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Week of November 18-22, 2019

It’s American Education Week
& the week to shop at Franklin Toys too!


This Week:
Monday, Nov. 18: New Deadline for Fall Catalog Fundraiser
Monday, Nov. 19-Friday, Nov. 23: Book Fair at DES all week
Monday, Nov. 19-Sunday, Nov. 25: Franklin Toys week, shop for 10% discount
Tuesday, Nov. 19: American Education Week visitation at 2:30 pm, parents welcome
Tuesday, Nov. 19: Pastries with Parents, 8:30-9:15 am for students last names A-L
Tuesday, Nov. 19: Coffee with the Principal, 9:30 am
Wednesday, Nov. 20: Science Fair Info. Night for parents, 6:00, details below
Wednesday, Nov. 20: AACPS Board of Education meets 7:00 pm, details here
Thursday, Nov. 21: Pastries with Parents, 8:30-9:15 am for students last names M-Z
Thursday, Nov. 21: Coffee with the Principal, 9:30 am
Friday, Nov. 22: Report Card distribution *New Date

A Look Ahead:
Wednesday, Nov. 27-Friday, Nov. 29: NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving break
Wednesday, Dec. 4: Picture Re-Take day
Thursday, Dec. 5: 2 Hour Early Dismissal
Monday, Dec. 9: DES PTO Holiday Shoppe


Books, books, books & more
Fall Book Fair continues all week long!
Thanks to all who came out for Friday’s Family Night at the Book Fair- it was great to have you all there! Now the Book Fair rolls on all week long and is open at 8:30 am each day until 4:15 pm, with late shopping available on Tuesday until 6 pm. Students will visit the Fair with their classes during their Media Center time. Parents can send along funds for them to shop with if they wish to. Or visit the fair before and after school every day as well (adults must attend with their students during these times). You can also shop online until Nov. 22 at this link.
See the Fall 2019 DES Book Fair flyer here

Pastries for Parents Tuesday & Thursday
Parents and other special friends of students are invited to enjoy a small breakfast in the DES cafeteria before going to shop at the Book Fair with their students. The event runs from 8:30 am to 9:15 am on Tuesday (student last names A-L) and on Thursday (last names M-Z). Guests must stop at the office to check-in, bring your license to be scanned. Visit the Sign-Up Genius lists for the Tuesday and Thursday events to help us plan. Please take a minute to visit one of the links below and let us know you’re coming.
Tuesday, Nov 19, 8:30-9:15 am (last names A-L)

Thursday, Nov. 21, 8:30-9:15 am (last names M-Z)

You are also welcome to stay after the Pastries for Parents to take part in Coffee with the Principal held on Tues. & Thurs. at 9:30 am – a casual roundtable event to chat about any items of interest with Principal Harris.

Boon Supply orders due Monday
Families are asked to return the order forms and payments for the Fall Catalog Fundraiser with Boon Supply. Online shopping is available at this link, also ends tonight. Items will ship before the holidays. Send in your order forms today and we hope you enjoy all of your wonderful items. Thanks to all who have taken part this year, we appreciate your support of the DES PTO.

Parents are in classrooms this Wednesday
Parents are invited to visit their student’s classes to get a chance to see how things work during American Education Week. Events will be hosted at DES on Tuesday at 2:30 pm. Teachers will have activities planned for parents and students to take part in together. Flyers went home asking parents to pre-register for quick entry at the school. All guests will need to be tagged by the front office. Please, no younger siblings due to space concerns.

Shop at Franklin’s Toys this week for 10% off
This is an excellent week to start your holiday shopping! Franklin’s Toys supports schools by offering parents, grandparents, and all friends of Davidsonville Elementary School a 10% discount off purchases made Monday to Sunday, Nov. 18th-Nov. 24th. The store will also donate 10% of your purchase to the school. Just mention DES at checkout and get that shopping done. You can also shop online, see the flyer.
See the 2019 Franklin’s Toys flyer here

This Wednesday
Science & Engineering Fair Information Night
Parents, if you think your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader will be taking part in this year’s Science & Engineering Fair at DES, you can attend the optional Information Night set for Wednesday, Nov. 20th at 6:00 pm in the DES cafeteria. Learn about the process and deadlines, go over changes for this year, and get advice about early approval for projects. Students will be bringing home info. on the Science & Engineering Fair soon and there will be help sessions offered at the school (details to come). Here is a brief overview:
Dec. 5 – Pre-registration deadline for the fair. Not required, this is an option for those who want to get started and work on a project over winter break.
Jan. 9 – Registration deadline for all projects.
March 5 – Science & Engineering Fair

In Recognition:
Volunteer of the Month for September
Dorcas Goel
The DES PTO is pleased to announce the selection of Dorcas Goel as Volunteer of the Month for September 2019. Dorcas and husband PK moved to Davidsonville in 2007 after living in Glenn Dale for 12 years. Their daughter Megan is an 11th grader at The Jemicy School and Peter is in 4th grade at DES. The newest member of the family is Maxwell, a 14-month-old Cockapoo. 

The family enjoys traveling to visit their large extended family and their favorite home away from home is the beach – any beach!  Along with Gator green flowing through their blood, there is just as much purple … GO RAVENS!

This is Dorcas’ 5th year volunteering at DES. She began as a chaperone and guest reader, then began helping with various committees. Last year, she was elected to the DES PTO Board as Assistant Treasurer and this school year she is serving as PTO Treasurer as well as serving as Chairperson of the Chess Program. We’d like to thank Dorcas for all of the time she puts into helping things happen here at DES. She is always willing and steps in all over the place to lend a hand. A million thanks to you!

Public Service Announcements:  

See “Shrek” at Central Middle School this weekend
Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the CMS production of “Shrek the Musical, Jr.” this Friday and Saturday at CMS. Shows will be held on Friday at 7:00 pm, and Saturday at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for students, and are free for ages 5 and under. Tickets are available at the door and all seating is first-come, first-serve, doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime. Cash or checks (made to Central Middle School) are accepted.

Annual Craft Fair at SRHS on Saturday, Nov. 23
The area’s most well-known Craft Fair is set to happen this Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm at South River High School. There are over 60 crafters and vendors lined-up for this great indoor event. Come shop for holiday decorations, hand-crafted goods, and a wide variety of unique items. Support your local crafters and help support event hosts, the Power Hawks Robotics Club. Happy holidays to everyone.

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