January 5, 2018

Post date: Jan 5, 2018 6:59:17 PM

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! I hope everyone is making the best out of this blissful New England weather pattern. I know my own children were enjoying the snow day until it came time to get to work clearing snow - indentured servitude at its best. With that said, I wanted to take this opportunity to once again remind you that we have taken the step to reduce our outdoor recess cutoff temperature to 15 degrees. Students will need to come to school with their winter clothing: hats, gloves/mittens, jacket and snow pants if they would like to play in the snow during recess. If they forget their winter clothing, they will need to play on the blacktop. If a student forgets gloves/mittens or a hat, he or she can get a new one to keep from Mrs. Hast (school nurse). Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Our first session of Winter Activities will begin next Wednesday! Dr. Viti from New England College came to our most recent staff meeting to discuss our second annual program and it is sure to be another exciting year. The main focus of the program will be to have DES students experience the opportunities a New England winter provides. As we had last year, students will be able to participate in Camp Cooking, Winter Survival, Shelter Building, Winter Ecology, Games on the Field, Team Building, Nature Walk/Snowshoeing, or Arts and Crafts. Your children will have the opportunity to choose their top three choices this upcoming week and we will work towards getting them into those top three activities throughout the four weeks of Winter Activities. This was a successful program last year and I am predicting this year will be even more so. It is a nice dynamic seeing NEC students, DES students and DES staff all learning from one another and enjoying themselves.

Don’t forget, Monday is free lunch day. Any child who would like to have a school lunch on Monday is able to get one free of charge. Please note, pizza day has switched from Wednesday to Monday. As you may be aware, we have switched pizza vendors from Constantly Pizza to Gils Pizza. I want to personally thank Constantly Pizza (specifically Dave and Justyn Constant) for their years of service to DES. They have been a good partner for us and I appreciate all they have done.

Since we have made the switch to oversight for our school lunch program to Mrs. Carbone (SAU 67 Food Services Director), some exciting changes have come into play. One of the biggest changes is the number of choices offered. I am sure you have heard about it at home. If not, ask your child. I also wanted to thank Pam Ducharme as she has stepped up to be the Head Cook and she is doing a great job being flexible with change and continuing to provide a great lunch to students. I also wanted to introduce you to our new Kitchen Assistant - Danielle Drew. Both Pam and Danielle have been working hard with the new system and are excited to be at DES.

The Dunbarton PTO has been approved for an Amazon Smile account. What this allows for is for you to go through this account when you order anything through Amazon. In doing so, Amazon will donate a portion of the proceeds from your order to the DES PTO. For more information on this program, please follow the following link.

Just a reminder that our winter concert will be on January 25th at 6:30 and will consist of the K-3 choral program as well as band and strings. It is sure to be a great concert and will be the first concert with our new music teacher Ms. VanderBok. I know you join me in welcoming her to DES. She has brought a new energy to the DES music program and I look forward to her sharing your children’s musical abilities with you.

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.

Sincerely,

Owen Harrington