LET ME RUN PREPARES fOR 5K
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Do you have a boy who likes to run? For the March 2012 SCHOOL
CAllING All PeRFoRMeRS!
3rd year in a row, dES will have a Let Me Run
(LMr) program. LMr is very similar to the popular
Girls on the Run, except LMr is specifically
designed for boys. Through running and lively
group activities, the program encourages positive
This year, we will incorporate a “live performers” component to Artfest!
communication and team interactions designed The lower level rotunda (near the carpool drop off door) will take on a new flair as
to help boys develop important tools needed to 635 South Street • DaviDSon, nC 28036 • 980-343-3900 www.davidsonpto.org
lead a balanced and fulfilling life — emotionally, “South Street Square” joins Davidson Elementary’s Artfest celebration. The Square will feature
physically, mentally, and socially. musicians, poets, actors and singers of all ages, allowing our students to the PrinCiPaL’S Corner NEWS fROM YOUR PTO
Let Me Run practices will be Tuesday and showcase their talents throughout the evening. Dear Parents, Dear DeS Friends, our day-long Earth Day program. We’ve been able
Thursday afternoons after school from 3:45 — 5 pm, it is truly my pleasure It’s a time of transition for us here at DES this to bring a second cultural arts performance to all of
starting April 17. The program culminates with a and honor to accept month. we have been very blessed to have dr. Ann our children. We’ve spruced up garden plots, added
5K road race on Saturday, June 2. Coaches for If your child is interested in singing a song (only age appropriate songs, please J), the position as Nivens lead our school for the past two months a very fun Bingo Night to our fall calendar, and
LMr will be Mr. rabb (PE teacher), Mrs. Kenning Principal of and we are very thankful to her for keeping things supported the music department in showcasing the
(1st grade teacher) and Mrs. Boykin (instructional playing an instrument that they study outside of school (i.e., piano, string or wind instrument), davidson Elementary running smoothly while we’ve searched for our next talents of all of our students throughout the year.
assistant). reading aloud a poem of their own or another’s making, or acting out a scene from a play School. i am nothing principal. At the same time, we are very excited
less than totally to welcome Principal Jarrett to our school and look with PTO support, Mrs. dunbar has been able to
Online registration for the dES Let Me Run or favorite story, please email Amy Klett at email@example.com. impressed with the forward to a long and productive partnership. replace a number of our well-loved books. we have
program is March 5 — March 16 (or until full). history and pride so so many strong readers that the books were wearing
The program is open to the first 15 4th and 5th obvious in the davidson community. Just like we tune in to the “State of the Union” out! In addition, we’ve been able to provide an
grade boys to register. The program costs $100 Time slots for each grade will be limited and are expected to fill quickly. address every winter, this month seems to be the initial investment in research materials that will stay
and includes materials, T-shirt and race directly in the classrooms — dictionaries,
registration.Scholarships If your child is eager to participate, please contact Amy Klett as soon as possible. Many are wondering where this Mr. Jarrett right time to share the “State of the PTO” and to
came from. i was born and raised in Kannapolis, give you an update regarding our activity so far this thesauruses, and encyclopedias.
are available. We will make every effort to accommodate each child’s schedule and their performance attended the schools in the Kannapolis City year.
will not interfere with their Musical Performance commitment in the gym. School district, college at UNCC and eventually We’ve also been able to secure funding from Lowe’s
settled into what became a 20-year career when school started back in August, my top and the CMS Northeast Learning Zone to help us
with Food Lion. realizing my passion had not priority as PTO President was to make everyone in purchase a total of 12 SrA/drA Kits to help
Deadline to apply for a time slot is Friday, March 16th! been fulfilled with this career, i embarked to the davidson family feel like they are welcome, they students with their End-of-grade reading test. These
Register at www.letmerun.org. complete my degree in education. i primarily have a voice, and that they have a role to play in kits are skill-specific reading laboratories that will
taught 4th grade in addition to periods in 1st, their child’s education and in our school community. help each child master reading skills based on
2nd and 5th grades. I received my master’s in We’ve taken concrete steps in support of that where they are at that moment. They can use the
school administration as an NC Principal Fel- mission. For example, for the first time ever, 100% materials individually or in small groups, and they
SLT AT WORK CONTACT US! low at UNCC, which has led me into a deeper
role with schools. Children are my passion as i
of our families are members of the PTO. in addition,
we have recruited a record number of PTO
are able to progress at their own pace.
The School Leadership Team (SLT) 3RD ANNuAl PTO BOARD MEMBERS strive to assist each, individually, to find
success in their true abilities.
Committee Chairs who make all of the great
programs at dES happen with 69 committee
Community and services, though, are only two
elements that are key to our success. The last piece
conducted a survey of davidson Elementary
School parents and guardians to better RuN Too oveRCoMe Tammy Forthofer, President leaders. Of those 69 people, 29 of them (42%) are of the puzzle is you. i encourage each of you to stay
understand how the school is perceived. firstname.lastname@example.org i am married, for 31+ years, to my wife, Kelly. first-time committee chairs. We couldn’t accomplish committed to being present in your child’s education
More than 290 families completed the
March 17, 8 am • Hough High Stephanie Shryock, President Elect we have two children, a son Brenton and his all that we do without their willingness to step out of and in our school in the coming months. we still
survey, representing 47% of the school’s run Too Overcome is a 5k, 10k and email@example.com wife Torrie, and a daughter, Shanna and her their comfort zone and lead the charge. Even at our have programs yet to be implemented this year and
population. The SLT is extremely pleased Fun run to benefit the exceptional children (EC) husband Travis. They have blessed us with two Executive Board level we are benefitting from new we desperately need volunteers to help us provide
Denise Arisian, VP Fundraising grandchildren, reese, 2, and Bentley, 3 months. leadership, with nearly half of our eleven members these experiences for our children. They cannot
with the response and is currently working classes, including the ones at dES. The race will be firstname.lastname@example.org
to analyze the data. Members of the SLT will held at Hough High at 8 am March 17. This is a fun, i understand the role of effective parenting and in their first year of service to the PTO Board. happen without you. when you see the calls for
work with administrators to effectively Gennine Davis, VP Fundraising strive to coach today’s parents, leaning on my help, please consider stepping forward. we
family-friendly race that should be an exciting way
communicate the results of the survey along email@example.com own experience. grandchildren remind me of A close second, in terms of priorities, was to welcome each of you to join us for as much as you
for the kids to show off their running skills. Have your
with an action plan in the coming months. Cat Serrin Niekro, VP Communication the innocence of children and the delight in their continue the level of service in 2011/2012 that you can, in whatever way that you can.
family run together, have your kids run with their
firstname.lastname@example.org eyes as they learn and explore new horizons daily. have come to expect from the PTO. we have all felt
The SLT continues to look for opportunities classmates, have your kids challenge their teacher to
the crunch economically within the past year. i am So as we look to the future and make our transitions,
to enhance educational opportunities and try to beat them in the 5k, or up your race distance Missy Johnstone, VP Community i am very proud of what we have been able to
Noting the DES Mission Statement, “The very proud, however, of the fact that all of our PTO
support the goals of the School improvement to a 10k. register online at queencitytiming.com or Building Events leaders (board members as well as committee accomplish together so far this year. it makes me
davidson Elementary School community will
Plan. An information and curriculum night is use the registration card that came home in Thursday email@example.com chairs) have been very efficient in using your feel even more proud when i think of what all we
work together to develop responsible citizens
planned March 22 from 6 — 7 pm for Folders on February 16. we will also have a table to Greta Wolff, Secretary and individual thinkers committed to lifelong donations. They have stretched those dollars until can accomplish together in the future.
Davidson Elementary’s ESL (English as a register during family night at the book fair. we have firstname.lastname@example.org learning,” I recognize the shared passion of they can’t stretch any farther! We’ve expanded our
Second Language) families, and the team set a school goal of 200 runners. That is just 5 per responsibility and individuality in our students. partnership with Latta Nature Center to include two Wishing you all the best…
Debbie Barteldt, Treasurer
is excited to collaborate with Mr. Jarrett as class. Can we make it? Questions? Email Julie it is truly my sincere goal to see each student visits for every classroom, plus implementation of Tammy Forthofer, dES PTO President
he begins his tenure as the principal of our Zimmerman at email@example.com. succeed, be challenged, and be pushed to new
school. Krista Riley, Member at Large
heights in education, preparing them as
Kristen Coupal, Member at Large
responsible citizens for the davidson community. SCHool TouRS CoNTINue
ouR PTo MISSIoN MAKING YOUR firstname.lastname@example.org i look forward to working in partnership with Tuesdays at 9:15 am and Wednesdays 1 pm through April • Departs from the Front Office
The Davidson Elementary School PTO Beth Cashion, Member at Large all of you to build the brightest future
(DES PTO) is a volunteer-based
non-profit organization whose purpose
SPRING BREAK email@example.com possible together here at davidson Elementary.
One student relayed to me once, “We can
No need to sign up for a tour. Please share tour information with families
interested in learning more about Davidson Elementary School.
Dana R. Jarrett, Principal
is to promote and support the TRAVEL PLANS? always call 1-800-J-A-R-R-E-T-T.” I consider this
instructional focus of our teachers and statement a real compliment as students can Remember: We are already accepting enrollment for new Kindergarten students.
administrators and to advocate for always find me approachable, anytime.
all of our children, through consistent
Please remember to book your travel through the NEwSLETTEr dESigNEr Each child registered by May 11 will receive a special Tiger Tee.
Box Tops portal to earn money for DES! Katie Barker For the present and the future,
communication, parent and teacher
firstname.lastname@example.org Existing DES families can also register rising Kindergarteners during Artfest on April 12.
involvement, and fundraising activities. Mr. dana r. Jarrett, Principal
Check out www.btfe.com/marketplace!
CoNGRATulATIoNS lINDA DeSuTTeR Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
DAVIDSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL’S 1 2 3 4
feature added to our
TeACHeR oF THe YeAR! heartfelt celebration of the
Ms. deSutter exemplifies a love of teaching and arts at Davidson Elementary! ToTP ODYSSEY OF THE MIND
GueST l !
learning everyday as she creates multiple levels of Mark your calendar and plan to join us SPRING BOOK FAIR: WINGATE UNIVERSITY
April 12, from 6 — 8:30 pm as we: MoNT H WED 8 am — 8 pm & FRI 8 am — 4:30 pm
lesson plans and activities for her students who range
in grade levels with varying abilities. She has SHoWCASe ouR ART! Stroll
creatively organized and established an engaging the gallery and enjoy more than 800 miD-quarter ProGreSS rePortS
5Th GraDe triP WaShinGton, DC 5Th GraDe triP WaShinGton, DC
pieces of classroom artwork on display
and structured environment where her students know what is expected of by each one of our students. in addition, 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
them and continuously rise to the occasion. One can see the excitement we will showcase a variety of 3-d and
on her face when a student masters a difficult concept or overcomes a photographic creations submitted by BILLY JONAS VISITS
students. GRADES K-2
difficult behavior. Ms. deSutter shows amazing grace and a continuous
SHARe ouR veRSe! Each grade will 2:15 pm GYM
positive attitude in even the most difficult and stressful situations with her
share its study of the world of poetry and
students. She is a leader within our school who has provided other expose its incredible voice with their own.
teachers with a wealth of information, encouragement, and support. SING ouR HeARTS ouT! The SChooL tourS 9:15am Front oFFiCe SChOOL TOURS 1pm Front oFFiCe
Ms. deSutter is an outstanding educator who cares deeply about her
9 am - noon
moCk eoGS: GraDeS 3-5 moCk eoGS: GraDeS 3-5 moCk eoGS: GraDeS 3-5
voices of our children will take over the
students and is committed to their success. we are delighted that she gym throughout the evening. Additionally, 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
a concert by the 4th and 5th grades and
is the Davidson Elementary 2012 Teacher of the Year! their recorders will be given: SLT MEETING PTO MEETING &
6 pm Kindergarten 4:15 - 5:15 pm MUSIcAL PERFORMANcE Run Too
6:30 pm 1st grade and K/1
7 pm 2nd grade
MEDIA CENTER 6 - 7:30 pm Overcome
DeS WelCoMeS MuSIC TeACHeR 7:30 pm 3rd grade
Please join us GYM Hough High 8 am
DeNISe MAYeS 8pm 4th and 5th grade recorder concert
tournament 4Th GraDe
TOURNAMENT 5Th GraDe
We are pleased to welcome Mrs. denise Mayes to the dES community AuCTIoN AND GRAND PRIZe TOURNAMENT 3RD GraDe
3:45 - 6 pm GYm
3:45 - 6 pm GYm 3:45 - 6 pm GYm
SChooL tourS 9:15am Front oFFiCe SChOOL TOURS 1pm Front oFFiCe
TAKE & BAKE
as our new full-time music teacher. Mrs. Mayes comes to davidson with RAFFle! Bid on student and local
more than 14 years teaching experience in North Carolina, including time artwork, performance packages, big prize 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
spent coaching students in Choral Music, Band, Theater Arts, Latin, and as raffles and much more!
a 1st-grade teacher. In addition, Mrs. Mayes has served as her church’s
SAvoR SoMe SWeeTS! Stroll the art FAMILY NIGHT
pianist for 16 years, and is a private voice and piano instructor.
galleries, listen to the songs and watch live 6 - 7 pm
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful school like Davidson performances by our students while
enjoying petite treats and sipping punch.
Elementary,” says Mrs. Mayes. “The faculty, staff, parents, and students have been so gracious
and have made me feel very welcome!” When asked about her first impression of DES, she NeW FeATuRe! CAllING All
says: “The students are intelligent, energetic, fun, and very polite!”
PeRFoRMeRS! Students will take their SChooL tourS 9:15am Front oFFiCe SChOOL TOURS 1pm Front oFFiCe SPrinG PiCtureS
9 am - noon
Mrs. Mayes, who lives in Mooresville, graduated from Meredith College in musical, poetic, dramatic and melodic
Raleigh, NC with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education K-12 and Piano talents “to the street” (South Street, that 26 27 28 29 30 31
Pedagogy. She is married to Craig (a mechanical engineer with a local is!) as they perform “live” throughout the
evening in the lower level rotunda. See
TARADIDDLE PLAYERS Teacher Summer camp registration
race team) and has two children — Salem, age 14, and Grant, age 10.
Along with caring for her chocolate lab and crazy cats, Mrs. Mayes enjoys page 4 for details. GRADES 3-5 Workday with the Town of davidson Parks and
scrapbooking, landscaping/gardening, photography, and painting. 1:30 pm GYM recreation begins March 19.
voluNTeeRS ARe AlWAYS
NeeDeD! Please contact your PTO room EARTH DAY NO SCHOOL register online at
www.d-Recs.org or call their
rep if you can help or contact Artfest cELEBRATION
office at 704/892-3349.
DeS FiFth GraDerS to tour WaShinGton, DC volunteer coordinator Krista Riley at
SChooL tourS 9:15am Front oFFiCe SChOOL TOURS 1pm Front oFFiCe END Of 3RD quarter
As this newsletter goes to print, more than 160 5 -grade students are preparing for the annual field
trip to washington, dC. Buses will depart wednesday morning, February 29, for a whirlwind Earth Day is coming March 29!
totP GueSt month!
three-day tour of the nation’s capitol.
The students, along with more than 50 parent chaperones, will tour highlights such as the Natural March is guest Month for Tigers on the Prowl. LookinG aheaD . . . To celebrate the spirit of Earth Day, we
History Museum, the National Archives, Air and Space Museum, the Holocaust Museum, and the Family and friends are invited and encouraged to have invited the Latta Plantation
Fdr, Lincoln, Vietnam, Korean, Jefferson, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorials. They will also meet come to the school to walk or run with their favorite 4/1 - 6 Spring Break - NO SCHOOL
dES Tiger. After signing in at the front office, guests 4/12 Artfest, 6 — 8:30 pm, dES staff to return this year to create a day
with Congressman Mel watt on the Capitol steps, followed by tours of the Capitol Visitor Center, the
Library of Congress, and the Supreme Court building. A highlight of the trip will be a visit to Arlington can meet the children and help their class earn 4/16 SLT Meeting, 4:15 — 5:15 pm, Media Center full of exciting and informative
Cemetery, at which students will place a wreath at the “guest laps.” Teachers will record the number of laps
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. that parents, grandparents, siblings, friends and
4/17 report Cards issued environmental activities. A three-part
neighbors run with the students. At the end of the 4/18 Staff Appreciation: dessert Bar curriculum will be tailored to your child’s specific grade level
in preparation of the trip, students have been researching
interesting facts about each of the stops on the itinerary month, the two classes (one from grades K — 2nd, 4/19 TENTATIVE: Charity Challenge Basketball game at and will complement what they have been learning in their individual
and putting that information into “tour books”. They have one from 3rd — 5th and AU) with the most guest davidson College (time not confirmed at present)
also been researching important figures in washington, laps will win parties. Teachers will send home their classrooms. During our Earth Day celebration, the Latta Plantation
4/20 Acrofitness Performance - 9:15 & 10 am, gym
dC history and will present their findings in the form of a TOTP running times so you can plan your visit to the staff, along with parent volunteers, will cycle students
school. 4/25 Staff Appreciation: Administrative Staff Lunch
“wax museum” in front of their classmates.
4/26 PTO Meeting (with multi-age/looping meeting), through three learning stations that explore environmental issues like
Shown here are last year’s 5th-grade students posing in Many thanks to Artisan Custom Homes, Cashion’s, 6 - 7:30 pm, Media Center
front of The white House. The dES PTO provides the Families of CrossFit davidson, Julie Lopez, Mary recycling, composting, erosion, and water cycles.
scholarship assistance for this trip so that all 5th-graders Lib richards and Mcintosh Law Firm for their 4/26-27 Latta Visits 1ST grade, green & growing Lesson If you are interested in volunteering on Earth Day, please contact
are able to participate if they are interested. continued support of Tigers on the Prowl.
Shelley Suter Notte at email@example.com.