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May 11, 2018

posted May 11, 2018, 11:06 AM by Owen Harrington

Dear Parents,

The construction is really starting to take shape. All the walls for the addition are complete. The trusses for the roof are going up as I type. Siding and roofing is also full steam ahead.We had a construction meeting yesterday morning and it is exciting to listen to all the construction professionals discussing the progress and next steps.  Although DES looks like a work in progress, it is going to be a beautiful finished product. Thank you to everyone for being flexible during this transition. I know it can be somewhat frustrating at times, but as I have been saying all along, it is going to be so worth it!

NHSAS testing has been going well. We have not run into too many glitches and the students’ stamina seems to be strong. The only roadblocks we have come across are the potential distractions from the construction. We have been working around them and creating alternative plans as need be so we are not getting in the way of the construction progress. Next week 5th grade will continue with testing and end their testing on May 17th. Testing for 6th grade will begin on May 22nd. The 6th grade testing will be somewhat disjointed as they will be doing activities with Bow Memorial 6th graders that week as well. As such, they will not complete their testing until June 1st. Yes, we are already talking about June 1st

Our annual Spring Concert will be held on Wednesday, May 30th. This will be a concert for grades 4-6 as well as band and strings. As those of you who attended the previous concert can attest to, it was a good time had by all and the students energy level was infectious. I expect more of the same on the 30th.

Remember that Dunbarton Arts on the Common is this weekend, rain or shine! It runs 10-4, with over 50 artisans and craftspeople selling their wares, plus live music and food.

An upcoming event you’ll want to put on your calendar is the Dunbarton Police Department Bike Rodeo on Sunday, May 27 from 2-4 pm in the lower parking lot. The DPD will be giving out free bike helmets and inviting students to take part in the bicycle obstacle race.

We are still in need of volunteers to help move items out of classrooms on Saturday, June 16th. We are currently very much below the numbers we need in order to make this light work. If you are interested or you have or know of high school students who could use the volunteer hours (or would simply like to help), please contact Heather Lalla at heatherlalla@hotmail.com .

I hope all the mothers who are reading this email have a wonderful Mother’s Day. It is well deserved for all you do!

Sincerely,



Owen Harrington

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