April 29, 2016
Dear Burr Families,
In preparation for next year, we have completed most of our kindergarten screening and had transition meetings for our graduating fifth graders. Each year we welcome new families to our community and say goodbye to others. We try hard to ensure that the events and activities planned to facilitate these transitions are thoughtfully done. To help you with your planning, we will be posting the dates for end-of-year events on the PTO and Burr School Calendars as soon as they are determined. Please note that the last day of school for students will be Thursday, June 23, and dismissal will be at 12:00 PM. We traditionally ‘Clap Out’ out fifth graders at 11:50 AM to celebrate their move to middle school.
In May, we will begin working on class placement of our K-4 students. I would like to share with you the placement process that we will follow. Teachers at each grade level will meet together with specialists, support staff and me to make specific recommendations for each student’s placement. This team already has a wealth of information about each child’s learning style, interests and needs, yet we welcome any new information that you have regarding your child’s exceptional strengths or needs, peers with whom your child performs well or poorly, or family issues that impact learning.
If you have information you would like the team to consider, please write it on the “Optional Parent Information Sheet Regarding Placement” that was sent home in your child’s backpack before vacation. The form must be returned to the office by May 2. Even if you have already shared placement information with your child’s teacher, you will still need to include it on this form. Please note that if you return the form after May 2, it may be too late for us to include your information in our process. When we receive information after the process has begun, it is very disruptive, so please adhere to the deadline. Please do not feel that you need to fill out a sheet to insure that your child receives careful consideration.
Our goal throughout the placement process is to build balanced classes in which all children can succeed academically, emotionally, and socially. Requests for a specific teacher, whether named or described, will not be accommodated, as this would make it impossible to create balanced classes. Teachers will create balanced classes first and then teacher assignments to each class will be made.
The process of placing students is a long and complex one. The time and effort we spend weighing all of the factors reflect the importance we place on creating an optimal learning environment for each student. We ask that you respect the staff’s professional judgment about the best class for your child next year. We will let you know of your child’s placement in late August. The class lists will be emailed unless you request a paper copy be mailed to you. If your email address changes between now and August, please be sure to let us know.
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