Blog update for the 2019-20 school year…

Hello!  I hope everyone had a great summer and the kids are all as anxious as I am to get back to our school routine. I can’t wait to see how the kids have grown and changed over the summer.

I am getting my blog ready for the upcoming school year and for my new first grade families.  I will be deleting all of my subscribers from the 2018-19 school year.  If, for some reason, you continue to get blog messages from me that you do not want, you can either manually unsubscribe at the bottom of this blog email that you are receiving or go to my blog at: and “unfollow” me on the right side of the page.

Here’s to an amazing year of learning!!!

Mrs. Hale 🙂


Wednesday, May 22nd…

Field Day was a fun event.  We had nice weather this afternoon and our class really worked hard on good sportsmanship and showing our team spirit.  Many thanks to our volunteers who took the time to lead our events.

Thursday’s Student Council spirit event is “Random Reading.”  Please have your child bring in a book that they would like to carry around with them for the day tomorrow.  You never know when we will hear the call to drop everything and randomly read.

Have a good night!

Tuesday, May 21st…

Field Day Tomorrow:  We have the PK-2 Field Day tomorrow afternoon at DES.  Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather and is wearing tennis shoes.

Library Books:  Please send in any library books that belong to DES by Friday, May 24th.  We will begin to do inventory and send out notes for missing books next week.

Have a good night!

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!