Page 8 Dunbarton Elementary School The Merrimack Valley Voice February 01, 2018 The Dunbarton First Graders Reach for the Stars On January, 18th 2018 the first graders of Dunbarton Elementary School took a field trip to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord NH. This field trip promised to be one to remember. As the first graders walked into the Discovery Center they saw all kinds of things about space that they were incredibly ecstatic to share with me. While they were there they learned all about the stars, they learned that the blue stars are the hottest and the red stars are the coldest. They also learned how stars are born. First grader Erika was especially excited to tell me what she had learned about the sun, “I learned that the sun was born like every other star.” She informed me enthusiastically, “I thought it was just there like before the dinosaurs!” Alongside the learning, they got to be on a television screen predicting the weather! Also, they got to play a video game in which they would try to land a rover without crashing it. They all loved that game! The last question I asked was, “What was your favorite part?” and most of them replied their favorite part was the movie they had watched on the big screen dome, The Little Star That Could. They all had an amazing field trip and they can’t wait until the next one rolls around the corner. By: 6th grader; Lilianne Zanella Cyan Magenta Yellow Black The school board meeting February 7th will also be the public hearing concerning the proposed bond for the building project which will be voted on at the School District Meeting (on March 10 at 1:00 pm in the school gym). Directly following the bond hearing will be the school district budget hearing. It is important for parents and other residents to attend these hearings as they are extremely informational. It is also a good opportunity for residents to ask questions and provide input to the school board as they are finalizing the budget. The 2018-2019 budget is an extremely important budget, please as informed as possible. Find additional building project information at http://www.dunbarton.k12.nh.us/dunbarton-elementary-school-buildingproject. Please contact board members Jeff Trexler or Clem Madden and principal Owen Harrington if you have any questions about the documents or the building project in general. Dunbarton Student Spell for Success In the past few weeks students at Dunbarton Elementary School have been studying hard to try to make it to the 2018 school wide spelling bee. The first through sixth grade students held their class spelling bees to see which two winners would compete in the school spelling bee. These 24 students competed on the 22nd of January. The winner of the school spelling bee, 6th grader Luke Virta will move on to the next round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Luke’s championship word was "dexterity." Runner Up is 5th Grader Gabriella Tarsa. Written by: 6th grader, Juliette Tarsa DES Staff enjoying a bit of afterschool snowshoeing last month L-R: Paula Talmanson, Ginny Hast, Joy MacNeilly and Evelyn Garnett.
February 01, 2018 The Merrimack Valley Voice Page 9 plants, ready to blossom and grow once the warmer months are here. We hope these interesting facts about plants inside and out help make your winter blues a tad bit greener! The Dunbarton Garden Club welcomes the public at any of our meetings. Stay updated on any program changes through our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DunbartonGarden- Club or email us at DGC03046@gmail.com Event Calendar - for more things to do and updated information visit our web page www.merrimackvalleyvoice.com Imbolc/Candlemas February 1-2 In the Celtic seasonal calendar this marks the beginning of the lambing season and signals the beginning of Spring and the stirrings of new life. It is Feile Brighde, the 'quickening of the year'. The original word Imbolg means 'in the belly'. All is pregnant and expectant - and only just visible if at all, like the gentle curve of a 'just-showing' pregnancy. It is the promise of renewal, of hidden potential, of earth awakening and life-force stirring. Here is hope. We welcome the growth of the returning light and witness Life's insatiable appetite for rebirth. Cyan Magenta Yellow Black It is time to let go of the past and to look to the future, clearing out the old, making both outer and inner space for new beginnings. This can be done in numerous ways, from spring cleaning your home to clearing the mind and heart to allow inspiration to enter for the new cycle. ('Spring cleaning was originally a nature ritual' - Doreen Valiente). It's a good time for wishmaking and dedication. Imbolc is traditionally the great festival and honouring of Brigid (Brighid, Bride, Brigit), so loved as a pagan Goddess that her worship was woven into the Christian church as St Bridget. She is a Goddess of healing, poetry and smithcraft. She is a Goddess of Fire, of the Sun and of the Hearth. She brings fertility to the land and its people and is closely connected to midwives and new-born babies. ©The Goddess and The Green Man