From the Principal’s Office

It is hard to believe that we have come to the end of the year!    This will be our last Dunn Deal of the year, so we want to wish everyone a wonderful summer.  Best wishes to our fourth grade and Pre-K students and families as they move on to different schools.  We look forward to welcoming our 3rd grade students back as 4th graders next fall.  In the meantime, have a great summer!

Family BBQ:  A reminder that our 3rd/4th grade family BBQ is tomorrow, June 7th.  Below are the times by each classroom.  When you arrive, classes will be waiting by the front entrance of the building.  You may meet your student there and the class, along with parents, will walk around the building to the check-in and serving line.  We highly recommend bringing a bag/lawn chair or blankets as the ground may be wet from rain.

11:45  Robash/Gamage/Skilling

11:55  Audette/Raymond/Gillis

12:05  Murray/Rausch/Keepes

12:15  Sinclair/Marzilli/Fecteau

If you wish to take your student home after the BBQ you may.  There will be a sign-out sheet at the front entrance of the building.  Please let your child’s teacher know you will be taking them and then sign them out at the front.

Finally, there is a lot of clothing in lost and found.  During the BBQ we will have these items on tables outside by the back entrance so that parents may look for missing items.  Anything left at the end of the school year will be donated to Goodwill.

4th Grade Celebration:  A reminder that our 4th Grade Celebration will be Tuesday June 11th.  We will hold this at the bridge on the Pineland campus.  At this celebration students will cross the bridge (to signify their crossing from elementary to middle school) and receive a certificate and gift, greet the teacher and have a picture taken.  Parents are welcome to attend.  If parents do wish to attend please park at Dunn School and walk across to the bridge.  Times are listed below. We will start promptly at the time listed.  

9:30     Fecteau/Marzilli

10:00   Keepes/Rausch

10:15   Gillis

10:45   Gamage/Skilling/Audette

A reminder that we are asking families to complete their PowerSchool forms prior to the end of the school year.  This is especially important for transportation information for the coming school year.  Please use the link to access and update your forms before school gets out.  Click here

June 11th Budget Referendum:  Tuesday, June 11th is the district budget referendum.  We STRONGLY encourage all registered voters to participate in this process.

Ms. Lindsay’s School Counseling Corner: End-Of-School-Year Recap!

As we close-out the end of another school year, it has been such a pleasure to get to know all of our Dunn students!  All Pre-Kindergarten, 3rd & 4th graders participated in our comprehensive school counseling program’s in-class social-emotional learning (SEL) lessons. In Pre-K,  SEL classroom lessons covered the topics of: Feelings Identification, Self Regulation strategies such as taking “pizza breaths”, self hugs, counting, talking-it-out and rocking while humming. Pre-K students also learned about  Kindness & How to Be A Kind Friend, as well as participated in self control games to strengthen impulse control in fun ways!

In grades 3 & 4, SEL classroom lessons covered the topics of:  Meet Your School Counselor / What Do you Need This Year?, Coping Skills, Gratitude, Personal Safety and listening to the clues that our bodies give us in situations where we feel unsafe or uncomfortable; Ways To Show Empathy & Kindness, The Great Kindness Challenge, Internet Safety, Diversity, Differences & Inclusion and lastly, Future Focused where we learned about the various pathways students can take after high school. I ran many social, friendship connection and conflict resolution groups throughout the school year to support students in their social skills, making new peer connections and problem-solving. 

In the Fall, 3rd and 4th graders participated in day-long outdoor team-building activities at Dunn, taught by staff from U-Maine at Bryant Pond, and this week, all 4th graders got to attend an all-day trip up to U-Maine at Bryant Pond’s Lakeside Classroom for outdoor education. It was a very special trip filled with group hikes, canoeing, and learning about Maine wildlife and survival skills! Throughout the school year, all 3rd and 4th graders also participated in “Kindness Lunches” in our cafeteria where we had music, dancing, students could sit wherever they wanted to eat lunch, and we celebrated those who have been Caught Being Kind through prize bag raffles. These lunches were a fun way to promote a positive and kind environment for all students!

Dunn students have also been busy with transition activities. Last week, we hosted incoming 2nd graders from Russell and Memorial Schools to help them get acquainted with staff and students to ease their transition to Dunn School in the fall. This week, our 4th graders have participated in Q&A sessions with visiting middle schoolers and school counselors. 

Monday, 6/10 Whole Group Step-Up Visit to GNGMS – Next Monday, 6/10 – all 4th graders will be taking MSAD15 buses from Dunn School to visit GNGMS for building tours and meet & greets with middle school staff and peers! We will depart Dunn school at 9:30am to arrive at GNGMS for 9:45am. Students will have opportunities to go on building tours, meet with middle school staff and peers, ask questions, and enjoy a sweet treat in the cafeteria before boarding buses to head back to Dunn School at 11am!

I will greatly miss our outgoing 4th graders, and I hope that you all rock your upcoming middle school adventures! I’m sending “air hugs” to our outgoing Pre-K’ers and wish them all the best adventures in kindergarten next year!  I look forward to meeting incoming 3rd graders from Russell and Memorial Schools and catching-up with our rising 4th graders this Fall! I hope that you all have happy, healthy and fun summer vacations. 🙂

Best, Lindsay Friberg, Dunn School Counselor, lfriberg@sad15.org

Step Up Social for current 4th graders

The National Junior Honor Society is hosting a Step Up Social tomorrow for current 4th graders to show them the fun side of middle school:  Friday June 7th from 5 to 6:30 PM at the middle school.  The dress code is “come as you are” and refreshments will be served at this fun free drop-off event.  If you have not already completed a permission slip for this, please email Ms Patriquin at epatriquin@sad15.org right away.

From the Health Office

As we inch closer to the end of the school year, please remember to pick up any medications that you may have brought to school for your child during the 23-24 school year.  We are in the health office from 8 AM to 3:30 PM daily. If needed, before and after school pick ups can also be arranged. Per MSAD 15 policy we cannot send medication home with your child on the bus. We wish you all a happy, healthy and safe summer!

From the Library

All library books are due tomorrow, Friday June 7th.  

Dunn Patriot Parents

We would like to thank everyone for their support during the year and welcome folks to learn more and get involved next year.  Please reach out to us at dunnpatriotparents@outlook.com (or follow us on Facebook) and we can be sure to add you to upcoming communications.

Dates to Remember 

June 7 Family BBQ for grades 3 & 4, 11:45 – 12:45 (rain or shine!)

June 7 Step Up Social for 4th graders:  Middle School, 5:00 – 6:30 PM

June 11 4th grade celebration, during the school day

June 13  Last student day for AM preK 

June 14 Last student day for PM preK

June 17/18/20 PreK screening for 2024-25 school year

June 19 Juneteenth:  no classes

June 21 Last student day for grades 3 & 4, dismissal at noon

Page Updated June 6, 2024