April 24, 2015

Post date: Apr 24, 2015 6:16:02 PM

Dear Parents,

What a fun week it has been! Spirit Week was alive and well at DES. The students and staff were participating in full force and it was clear we have plenty of school spirit at DES. I have to say I enjoyed Superhero Day the most. Superheroes are pretty big in my family right now. A great conversation starter for you may be to ask your child(ren) about Spirit Week and what was the most enjoyable.

Scheduling and summer professional development are at the forefront of my mind as we head into the final month and a half of the school year. This year’s schedule was a strong one, but I know there is room for improvement. From my vantage point, I found that the switch from recess before lunch and including an intervention block in the schedule were our two great wins. Ironically enough, one section in the schedule we will be taking another look at is the intervention block. We will still continue to have it, but it may be structured differently for the 2015-2016 school year. There will not be any other major changes to the schedule as I see it right now.

The summer months are a wonderful opportunity for rejuvenation of spirits and motivation for students and teachers alike. It is also a prime time for professional development. I am hoping to provide opportunities for teachers to work together some this summer to further promote collaboration and a consistent curricular approach. This is an important factor in your children’s education. Teachers working together and ensuring for a consistent learning experience is a clear win for children and families overall.

Another aspect of the summer months is summer school. This year we will be utilizing our summer program for targeted assistance for students. What this means is students who will be receiving summer programming have received an invitation to do so. Please let us know if you have any questions about this.

Kindergarten registration is upon us. If you know of anyone who has a child who will be kindergarten age (five years old before September 30th, 2015), please advise them to contact the office so we can get a registration packet to the family.

In continuing with the theme of preparing for the end of the year, our 6th grade promotion ceremony will be held on June 15th at 6:30 p.m. in the Harlan and Betty-Ann Noyes Community Center. This is a wonderful celebration of student/family success and growth. As is tradition at DES, the fifth grade parents are responsible for organizing and preparing the event. More information is sure to come from the Dunbarton PTO.

Just as a reminder, the Dunbarton Community Profile event will be held on Friday, May 1st and Saturday, May 2nd at Dunbarton Elementary School. More information can be found here:http://dunbartonpto.com/2015/04/15/community-profile/

I wish all students a restful and relaxing April break. We will be off and running towards that end of the year push when we return on May 4th. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.


Owen Harrington