June 10, 2013
This is the final office newsletter of the 2012-13 school year. This year has flown by! Students have grown academically, socially, and emotionally due to the continued partnership between families and Champlain staff. We would like to recognize all of our wonderful volunteers tomorrow, Wednesday, June 12th at the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast beginning at 8:00 a.m. Please plan on attending so that we can thank you in person! We appreciate all of you who have assisted in our classrooms, learning center, art program, special evening events, field trips, morning tutoring program, health screenings, PTO, after school classes, Reading to End Racism, Reading for Inclusion, Bocce, and school play. The list is so huge that if by chance we have left anything out please know we are so grateful for all you do for us and did not intentionally mean to skip anything!
We have attached our 2013-14 school calendar to this newsletter. The Burlington School District has created a weekly early release on Wednesdays for all elementary schools. This replaces all other early release days except for the two parent conferences in the fall and spring. The schedule will be as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday the student day ends at 2:50. On Wednesdays the student day will end at 1:50. The district is still working out the exact details but in all likelihood this will happen for the 2013-2014 school year. This early release on Wednesdays will enable teams of teachers to participate in Professional Learning Community meetings. These PLC’s are a part of a state mandate for restructuring that includes finding time for teachers to collaborate by examining data and planning differentiated instruction intended to increase student achievement. We are looking forward to this weekly time and know that we will use it wisely in the best interest of our students. Please go to the Burlington School District website if you would like to read in more detail about the frequently asked questions in regards to this change in the calendar.
In mid-August we will mail out a summer welcome back letter reminding everyone of our Open House and the first day of school. Open House is purposefully planned prior to the first full day of school so that children can find their classrooms, connect with their teachers, and begin to transition to the idea of school versus summer vacation!
Until then we thank you for all you have done to make this past year so memorable, and we look forward to partnering with you next year. If you would like to enjoy one final school wide assembly please plan on attending this Friday, June 14th from 9:45-10:30. Our PBIS Committee has planned this school wide event with songs, a PBIS Jeopardy game led by Mr. Quiznor, recognition of our spellers, basketball players, bocce participants, the hula hoopers from the talent show, and an exit bridge that will celebrate our graduating fifth graders as we send them on their journey to middle school. If we don’t see you on Friday, please enjoy a restful, rejuvenating, and relaxing summer! Thank you again for all you have done to make this such a special year.
One final reminder this Thursday, June 13th is Over the Shoulders Day.
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