October 1

Parents Needed…

By request of Mr. Higgins in an effort to enhance parent involvement:

I’m on the hunt for 1-2 parents who are willing to be my classroom “Homeroom Parents”.  These parents would be my “go-to” people in terms of school, grade level, and classroom holiday parties/functions as well as my PTA link for announcements and communication.  As a matter of fact…the first task for this year is collaboration with PTA to organize this year’s Halloween Parade!

If you are interested in helping out this year, please email me at burkhos@dearbornschools.org with your name, phone number, and email address.

Thank you for your consideration!

September 30

Study Island is Active!!!

www.studyisland.com is up and running!!!  I set up a couple of assignments for students in both reading and math.  Students should have completed their diagnostic tests today.  As students achieve 80% on their assignments, they open up games for them to play that will also help them learn specific tasks.  This website is accessible from home (please see “websites” in the yellow menu on the right side of the screen).  If you sit by your child as they log in, there is a spot for parents to register and be informed as to how your child is doing on the program.

September 21

Field Trip

Permission slips for our first field trip of the year are coming home today.  We will be going to Erwin’s Apple Orchard on Monday, October 5, 2015.  The cost is $12 per person, including chaperones.  Because of the limited space on the busses, we are limiting each class to 4 chaperones who can ride on the bus.  However, if you would like to attend and are willing to drive yourself, we can take everyone who would like to go!

Here are extra copies of the permission slips, in case you have misplaced yours.  Erwins (Arabic)     Erwins (English)

Permission slips and money are due no later than Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

September 7

Welcome to Mrs. Burkholder’s Class!!!!

Welcome to Second Grade at William Ford Elementary School, room 206. My name is Mrs. Burkholder and I will be your child’s teacher this year. Second grade is an incredible adventure, filled with wonderful activities and experiences. We will have fun with science experiments and math investigations, we’ll make new friends, write stories, read fantastic books, and learn how to be a much more independent learner!

In our school, learning is a team effort, and you and I have a common goal…to help your child become an independent, joyful learner. To do this, I will utilize every available minute of our day to enrich your child’s learning. I will also send homework which supports classroom instruction, keep you informed of classroom and school events, and offer a web page with classroom, building, and district information, news, and links. If you do not have internet access, please notify me ASAP so other arrangement can be made for you to receive the information.

As for your support, I would suggest helping your child complete their daily homework, find ways to read to them as often as possible, accompany them to our school activities, call, email, or stop by when you have questions, concerns, or just want to visit, and finally, support them during the various challenges of becoming an independent eight-year old.

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