October 2, 2015

Post date: Oct 5, 2015 11:19:04 AM

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone is drying out from the monsoon that ransacked the area on Wednesday. The fall weather is certainly setting in. With that said, I would encourage you to ensure your child is dressed for the weather each day as we do have outdoor recess. The weekly email for this week is chock-full of information, so please read with care and feel free at any time to email or call with any questions you may have.

Please note, there will be a bus change today. Our bus 5 driver was not able to drive today, and due to this students normally on bus 5 have been dispersed to buses 1 and 2. There have also been some students on bus 2 who have been dispersed to buses 1 and 4. Due to this, there may be some delays in arrival as well as your child arriving on a different bus. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Goffstown Truck Center directly at (603) 497-3111.

Grades for Grades 4-6 are now available on the Parent Portal. If you have a child in Grade 7 or above, you should be able to see your DES Student’s grades by choosing their name on the drop-down “Choose a Student” menu. Parents and guardians who do not have an older child should have already received instructions via snail mail regarding how to sign up and log-in on Infinite Campus. Please call Shelley in the office if you are having any difficulties at all (774-3181, ext. 201). Progress reports for DES will be sent or viewed in Infinite Campus on October 16th. Parents of students in grades 4-6 will simply view their child’s grades in Infinite Campus on this date. If you are unable to view your child’s grades in Infinite Campus, please contact us so we can remedy the situation.

The Bow/Dunbarton school district Wellness Committee is seeking interested members from our communities to consider being a part of this team. Our district wellness policy can be found at: bownet.org; Districts; Bow School Board; Policies; Wellness. The team meets four to five times during the year (1 hour meetings) and oversees many components of our district policy including: food service, nutrition education and promotion as well as physical education and physical activity opportunities. The first meeting of the 2015/16 school year will be on Wednesday, October 21st at 6:00 in the BHS library classroom. If interested, please contact wellness chair, Marcia Trexler, at mtrexler@bownet.org.

The DES Wellness Committee is meeting on October 26 from 2:45 -3:45 PM in the library. We welcome parents, guardians, community members and decision makers who have an interest in our DES wellness community efforts. If you are interested in attending,please contact Ginny Hast at (603) 774-3181, ext. 205 or via email at vhast@dunbarton.k12.nh.us .


Message from Dr. Gage: SAU 67 Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Families and students,

This fall will bring several opportunities for our families to reflect, with their students, on their student’s progress in our communities’ schools. Our goal is to provide as much information, from a variety of sources, to allow for reflection of the whole child. This fall your student’s first report card of the year will arrive. In addition the state test results from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) will be making their way home and our first initial results from a student survey, related to academic program, will be received.

Report cards are a local tool that provide students and families with feedback about progress. They reflect the day to day academic gains of your student. Report cards have become an area of focus for our schools, as we reflect on their ability to report out both academic progress and work habits. Please take the time to review your student’s report card with them.

SBAC reports will be coming home in the fall. These type of assessments are different than report cards in that they reflect a singular moment in time and report out results. Think of the SBAC results as an academic checkup. A detailed student report, with more information, will be provided to each family. Families should view the SBAC results as a part of their students’ progress monitoring. SBAC results are also used by classroom teachers and the district to help us reflect on our program.

This fall we will embark on a formal process for garnering feedback from families, students and faculty. In November students will be surveyed to provide feedback in the areas of rigor, sense of belonging, grit and pedagogy effectiveness. We will report out the results from this survey in aggregate form by building. Family and faculty surveys will follow in the spring.

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These resources help us to reflect on the progress of each individual student and help us to reflect more broadly on our academic programs.


If there are any families interested in a local learn to skate and/or learn to play hockey program, feel free to review the following information.

Henniker Youth Hockey Association


Saturdays & Sundays

Learn to Skate: $50 (10 weeks 2x per week)

Learn to Play Hockey: $175 (10 wks 2x per) full equipment required

Contact ~ Doug Bowen

(c) 660-0397


USA Hockey Registration Required


Where: NE College – Henniker, NH (Lee Clement Arena)

Registration: Online @ hyha.com

See hyha.com for full schedule

Program start date - Nov 14th 2015 8am.

The annual Fall Scholastic Book Fair will be taking place next week. All classrooms will have an opportunity to visit the book fair. If you are interested in allowing your child to purchase books, please feel free to send him or her in with money. Checks should be made out to DUNBARTON PTO.There will also be an opportunity for families to come in during the evening of Tuesday,October 6th from 6:00 to 7:00. A portion of the proceeds will be going directly to the teachers in that they will be able to choose books, as opposed to the PTO making a direct profit.

The DES Roots Committee has been hard at work this year and really brought their gardens to the next level. In recognition of their efforts, they will be holding a celebration for Roots Committee members in which they will be feasting on the fruits of their labor. The Roots students will be trying multiple types of food made with the vegetables they had a hand in growing. This is a very exciting initiative for students to participate in and it is a lot of fun to watch the group grow. No pun intended. With that said, I wanted to share some Farm to Table information shared with me from the Roots Committee. Should you have any interest in the programs, more information can be found here: http://www.farmtoschool.org/ and http://www.farmtoschool.org/Resources/F2SM_FactSheet_2015.pdf .

Just a reminder, there will be no school next Friday, October 9th or Monday, October 12th in observance of NEA day and Columbus Day respectively. I hope all of you have a restful and rejuvenating weekend. As always,should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or any of us in the office.


Owen Harrington