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2017 Spring Burr Basketball Clinics (8 Tuesday Evenings)

2017 Spring Burr Basketball Clinics (8 Tuesday Evenings)

Burr K-5 Youth Basketball Academy by Professional Coach is having a
Spring session open to Burr School

Spaces are limited! Sign up at for 8 professional
one-hour training sessions on Tuesday evenings @ Burr Outdoor Court!

Beaheadofthegame coaches run this basketball academy.  Pay $150/each player for

April 25th; May 2nd, May 9th, May 16th, May
23rd, May 30th; June 6th, June 13th (2017)
Group 1: Tuesday Evening for K, 1 and 2 boys and girls
Group 2: Tuesday Evening for 2, 3 & above boys and girls

Newton Serves Day @ Burr School: April 30th

Newton Serves Day @ Burr School : April 30th
This spring come spend a morning at Burr, helping clean up the garden and prep for planting. We will also weed, mulch and spruce up the playground. Kids are welcome!  
It’s a lot of fun to come together and do this.… you’ll be glad you did!

Creative Arts and Sciences Welcomes the Caterpillar Lab to Grade 2

Creative Arts and Sciences Welcomes the Caterpillar Lab to Grade 2

Metamorphose from an egg to a moth or a butterfly with the Caterpillar Lab! Working in groups we will act out the steps of metamorphosis and learn about the survival and adaptation methods used by caterpillars. Then the Caterpillar Labs presenters will help us see and hold the caterpillars, moths and butterflies they have brought with them.

The Caterpillar Lab is a New England-based nonprofit organization that is passionate about showcasing the amazing diversity of Northeastern caterpillars through educational programs, art, and science. Their work fosters greater appreciation and care for the complexity and beauty of our local natural history through live caterpillar educational programs, research initiatives, and photography and film projects.

Roberts:          9:15-10:15
Field:              10:20-11:20
Gaita:             11:25-12:25

Join us! Parents are encouraged to attend, but no younger siblings, please. Thank you for your cooperation.

This program was fully funded by your generous donations to the Burr PTO and the Burr Wolf Fund. To donate, go to and click on “Donate.”

Thank you!

Letter from Superintendent Fleishman to the Newton Community

Dear Newton Community,

Last week, the School Committee approved the budget for the 2017-18 school year. The final approved budget allows us to preserve so many of the programs and supports we have worked hard to implement over the past several years. With additional savings realized late in the process, we have been able to partially restore program areas we thought we would need to reduce more significantly.

Throughout the budget process, the district received many questions from the community. Attached you will find a document developed to answer the most common questions we received. Please select the following link: FAQ – 2017-18 Budget-FINAL.pdf. For more specific information on the budget, please visit the district website:

I hope you have an enjoyable April vacation.

David Fleishman

Parent Principal Coffee on April 25

Ms Johal will host a Parent Principal Coffee on Tuesday, April 25 at 8:30 am in the cafeteria. This is a great opportunity to come hear about the budget impact on Burr and more generally about what next year may bring at Burr. 

Burr International Potluck Dinner

Hello Burr Families!
Just a reminder that the Burr School International Potluck is coming up the week after Spring Break. The event is taking place in the Burr School Cafetorium on Saturday, April 27thfrom 5-7:30pm. We need your help to make this eventwhich highlights the wonderful cultural diversity of our school, a success. There are many ways that you can get involved. Of course, it’s a potluck, so we’ll need those prized family dishes that represent your culture or national origin. Store bought goodies are likewise welcome!
We’ll be collecting recipes to create the first annual International Potluck Cookbook, which doubles to list ingredients for those concerned about allergens. Additionally, we are seeking volunteers to lead short demonstrations to teach interested students about various cooking techniques from different parts of the world. For example, a volunteer might guide students through the technique for rolling pasta dough, or the proper way to fold a wonton. Not a cook? Don’t worry! Teach the kids how to make your family’s go-to horchata (rice drink) recipe or how you steep the perfect cup of tea. We hope to have a wide array of presentations across cultures, because it’s so very important that we not only recognize our differences, but teach our children to celebrate them. And what better way to do this than through food?
Finally, cost should not be a deterrent to participation. This event is free to all of our families, and if you need financial assistance to purchase ingredients for making a potluck dish, we’ve set aside some funds to help. Please contact Janhavi Wadhwani at, Tamika Olszewski at, or Cristal Balis at
To sign up, visit:

Newton Community Farm

Newton Community Farm

Kids at the Farm: Summer 2017

“ Your program was my daughters favorite last summer, needless to say we are back this year, and for additional weeks!!” Little Digger Family (Entering Grades 1 -2)

Feed the chickens, harvest produce and learn what it takes to grow food sustainably, all right here in Newton. Indulge your senses, feed your curiosity and enjoy nature’s wonders. 

Programs for toddlers through High School starting in June and running until August 25th. Join us, all welcome! Weeks are filling up, register today!

Visit and click on summer.

Yogurt Beach Fundraiser, April 11

The Yogurt Beach Fundraiser will be Tuesday, April 11th, all day!

Please mention you’re there to support Burr School.
30% of your sale will go directly to our school!

Yogurt Beach
665 Watertown St
Newtonville, MA 02460

Celebrate 50 Years of METCO on April 29th

On Saturday, April 29th, the Newton Public Schools will commemorate 50 years of partnership with METCO, the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, Inc. We hope you can join us for this special evening as we celebrate the past, present, and future of the METCO program.

Newton is proud to be a founding member of METCO, the second oldest voluntary inter-district school assignment program in the country dedicated to increasing diversity. Our participation in the program has brought families together, built bridges across racial, ethnic, and cultural lines, and enriched the lives of all it has touched. It has brought deeper racial and cultural understanding to our students, staff, and the entire Newton community and prepared our students to succeed in a diverse global community.

On Saturday, April 29th, we will celebrate those who built the METCO program in Newton, as well as the community leaders, state officials, and school administrators who have supported the program over the years. Most importantly, we will celebrate the families, both host and participant, who have inspired so many with their commitment, generosity, and ongoing dedication to the program.

Event details are:
Date:  Saturday, April 29th
Time:  5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Newton North High School (457 Walnut St.)
Description: Light appetizers and desserts will be served.

Follow the link below to RSVP to the celebration. We look forward to seeing you there and commemorating this special milestone.

NewtonSERVES @ Burr School on April 30th

NewtonSERVES @ Burr School on April 30th

This spring come spend a morning at Burr, helping clean up the garden and prep for planting. We will also weed, mulch and spruce up the playground. Kids are welcome!  

It’s a lot of fun to come together and do this.… you’ll be glad you did.