September 5, 2014

Post date: Sep 8, 2014 1:23:35 PM

Hello DES Parents,

I hope everyone is enjoying their second week of school. The school is starting to run on all cylinders and both students and staff are really getting into the flow of the school day. It is a good feeling to see it all in action knowing all the hard work that we all put into it. During this email home I hope to bring you more information concerning fire drills, the playground, the PTO Book Fair, the traffic pattern for drop offs during voting, a change in date for open house and who to call should you have any concerns with your child’s bus.

We apologize, but due to scheduling our open house on the same date as the high school, we will need to reschedule our open house to Tuesday, September 16th from 6:00 to 7:00 . We will still meet in the Harlan and Betty Ann Noyes Community Center for a welcome address as well as an introduction to all the staff who are attending open house. From there, you will have the opportunity to participate in two 20 minute rotations to visit classrooms and see and hear what your children’s teachers have to share. It is sure to be an informative and fun evening.

We will have our first fire drill on September 10th. When the fire alarm sounds, students are expected to quickly and quietly follow their teacher’s directions and report to their classroom’s designated spots. At that time each classroom teacher takes attendance and holds up either a red or green card. The green card signifies all students are accounted for. The red card signifies we are missing a student. At that point either Mrs. Brown or I will intervene to determine who the student is and finding out where he or she is located. Generally speaking, this is a process that is completed within moments. We do announce our first fire drill so students are ready and staff is able to review the process with the students again. Each classroom will also have already completed a fire drill individually so the students will all have seen and practiced the drill.

As I am sure you all have already experienced at your homes this season, the wasps and bees are very active. Bain Pest Control has been in twice to make sure they are kept at bay here within and around the school grounds. Special attention has been given to the playground. Perhaps your child has mentioned that he or she has been unable to play on the equipment since Friday. We made that decision in order to make sure Bain Pest Control would be able to treat the area and students would be away from the treated area. Students have been allowed to play on the playground since Wednesday.

The annual PTO Book Fair will soon be here! The book fair is a great opportunity for your child to stock up on some great books at great prices. Not only that, a portion of the proceeds goes back to your child’s teacher as well as to the PTO.

The first PTO meeting of the 2014-2015 school year will be September 10th. All PTO meetings are held in the DES library and begin at 6:45. Each year there is a solid core of people who are at each meeting and do great things. If you are interested in attending, you are most welcome. If you are unable to attend, but would like to lend a helping hand, please feel free to contact the PTO. They are always looking for help and support. The best way to contract them is via the following email address: .

During Old Home Day this year, DES will host an informational booth. We hope to have it manned with DES staff from roughly 12:00 to 3:00. There will also be information on hand about Bow Memorial School as well as Bow High School. If you are so inclined, Mr. Harrington will participate as a target at the pie throwing booth. Feel free to take your best shot as all the proceeds will be going to a great cause.

For students who will be in ASP on September 8th and 9th, they will be housed in the school library and common area as the town will be preparing the community center for voting on the 8th and voting will be occurring on the 9th in the Harlan and Betty Ann Noyes Community Center . If you drop your child off for school in the morning, please plan on entering the same as usual, but then continuing through the emergency access road behind the school and dropping your child off at the last entrance by the playground. We are making this change to alleviate any confusion and/or congestion in traffic at the community center entrance.

Although we would love to be able to help you at every turn, there are some situations in which we aren't always the best source of information. Busing is one of those situations. If you have any busing concerns, please contact the Goffstown Truck Center at (603) 497-3111. We are confident they will best meet your needs in this area.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or contact us in the office.

Owen Harrington (Principal)

Deanna Brown (Administrative Assistant)

Kathy McKernan (Administrative Assistant)