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Sept 10, 2018 – Dunham News & Friday Folders

Picture of Buddy Bench

Dunham News
September 10 – 14, 2018

Buddy Bench

Our Dunham Buddy Bench, purchased by our awesome Dunham PTO, is here and will be installed next week! The 6th grade students and Mrs. Barkas will be going into all grade level classrooms to “train” the students on what the buddy bench is and how to use it. We are really excited about the powerful impact we hope it will have for our Dunham kids.

Here are the ideas brainstormed by our 6th graders to present at the class trainings:

What is it?

  • It is a safe place
  • It is a place where you can show others that you want to make a new friend or play with other kids

How do you use it?

  • If you want to make a new friend or have other kids to play with, you go and sit on the bench
  • It is not a place to just hang out or sit, there are other places you can do that

Ideas to present:

  • It is not something to be embarrassed or afraid about
  • If you’re ever feeling alone or lonely or wanting to meet new people, you don’t have to feel that way

How can other kids help make our school better?

  • Be looking for kids who are sitting on the bench
  • If you notice someone using it, go and introduce yourself and ask them to play
  • You can introduce the kid to other kids
  • Have empathy – don’t exclude others
  • Be aware of others around you and be on the lookout for kids who don’t have others to play with
  • It is okay if the kid on the bench isn’t in your grade level because we all care for one another at our school


Being at school on time everyday is critical to your child’s education. There is a lot of learning that happens from the moment they enter the classroom until the last minute of the day. We appreciate you doing everything you can to have your child here on time ready to learn.
If for some reason your child needs to miss school, we encourage you to fill out independent study forms. Independent study allows your child to make up missing work and get attendance credit. If you’d like to know more about independent study, please swing by the office.

Music and Garden

It was great getting our music and garden enrichments started this week!

Garden pictures

Student Council

Congratulations to our 4th – 6th grade Dunham Student Council!

1819 Student Council

Dunham Gear Order

The deadline to get your cool Dunham gear has been extended to Monday, September 10 ! Please turn in your orders to the school office by the end of the day. If for some reason, you do not have your order form, they are on our website in Friday folders and also available in the office.

Next Week at Dunham

Monday, September 10

  • Buddy Bench Classroom Trainings

Tuesday, September 11

  • PE Day, remember to wear your tennis shoes!
  • 2:45 – 3:45 PTO Meeting
  • 6:00 – 9:00 Board Meeting

Wednesday, September 12

  • 1:30 – 3:00 2nd – 6th Drama Club

Thursday, September 13

  • 4th – 6th Grade Field Trip – Heirloom Festival

Friday, September 14

  • PE Day, remember to wear your tennis shoes!
  • 6:00 – 7:30 Back to School BINGO in the Community Room

Upcoming Events

  • October 4: Picture Day
  • October 12: Walk-A-Thon


Friday Folder – Individual Files (Click to download)

Flag Football Flyer

After School Martial Arts