October 28, 2016

Post date: Oct 28, 2016 5:41:53 PM

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone is staying warm and dry with our so needed wet weather. We have a very busy week ahead of us. As you are aware, Halloween is nigh. Trick or treating this year is on Monday night from 5:00 to 8:00. I am sure it will be a completely spooktacular event! I hope everyone enjoys themselves as this is a fun and exciting holiday for children. Please feel free to park in the school parking lot and don’t forget to visit the fire department on your way into the center of town. Thank you to everyone who donated candy to the residents in the center of town. They are very appreciative of your efforts.

We will have our annual Halloween parade through the center of Dunbarton on Monday, October 31st at 1:45. You are obviously more than welcome to attend and watch the students as they parade through town. Just a reminder that the DES Student Council is sponsoring a non-perishable food drive and will be collecting the items in their “goody bags” as they walk by. I sincerely apologize, but I will not be able to make the Halloween Parade this year as I am part of a NH Leadership Academy and one of our meeting days is the 31st. The children are in wonderful hands with Mrs. Westenberg, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Hast and Mrs. Landry who will all be present.

The Harvest Moon Supper will be held on November 5th from 4:30-6:30 pm. If you have any donations for the raffle baskets, they are due in the students' rooms on Thursday, November 3rd. Advance tickets sales remain open at www.dunbartonpto.com through Friday the 4th. You can also send a check in by Friday to secure your seats. Please note, all the proceeds from this event go back to your children through the Artist in Residence program at DES, which is a wonderful opportunity for students to immerse themselves in a creative venture.

I have looked over the results of the math night survey I sent out last week. Currently, I have received 23 responses with the majority of those responses coming from 2nd and 4th grade parents. Based on what I am reading, parents are looking for the some support/information in the following areas:

Explanation of the new methods in math

How are children helped when answers are wrong

How to help your children with their homework and the concepts (Majority Concern)

Multiplication and division support

Why have we shied away from traditional math

How are retakes/redoes handled

What are the advantages of this program over others

I would suggest that you please complete this survey if you haven’t already. My goal is for us to create a presentation that meets your needs. We will also be creating a digital presentation for those who are unable to attend. If you still have yet to complete the survey, you can do so here .

As we are exiting October and entering November, we are officially entering budget season, with the next school board meeting, November 2nd at 6:00 marking the official start. We will be presenting our budget to the board and speaking to various needs as we see them. As is always the case, we need to balance the fiscal needs of the school, the town and individual taxpayers as we work to create a responsible and effective budget for DES.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and is able to proactively get in some rest before the big night on Monday.


Owen Harrington