From Your Principal,
Dear Burns Park Families,
Stopping by Kid’s Club this past week I overheard a conversation among several students that was a playful banter.
One student said, “maximum”.
Another responded, “minimum”.
I chimed in, “median, mode, and mean”….
Several students looked my way and smiled, not sure of the next response.
Molly Hamalainen replied in a sing-song and drawn out voice…… “range”,…. and we all laughed.
This exchange represents the kind of intellectual and social environment that we are continually striving for. It also shows me, again, that learning is fun for our students and it affirms our focus this year for our School Improvement Plan’s math initiative.
I’m thankful for the many families who participated in our Khan Academy workshops this past week and for Rekha Desai’s leadership and work with other parent volunteers in providing this opportunity for our students and parents.
The math portion of our SIP has, as a goal, increased achievement and enjoyment in mathematics for all Burns Park students.
The important strategies for attaining this goal are as follows:
- The identification of focus outcomes at each grade level that are essential knowledge.
- Development of shared, formative, assessments to identify what students know, and what they need to know next.
- Support for students, for success with these key outcomes, that involves additional learning opportunity beyond our core curriculum.
Burns Park teachers have been working since last spring to identify these outcomes and accompanying assessments and we are gradually enrolling students in Khan Academy in order to provide these additional learning opportunities.
You can download the document that Rekha and Carrie Chester have written which outlines core outcomes at each grade level and also provides Khan Academy lessons which align with them. There are two downloadable versions on the Burns Park Elementary School website. Please look on the left side of the web page under the heading, Math Support.
As I think about our math initiative, and our Burns Park World Language Initiative, I’m reminded of the work of Carol Dweck, a Stanford psychologist who writes about growth mindsets and human motivation.
You can watch a video of her conversation with Sal Khan at the following link. The growth mindset that she and Sal talk about is an important understanding for every teacher, parent, and student.
In the coming days you will be hearing about after school activities and connections to classroom instruction that utilize Khan Academy and other learning tools. We will be offering additional sessions for parents to learn about Khan Academy and our math initiative. Stay tuned!
We’ve frequently talked about Burns Park about our vision for an educational experience that integrates instruction and experience to nurture body, mind, and spirit. We know that all three aspects of the human personality are interactive with each other. Their growth and development is essential for a complete and well-rounded educational experience, a healthy school climate, and a happy childhood.
Please consider the following announcements from members of our learning community and the opportunities they present for participation and care of our students and community.
The Burns Park C3 (Culture, Curriculum, Community) committee is looking for YOUR input!
Do you have any knowledge of games, music, art (including handicrafts/textiles and other artifacts you could be willing to lend for short periods of time), stories, etc. to support the Humanities multicultural curriculum?
The current focus for Grades 1-3 is AFRICA. The Humanities teachers have some fantastic things planned, and welcome your knowledge and experiences, which can enrich the learning environment and education for our children. Please let us know by the end of this week if you could help in any way with AFRICA.
In January, the focus will be ASIA. The earlier we plan the better so please let us know ASAP if you could kindly help.
If you have ideas and resources you would be willing to share for AFRICA, ASIA, and any other region, please connect with Anu Palapattu (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Anuja Rajendra (email@example.com). We will do our best to work with you and our school's amazing staff to incorporate as much as possible. Thank you for understanding that as this is the first year of this exciting initiative we will do the best we can to incorporate what is possible, and thank you so much for your help and understanding!
We look forward to hearing from you soon!
The Burns Park C3 committee (BP parents, Humanities teachers, and Mr. Hatt)
Burns Park Players members and potential members:
The sign up deadline for children, families and crews is November 24, which is just around the corner!
If you have not done so already, please go online and sign up on the online information form. This is our way of knowing that you (and your children, if applicable) are officially participating in the production. Please also pay your dues (it's easy if you use the online form). And you can pay your child care costs at the same time you pay your dues (all in the same form).
The links to all the forms can be found at: http://www.burnsparkplayers.org/news/singin-rain/officially-sign-and-pay-dues-and-childcare
Girls on the Run
Calling All 3rd-5th grade Girls:
Girls on the Run (GOTR) is coming in Spring 2015! Registration will open in January. Once GOTR starts, meetings will be twice a week for 90 minutes right after school. More details will follow as we get closer.
I will be the Burns Park liaison for GOTR but they are looking for 2 coaches! If you are interested or know someone who might be interested in coaching please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope that all of you will have a restful break and that you are able to celebrate in the spirit of the season by giving thanks for all that we have and all that we are for each other. We are most fortunate to be part of a caring community with the will and resources to offer our children an exceptional school experience. I offer my heartfelt thanks to each and everyone one of you and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.