We are entering one of the busiest times of the year at DES: spring. It is busy for a multitude of reasons, but it is mainly our last big curricular push before the start of summer. I know it seems illogical to already be thinking about spring and summer, but we are going to need your help in keeping the students’ motivation and drive moving in a positive direction. Spring is also a busy time for special events and field trips. It is sure to be fun and exciting.
Just a reminder, on April 7th we will have an early release day for professional development. We are planning on teachers doing a few different things that day. Some teachers, mainly K-4, will be continuing to work on their Know, Understand, and Do documents. I am very satisfied with the work the teachers have been doing with this as it is providing an opportunity for them to work in a collegial environment and collaboratively work together to streamline our reading curriculum. This is important work. It is also important to note that the greatest benefactors of this work will be DES students. Exciting. The fifth and sixth grade teachers will be working on math and reading curriculum with fifth and sixth grade teachers from Bow. Working together with Bow in this manner only helps to ensure for a smooth transition for our seventh grade students.
Our fourth grade students are halfway completed with their Smarter Balanced testing. Next week, they will be working on their English/Language Arts portion of the testing. Thank you to all the parents for supporting your children in this endeavor. Testing can be a stressful time for students, but with all-encompassing support from home and school, it can be a much less stressful event. For those of you that may have questions about Smarter Balanced or are just interested in learning more about it, the educational focus of the next school board meeting (May 6) will be the Smarter Balanced Testing. Please feel free to attend to learn more about the testing.
Notes from the Nurse
I am happy to say that reports of nausea/vomiting seem to be on the decrease here at school. I hope that trend continues! I am seeing some more congestion related to colds and/or seasonal allergies. (Could that mean it is finally warming up!)
Thank you to all of you wonderful parents/ guardians who have been letting me know what is "going around". I also appreciate the fact that you are keeping your children home when they are sick and following the 24 hour fever free /symptom free recommendation before sending your child back to class. I think this helps with decreasing the spread of disease. It is also a long day for a child who is not feeling well.
Please keep encouraging hand washing and remember to send a water bottle to school with your child. The warmer days are coming!
Don’t forget, the Easter Bunny Breakfast is tomorrow from 8:00 - 10:00:http://dunbartonpto.com/2014/03/22/april-19-annual-easter-bunny-breakfast/The next PTO meeting will be Wednesday, April 8th at 6:45. All are welcome to attend. Attending PTO meetings provides a great opportunity to become involved in your child’s school experience as well as an opportunity to support DES as a whole.
In closing, I wish you all a relaxing and enjoyable Easter weekend.
Owen Harrington - Principal
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