May 9, 2018
Darien High School Parent News
Published by the DHS Parents Association
Important Dates


9-18 AP Testing
10 DHSPA Meeting, 9:00 AM, The Chill Zone
18 Early Dismissal for Students - 12:18 PM, PLC meetings for faculty
18 Junior-Senior Prom, 7:00 PM, The Loading Dock, Stamford
21 Art Show 5:00 PM
23 Science Symposium, 6:00 PM, Library
24 Scholarship Ceremony 6:30 PM
24 Awards Ceremony 7:30 PM
28 Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
31 DHS Small Ensemble Concert, 7:00 PM, Auditorium
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Upcoming Events
The DHSPA Presents: The College Send-off
Getting ready to send a child to college? Then this is the program for you! Parents who have been there, don that share their wisdom and advice for making it through the summer, a successful drop-off and living through the transition that follows. Come hear from those in the know!

When:  Thursday, May 10th
Time:    9:00am  
Where: The Chill Zone

Mrs. Dunn's letter and prom permission form was sent through Aspen on April 17, 2018.  Link to the letter and forms are also posted on the DHS website main webpage and on student life. Permission forms and payments are due back no later than Thursday, May 10 at noon to the attendance desk. Forms received after that time will be on a space available basis only. Non-DHS Guest Permission forms are available on the website. Questions? Contact Meg Ricci at
Students will be dismissed at 12:18 p.m. The Cafe closes at noon (no lunch period). Buses will depart DHS at 12:30.

The last day of class at DHS for seniors participating in an internship is Friday May 18.  Internship placements begin Monday May 21. There is a mandatory send-off breakfast at 7 am for participating seniors at the pavilion on Friday the 18 th.

Junior parking begins May 21. The application is available on the DHS website. A reminder that Juniors who have parked illegally on campus may have their permit delayed or denied.

Please join us on Monday, May 21 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the Opening Reception for our DHS Student Art Show! The show starts near the main office and continues down G and F wings. Senior Artists will be featured and will be showing their entire portfolios.  We hope to see you there!

The student productions are short one-act plays directed, acted and produced by DHS students. There will be three performances this year, Friday, May 25 at 7:00 pm, Saturday, May 26 at 2:00 pm and Saturday May 26 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and will be available in the cafeteria the week-of, as well as at the door before the performances .

There are monthly Lifetouch sittings between now and October 2018, when you can have your senior portrait taken for the 2019 yearbook.  You will receive information from Lifetouch about appointments for each sitting until you have had your portrait taken.  The location of the sitting will be stated in your appointment reminder form from Lifetouch. Please confirm an appointment date as soon as possible.

Senior Portraits are formal pictures; T-shirts and hats are not allowed.  Most boys wear a shirt and tie, and girls generally wear a solid color with a simple neckline. You must have at least one "head-and-shoulders" portrait shot with a "Blue Moonlight" background. Close-ups are not acceptable for the yearbook; hands and props should not be visible.

The basic sitting fee is $25, which is fully refundable when you return your proofs.  You do not have to order anything - your photo will be included in the yearbook without charge.  Please bring $25 cash or a check made out to Prestige Portraits.

Stay connected with the DHSPA!
Thriving Youth/Community Fund     

Nicole Zasowski, LMFT describes anxiety as "The overestimation of danger and the underestimation of our ability to cope." When our teens seem stressed or anxious, Zasowksi reminds parents "you don't have to agree with the threat to validate the feeling." This week, take time to listen and validate a concern your teen shares with you. If they allow you to problem-solve with them, try this strategy: draw a line down the middle of a piece of paper and title one side "Things I can't control" and the other side, "What I am empowered to do." Talk through both columns with your teen as they consider how to respond to their challenge.  

Talk early, talk often. 
Thriving Youth/The Community Fund.
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