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Week of February 24-28, 2020

DES International Night is Tuesday.
C’est fantastique!


This Week:
Tuesday, February 25: Reptile World Assemblies held at DES
Tuesday, February 25: DES International Night, 6-7:30 pm, details below
Wednesday, February 26: Spelling Bee Club starts 8:15 am
Friday, February 28: PTO Meeting held at 8:45 am

A Look Ahead:
Tuesday, March 3: Hearing & Vision screenings
Friday, March 6: Science Fair Open House event, 6:00 pm
Friday, March 6: Candy Bar Bingo PTO event, 6-8 pm
Sunday, March 8: Daylight Savings Time begins
Monday, March 9: 2nd grade field trip
Tuesday, March 10: NO SCHOOL, parent-teacher conferences
Wednesday, March 11: Hearing & Vision re-screenings
Friday, March 13: Gator Gamble-Family Edition, dinner, 6-8 pm, details below
Friday, March 20: Willy Wonka Jr, the DES school play at 7 pm, details to come
Saturday & Sunday, March 20-21: Willy Wonka Jr. at 2 pm, details to come
Monday, March 23: 4th grade parent info. night, 6pm in cafeteria
Tuesday, March 24: Two-Hour Early Dismissal
Tuesday & Wednesday, April 6-7:
Two Hour Early Dismissal


Friday, March 13, 2020
Gator Gamble – The Family Edition 
Just making sure you all saw the special Gator Blast on Friday about the mega-fun, very-important, family-size event coming up called, Gator Gamble – The Family Edition.

It’s the 7th annual Gamble, but, it’s never been done this way before! We asked, we listened, and we’re going to shake it all up and try something new. No class baskets to donate to. And the entire auction will be held ONLINE this time! So, shop in your pajamas and nobody’s going to know. Then, come on out to the first-ever, family-style Spaghetti Dinner event at DES on Friday, March 13th, 6-8 pm. No babysitters needed this year–bring the family with you, eat, laugh, play, and help support the many programs and events of the DES PTO! There will be a few special items raffled at the dinner that you just won’t find online, so don’t miss out. More details to come.

Buy your tickets today and register for the upcoming auction at the same time. Visit this link to get it all done. The prices are reasonable, the food will be delicious, and the setting will be charming. Tickets are on sale now. Thank you for your support.
See the 2020 Gator Gamble event flyer here

International Night 2020 is this Tuesday
The school is hosting the second year of this event designed to showcase the multicultural influences within Davidsonville Elementary School. Come explore the food, sights, and sounds of the many countries represented by our own DES families this Tuesday, February 25th from 6-7:30 pm. Visitors are welcome to visit and explore. You can also enjoy a look at the special equipment in the DES gym these days. Bring the entire family for a chance to learn more about the world around us. 

Spring Cooking Program now open to all grades
Someone will teach your kids to cook?! Sign me up! Announcing the spring session of the Incredible Edibles Cooking Program at DES. Registration begins now for students of all ages. This 6-week session will begin on March 17th and run on specific Tuesdays. You can register online, or send in payment along with the form to school. Space is limited, so sign up today. For more details, see the attached flyer.
See the DES Spring 2020 Cooking program flyer here


Engineering Spring Program is still registering for all grades, see info. here

Spelling Bee Club is open for grades 2-5 and starts this week; the flyer is here

Martial Arts is enrolling for the 2nd spring session that starts March 4, info. is here

Spring Running Club is still looking for a volunteer to co-chair, contact Jenn Keefer.

From the Health Room   

About those screenings next week…
Hearing & Vision screening will be Tuesday, 3/3/20. We will screen any student new to AA Co, all Kindergarten & 1st graders &/or referred by their teachers. Parents will receive a letter ONLY if their child does NOT pass the screening. *Please see attached flyer.  If you have concerns, don’t hesitate to contact the DES school nurse, Tracy Marcalus, BSN, RN at 410 798-0752 or by e-mail at:
See the Vision & Hearing Screenings info. page here

 Public Service Announcements:    

Board of Education finalizes budget request
If you have been following issues pertaining to annual school budgeting, you may already be aware that the Board of Education finished up their budget amendments last week and submitted the $1.37 Billion budget request for the fiscal year 2021 to the County Executive’s office. If you’d like to see the latest version of the budget, visit this link. Thanks to all of you who stay informed on the issues and take part in the process.

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