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PTO General Membership Meeting

Join us this Tuesday, January 10, at 7-8 pm for
a PTO General Membership Meeting in the DES Media Center.

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The Holiday Shoppe is December 1st!

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PTO Meeting

Join us Tuesday, September 13th from 7-8 pm in the media center for our first meeting of the school year. Light refreshments will be served.

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The Gator Gallop Is Back!

The Gator Gallop is BACK! On May 14th we’ll be Racing, Running, or Walking to the finish line!  The Gator Gallop is open to everyone, and you can sign up today for any of the following distances:
5K (scenic route around DAA Park) – 8:00 a.m.
1 mile (kids 4-11; an out and back along the paved trail) – 9:00 a.m.
100-yard gallop (just for kids on the football field) – begins just after the 1-mile race ends
Please see the registration flyer attached for additional details!  Register by April 22 at: https://tinyurl.com/gatorgallop
To make this happen, we also need a lot of volunteers like you! Click the link below to sign up!

2022 Gator Gallop Flyer_PDF PRINT

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2022/04/03/the-gator-gallop-is-back/


Picture Day Is Friday, April 1st

Spring Pictures Friday!
Spring Pictures are on 4/1/2022!
Skip the order form and click the link below to pre-order before picture day


Please Note: Pre-ordering will close at 6 am on picture day.

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2022/03/27/picture-day-is-friday-april-1st/


The Spring Book Fair

Come out and shop the Spring Scholastic Book Fair this week!
Hours are:
Monday 3/21 11:15am-3:00 pm
Tuesday 3/22 11:15am-3:00 pm and 4pm-6:30pm
Wednesday 3/23 11:15 am-3:00 pm
Thursday 3/24 11:15 am-3:00 pm
Friday 3/25 11:15am-1:45 pm

Park in the main lot and enter through the gym

Permanent link to this article: https://despto.org/2022/03/20/the-spring-book-fair/


Joe Corbi Fundraiser ends 1/21/2022!

Joe Corbi pizza kits are the greatest way to brighten up any dinner. Fun for the whole family to make together! Orders are due by Friday, January 21st. Not registered yet? Click here to register by scrolling down to Participant Registration. Use our organization code: 9833

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The Holiday Shoppe is December 14th!

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Family Involvement Conference

We invite you to The Office of School and Family Partnerships’ Family Involvement Conference…

Stress and the Brain: Developing Resilient Kids

The Family Involvement Conference offers a variety of online breakout sessions linked to our theme of Developing Resilient Kids and supporting the emotional wellbeing of the children in your care.

The Keynote Presentation and all Breakout Sessions will be prerecorded for you to watch at your convenience, December 1-3, 2021.

On the morning of December 4, from 9am-12pm, you will have the opportunity to engage in up to six live discussions with the presenters of the Breakout Sessions. Live discussions will be based upon information shared in the prerecorded sessions.

Register for the conference and learn more details, including information about the Keynote and Breakout Sessions, at our website: https://www.aacps.org/Page/8080. Registrants will receive access information prior to the conference.

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Get Your Gator Gear Today!

Click here to grab your gator gear. Orders will be shipped directly to the school. The store will be open until November 14th!

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This Week is Spirit Week!

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Boon Supply Fundraiser

Just a few days left to get your orders in! Click here to place your order or register a seller.

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Sign Up for the Gator Blast

Attention all DES families!

You NEED to get the Gator Blast…

A reminder for new and returning Gator Families to be sure to sign up for the PTO’s weekly Gator Blast e-mails.
This is THE BEST way to stay in touch with everything happening at DES.
They usually are published on Sundays, but often are sent as needed also.

The school also sends out its own e-mails, usually monthly.
However, the Gator Blast is the main method of communications regarding special events, programs, clubs, PTO news, and much more.
From Wacky Sock Day to Spirit Wear purchases, you’ll find it in the Gator Blast!

Sign Up Today by clicking this link:
Sign up for the Gator Blast

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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!

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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/

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