February 17, 2017

Post date: Feb 17, 2017 4:27:48 PM

Dear Parents,

The snow continued to wreak havoc on the continuity of school this week with a delay and a cancellation. The educators are doing their best to take advantage of the time we have until the February break to deliver content and ensure for student learning. On the flip side of this, the students are loving the sheer volume of snow available during recess. It is simply Rockwellian watching the students playing in the snow during recess.

It seems only fitting given the success of New England sports (Patriots Superbowl win, Celtics dominating, and the Red Sox starting spring training) that DES would become the mecca of New England sports. The Dunbarton rec basketball teams are doing a wonderful job competing with the boys 3/4 team winning the championship with an undefeated season. The girls 3/4 team made the playoffs. The girls and boys 5/6 teams are both in the finals. We have our fingers crossed they will both win and bring home a trifecta for DES! No matter what, we are proud of all their efforts.

I wanted to remind you we are having an early release day next Monday the 20th. We will start dismissal at 12:15. The educators will be working on some team building exercises and taking stock of what we have done as a group and what is on the horizon. It will be some time well spent. Furthermore, we will have another professional development day on March 14th. During this time, we will have an enVisionmath 2.0 trainer on site to continue our professional development in this area. The focus of that training will be the teaching of problem-solving. We will also use that time to have the trainer answer questions we have been collecting throughout our implementation.

I also wanted to remind you of the Dunbarton PTO movie night this Saturday. They will be showing Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Movie night will start at 5:00 in the Community Center. We will also be having Reading Spirit Day on Wednesday, February 22nd. The end of next week marks the start of the February break. There will be no school during the week of February 27th. I hope you all will have the opportunity to spend some quality family time together. When we return, it will be full steam ahead. The months of March and April are again a great chunk of time in which we can focus on teaching and learning.

The Dunbarton Historical Society would like you to know the Dunbarton Town Library has a subscription to ancestry.com available for Dunbarton residents. You will need to make an appointment to use it as it has garnered plenty of use. Per the Dunbarton Historical Society’s statement, "Our intent, per our mission statement, is to make this tool available to school children, but by happy default, it is available to all town residents. The subscription runs from January to January. Please call the library to make an appointment time, as this service has proved popular!” I have also attached their most recent newsletter they prepare for the students and the school. It is certainly an interesting read.

I hope you all have a great weekend and can take some time to enjoy the snow. We have plenty of it and the weather looks absolutely gorgeous with some warm and sunny weather ahead. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact your child's teacher or any of us in the office.


Owen Harrington


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