June 2, 2017

Post date: Jun 2, 2017 5:40:05 PM

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone is enjoying this newfound weather. I didn’t think we were going to see the sun again! I wanted to remind and inform everyone of the special election occurring this upcoming Tuesday, June 6th. If you normally drop your child off at school, this will change things for you. On that day you will need to drop your child off at the back entrance by the playground. You would enter the drop-off area per normal, then go up the service road and drop off from there. Mrs. Hast and Chief Sklut will be there to escort your child into the school. Since there is the potential for multiple people being in the community center on that day, students will be eating lunch in the classroom as well as having physical education in the classroom. The door from the community center to the school will also be locked.

On Wednesday, the 7th, we will have a Full Evacuation practice for the whole school at 9 am. During this exercise, our students will be led by the staff and Dunbarton Police across the ball field and to the Town Offices, the rallying point for emergencies. When your children get home, feel free to ask them about the practice and how it went. We are looking at this as a walkthrough so students and staff know what to do in the event of an emergency. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions.

For those of you that are interested, we still have a limited number of DES yearbooks for sale in the office. Each yearbook is $9.00. The Silver Birch 4-H Club is holding a plant sale on the Dunbarton Town Common this Saturday from 8:00 to 12:00. Sounds like a great opportunity to get a head start on your gardens. Just a reminder, the last day of school is Thursday, June 22nd and this will be an early release day. After “Step-Up”, during which time they will meet their teacher for next year, students will be released at 12:15. It will be here before you know it!

We are very close to the end of testing for 5th and 6th graders. The initial results are starting to come in for the 3rd and 4th grades. As a whole, they are looking quite good. Again, this is only one test in each child’s life, so we take everything with a grain of salt with the understanding that an SBAC score does not solely define the successes and areas for growth for each child.

6th graders will be going on their annual overnight field trip to the Boston Museum of Science this upcoming Thursday and Friday, June 8th and 9th. This is always a great opportunity for students to learn more about their regional history as well as to take in some sights and learn some great science. It is certainly an exciting and valuable experience for our 6th graders.

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Owen Harrington