September 11, 2015

Post date: Sep 11, 2015 5:09:19 PM

Dear Parents,

As I am sure you find it as well, I find every September 11th to be a somber and reflective day. Although it can be a difficult day, being a Principal at an elementary school provides a certain sense of security. The resiliency and innocence of childhood really allows us to put things in perspective as well as to provide us with the opportunity to respectfully and tactfully provide a learning opportunity for students. At DES, if not for the rain, our flag would have been at half-staff. We also had a moment of silence today in remembrance of September 11th. Other than that, we have left it up to parents to provide more detail to the historical and emotional significance of the day if they wish.

On a more uplifting tone, DES will be a part of the Dunbarton Old Home Day tomorrow. We will have a booth that will be manned by both staff and 6th grade students. The students will be presenting an exercise they learned in school and the staff will be displaying some historical pictures and memorabilia of Dunbarton Elementary School and Dunbarton Center School. I have to say, the exercise of digging through these items certainly put a smile to my face and put the history of Dunbarton in perspective. Perhaps the most interesting artifact for me were the notes and budgets of the Dunbarton School Board from the 1930s and early 1940s. Very interesting! Some of you will be interested in seeing some of the pictures we have as I know some of you are in them. We can’t wait to share them with you. Within that same vein, in much greater detail, the Dunbarton Town Library has created a book that is a retrospective on the town of Dunbarton. All Dunbartonians are welcome to purchase. Should you miss the flier in your child’s backpack, order information is as follows:

The Dunbarton Library has created and produced a special book as a tribute to our town on its 250th Anniversary. This beautiful hardcover book is a collection of art, poetry, essays, and amusing/poignant/hilarious quotes inspired by Dunbarton -- many of which came from your creative children! I am thrilled to report that we received 111 submissions from Dunbarton students last winter/spring!

"Dunbarton's 250th: A Literary & Visual Celebration!" is presently on display at the Dunbarton Public Library. Please stop by to peruse it and consider purchasing one ($35). This book will look lovely on any Dunbartonian coffee table! ;) It captures this year with reflections/expressions about Dunbarton at this time in our town's history. A copy will be included in the Dunbarton time capsule, which will be buried on Old Home Day this Saturday and unearthed in 50 years! It is a special keepsake that will be treasured by families for years to come.

There will also be an exhibit at the Dunbarton Library on Saturday (Sept. 12th) featuring all of the work from this book. Stop by to check it out as you enjoy the Old Home Day festivities. The book will continue to be sold at the library throughout the fall.

Huge thanks to all who contributed, and Happy 250th to our town!

Some other events in town that you may be interested in participating in are the Dunbarton School Reunion, which will take place Sunday, September 13th from 2:00 to 4:00 in the Community Center. All graduates of Dunbarton Center or Dunbarton Elementary School are welcome to attend. If there are any accomplished calligraphists who would like to donate their expertise, it would be greatly appreciated as a record of the attendees will be kept on a schroll. If you are interested, please contact Les Hammond at (603) 774-4026. There will also be a pancake breakfast put on by the Dunbarton/Goffstown Explorers which are a part of the Dunbarton Volunteer Fire Department. There is no cost for the breakfast, but donations are greatly appreciated as all proceeds will go to Fire Explorer Post 633.

A more detailed schedule of Dunbarton Old Home Day events can be found here: .

The Dunbarton PTO is in full swing. Please be on the lookout for membership information being sent home soon. The more membership the PTO has, the more they are able to do for your children. With that said, the first PTO event of the year will be taking place soon as the PTO Autumn Festival will kick off on Saturday, September 26th here at DES. If you would like more information on the event, it can be found here:

I am wishing you all a restful and relaxing weekend.


Owen Harrington