Happy Admin Professionals Day!

DES Office Crew-
We appreciate you!

In recognition of all that they do, the DES PTO would very much like to honor our DES Front Office staff on this day.
We have dropped off some lovely flowers, gift cards, and sentiments to make sure you know you mean a lot to all of us.

Thank you to Liz, Amy, and Jackie!

A grateful PTO, staff, and parents

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2021/04/21/happy-admin-professionals-day/


4th Marking Period starts now

The end of the year is approaching…

Just a reminder that the last of the four marking periods for the 2020/2021 school year starts on Thursday, April 15th, 2021. So, not much time left to learn, laugh and enjoy school days.

It’s been quite a ride so far. Let’s keep going strong for this final stretch!

Go Gators!

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2021/04/15/4th-marking-period-starts-now/


School Picture Days are here



It’s time for school pictures at last. So get ready to smile whether you’re a hybrid or virtual family because there are options for both. See the Gator Blast & Principal Harris’ newsletters via e-mail for all the details.

Hybrid families will have to pick a date on a Sign-Up Genius. And don’t forget to pick up your art supplies if you have a 5th grader hybrid student.

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March 1st brings changes

We start again.

Some will be returning to the school as hybrid students.
Others will be continuing as virtual students.
Either way, new schedules, some new teachers too.

We wish everyone the very best as we all move forward together!

Go Gators!

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Welcome back teachers & staff!

Welcome Back Teachers
Thank You for sticking in there!

As we get ready to bring some life back to the school,
many teachers and staff members have returned to the building.

Please accept this small gesture
from the DES PTO.

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2021/02/19/welcome-back-teachers-staff/


Deadline for school option survey

Hybrid or Virtual?

The AACPS deadline to submit a preference on the learning model
in which you wish to enroll your child is 5 p.m. this Sunday, January 17th.
Visit the survey at www.aacps.org/spring2021survey before  5 p.m. Sunday 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.

More information, answers to frequently asked questions,
and the link to register is at www.aacps.org/spring2021survey

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2021/01/15/deadline-for-school-option-survey/


Joe Corbi’s Fundraiser ends January 15th

Joe Corbi’s is delicious!

You know you want to order some of this food!
Make your orders online and have them
shipped to the Feb. 3rd distribution event to avoid shipping charges.

Check out all the yummy treats, desserts, pizzas & more!
Help the DES PTO raise funds
help your family make some super fun meals together!

 See the Joe Corbi’s Fundraiser flyer here and jump on over to the website using this link.
You’ll need the organization code, it’s 9833.

Order Now!

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2021/01/13/joe-corbis-fundraiser-ends-january-15th/


Dining for Davidsonville

Sunday, December 27th   /   10:30 a.m. to 9:00 pm

Harvest Thyme in our own lovely Davidsonville is hosting an entire day of fundraising for the DES PTO.
You can order by phone, or dine in (get reservations) – either way, a percentage of proceeds will benefit the school.

It’s local, it’s delicious, and we are so grateful.

Harvest Thyme
Modern Kitchen & Tavern
1251 W. Central Ave.
Davidsonville, MD 21035


Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2020/12/26/dining-for-davidsonville/


Happy Holidays!

Season’s Greetings!

The DES PTO wishes all of our school families
a very warm & wonderful holiday break.
We’ll see you back at school on January 4th (virtually).

We hope you get to share some memories with friends & family,
enjoy your traditions, and perhaps, make some new ones!

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2020/12/23/happy-holidays/


We are ready for you winter!

Can snow and ice still affect a school day?

While we are learning in our homes and may seem warm and snug, winter weather conditions may still interfere with some school operations. So if you are ever in doubt due to weather, be sure to visit www.aacps.org and check out the top of the front page for advisory on school for that day.

AACPS will also post on social media and as they seem to love Twitter, it’s good practice to check there and keep an eye on Facebook where parents will be posting all about it.

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2020/12/03/we-are-ready-for-you-winter/


Happy Thanksgiving!

The DES PTO would like to share a very special holiday wish with all of our DES families to enjoy your time off together. This unusual year makes us even more grateful for all of the things we do have and for those we love. Happy holidays everyone!

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2020/11/24/happy-thanksgiving/


Report Cards will be online

Just a reminder that AACPS has announced that all student report cards for the first term will be available on Parent Portal beginning Nov. 23rd. If you do not yet have access to Parent Portal, you should contact front office staff at DES at 410-222-1655.

Note, there will not be any paper report cards for this marking period.

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Dining for D’ville!

Grab drive-thru at
Chick-Fil-A Edgewater,
5-8 pm Wednesday, Nov. 11th

Get dinner, raise funds – now that’s easy to do.
Join us for the special Dining for Davidsonville.
Just let them know you’re there for the DES Spirit Night.

Thank you for your support!

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Spanish Program link fix

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/


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/


Students enjoy two days off for conferences

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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.

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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/


We are ALL the PTO

Now is the time to


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/


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/

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