Wednesday, December 12, 2012

2012 Draws to a Close at Barnard

As we approach the end of the calendar year here at Barnard the school year continues along with much going on to report and celebrate.  Mrs. Pruett's Second Graders and I have counted the days, and on Friday December 21 when we are dismissed for Christmas Break, we will have completed 75 days of our year so far.  There is much to share since my last post.
On Monday and Tuesday October 29 and 30 we had our first 2 cancellation dates thanks to the winds and rains of "Super Storm Sandy." I had my first experience with South Hampton's power loss phenomena with the lights coming back on at nearly midnight Tuesday so we could have school on Wednesday in time to have our Halloween Parade.  The school only sustained minor damage with a little siding coming loose on our windy hilltop and it was soon repaired.  Alert Now seemed to work well and we will continue to keep you informed if Mother Nature keeps us home.
Speaking of Halloween Parades ours was very well supported with parents and grandparents spectating along our circle and many scary and creative costumes displayed by students and staff (myself included).  Middle Schoolers dressed in cowboy attire and many classes had parties featuring healthy scary snacks.
PTA continues to be very busy with hosting a "Fall Pot-Luck Supper" on November 8.  We had many students and their families bring all kinds of main courses, salads, breads and desserts and a great time was had by all.  We again had visitors from the community who were happy to join us and share in the hospitality.  PTA also held a "PartyLite" candle fundraiser with the help of our own Mrs. Pruett and raised enough money to fully fund our spring whole school trip to The Isles of Shoals.  During Parent Conferences the PTA Book Fair raised over $500 for teachers to use to acquire classroom books to add to their libraries.  Many activities are still in the works with the very active PTA.  Thank you for your support!
Our first Trimester ended November 23 and report cards were distributed as parents arrived at Parent Conferences on December 4.  This year we had a new format with parents meeting with teachers in 10 minute appointments.  Most of the initial feedback from staff and parents was very positive and we will be gathering information to see what worked best and what areas still need improvement.  
On Monday December 10 we had our Holiday Concert performances from all grade levels with the exception of 8th graders who acted as ushers, lighting and sound technicians, camera operators, announcers, and backstage hands.  Students performed with band instruments, percussion, and voice.  Many thanks to Mrs. Wooten who really showcased her comprehensive music curriculum.  PTA provided sweets after the performance and we were all on our way before the Patriots kickoff!
The budget process continues with all of our staff requests being passed through for review by the Superintendent's Office, the School Board, the Budget Committee and eventually to the voters.  Many thanks to Mrs. Jones who helps gather and sort all the information, processes purchase orders, and receives and distributes materials throughout the year.  An additional shout-out to the SAU staff who helps to transfer all the budget information into materials for distribution.
We (including the students) are all looking forward to our well deserved break from Saturday December 21 and returning on Wednesday January 2, weather permitting.  
I want to thank you all for being so kind and supportive in allowing me to serve your community and wish you all from myself and my wife, Helen (Mrs. "D")  a safe and joyous Holiday Season and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

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