February 24, 2017

Post date: Feb 24, 2017 6:24:26 PM

Dear Parents,

We are entering into that magical time of year for elementary school age children: February break. We have certainly picked a great week to have it with the weather we have been experiencing and what is coming down the line.

When we return from February break, it will be full steam ahead. All of our STAR training has been scheduled for those two weeks back. We will have a professional development day on March 14th (a day off for the students, and your Town Voting Day, with the Town Meeting in the evening), during which the teachers will have their second training in enVisionmath 2.0. This is one of our biggest opportunities to make a strong curriculum push as we are hoping for limited-to-no snow days from now until April break.

Our kindergarten and 6th grade students are involved in a great community experience. Mr. and Mrs. Felbaum have volunteered to support an interactive, multi-faceted field trip for the students. Today we tapped trees in the town common under the supervision of the Felbaums. Following this the students in 6th and kindergarten will be able to go to the Felbaum’s sap house to see how maple syrup is made. This will be a great opportunity for students to learn about the science, math, history, and economics of maple sugaring in NH. We chose kindergarten and 6th grade students as they have been working together at multiple times throughout the year, so this was simply another opportunity to foster that mentoring relationship. Great on many levels. We will be entering a contest to see if our maple syrup meets the grade. More information on the contest itself can be found here.

Congratulations again to our Scripps National Spelling Bee winner Eliana. Eliana will be participating in the NH state level of the spelling bee tomorrow, competing with other NH students at the the Capitol Center for the Arts. We know Eliana will represent DES well and we wish her the best of luck as she competes.

The PTO has a fundraiser going home with the kids today. Please check their backpacks. Also, the PTO is hosting a "Meet the Candidates" night in the school library on Tuesday, March 7. This is the perfect opportunity to meet the townspeople who hope to win your vote on election day, March 14.

I wanted to again remind everyone of the March 11th School District Meeting. The meeting will be held at 3:00 in the Community Center. Information on the budget being proposed can be found here. If you are interested in viewing the Budget Hearing, that can be found here. I cannot encourage you enough to attend the meeting as this is when big decisions are made and these decisions directly impact your child’s experience here at DES as well as at BMS and BHS. Should you have any questions about any of the proposals or warrant articles, I would encourage you to contact a school board member, Dr. Cascadden or Mr. Ford at the SAU, or me. We would all be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

As the students head off into school vacation week today, I hope that all of you are able to set aside some family time. It is good for the soul. Wishing you all the best.

Owen Harrington