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Curriculum Night
Kindergarten Tuesday, September 30th starting at 5:00pm
Grades 1-5 Wednesday, October 1st starting at 5:30pm 
September 16, 2014

Dear Families,
We hope all of you will attend our upcoming Curriculum Nights. The Kindergarten team will host their parent night on Tuesday, September 30th from 5:00-5:30 p.m. They would like parents to come with their children. This is a time for your children to lead you around the Kindergarten classroom. The children will show you all the different areas of the classroom and help you to see how they spend their day. Then, on Wednesday, October 1st we will host the grades 1-5 Curriculum Night from 5:30-6:30p.m. Each teacher hosts two sessions so that if you are a parent of more than one child you can get to each classroom. Session #1 will run from 5:30-6:00 p.m. and session #2 will go from 6:00-6:30 p.m. Teachers will be sharing with you the daily schedule and the curriculum of their classrooms. This will give you an opportunity to understand the goals of each grade level and how you can partner with us as we engage your children academically and socially. We will have copies of our Handbook for Parents and Community Volunteers available in each classroom. If you want to volunteer in the classroom, on field trips, or in our building we ask that you read the handbook and sign the pages in the back. In addition to grade level goals, we have school wide shared commitments. We wrote these together as a faculty last year. Teachers do talk to the children about our commitments and embed these standards into the lessons they plan. As teachers articulate learning targets for students they will be incorporating learning as a lifelong process, connecting academics and real life learning, creating inviting and respectful classrooms, using ongoing data to drive their instruction, and implementing a variety of teaching strategies to reach all children. We want to provide the best learning experiences possible to lay the foundation for our students to become caring, contributing members of society. Please talk with your children about our commitments so that they continue to understand the purpose of their learning at Champlain. We have printed our shared commitments here for you so that you know what we believe in and strive to accomplish at Champlain:

Shared Commitments
We will emphasize that LEARNING IS A LIFELONG PROCESS by focusing on the effort and process as well as the outcome. We challenge students with rigorous tasks and teach strategies to persevere through academic challenges.

We will CONNECT ACADEMICS AND “REAL LIFE” LEARNING by creating authentic, purposeful, and relevant learning experiences. We work as collaborative teams to develop learning targets and differentiated tasks, giving students opportunities to be self-directed, use technology, problem solve, think critically, work in groups, present orally and participate in meaningful discussions.

We will CREATE AN INVITING AND RESPECTFUL CLASSROOM community. We teach students to be safe, respectful and responsible with themselves, others and their environment.

We will USE ONGOING PROGRESS MONITORING to check understanding, drive instruction and reach diverse students’ needs. We use assessment results to create whole class and small group lessons.

We will USE A VARIETY OF TEACHING STRATEGIES to support skill development and encourage critical thinking supportive of diverse learners. We incorporate modeling, conferencing, scaffold materials and small group instruction into our teaching, based on student needs.

Thanks for your partnership in this important work!
Sincerely, Leslie
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