December 11, 2015

Post date: Dec 11, 2015 6:25:08 PM

Dear Parents,

Time is certainly flying! It is hard to believe we are a short week and a half away from the upcoming holiday break. This tends to be a tough time for some students due to the inherent excitement of the season and some students having a difficult time emotionally. Please let us know if your child is experiencing any of this so we can make their school day as effective as possible.

Just a quick reminder, the Pick Up Patrol system is not to be used to report a child's absence. You are able to report a child absent by simply calling into the school and leaving a message on the absence line. It is important to do so to ensure we do not call you to check in on a child's attendance. If you are not able to get to a phone and need to send in an email, you can do so to I also wanted to remind you to please let us know if your child has symptoms of influenza like illness (fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit accompanied by cough and/or sore throat) as Mrs.Hast uses this for her annual tracking for the state of NH.

There is still a massive amount of lost and found items located on the table in the school common area. Please note these will all be donated to charity during the holiday break. There are also some small items (hats and mittens) in the lost and found box in the community center. If you are missing anything, please feel free to stop by and check.

The DES classroom teachers, the reading specialist (Mrs. Turmelle) and I recently met to discuss our progress in the Lucy Calkins Writing program. We meet once per month to discuss the progress and I have to say I am very pleased with where we are going. Some of the highlights of the meeting are the following:

  • Kindergartners created their first published book!
  • The first grade team has really found a good pacing with writing.
  • Second graders are starting to write lab reports and the kids are excited about it.
  • Third graders are writing some fabulous outlines for their informational writing pieces.
  • The fourth graders are really excited to write and are often on Chromebooks getting their writing completed.
  • The fifth graders have started informational writing and are hard at work.
  • The sixth graders have also been hard at work on their writing and sometimes they can be heard talking to their friends about how cool it is to.... write.

This was a great meeting and it really allowed us to come together as a whole classroom teacher unit and have a good idea of what the program is looking like in each classroom. We are still in the beginning stages of this roll out, but I feel very comfortable saying it is a success and the proof is in the student writing. Thank you again for your support of the program.

As we venture further towards the holiday break, I wish you success in your endeavors and, as always, please feel free to contact your child's teacher or any of us in the office if you have any questions.


Owen Harrington​