September 29, 2017

Post date: Sep 29, 2017 7:47:59 PM

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe this will be the last email for September 2017. As it always happens, time is moving quickly. Thank you to all of you who supported the DES Scholastic Book Fair. From what I understand, this was a record year and due to this, there will be many new titles being donated to DES teacher’s classrooms. Clearly, this is a direct benefit to DES students. Thank you to the Dunbarton PTO and Mrs. Westenberg for organizing and supporting this yearly event.

At this point in time the DES Building Project is still in its planning stages, but it is starting to take a more concrete shape. I will leave it to the Dunbarton School Board to inform you further, but I wanted to ensure you that from my vantage point, some exciting work is being done. I would encourage you to stay informed of this process as the plans continue to take shape. I will keep you informed as the school board releases information.

Another way for you to stay informed is to attend information sessions as they are scheduled as well as to attend Dunbarton School Board meetings. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 4th at 6:00 PM in the DES library. In my humble opinion, we are at an important point in the continued growth of DES and it is important for you to stay as informed as possible so you are able to make a decision you are comfortable with in March at the Annual School District Meeting, when you will vote on the budget for the coming school year. .

On the DES rules development front, we had our meeting at Bow High School yesterday. We had two representatives each from grades 1 - 6 participating. It was an honor to be a part of this as the adults (Mrs. Routhier and I) really let go of the reins and allowed the students to discover a process to create rules. I was impressed with their steadfast approach in creating meaningful rules that not only benefit themselves and their immediate peer groups but also the school as an institution of learning. They really understood and respected their task and it was a joy as both a parent and an educator to observe. Once the rules are revealed to the student body, I will share those with you. Our next step is to plan out a ratification meeting with the whole school, and this group is already working on some fun ideas to make it a meaningful meeting.

We have been hard at work trying to find a replacement for our former music teacher Mrs. Sullivan. We think we have found one and are in the final stages of the hiring process. Once this person is officially hired, I will introduce her to you via email. I can tell you we are excited about her as a teacher and look forward to completing the hiring process.

The Bow/ Dunbarton school staff softball team will play against Bow town office staff on October 13th at 5:30 on the ball field between Bow Middle School and the tennis courts. There will be concessions and a 50/50 raffle, all in support of the Special Olympics. This will be a fun night out for the family and a chance for students to watch some of their teachers play softball!

The SAU Wellness Committee is sponsoring a "Get Out and Walk Day" on Sunday, November 5th. I would mark your calendars as this looks to be a fun event. I have attached the flier here for further review.

I also wanted to remind you we do not have school on Friday, October 6th or Monday, October 9th. There is no school on Friday due to NEA day and no school on Monday in honor of Columbus Day. I hope you are all able to take some time this weekend to enjoy the fall weather we have in store. 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

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