February 9, 2018

Post date: Feb 9, 2018 5:50:59 PM

Dear Parents,

We are coming to that time of year when time starts to move very quickly. I don’t know if you are noticing it, but it is becoming more and more clear to me. Winter activities have closed and we are moving ahead in the middle of the latter half of trimester two. It is full steam ahead to February Break. This is an exciting time in that we are able to make a strong, consistent push of uninterrupted student learning in the classrooms and the school as a whole. Once we return from our February break, it will be more of the same through the months of March and April.

I wanted to say thank you to those of you who braved the elements on Wednesday night to attend the Dunbarton School District Bond and Budget Hearings. I feel the Dunbarton School Board did a great job reviewing the proposed building project as well as the accompanying proposed bond. Moreover, the presentation itself was extremely informative and eye-opening for those in attendance. The budget was also reviewed and it was clear to those in attendance the budget goals of the school board. If you were unable to attend, the school board will hold an informational session on Monday, February 12th at 6:00. They will be reviewing the proposed building project, the proposed bond as well as the 2018-2019 budget. If you are still unable to attend the information session, a slideshow of the presentation can be found here. It will be more beneficial to attend the information session so you can ask any clarifying questions you may have.

Again, I cannot encourage you enough to attend these sessions so you are aware of what the building project entails, the improvements that could be made and what your tax dollars would be going towards. It is also important for you to attend the annual Dunbarton School District Meeting which will be held on Saturday, March 10th at 1:00 in the community center. This is your opportunity to vote on both the budget and the building project. You must attend the meeting in order to cast your vote. Please make sure you are registered to vote in the Town of Dunbarton by March 3. You can register in the Town Clerk’s office or at the next meeting of the Supervisors of the Checklist. The phone number for the Town Offices is 774-3547.

We are in the middle of our annual Pennies for Patients fundraiser that is organized by the DES Student Council. For more information on the fundraiser, please refer to this flier. There will be a PTO Meeting on Thursday, February 15th at 6:30 in the DES library. I also wanted to remind everyone that classrooms will have their Valentine’s Day parties on February 14 starting at 1:45. Students will have an activity, a water, and a healthy treat. Students will also exchange Valentines with their classmates. It should be a good time.

The Family Fun Poetry Night has been rescheduled to Wednesday, March 21st. A flier reviewing the event can be found here. I also wanted to share a link to the most current lunch menu. As a reminder, the lunch menu can always be found under the Parent tab of the school website.

I hope everyone has a nice weekend. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or any of us in the office.


Owen Harrington