Principal's Message

  • Hello DBES Parents,

    We hope that you have had a great start to your May! We are also now officially shifting into our end of year testing period. Listed below is our schedule for testing:

    May 1 & 2

    FSA ELA Reading (Grades 4-5) 80 minutes per session

    May 3 & 6

    Science (Grade 5) 80 minutes per session

    May 7 & 8

    FSA Mathematics (Grades 3-5) 80 minutes per session

    To assist your child in successfully completing these assessments, please remember the following:

    • Maintain a regular routine and schedule for not only the week of testing, but also the weekend prior to. Please have your children go to bed at their regular hour and please curb the usage of screened devices (i.e. tablets, computers, phones, tv, video games, etc.).
    • Please ensure your alarm is set and ready to go so you can get your child to school at their regular time. If students arrive late, they will be nervous, stressed, and probably upset. We know we do not do our best work when we are upset and frazzled. Can you imagine how a child would feel?
    • Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast each morning. We serve breakfast in our café from 7:15 to 7:50 am. If they’re eating in our café, please make sure you leave them enough time to get in and eat, prior to testing.
    • Finally, and most importantly, give them lots of love. Be their biggest cheerleader! Make them feel like a rock star, like they could conquer the world! This final piece is the most important to ease their nerves and have them prepped and ready for success!

    Thank you for supporting your child’s education. I hope you all have a wonderful start to May, and I look forward to seeing you out and about on our campus!




    Drew Gerlach

    Proud Principal of Deerfield Beach Elementary