April 13, 2017

Post date: Apr 13, 2018 5:21:48 PM

Dear Parents,

Progress is sometimes messy business. I can attest that the construction right now is sometimes loud, sometimes a bit of a distraction and is certainly a different look for DES. It is progress and it is beautiful! DES has a rich history of progress. Within the past 10 years or so you can look back and see the work done by the staff here in the areas of curriculum with Everyday Math, Guided Reading, science and social studies as well as the growth of writing. Most recently, we have had great progress in technology, writing, and math with the adoptions of our 1:1 Chromebook program, Lucy Calkins Writing, and enVisionmath 2.0. We are moving forward with progress in technology with the steady movement from Promethean Boards to Promethean Panels. Our next curricular push will be in the area of science with the review of our curriculum and following the lead of the Next Generation Science Standards.

When I go outside and see the steady development of the construction, I am reminded of all the progressions DES has gone through and am humbled by the staff’s work as well as the support of the town of Dunbarton. You are to be commended for your unwavering support of not only your own children but all children from Dunbarton as well as the town as a whole. You did a great thing this past March with the vote and I am looking forward to taking full advantage of the newfound opportunities for your students. I have attached some construction pictures to this email and hope to keep you updated on the progress from now until the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

Just a reminder, the annual Dunbarton PTO sponsored Sweetheart Dance is this Saturday. This is a dance for girls and their special someone. Doors open at 5:00 and the dance will be on until 7:00 in the evening. This is a really great event and is traditionally well attended. I hope the girls who attend and all their special people have a great night! For more information, please follow this link: http://dunbartonpto.com/events/sweetheart-dance-2/

Third grade started us off this week with the NHSAS testing. Before they tested on Tuesday, I stopped by to speak with both classrooms. Both Mrs. Wicklow’s and Ms. Wing’s classes were ready to go! They seemed prepared and not the least bit concerned with the testing. This is good! Based on what I heard in our conversations, the students were excited to give it their all and then get back to their regularly planned learning. Next week, third grade will conclude their testing, and fourth grade will begin on Thursday. Please remember to ensure your children get a good night’s sleep the night before a test and eat a good breakfast the day of the test. For next week the testing schedule will be April 17th - 3rd-grade math and April 19th - 4th grade English/language arts.

Next Thursday we will have an enrichment program with Len Cabral. Mr. Cabral is a storyteller from Rhode Island. It should be an exciting and culturally enriching experience for the students. Mr. Cabral tells African, Caribbean, and Cape Verdean folktales. It will be a great experience for all involved. If you would like more information on Mr. Cabral, you can find it here: http://www.lencabral.com/ .

Next Friday, we will have our second full-scale evacuation drill of the year. Students and staff will have the opportunity to practice evacuating classrooms and meeting at our rendezvous point. We will enhance this further than our last drill by selecting specific points within our rendezvous point for grade levels to await the next step. This will provide greater organization with a fluid and fast-moving situation. At our last staff meeting, the Dunbarton Police Department provided the DES staff with six various tabletop emergency scenarios. The staff was given the opportunity to review the scenario and determine next steps with an opportunity for the police department to provide feedback. This was a wonderful exercise for us to review emergency situations and best practices in resolving said situations. We also recently had a “Stop the Bleed” training for staff. This was provided to us by the Dunbarton Fire and Rescue. With the combination of these three training opportunities and the support of Dunbarton, Police, Fire, and Rescue I feel confident we can handle emergency situations to the best of our ability until emergency responders arrive at the scene.

Just a reminder, April 20th is the start of the April vacation for students. They will have the full week from April 23rd to April 27th off. I hope those of you who are going away have a great break. For those of you like the Harringtons, who will be staying local, enjoy the break and I hope you are able to find some fun New England activities to fill the days. I hope you all have a great weekend and, as always, should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher(s) or any of us in the office.

Sincerely,

Owen Harrington

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