From the Principal

Happy Thanksgiving

It is hard to believe that it is already the middle of November and the holidays are fast approaching.  It seems as though school has just started.  Certainly it has been an interesting fall here at Dunn School.  Before we know it the holiday vacation will be here.  I hope that everyone is able to take time to relax and recharge next week, and we would like to wish all of our students, staff and families a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving break.

 End of Trimester

Trimester 1 ends Tuesday, November 24th.   Report cards will be sent home the week of December 7th.  Conferences will also be the week of the 7th.  Conferences will be conducted via Zoom.  

From the Guidance Office

The temperature outside is starting to feel like November in Maine!  Along with the colder temperatures, the holiday season is here as well. Many of you have had to change your holiday plans and traditions. This change is difficult for both adults and children and can leave you and your family with mixed emotions and feelings of uncertainty. Here are 3 different ways to support and respond to your child (children) when he/she expresses feelings around the unknowns of this holiday season: 

  1. Validate your student’s feelings:

“ I hear that you are sad and angry that we have to stay at home and can’t go to Nana’s house this year.” 

Ask your student they would like to call, zoom, to connect with their loved ones during Thanksgiving. 

  1. Reframe the situation: 

Instead of: We’re stuck at home for the holidays.”

Reframe the Situation “ We’re safe at home for the holidays.” (@biglifejournal)

Using a positive perspective supports strong connections with family and with your child. 

  1. Ask your child if there are any new or old traditions that they would like to have to be a part of the day:

Dine with family virtually, play games, or add a new dish to the menu. Getting your student involved will allow him/her to feel connected and included. 

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns:  or 657-5050. 

Warmly – Abby Beaumont

From the Music Room

Recorders in Music Class

Due to the pandemic, this year Dunn School will be providing recorders to all 3rd graders and any 4th graders new to the district. There is no charge to parents.  We will also be providing these children a folder containing music. You will receive these 2 items before Christmas and instruction will start in January.  4th graders will continue with recorder instruction and will receive music at their level via Google Classroom starting in January. 

Thank you – Mrs. Patterson,

From the Library

The Scholastic Book Fair will be happening online from Nov. 20 to Dec. 3! All purchases benefit our school and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more.  Please visit the link below and enjoy these special online shopping features: 

  • Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs
  • All orders ship direct to home
  • FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*
  • All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards
  • Dunn School Scholastic book fair link

Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started:

Happy reading, Mrs. Cormier

From the Office

Picture retake days are scheduled for Monday, Dec. 7 and Tuesday, Dec. 8.  You may order portrait packages at If you have any questions about the packages or how to place your order, please call PortraitEFX of Maine at 207-657-6372 or email

 From Project Graduation

A wreath sale is being held to support Project Graduation for the Class of 2021.  Please see the flyer attached to this email for more info and go to to order yours by Monday Nov 23.

From the Community

Gray-New Gloucester Caring Community will be offering Christmas assistance again this year to residents of Gray and New Gloucester.  More information and a Google form application link will be coming out soon.

Dates to Remember

Nov 25-27 Thanksgiving holiday – no school

Dec 7 & 8 Picture retake days

Updated November 20, 2020