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.

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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!

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Time Out

Just a notice that this website will not be maintained as long as the school is on delay. All activities and planned events of the DES PTO have been suspended for the remainder of the school year. Apologies for all the unrest, but obviously, there’s nothing we can do.

We’ll spread word of anything we need to share, but the site and the Gator Blast will be fairly inactive until we gear up for the 2020-2021 school year.

Enjoy your spring and summer everyone. Best of luck to all as we navigate the COVID shutdown.


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The latest Gator Gazette is here!

Just when you thought all was quiet at DES…

Our junior journalists have finished assembling the most recent edition of the DES Gator Gazette. This student newspaper features the work of the newspaper club and we are proud to welcome their efforts to finish this up for everyone to enjoy.

Click here for the Spring Gator Gazette.

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School & Life on pause

So, you may have noticed the limbo we are all living within.

The DES PTO Board is still looking after things and hoping to hold our first virtual meeting this week or next. We are monitoring all of our projects and concerns.

If you have any questions, or remarks to share, please reach out to us. Addresses are available at the bottom of each week’s Gator Blast E-mail Newsletter. Or check out the Contact Us page on this website.

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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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