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

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.

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

7th Annual
GATOR GAMBLE – The Family Edition 
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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 ***** 

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.


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PTO Meeting

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

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Happy New Year!

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

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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.

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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:

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Book Fair at DES this week

The Book Fair is at DES all week long!

Come and get your books and get reading…
Pastries for Parents on Tues. & Thurs.,
late opening Tuesday until 6 pm,
and visit before and after school each day.

Send in some money with your students
and they can also shop during their class Media Center visit.

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PTO Meeting Wednesday evening

Join your fellow PTO members at an open session meeting held on
Wednesday, Nov. 6th from 7-8 pm
in the Media Center at DES. 

If you have ideas, comments, questions,  suggestions or just something to share, you should attend.
Or let one of the Board officers know and they can share the item for you.

We hope to see you there!

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Schedule your conference

Don’t forget to schedule your Parent-Teacher Conference for next week.

You should have received communications from your student’s teacher.
If you have not, or if you have questions, contact the DES staff and someone can help you.


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Sign Up for some programs & clubs!

Try something new.

Fall is the best time to sign up your student for something new, or something familiar. There are SO many programs and clubs offered at DES – there’s sure to be something for everyone. And if cost is a problem, reach out to the PTO Board or school counselor. There is some help available in many cases.

Art, Dance, Chorus, School Play, Lego League, Chess, Coding, Engineering, Green School, Newspaper, Martial Arts, Yoga, Spanish, Cooking & more.

If there’s something you’d like to see at DES, let the PTO know by filling out the Contact Us form on this site.

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No School Monday

Did you hear?

A reminder to everyone that all AACPS schools and offices will be closed on Monday.
We know that AACPS has texted you, called you, and e-mailed you about this…
But, you never know who missed the many bulletins!

Enjoy your Monday off!

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Outdoor Movie Fun for ALL!

This Friday night is Family Movie Night
at Davidsonville Elementary School!
On September 20th at 7:00 pm, come join the PTO family event…
Secret Life of Pets 2

On the front field at DES, movie starts at 7:30 pm.
There will be free popcorn and water.
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Bring your chairs, blankets, pillows,
whatever you might need to enjoy the evening.

In case of rain, the event will be moved inside to the cafeteria.

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Volunteer Orientations Sept. 12th

Choose one:
9:30 am  OR  7:30 pm

Either way, come and learn more about the wide variety of volunteer positions we have at DES. Listen as we share which committees, clubs, and programs are in danger of not happening if we don’t get some help for them! It happens…

Eat some snacks, drink some beverage, and give us less than an hour of your time.
We’ll see you there!

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Back to School Night tonight

Parents are invited to attend Back to School Night at Davidsonville Elementary School on Wednesday, Sept. 11th at 6:30 pm. Visit your student’s classrooms and learn more about their time at school. Leave a note for them at their desk – it always makes them smile!

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Get your Gator Gear here!

Gator Spirit Wear is on sale now!

Grab your hoodies, t-shirts, water bottles, hats,
and everything else to show your LOVE for the DES Gators!
Show off your school pride!

Here’s the link to the online catalog and paper order form.

And you can order either online or by sending in the paper form. Deadline is Sept. 20th.
Here’s the link to the online sale.

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We’re working on things…

Can YOU help the PTO?

The PTO Volunteer Coordinator is searching hard for some folks to fill a few Committee Chairperson roles right now!

If you are looking for a way to help, please reach out to the PTO via the Contact Us page on this website.

We especially need:
Chess Program Chairperson
Coding Club Chairperson
Teacher Appreciation Week Chairperson
Geo Bee
Fall Running Club (Mighty Milers)

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