Friday, May 17th…

D.E.S. Spirit Week (5/20-24):  The DES Student Council is sponsoring optional spirit days next week.  Please see the flyer that was sent home today.

  • Monday: Pajama Day and bring a small stuffed animal (that can fit in the corner of your desk)
  • Tuesday: Crazy hair day
  • Wednesday: Favorite team’s colors/jersey
  • Thursday: Random reading day – always have a book with you and be ready to read
  • Friday: School spirit day  – wear orange and blue


Field Day:  Our TK-2 Field Day is scheduled for next Wednesday afternoon (05/22) from 12:20 – 2:20 pm.  Although this is an event for the kids, we do still need a few parent volunteers to help run the stations.  Please see the link below to volunteer on Field Day.  Thank you!

Lower El Field Day Sign Up

Have a great weekend!



Field Trip Reminder…

John Ball Zoo Field Trip Reminder:  First Grade is scheduled to go to John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids all day Monday, 05/13.  We will be leaving DES at appx. 8:50 a.m. and returning by 2:30 pm.  Please remember to dress your child for the weather, make sure they have walking shoes on, and send them with a fully disposable sack lunch if your child did not order a lunch from the school cafe. 

Please do not send any money with your child.  This trip is fully paid for by our DES PTO.

Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day!

Thursday, May 9th…

Library Tomorrow:  Please remind your student to gather his or her school library books and return them to school tomorrow.

Blue Folders:  Please remind your child to return his or her blue word/comprehension folder to school tomorrow.

Fire Safety Visit Today:  Ask your student about what they learned from our local firefighters today.  They should fill you in about how each of them got to test a smoke detector (#SPSpresstotest) and a carbon monoxide detector.  They were reminded not to climb on anything and to ask a parent for help at home.  Next week Friday we will be receiving a visit from our State Fire Marshall to celebrate our success with the  #spspresstotest incentive.  Pretty cool stuff. 

Have a great night!


Monday, May 6th…

Tomorrow’s Field Trip:  We are headed to the Saugatuck Dunes State Park with the Outdoor Discovery Center tomorrow (ODC).  We will leave after lunch and return to school by 2:30 pm.  Please dress your child for the weather.  At this point the weather reports are saying the temp should be close to 50 degrees and we should miss the rain.  Who knows?  Unless it is a deluge out there, we do plan to go.  Please send your child to school in appropriate walking/hiking shoes.

Zoo Field Trip – May 13th – Lunch Order:  Your child was sent home with a lunch order form today.  Please fill it out and return it to school tomorrow.  This will let me know if he or she needs to order ahead from the school cafe. Please do not send lunch boxes and thermoses on our trip, as we need to reserve cooler space and do not want to be responsible for lost lunch boxes. All lunches should be in disposable bags marked clearly with your child’s name.

Calendar Check:  Wednesday, May 8th, is back to a half day for students. Students will be released at 11:30 a.m.

Have a great night!



Visiting Artist Open House Tomorrow…

Reminder:  Our Visiting Artist Open House is tomorrow!

When:  Wednesday, May 1st, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Where:  DES

What is it?:  We are hosting a gallery show and dessert fundraiser. All of the art projects that our students have been working on during the Visiting Artist Series will be on display, along with other various works they have created throughout the year. The Visiting Artists will be on hand to meet and answer questions about their experiences working with our young artists. The DES faculty and staff are making homemade desserts, which will be on sale for $3.00 each at the cafeteria door. Ticket prices include a dessert and lemonade. All ticket sales will be donated to the family of a student facing medical challenges. In addition, our DES 5th Grade Baking Club will be sponsoring a bake sale of their homemade goodies to take home. The Baking Club’s sale will go from 5pm to 6pm. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to celebrate the creativity of our community’s youth while helping a family in need!

Thursday, April 25th…

Calendar Reminder:  Tomorrow, 04/26, is a half day for students. Students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m.  Lunch will not be served at school.

Note:  April 26th was originally scheduled as a “No School” day, but due to having to adjust for snow days, Superintendent Travis added the half day.  A letter was sent out to all SPS families on April 10th announcing the change.

Library Tomorrow:  Please remind your child to put library books in their backpack tonight, as we will visit the school library tomorrow.

Have a good day!

Friday, April 19th…

School Supplies:  There is a flyer coming home today in your child’s backpack regarding school supplies for the 2019-20 school year. PTO has put together a convenient way to order supplies. The service is optional. Check out the flyer for more information. Deadline to order is June 30th.

Stuffed Animal Day on Monday 04/22:  Your first graders have emptied their class gumball machine again and have voted to have a stuffed animal day as a reward for good behavior noticed by others. Students may bring a stuffed animal or doll to school on Monday, 04/22. Stuffed animals/dolls must be small enough to fit in a backpack and each student may bring only one.

Blue Folders:  Most of our blue, high frequency/comprehension folders have been coming back and forth to school weekly, but there are a handful that have gone missing. Please check around home and talk to your child about his or her homework, as we still have a lot of work to do before summer break.

Reading and Math Fact Practice:  It is important to continue to read nightly with your child. They can read to you, you read to them, or you can take turns reading. It is all good practice. Likewise, please continue to practice addition and subtraction math facts through 20 with your child daily. It is important for first graders to master these facts before second grade. The best way to do that is LOTS of practice. Thank you for all of your hard work practicing at home!

Snack Reminder:  Just a reminder that healthy snacks are provided by our classroom families only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please remember to send your student in with a small snack on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Also, we still have a couple of openings on our snack Sign Up Genius that need to be filled. Please check the link below if you would like to donate a class snack.

Healthy Snack Sign Up

Earth Day:  Monday, April 22nd, is Earth Day.  To remind us of the importance of taking care of our environment, Mr. Woody’s 5th graders have set up some activities for each day of next week. Participation is encouraged but not required. Please see the note from Mr. Woody I have linked here for you…

Earth Day Mr. Woody

Field Trip Chaperones Requested:  We have two field trips remaining for the school year. I would love to have parent volunteers join us. We are limited to the number of chaperones we can take on each trip so please email me by next Wednesday, April 24th, if you are able to chaperone. I will email everyone who responds by Thursday, April 25th, to let you know if we have a space for you. As always, if we have too many interested adults we will have to do a drawing. All adults MUST have an approved Volunteer Consent Application on record with the district before attending any school trips or volunteering with students.

Please note, both trips include a lot of walking and chaperones are expected to ride the bus and manage a small group of students.  Here are the field trip dates…

Tuesday, May 7, 2019:  Saugatuck Dunes State Park with the Outdoor Discovery Center, 12:15 – 2:15 pm

Monday, May 13, 2019:  John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids, 9:15 am – 2:30 pm (bring a lunch)

Have a great weekend and Happy Easter!!