The latest announcements from the Principal, PTO, and NPS...

Creative Arts and Sciences Welcomes the Wingmasters: North American Birds of Prey (1st Grade)

North American birds of prey are also known as raptors, and their unique characteristics help them to hunt prey. Raptors also have the best eyesight and the sharpest hearing in the animal kingdom. Raptors include eagles, hawks, falcons and owls, and this presentation will incorporate five live birds and give an overview of these different birds of prey. Students will learn about predation, the raptors’ place at the top of the food web, their different hunting adaptations, and their often endangered status in a rapidly changing world.


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

10:30am – 11:30am in the Cafetorium: All Classes (Ms. Espinal, Ms. Fitch, and Ms. Golden)

Creative Arts and Sciences programs are fully funded by the Burr School PTO. Parents are welcome to attend, but no younger siblings please.

Wolf Fund at 65% of Goal!

Thank you for the 97 families who have donated $14,215 to the Wolf Fund so far! That is 65% of the way to this year’s financial goal of raising $22,000. The generosity of our community and support for our school is incredible!



There is still time to make your contribution. You can contribute by sending a check into school in your child’s folder or donate online using this link:

Thank you to everyone who has contributed and who will contribute. Every contribution matters!

Parent Principal Coffee December 6

All Burr families are invited to attend the Parent Principal Coffee to discuss school start times on December 6 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am

At the meeting, Ellen Gibson, a school committee member, will make a presentation about the working group’s findings on school start times and possible new scenarios for school times in Newton and she will answer questions. Many of the possible scenarios will affect elementary school start (and dismissal) time. Please consider attending the Parent Principal Coffee to learn more about this important topic.

If you are unable to attend the meeting at Burr, please consider attending one of the other presentations on school start times. Burr families are welcome to attend any of these upcoming presentations.
Cabot Elementary (229 Cabot St.)
Wednesday, November 30th
7:00 p.m.
Angier Elementary (1697 Beacon St.)
Wednesday, December 7th
7:00 p.m.
Countryside Elementary (191 Dedham St.)
Thursday, December 8th
7:00 p.m.
If you would like to learn about the topic on your own, here are links to  an overview of the school start time working group’s findings and the potential scenarios.
You can also share your thoughts on the scenarios by using this email address:

Join the Burr Teachers for a Sleep Under Party! RSVP by Monday 12/5

No Parents Allowed!!

     Image result for secret life of pets image         Join the Burr Teachers for a Sleep Under Party!

LAST CHANCE! RSVP by tomorrow, Monday, December 5th

What? Students can put on their pajamas, bring a blanket or sleeping bag and join the Burr Teachers for a Sleep Under Party featuring The Secret Life of Pets. When? Friday, December 9th 6:00-8:00pm Who? Burr students only. No younger siblings and NO Parents!!! RSVP: Monday, December 5th  [Download RSVP Form]

You Must RSVP for this event. Tickets will not be available at the door.

$20 for first child
$10 for each additional child
$5 optional dinner (includes cheese pizza, side item, and water)

Questions? Contact Melissa Chatfield

Just Next Door Shopping Day (Dec 7)

Burr School Shopping Day- Wednesday, December 7

at Just Next Store in Auburndale (327 Auburn St, Auburndale, MA 02466)

  • 20% of your purchase will be donated to Burr;  this is a great way to do your holiday shopping and support Burr.  
  • Offer is good all day 9AM-7PM; just tell the cashier, “I’m shopping for Burr School”.
  • Spread the word to  family and friends!  Every purchase, whether a card or two or wrapping paper, will help.
  • Just Next Door is located at 327 Auburn Street has a great selection of cards, jewelry, home and children’s gifts and incredibly helpful service.   Please contact Krista Busnach ( with any questions.

Thank you and hope to see you there.


Whole Foods Sales to Benefit Newton Food Pantry Dec. 8

On Thursday, December 8, the Newton Food Pantry will receive 5% of total store sales at Whole Foods in Newtonville and also at Four Corners.

Spread the word! Ask your friends, family, and neighbors to shop at Whole Foods on that date.foodpantry

Thank you patronizing our generous partner Whole Foods in its commitment to help put food on our hungry neighbors’ tables this holiday season.


Save the Date for the Burr STEM Fair!

Hey kids!!! Want to be a scientist and do a fun experiment, or be an engineer and build something cool? Want to tinker with building a machine or create an idea to help our world?


If you do, then Save the Date for the

Burr STEM Fair!!


Friday, January 27th, 6-8pm

Burr School Cafetorium


What is STEM? Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math!


REGISTRATION forms and all the details will be sent out before the winter holiday break. Maybe something fun to think about during that week off!

EXCITING FOR KIDS: The fun is in the tinkering! Perform an experiment or construct a gadget. Kids can work with their friends, siblings, or on their own.

EASY ON PARENTS: Kids can design their own project or choose from a science fair project website or book. Each project should fit on a 2’ x 3’ table space and should have a kid-quality poster to explain it. The main thing here: kid-quality!

FUN FOR EVERYONE: Any student can display a project (grades K-5). Participation is optional. There is no fee to participate. Everyone is welcome to come see the projects at the Science Fair.

KID QUALITY PROJECTS ONLY! Parent support is great (and probably necessary for younger students), but let the kids take the lead. Projects do not have to work perfectly. The idea is more important than the final product.

IT’S ABOUT LEARNING: The science fair is an exhibition and a chance for kids to learn, not a competition. Science fair projects should be simple and easy for kids to explain.

PARENT DEMONSTRATIONS: Parents, are you in a STEM career field or do you have a fun demonstration you would like to do during the science fair? We will have up to five parent-led demonstration areas during the science fair!! Registration for these will be included in the full registration form.

NEED IDEAS? Check out these websites:;;

QUESTIONS? E-mail Laura Sexton at 

Thank You from the Burr PTO!

Cardio High Challenge Raises $250

Local gym, Cardio High sponsored a School vs School Team Challenge. It came down to the wire—Team Burr trailed Team Williams by 220 points in the morning on the final day.

Thanks to a few members who attended both a morning and afternoon session, Team Burr won! 

Owner Mark Goodman made a generous $250 donation to the Burr Wolf Fund.

Please consider checking out this fabulous, locally-owned small business!

Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. This November 29th, join the movement and give – whether it’s some of your time, a donation, gift or the power of your voice in your local community.

Consider being a part of #GivingTuesday this year by contributing to the Burr community. It is so easy and everything you do will benefit your child and the entire Burr community.

Donate to the Wolf Fund

  • Send a check made payable to the Burr PTO into school in your child’s folder
  • Give online at

Volunteer at Burr

  • Help with the Book Fair. Sign up here:
  • Get involved with online auction. Email Justine Fialkowsky at
    Be a presenter for Understanding Our Differences on November 30 Physical Disabilities presentation for Grade 3) or January 12 (Autism presentation for 5th grade). Email Deanna Salemme
  • Be a part of Burr’s inaugural Science Fair on January 24. Email Laura Sexton at
  • Be a host for a Creative Arts & Sciences presenter. Email Laura Towvim at lgtowvim@gmail.comHaven’t heard of #GivingTuesday before now? Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources. Check out for more information.

Lighting celebration at City Hall December 1st

Start the Holiday Season off with a cheerful evening of song, hot chocolate and fun! Sing-along with the Stacey Peasley Band – an award-winning band whose music is joyful and playful – as they play your favorite holiday songs. Then, enjoy some hot chocolate courtesy of PhysicianOne Urgent Care, or tea from David’s Tea, and delicious snack bars donated by KIND, as you watch a “Rockettes” performance by Creative Dance Steps Studio.

All of this excitement builds up to the Grande Finale of Mayor Setti Warren flipping the switch that turns the grounds into a twinkling winterland! Please bring a donation for Newton’s Food Pantries. For more information, visit or call 617-796-1540.

December 1st, 6:00 pm
Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue