November 15, 2013

Post date: Mar 31, 2014 6:52:42 PM

It has been a busy week at DES! This weekend the PTO held its annual Harvest Moon Supper in support of the Dunbarton Elementary School Artist in Residence program. I had the opportunity to attend the supper with my wife and two boys. Again, I was impressed with the sense of community at both DES and Dunbarton as a whole. The variety of community members and educators in attendance was a great thing to see. It was also nice to have the opportunity to enjoy good food with good people. The PTO also did a wonderful job decorating the community center and preparing large amounts of food for all in attendance. Most importantly, the students will immediately benefit from the money the PTO raised. I am very excited for this year’s Artist in Residence program. With Sarah Bragg, DES Art teacher, working alongside Kim Belanger and the DES PTO, the students are sure to come out winners!

Thanks to the fine work of Candace Harrison, 3rd grade teacher and DES Enrichment Coordinator, DES hosted GT and the Unique Game Show. GT, the game show host, did a wonderful job motivating the students and sharing an underlying message of supporting one another through school spirit. He quizzed the students on current events, academic knowledge, and pop culture. The students and staff had a great time!

Students and staff have been hard at work. I can’t tell you how excited I am every time I visit classrooms and see how hard the students and staff are working at learning. The level of engagement the students are showing is impressive. Whether they are working on expository essays, conducting experiments and tabulating the data, plotting points on graphs, learning about colonial times, or working on getting to the next level in their reading, the students are engaged and producing great products. Obviously the students own a great percentage of this output, but the staff who are working with them are to be commended as well for their guidance and support in facilitating student learning. Teaching and learning is not an easy task, but the DES staff and students take that in stride.

It has been great to see many of you coming in for the annual parent/teacher conferences. I even had the privilege of attending a couple conferences with parents. I thank you for all the hard work you are doing as parents on behalf of your children. I speak from personal experience that raising school aged children can be hard work. Whether we are getting our kids ready for school, helping them with their homework, getting them ready for practice, teaching them right from wrong, and the list goes on… parenting is another full time job. I am always amazed by the amount of parents at DES that work, parent, and volunteer regularly. Thank you.

As we continue to venture into this school year, I would ask that you please contact me should you have any questions or concerns about your child’s learning experience at DES. You, as parents, are the key contributor to your child’s educational success. Our goal at DES is for students to learn, be challenged, grow as people and to have fun on the way. If it your child is experiencing an unhealthy level of frustration, we want to do all we can to improve the experience. It is our job as parents and educators to help children become the best adult self they can and we, at DES, are happy to be your partner on this journey.

I wish you all a great weekend and hope to see you soon.


Owen Harrington