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The Week Ahead: May 2 – 6

The Week Ahead: May 2 – 6

Monday – Thanks to all who helped with Newton Serves!
Tuesday – Do you have some time to give May Fair?
Wednesday – Get Your Disney Raffle Tickets in.
Thursday – Teacher Appreciation Breakfast. 
Friday –  Joe & Vida Galeota: A Day in Ghana visit the 2nd Grade


May Fair!! A great time to be had by all. Join us on the Burr fields for jumpy houses, arts and crafts, food and games. Rain or shine. See link below to sign up for a slot!

Next week: Parent/principal coffee on Tuesday, May 10th at 8:30 AM

May Fair is this weekend 5/7

May Fair is scheduled for May 7th and we are super excited. It really is a wonderful community event and all of our children look forward to it.

We understand that this is a very busy time of year, but this year sign ups are very low. For those that have signed up, thank you. For those who haven’t please see the link below and sign up for a slot or two.

We also need items for the bake sale. Please see sign up link for bake sale.

Lastly, we are in need of tents. If you have a tent we can borrow, please email Valerie Wastcoat at

See you at the May Fair!

Sip and Sew PTO Fundraiser at Hipstitch in West Newton

Sip and Sew PTO Fundraiser at Hipstitch in West Newton on Thursday, May 12th 7:00-9:00pm!

Have you always wanted to sew but felt too nervous or thought it was too difficult?? Well now you can give back to your school and we will show you how easy it is to make a great beach bag!

We will teach you how to use a sewing machine and you will walk away with a beach bag in your choice of fabric ready for the summer!! Mingle with friends and make money for the Burr PTO at the same time…genius!

Already know how to sew but just love bags and hanging out with friends having a drink? Well this is for you too :-)

Join us on:  Thursday May 12th 7:00-9:00pm

Where: Hipstitch Sewing Studio 1276 Washington Street, West Newton

Cost : $45.00

Lite bites and wine will be served.

Click the link to sign up:


Hurry!! Space is limited!!

Buy-A-Brick Fundraiser is Back!

Buy-A-Brick Fundraiser is Back!Brick

Are you a new family to Burr School? Did you miss the opportunity to purchase a brick before the new patio was installed at the rear of the playground? This is your chance to leave your mark on the Burr Playground.  

Buy a brick, engraved with your custom message and your custom brick will replace one of the blank bricks currently installed on the patio.  All proceeds will go directly to the Burr School PTO. 

Return the order form and check made payable to Burr PTO to Burr School or mail to:

Burr PTO
P.O. Box 66275
Auburndale, MA 02466

Please use this order form.
All orders must be submitted by 
Friday, June 17th

Raffle for Disney World tickets

Don’t forget… we will pick the winner of the 4 Disney Park Hopper tickets at May Fair. Check your child’s folder for tickets.

Contact Justine Fialkosky at at with any questions.

Disney Raffle

Download tickets here to send into school – Disney Raffle Tickets

Upcoming Traffic Safety Week

Burr will be hosting a Traffic Safety Week from May 9th-May 11th.

We are looking for volunteers to help us out for 15 mins. during drop-off and pick up. Please sign up for a shift if you can help. Thank you!

Newsletter from Ms. Johal

April 29, 2016

Dear Burr Families,

In preparation for next year, we have completed most of our kindergarten screening and had transition meetings for our graduating fifth graders. Each year we welcome new families to our community and say goodbye to others. We try hard to ensure that the events and activities planned to facilitate these transitions are thoughtfully done. To help you with your planning, we will be posting the dates for end-of-year events on the PTO and Burr School Calendars as soon as they are determined. Please note that the last day of school for students will be Thursday, June 23, and dismissal will be at 12:00 PM. We traditionally ‘Clap Out’ out fifth graders at 11:50 AM to celebrate their move to middle school.

In May, we will begin working on class placement of our K-4 students.  I would like to share with you the placement process that we will follow.  Teachers at each grade level will meet together with specialists, support staff and me to make specific recommendations for each student’s placement.  This team already has a wealth of information about each child’s learning style, interests and needs, yet we welcome any new information that you have regarding your child’s exceptional strengths or needs, peers with whom your child performs well or poorly, or family issues that impact learning.

If you have information you would like the team to consider, please write it on the “Optional Parent Information Sheet Regarding Placement” that was sent home in your child’s backpack before vacation.  The form must be returned to the office by May 2. Even if you have already shared placement information with your child’s teacher, you will still need to include it on this form. Please note that if you return the form after May 2, it may be too late for us to include your information in our process.  When we receive information after the process has begun, it is very disruptive, so please adhere to the deadline. Please do not feel that you need to fill out a sheet to insure that your child receives careful consideration. 

Our goal throughout the placement process is to build balanced classes in which all children can succeed academically, emotionally, and socially.  Requests for a specific teacher, whether named or described, will not be accommodated, as this would make it impossible to create balanced classes.  Teachers will create balanced classes first and then teacher assignments to each class will be made.

The process of placing students is a long and complex one.  The time and effort we spend weighing all of the factors reflect the importance we place on creating an optimal learning environment for each student.  We ask that you respect the staff’s professional judgment about the best class for your child next year.  We will let you know of your child’s placement in late August. The class lists will be emailed unless you request a paper copy be mailed to you. If your email address changes between now and August, please be sure to let us know.


Mindy Johal 

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Creative Arts and Sciences Welcomes Joe and Vida Galeota (2nd Grade)

A Day in Ghana

Join us for a charming and wonderful program all about the culture of Ghana. An associate professor at Berklee College of Music, Joe Galeota lived in Ghana for many years, and his wife, Vida, grew up there. Together they have created a rich program that brings students to Vida’s village for a day. The day includes the family’s morning chores, the marketplace, school and the family’s evening activities. Throughout the program, Joe and Vida present artifacts, music, games, and proverbs.

imageFriday, May 6

8:40-9:40 Ms. Glynn

9:40-10:40 Mr. Gaita

10:40-11:40 Ms. Roberts

12:25-1:25 Mr. Tavares

Presentations will be held in the Classrooms

Upcoming Events at Burr

We hope you all had a great vacation! With only 8 weeks of the 2015-2016 school year left, there are a lot of activities planned. They only way we can continue to run these events is with your support and time. Please take a look at the below and assist where you can. You can also view other events that are posted to the calendar here:

Sunday, May 1

Newton Serves. A day of Community service at Burr School. Work with other volunteers to clean up the grounds, get the garden ready for planting and spread some mulch! Sign up is below.

Thursday, May 5

Teacher appreciation breakfast. We are still looking for some great home cooked breakfast foods to show the teachers and staff how much they are appreciated. See link below to sign up. Monetary donation can also still be made until this Friday/

Saturday, May 7

May Fair!! A great time to be had by all. Join us on the Burr fields for jumpy houses, arts and crafts, food and games. Rain or shine. See link below to sign up for a slot!

Don’t forget… we will pick the winner of the 4 Disney Park Hopper tickets at May Fair. Check your child folder for tickets. Contact Justine Fialkosky at with any questions.

Thursday, May 12

Sip and Sew at Hipstitch from 7:00-9:00PM. Get together with other Burr moms and sew a great beach bag! Sign up now…space is limited.

Tuesday, June 7 (rain date is Thursday, June 9)

Color Day! A great day for the kids as they are out on the Burr fields in their designated color having field game fun. This event is organized by the PE Teacher, Ms. Michna, but she does need volunteers. You will receive information in your child’s folder.

Friday, June 17

Move-a-Thon. Support students as they walk around the Burr Fields. More information to come.

Lets all work together to make it a great end of the 2015-2016 school year!

Newton Serves Day on May 1st – Burr needs YOU

Burr Needs You on Sunday, May 1st

From 12:30 to 3:30pm

Please come to Burr School for some Spring Cleaning

We plan to clean up the front yard, turn over the garden, weed, rake, and freshen up our playground. Pleasef join in!


This is a family Community Service Day


Newton Serves 

Refreshments will be provided!

Please wear old clothes and bring wheelbarrows, brooms, rakes, shovels, gloves

(put your name on any items that you bring)

If you want to participate and cannot make it that afternoon, feel free to drop off snacks or drinks for the volunteers outside of school. Extra snacks are always welcome.

To sign up for a NewtonSERVES 2016 project please use this link and scroll down to Burr School and put your name in and click on the release.

Questions contact Janhavi at