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To promote the welfare of the Damascus Elementary School students by providing and facilitating academic and family-oriented activities which promote learning and strengthen the overall community.

To continue to build a strong parent-teacher partnership through a spirit of cooperation and open communication.

To continue to encourage parental involvement in all aspects of our students' education.

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Mission:  We will develop excellent students at DES by respecting each other as learners and striving to do our best.


Damascus Elementary School

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Clip Box Tops - earn cash for our school!


Ink Cartridge Recycling


Plastic grocery bags

Help Our School Get Free Stuff By Saving Proofs From The Campbell Brands


Parent Helping Teachers Group is a drop-in volunteer opportunity, and you are welcome to come when you can.We meet from 9:30-11:30 am on 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month when school is in session. We hope that you can join us!


2014: 4/10, 4/24, 5/8, 5/22, and 6/5


Damascus Dragons!



Please send boxtops and campbell proofs to your child's classroom: 






Campbell Soup Labels



  Mr. William J. Collins

Acting Principal

10201 Bethesda Church Road, Damascus, MD 20872  
      Phone (301) 253-7080 

Fax (301) 253-8717

          PTA Email   desptamail@gmail.com

Box Tops are such an easy way your family can help raise money for our school! Lots of items, everything from pencils to playground equipment, can be purchased using Box Tops! Box Tops can be found in many products your family is already purchasing! Some popular products are General Mills, Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Ziploc, Green Giant, Pillsbury, Hefty, Progresso, and Nature Valley....and many more!

Just a reminder:

All vounteers and visitors to Damascus Elementary are required to be scanned in. Please don't forget to bring Photo ID’s (Driver’s license) when visiting the building. Thank you!

What: Girls on the Runis a nationwide, not-for-profit after-school program that combines training for a 5K running event with self-esteem enhancing and uplifting workouts. The program is open to students in 3rd-5th grade.  Space is limited.

When:  Practice will be held on Tuesdays and Fridays from   3:30  -   4:45 , beginning March 4th. There is a 5K fun run at the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda on Sunday, May 18th.  Buddies (family/teachers/friends) can participate in the 5K for a $25 fee.  Fun run registration for family and friends will be available on the GOTR MOCO website after the program is underway.

Cost:  The fee for the program is $163. All families are encouraged to register regardless of ability to pay the full fee. During registration, different payment levels will be listed based on FARMS and household income. Full scholarships are available for families experiencing financial hardship.  The fee covers program costs, snacks, program t-shirt, water bottle, entry into the 5K fun run, and 5k medal.

Registration is now online! Please visit www.girlsontherunofmoco.org to sign up your daughter.  


Fridays at DES -Show your School Spirit!



By now, your should have received your Spiritwear from our1st supplier. Thank you for your purchase and support for our school!

Please contact Megan McFarland if you have any questions at meganandjerrymc@gmail.com or 301-482-0033.


Please send us your photos of the DES 13-14 school year.  We are looking for your photos of school events, playground fun, Jump Rope for Heart, Classroom parties (Halloween & Valentine parties),Movie Night, Bingo Night, Band and Chorus concerts, Sock Hop & Silent Auction,Bus stop shots, etc. 


We'd like to include as many candid photos of as many children in the yearbook as possible!  

Especially for the 5th grade! - we'd love to have 

at least one candid of each 5th grader! 


So, look through your photos and send us 

some of your great shots!  Send them to Ken Karmakvisser@yahoo.com or Chris chrisdespta@gmail.com


**Please just send us your best shots** not 200 photos of the same event.  It takes us quite a while to weed through all the photos and layout the yearbook.  Thanks for supporting our school!



 April 10th, Thursday


Parent Helping Teachers 9:30-11:30 am


April 14th-18 Mon-Fri


*April 21st, Mon 1st make up for snow day

April 21st, Monday

Back from Spring Break


April 22nd, Tuesday








April 28th -May 2nd Mon-Fri



 Stay tuned for volunteer opportunities for our spring book fair happening the week of April 28.



We have a new Attendance Secretary!

The search is over! Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Peggy DiMarzio to our school community! Peggy will be joining us on Monday, March 31st as our new attendance secretary. We are very thrilled for the students, staff and community to meet her!


Please mark your calendar!  Spring Book Fair is coming up!

Stay tuned for volunteer opportunities for our spring book fair happening the week of April 28.



We're trying different suppliers and dragon logos to give our DES community some variety. We also found a supplier that offers different items such as sweat pants, zip hoodies, and coffee mugs. See below

to place an order from SpiritGearDirect (supplier #2). Please note: If you find something you like from this supplier, please return order form by Friday, April 11, 2014. Make checks payable to DES PTA. Items will be delivered to the school by May 19th, 2014.  Thank you!


Invitation to join DES Spring Book Fair team

There will be a Book Fair team meeting on Tuesday, April 8th from 7-8pm. For more info regarding this meeting, please contact Kristin Peake at (301) 482-0263. Thanks for your support to our school!