April 1, 2016

Post date: Apr 1, 2016 5:32:18 PM

Dear Parents,

It is an exciting time to be the principal at Dunbarton Elementary School. Most recently I have been working on the schedule for next year and making sure all of the pieces fit. We had a really great schedule this year that fit in an Intervention Block, all our specials and a writing block to put our best foot forward with Lucy Calkins Writing. Of course, we also have time for math, reading and science/social studies, not to mention lunch and recess. The trick to the 2016-2017 schedule is finding time for all of this while also including the All Day Kindergarten intervention block.

Although this is somewhat of a challenge, it is a most welcome and invigorating challenge that I am thoroughly enjoying. Providing a kindergarten intervention block will allow us to work with students who need extra support in reading or math a full year earlier than we previously could. This is an invaluable luxury in the world of elementary education! Stay tuned. Along the same lines, it has been a joy seeing all of the new DES parents coming in to pick up kindergarten registration packets and voicing their excitement over All Day Kindergarten. Thank you again for your support.

As we venture forward towards the end of the school year, one topic that often comes up is the new grade level and who the new teacher will be. I will be sending out a letter to that effect very soon. I would politely request that you kindly read the letter and adhere to the request of not requesting a specific teacher for the upcoming school year. You are more than welcome to write a letter to us describing your child’s learning style so we can best match him or her up with a teacher. If you would prefer your child not be placed with a specific teacher due to a previous experience, you can certainly include that in your letter. The letter describing this process will be sent home soon.

This upcoming Wednesday April 6th, during our monthly staff meeting, the staff at DES will be trained in Enhanced Lockdown Procedures. Sergeant Lougee (Bow School Resource Officer) from the Bow Police Department will be leading the training. Although this is not a topic I enjoy delving into due to its anxiety provoking nature, it is one I take very seriously. Sergeant Lougee is extremely competent and knowledgeable about lockdown procedures and will certainly be a great asset to us. Either Chief Sklut or Officer Cattabriga from the Dunbarton Police Department will also be in attendance to lend their expertise to the topic. Rest assured, we will be learning the most current methods of school safety during emergencies.

On a significantly lighter note, thank you to the Dunbarton PTO for their support of reading with their March Madness Reading Challenge. The students were certainly motivated to read! The individual classes at each grade level who had the higher percentages of minutes read, earned water bottles for their efforts. Mrs. Virta’s class had the highest percentage of minutes read throughout the school and subsequently earned an ice cream party. Congratulations to all the students who participated.

Remember that the Sweetheart Dance is April 9th, and there is still time to purchase your tickets through the PTO Web store at http://dunbartonptowebstore.bigcartel.com/.

As we are moving forward into the spring season, I wish you all a restful weekend. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or any of us in the office.


Owen Harrington