By May Clark —

March was a busy month for us at Dublin Consolidated School (DCS)! Our long-term substitute teacher for Emily Brnger, Chelsea Aro, has settled in and is skillfully guiding our kindergarten and first graders along the path to success with reading, writing, and math.

Our fifth graders started their DARE classes with Chief Letourneau, and they, along with the fourth graders, enjoyed their week of contra dancing with David Kaynor.

This is the second year that our fifth graders have been able to join in a special all-fifth-grade contra dance at South Meadow School. This year, we incorporated their “step-up” day, and the children were able to stay at SMS all day, meeting and mixing with their soon-to-be classmates, and enjoying a look at the SMS production of Peter Pan.

Just before February vacation, Emily Johnson, mom of one of our second graders, arranged for falconer Henry Walters to visit DCS with his partner, a red-tailed hawk named Mary. Henry was an amazing presenter, and the children (and adults) were enthralled as we were able to watch Mary fly across our playground and return to Henry to eat some tidbits of squirrel.

Ashley and Tom Morse, parents of two of our kiddos, put on a wonderful talent show on March 23 – many DCS students were able to show off their talents, to the admiration and applause of all.

Our staff enjoyed Lenten lunches, prepared at the Dublin Community Church in March, and we participated in a rousing evening of bowling with the Temple Elementary staff, having a blast and raising some cash for our dear Emily Brnger. And speaking of Emily, we had a wonderfully successful spaghetti supper fundraiser for her on March 23 – thanks go to all who helped with the organization, cooking, serving, cleaning up, and eating!

There will be a 5K race to benefit Emily on May 5 (the incorrect date was mentioned in the March Advocate – sorry!). Two other events for Emily, still in planning stages and without dates attached yet, are a vendor night at DCS and a cut-a-thon. Meanwhile our collection of paper cranes is growing fast – the Sunday School at the Dublin Community Church is helping, as are many other Dublin friends. We are going for 1,000 – a long-standing Japanese traditional gift for those who are ill. (As of March 14, Ms. Clark reports they have already received more than 500!)

May Clark is Teaching Principal at DCS. You may reach her at 563-8332 or

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