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Note from the Principal
Tuesday, October 02, 2018 10:15 AM

Dear Families,
Welcome to October! Last week was busy with Site Council and PTA meetings, the third-grade Pedal, Paddle, Fish week, and a performance by the Washburn High School band members, who stopped by to play a couple of songs during recess as a part of their Homecoming festivities.
 
Last Monday, we evacuated Burroughs due to a gas smell. Our staff and students did a wonderful job of evacuating to the Mount Olivet Chapel in a safe and efficient manner. This week, on Wednesday, we will conduct our first of five required code red drills. A code red is called when there is a threat inside the building. The purpose of this drill is to ensure that staff and students know how to execute important safety procedures in the event that we would have a situation at school that would require us to secure the building in a lockdown. Staff members are aware of the drill and have been instructed to review the procedures of a code red with their students. Please read more here about Minneapolis Public Schools emergency procedures.You may also want to take a few minutes to discuss emergency procedures with your children.
 
It was great to see so many families and community members in the building this week helping in the lunchroom, volunteering at Pedal, Paddle, Fish week, and at the PTA meeting. Other events to look forward to this month include the Scholastic Book Fair and Flu Shot Clinic, parent/teacher conferences, and our annual fall campus clean-up day. We hope to see you there!
 
Family and community engagement are instrumental components of a successful school. At Burroughs, we are so appreciative of the support of our families. Burroughs is a community of true partnership, and there are many things that we would not be able to do without that support. Thank you!
 
Conferences are coming up very soon, and it is an important opportunity for families to learn about the progress of their child. Conference sign-ups are open now through October 14 online. If you have any trouble signing up, contact your child's teacher for assistance.
 
Please feel free to reach out by phone, email, or in person, with any questions that may arise.
Sincerely,
Principal

Instructional Insights
Differentiation: A commonly used term in education. This relates to what teachers do to meet the needs of the diverse learners in their classrooms. In a differentiated classroom, rather than relying on whole group instruction (which is often too low for some learners and too high for others), everyone in class has a chance to use learning strategies that are appropriate to their needs. Students work in flexible groups that keep them interested and challenged. This link, from the Winnetka School District in Illinois, is great for describing what differentiation looks like in classrooms.