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Principal's Message

August 15, 2017
Dear Students and Families of Danbury Elementary School,

Welcome!

Happy 2017-2018 school year! Although I have only been part of our learning community for six weeks, I can already tell that DES is a WONDERUL place to learn and grow! Within the next few weeks, we will open our doors and welcome you to the new school year. Together, we will develop an environment that is rich with learning and laughter as we focus on building strong partnerships while building the capacity of our school, our teachers, our parents, and most importantly, our children.

Mark Your Calendars
  • August 24 Miss Roberts’ Ice Cream Social (6:00-7:00pm) In following Miss Holloran’s wonderful tradition of enjoying ice cream before school starts, I invite you to join me for an ice cream sundae, my all-time favorite meal. Please stop by DES to ‘chill out’ with us before our school year begins! Feel free to bring a friend or neighbor along with you. The building will be open, but this will not be considered an open house event.
  • August 28 Kindergarten Orientation (3:00 - 4:00pm) Kindergarten students ONLY (along with their parents and guardians, of course) are invited to DES for an orientation. Mrs. Seavey, our K/1 teacher, and I will be welcoming our youngest learners to our school family. We look forward to meeting all of you!
  • August 30 First Day of School
    • 7:00-7:30 Students, parents, and guardians welcome into our school.
    • 7:30-7:40 DES 2017-18 Kick-Off in the multi-purpose room. Students, parents, and guardians are welcome to an all-school assembly to start our year.
  • At 7:40, parents will be asked to exit the building, so children may start developing communities within their classrooms right away.
Student Arrival Each Day
  • Our school will be in session 7:30 am-2:00 pm. Our doors open at 7:00 am for student arrival. Parents and guardians may not drop students off prior to 7:00 am. A school representative will welcome children into the building at 7:00 each morning, on-the-dot. This will serve as a signal that our school is open. Students will gather in the multi-purpose room and will be supervised by DES staff members. Non-school
DES ROCKS: Responsibility, Opportunity, Character, Knowledge and Spirit
adults will be asked to exit student areas during arrival and throughout the regular school day. Please contact me directly if there may be an extenuating circumstance that might require an exception to our student arrival procedures.

New Staff
I am excited to introduce the new members of our amazing staff:
  • Mrs. Norma Anser comes to us from the Laconia School District and will be teaching 2nd and 3rd grade;
  • Miss Rebecca Robinson, a DES graduate, will be teaching our 4th and 5th grade students;
  • Mrs. Ashley Boudrias, our former Title I tutor, will serve as our Title I teacher;
  • Mrs. Lori Bresnehan is a reading specialist who will support students as our Title I tutor;
  • Nurse Michelle Whitenack, our nurse, will also greet you in the main office; and,
  • Mrs. Trisha Farrell, formerly from our main office, will support students as a paraeducator.
New Lunch
Although SAU 4 adopted a new food service company for breakfast and lunch, prices and system payment remains the same. Students will have an option to purchase breakfast, lunch, milk, and a variety of snack items. Each student will have an account. Parents and guardians may contribute to their child’s account electronically through the MySchoolBucks account or send money to school in an envelope to be delivered to our food service personnel. The MySchoolBucks electronic link can be found by accessing the Parent/Community tab at the top of our www.sau4.org webpage. Superintendent Buckley shared food service information with parents this week via email. Please contact me if you did not receive her email and I will see that you are added to our contact list. More information regarding our school lunch program will be sent home during the first days of school, as well.

Project Promise
Enclosed, you will find a Registration Form for our Newfound Area School District Project Promise After-School Program. Project Promise is funded through a grant from the 21st Century Community Learning Center. The program runs from 2:30-5:30 pm, Monday through Thursday at our school. The fee for this valuable program is $8.00 per student per day with opportunities for reduced rates. Please contact Sue Seaverns, (sseaverns@sau4.org 744-6006 ext. 1529) the NASD Director of Project Promise, if you would like additional information.

DES ROCKS!
Thank you for welcoming me into your school and community! I am very excited to see what this year will bring for our children! I look forward to hearing your thoughts as to how we might build the capacity of our school, together, for the children’s’ benefit. And, one more thing, DES ROCKS! Always has.

Always will!
Sincerely,
Alison Roberts