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Principal's Message

Hello, Parents and Guardians of DES!

This email serves as our Friday Newsletter for today, September 19, 2020. We will send a hard copy of this email home with each DES student this afternoon.

We have some new information and a few important reminders.

New Information:

  • Infinite Campus Parent Portal - The Newfound Area School District is incorporating a 'Parent Portal' for elementary parents and guardians within our current student information system. The Parent Portal is a way for parents and guardians to monitor student attendance as well as approve or request changes to emergency contact information, address and telephone information, transportation plans, and many other details of each child's school enrollment. An email was sent out last night (9/17/2020) to all parents and guardians of Newfound Elementary School students informing them of the parent portal. PLEASE follow the directions within the email and 'check it out'! If you DID NOT receive the email, please let me know and I will try to connect you with somebody that can help. 
  • FREE FOOD FOR ALL! - On Wednesday afternoon, September 16, Superintendent Pierre Couture emamiled all SAU 4 parents and guardians to let them know that the USDA has approved free breakfast and lunch for all children in our school district (ages 0-18) starting immediately and running until the Holiday Break in December, 2020. DES also sent home a FREE FOOD FOR ALL flyer (from Jennifer Brown, our Food Service Director (jbrown@sau4.org)) and a hard copy of the letter from Superintendent Couture with each on-site student. Parents and guardians of our remote learners received an informational email from me that afternoon with the documents attached. PLEASE contact me or jbrown@sau4.or if you have any questions about the process.
  • Good news about COVID-19 testing cost and availability -  A rapid COVID-19 testing machine is coming to Mid-State in Bristol, NH next month! Until then, Mid-State in Plymouth has a rapid test machine. Those machines have the ability to produce test results within 15 minutes! They are testing in Plymouth, NH on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, and are scheduling appointments for anyone with COVID symptom(s) that have started within the last 1-5 days.  If you use health insurance, the insurance will be billed for the cost. If you do not have insurance, you may choose to either pay $42 out-of-pocket that day or have them send a bill via mail for $60.  To schedule an appointment at Mid-State Plymouth, NH, please call Carolyn Varin  536-4000 X 1007 Or call 536-4000 and ask for nursing. 
  • Lunch Menu's are sent home with DES students each Friday afternoon. Please remember to fill out your child's menu (Option A or Option B as well as the drink option for Monday - Friday) and return it to DES on Monday. School lunches are FREE right now!
  • SAU 4 has an Early Release scheduled for NEXT Wednesday, September 23rd. Student dismissal will be at 12:00pm for all of our scheduled Early Release dates. On these days there is NO Project Promise. PLEASE contact Mrs. Camisi in the DES Main Office (768-3434 ncampisi@sau4.org) to let her know the Early Release dismissal plans for your child
  • The FREE Dental Clinic is coming right up! Many of you have already registered your children. If you have not yet registered and would like to register your child, please contact Nurse MacLean (smaclean@sau4.org). The FREE Dental Clinic is scheduled for October 1, 2020 at DES.
  • The FREE Flu-Clinic is coming right up!  Many of you have already registered your children. If you have not yet registered and would like to register your child, please contact Nurse MacLean (smaclean@sau4.org). The FREE Dental Clinic is scheduled for October 22, 2020 at DES.
We have had a wonderful ELEVEN days of school since September 2nd and we are thankful for every day we have students in our building. The DES Team wishes you a HAPPY FRIDAY and we look forward to seeing your children again on Monday!