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Electronic scheduling for our October 2015 parent/teacher conferences is now available.

Please click on the following link to begin the process of accessing the teachers' conference schedules.  If you cannot access the link directly, please cut and paste the link into an Internet browser.
If needed, please see the following page for support documentation related to scheduling your CES parent teacher conferences via PTC Fast: 

If you do not have access to a computer or are having difficulty with this online system you may call the office at 864-8477 and speak with our administrative assistant, Janet Breen, who can assist you. Thank you!
Weekly Update September 15, 2015
September 15, 2015
Dear Champlain Families,
The year is off to a great start. Students are being safe, respectful, and responsible; they have the Champ cards to show it. Ms. Paige’s Kindergarten class, Ms. Haslam’s/Ms. McGrath’s 1st grade class, and Ms. Roesch’s 4th grade class have all reached 100 Champ cards. Looking around, I see other classes are well on their way.
Thursday, 9/17, is picture day, and Thursday evening is our curriculum night. A few of our teachers were offered the opportunity to attend training on new literacy units on Thursday and Friday, so they had to schedule their nights separately. Childcare will be available on Thursday in the Learning Center.
Each year, the PTO publishes a directory of family contact information. This directory is strictly voluntary and used to help students and families connect outside of school.  Families are asked to provide their contact details for the directory at the start of the year. Submit your information at There is an option in the online form to re-use your information from last year, without the need to re-enter your data. The deadline for submission is October 4.
Please enter contact information you would like to be included in the PTO Directory for your student. You decide how much information you want to share. Examples of contact information are home phone number, mobile phone number(s), email address(es), physical address, and mailing address.
Last week we sent home district opt-out media forms. As part of the normal operations of schools within our district, we collect samples of student work and take pictures/videos of students engaged in school related activities. We use these materials to improve teaching/learning practice, demonstrate what we do, and celebrate student success. If we post pictures to the Champlain website, use them in newsletters/brochures, or other promotion/demonstration materials, or teachers use them on their classroom sites, we maintain confidentiality by removing names and other identifying information. If you opt NOT to have your child(ren)'s photo or works used, please sign and return the form by Friday, Sept 18.  Otherwise, you do not need to return the form. As of Monday, Sept 21, teachers would like to start doing projects which may use photos. The blue forms will determine which photos not to use.
Our teachers do so many creative and engaging activities with our students. Last year, they wrote short summaries with a few highlights from the year. I would like to share notes from the 2014-2015 First Grade class with you.
From First Grade
Students used iPads during Reading and Math intervention blocks to enrich their lessons.  We wrote a PTO mini-grant and got 3 iPad minis for our grade level to share.  Each week, one of our classes incorporated iPads to increase student engagement and differentiate our intervention.  Students were motivated to work collaboratively and looked forward to our intervention times in Reading and Math.  Our access to 21st century technology benefited all of us this year.  We hope to acquire additional iPads next year so each class can access them more frequently.
Morning Champion Program (A Partnership between Champlain Elementary and King Street Center)
Champlain Elementary School is looking for some "Champions" to come in once or more a week from 7:30am - 8:10am.  The Morning Champions program provides Champlain Elementary students with an opportunity to meet with a caring adult before the start of the school day. While the program started off as a tutoring program, we have learned over the past few years that children need time with a caring adult to engage in academics or other areas of interest.  30 minutes in the morning can make all the difference in a child's outlook for the entire day. The impact is powerful! Simply by showing an interest in a child’s life, homework, ideas and concerns, you can make all the difference. In addition, we are looking for people to come in and share their talents. It can be coming in one time, multiple times, or weekly to share a skill (yoga, art, computers, reading, teaching a language, etc.)  
If interested please contact Gabriella Tufo Strouse at or Deena Murphy at
Thank you for an excellent start to the school year. We appreciate the efforts of our students, faculty, families, and friends who work so hard to make our school community such a special place.
Coming Events:
First Assembly – Wednesday, September 16, 8:20 AM
School Pictures – Thursday, September 17
Curriculum Night – Thursday evening, September 17 (5:30 – 6:35)
No School, Yom Kippur and Eid Ul Adha – Wednesday, September 23
Harvest Fest – 5-7 PM Friday, September 25
Maria Horton
Interim Principal 
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