December 5, 2014

Post date: Dec 5, 2014 8:16:01 PM

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe we are already in December. The time is certainly flying by. The drive in to work today was especially chilly with temperatures in the lower teens. We just want to remind you that our cut-off temperature for outdoor recess is 20 degrees. Should it go below the “real feel” of 20 degrees, then we will have indoor recess. Please make sure your child is well dressed in layers for the weather.

The budget process is really starting to take shape at DES. The board received the first presentation of the budget. From here on out, we will continue to refine the budget. Our major areas of focus will be continued support of technology as well as reading, math and writing instruction. We are really reaping the rewards of last year’s budget requests with a full time reading specialist as well as a reading interventionist. These two additions alone have redefined and reshaped our RtI process as well as reading instruction.

We have some exciting events coming up in the next couple of weeks. The sixth grade has been hard at work on their Egyptian Museum. The students have been learning all about Ancient Egypt and the culmination of this unit is the creation of various artifacts from Ancient Egypt. If last year is any indication, there will be multiple pyramids,sarcophagi, models of the Nile and various other exhibits. It is always exciting to see what the students produce and the knowledge they are able to impart following their hard work. Should any parents be interested in attending, the student work will be on display on December 12th from 1 - 2:15 pm.

Today the third grade will be taking a tour of Dunbarton as part of their unit on the history of Dunbarton. They will continue working with the historical knowledge they gain as they create the annual town of Dunbarton gingerbread house model. This is a fun event for the students, but it is also extremely informative as the students build physical models of the various historical buildings in town. The student work will be on display from 12:30 - 1:30 pm on December 19th for parents to come and visit.

The DES Wellness Committee has been hard at work and would like to share their work with the parents and greater community. Please feel free to view their information at the following link: . There is plenty of information to be found, not to mention some exciting pictures of the various healthy food choices from our Halloween parties.

The first report card for the 2014-2015 school year went home today. If you have any questions about your child’s grades, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher. Please remember to sign and return the envelope so we know you had the opportunity review your child’s progress.

As we look further into the month, we wanted to remind everyone that the holiday break will be starting on December 24th and will extend to January 2nd with students returning to school on Monday, January 5th. Following the holiday break, it is full steam ahead with a large amount of time without a lengthy break.

We all wish you the best and want to remind you to feel free to contact your child’s teacher or the office should you have any questions or concerns.


Owen Harrington, Principal

Melissa Romein, Special Education Coordinator

Ginny Hast, School Nurse

Deanna Brown, Administrative Assistant

Kathy McKernan, Administrative Assistant