By May Clark —

The roller coaster ride that is the end of the school year is on the fast downhill, and we’re all screaming! Is it joy? Is it pain? Hard to tell! Seriously, the end of the year is always full of emotion: mostly happiness, but with a few tears mixed in. We are so proud of our graduating fifth graders, looking forward to all that they will accomplish after we send them off. And we are going to miss Chelsea Aro, who has so ably filled in for Emily Brnger during her illness.

The end-of-the-year activities fill up our days, as we get ready to say farewell for the summer on June 13. We had the wonderful artist, Mark Ragonese, back with us in May for two days of ideas and artwork, when the children created a village, now on display in our lobby. The Big Brothers Big Sisters program ended another successful year with us, and we’ve completed all the testing for the year. Fourth and fifth graders went to Boston at the end of the month, and fifth graders prepared and served a meal to thank their parents for all their support during their elementary years.

Our band, taught by Jessica Harrison, played for our Memorial Day remembrance, and we were glad to have the participation of our own Cles Staples and Hank Campbell, as we celebrated and remembered our soldiers. We will wind up the year with Mrs. Carmichael’s swan song of a field day (she’s retiring, much to our sorrow), as well as DCS Fun Day and a few tours of the Historical Society Schoolhouse with Rusty Bastedo.

Teachers will be working a couple of days after school is out, already planning for next year.

And Dublin Summer Playground starts at DCS on June 25! If anyone wants to help out with watering and harvesting in our beautiful DCS/Cornucopia garden, just let us know!

May Clark is Teaching Principal at DCS. She can be reached at 563-8332 or email

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