January 26, 2018

Post date: Jan 26, 2018 4:58:12 PM

Dear Parents,

Wow! What a week it has been. On Monday, we had our annual Spelling Bee. Congratulations to Luke on his well-earned win. He had an exciting come-from-behind victory in the last two rounds. Pretty fitting given his wardrobe of a #12 jersey. Congratulations are also in order for Runner-Up Gabriella as she was also a spelling dynamo. She held her own quite well and certainly deserved her place in the last rounds. Watching the two of them duel at the end of the spelling bee was as exciting as any sporting event I have witnessed in recent time. Luke will represent DES at the State Finals in February in Concord.

We also had our second installment of Winter Activities on Wednesday. As it so often seems, the weather has been a challenge. We needed to forgo Winter Activities on the 17th due to a snow day and on this past Wednesday, we stayed indoors. Our recess area and the majority of the surrounding woods has become a skating rink! The NEC and DES students handled this with grace and ease and a good time was had by all. Hopefully, the warmer weather coming through the next couple of days will go a long ways towards melting much of the ice.

We had our annual Winter Concert last night. I feel as though it was one of our better concerts! There was a general level of excitement in the air. Strings and band were, as always, great. I am always amazed at the level of expertise the students are able to acquire in such a short time with both Mr. Hodges (strings) and Mr. Jenkins (band). Kindergarten had a great showing singing two songs they had practiced for quite some time. As always they had the audience in the palm of their hands. Ms. VanderBok lead her first concert as the general music teacher at DES. It was a very successful showing with grades 1-3 performing individually and culminating the concert with a whole group rendition of a selection entitled “Snow Day”. For those of you in attendance, I am sure you understand why I have had the chorus of “Snow Day” in my head all morning…

As we are moving ever closer to the month of February, I wanted to once again remind you of the upcoming Dunbarton School Board meeting on February 7th at 6:00 pm. This will be a multi-tiered meeting in that there will be first a bond hearing, then a budget hearing, and finally a regular school board meeting. Should you have questions about the budget or the proposed building project, it is imperative that you attend. This is your opportunity to ask questions about the budget as well as the building project. You are also able to share your thoughts on either.

Both the budget and the proposed building project will be voted on during the Dunbarton School District meeting on March 10th at 1:00 pm. You must be in attendance in order to vote. Childcare will be provided during the School District meeting. As always, I highly encourage you to attend in order for you to stay informed on the progress of the school district as well as to have the opportunity to have your vote counted. Should you desire to preview the documentation of the proposed building project, various information points can be found here.

We will be shifting gears with our mission and vision project. Instead of trying to find a date and time for community members and parents to attend a meeting to create the mission and vision, we will be working on this in a more internal manner and emailing out drafts to receive feedback. This will still allow for parent and community feedback but in a less invasive manner. I hope to have something out to everyone sometime towards the end of next week. If you would prefer more direct involvement than this, please let me know and I can share meeting dates and times.

Attached is a flier for our upcoming evening literacy program The Silly Laughing Fun Musical Poetry Show on February 5 from 6:30-7:30. This will be a free evening of fun for the whole family-we hope you can attend!

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or any of us in the office.


Owen Harrington