Andrew Gerlach
  • 4/2/2025

    Dear DBES Parents,

    As crazy as this may sounds…. we are now officially into the fourth, and last quarter of the 2023-2024 school year.  We are also quickly approaching our May testing season for all our students kindergarten through 5th grade. Please understand, these assessments DO COUNT and will determine student promotion to the next grade. This is our tentative testing calendar (subject to change):

    Tuesday, May 7th – 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade ELA (Reading) test

    Thursday, May 9th – Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grade ELA (Reading) test

    Tuesday, May 14 - 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Math test

    Thursday, May 16th - Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grade Math test

    Wednesday, May 22nd – 5th Grade Science Test

    What can you do in the meantime to best support your child and their educational process? Great question! There are two ways you can best support your child as we finish our last month prior to testing. One, please have your child read consistently. It’s part of their daily homework and part of the principal challenge. Two, get your child on i-Ready for at least 50 minutes of math and 50 minutes of reading a week. This is great practice aligned directly with their areas of weakness! 

    Please remember that DBES is a unified dress code school.  Multiple students are now coming to school out of uniform. Please understand the window to apply for a waiver is closed and will not be accepted until next year.  If your child is out of uniform, you will receive a communication from your teacher.  If they have sent you a communication, please understand we will need your child to wear the appropriate clothing.  If they come out of uniform, they will be sent to the office, and you will be expected to bring them a change of clothes.  If you cannot, then we will have them change into one of the uniforms we have in our nurses’ office.

    We will quickly be coming up on our staff appreciation week.  Please look out for communications via phone, text, email, and our website.  Our staff has worked so hard this year to best meet the needs of our students! As a community, let’s go over and beyond to recognize them! From thank you letters, to pictures, to other tokens of appreciation, our staff will appreciate your love and recognition.  Please let me thank you in advance for taking the time out of your busy schedules to recognize them!

    Thank you for your time and we look forward to finishing the year on a wonderful note!


    Mr. Drew Gerlach

    Proud Principal of Deerfield Beach Elementary School