September 8, 2017

Post date: Sep 8, 2017 3:03:32 PM

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all of you who have completed the form explaining in one word what education means to you. We are using this as we are taking a look at our mission and vision and hoping to revamp it to be more in line with or goals for students in the 21st Century. It is exciting work. More importantly, it is work that brings together the stakeholders in each child’s education. I am looking forward to the progression of this as we get closer to crafting the two statements.

I wanted to remind everyone that we are using morning meetings to jump start our academic days. As such, we are hoping students are able to arrive to school at 7:50 so they are able to participate in a complete morning meeting. These are an integral part of the day as they foster a child’s social/emotional growth, which is honestly as important as their academic growth. As we have learned in the past decade, we have no idea what our children will be doing for careers, so their ability to work with and understand others is integral to their success. Morning meetings are certainly a method of providing opportunities for success in these areas.

With that said, I also understand that bus routes are still being solidified and drivers are still perfecting their timing. I would encourage you to contact us in the office or Maureen Ellingwood at the Goffstown Truck Center at (603) 497-3111 if you have any questions or concerns about buses or your child’s experience on the bus. For many students this is how they start and end their school days, so having a good experience is important to all involved. On the flip side, if your child is having a great experience, let the driver or Maureen know. They would love the feedback.

At SAU 67, a school year is often compared to taking a flight. Right now, I would say we are in the process of taking off. Many years this can be a bumpy takeoff or it could seem as though we are taxying on the runway for a very extended period of time. As I am reviewing how things are going this year, it seems like we are taking off in a very calm and seamless manner. I think this is due in large part to the strong ethos of community that has been established between parents, teachers, students and the school system at large. I thank all involved for this as education isn’t something that happens in isolation. Done well, it is a very intricate and well intertwined experience for students so they realize education doesn’t start and end at the school doors.

Just a reminder that picture day is next Wednesday, September 13th. Forms went home with your children. Please don’t return those until the 13th. Again, we have switched to Clix and have found them to be very customer service oriented. Should you have any questions or concerns about their services, feel free to contact us or them directly.

I also wanted to let you know we will be having our first all school fire drill on Friday, September 16th. Students have been practicing in their classrooms and all know what to expect and where to go. It should be a seamless process.

The DES PTO Fall Mums Fundraiser is still going on until September 10. Please put your order in for delivery on September 16 at the school. This fundraiser will help support playground renovations here at DES!

Dunbarton Elementary School is conducting pre-Registration for next year's Kindergarten class. Please call Shelley Westenberg at 774-3181, extension 201, to pre-register your child for the 2018-19 school year. The deadline is November 1.

Volunteers are still needed to set up and break down the Fall Scholastic Book Fair running September 19-26. Email your PTO Volunteer Coordinator, Nicole Ledoux, at to sign up for a shift, and receive $10 worth of free book fair merchandise per shift worked.

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. I hope everyone enjoys their weekend and thanks for all your support.

Owen Harrington