June 9, 2015
Dear Burr Families,
We only have 12 days of school left before the start of summer vacation! This is such a busy time of year for parents, teachers, and children. There are so many celebrations of learning planned as teachers work to wrap up the school year and prepare their students to move on to the next grade. The fifth graders will be visiting Day Middle School on June12, and the students in grades K-4 will Step Up to meet the teachers at the next grade level on June 23. We hope that these transition visits will help alleviate the anxiety that some children may feel about graduating to the next grade level and build excitement about returning to school in September.
We have started working on class placements for next year. The teachers all put a lot of time and effort into weighing all of the factors that help create an optimal learning environment for each student. We have received input from some parents, which we will consider during this process. I thank you all for respecting the staff’s professional judgment about the best possible learning environment for your child next year. The class lists will be in draft form until late August because enrollment fluctuates throughout the summer and one student moving in or out of the district can significantly change the make up of a group.
We will let you know of your child’s placement in late August. Class placements, once they are sent out to everyone, are final. Changes cannot be made since they seriously compromise the balance that we work so hard to achieve. The class lists will be emailed, unless you request that we mail a paper copy to you. Consequently, it is important for us to have your most current email address. This newsletter has been sent to the primary contact address currently listed in our records. This will be the email address that we will use to send out class placements in August. If you want placement information sent to a different address, please let us know by emailing the correct address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classroom Staffing for Next Year
We will have a few staffing changes for next year:
Kindergarten: Ms Frail, Ms. Mc Mahon, New Hire
First Grade: Ms. Espinal, Ms. Fitch, Ms. Golden
Second Grade: Ms. Procaccini, Ms. Field, Mr. Gaita, Ms. Roberts
Third Grade: Ms. Canning, Ms. Collins, Ms. Oh
Fourth Grade: Mr. Glode & Mrs. Harrington, Ms. Robinson, Mrs. Miller
Fifth Grade: Ms. Cooley, Ms. Harris, Ms. Moran & Ms. Finn
We will have two co-taught classrooms at Burr again next year – one in fourth and one in fifth grade. This is determined each year as we consider the best way for us to meet the needs of the students at a grade level. A co-taught classroom is one in which a general education and special education teacher co-teach all of the children. Having a special education teacher in the classroom full-time allows us to provide special education services right in the classroom in all curriculum areas. The students in the other two classrooms at that grade level also benefit from the expertise of this special educator because curriculum adaptations that she makes are shared across the grade. We have found this model to be highly successful in meeting the needs of individual students. Kaylan Finn will be the special educator in the fifth grade co-taught. Kaylan has been one of our learning center teachers this year supporting the students across the grade levels including our fifth graders. Ms. Moran will partner with Ms. Finn in the co-taught classroom. I am confident that they will make a great team. The fifth grade team is looking forward to having Kaylan join them.
As you can see above, Ms. Rudek will not be returning to Burr next year. She has accepted a position in Boston Public Schools. Qiana has been a great asset to the kindergarten team and our staff. She tells me her decision was a difficult one because she has loved working at Burr, but the move to Boston Public School is one for her personal and professional growth. Please join us in in wishing Qiana well as she makes this transition. We have already scheduled interviews to ensure that we can tap into a rich pool of applicants.
We also have a few changes in our special education staffing. Ms. Hutchinson, Ms. Carboneau, and Ms. Sherman will not return to Burr in the fall. Ms. Hutchinson and Ms. Carboneau will be working at the Franklin School. Ms. Hutchinson has elected to make this change for more opportunities within the district for professional advancement. Ms. Carboneau has decided to take a part-time childcare leave and will only be working at one school. Ms. Sherman, who came to us from the Perkins School, has decided to return there next year. She will also be pursuing an advanced degree as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired. Those of you who have had the benefit of having these ladies work with your children know that they are skilled and caring educators. I wish them luck and know the schools they are going to are lucky to have them.
I am happy to report that Emma Fogg will be the inclusion facilitator at Burr in September. Some of you probably know Emma from previous years when she worked as a behavior therapist at Burr. Last year Emma completed her teaching certification in Moderate Disabilities and secured a learning center position with the Newton Public Schools. She split her time between the Williams and Peirce Schools. She is excited about coming back to Burr. I will keep you all informed as we fill positions that have been vacated and two that have been added (a part-time ELL teacher and a part-time literacy specialist).
Be sure to check the Burr website and classroom newsletters for upcoming events and activities. Much will be going on during the next few weeks to celebrate the work the students have done all year. I look forward to seeing many of you in the coming weeks.
Report Card Access: Report Cards will be available to parents through the ParentCONNECT web-based portal on Monday, June 22.
Early Release Dates for Next Year: 10/8, 1l/5, 12/3, 2/3, 3/10, 5/5
Open House: 9/3/15
Curriculum Night: 10/1/15
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