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April 14, 2015

Dear Families,
Many of you may remember our amazing Jane Miller. Jane was a grade one teacher at Champlain and also our Burlington School District Literacy Coach. Last year Jane worked with GreatSchools which creates free online collections of videos aimed at helping parents understand grade-level Common Core expectations in grades K-5. These videos show students demonstrating what success looks like in reading, writing and math, grade by grade. We are delighted to introduce you to a set of professionally produced short videos created by GreatSchools working with the Vermont Writing Collaborative and K-5 students from Champlain Elementary School. Over the school vacation you might enjoy clicking on the following link and seeing some of your Champlain friends as well as learning more about informative/explanatory writing at the elementary level. Just go to Great Kids Milestones Videos and scroll down to the writing section at:
As a national organization committed to providing parents around the country with useful, accurate information about schools and education, GreatSchools decided to produce a set of videos that would highlight for parents (and others) what proficient reading, writing and math could look like within the Common Core standards. GreatSchools focused on informative/explanatory writing, since that is the most widely used type of "school writing" and has great influence on other types of writing.  
There are three short segments for writing at each grade level at the K-5 level. These are variations on:
            * What can writing look like at this grade level?
            * What can research for the writing look like at this
                grade level?
            * What does it look like when the student at this grade
                level is actually writing?
Take some time to check out these videos, especially for the grade level that your child is in. You will not only be entertained by some Champlain children but you will also learn about the expectations in the area of writing within our elementary school.
Don’t forget tonight (April 14th) is the performance of “The Great Squirrel Rebellion” beginning at 6:30 p.m. The children were incredibly talented when they shared a snippet of the performance last week at our school wide assembly so we know we are in for a grand performance tonight.
Sincerely, Leslie
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