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Note from the Principal
Tuesday, June 06, 2017 8:50 AM

Dear Families,

I can hardly believe this is my final note of this school year. What a year it has been! I thank you all for your support and encouragement throughout this year. I have learned so much, enjoyed getting to know you and your children better, and am so grateful for how you have welcomed me and Ms. Woods into the Burroughs community. We feel so lucky that you share your beautiful children with us every day!

In the 'Instructional Insights' section this week, I am highlighting our district's literacy framework. Minneapolis Public Schools has spent this year researching, piloting, and vetting literacy curricula. On June 13, the school board will vote to approve the adoption of our new pre-K-5 literacy curriculum. This summer, our teachers, along with myself and Ms. Woods, will have the opportunity to learn about this curriculum and how to implement it with our students. I am proud to say that Ms. Woods and Mrs. Manes participated on the district's steering committee as related to this adoption. Their participation is an asset to our community, and their expertise will be crucial in helping to lead this new learning and implementation at our school.

I look forward to our continued work together next year and wish you all an amazing summer!

Sincerely,
Principal

Instructional Insights
Balanced Literacy Approach: The MPS K-5 Literacy Framework is a balanced literacy approach using Reader's and Writer's Workshop. This approach is an integrated and comprehensive standards-based literacy program for all elementary students. A Language Skills Block allows a teacher the opportunity to target specific language skills. This approach seeks to find an appropriate balance of all components and elements of literacy instruction. For the purposes of the MPS Literacy Framework, balanced literacy includes an articulation of grade-level standards for reading, writing, speaking, and listening that utilizes the instructional strategies below:
  • Modeled reading and writing ("to" students) 
  • Shared reading and writing ("with" students)
  • Guided reading and writing
Regardless of the literacy curriculum that is adopted by Minneapolis Public Schools, it is through a balanced literacy approach that the instruction will be delivered to students.