 & 5, 8am
Friday-Saturday, April 5-6: DES School Play performances, details below
Monday & Tuesday, April 8-9:
2 Hour Early Dismissal
Tuesday, April 9: Skate Zone event for DES, 5:30-7:30pm
Wednesday, April 10: Start of 4th marking period
Thursday, April 11: Spelling Bee final, 6pm
Saturday, May 11:Gator Gallop, 8 am at DAA Park
Friday, May 17: Spring Social for grades 2-5, details to come

Here’s the News:

Peter Pan, Jr!
Ticket sales start Monday for school play
Come see our talented DES performers in the school play, Peter Pan, Jr! Shows will be held at Central Middle School and performance dates are as follows: Friday, April 5 at 7 pm  •  Saturday, April 6 at 2 pm  •  Saturday, April 6 at 7 pm

General Admission tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 11 at 9 pm.  These seats are not assigned and you may sit in any available seat labeled as “General Admission.”  The links for each performance are below. Tickets are $5 plus a service fee of $1.27 each.  Any questions? Email desgatorplay@gmail.comPlease print your tickets from the website and have them in hand to enter the show.
For tickets to FRIDAY NIGHT Click Here
For tickets to SATURDAY MATINEE Click Here
For tickets to SATURDAY NIGHT Click Here

Spelling Bee Preliminary rounds sign-up for Grades 2-5
How do you spell success? You’ll never know if you don’t try, so register today for the preliminary rounds of the 2019 DES Spelling Bee! This is for students in grades 2-5. You must take part in these first rounds to qualify to continue. Deadline to register is April 2nd. To sign-up, e-mail chair Kasy Schnabel at: and include all the information listed on the flier.
See the 2019 DES Spelling Bee flier here

In recognition:
Volunteer of the Month for January
Lorianne Moss
Lorianne is currently the director and choreographer for the DES play, Peter Pan Jr, with 89 kids under her wing. The group has been rehearsing after school twice a week since the beginning of October.  She is also busy this spring as chair of the Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held March 22. Lorianne helps out regularly with the Book Fair, Newspaper Club, and Holiday Shoppe. She is frequently a field trip chaperone, and volunteers for Drown Proofing, Recess Relay, and helps with class parties.  Last year, she worked with the I Read You Read program.  Lorianne and husband Robert have two children at DES, Sofia (5th grade) and Natalie (1st grade).  The Moss family moved to Davidsonville in 2016.

The PTO salutes the volunteer spirit we see in Lorianne and we are so thankful that she chooses to donate her time so generously for the good of the students and school. Thank you Lorianne!


Final Chance
Engineering Program sign-up extended thru Monday 3/11
The Spring Engineering Program is still registering. The younger kids (K-3rd) will build cars using renewable energy while older kids (3rd-5th) will use basic coding skills to control an automated car to solve missions. This year we have included an option for 3rd graders – they get to pick which session they would like. Please indicate this on your registration. Classes are before school on Thursdays and start March 14. Contact Bunmi Emenanjo at with any questions.
See the 2019 Spring Engineering Grades K-3 form here
See the 2019 Spring Engineering Grades 3-5 form here

Spring Running Club still open for grades 3-5
Running Club 2019 will begin Monday, March 18. Send the registration form in by Friday, March 15. The cost is $10. Checks to: DES PTO, mark envelope: Spring Running Club. The group will meet in the cafeteria after dismissal, and then go outside to the upper field until 5pm pick-up. Meetings every Mon. and Thurs., ending May 9th. The goal is to help your child prepare for the Annual Gator Gallop, Sat., May 11th. Running techniques will be emphasized for pace, endurance, & proper breathing. Reach out to program chair Natalie Camuso anytime at:
See the 2019 Spring Running Club registration form here

Gator Gallop 5K /1 Mile /Fun Run Registration Open
Registration is open for the 2019 Gator Gallop fun run being held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Davidsonville Park. The event includes a 5K, the 1 mile, and the 100-yard gallop fun run. New this year, we’ve added a 5K & fun run registration category for those children that like to do both events, as well as the option for anyone to purchase additional t-shirts. Sign up the whole family today by clicking this link. Registration by April 25th is encouraged.

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