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A Note from the Principal
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 1:00 PM

Dear Families,

As we approach mid-September, we are back in full swing. We concluded our second week of school by celebrating all of the hard work students and teachers have done to set a positive tone for learning and to learn important academic and social rituals and routines. I hope your children are coming home excited and eager to share some of what they are learning in their various subjects and specialist classes!

This week, our teachers will be hosting curriculum nights. This is a great opportunity for families to learn more about what your children are learning at each grade level. These nights are intended to give families the opportunity to inquire about curriculum and gain insight into your child's day. In addition to learning about curriculum, information will be available about some of the after-school opportunities that will soon be available to Burroughs students. Dates and times for curriculum nights are listed above in the Upcoming Events section of this communication. If you are unable to attend, please look for communication coming home from your child's teacher regarding curriculum, after-school programming, and other important grade-level announcements.


Please feel free to reach out by phone, email, or in person, with any questions that may arise. I look forward to seeing many of you over the next couple of weeks!




Instructional Insights
Social Emotional Learning: This year, Social Emotional Learning is one of our district's top priorities. Social and Emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. At Burroughs, SEL will be at the foundation of all we do. Students will be engaging in Second Step lessons and Morning Meetings to explicitly focus on SEL skills. Teachers will highlight the importance and usefulness of these skills throughout the day in both academic and social settings.
Differentiation: A commonly used term in education that 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.