DES Staff Appreciation Thanksgiving Dessert Raffle

pumpkinsCalling all DES bakers! We want to create a little fun for the teachers this month. The teachers and staff members provide our children with so much of their time, it’s hard to think of creating a holiday meal on top of it. With your help we will be providing 15 lucky staff members with homemade dessert. These will be raffled off throughout the school day, with Mr. Collins announcing the winners.

Be festive and creative! Make what you’re good at! Pie, cobbler, biscotti, cheesecake, breads

Please send to school on Monday, November 24 by 9:15 a.m.

Location: Staff Lounge

To sign up, go to:

Contact Kelly Jonas with questions at:

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Parents Helping Teachers Meets Thursday, Nov. 20

The Parents Helping Teachers volunteer work group is meeting in the main office this week on Thursday, November 20 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Thank you so much to everyone who came to support us last time! We always welcome new helpers, and you are welcome to come once or every time whenever it is convenient for you. Don’t forget to bring your license so that you can be scanned into the building.

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Pajama Day on Monday, Nov. 3!

While we didn’t quite meet our goal of 200 PTA members, the kids (and staff) have been so excited about having a pajama day that we just couldn’t bear to break their hearts. Therefore, Monday, November 3rd* will be a Pajama Day!

Just a quick reminder that for safety reasons, no footie pajamas, slippers, robes or stuffed animals.

Thank you to everyone who joined the PTA. As an all-volunteer organization, your support shows us that you appreciate everything that we do for Damascus Elementary School and the students.

*Pajama day was originally scheduled for October 28th but we changed the date to avoid conflicting with Red Ribbon spirit week.

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Halloween Celebrations at DES on Thursday, Oct. 30

1:45 p.m. Parents may arrive to help their children with their costumes.

2:15 p.m. Parade starts by the gym entrance and ends in front of the school entrance.

2:30-3:15 p.m. Classroom parties

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

balloonGet Connected –
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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