October 11, 2013

Post date: Mar 31, 2014 6:48:39 PM

I would like to take a moment to thank Mrs. Harrison (DES Enrichment Coordinator) and Judy Pancoast for a fabulous enrichment presentation for our kindergarten through second grade students. Ms. Pancoast did a wonderful job of delivering a presentation infused with song and dance that engaged and enlightened our K-2 students. Not only were the students energized and entertained, they were also given the opportunity to learn about the various types of literature and how to foster a love of reading. I have included a link to Ms. Pancoast’s website here for you: http://www.judypancoast.com/ .

The NECAP testing is almost complete. Sixth grade students were done with their testing this Thursday. Third, fourth and fifth graders will complete their testing on Wednesday. Any students who were absent during the testing will be able to make it up on October 17th, 18th and 21st. I would like to thank all the parents for ensuring their children were well rested, had a good breakfast and were ready for NECAPs.

The fall weather is certainly upon us and we at DES are hoping students are coming to school dressed for the weather. Since every student has a 20 minute recess, it is imperative they are dressed for comfort and are able to fully engage in physical activity at recess.

The Dunbarton PTO has some fabulous events on the horizon. The DES staff and the PTO are partnering to provide the annual Halloween Parade and we are hoping it will continue to be an event not to be missed. Thanks to the PTO and the various room parents, all students will be supplied with an allergy free treat and small bottled water. Please ensure that your child comes to school with a safe costume on October 31st. The parade itself will begin at 1:45 with a march through the town common and once students return to their class, the celebration will culminate with the treat and bottled water.

The PTO is also planning for their annual Harvest Moon Supper. Information on the event can be found on the PTO website:http://dunbartonpto.com/ . All proceeds from this event go right back to students through the artist in residence program. As you already know, the DES artist in residence program has left its mark of permanent artwork throughout the hallways of DES. This program is a great way to further enrich a student’s educational experience through the avenue of art. I would encourage you to find a way to support this by volunteering in support of the Harvest Moon Supper or purchasing tickets and attending the event.

In closing, I would like to wish all the DES students and families a great Columbus Day weekend. I hope you have an opportunity to enjoy time with family and take in the beautiful fall foliage.


Owen Harrington