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Music Information for the Fifth Grade
Please click on the name for the Fifth Grade Compositions based on Esperanza Rising.

 Challenges by Ms. McKelvey's Class

 Impossible Dreams by Mr. Klinger's Class
 
Weekly Newsletter February 2
February 2, 2016
 
Dear Champlain Families,
Upcoming events
  February 4: PTO Meeting, Champlain Teachers’ Room, 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
  February 22 – March 1: Winter Break
 
At 7:25 this morning, the illustrious groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring. Of course, the last time he made this prediction was 2013 when brutal cold and snow stayed around well into March. As Vermonters, we know it pays to be prepared, regardless of the forecast. Thank you to everyone who donated warm clothing such as hats, gloves, and snow pants. It is incredibly helpful to have extras on hand. Whether they get wet from snow or rain, or recess leaves them muddy, students sometimes need a change of clothes during the day. If you have sweatshirts, sweatpants, or socks your children have outgrown, please consider donating to our school. 
 
Save the Date!
March 4 will be Trivia Night at the St. John's Club, with proceeds going to benefit Champlain Elementary. Our PTO is planning an evening full of food, prizes, and fun! More details will be coming soon. 

Harvest of the Month
Mrs. Roesch's class made parsnip hummus with school chef Kaye Douglas to offer the school a taste of this month's featured vegetable. The hummus and Ms. Kaye's homemade chips were a huge hit! Students and teachers voted in favor of it by a margin of 118 thumbs up, 33 thumbs down, and 25 "thumbs medium." Thanks to everyone who made it happen.
 
Volunteer News!
Champlain is now partnered with City Market to be a member worker site.  This means that all City Market members who volunteer in the school AND have attended a member worker orientation at City Market can use their volunteer hours towards a discount at City Market.  Please contact Skye Ellicock
at champlainvolunteers@gmail.com if you would like to be involved in the program or if you have any
questions.  
 
Thank you to the families who have been volunteering in the lunch room. Your assistance is appreciated. Your efforts allow our students to get through the salad bar and serving line more quickly so they can spend more time enjoying their lunch. If you are interested in joining us, please send a note to ceslunch@gmail.com.
 
Violin and Viola Concert
On Wednesday, January 27 the 4 th  and 5 th  grade students who are studying violin and viola with Fran Taylor gave a concert in our Learning Center. It went incredibly well. we are so proud of their efforts. They will also perform at our 7 th  Annual Orchestra Night on March 10 at Burlington High School with all the district’s string players in grades 4 through 12 – approximately 250 students. 
 
Penguin Plunge
Champlain Elementary is creating a Penguin Plunge team again this year!  This fun event supports Special Olympics Vermont and is a great experience for students, staff, faculty, and their families. Champlain staff members, students, family members and siblings are welcome. You do NOT need to be a Champlain Elementary student to plunge with the Champlain team, but you do need to complete the registration and raise $150.
Here's the information:
Burlington Penguin Plunge, Waterfront Park
Saturday, February 6, 2016 
There is a fundraising minimum of $150 per plunger to participate. To register online go to:  https://www.firstgiving.com/team/311083
 
Plungers will need to click the Join Team button and follow the registration steps to create their personal
fundraising pages. A paper registration form is available for those who prefer it, but we encourage people to register online since it makes fundraising so much easier! Plungers who do choose to fund raise using the paper form should be sure to notify Jennifer Sumner that they are planning to plunge with our team so she can keep track of numbers, order team shirts, etc. Please contact Jennifer Sumner at jlcolbert@yahoo.com or 862-0676 for more information or with any questions.
 
Thank you to everyone for your support of all our staff. We appreciate the efforts of our students, faculty,
families, and friends who work so hard to make our school community such a special place. Have a lovely
week. 
Sincerely, 
 
 
Maria Horton
Interim Principal
Weekly Newsletter January 26, 2016
Dear Champlain Families,
Upcoming events
  • January 27: Violin and Viola Concert by 4th and 5th grade violin/viola students in the Learning Center
  • February 4: PTO Meeting, Champlain Teachers’ Room, 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Thank you to everyone who donated extra warm clothing. It is incredibly helpful to have extras on hand. If you have hats, gloves, sweatshirts, sweatpants, or snow pants your children have outgrown, please consider donating to our school. Thank you to those who donated sleds. Our students are looking forward to having more snow so they can use them.
 
Health Room Reminder
Many students have chapped lips and chapped skin around their lips caused by the very dry air. Please send a lip moisturizer such as chap-stick or lip balm with your child if your student is experiencing chapped lips.
 
Volunteer News!
Champlain is now partnered with City Market to be a member worker site.  This means that all City Market members who volunteer in the school AND have attended a member worker orientation at City Market can use their volunteer hours towards a discount at City Market.  Please contact Skye Ellicock at champlainvolunteers@gmail.com if you would like to be involved in the program or if you have any questions.  Volunteer hours for January will count if you are eligible and you report them before the 27th. 
 
Thank you to the families who have been volunteering in the lunch room. Your assistance is appreciated. Your efforts allow our students to get through the salad bar and serving line more quickly so they can spend more time enjoying their lunch. If you are interested in joining us, please send a note to ceslunch@gmail.com.
 
Violin and Viola Concert
On Wednesday, January 27 at 7 PM, the 4th and 5th grade students who are studying violin and viola with Fran Taylor will give a concert in our Learning Center. They will also perform at our 7th Annual Orchestra Night on March 10 at Burlington High School with all the district’s string players in grades 4 through 12 – approximately 250 students.
 
News from the Learning Center  
Thank you to those families who have responded to the overdue notices that went home with your child/children last week. The purpose of the notice is to give a friendly reminder to students and their families to locate and return overdue books.  As our collection is a shared resource used by everyone at Champlain Elementary and all the BSD schools, it is important to follow up with families periodically so that our wonderful Learning Center collection can be enjoyed by everyone. If a book is lost, please send payment to cover the replacement of the book (the cost is included on the notice). Payment may be made with cash or a check made payable to Champlain Elementary School Learning Center.  To discuss alternative book replacement options, please see me in the Learning Center or contact me by email or phone: sames@bsdvt.org or 864-2226.  Thank you so very much for your support!  Susan Ames, Library Media Specialist
 
Champlain Elementary School's Learning Center was chosen as one of 12 Vermont schools to host a robot for a month as part of the Robot Rodeo. Students in the 4th and 5th grades will be programming Dash & Dot (our robots) using our Learning Center iPads to perform stunts and go through student-created courses. Training a robot to perform behaviors is a wonderful way to build on student understanding of technology....and coding, in particular. To learn more about the program and to see what other students are doing with their robots across Vermont, check out the following link:  http://robotrodeovt.blogspot.com/
 
School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SW-PBIS): Information for Families
What is SW-PBIS?
School-wide positive behavior interventions and supports is a system that is developed by a school for improving student behavior. It is used:
• With all students
• Across all environments in school (classroom, lunchroom, hallway, and playground)
• To help schools to create effective learning environments
Why does a school choose to use SW-PBIS?
Burlington Schools have chosen to adopt PBIS as a framework to support positive behaviors. At Champlain, this framework compliments the Responsive Classroom model which Pathways to Self-Control were based upon. Our pathways are as follows: 1. Proactive discipline 2. Reminding and redirecting 3. Take a break 4. Buddy teacher break 5. Back up-Pathway 5 referral.
In regards to PBIS, our focus will continue to be:
1. Identifying and teaching our three school wide expectations  
2. Finding ways to reinforce and acknowledge expected behaviors behavior with champ cards and celebrations.
3. Responding to incidences of misbehavior using our Pathways to Self Control.
School-wide positive behavior interventions and supports is a planned way to meet the behavioral needs of students in a school as well as teaching all children prosocial behaviors. Families are important in the success of SW-PBIS and many choose to use a similar system at home. SW-PBIS consists of three steps:
 
Step 1: Identify and Teach Expected Behavior
Identify three expectations across environments.
  • Be safe
  • Be respectful
  • Be responsible
Champlain School’s expectations are posted throughout the building. Please notice “Our School Rules” posters which are hung in the classrooms and around the school. Champ is our mascot and green and blue are our school colors.
As a team and school, we have identified school expectations and developed a teaching matrix. The matrix provides examples of what behaviors are expected in different settings, including the classroom, hallway, cafeteria, recess/playground, assembly, and on a field trip. All staff explicitly teach from this matrix and it is often revisited throughout the school year.
For example, let’s consider the expectation of Respect. The teaching matrix includes details on what respect “looks like” in the classroom, hallway, cafeteria, recess/playground, assembly and on a field trip. The entire Champlain staff, including the lunchroom and recess staff, teach all students these expectations through lessons, role-playing, and practice. Staff will focus on the positive (expected) behaviors through a reinforcement and acknowledgment system.
 
Step 2: Positively Reinforce and Acknowledge Expected Behaviors
When students meet school-wide expectations, school staff note their success
with positive reinforcement and an acknowledgment that includes a “Champ Card.” A Champ Card may be given out to a student by any adult in our building. The student will then bring the card back to their classroom where cards will be collected. When a certain number of cards have been collected, classrooms will have a celebration. Card collection will happen school wide, as well. When we have reached our school goal, we will have a whole school celebration.
 
Step 3: Responding to Incidences of Misbehavior
In addition to teaching and rewarding positive behaviors, we will continue to use our Pathways to Self Control. The Pathways are as follows: Pathway One: Proactive Discipline, Pathway Two: Reminding and Redirecting, Pathway Three: Logical Consequences (i.e. Take a Break), Pathway 4: Take a Buddy Teacher Break, Pathway Five: Back-Up System//Referral to the Office.
 
Family Involvement in PBIS
Teaching expected behaviors works best when there is consistency across home and school settings. When a child has challenging behavior at school, a strong partnership between the school and family is important.  School-wide positive behavioral interventions and support is a school-wide approach to helping all children learn to self-manage behaviors. However, parent involvement is really important in all aspects of SW-PBIS. When parents are involved, outcomes for children are better.
 
Below are several helpful websites:
www.PBIS.org
www.PBIScooltool
www.PBISillinois
www.VTPBIS.org
www.pbisworld.com
 
Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration
Registration for the current 2015-16 school year is on a rolling basis. Enrollment for the next school year, 2016-17, opens on January 4, 2016 and closes on February 19, 2016, with school placement notification sent out the week of April 4, 2016. If you have a child turning five on or before September 1, 2016, you need to register them for kindergarten now.
 
If there are more first choice registrations than there are spots, we will look at families’ second choices. When a student doesn’t receive their first choice school, a District employee will contact the family to discuss their options for schools. Applications received after February 19, 2016 will be considered based upon available space.
 
Beginning January 4, all forms can be found at our District Website, www.bsdvt.org, in any of our schools, or at our District Office at 150 Colchester Ave. Families completing registration forms should bring a copy of their child’s Birth Certificate or other proof of age, a copy of their immunization records and proof of residency.
Pre-k registration will also open on January 4, 2016. Visit www.bsdvt.org or call (802) 864-8463 for more information.
 
Please contact any schools if you would like to arrange a visit.
 
Pack the Gut at UVM
On Friday, January 29, UVM Women's Hockey will host the UConn Huskies at Gutterson Field House. Tickets are $2, and UVM students are free. UVM is looking to break the attendance record. This is a great opportunity for a fun, and inexpensive, family outing.
 
Thank you to all the families who pledged items to our teachers’ holiday lists. It is still possible to contribute items needed for classrooms.  To pledge an item, go online to TeacherLists.com and search for Champlain Elementary School (by zip code: 05401) or navigate directly: http://www.teacherlists.com/schools/65979-champlain-elementary-school. The wish list will automatically update with every pledge. If you have any questions, please contact parent volunteers Margie Torizzo (margaret@watershedca.com) or Joanna Grossman (joeyinvermont@gmail.com). They are happy to assist you!


Penguin Plunge
Champlain Elementary is creating a Penguin Plunge team again this year!  This fun event supports Special Olympics Vermont and is a great experience for students, staff, faculty, and their families. Champlain staff members, students, family members and siblings are welcome. You do NOT need to be a Champlain Elementary student to plunge with the Champlain team, but you do need to complete the registration and raise $150.
Here's the information:
Burlington Penguin Plunge, Waterfront Park
Saturday, February 6, 2016 
There is a fundraising minimum of $150 per plunger to participate.
To register online go to:  https://www.firstgiving.com/team/311083
 
Plungers will need to click the Join Team button and follow the registration steps to create their personal fundraising pages. A paper registration form is available for those who prefer it, but we encourage people to register online since it makes fundraising so much easier! Plungers who do choose to fund raise using the paper form should be sure to notify Jennifer Sumner that they are planning to plunge with our team so she can keep track of numbers, order team shirts, etc. Please contact Jennifer Sumner at jlcolbert@yahoo.com or 862-0676 for more information or with any questions.
 
Thank you to everyone for your support of all our staff. We appreciate the efforts of our students, faculty, families, and friends who work so hard to make our school community such a special place. Have a lovely week.
Sincerely,
 
Maria Horton
Interim Principal
Information about PBIS

December 15, 2015

 

Dear Champlain Families,

 

The Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Committee, PBIS, has been meeting each month to analyze school wide data, plan assemblies, and more recently we have completed a Self Assessment Survey, which is mandated by the state. The SAS helps us assess our practices, hear from all adults in the building, and helps us create our Champlain School Action Plan. Additionally, we are planning for a refresher for all children regarding lunchroom expectations. This is planned for Thursday, January 7th. A follow-up will take place later in the school year by lunchroom staff.

 

Sincerely,

 

Karen Prouty, and Tyler Samler (Co-chairs), Doug Woods, Tiffany Hotte, Kate Mattina, Betsy Greene, Chaska Richardson, Tracey Bellavance, Lilly Morena, and Sarah Legault

 

School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

(SW-PBIS): Information for Parents

 

What is SW-PBIS?

 

School-wide positive behavior interventions and supports is a system that is developed by a

school for improving student behavior. It is used:

 

• With all students

 

• Across all environments in school (classroom, lunchroom, hallway, and playground)

 

• To help schools to create effective learning environments

 

 

Why does a school choose to use SW-PBIS?

 

Burlington Schools have chosen to adopt PBIS as a framework to support positive behaviors. At Champlain, this framework compliments the Responsive Classroom model which Pathways to Self-Control were based upon. Our pathways are as follows: 1. Proactive discipline 2. Reminding and redirecting 3. Take a break 4. Buddy teacher break 5. Back up-Pathway 5 referral.

 

In regards to PBIS, our focus will continue to be:

 

1. Identifying and teaching our three school wide expectations  

 

2. Finding ways to reinforce and acknowledge expected behaviors behavior with champ cards and celebrations.

 

3. Responding to incidences of misbehavior using our Pathways to Self Control.

 

School-wide positive behavior interventions and supports is a planned way to meet the

behavioral needs of students in a school as well as teaching all children prosocial behaviors. Parents are important in the success of SW-PBIS and many choose to use a similar system at home. SW-PBIS consists of three steps:

 

Step 1: Identify and Teach Expected Behavior

 

Identify three expectations across environments.

    Be safe

    Be respectful

    Be responsible

 

Champlain School’s expectations are posted throughout the building. Please notice “Our School Rules” posters which are hung in the classrooms and around the school. Champ is our mascot and green and blue as our school colors.

 

As a team and school, we have identified school expectations and developed a teaching matrix. The matrix provides examples of what behaviors are expected in different settings, including the

classroom, hallway, cafeteria, recess/playground, assembly, and on a field trip. All staff explicitly teach from this matrix and it is often revisited throughout the school year.

 

For example, let’s consider the expectation of Respect.

 

A teaching matrix includes details on what respect “looks like” in the classroom, hallway, cafeteria, recess/playground, assembly and on a field trip. The entire Champlain staff, including the lunchroom and recess staff, will teach all students these expectations through lessons, role-playing, and practice. Staff will focus on the positive (expected) behaviors through a reinforcement and acknowledgment system.

 

Step 2: Positively Reinforce and Acknowledge Expected Behaviors

 

When students meet school-wide expectations, school staff note their success

with positive reinforcement and an acknowledgment that includes a “Champ Card.” A Champ Card may be given out to a student by any adult in our building. The student will then bring the card back to their classroom where cards will be collected. When a certain number of cards have been collected, classrooms will have a celebration. Card collection will happen school wide, as well. When we have reached our school goal, we will have a whole school celebration.

 

Step 3: Responding to Incidences of Misbehavior

 

In addition to teaching and rewarding positive behaviors, we will continue to use our Pathways to Self Control. The Pathways are as follows: Pathway One: Proactive Discipline, Pathway Two: Reminding and Redirecting, Pathway Three: Logical Consequences (i.e. Take a Break), Pathway 4: Take a Buddy Teacher Break, Pathway Five: Back-Up System//Referral to the Office.




 

Family Involvement in PBIS

 

Teaching expected behaviors works best when there is consistency across home and school settings. When a child has challenging behavior at school, a strong partnership between the school and family is important.  School-wide positive behavioral interventions and support is a school-wide approach to helping all children learn to self-manage behaviors. However, parent involvement is really important in all aspects of SW-PBIS. When parents are involved, outcomes for children are better.


Listed are several helpful websites.

www.PBIS.org

www.PBIScooltool

www.PBISillinois

www.VTPBIS.org

www.pbisworld.com