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Newton Mustang Football

We are happy to announce that the 2017 Fall Football and Cheer Season is now open for registration! The registration fee will be the same as last year however, new registrants will be required to pay for their jersey in addition to the registration fee. Spots fill up fast so please get your registration and payment in ASAP! The late fee for registration will be June 15, 2017. We look forward to another great season. Please feel free to contact us with any questions!
Thank You!

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Creative Arts and Sciences Welcomes Poet and Author Lyn Littlefield Hoopes (4th Grade)

Explore the power of metaphor, rhythm, voice, and pattern in writing poetry. Lyn Littlefield Hoopes will help students develop strategies for writing poetry through imagination, listening for voice, creating similes, and using the five senses, vivid verbs, and breaking lines. Lyn emphasizes the joy of creating as she teaches a unique, simple, and original technique for charting each phrase of a poem. Often she creates a collaborative poem with the class, demonstrating how to discover its rhythms and patterns.

Wednesdays, March 22 and March 29

9:00-10:15 Ms. McLean

10:15-11:30 Ms. Miller

1:00-2:15 Ms. Collins

Presentations will take place in the Classrooms.

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 Burr and click on “Donate.”


Burr Parents/Guardians: Please Complete a Survey on Homework for the Burr School Council!

This year, the Burr School Council has decided to review homework practices at Burr. We have already surveyed the teachers and would now like to invite you, Burr parents/guardians, to complete a survey. We want to know what you value and/or feel needs changing. Please answer the questions as they relate to YOUR OLDEST CHILD at Burr. The survey is short and should not take more than 5 minutes to complete. Google forms will collect the responses anonymously. Here is the link that will take you to the survey: Thank you in advance for taking the survey!

Rescheduled!! Understanding Our Differences Needs You!

We are in desperate need of volunteers for the rescheduled Wednesday, March 23, Understanding Our Differences Unit on Deafness/Hard of Hearing. The program goes from 9-10:30am.

Can you be an Understanding Our Differences group leader to the Burr School 3rd and 4th Graders for the upcoming programs which are:

3rd grade (Wednesday 9-11am)
Rescheduled: March 23, 2017 — Deafness/Hard of Hearing
We need 12 volunteers to run small group workshops with the 3rd graders on Lipreading, Finger spelling and Assistive technology used by people with deafness/hard of hearing on Wednesday, March 15 from 9-10:30am.

4th grade (Wednesday 9-11 am)
May 3, 2017 — Chronic Medical Conditions
The goal of this citywide program is to increase information, understanding, and acceptance of people with disabilities and individual differences in our community.

Volunteers do not need to have children in a specific grade, teaching experience, or a medical background. We will provide the training and materials. You provide the fun!

Can you help out? Contact: Deanna Salemme: or 617-877-7576.

Burr Online Auction

2017AuctionImageLet the Bidding Begin!
Burr Online Auction
March 10th–18th

√ Auction Items Include: Summer Camps, Birthday Parties, Restaurants, Entertainment Tickets, Vacations, Retail and more.
Register to Bid: Complete the registration process online so you will be ready to bid when the auction opens on March 10th.
Refer Family and Friends: Do you know people (colleagues, friends, family) who would be interested in our auction? Send them an email and help us build our community.

Support Burr Elementary School
Event proceeds will go directly to:
The Burr Elementary School PTO

Rescheduled!! Creative Arts and Sciences Welcomes the Museum of Science’s Weather: Wind, Water, and Temperatures (5th Grade)

How do air, water, light, and heat interact with each other to create weather? Students will see how atmospheric phenomena interact with each other to create the weather we experience every day. They’ll see a hot air balloon lift off inside the school, pressurize a tank to create enough wind to power a cannon, and watch clouds form before their very eyes.

Date: Tuesday, March 21
Time: 10 to 11 am for all 5th grade classes

Presentation will take place in the Cafetorium.

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 Burr PTO and click on “Donate.”

Thank you!

Burr Family Ice Skating at Daly Rink on Sunday, March 26

Ice SkatingPlease join us Sunday, March 26th for Burr Family Ice Skating at Daly Rink!

WHEN: Sunday, March 26th from 5:00 – 5:50pm

WHERE:  Daly Ice Skating Rink
(4 Nonantum Road Newton, MA)

WHO: Everyone is welcome – bring the entire family!

COST: FREE! (Skate Rentals Available:  $6.00 per person.)

WHY: Why not? Just a fun community-building event on a Sunday afternoon! And did we mention – it’s FREE!

QUESTIONS:  Contact Stacey Richard (

Please note that this is a family event.  It is not a drop-off activity.

2017 Spring Burr Basketball Clinics (9 Tuesdays)

Burr K-5 Youth Basketball Academy by a professional coach is ending its winter session. There will be a new spring session open to Burr School Students!

Spaces are limited! Sign up at for 9 professional one-hour training sessions on Tuesday evenings @ Burr Gym!

A varsity coach runs this basketball academy. Pay $150/each player for 9 training sessions. All proceeds go to the Burr school soccer goal fund.

April 4th, April 11th, April 25th; May 2nd, May 9th, May 16th, May 23rd, May 30th; June 6th (2017)

Group 1: Tuesday 6:15-7:15pm for K, 1 and 2 boys and girls
Group 2: Tuesday 7:15-8:30pm for 2, 3 & above boys and girls

2017 Spring Soccer PreSeason Clinic (April 2nd, 2017)

There will be a pro-coach soccer training session (one time only) to raise funds for youth soccer goals dedicated to Burr school students! Sign up at

This youth soccer clinic will be a great opportunity to learn through fun-based drills, small-sized games, and scrimmages; or just to meet schoolmates/friends in a “no pressure” setting. All games and drills will be age appropriate and are set to improve skills. It is skills based, with small elements of game play. This is a great opportunity and training environment for soccer players looking to condition their skills before the spring soccer season!

A professional coach runs this preseason training. Sign up at for this preseason training session on April 2nd @ Burr School field!

Location: Burr School Yard

Dates:  April 2nd, 2017;


Group 1: Sunday 09:30pm-11:00am for G2-5 boys and girls
Group 2: Sunday 11:00am-12:30pm for K- 2 boys and girls;

2nd graders could go either way depending on his/her physique and skills.


All proceeds go to the Burr school soccer goal fund.
Pay $15/each player for this clinic. Donate extra for funding soccer goals!

Please direct all questions to Burr PTO contact Alex ( or John (

Please always have shin guards, cleats, bottled water and comfortable clothing ready for participating in this outdoor soccer training session.

Donor Will Match $25,000 for Calculus Project in March!

The Newton Schools Foundation is honored for the second consecutive year to have a very generous donor who will match up to $25,000 in contributions from the community to the Calculus Project during the month of March.

Double your impact and donate today:

The Calculus Project has been transformational for Newton students.  Since its 2013 launch, enrollment growth in high-level mathematics among traditionally underrepresented student groups is significant:

• Hispanic student enrollment has increased 70 percent.
• African-American student enrollment has tripled.
• Low-income student enrollment has increased nine-fold!

Here’s how the program works: Calculus Project students attend intensive small-group
summer classes to preview upcoming curriculum, boost their math skills, foster attitudes
that support academic risk-taking and perseverance, and cultivate relationships among
peers in the program. During the school year, students receive mentoring and after-school
academic support. The program also uses lessons and activities designed to improve self-
perceptions about academic accomplishment.

Your support this year will help deepen and extend the Calculus Project’s reach.
Currently serving 109 students in grades 7-10, the program will welcome a new cohort of
30 incoming 7th graders this summer. If we successfully complete this match challenge,
the resulting $50,000 will support nearly half of the students in the Calculus Program for
this coming year—including the entire new 7th grade cohort.

At a cost of $1,000 per student for a full year of programming, the Calculus Project’s
success depends on a public-private partnership between the Newton Public Schools,
private foundations and corporate donors, and generous individuals like you.
Please help us meet the donor match challenge. Please Donate today!