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October 3, 2014

posted Oct 6, 2014, 8:31 AM by Owen Harrington

Dear Parents,


I hope all of you are enjoying the fall weather and the changing of the leaves. It certainly makes the rides to and from school much more aesthetically pleasing. It is also paints quite the New England picture when the students are outside for recess amongst the backdrop of the autumn leaves. In speaking of recess, I wanted to make sure you were all aware of the indoor recess procedure. This past week, we did need to change our recess procedure a couple of times in order to account for wet conditions. Whenever possible, we like to send students outside. If the recess area is overly wet, we will sometimes send them down to the blacktop near the community center to play games. If it is raining outside, we will have indoor recess. In that case, each grade would report to the designated classroom (or classrooms) and they will be given the opportunity to play various games and socialize. Although it isn't ideal, it is an opportunity for down time for the students.


Our intervention block has been implemented. The basic premise of the intervention block is that for a designated portion of the day teachers, specialists and paraprofessionals will have the opportunity to work with students who need extra practice in math or reading. Mrs. Turmelle (reading specialist) and  Ms. Neal (reading interventionist) use this time to meet with groups of students to provide them extra practice in reading. Often times, Ms. Neal will work with a group of students in the classroom while Mrs. Turmelle will provide more intense instruction to smaller groups of students in her office. Both of these individuals are trained in literacy and have masters degrees in the subject. We are lucky to have them on board.


The challenge to this time is how do we work with students who do not need extra practice? The beauty of this is we can work with students to provide re-teaching opportunities to solidify some concepts already taught or we can go into even further depth on a concept already taught. It is a fabulous opportunity to work with students who are able to excel in an area. Not only will the student have the time to do so, but the teacher also has the time to monitor the progress and support the student.


I cannot stress enough that the most important facet of this time is any student working with Mrs. Turmelle or Ms. Neal will not miss core instruction from his or her classroom teacher. I must also point out they will also have the opportunity to participate in all their specials classes. The intervention block is a separate entity altogether. The third facet I want to make sure you know is if your child is selected to work with Mrs. Turmelle, you will be informed at the beginning of that process. Should you have any questions about the intervention block, please feel free to contact your child’s classroom teacher or Mr. Harrington.


We need to inform you of some changes in the cafeteria. Students currently have the opportunity to charge snacks and ice cream in the cafeteria. The major change is the opportunity to charge ice cream. If you do not want your child to charge ice cream, please send in money with him or her or let Mrs. Poland know. We have also found ourselves reminding students that they must eat most of their main meal before purchasing snacks or ice cream. If you could please emphasize this at home, it would be most appreciated. Ice cream is only available on Fridays, but snacks are available every day.


We wanted to remind you the SAU 67 Wellness Committee is meeting on October 8th at 6:00 p.m. at Bow High School. Parent and community representation from Dunbarton is welcome and encouraged. The main goal of the Wellness Committee is to ensure for the overall health and well-being of all students in SAU 67. If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please feel free to contact Ginny Hast (DES School Nurse).


The next school board meeting on November 5th will include a Listening Session for parents of students either at Bow Memorial School, Bow High School, or both. The goal of the listening session is to gauge how well the transition is going and to hear directly from the parents. If you are interested, the school board meeting will begin at 6:30 and the listening session will be the educational focus of the meeting and will, therefore, take place early on in the agenda.


Just a reminder that the Household Hazardous Waste Day will take place tomorrow (Saturday, October 4th) at the Bow Community Center. Specific details concerning the event can be found here:http://www.dunbartonnh.org/images/Household_Hazardous_Waste_Day_2014.pdf.


Another important reminder is that the annual PTO S’mores Night will be held tonight at DES. The event will start at 6:30 and all students need to be accompanied by an adult. Should you have any questions about the event, feel free to visit the Dunbarton PTO website at:http://dunbartonpto.com/ . We also wanted to remind you of the Harlem Wizards game on October 22nd at Bow High School. If you have any questions about the event, you can find information here:www.harlemwizards.com or you can email for information atsmithkathy123@aol.com .


In closing, we wanted to remind you that there will be no school on Friday, October 10th or Monday, October 13th. We hope all the students and parents enjoy the long Columbus Day weekend.


Sincerely,


Owen Harrington, Principal

Melissa Romein,Special Education Coordinator

Ginny Hast, School Nurse

Deanna Brown,Administrative Assistant

Kathy McKernan, Administrative Assistant


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