March 21, 2016

Post date: Apr 1, 2016 5:29:47 PM

Dear Parents,

Welcome to spring! Given this morning’s snowstorm, I am only being slightly sarcastic. As we are moving forward in the school year, you all should have received a report card for your child on Friday. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s grades, I would suggest you contact his or her classroom teacher. The one thing to remember about report cards is this is in essence a data report and all data simply reports where something is at that point in time. Furthermore, report card grades do not define our children. Report cards simply let us (parents) know how our child is doing in school. I am sure you, like me, are looking to raise children that are good wholesome people and doing well in school is simply a part of this puzzle. It is also important to note that should the grades be lower than desired or expected, this is something that can be rectified with hard work and communication all the way around. We are all your partners in this journey and would be happy to help in any way should you have any questions or concerns.

Just a few reminders of upcoming events. The PTO Easter Bunny breakfast is happening this Saturday, March 26th. The annual pancake breakfast will take place in the Dunbarton Community Center and the doors will open at 8:00. The last I heard, there will be a guest appearance by the Easter Bunny. Please remember that adults are $8.00 and children five and under are $5.00. Along with the Easter Bunny Breakfast, you will have the opportunity to visit the Scholastic Book Store one more time before it is gone. The Egg Hunt sponsored by the Dunbarton Rec. Commission starts promptly at 10 am, so don’t forget to bring a basket!

Mr. Goldstein and the DES students are hard at work raising money for heart disease research. Students in grades 1-3 are jumping rope and students in grades 4-6 are shooting hoops for hearts. Should you decide to pledge, all pledge forms are due in tomorrow.

For those of you who are interested, Transitions Dunbarton has created a forum for citizens to provide an opportunity to weigh in on town and school developments. If you would like to see this for yourself, feel free to visit the following site:

Our last Winter Enrichment day is this Friday. Although we will certainly miss the change in pace in activities and skiing, it is certainly a surer sign of spring when Winter Activites comes to a close as opposed to a snowstorm on the second day of spring. I wish you all a great week and feel free to contact your child’s teacher or any of us in the office if you have any questions or concerns.


Owen Harrington