The month of February, 2018

DES PTO Gator Blast E-mail
Week of February 5-9, 2018
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It’s Gator Gamble Week!

Coming Up This Week: 
Tuesday, Feb. 6th: Dyslexia: Questions & Answers, information session, details below
Wednesday, Feb. 72 Hour early dismissal
Wednesday, Feb. 7: Math 24 Club cancelled today
Wednesday, Feb. 7: Skate Zone event, 4-6 pm, details below
Thursday, Feb. 8: Deadline to turn in Science Fair safety forms to science teacher
Thursday, Feb. 8: Report Cards distributed
Friday, Feb. 9: Assembly with Reptile World,  grades K-2 at 2:00, grades 3-5 at 3:00
Saturday, Feb. 10: GATOR GAMBLE, Fundraiser auction event, details 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:

It’s the Final Countdown!   
GATOR GAMBLE is Saturday Night!
Last Chance for tickets…
Are you ready??! Tickets are selling out quickly for the Gator Gamble event set for this Saturday, February 10th, starting at 6:30 pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. There’s still a limited number of tickets available, but you’ll have to act quickly. So, fill out the ticket order form attached and send it in ASAP!

Thanks to all of you for the awesome Class Baskets! And the teacher donations up for auction are truly amazing. Hundreds of great items will be up for auction. So whether you’re looking for lawn service, hotel and dining options, or a trip to Disney or Costa Rica — there’s something for everyone at the Gator Gamble!

80’s tribute band, The Reagan Years, will take us all back in time for the night. Wear your best 80’s outfit, and you might get picked as the winner of the costume contest. There will also be raffles, and a 50/50 winner too. Don’t forget the Prize Wheel with all kinds of items you can take home with you. Enjoy food, drinks, music, friends, and much more. It’s a fun night for a great cause.

Congratulations to all of the winners of the weekly prize-drawings for ticket holders. The parents won raffle tickets, and their students won a mega-80’s prize! We will pick another winner on Friday, so get your order forms in now.
See the Gator Gamble flier here

Skate Zone Pajama Party Wednesday
You’re all invited for a special DES gathering at Skate Zone this Wednesday, Feb. 7th, from 4-6 pm (it’s an early dismissal day). $5 admission, $4 skate rental. Come wearing your pajamas and you can win a prize at the door. Come out for the fun!

Spring Yoga Registration is now open for all grades
It’s Yoga time again! 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

Send in your Box Tops
It’s that time again – 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)
Thanks to everyone in advance for your full cooperation. If you have any questions please contact the chairperson: 

Recess Monitors are needed at DES
We need your help if you are available. Come in during recess and assist kids in grades 1-5 with games, supervise their safety, and accompany their bathroom trips! (No monitors needed for kindergarten) This volunteer position is Weather Permitting. Visit the link for more info. or to sign up:

Reminder: Presentation on Dyslexia at DES this Tuesday
Please join us at DES on Tuesday, Feb. 6th at 9:30 am for Dyslexia: Questions and Answers presented by Decoding Dyslexia Anne Arundel County and the DES Reading Specialists. The presentation will cover dyslexia warning signs, types of interventions, and information from the Maryland State Department of Education on dyslexia. Younger children are welcome, but childcare is not provided. There is also an upcoming community event you are invited to join. Decoding Dyslexia Maryland for Dyslexia Advocacy Day will be held on February 8th in Annapolis, see attached information.
See the Dyslexia Advocacy 2018 invite here

Congratulations to all our Geo-Bee’rs!
This year’s Geo Bee came to a close Friday morning with a fabulous showing of our 4th grade contestants who participated in the 2018 National Geographic Bee. Owen Hurson, Brody McConville, Garrett McCoy, Carly Reed and Matthew Robinson were given some really tough questions that even had the audience stumped. They all did a great job!  We commend them for putting in the time to learn more geography and participate in the Geo Bee competition. Congratulations to Owen Hurson – our 2018 DES Geo Bee champion!  

Public Service Announcements:

Calling all Lady Gator Lacrosse players!!
Gator Girls’ Lacrosse registration is OPEN!  We’d love to have your daughter join us for a fun season of lacrosse this spring!  Please go to the Davidsonville Athletic Association website to register at  We have openings for elementary schoolers in our Middie division (5th- 6th graders), Pee Wee division (3rd -4th graders) and in our Sticklettes program (K, 1st and 2nd graders). The season opens for Middies and PeeWees in early March with evaluations at the end of February. The Sticklettes season will open in April and will practice right here at DES.  If you have any questions, please contact the Commissioner at

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