Oct
19

Spanish Program link fix

Oops…
Not sure what happened, but if you’re looking for the link to register
for the Spanish Language Program, here it is:

2020 Spanish Program at DES

Sorry about the glitch.

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2020/10/19/spanish-program-link-fix/

Oct
17

School program choice selection due Monday

The AACPS deadline to submit a preference on the learning model in which you wish to enroll your child is now at 5 p.m. this Monday, October 19th. Go to www.aacps.org/oct2020familyreopening before  5 p.m. on Monday, October 19, to indicate your preference.

Families that do not register a preference will have their students enrolled in virtual learning for the remainder of the school year, which is the Virtual Full-Year Model. More information, answers to frequently asked questions, and the link to register is at www.aacps.org/oct2020familyreopening.

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2020/10/17/school-program-choice-selection-due-monday/

Oct
12

Students enjoy two days off for conferences

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2020/10/12/students-enjoy-two-days-off-for-conferences/

Oct
11

PTO General Member Meeting

Join us this Tuesday at 7:30 pm for
a virtual PTO General Membership Meeting.

We’ll be talking a bit about our plans for the year, clubs, programs, and activities. We ask for current PTO members to vote on the annual budget, so make sure you have joined for this school year. Please note that this is not a forum for discussion on AACPS school plans and policy. We will be talking about everything else that we want to do. So, join in and let us know if you have anything you’d like to see at the school this year, or any creative ideas for this unique moment in time. We look forward to seeing you!

See the Sunday Gator Blast for the Zoom meeting link.

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2020/10/11/pto-general-member-meeting/

Oct
02

And we continue…

Lots of chatter about upcoming decisions and discussions at the AACPS level of things. The Board of Education has an upcoming meeting next Wednesday, Oct. 7th at 6:00 pm. You can always tune in live to these meetings or watch the recording later.

They have also announced some planning talks for next Monday & Tuesday to discuss clubs, athletics, and various policies surrounding all of these things. The DES PTO is tuning in as some of these decisions impact what we are planning for the year.

Hopefully, we’ll have some news soon on how things are progressing as we move forward. If you have opinions, you can reach out to the AA County Board of Education at any time. Visit the Board page at this link.

Meanwhile, keep reading the Gator Blast. We have upcoming spirit wear sales, Unity Day is coming back around, and we’ll let you know everything as soon as we do. Go Gators!

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2020/10/02/and-we-continue/

Sep
18

We are ALL the PTO

Now is the time to

JOIN THE PTO!

It’s simple.
It’s important.
It’s appreciated.

Click here, fill out the form, submit & head to Paypal.

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2020/09/18/we-are-all-the-pto/

Sep
01

Welcome to the world of Virtual DES 2020!

Back to School artHello Gators!
We are so excited to go
back to school with all of you.

While we may not all be back in the same building yet, we will all be working together to make the best year possible. Let’s learn & laugh. Let’s imagine, believe & achieve. We’ve got lots to do.

Your DES PTO is busy making plans, brainstorming, solving problems, and listening to ideas. Please jump right in and join with us as we move into a very special 2020/2021 school year. We are looking into virtual programs, fun outdoor options, and anything we can do to liven things up and get everyone going!

Sign up for the Gator Blast weekly e-mails right off the bat. If you got the e-mails in previous years, you’re already set. This is the best way to keep up with everything that comes up. We include info. from and about the school, about the PTO, about school board decisions, community programs focused on kids and families, and any general news that we think is worth sharing.

Next, we ask if you would officially join the PTO by filling out the membership form and paying the very reasonable annual dues. We will include your family in our yearly Student Directory and we will use the funding to support the many, many projects, purchases, and programs that the PTO helps to bring to life at DES.

As we get going, we want to be available to answer any of your questions that you just can’t find answers to. Please reach out to the PTO and we will try to help with whatever you might need. We’ll let you know when regular meetings get started and you’ll be hearing from us via the Gator Blast each week. We do try and keep this site updated, but we hope you understand that all of this work is done by volunteers who have kids too. So, be patient as we go and if you are willing to volunteer in any way, we can probably put you to work somehow. News on volunteer opportunities would normally be everywhere, but this year is a bit different than most. Keep an ear out and we’ll let you know when we need some help. Davidsonville Elementary is known for its amazing volunteer participation and we plan to keep that energy going this year. Thanks ahead of time.

We strive to build bridges between the school and families, and we look forward to working with all of you as we make these elementary school years the absolute best they can be for our children!

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2020/09/01/welcome-to-the-world-of-virtual-des-2020/

Apr
24

Time Out

Just a notice that this website will not be maintained as long as the school is on delay. All activities and planned events of the DES PTO have been suspended for the remainder of the school year. Apologies for all the unrest, but obviously, there’s nothing we can do.

We’ll spread word of anything we need to share, but the site and the Gator Blast will be fairly inactive until we gear up for the 2020-2021 school year.

Enjoy your spring and summer everyone. Best of luck to all as we navigate the COVID shutdown.

 

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2020/04/24/time-out/

Apr
01

The latest Gator Gazette is here!

Just when you thought all was quiet at DES…

Our junior journalists have finished assembling the most recent edition of the DES Gator Gazette. This student newspaper features the work of the newspaper club and we are proud to welcome their efforts to finish this up for everyone to enjoy.

Click here for the Spring Gator Gazette.

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2020/04/01/the-latest-gator-gazette-is-here/

Mar
29

School & Life on pause

So, you may have noticed the limbo we are all living within.

The DES PTO Board is still looking after things and hoping to hold our first virtual meeting this week or next. We are monitoring all of our projects and concerns.

If you have any questions, or remarks to share, please reach out to us. Addresses are available at the bottom of each week’s Gator Blast E-mail Newsletter. Or check out the Contact Us page on this website.

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2020/03/29/school-life-on-pause/

Mar
12

Gator Gamble dinner canceled

We are so sad to announce…

In the wake of uncertainty about the Corona Virus that is causing world troubles, AACPS has announced that all school events and any set to happen in school facilities will be canceled. At this time, we are uncertain of any future plans, so the DES PTO has elected to simply announce the cancellation and get back to you when we know more.

For all those who purchased dinner tickets, we are asking for your patience until we can figure out all of our options moving forward. Secondly, in case the event must be completely cancelled, we hope you might consider your purchase a donation to the PTO. Again, this is just an idea at this point and we will let you know of any future decisions.

As for the online auction that took place, items that were purchased have been sent home with students when that is an option. Larger items or special goods will be delivered by an event volunteer. You can contact the PTO by e-mail if you have questions at DESPTOGatorGamble@gmail.com.

Thank you SO much to all of you who have supported the PTO with auction purchases and by buying tickets for the dinner event. And good luck to all of us as we deal with this unprecedented situation.

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2020/03/12/gator-gamble-dinner-canceled/

Feb
24

The All-New Gator Gamble is here!!!!

7th Annual
GATOR GAMBLE – The Family Edition 
 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Registration & Ticket Sales
Are Now OPEN!

Online Auction – March 4-11
Spaghetti Dinner event – March 13, 6-8 pm at DES

By popular demand, the DES PTO Gator Gamble event is back again this year, but with a twist! This year, we are trying something new… we are having a family-friendly dinner AND our entire auction will be online, which will extend the bidding to the families and friends of Davidsonville Elementary School, both near and far. The online auction will be open for only one week (March 4-11). So plan to bid early, and bid often!

After The Auction Closes…
Please join us for a family-style Italian dinner at Davidsonville Elementary School on Friday, March 13 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend this lovely event! Pick up your online auction winnings, have a delicious spaghetti and meatballs dinner, and enjoy performances from our DES student entertainers. Did we mention the Bake Sale for desserts? 

Some special student experiences you may have seen for auction in previous years and several awesome kid-friendly raffle prizes will ONLY be available at the dinner event, so you don’t want to miss out!

To register for the online auction and purchase tickets
for the Spaghetti Dinner, go to the event website:
***** CLICK HERE ***** 

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2020/02/24/the-all-new-gator-gamble-is-here/

Feb
05

Valentine’s Day Parties

And the holidays continue…

Valentine’s Day is coming next week and the annual Classroom Parties will let everyone have some fun! Each grade will hold their parties at the scheduled time listed below. Parents are welcome to attend, but we do request no siblings come along. Also note that if your student’s party ends later in the day, please plan on removing your car from the bus loop parking lot before buses show up. Your Room Parent should be in touch with plans and requests.

Party Schedule:
Kindergarten – 11:15-12:15 pm
1st grade – 1:45-2:30 pm
2nd grade – 2:30-3:15 pm
3rd grade – 2:00-2:45 pm
4th grade – 11:00-11:45 am
5th grade – 2:45-3:30 pm

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2020/02/05/valentines-day-parties/

Jan
31

Thanks for Family Fitness Fun

Just a huge shoutout to everyone who helped with making our first Family Fitness Fun Night happen!

Many local businesses stepped up and hosted tables and offered information, practice sessions, samples, and discounts. We owe a big debt of gratitude to them.

Thanks also to our parent helpers who helped to bring it all together. Great snacks, and fun for all. Finally, thanks to our students and families who came to check it all out!

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2020/01/31/thanks-for-family-fitness-sponsors/

Jan
18

Save the date & sign up for the Gallop

Gator Gallop 2020

Just a reminder, all families are reminded to sign up for this spring’s DES Gator Gallop on Saturday, May 9th at Davidsonville Park. The event includes the 5K, the 1 mile for kids, and the 100 yard Gallop for kids as well as pre-race warm-ups, post-race refreshments, a Mascot chase and more! Visit the registration site to find out more about this fun, annual event. Register at this link. Registration is open through April 23rd.

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2020/01/18/save-the-date-sign-up-for-the-gallop/

Jan
12

Donate your old sports gear…

Clear out the closets, get that stuff out of the garage.
We are trying our hardest to organize a Sports Gear Swap!

But, we need your help!!
Bring in your used gear (pads, balls, sticks, and everything in between).

Please, send it in this week so we can swap at the Family Fitness event on January 24th.
Items accepted through Friday, Jan. 17th.

 

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2020/01/12/donate-your-old-sports-gear/

Jan
08

PTO Meeting

Join us at a PTO Meeting
Thursday, January 9th, 2020.
7:30 p.m. in the Media Center at DES

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2020/01/08/pto-meeting/

Jan
04

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2020 everyone!
Back to school means back to work.
The future is now…

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2020/01/04/happy-new-year/

Dec
06

Holiday Shoppe is here

Monday, December 9th  –  6:00-8:00 pm

The Annual PTO Holiday Shoppe at DES is ready to go jingling along!
All kids are welcome to come and shop with the help of our super elves.
Parents can mingle, shop the vendor tables, the bake sale, and look around while they wait.
The whole family can get pizza and enjoy a visit with the special guest of honor – Santa himself!

Please join us for this special night.

Happy Holidays to you and your family.

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2019/12/06/holiday-shoppe-is-here/

Nov
24

We are Thankful

The PTO Board at Davidsonville Elementary often says “Thanks.”
Yet, it never feels like enough.

We are thankful that you choose to work with us, to share with us, and trust us.
We are grateful that we can all make these magical years more amazing for our children.
We are appreciative that we work with an active parent group with folks that show up, give often, and roll up their sleeves to get things done.
We are so full of praise for the teachers & staff who join us as members and help us throughout the year – like the team that we should be.

It’s not as common as you might think. In fact, it’s downright rare in some places.

So, in case nobody’s said it to you lately:

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2019/11/24/we-are-thankful/

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