February 2016

Principal's Video Message

Dear Bulldog Community,

Did you learn to love reading as a child? If so, what did the adults in your life do to encourage your passion for reading to grow? Instilling a love of reading in your child is one of the best gifts you can give them in their life. Reading helps us in every area of our lives. It helps us become successful in school and later in our careers and it helps us grow as individuals by either teaching us new information or by allowing us to step into someone else’s shoes. Reading can also help us become more compassionate and empathetic, as well as give us pure enjoyment and relaxation. Here are some ways to do just that:

1. Read to them regularly, with expression and in different voices.
2. Model reading. Let your child see you read often. It can be cookbooks, magazines, the newspaper, novels or non-fiction.
3. Talk about the books or articles you have been reading. This is a great thing to do at dinner time. Share the excitement or intrigue you have experienced.
4. Schedule 30 minutes after dinner or every Thursday evening as “Family Reading Time”.
5. Start your own “Family Book Club” if your children are between 10-18 years old. If your child is studying a novel in school, why not make that the book for the month?
6. Find books that come with a CD either in bookstores or the library so your child can listen and follow along. This is also a fantastic way to encourage reluctant readers or to keep the motivation high for those children who are struggling with learning how to read.
7. Take your child to the Sterling Heights Public library regularly. It could be to participate in a library program or just to hang out and read.
8. Read aloud books that have been made into movies and then watch the movie and do a comparison about which was better – the book or the movie. “Lifestyle” by Erin Kurt

Black history and culture is such a part of the American fabric that it's difficult to imagine a time when that wasn't so. Established as Negro History Week in the 1920s by Carter G. Woodson, February was chosen for the celebration because Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln were born in this month. Extended to a month-long celebration in 1976, Black History Month is an opportunity to emphasize the history and achievements of African Americans. - Click here to see more.

One of my favorite Folk Singers is Matt Watroba and he has a great YouTube that celebrates Black History Month.

Mid-year parent/STUDENT/teacher evening conferences meet Wednesday, February 3rd from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Some teachers have made special arrangements to better the needs of the classroom families. I am also happy to report that our November conferences are now at 100%. This is the fourth year in a row and I am so proud of our Burr community. Our Bulldogs are successful because of the strong partnership between the home and school.

Thank you Burr PTO for all that you do for our Bulldogs. This month, we have Bingo Night on Friday, February 5th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. These events continue to be well attended and give us a sense of family. I wonder what staff member(s) will be duct taped to the wall at this PTO event.

This month’s Diet Coke with the Principal meeting will be with fourth grade parents/guardians to discuss a variety of topics, listen to suggestions, comments, concerns, and classroom visits on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. Please RSVP to michael.hardy@uticak12.org if you plan to attend the Diet Coke with the Principal meeting. Remember, you are partners in the learning process. I look forward to sharing time with our fourth parents and guardians.

There has been an important change to the 2015-2016 school district calendar. As a result of a special presidential primary being scheduled by the State of Michigan, there will be no school for K-12 students on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. It is anticipated that the primary will have a higher than normal expected voter turnout, and 28 of the district’s 36 schools serve as voting precincts.

Thinking ahead… Registration for the 2015-2016 Kindergarten students will be held for Wednesday, March 16th at 7:00 pm. If you know of a neighbor who has a child starting kindergarten in the fall, please have them call the school at (586) 797-4100.

As members of our outstanding elementary school, we understand the very powerful nature of the education we provide at Burr Elementary. Preparing our students for success is an expectation held collectively by our entire community. We believe that education can make a difference in the lives of our students that we are fortunate to work with every day! In closing, the staff appreciates your involvement in your child’s education!

Take Care,

Michael P. Hardy
Principal and Lead Learner