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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NEWS
                                                                     CAllING All PeRFoRMeRS!
3rd year in a row, dES will have a Let Me Run
(LMr) program. LMr is very similar to the popular

                                                                                                                                                                  DAVIDSON ELEMENTARY
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 amyklett@mac.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
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                                                                                                                                                                  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.                                                                       tforthofer@mi-connection.com                      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                          shryockclan@yahoo.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       denisearisian@yahoo.com
  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                                                                   gennine@bellsouth.net                             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
                                                                                                                caniekro@davidson.edu                             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       missyjohnstone@att.net                                                                                 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     gretawolff@bellsouth.net                          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
                                                                                                                debbiebarteldt@yahoo.com
  he begins his tenure as the principal of our       Zimmerman at juleswzim@yahoo.com.                                                                            succeed, be challenged, and be pushed to new
  school.                                                                                                       Krista Riley, Member at Large
                                                                                                                                                                  heights in education, preparing them as
                                                                                                                kristaelliottriley@gmail.com
                                                                                                                Kristen Coupal, Member at Large
                                                                                                                                                                  responsible citizens for the davidson community.                            SCHool TouRS CoNTINue
    ouR PTo MISSIoN                                     MAKING YOUR                                             kmcoupal@hotmail.com                              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                                               bethcashion@gmail.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
                                                                                                                katie_kgb@hotmail.com                                                                                          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!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     March 2012
                                CoNGRATulATIoNS lINDA DeSuTTeR                                                                                                             Monday                     Tuesday                     Wednesday                          Thursday                        Friday                     Saturday                    Sunday
                                                                                                               “Live performers”
                                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
                                                                                                                                                                                         AP
                                                                                                                                                                                  GueST l !
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 cOMPETITION
                           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
                                                                                                                                                                         3-on-3 baSketbaLL
                                                                                                                                                                                                     3-on-3 baSketbaLL
                                                                                                                                                                                                   tournament 4Th GraDe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     3-on-3 baSketbaLL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   StaFF aPPreCiation:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   SPANISH SPEAkING
                                                                                                               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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     MEDIA CENTER
   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
                                                                                                               kristaelliottriley@gmail.com.
As this newsletter goes to print, more than 160 5 -grade students are preparing for the annual field
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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 sasserskip@gmail.com.

				
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