From the Principal
This being our last Dunn Deal of the year I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the students, staff and parents for a great school year. It has been exciting to watch our students learn and grow. They have worked hard and it shows. They have done an excellent job of following our Dunn School Code of Conduct and working together with staff and each other to make Dunn a fun, safe place to learn. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer and we will see you in the fall.
Our 4th Grade Celebration will be June 14th at 1:30 here at Dunn School. We are excited to recognize our fourth graders time here at Dunn School and wish them well as they move on to the Middle School. We will be having an end of year barbeque on June 14th at 12:00. Families are invited to attend. Come join us as we celebrate the end of a great school year!
A reminder that Tuesday June 11th is election day. We encourage all registered voters in Gray and New Gloucester to vote on the school budget as well as a number of open school board seats.
To 4th Grade Families
In addition to 4th grade student field trips to and from Gray-New Gloucester Middle School next week, please also note the below dates and times where 4th grade families can attend one of the upcoming “Meet Us In The Middle” tours of Gray-New Gloucester Middle School. Please note both morning and evening times being offered, which we hope enables more families to attend one of the tours! Parents should RSVP directly to the Middle School office at 657-4994.
* Monday 6/10, 8:00-9:00 AM * Tuesday 6/11, 6:30-7:30 PM * Thursday 6/13, 8:00-9:00 AM * Friday 6/14, 9:30-10:30 AM
The PTO has had a successful year, we’ve been able to fund events such as the EVO rock wall and the Bryant Pond programs. We couldn’t have done that without your help, whether you donated time, money or attended an event that raised funds. Thank you so much for your support this past year. Have a wonderful summer break! ~ Deb & Maureen
From the Library
Thank you to all students who have returned their library books. All books are due for the year, so if you have one at home, please return it as soon as possible. If you have a lost or damaged book, please pay for it so it can be replaced. Any books not taken care of by the end of the school year will be carried over to next year and may affect your student’s ability to sign books out.
****Remember our great public library resources in Gray and New Gloucester this summer. Both libraries welcome all of our students regardless of where they live, and both have great summer programs planned for students and a wonderful selection of books!!!! Happy reading this summer!
From the Music Room
Mrs. Patterson is very proud of the progress Dunn students have made on their recorders and singing ability. She wants to remind parents that 3rd graders will be needing their recorders next year. Thank you.
From the Office
We have a huge number of items in our Lost & Found. Please have your child check for his/her belongings. Any items left at the end of the day on the last day of school will be donated.
Miss Lindsay’s Counseling Corner
As we close out the end of a wonderful school year, it has been such a pleasure to get to know all of our Dunn students! In addition to many lunch, friendship, social skill and mindfulness groups, all 3rd and 4th graders participated in our comprehensive school counseling program’s in-class social-emotional learning lessons. These lessons included: Meet Your School Counselor, Growth vs Fixed Mindsets, Empathy & Belonging, How To Give True, Positive & Specific Compliments, The Great Kindness Challenge, Mindfulness and Anxiety Management, Autism Awareness, Positive Peer Relationships, Future Focused Career Clusters, U-Maine at Bryant Pond Fall Team-building at Dunn School and Spring overnight trips to Bryant Pond for 4th graders. I also spent time visiting our pre-k classrooms throughout the school year to teach in-class social-emotional learning lessons around identifying feelings, learning how to make safe and kind choices, as well as introducing calm-down strategies for the times when we are having big feelings and need to calm our brains and bodies down to feel ready to learn.
Our student Patriot Leadership Group has done an outstanding job of promoting our Patriot Code throughout the school year. We have had so much fun dressing up for spirit days, dancing and winning prizes during spirit lunches, as well as celebrating the Caring Community aspect of our Patriot Code through initiatives like our school-wide holiday toy drive, sock drive and coin drive! This Spring, Dunn School collected $396.40 worth of coins! These proceeds were donated to the Maine Children’s Cancer Program through Maine Medical Center. It has been so wonderful to see students come together to make Dunn School a safe, respectful, responsible, trustworthy, loyal, generous and caring school community.
In May, our 4th grade overnight trips to Bryant Pond were great successes! Students truly challenged themselves and stepped out of their comfort zones through team-building activities. It was heart-warming to see students demonstrate having a growth mindset and cheering each other on at camp! A huge thank you to our Patriot Parents who funded this yearly trip – we are so thankful and appreciative for this awesome opportunity. 🙂
Dunn students have also been busy with transition activities. Our 4th graders will attend step-up days at the middle school next week, and Dunn classrooms will be hosting in-coming 3rd graders from Russell and Memorial Schools this week!
I hope that our outgoing 4th graders have a successful and exciting transition to the middle school, and I wish everyone a lovely summer vacation. I look forward to meeting incoming 3rd graders from Russell and Memorial Schools and catching-up with our newly-minted 4th graders this Fall!
Sincerely, Lindsay Friberg, Dunn School Counselor – firstname.lastname@example.org
From the PE Dept.
During the final few weeks of school, students will be participating in a Run-A-Thon during PE class. Pre-K as well as 3rd and 4th graders will have a set amount of time to run/walk outside. Classes will compete to see which group can run the most in the set amount of time. Please consider sponsoring a student that you know and encourage them to be healthy and active for a lifetime!
This years Run-A-Thon will be raising money to support a visiting rock climbing wall, smoothie taste tests and field day supplies and equipment. Below is the online donation link. Thank you for considering supporting student wellness at Dunn School! If you would like to make a small cash or check donation to the cause, it can be sent in an envelope marked “Wellness.” Click to make a Wellness Donation.
Field Day for Pre-K is scheduled for Monday June 10th. Field Day for 3rd and 4th grade is scheduled for Monday June 17th. For 3rd and 4th graders, students should wear a shirt of their team color on field day. Color is by last name:
* Last name begins with: A-C wear Red, D-H wear White, I-P wear Navy Blue, Q-Z wear Gray
Students should also remember to wear sunscreen, bug spray, appropriate footwear, hats, and bring a water bottle.
Dates to Remember
June 10 Field day for Pre K
June 12-13 Rock Wall – Patriot Parents event for 3rd and 4th grades
June 14 School BBQ and 4th Grade Celebration (sign up deadline is 6/10)
June 17 Field Day for grades 3 &4 (makeup day = 6/18)
June 19 Last day of school for pre K students
June 20 Last day of school for grades 3 & 4 – 12:00 PM dismissal