Dunbar Family, As we enter the season of thanks, here at Dunbar, we have so very much to be grateful for but we also have much to prepare for. I’m especially thankful that Dunbar has a dedicated school and family community holding us up to meet what lies ahead. First, I can’t emphasize just how important students’ safety is. It is paramount that students remain aware of their surroundings, travel in pairs, avoid traveling in the dark, stow away all electronics and avoid questionable characters and hot-spot locations that are out of view. Testing season is here which means we need your support in ensuring that your Poet has the right attitude about testing and also all the right tools. Students should be getting a full night’s rest, a nourishing breakfast and ready to test with pencils and if necessary calculators by 8:10 AM. We need our students to test, on-time and with all seriousness. I cannot stress the importance of daily attendance and most especially during testing. Encourage your student to attend coach classes to get their questions answered and to have a firm understanding of the material. This will strengthen their knowledgeability with the material. And in case you missed it, Dunbar is now an SAT site! Also, on Monday, November 14, 2016, Dunbar made history when the Dunbar Advisory Board was successful in its endeavor in dedicating the library to the legacy and honor of, Reginald Francis Lewis. Mr. Jim Brennan, CEO Executive Assistant, read a missive and declaration on behalf of Dr. Sonja Santelises proclaiming the official installation of the naming of the library. Mr. Lewis’ mother, Ms. Carolyn Fugett, spoke to a packed RFL Library and challenged the students in attendance, many of whom are a part of the Reginald F. Lewis Scholars Program, to pursue education vigorously and the financing to make it happen. She advised the audience to stare down obstacles and challenges and pursue change for our community—our city—our lives. Dunbar was also honored to host a forum aimed at addressing the issues of today by change agents in our city. This event was sponsored by The Stokey Project and Torrey Smith Family Fund. San Francisco 49ers’ James Torrey Smith brought a message of resilience and of perseverance. The takeaway from this event: find the resources and go to the next level. We’ve covered a lot of territory in such a short period of time, but as you can attest, time evaporates so quickly by the busyness of life. We are thankful and resolute at the same time. We must encourage, motivate and be that champion for all our students. So with that said, we look onward to the completion of this quarter and the work that yet lies ahead to get us to the final quarter. Please, join us!

Poet Pride,

Tammy N. Mays

Tammy N. Mays Principal