Fall Fun Fest Oct. 4

Join us for Damascus Elementary School’s Fall Fun Fest! Pumpkins, hayrides, and animals too, the only thing we’re missing is you! Sponsored by the DES PTA.

Thursday, October 4th, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
*school is a half day the next day

Char-Lene Farm
2504 Gillis Road
Mount Airy, Maryland

$8 per person (children 2 and under are free)
PTA will be selling tickets at the door. Includes hayride and corn maze!

Other attractions: Petting farm, barrel train, obstacle course, corn box with slide, and so much more!

No time for dinner? Hot dogs, drinks, and other snacks will be available for purchase.

DES has rented the entire farm for the evening so feel free to invite your friends and family. All of the proceeds go back to the PTA to benefit our students.

Wear comfortable shoes and bring a flashlight and a camera.

Any questions, contact Melissa North via text at (301)642-1507.

Fun for all ages – we look forward to seeing you!

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Read to a Dog!

Who: School-age children, especially beginners learning to read, English-learners, readers with special needs, and all those who just want to improve their confidence in reading skills.

What: Practice reading aloud in 10-15 minute semi-private sessions with rescued greyhound Luna, a calm and patient certified therapy dog.

Why: Improve reading skills, gain confidence, and discover that reading is fun!

When: Wednesdays from 4:30-5:20 p.m., September 12-December 19, 2018.*

(*Luna will not be available on 10/3; 10/10; 10/31; 11/21)

Where: Damascus Library, 9701 Main Street, Damascus MD, 20872.

How: First-come, first-served. No registration required; no younger siblings, please. FREE. Call 240-773-9444 for more information.

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Upcoming Events

September 2018

9/28: Parents Helping Teachers Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

October 2018

10/2: PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center
10/4: Fall Fun Fest – Char-Lene Farm
10/5: Early Release
10/8: Parent Observation Day
10/8: Pastries With Parents, 8:45 – 9:30 a.m.
10/12: Parents Helping Teachers Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
10/12: Outdoor Movie Night 7:00 p.m.
10/26: Parents Helping Teachers Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
10/31: Halloween Classroom Parties

November 2018

11/6: No School for Students
11/7: First Marking Period Ends
11/7: Bingo Night
11/9: Parents Helping Teachers Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
11/12: Early Release- Parent Conferences
11/13: Early Release- Parent Conferences
11/21: Grandparents Day amd Early Release
11/22: No School for Students and Teachers (Thanksgiving Holiday)
11/22: No School for Students and Teachers (Thanksgiving Holiday)
11/30: Parents Helping Teachers Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

December 2018

12/3: Holiday Shop Evening Event
12/4: Holiday Shop In School Shopping
12/4: PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center
12/5: Holiday Shop In School Shopping
12/14: Parents Helping Teachers Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
12/22-12/31: NO SCHOOL – Winter Break

January 2019

1/1: NO SCHOOL- Winter Break
1/4: Parents Helping Teachers Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
1/14-1/18 Screen Free Week
1/14-1/18 Book Fair
1/14: Winter Concert
1/15: Book Fair Evening Event
1/17: Cluster Chorus Concert
1/18: Parents Helping Teachers Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
1/21: NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
1/24: Cluster Band Concert
1/25: Early Release and Second Marking Period Ends
1/28: Professional Day – No School for Students

February 2019

2/1: Parents Helping Teachers Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
2/5: PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center
2/7: Cluster Strings Concert
2/8: School Dance and Silent Auction
2/11-2/15: Bus Driver Appreciation Week
2/14: Classroom Valentine’s Day Parties
2/15: Parents Helping Teachers Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

March 2019

3/1: Early Release
3/5: PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center
3/7: Science Fair
3/8: Parents Helping Teachers Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
3/22: Parents Helping Teachers Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
3/29: Read-A-Thon Kick Off Assembly

April 2019

4/1-4/12: Read-A-Thon
4/2: PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center
4/3: Early Release
4/3: Third Marking Period Ends
4/5: Parents Helping Teachers Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
4/17-22: Spring Break
4/22-27: Administrative Professionals Week
4/26: Parents Helping Teachers Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

May 2019

5/6-10: Teacher Appreciation Week
5/7: PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center
5/10: Muffins with Mom
5/17: Parents Helping Teachers Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
5/27: NO SCHOOL- Memorial Day
5/29: Spring Chorus Concert

June 2019

6/3: Spring Instrumental Concert
6/7: Donuts with Dad, 8:45-9:30 a.m.
6/10: Fifth Grade Promotion
6/13: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL- Early Release
TBD: Tenative Fifth Grade Celebration

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DES PTA Read-a-Thon

kid-books-12The Damascus Elementary School PTA is very pleased to announce our fourth annual 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 five friends and family members to sponsor your child as he/she pledges to read at least 15 minutes a day for 15 days? We are even offering an option to pay online to make collecting money even easier!

The PTA has made the Read-A-Thon easy and fun and we’re hoping that everyone will participate to make it a huge success for our school. The best part of the Read-A-Thon is that 100% of the money raised will stay at Damascus Elementary School and directly benefit our kids to fund family fun nights, cultural arts assemblies, staff appreciation, Grandparents day, muffins with moms, the science fair, books for the media center, enhancements to the curriculum and much, much more! And there’s nothing to buy; just family and friends encouraging our kids to read. The Read-A-Thon is the primary fundraiser for the PTA, so let’s work together to make it even more successful than last year!

Here’s how it works.

The packet sent home and available here contains the Read-A-Thon rules, an overview of the prizes, a participation form, a sponsorship form, and a calendar to record minutes read each night. Your child can begin setting his/her reading goals and ask people to sponsor them right away. Sponsors can pledge to pay a certain amount per minute that your child reads or is read to. They can also pledge a flat amount to encourage your child to meet his/her reading goal. Remind your child that relatives, neighbors, family friends, coaches and even often-frequented businesses make GREAT sponsors! All donations are tax deductible. Your child can continue collecting sponsors throughout the Read-A-Thon.

Your child will track the minutes they read outside of school each day from Friday, January 12 through Friday, January 26. Please initial your child’s recording calendar each day and return it in their green student folder so the minutes read can be tracked daily. The classes compete against each other for the most minutes read to make the Read-A-Thon even more fun! Forms and any money collected are due back by Friday, February 2. Please use the Read-A-Thon packet envelope to return your child’s sponsorship form and minutes recording form along with any money collected so that your child will be eligible for the prize drawings to reward our hard-working readers. Sponsors can also pay online.

Prizes, Prizes and More Prizes!

There are lots of prizes students can earn for participating in the Read-A-Thon, whether he/she raises money or not. There will be drawings every day to reward our hardworking readers, prizes for the top readers and fundraisers in every class as well as incentives for the whole school if we reach our minutes read goals. See the overview of prizes for more information.

Thank you so very much for your support.  Please feel free to contact Laurie Murtaugh (laurie.murtaugh@verizon.net)  if you have any questions about this fundraiser.

Download the Read-A-Thon Packet

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