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Weekly Update May 16

K-8 Families--  We are down to the last week of school for the 2020-21 year.  For some this might be the most exciting week of the year, for others they might be wishing for more.  Wherever you stand, know that your students have done a great job this year and we are proud of them!  Without a doubt, this year will go down in the history book and we can be proud of the effort that was collectively given by our students and staff!

This week we will do some celebrating with classroom parties and awards!  We started off the celebration this past week with me being turned into a "cake" as a reward for this winter's Penny War and Mr. Newberg got some silly string and whipped cream.  Anything to make the kids smile and have some fun I guess!

As we wrap up the year, please make sure to make plans on how you can help your student(s) continue to grow this summer.  Provide them with opportunities to read for 20-30 minutes a day, take a trip to a museum, visit the zoo, go on a scavenger hunt, play board games, or anything else you can think of that might keep their mind engaged.  But even more importantly, have some fun and enjoy your family time!

This week's schedule does include our normal 1:25 dismissal on Wednesday and on Friday, the last day of the school year, we will also have a 1:25 dismissal.

Our last big event will happen on Tuesday with our Middle School Showcase night.  The doors open at 5:00 and close at 7:00.  Artwork and projects from many of our 5th-8th graders will be displayed in the Middle School hallways.  The 6th-8th grade bands along with the 7th-8th grade choir will perform starting at 5:30.  Also, our very own student rock band "Gas and Grass" will be performing!  These concerts will be held outside, pending weather, so feel free to bring your lawn chair.

This past week, I sent out recordings of the 5th grade choir concert along with music concerts from our Kindergarten and 1st graders.  The 2nd grade music program will be released early this week.

As we start to think about transitions for next year, Friday our 4th graders got to go visit the 5th grade classrooms and this week we will be taking the 8th graders over to the HS to check out those hallways.  I also know our preschoolers will be making their way up to the "big school" this week to check out the kindergarten classrooms.  We will have an open house night again in August so everyone can come in and check out the buildings.

I hope you all have a safe and healthy summer!  

As always, don't forget to check out our school website (www.shencsd.com) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/shenpk8) to keep up with what we are doing here at school.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.  Thanks and have a great week!  --Mr. Burdorf #horsepower