Parents Helping Teachers Meets Thursday, March 5

The Parents Helping Teachers volunteer work group is meeting in the main office on Thursday, March 5 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

We appreciate all of our helpers, and we always welcome new ones.

** A note as winter starts: **

If our meeting is canceled due to a school delay or closure, we will not reschedule, but meet on the next scheduled date.

Don’t forget to bring your license so that you can be scanned into the building.

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Damascus Elementary PTA READ-A-THON

Dear DES Families,

The Damascus Elementary School PTA is very proud to announce our first Read-A-Thon for our students. We all want our kids to share a love of reading and this Read-A-Thon supports that goal as well as raises money for the PTA without your child having to sell anything or the school having to split the profits with another organization. Will you please join us in asking at least 5 friends and family to sponsor your child as he/she pledges to read at least 15 minutes a day for 14 days?

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A Message from Board of Education President Patricia O’Neill: Moving Forward

There has been a lot of information in the news lately about changes within MCPS that will affect our students in the future.  Below is a message from the Board of Education about the process to find a new Superintendent to replace Dr. Star.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  The change in bell times has also raised a lot of questions within the community and Mr. Collins will discuss that more in his newsletter which will be coming home in backpacks soon.

Take care and have a great Thursday!


Laurie Murtaugh
PTA President

Read Ms. O’Neill’s Message

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Come Up…Up…and Away…With the Damascus Elementary School PTA!

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Find out about important school events and issues through PTA meetings, emails, and newsletters!

Support DES teachers and staff –
The PTA provides funding for classroom resources and staff appreciation events to support our teachers and staff!

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New Staff for 2014-2015

Please help us in welcoming new members of our Damascus family – we are thrilled that they are joining us!

Bree Barrick – Third Grade Teacher
Jenny Blakely – Third Grade Teacher
Brad Warner – Fifth Grade Teacher
Robb Wainwright – Reading Specialist
Marcella Williams – General Education Paraeducator
Kathleen Drosdzal – School Community Based Paraeducator

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Hello Damascus Elementary School Families!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful, relaxing summer. I know that school is the farthest thing from everyone’s minds right now. Believe me, I’m right with you, but I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and the PTA board and share a little bit about ourselves. My name is Laurie Murtaugh and this is my second year as PTA president. I have a 5th grader and 1st grader at DES and a 7th grader at Baker Middle School.

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