October 27, 2014

Post date: Oct 27, 2014 12:02:02 PM

Dear Parents,

The pace of school is really starting to pick up; thus the delay in getting this out to you. It is amazing to venture into the classrooms and see the true learning going on in each one. Students are hard at work with writing pieces, reading groups and Everyday Mathematics. We are certainly in our first marathon season which ends with the holiday break.

Picture retakes are set for November 3rd from 10:00 until 12:30. If you would like your child to have his or her picture retaken, simply send your child to school with the original pictures and packaging. The photographer will take care of the rest.

As we are moving on in the year, the parent drop off procedure is becoming a smoother operation. I would ask that everyone be aware and sensitive to those who are behind you in line. In doing so, if students could let themselves out and try to keep the farewells short and sweet, it would be greatly appreciated. Although we have nothing but respect and appreciation for the parent/child relationship, we just want to be cognizant and appreciative of one another’s time restraints.

The Harvest Moon Supper will be held on November 8th. If you have any questions about the event, please visit the PTO website at: http://dunbartonpto.com/ . Volunteers are still needed to help serve the dinner. If you are interested in volunteering, please email atdunbartonpto@gmail.com .

It is our goal this fall to conduct a NWEA test. As you may remember,this is an assessment we have traditionally given in the spring. It is a test in both math and reading that students take on a computer. The test increases or decreases in difficulty depending on the student’s ability. By having the students take this assessment both in the spring and fall, we can better monitor their progress throughout the year. If you have any questions about the test, feel free to contact your child’s teacher or feel free to look at the following website: https://www.nwea.org/assessments/resources-for-parents/ .

This year we will also be using aimsweb solely for mathematics. Aimsweb is a quick computer based assessment that allows for more frequent assessment of a student’s ability. We will solely be using this as another data point to keep track of a student’s progress. By utilyzing aimsweb, we will be better able to determine which students will need interventions in the area of mathematics. Should you have any questions concerning aimsweb, feel free to give us a call or look it up on the following website: http://www.aimsweb.com/about . It is important to note that we plan to use aimsweb as only one data point since a much clearer picture is painted by reviewing a student’s progress in many different areas.

Just a reminder that we will be having our annual Halloween parade/party on October 31st. Volunteers will start arriving at 1:15 and the parade will begin shortly after all students have changed into their costumes. We would like to remind parents that if they have been asked to send in a classroom treat that it be approved by Mrs. Hast (school nurse) to account for any dietary needs of students.

As the colder weather is approaching, we just want to remind you to ensure that your child is appropriately dressed for recess. At every chance we get, we send students outside for recess. Please make sure if it is cold, students come to school with the appropriate clothing. As is so often the situation with colder weather, the lost and found box becomes more populated with lost articles of clothing. If your child should lose his or her clothing, it may be found in the lost and found box in the gym.

Our first DES Wellness Committee meeting of the year will be held on November 3rd at 3:30 in the DES library. All parents are welcome to attend to learn more about the wellness committee’s goals and how they work to ensure a healthy experience for all children at DES.

Ms. Walleston (a student teacher in Mrs. Campbell’s class) is facilitating a service learning project with Mrs. Campbell’s students. The goal of the project is to increase the amount of clothing donated in the bin outside of the community center entrance. As part of the project, you will see a letter coming home addressing their goals.

The Dunbarton Elementary School Roots Club (Garden Club) has an opportunity for parents and students to participate in planting garlic bulbs this Wednesday after school. The Roots club has grown quite a bit this past year. They have literally grown out of their two raised beds in the front to multiple (grant-funded) raised beds in the back of the school. If you would like to participate in the garlic planting, have some fun with other parents and students, and learn more about Roots, feel free to contact Chanti Berube-Labrecque at (603) 774-1661. Please note that all students would need to be accompanied by a parent as this is occurring after school and is not a school activity.

A reminder from the school nurse: Please remember to call and report student absences on the attendance line. If your child is experiencing symptoms which include fever over 100 degrees, sore throat and/or cough, please be sure to contact the nurse at ext 205. This information is critical in the tracking of influenza-like-illness throughout the school year. In addition, children should be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications (ex. ibuprofen, acetaminophen) before returning to school to reduce the spread of disease. If your child has any other symptoms, Mrs. Hast always appreciates knowing what is going around!

Thank you for your support and as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.


Owen Harrington, Principal

Melissa Romein,Special Education Coordinator

Ginny Hast, School Nurse

Deanna Brown,Administrative Assistant

Kathy McKernan, Administrative Assistant