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A Note from the Principal
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 12:30 PM

Dear Families,
Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year. We are off to a great start! It was wonderful to welcome students and families back last week and meet our new students and families.
The transition into a new school year is both exciting and challenging as we all are getting back into the routine of school. Our goal these first few weeks of school is to build relationships, learn important rituals and routines that will support social and academic learning, and, of course, have fun! We hope that your children are coming home smiling and wanting to share about their days at school.
With this goal in mind, which is in alignment with our district's priorities of equity and social-emotional learning, our staff is committed to fostering a sense of joy and confidence in our students. Providing our students with explicit opportunities to experience joy throughout their day will result in increased student engagement and an increased sense of competence and confidence, as well as improved academic and social outcomes for our students.
We are excited about the school year ahead and look forward to getting to know all of our students and families as we continue to build a community of learning.



Instructional Insights
Benchmark Advance: This summer, our teachers participated in training for our new literacy curriculum. You should receive a letter from your classroom teacher this week describing the components of the curriculum.
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 these instructional strategies:
  • Modeled reading and writing ("to" students)
  • Shared reading and writing ("with" students)
  • Guided reading and writing