March 20, 2015

Post date: Mar 30, 2015 5:11:52 PM

Dear Parents,

With the weather we have been experiencing as of late it is hard to believe today is the first day of spring. The end is in sight, but it sure doesn’t feel like it!

We have started Smarter Balanced testing at DES. It has been an interesting process as we navigate a new testing format. This is certainly not the pencil/paper bubble sheet format we are so used to taking. The third graders have been doing a great job taking the new test. It is clear to see they were ready to take it thanks to the preparation from their teachers concerning the format of the test. Should you have any questions about the test, please feel free to contact us or visit the following website for more information: . At this website there is information on Smarter Balanced for students and families as well as the opportunity to take practice tests.

We are nearing the end of Winter Activities for the 2015 school year. Thank you again to all the parents who drove your children and their friends to Pats Peak. I have been hearing good things about the conditions on the mountain. Those of us who have stayed behind have had a good time as well. Some have been working on legos, making paper mache busts, ice skating, cooking, snowshoeing or playing mini sports. It has been a great time all around.

Just a reminder that your child’s/children’s report cards should have arrived home this afternoon. Please remember to take a look at the report card and sign the outside of the envelope to acknowledge that you have seen it. Once you have done so, please return the envelope to school. Should you have any questions about your child’s report card, please feel free to contact his or her teacher to discuss.

The PTO Book Fair will return next week! The book fair will be taking place from March 25th through April 4th. Each classroom will have an opportunity to visit. Feel free to send in some money with your child to purchase books. If you would prefer to be with your child/children to purchase books, the book fair will also be open during the Easter Bunny breakfast. For more information,please feel free to visit the PTO website at: .

I also wanted to remind everyone that we are looking for volunteer labor to complete work on the refurbing of the lower grades bathrooms this summer. If you are interested in volunteering your services, please contact us so we can get your information and share it with Mr. Trexler.

Notes from the Nurse:

The Lost and Found Box is overflowing! Please remind your child to check items, which will be displayed in the gym over the next week or two.

Since Monday, there has been an increase in the number of students absent with report of nausea/vomiting, some with fever and some without. I do try and track specific symptoms, so please be sure to call the school absentee line if your child is absent. If you are not comfortable leaving a detailed message at the main office, please leave me a message on ext. 205.

I also have had a few parents call with reports of strep throat. While strep can occur throughout the year, I do think of it as a disease that seems to increase in the springtime. Symptoms typically include a sudden, severe sore throat and fever, although sometimes I have seen it present as headache and stomach ache with no sore throat at all. The child usually feels quite ill. Again, it is important that you call me to let me know about this diagnosis so I can track and watch for clusters of illness.

Please continue to encourage and model good hand washing at home for prevention of disease. (Soap, water and friction for 10-15 seconds) especially prior to eating and after going to the bathroom.

My last plea is to please, please, please remember to call the school if your child will be absent or tardy. This is important for safety reasons. A note is fine if it is a planned absent. All of us in the office truly appreciate those notifications!

We wish you all a restful and relaxing weekend.


Owen Harrington - Principal

Melissa Romein - Special Education Coordinator

Ginny Hast - School Nurse

Deanna Brown - Administrative Assistant

Kathy McKernan - Administrative Assistant