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Principal's Message

August 13, 2018

Here we go! The 2018-2019 school year is right around the corner! We have been working hard to prepare the building and our minds for an amazing school year for you and your children. Our classroom teachers have gathered on several occasions to plan a more individualize approach to teaching and learning at DES. With this, we hope to enhance academic learning opportunities for every child while also providing the safe, caring, and respectful learning environment our school is known for. As a result of our careful planning, there will be minor changes to what school looks like at DES. The changes include:
  • Our specialists (library media, music, physical education, guidance, and art) will have their own classroom. They will all share classroom #4. This will allow students to transition to another classroom during their scheduled specials time while minimizing disruption to classroom learning due to set-up and tear-clown. 
  • For the most part, all classes will have math, reading, and writing at the same times. This will allow teachers to support the multiple learning levels our children have while providing ample opportunities for students to move in and out of small learning groups, based on their individual skill levels. 
  • Every student will have an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) in addition to the traditional report cards our school district has adopted. The ILP 's will be used as a tool to support teacher and student dialogue regarding the child's academic math, reading, and writing levels while providing a framework for parents, guardians, and teachers in an effort to target individualized instruction for every student. The ILP's will be developed over the first few weeks of school. Please anticipate more information from me regarding your child(ren)'s plan by the end of September, 2018.
Please add the following dates to your upcoming EXCITING EVENTS list: 
  • Everybody: Friday, August 24th from 5:30pm - 6:30pm- The DES Ice Cream Social! We hope you can join us for the traditional event at DES. We will be meeting outside to share ice cream. Nothing beats ice cream!
  • Incoming Kindergarten children and families: Monday, August 27th 1:30 pm-2:15 pm­ Kindergarten Open House! Mrs. Seavey and I will meet with incoming K students and their parent and guardians to introduce them to the classroom and answer questions. We will also have a school bus on hand, so children can experience sitting on the bus together. There may even be a short ride given to children, parents, and guardians. 
  • Everybody: Wednesday, August 29th- First Day of School! All students and parents are welcome to enter our building from 7:00am - 7:30am. At 7:30am, we will start our academic day and children will head to classrooms with their teachers and classmates. Please contact me at DES if you have any questions about our school day or student transportation. Students that come to school on the school bus will be warmly greeted and welcomed in our multi-purpose-room until the day starts
Student Arrival Each Day 
Our school will be in session 7:30am - 2:00pm. Our doors open at 7:00am for student arrival. Parents and guardians may not drop students off prior to 7:00am. A school representative will welcome children into the building at 7:00 each morning. 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 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.

DES Breakfast, Snacks, and Lunch
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.

Project Promise
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, (sseavems@sau4.org 744-6006 ext. 1529) the NASD Director of Project Promise, if you would like additional information.

I am very excited to see what this year will b1ing for our children! I look forward to hearing your thoughts as to how we might build the capacity of our school, together, for the benefit of children. Go Team!


Alison Roberts