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The Newton Kitchen Tour: Get Your Tickets Now – and Spread the Word!

KitchenTour_ButtonAre you planning a kitchen remodel? Or thinking about one, but don’t know where to start? Or do you just like dreaming about kitchens yet to be? Then you’ll want to hop on the Newton Kitchen Tour, a self guided tour of 10 fabulous kitchens in Newton. The tour offers a chance to walk through and see up close and personal the kitchens you see in magazines. Modern kitchens. Traditional kitchens. Big kitchens, small kitchens. We have something for everyone! We’ll also offer food and treats from local restaurants and eateries.  Architectsdesigners, contractors, and home owners will be on hand to answer your questions!

And the best part - all proceeds from this amazing, city-wide event go to the Burr Playground Fund!  So spread the word to neighbors, friends, and family – and get your tickets today!  Click the link below to buy online:



Or buy locally at:

Newton and Newtonville

It’s On! Burr vs. Franklin Trivia Night Friday, February 28 from 7:00 – 10pm

BurrvsFranklinPlease join us for the first Burr vs. Franklin Trivia Night – a community building event and “friendly” competition with our neighbors at Franklin School. Come meet friends, test your trivia knowledge, and earn bragging rights while getting to know the Franklin and Burr School communities. Any proceeds above cost will be donated to our New Playground Fund. The event will be held Friday, February 28th at the American Legion Post 440 (295 California Street, Newton, MA) from 7 to 10pm. Tickets are $10 per person. A cash bar will be available and light snacks will be provided. Please Note – this is an adults only event. Look for a flyer in your child’s folder (or download the flyer here) for additional details and to complete the RSVP form at the bottom.  Space is limited so don’t delay – RSVP accepted on a first come, first served basis. Questions or need additional information? Contact Jason Wong (

Please join Us for a Writing Open House!

Tuesday, February 11 for Grades 3-5
Tuesday, March 4 for Grades K-2
Time: 8:15 to 9:30 AM

Writing Open House

8:15-8:45 AM in the Classroom
8:45 – 9:30 AM in the Cafetorium

Dear Parents,

As you know the Newton Public Schools have adopted a new K-5 writing curriculum from Teacher College, Columbia University.  This change aligns our curriculum to the new Common Core State Standards which require students to write in three genres: narrative, opinion, and informational.  This year, teachers are teaching two new units; narrative and opinion writing.  We would love to share the work that is being done by students and teachers at Burr.

You will join your child in his/her classroom from 8:15-8:45 AM where you will see examples of work that he/she has been working on in class. At 8:45 AM, you will meet with our Literacy Specialist, Kalpana Guttman, and with me, in the Cafetorium. Ms. Guttman will share a slideshow showing the trajectory of Opinion Writing K-5 and we will help you understand the changes and what they mean for your child’s learning.  We plan to end by 9:30 AM.


Mindy Johal

Last Chance to RSVP for Burr Movie Night

Movie Night

Come watch The Muppet Movie with friends while supporting a great cause -
Return your RSVP form by Wednesday, January 22!

 Due to the impending snow storm, you may RSVP electronically! 

  Please email Sloane Goldhagen at with your order.  Pre-order your Pappa Gino’s Pizza… by the slice or the whole pie!  Mats will be provided for the kids.  Metal folding chairs for the adults. Feel free to bring pillows, blankets, etc.

This Friday, January 24 in the Cafetorium
Doors open at 6:15 PM.
Movie will start at 7:00 PM sharp!

Candy, Glow Sticks and other surprises will be sold.

Questions?  Please contact Lisa Holahan at or Sloane Goldhagen at

A Concert to Benefit the Burr Playground Fund! This Wednesday, January 15 from 7-9pm at the Luck Art Gallery in Auburndale


Doug Kwartler, Scott Marucci, and Jack Morefield – all Burr parents and Auburndale residents – are holding an original acoustic folk & rock concert in conjunction with the Bocca Bella Café and Bistro and the Luck Art Gallery as part of their “Jazz In Dale” concert series.  The concert will take place on Wednesday, January 15 from 7-9pm at the Luck Art Gallery (right next to Bocca Bella) at 438 Lexington Street, Auburndale.  Call Anthony at Bocca Bella for reservations at: 617 928-1200.  There is a $15.00 entry charge. Concert goers get a 10% discount on their food bill as well.  For more information other than reservations, contact Doug Kwartler at

Special Parent-Principal Coffee with Dr. David Fleishman and Members of the School Committee this Friday, January 10 at 8:45am

coffee2Please join Ms. Johal and other parents and staff for a special Parent-Principal Coffee with Dr. David Fleishman, Superintendent of the Newton Public Schools, as well as Newton School Committee members Diana Fisher Gomberg (Ward 4), Ruth Goldman (Ward 6) and Margie Ross Decter (Ward 8).  This will be an open discussion with Dr. Fleishman and the School Committee members, so bring your questions and comments about Burr and the Newton Public Schools.

The PTO sponsors several Parent-Principal Coffees each year to provide an opportunity for parents and staff to share information, ask questions, and interact in a friendly, informal setting. Coffee and other refreshments provided – remember to be GREEN and BYOC (bring your own cup!)

Update from the Co-Presidents on the Burr School Community Playground Campaign

Happy Holidays! Thanks to all of you who attended the December PTO Meeting, Parent-Principal Coffee, and purchased pie from Mike’s Pastry. A big thanks to Justine Fialkosky who planned and executed our first playground fundraiser – the pie program raised over $1,200 for the Playground Project.

Playground Campaign PicAs you may know, this year our PTO is focused on replacing our aging playground. The Burr School playground is over 20 years old and reaching the end of its useful life. We hope to replace it with a structure that is modern, before the current playground requires any more repairs. At the December PTO meeting, our Playground Design Team presented their findings from meetings with vendors and community members, as well as the timeline for the playground project. With the design and project plan process well underway, the next part of the playground project will be to raise money to purchase it.

The City of Newton does not provide funding for playgrounds; they leave that process to each school’s PTO, and it is a large expense. While our PTO has been saving for a few years, we still need a sizable amount to replace our playground – much more than we can fund through our regular operating budget. The new playground will cost between $100,000 and $200,000 – the more money we raise, the better our playground will be. This is a lofty goal for our PTO, but through our new Burr School Community Playground Campaign, we can do it with your help!

Our Fundraising Chair, Greg Thompson, along with many other parents, has come up with two new playground fundraisers. The first is an online auction where Burr School families and friends bid online for various items. The second fundraiser is a “Newton Kitchen Tour” – an afternoon where homeowners and their contractors display their remodeled kitchens for community members who have purchased tickets. These fundraisers require lots of parent volunteers to successfully execute them, and we encourage all parents to sign-up to help. There are positions for everyone; if you don’t see something that works for you, please contact us. The sooner we get the fund-raising started, the earlier our project can be completed.

To assist in our sign-up process, we have a created an online sign-up. Each position is described on the sign-up page, but please feel free to contact the PTO Board if you have any questions about duties, time commitment, or the fund-raising process in general. Here is the link to sign up: Burr Playground Fundraising – Auction and Kitchen Tour.  Thank you in advance for your interest and participation in our amazing Burr School community!

Jaye Schneider and Jason Wong
PTO Co-Presidents

Mike’s Pastry Pies for Thanksgiving – A Playground Fundraiser

MikesPastryYou can support the Burr Playground Committee’s efforts to replace our aging playground while saving time this Thanksgiving season by purchasing 7″ pies from Mike’s Pastry of Boston – Ricotta ($13), Cherry ($10), Apple ($10), Custard ($10), Lemon ($10) or Blueberry ($10)!

Print this Order Form and return in your child’s folder by Tuesday, November 12, 2013 with payment (check payable to Burr PTO. ) If you do not receive an email confirmation for your pie order by November 13, 2013 please contact  Pies will be distributed at Burr on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 from 12:15pm-1:15pm.  Contact Justine Fialkosky at with any questions.

CAN YOU HELP ON THE 27th?  Please click here to volunteer for this event.

Please Note: Pies are manufactured/processed in same facility that produces nut products.

12:30 Early Release This Thursday, November 7th

Early Release DayThursday, November 7 is an Early Release Day. School will be dismissed at 12:30pm.

Please Note: All schools will be closed on Monday, November 11 in observance of Veteran’s Day.

It’s Traffic Safety Week!

Lady in orange vestParent volunteers (in orange and yellow safety vests) will be in the Blue Zones and No Parking areas at drop-off and pick-up to help keep the Blue Zone moving and the “No Parking” areas clear. Please remember that these volunteers are parents like you who are giving up their time to help keep all of our children safe! Newton Police and other city officials may be dropping in as part of a joint effort between the Newton Safe Routes Task Force and the Newton Police Traffic Division to reduce unsafe and illegal driver and pedestrian behavior in the school zones.

Visit the Safe Routes section of the PTO website for complete information on using the Blue Zone and about traffic safety around Burr, including a color-coded map of the area that you can view and print – please give a copy to anyone who picks up or drops off your child. If you have any questions, please email: