It’s Raffle Time!

We will be holding a raffle during our Sock Hop and Silent Auction on Friday, April 17th. If you cannot attend the event you can still enter your name into the raffle. You do not need to be present to win. We have some exciting items this year!

Tickets are being sold for $1.00 per ticket, 6 for $5.00, or 14 for $10. Fill out the attached raffle tickets, specify the items you want, and send in to school with your cash or check (made payable to DES PTA).

Please make sure you fill out the slips in legible print. This is the only verification we have. The winners will be announced at the Sock Hop and Silent Auction on Friday, April 17th. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Walter at or 410-353-6137. Additional raffle ticket sheets can be printed from the DES PTA website. Tickets must be returned to school no later than Friday April 17th to be entered into the drawing.

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Classroom Baskets for Silent Auction – Please Donate!

Our Silent Auction at the DES Sock Hop on April 17th will feature themed baskets donated from each grade. We hope you will help by contributing a new, unused item to help create a basket for your child’s class. Following is a list of grade themes and some ideas for items to include. Please be creative and feel free to stray from the suggestions. If you would prefer someone else do the shopping,cash/check donations are always welcome. You can even “buddy up” with a friend for those more expensive items. We will be collecting items in the classrooms from now until April 13th.

Proceeds from the silent auction are used to fund PTA activities including family fun events like the sock hop and bingo night as well as helping to offset the cost of field trips and cultural arts events. In addition, the Silent Auction is a way that we can raise funds for the school while still reducing the traditional fundraising efforts. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Walter at 410-353-6137 or

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DES Sock Hop and Silent Auction – April 17

On Friday, April 17 the Damascus Elementary School PTA will be sponsoring our 2nd Annual Sock Hop and Silent Auction!

Proceeds from the Silent Auction are used to fund a variety of activities throughout the school year to enhance our students education and school community including:

Cultural Arts Assemblies, Grandparents day, Family fun nights, Reading Incentive program, Technology for the classrooms, Staff appreciation events, Funds to offset field trip costs, Summer School Scholarships – and so much more.

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DES 2014-15 Yearbook is in Progress

yearbookPlease send us your photos of the DES 2014-15 school year. We are looking for your photos of school events, playground fun, Jump Rope for Heart, classroom events, Halloween parade, Valentine parties, field trips, bus stop shots, Movie Night, Bingo Night, Band and Chorus concerts, etc.

Ken likes to include as many candid photos of as many children in the yearbook as possible! Especially for the fifth grade – we’d love to have at least one candid of each fifth grader.

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Read-a-Thon Results

I wanted to update everyone on the tremendous success of the first Damascus Elementary School Read-A-Thon. When we were planning this event, we weren’t sure how many minutes our 315 students would be able and willing to read. We created fun rewards for the school if we achieved certain benchmarks. For 25,000 minutes, students received a pajama day, which they achieved within three days of the program starting! For 50,000 minutes, the students had fun duct-taping Mr. Wainwright to the wall where he read us all a story. For reading 75,000 minutes, Mr. Collins became a student for the day and spent time in all the classrooms and even rode the Frog bus home! For reading 100,000 minutes, Mr. Collins agreed to dust off his camping gear and spend a night on the roof of the school. While we were hoping that the program would be successful, we thought the 100,000 benchmark would be a difficult goal to achieve. Were we ever wrong! Our students totally embraced the Read-A-Thon and as a school, we not only met the 100,000 benchmark to get Mr. Collins to sleep on the roof, we exceeded that goal by more than 28,000 minutes! Our 315 students read 128,222 minutes in 14 days. That is beyond amazing! To reward the school community for the wonderful support, we are going to plan an outdoor movie night for the evening Mr. Collins camps out on the roof so we can all be part of the fun and wish him a good night personally.

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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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