News and Announcements
Music News: 5th grade music composition: History Can Be a Mystery
Click here to hear the 5th grade music composition: History Can Be a Mystery.
February 17, 2015
Please remember to attend Fran Taylor’s String Concert tonight (Tuesday, February 17th @ 7:00 p.m.) The evening performance of The Champlain Violin Classes will include her beginning group (Linus Barron, Casey Brewer, Maeve Fairfax, Nate Hurd, Halima Hussein, and Adel Medic) and Fran’s second year group (Anna Bushey, Clara Puller, and Isa Masi).
This Friday your child will bring home his/her report card, and parent conferences will follow at the end of March. Please take some time to jot down any questions that the report card generates for you. You can address these questions and discuss student progress with your classroom teacher during conferences. You may sign up for conferences using the electronic link beginning the morning of Wednesday, March 4th by going to the Champlain home page: http://champlain.bsdvt.org. Look for the Parent Teacher Conferences announcement and click on this link: http://ptcfast.com/schools/Champlain_Elementary_School
You will find additional support information for this process at:
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 Heather who will schedule your conference for you. For families who have not scheduled a conference by Monday, March 16th, a conference time will be assigned by the teacher and sent home with your child. When we return in March we will send home a “Parent Input” letter regarding placement. These will be due back to your classroom teacher by March 25th (prior to the March parent conference). If you have not completed the form by your conference date your classroom teacher will gather and record your input at that time. Class placements are created very thoughtfully by our sending grade level teams who work closely to make equitable classroom lists based on gender (total number of boys and girls) and academic as well as social, emotional, and behavioral needs. We work towards a balance of different level learners in all classrooms. We consider friendships as well and want to make sure that each child has one friend in the classroom that he/she works well with. Your written input will inform us regarding your child’s strengths, any challenges/concerns, as well as other factors we should take into account such as friendships, family relationships, and health issues. It is our goal that each classroom is balanced using all of this criteria, therefore requests for specific teachers are not appropriate. Our goal is to place all children in the best possible learning environment in order to provide a successful year of learning. We commit to a timeline of notifying parents about placement by the end of the current school year. Please be on the lookout for the parent placement input form coming home to you after vacation.
Speaking of placement, if you know of any families who have children who will be five by September 1, 2015, please remind them to come to school or go online to complete the Kindergarten registration paperwork. Please enjoy the vacation as it is a well-deserved rest from the routine of school and homework. We hope you and your children find time to relax, regroup, and spend quality time together with family and friends. This will be the last newsletter until Tuesday March 10th, however, we will welcome everyone back again on Wednesday, March 4th!