October 13, 2017

Post date: Oct 13, 2017 6:12:29 PM

Dear Parents,

We are in the middle of one of the more exciting times of year in an elementary school. Our wheels are up and it is smooth flying. When I am walking through classrooms and conversing with students and teachers, it is clear we are full steam ahead with learning. This will be the case all the way to our Thanksgiving break. As teachers and educators, we love these opportunities for uninterrupted learning.

Today the third and fourth grades will be hosting senior members of the Dunbarton community who also attended Dunbarton schools. As you may remember from earlier emails, we are looking to revamp our mission and vision statements and we are committed to honoring the Dunbarton ideals that have been fostered throughout the years. We felt a good way to to do so was to have elder Dunbarton statesmen and women share their experiences with students and have those students create reports. The students will then share their reports with community members who are interested in attending an informational meeting later this month or early November. I will keep you updated as those dates are solidified.

Next week I will meet with the group of students who created school level rules to plan out our presentation of school rules to the whole school. I am excited to get this moving and wrap up this project so we can use these rules as our foundation for success at DES. As we have discussed, these rules will be our (students and staff) guide as to how we work together to create avenues for success for all. This is an exciting prospect for sure.

I would encourage you to mark your calendars for the October 30th presentation by the Dunbarton School District Capital Improvements Committee (CIC). The CIC will be presenting the most current status of the Dunbarton Elementary School building project. I cannot state enough how beneficial a project this would be for student learning. The CIC has commissioned the planning of a fiscally responsible, yet highly effective project that would bolster student learning. Furthermore, this project would also provide marked improvements to the building envelope as well as the mechanical functions of the building. The CIC will present at 6:30 on October 30th in the DES library.

I wanted to remind everyone of some PTO/DES events coming up in the near and somewhat distant future. Tomorrow the DES PTO will be hosting its first Bingo for Books event. This is sure to be a great event in which students and grownups will have the opportunity to play some bingo and win some books. Bingo for Books will be happening from 5:30 to 7:30. You can find more information here. The annual Dunbarton Elementary School Halloween parade and parties will be taking place on October 31st starting at 1:45. A little further in the future the annual Harvest Moon Supper will take place on November 4th from 4:30 to 6:30.

Dunbarton Rec. Basketball signups will be held in the school library on October 23 from 6-8 pm and October 25 from 7-8:30 pm. Watch for more information coming home with your child next week.

Also coming home in their backpacks next week is the 6th Grade Yankee Candle Fundraiser. The Class of 2018 is raising funds for their overnight trip to the Boston Museum of Science in June.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or any of us in the office.


Owen Harrington