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From the Principal

Bus Safety: Students recently reviewed bus rules and safety procedures with our transportation staff.  Please help to support our drivers by reinforcing safe behavior with your child. Thank you to Mrs. Hamilton and Ms. Bouchard for teaching these important lessons!

Pineland: Each team will take part in a fall Pineland trip.  This year the lesson will be Dairy Discovery. The purpose of this community outreach program is to enhance our science curriculum and to create an educational partnership with Pineland Farms.  

STEM Night: The Dunn School will be hosting a family STEM Night tonight from 6:00 – 7:30. There will be interactive learning stations for P-K, 3rd, and 4th graders. Pizza and popcorn will be served. Our Scholastic Book Fair will also be open in the library from 3:00 to 7:00 PM. We hope your family can join us as we look forward to a fun filled evening celebrating science, technology, engineering, and math! 

Please contact me at anytime at lburns@sad15.org or 657-5050.  ~ Lisa Burns, Principal 

Patriot Parents

Our Patriot Parent reps are Maureen Gilbert (gilbertm@maine.rr.com) and Deb Carson (debcarson@me.com). Be sure to follow the Dunn Facebook page – Dunn School Patriot Parents – for event notifications & volunteer opportunities!

The Book Fair is coming to the Dunn Library.  It will be open to families tonight 3:00 to 7:00 PM, and students will be able to purchase books during the school day on Tuesday Nov. 12.  We need your help to make this happen!  Please consider signing up to volunteer for an hour or two:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4BA5AE28ABFF2-dunn5.

Art to Remember is a fundraiser that offers families the opportunity to purchase t-shirts, mugs, ornaments, mouse pads, and more with their student’s own artwork custom-printed.  Order forms came home on Tuesday 11/5, and orders are due no later than next Wednesday 11/13. Orders received after that day will still be processed but will not arrive until after our December holiday break.

Miss Lindsay’s Counseling Corner

We are looking forward to having the University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond visit with our 3rd and 4th graders here at Dunn School throughout next week! Each Dunn School team will participate in one full day of outdoor team building activities and challenges in our apple orchard, facilitated by Bryant Pond outdoor education staff members. This is a November initiative that has been in place at Dunn School for many years. The U-Maine at Bryant Pond outdoor education staff do a wonderful job engaging and challenging our students to problem solve and practice effective communication skills all while having the chance to be outside appreciating nature and developing a deeper sense of our school community!

Our hope is to spend much of the day outside in our apple orchard, so please be sure to keep an eye on the weather, temperatures, and send your child to school wearing warm layers of clothing, sturdy footwear, sunscreen and bring a water bottle on their assigned team building day. Classrooms will still attend their regularly-scheduled snack/break, recess/lunch and Special times. Please note the below date that your child’s class and team will be participating:

Monday, November 11th: Veteran’s Day – No School

Tuesday, November 12th: Chouinard / Gillis / Raymond 

Wednesday, November 13th: Audette / Gamage / Robash / Skilling

Thursday, November 14th: Fecteau / Marzilli / Rogers / Sinclair / Dyer

Friday, November 15th: Burrage / Doyle / Murray / Carr

Let Your Attitude Be Gratitude!

This month, all of Dunn School will take some time to reflect upon what the word gratitude means. Each student in our 3rd, 4th, 3/4 and Pre-Kindergarten classrooms will have the opportunity to write down on a colorful paper leaf one thing that they are thankful for. These leaves will be added to our Gratitude Wall located on Dunn’s mid-level between the two staircases. This year, our theme is “Let Your Attitude Be Gratitude.” When we discuss gratitude with students, we define it as a feeling. Gratitude is about focusing on what is good in our lives and feeling thankful for the people, places and things that we love. A big thank you to students in Ms. Gamage’s class who helped to create the beautiful tree mural where all of our leaves will be displayed! Our hope is that these activities will inspire us to think about how we can continue to be a Caring Community. 

I am thankful for what an amazing school community we have here at Dunn School – our students, staff and families are what make Dunn a wonderful place to learn and grow. Enjoy your November! Best, Miss Lindsay

From the PE Dept.

Dunn Fun Days!!!!!

Dunn Fun Days is an after school program that is sponsored by the Patriot Parent PTO and run by Ms.Driscoll $7 per date, first come, first served. This program runs Mondays and Tuesdays from 3-5pm, starting 12/2/19 and ending 03/10/19 – please see the Google form for the complete list of dates and availability. Proceeds support the Bryant Pond Program for both 3rd and 4th Graders. Online Registration Link: https://forms.gle/3pmjiG8UxVbNuzDh8 Contact Ms.Driscoll at sdriscoll@sad15.org for more info.

From the Office

If your child will be late or absent, please contact us at 657-5050 or jsouthard@sad15.org to let us know.  If you are bringing your child to school late (arriving at 8:35 or later), please come in to the office to sign in your student.

From Caring Community

Thanksgiving assistance will be available again this year for residents of Gray and New Gloucester.  Applications are due no later than November 9th and may be returned to any GNG school (by Nov. 8), either town office, or the Gray Public Library.  A paper copy of this application came home in the last tote; additional copies can be requested from any school office or printed from the attached PDF.

Dates to Remember

Nov. 7 Family STEM night:  6:00 – 7:30 PM, Dunn gym

Nov. 7 Book Fair:  in the Dunn library 3:00 to 7:00 PM

Nov. 8 2nd fluoride varnish session at Dunn

Nov. 8 Last day to turn in Thanksgiving assistance forms to school offices

Nov. 11 Veterans’ Day:  no classes

Nov. 12 Book Fair:  in the Dunn library during the school day

Nov. 20 Early release day:  3rd & 4th grades dismissed at 1:00 PM, no preK classes

Nov. 27-29 Thanksgiving break:  no classes

updated: 11-7-2019