Principal’s Message - September 2019


         Welcome to a wonderful school year at Davidsonville Elementary!  It is truly a great place for children!  Thank you to all who stopped in during Sneak-a-Peek to meet our teachers and drop off supplies. This day always brings such excitement for the year ahead.

         This year we’ve welcomed many new staff members: Amy Luckett to our secretary team, Tracy Marcalus—School Nurse, Samantha Rhinehardt—ESOL, Liz Stelfox—Part-Time Reading Teacher, Sarah Ackley—School Psychologist, Erika Shultz—Speech/Language Pathologist, Jodi Glienke—Special Educator, Danielle Bonaccorsy– Teacher Assistant, and the following teachers: John Wright—Music, Amberly Westermeyer—Strings, Julie Crandell—2nd Grade, Jen Heldt—3rd Grade, Aly Whitmore, Kristin Cedar, Kerry Roberts, Gabby Collins—all 4th Grade. We feel so lucky to have all these individuals with us. Their commitment to DES is evident already!

         You may have noticed a new music teacher noted above. Mrs. Suzy Wyatt, our longtime music teacher, decided late in the summer to retire. She spent 45 years as the Davidsonville music teacher, teaching multiple generations in our community. While we didn’t have the opportunity to celebrate her appropriately, we will do so this fall. Any well-wishes can be sent to the school office and we will be sure to get them to her. We wish her the very best!!

        This year we will continue our quest to keep our school as safe as possible. Please remember to ring the doorbell when you visit the school and refrain from letting others in with you. A visitor sticker will be required once you leave the main office. During the instructional day we ask that you refrain from visiting classrooms, unless you are a scheduled volunteer or have a meeting with the teacher. Often parents want to check in on their kids when they are in the building; and while this may seem like a simple gesture, it can often cause a disruption to the learning environment. We have two priorities each day – monitoring school security and ensuring learning takes place. I appreciate your support in helping our classrooms to be strong, focused learning environments for our children.

        Again, welcome to a new school year!  Don’t hesitate to contact me throughout the school year should the need arise. Here’s to a great year!                                         


     Mrs. Colleen Harris