April 6, 2018

Post date: Apr 6, 2018 7:34:44 PM

Dear Parents,

It has been exciting here at DES. Today the concrete footings for the addition were poured! Many areas of the building are also now siding-free. Although this may seem unsightly, I see nothing but progress! Students, as they are so apt to, have taken all of this in stride. There have been many different noises and sights. The students are not missing a bit. From what I can gather, there is just a bit more to be entertained by at recess. Other than that, it is business as usual. The DES educators have done a wonderful job modeling how to politely ignore the commotion and are looking forward to the completion of the project. If you are interested in volunteering, we could definitely use your help in moving out classrooms. The more people we have volunteering, the easier this work would be. We expect this to happen one or two days after the last day of school, which is a full day on June 14. Because of the constraints of construction, we will forego the usual Field Day/Spring Fling on the day before the end of school. It will be back next year.

For those of you who will be impacted (due to childcare issues) by the end date of school this year, the decision was made at the board level that it is not feasible to provide a summer camp experience for DES students during the week of June 18th. Although this may cause some difficulty for some parents, please remember this is a very isolated situation and the likelihood of it happening again in the future is very slim. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

I wanted to remind the parents of 3rd graders that the NH Statewide Assessment System testing will begin next week. Please ensure your child has a good night’s sleep and eats a good breakfast the morning of testing. I can’t stress enough that standardized testing is certainly not the end-all-and-be-all of education, so I sincerely do not want students to stress over the testing. We just ask that they do their best and the rest will be up to their teachers and the rest of us at DES. Should you have any questions about the testing, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or any of us in the office. The actual testing days will be April 10th and 13th of next week with reading and English/language arts respectively.

Just a reminder, the Dunbarton PTO sponsored Sweetheart Dance will be next Saturday. DES girls are welcome to bring any special person they would like to be their dance partner.The Sweetheart Dance is a week from tomorrow. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. The PTO is seeking a volunteer with a camera to take pictures during the dance. No prior experience is required. Contact the school office if you can help.

Our Artist in Residence, Marek Bennett, is selling autographed copies of his books. Order forms are due in the school office by April 11.

I hope you all have a great weekend, in spite of the snow that is currently drifting down outside my window.

Sincerely,

Owen Harrington