Dear Dunfee Parents and Guardians, 

I would like thank everyone, parents, students and staff, for your support as the new LMDS Principal and congratulate everyone on a successful school opening!  This is due to the consistent effort and determination that is put forth from our community of students and staff on a daily basis.

I would also like to extend a special heartfelt note of appreciation to our PTA for your efforts this summer and September in preparing for this school year and welcoming me to LMDS.

Our Back to School Night was well attended; I truly enjoyed meeting so many of you.  I look forward to communing with so many community members at the Barnegat School District’s first Strategic Planning meeting on October 10th, 6:30pm at BHS; if you cannot make the first meeting, the second meeting is on November 1st.  Remember there will be free babysitting for younger children.  If you are available, please come and join our conversation. I’m interested in hearing from parents about how we can make the LMDS and the Barnegat School District the best in the state of New Jersey.

Our next LMDS PTA meeting is Wednesday, October 17th at 7pm in the Media Center; due to another obligation I will not be able to attend, however, I would like to invite parents out the following Wednesday, October 24th for my first “Principal’s Round Table” meeting at 6:30pm.  The Principal’s Round Table is an excellent opportunity for parents to provide input, ask questions, and have a voice in helping us provide the best opportunities for our learners.  All parents are invited to attend the Principal’s Round Table meetings; future meetings will be held at 6:30pm just prior to the LMDS PTA meetings. 

The next Principal’s Round Table Meeting will be Wednesday, November 14th, at 6:30pm with the 7pm PTA meeting to follow.  I hope you can join us!

Please note that Wednesday, October 10th, this will be an Early Dismissal day for staff professional development; students will be dismissed at 12:20pm.

Other activities taking place in October are:

October 1 – 5               Week of Respect

October 3                     Picture Day

October 5                     Grandparent’s Day:

                                   Kindergarten -11:25am-12:20pm,

                                   1st grade – 10:15am-11:10am,

                                   2nd grade - 11:25am-12:20pm,

                                   3rd grade - 10:15am-11:10am,

                                   4th & 5th grades – 10:50am-11:45am

October 9                     Grade 2 Field Trip to LBI Lighthouse and Coast Guard Station

October 10                   Early Dismissal, 12:20pm

October 10                   Strategic Planning meeting #1, BHS 6:30pm

October 16                   BOE Meeting – 6:30pm

October 17                   PTA Meeting – 7:00pm

October 18                   Grade 3 Field Trip to Camden Aquarium

October 25                   Grade 4 Field Trip to Tuckerton Seaport

October 15 – 19            Violence Prevention Week

October 23 - 31             Red Ribbon Week

October 23
                   Trunk or Treat hosted by the Oasis Family Success Center –                                      5:45-6:45pm, 175 Gunning River Rd, Building C

October 29                   PTA Pumpkin Patch

October 31                   LMDS Halloween Parade – 1:15pm      

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

John Fiorentino, Principal

Lillian M. Dunfee Elementary School


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