Hero Headlines 9.14.18: Literacy, Respect, and Communcation

Good Afternoon, Meadow Brook Partners!

Thanks to all who were able to attend curriculum night last night!  On behalf of the Meadow Brook staff, we truly enjoyed the change to spend some time getting to you know a bit better and sharing our enthusiasm for another joyful school year!

Three Things: Literacy Learning, The MBE S.C.O.P.E of Vision, and Communication


I mentioned the book “Rufus Goes To Sea” in one of the whole-group sessions.

Kim Griswell and Valeri Gorbachev do an outstanding job of writing and drawing about this young pig’s love for reading, and how that love translates into a world of possibilities.

Rufus is a great example of what we hope and strive for with regard to a love for literature and a command of literacy for each of our students.  Rufus’ ability to fully transport himself through space and time by way of his favorite books is a wonderful example of the power of reading.

The author and illustrator demonstrate the power of creativity, imagination, and dedication to one’s craft.

The combination of access to literacy learning tools like books, journals, paper, pencils, and crayons, and the understanding that we are all readers, writers, and explorers is explosive, life changing, and magical!

Please continue to share joyful reading and writing experiences with your children at home.  It should always be joyful, pressure free, and guided by your children’s interests and excitement!

THE MBE S.C.O.P.E. of Vision:

As I mentioned last night, the graphic below represents our Meadow Brook S.C.O.P.E of Vision (Student-Centered, Optimistic, and Partnership-Enhanced).

We are committed to a core that puts students first, with our RCS Respect Code squarely at the foundation.  All stakeholders, starting with students must be Safe, Valued, and Respected at all times!

Through every challenge, we remain positive and optimistic, holding firm to the belief that each one is short-term, limited-in-scope, and solvable!

We believe that it’s ok to question one another’s judgement and that it’s healthy to question one another’s ideas, but that questioning one another’s motivation can deteriorate our the positive, productive nature of our partnerships.

Thought every challenge and every triumph, we trust that we are each only motivate to care for and serve our students well!


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Thank you for your partnership…in it together for the kids!

Wishing you a restful, peaceful, and joyful weekend!



Seth E. Berg


Meadow Brook Elementary

Rochester Community Schools

Call: (248) 726 – 4101

Click: sberg@rochester.k12.mi.us

My Reflective Journey: Berg’s Eye View




In It Together For The Kids!

At Meadow Brook we function on the foundation of our SCOPE of vision.  

SCOPE stands for Student-Centered, Optimistic, and Partnership-enhanced.

Student-Centered. Everything we do is for the kids we serve.  The core of every challenge we face rests on our students’ safety, well-being, learning and growth.  We look to our respect code to stay present in, and intentional about this core value.

The RCS respect code states that every stakeholder has the right to be safe, valued, and respected. This begins with the kids and extends through every adult working to ensure the joyful, world-class education we pride ourselves on providing. 

Optimistic. We frame our optimism around challenges.  Through an optimistic lens we view all challenges as short-term, limited in scope, and solvable.  We believe that we must say positive for the sake the kids we serve.  We are committed to exhausting every dialogue and considering every possibility on their behalf.

Partnership-Enhanced. When we use the phrase “in it together for the kids,” we do so with the expectation that every stakeholder takes them to heart.  Sometimes we will agree with one another and sometimes we will question one another’s judgement. Diversity of thought is a natural and healthy aspect of positive partnerships. Let’s never question one another’s motives along the way.  Let’s always remember that at Meadow Brook we are all, with every interaction, in it together for the kids!

Thank you for you partnership…in it together for the kids!

Wishing you another joyful Meadow Brook week!

Teacher Assignment

Happy Friday, Meadow Brook Partners!

Teacher Assignment:  

Today is the day that you and your kids will learn who your teacher-partners are for the 2018 – 2019 school year; a super exciting day!

Please know that the Meadow Brook staff has worked tirelessly to make sure that each student is placed in the classroom we genuinely feel is ideal for his or her unique social, emotional, and academic needs.  We are confident that with strong parent, teacher, student, support staff, and administrative partnerships, all Meadow Brook students are set to learn, grow, and achieve at high levels.  

Furthermore, we are confident that on the foundation of these placements and partnerships, our ongoing training and preparation, and our collective passion for educating children, all Meadow Brook students will experience a safe and joyful school year!

The placements you will receive today began with a series of meetings during which each grade level team of teachers thought through their ideas about individual student needs and combinations for balanced, productive classrooms. Parent input was incorporated during that process to refine potential class lists.  

Next, I reviewed class lists multiple times over the summer, matching them up to the input I received from staff and parents by way of the many forms that were submitted and the many conversations that occurred around students’ unique learning needs and parents thoughts, ideas, and concerns.

Finally, over the past few weeks I cross referenced all input I have on file and reopened dialogues by engaging in multiple conversations with staff and parents as needed. 

As you know, there are a finite amount of possible combinations.  All input has been thoughtfully processed though open-minded reflection and multiple lines of feedback.

Please know that I take this process extremely seriously and that I am thrilled about the results.  Having submitted my final class lists for distribution, I am profoundly excited about the journey that each or your kids is about to embark on!  Together, we’ve created a foundation for success in the upcoming school year!

Please contact me directly at sberg@rochester.k12.mi.us with any questions.

Next Week:

  • Monday 8/27: 
    • RCS Staff PD AM & PM – Readers Workshop (TCRWP from Columbia University)
    • RCS Parent Diversity & Inclusion Meeting (Admin/Harrison Room 6:00 – 8:00 PM)
  • Tuesday 8/28: 
    • MBE Staff – PD AM (MBE 8:00 – 11:00 AM) Thank You for Breakfast PTA!
    • MBE Staff – Room Prep PM
  • Wednesday 8/29:
    • RCS Staff Opening Day Collaboration ( RHS 8 – 11:15 AM)
    • MBE Staff Meeting (MBE 1 – 1:30 PM)
    • MBE World of Welcome (WOW! at MBE – students and families invited to school 1:30 – 2:30 PM)
    • MBE Staff Meeting Wrap Up (MBE 2:30 – 3:00 PM)
  • Thursday 8/30: No Special Events
  • Friday 8/31: No Special Events


Join our Meadow Brook Mentorship program…new families and mentor families needed!

Meadow Brook Mentor Program – New Family Form

Meadow Brook Mentor Program – Mentor Family Form

Here’s to another great Meadow Brook start!

Wishing you a joyful weekend,




Seth E. Berg


Meadow Brook Elementary

Rochester Community Schools

Call: (248) 726 – 4101

Click: sberg@rochester.k12.mi.us

My Reflective Journey: Berg’s Eye View