• November 2019

    Dear Parents and Guardians: 

    We’ve made it through a successful first marking period here at the Dunfee School in large part to your ongoing support. It’s been a busy start and we have a lot happening in November and December. our After-School Clubs/Activities will be beginning just after the Fall break on November 12th and Thursday the 14th.  Many of our students have signed up to participate in the Drama Club, Fit Club, Art Clubs, Reading Buddies, Computer Club, Student Council, and Academic Assistance. We have a few new Preschool classrooms this year and they have been an outstanding complement to our Dunfee family. The conversations with parents and getting to know you all throughout the year has been both welcoming and inspiring. I appreciate the many compliments our community has shared regarding our LMDS staff; the Dunfee staff is an amazing group of dedicated and passionate people. Next month, December 18th at 5:30pm, I want to invite you out to this year’s first “Principal’s Roundtable Meeting” just prior to the 6pm PTA meeting. 

    Additionally, a student’s attendance is paramount to their success; being on time to school and present every day. Punctuality and attendance is one of the important behaviors that contribute to academic success. Parents, please understand that if excessive tardiness and/or absences continue, schools are required to follow a series of intervention steps that could ultimately lead to truancy court. If, at this time of the school year, your child has four or more absences and/or six or more tardies, that is considered “excessive.” Our goal is to identify any unique barriers a family may have to help improve attendance; again, please reach out if you have any concerns. Most LMDS students are doing just fine and arrive to school on time every day. Thanks for reinforcing the importance of punctuality and good attendance to your children. It truly makes a difference! 

    As we continue to strive towards fostering a positive environment and academic excellence, we also recognize that many challenges, for both students and parents, may develop; please reach out to us if you are in need of any assistance. The most important factors for your student’s success remain the same, open and honest communication between home and school is essential for continued success. 

    The fall has been a very busy time and we have several events coming up in November and December. I’d like to take a moment to remind everyone of the specific dates and times. 

    Please note that there are a number of Early Dismissal days in November and December due to Thanksgiving and Parent/Teacher Conferences; on Early Dismissal days students will be dismissed at 12:20pm. 

    November 1                 Mentor/Mentee Breakfast 7:45am

    November 4-8              Schools Closed

    November 12               Student of the Month Pizza Party

    November 12               Board of Education Meeting @ LMDS

    November 12 & 14       Clubs begin afterschool

    November 13               End of 1st Marking Period

    November 13               PTA Meeting – 7:00pm

    November 15               Picture Make-Up day

    November 15               American Education Week Parent Visitation Day

    November 22               Turkey Trot

    November 27               Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast

    November 27               Early Dismissal, 12:20pm

    November 28 - 29         School Closed – Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 26               Report Cards Issued

    December 2-5              Early Dismissal, 12:20pm Due to Parent/Teacher Conferences

                                        Monday & Wednesday Conferences 1:30-3PM

                                        Tuesday & Thursday Conferences 6-8PM

    December 6                  Early Dismissal, 12:20pm


    Please keep in mind that nothing motivates a child more than when they see that education is valued by school and family. It is my ongoing pleasure getting to know you and your child during this school year.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. 


    John Fiorentino, Principal
    Lillian M. Dunfee Elementary School

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