November 10, 2017

Post date: Nov 10, 2017 7:04:02 PM

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a great/informative parent/teacher conference. If you were unable to schedule a conference, please feel free to get in touch with your child’s teacher to schedule one for another date. There are no people more influential to a child’s education than his or her parents. As such, we want to make sure we are keeping you aware of your child’s progress in his or her education.

Believe it or not, we are counting down to Winter Activities. As you may recall, last year students had two options: the Pats Peak Learn to Ski and Ride program or going through a set of activities at DES taught by New England College Outdoor Studies students. Both are great options and allow your child to explore all that winter has to offer here in NH. I will be meeting with New England College next week to discuss this year’s program and look forward to having more information to share with you when I have it. If you are interested in the Pat’s Peak program, it can be found here. Please note that the deadline for registering your child is this upcoming Monday. You can still register, but a late fee will apply. If you would like your child to participate, but it is a financial hardship, please contact Candace Harrison at to apply for a scholarship.

I also wanted to take a moment to remind everyone of our new Facebook page as well as the Dunbarton Elementary School Building Project page on our website. Both are new and informative. Our hope is to be able to use both pages to better communicate with the greater public. Please feel free to share these sites with your friends and neighbors who do not currently have children enrolled at DES.

As I mentioned in an earlier email, the first draft of the Dunbarton School District budget has been given to the school board. We are going through the budget process now. The school administration, SAU administration, and school board all work together to create a budget that best meets the needs of the district and community at large, with a focus on student learning. I would encourage you to attend school board meetings and budget hearings to stay apprised of the process. The next school board meeting will be December 6th at 6:00.

In closing, we had a great Veteran’s Day ceremony yesterday. What I love most about our Veteran’s Day ceremony is the coming together of Dunbarton veterans and our students. Not only are DES students shaking the hands of each veteran in attendance, but our 6th-grade students welcome and serve the veterans breakfast. On so many levels, these students learn what it means to serve your country, thank individuals for their sacrifice and interact with community members. So often we think of education as experiences in the classroom. Education is much more than the academics. It is about becoming a productive citizen, and this assembly aids in that venture. If you would like to see some pictures of this event, they can be found at our website here or on our Facebook page.

Enjoy your weekend.

Owen Harrington