March 28, 2016

Post date: Apr 1, 2016 5:31:03 PM

Dear Parents,

This past Friday marks our last day of Winter Activities for 2016. This means we will be back to our normal routine for the remainder of the school year. From everything I have heard, the Winter Activities were successful. Should you have any suggestions for improvement, please feel free to contact us in the office.

Thank you to the PTO and the various volunteers for all their efforts on behalf of DES students during this weekend’s Easter Bunny Breakfast. I have heard wonderful reports of students having an eventful and hoppy time, especially with the honored guest: the Easter Bunny.

The Sweetheart Dance for our young ladies and their favorite male chaperone is coming soon! The dance is April 9th from 6-8 pm; it will be held here in the gym. Tickets are $10.00 per person and are on sale now. Ticket order forms have gone home and are also available in the office. A limited number of tickets will available at the door.

The Scholastic Book Fair was a big success again, so thanks to all of you parents supporting the school. The funds earned at the Book Fair will go into the PTO’s operating budget, and will find their way back to your children through enrichment opportunities here at school.

The Math Committee is starting to turn a corner with their work towards finding a new math program. As we are moving forward, we have agreed on continuing to investigate three math programs. Each program has its strengths and are all based on Common Core. The three programs are Envisions (Envisions Website), Go Math (Go Math Website), and Eureka Math (Eureka Math Website). Our next step is to visit schools who are successfully implementing these programs to see them in action to determine which program(s) we are interested in pursuing further. Once we hone in on one of these programs, a core group of teachers will meet over the summer to prepare the program for rollout as either a pilot or a new program during the 2016-2017 school year. Certainly exciting work.

Although it seems early to discuss summer, we have organized an exciting amount of work for teachers to embark on over the summer break. There will be teachers involved in work to help create a mentoring program for Dunbarton Elementary School. A teacher mentoring program allows for teachers new to the profession as well as new to the district the opportunity to learn about their new school and the profession from veteran teachers. There will also be opportunities for teachers to learn more about Chromebooks and Google Docs as well as the Fundations Phonics program, and of course All Day K will be a major focus of the summer work. All of the funds for the summer work are made possible by the use of a Title Two grant which is used towards professional development work.

I hope you all have a wonderful week and, as always,please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or any of us in the office if you have any questions or concerns.


Owen Harrington