October 27, 2017

Post date: Oct 27, 2017 6:03:58 PM

Dear Parents,

There is a definite excitement in the air as we are gearing towards Halloween. Many of the students are talking about their costumes and the scarecrows are lining up in preparation of our Halloween Parade. It is certainly a fun time of year to be an elementary school student as well as to work in an elementary school. As a reminder, the Halloween parade will take place on October 31st at 1:45. As I mentioned earlier, the DES Student Council is sponsoring a non perishable food drive. Please feel free to bring in an item to share. Thank you to all of you who have donated candy to Dunbarton residents who live in the town common area. They are most appreciative of your kindness. The annual Dunbarton Garden Club Town Common Spootacular will take place on October 31st from 5:00 to 7:00. Miss NH will make a visit to this year’s Dunbarton Halloween festivities at the town common sometime between 5:00 and 8:00.

Please mark your calendars for October 30th at 6:30. The Dunbarton Capital Improvements Committee (CIC) will be presenting the latest plans for the proposed DES building renovations in the common area of DES. Please consider attending to learn more about the plans as well as to ask any questions you may have concerning the project. The CIC, representatives from Warren Street Architects, Bauen Construction, Dr. Cascadden (SAU 67 Superintendent), Mr. Ford (SAU 67 Assistant Superintendent) and Laura Landry (DES Special Education Coordinator) will all be in attendance to answer questions as well. I apologize as I will not be in attendance due to a family commitment. I am happy to answer any questions you may have or direct you to someone who can as well, if you are unable to attend. The community forum is an integral step in this process, as it will be the first time the plans will be presented to the public at this magnitude and it will be an opportune time for the CIC and the Dunbarton School Board to learn more about the public’s thoughts on this project as it is currently organized.

As you may recall, the focal points of these plans are to create space for an all day kindergarten program as well as to create small instructional/learning spaces. Furthermore, the plan addresses multiple facility needs to ensure for improved efficiency as well as improving the longevity of the building envelope and mechanical systems. Both Mrs. Landry and I have participated with the CIC in the planning stages of this project and I am excited by the prospects of the plan. I am also proud of the committee’s efforts in preparing a well thought out and respectful plan that keeps in mind the necessities of students as well as being conscious of taxpayer needs.

The annual Bow Rotary Auction is being held this weekend. Please note the attachment to this email. The Bow Rotary Auction is an important event for Dunbarton residents as the Bow Rotary Scholarship is open to both Bow and Dunbarton students of Bow High School. The proceeds of the auction help fund the Bow Rotary Scholarship.

The Harvest Moon Supper will soon be here as it is scheduled for Saturday, November 4th from 4:30 to 6:30. This is an annual event that is well attended and for good reason. Not only is the food great, but all proceeds benefit the DES Artist in Residence fund. Each year we have a high quality artist “reside” at DES for a week and, in conjunction with DES students, they create a permanent piece of art. As a reminder, here, here, here, and here are the songs created last year with Monte Selby. Pie donations are still needed for the supper. If you are interested in donating any pies, the link to sign up can be found here .

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