May 19, 2017

Post date: May 19, 2017 1:36:25 PM

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all of you who braved the hot community center last night for the annual DES Spring Concert. All of the students, Mrs. Campbell, Mr. Jenkins, and Mr. Hodges did a great job. Performing in front of others is hard work. The students took it all in stride and were wonderful.

If you have a vehicle in need of washing, the 6th grade is hosting its annual car wash today from 2:00 to 6:00 in the back parking lot adjacent to the police and fire stations. This is a donation only event. All proceeds go towards the 6th grade overnight field trip to the Boston Museum of Science.

As I have been walking through the halls and classrooms as of late, there is an annual phenomena occurring. Certain areas of the school are much quieter due to testing. As an education professional, this is a bittersweet occurrence in that there is not the normal hubbub inherent to the hustle and bustle of an elementary school. The plus side of testing is this is an opportunity for students to see where they are at in their schooling. This is always an opportunity for celebration in that there is always growth in some areas. Testing also shares where improvement can be found. This is where true learning and growth occur when we are given an opportunity to improve. The trick is finding the area and creating that sense of sticktoitiveness needed to improve. In a word: Grit.

As we are getting closer to the end of May, we will hold our annual Memorial Day observance on Friday, May 26th. This year’s observance is taking an interesting turn in that the Dunbarton Historical Awareness Committee is in partnership with us and will be providing information and materials to make our observance a bit more Dunbarton-centric. It should be a great learning opportunity for children and adults alike. For more information concerning the information that will be shared, please refer to the latest Teacher Tidbit Sheet shared by the Dunbarton Historical Awareness Committee.

The Dunbarton School District Capital Improvements Committee is well on their way in moving forward in their efforts to create a solid plan for the growth of Dunbarton Elementary. They interviewed a group of architects yesterday. The architectural firm they choose will be creating plans to address multiple areas of improvement for DES. This is an exciting development and I expect you will be hearing more information as soon as it is available.

On a final note, the town of Dunbarton has asked that I include this survey concerning a possible alternative in internet service providers. If you are interested in completing the survey, please click on the following link. Should you have any questions about the survey, feel free to call the town or go to the town website for more information.

I hope all of you are able to enjoy your weekend. It looks like it is going to be a great one.


Owen Harrington