From the Principal

It has been a busy start to the school year so far.  Students, staff and families are back to the business of full time school under what can only be described as challenging times.  I appreciate everyone’s effort and compliance with the protocols and procedures we have in place to ensure maximum in person classroom time.  We continue to assess and make adjustments as warranted.

  • As we start the school year teachers are working to familiarize students with Google Classroom in case there is a time we need to go to fully remote instruction.  Unlike last year, Google Classroom is not necessarily used on a daily basis for class assignments.  Some teachers may use it as part of their regular classroom routine.  Others may not.  The expectation for staff and students is to have enough familiarity with it that we may pivot to full use if need be.
  • I would like to remind everyone that if you are planning to pick up your student at the end of the day please contact the office no later than 2:00 to let us know of your intention.  We have had roughly 70 students picked up each day and we need the time after 2:00 to organize all of those dismissals.  If you need your child prior to the 3:00 parent pick up time please be here prior to 2:30.  After 2:30 all parent dismissals MUST be done through the line.  This again is so that we can organize dismissal.
  • Congratulations to Blake Ventimiglia and Garret Cable, winners of our Kindle drawing at Open House!

Miss Lindsay’s Counseling Corner

Hello Dunn School Families!

My name is Lindsay Friberg and I am Dunn’s School Counselor. Students call me Miss Lindsay. 🙂 I am so excited to start another school year at Dunn!  It has been wonderful to connect with students again. I will be visiting each 3rd, 4th and 3/4 grade classroom over the next week to introduce myself, talk to students about my role here at Dunn School and how students can access my support. I will also be visiting pre-kindergarten classrooms this school year for social emotional learning lessons. 

As your child’s school counselor, I help ALL Dunn students formulate strategies for dealing with “big feelings” and problem-solving so that students can feel successful and ready to learn. This is demonstrated through my direct work with students via short-term individual counseling, small groups, in-class social-emotional learning lessons, school-wide social-emotional learning initiatives and service learning opportunities throughout the school year. Students are always welcome to access my support if they would like to check-in about anything that might be on their mind. A large part of my role also involves collaborating and consulting with families, community resources, school and district faculty. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns. 657-5050 or via email lfriberg@sad15.org

Food Backpack Program

MSAD 15, in partnership with the Good Shepherd Food Bank, will be relaunching our Food Backpack Program in the upcoming weeks. This program supports any and all families that need weekend nutritional support within MSAD15. Food bags are generally sent home discreetly with participating students on Fridays during the school year.  The food is purchased through GSFB (Good Shepherd Food Bank) or donated through local fundraisers and food drives.  Paper copies about the program and how to sign up went home last week. If you missed this form and would like to enroll your child or if you have any questions about the program, please email Dunn School Counselor Lindsay Friberg (lfriberg@sad15.org)

From the Health Office

Dear Families – Save the date!  Our school district will be having a flu clinic on October 19th at Dunn School. Please stay tuned for an online registration link that will be sent out in the weeks before the clinic. If you will need a paper form or a translated form, please let us know and we will arrange to have one sent home.

In addition, our fall fluoride clinic will take place on September 28th.  Remember our fluoride clinic can be done in addition to regular dental care.  If you have any questions please call 657-2518 or email tgilley-pratt@sad15.org   Please see the attached permission form to sign your child up.

Thank you, and stay well, Nurse Tonia

Picture Day is Coming

Hi Dunn School Parents!  Welcome to the new school year.  PortraitEFX of Maine will be here for School Portrait Day on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021.  Every student will be photographed, and parents will have an opportunity to purchase portraits in two different ways:

To place your order online, go to http://maine.portraitefx.com, select the Order tab at the top, and click on the Prepay dropdown. Start entering the school name (Burchard Dunn Elementary School) and select the school.  Enter your information and your student’s name, then select the package or packages you wish to purchase. Checkout to pay securely with a debit/credit card. Finished portraits will be delivered to the school within three weeks of Portrait Day.  You may find a PDF version of the price sheet online at

https://myportraitsonline.net/PEFXMaine/PEFXMaine-Fall2021-PortraitsFlyer.pdf

Paper order forms are also being sent home.  If you prefer, you may order by filling out the paper form and enclosing your payment.  Please send this with your child on picture day, Tuesday 9/28.

Questions? Please call PortraitEFX of Maine at 207-657-6372.  Your satisfaction with the finished portraits is guaranteed.  PortraitEFX appreciates the opportunity to photograph your student!

From the Lunch Room

Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no charge to all enrolled students for the 2021-22 school year.  All families are still encouraged to complete the free and reduced lunch application. An accurate free/reduced count can impact a number of Federal Programs and Grants.  If you have not already completed one for this year, please take a few minutes to do so.

Dates to Remember 

Sept 28 Fall picture day and Fluoride varnish clinic – see above for details

Sept 29 Early release day:  no PreK classes, grades 3 & 4 dismissed at 1:00 PM

Oct 8 No school

Oct 11 No school

Updated September 16, 2021