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June 9, 2015

Dear Families,

This is our last office newsletter of the 2014-15 school year. This year has flown by! Students have matured academically, socially, and emotionally due to the continued partnership between families and Champlain staff. We were so fortunate to have a gorgeous sunny day last Thursday when we held our volunteer breakfast outside in the courtyard. We were pleased with the attendance although we know some of you may also have been busy at your own jobs as well. If we didnít get a chance to thank you in person we want you to know how much 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, and school play. The list is quite large so if 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 mailed our 2015-16 school calendars to you with your class placements last week, and the calendar can also be found on the Burlington School District website home page. The first day back is Wednesday, August 26th. The weekly schedule will remain as it has been this year. †Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday the student day ends at 2:50. On Wednesdays the student day will continue to end at 1:50. These early release days on Wednesdays have enabled teams of teachers to participate in Professional Learning Community meetings. These PLCís are a continued 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 used this weekly time well this year and know that we will continue to use it wisely in the best interest of our students. In mid-August your new Interim Principal, Maria Horton, will mail out a summer welcome back letter reminding everyone of the Champlain 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.

If you would like to enjoy one final school wide assembly please plan on attending this Friday, June 12th from 9:45-10:30. Our PBIS Committee has planned this school wide event, and they are always amazing at organizing assemblies. If we donít see you on Friday, please enjoy a restful, rejuvenating, and relaxing summer!

Thank you again for all you have done to make this another wonderful school year. I will say goodbye officially as your Champlain Principal. Most of you know that I am ďretiringĒ and moving on to a new chapter in my life. I will be consulting for the Burlington School District working closely with our director of curriculum so you may see me around in that role. I will also be a lecturer at the University of Vermont teaching courses in their elementary and special education programs as well as supervising student teachers. Itís been an incredibly rewarding and positive experience here at Champlain these last seven years, and I sincerely thank all of you and your children for enriching my life. I will collaborate thoroughly with your new interim Principal, Maria Horton, to ensure a smooth transition for the children, staff, and families.

†For the full version of the current newsletter or an archive of all past newsletters click here.