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Trivia Night vs. Franklin on Friday, February 27th

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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 community!

When:  Friday, February 27, 2015

Time:  7:00 to 10:00pm

Where:  Newton American Legion Post 440

295 California Street, Newton, MA

Cost:  $10 per person
(Adults only please)

Trivia led by MCO Productions!

Drinks will be available for purchase – light snacks provided!

Please RSVP via Signup Genius:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0548a8aa28a46-franklinburr

Snow Days are Over but the Snow is Still Here

snow-day-schoolSnow Days are Over (?) but the Snow is Still Here… and will be for the long foreseeable future.

Important Safety Reminders

The City’s snow removal team has been working hard to get the streets cleaned up. As you can imagine, it is a massive task. When school re-opens, we will have to be vigilant about safe walking and driving. The snow banks will block visibility, so be sure to warn the children that they need to be extra careful. I would advise walking whenever possible, and ask that at dismissal, parents pick up their children promptly and not block the walkway by the Blue Zone pick up area. Please gather away from that area as you wait to pick up your child.

Parking around the school will continue to be extremely limited for the foreseeable future. With the snowbanks, most of Washburn Ave. and Pine St. are now too narrow for parking, even in legal parking areas, without causing gridlock. Only the Blue Zones and their adjacent sidewalks are clear of snow.

If you drive, please use the Blue Zone instead of trying to park, and be sure to follow all Blue Zone rules: pull up as far as you can, kids must be ready to get in/out, and drivers do not get out of the car. Only allow children to get in to or out of the car in the Blue Zone and on the curbside of the vehicle; do not ever let children get in/out while waiting in traffic.

Most importantly, please be patient, allow extra time, and take extra care when walking and driving around the school to ensure the safety of all our students.

Donation Drive Fundraiser

We are doing a Savers Donation Drive!!!!

Savers is a thrift store with locations around the country. Savers was founded in 1954 on principles such as giving back and providing opportunities-core values they still embrace today. Savers also helps local groups raise funds. We are teaming with them to raise funds for our 5th Grade Moving On activities, as well as do something that ties in so nicely with the 5th Grade Green Team mission of Recycle and Reuse!

During the week of April 6 – April 10, we will be collecting bags of soft goods (clothing, jewelry, accessories, handbags, shoes, linens). On Friday April 10, a truck from Savers will come and pick up all our donations. We get paid by the pound. The donations will be kept on the stage in the Cafetorium all week, so the kids can really see the difference they are making.

More to come as we get closer to donation week, but start filling those bags. Ask your friends, neighbors and relatives to fill a bag.

Fill a Bag, Make a Difference!!!

PTO Meeting on March 4 at 7:00pm

Please join us for a parenting discussion, The Responsive Home with Amy Kelly, at our next PTO Meeting on March 4 at 7:00.

Is your family struggling with:

Morning or bedtime routines?
Discipline issues?
Homework problems?
Or, just looking for better ways to communicate with your child?

Guest speaker, Amy Kelly, the Newton District Leader of Social and Emotional Learning, will lead the discussion on the Responsive Home.  Newton has long used The Responsive Classroom, a nationally acclaimed approach to teaching and learning, founded upon the belief that the best learning takes place when children live in a school environment that is kind, safe, respectful, and predictable.

We will discuss ways families can use the same language and practices of the Responsive Classroom to create a cohesive, unified experience for children, and tackle common home life challenges.

Babysitting services are available from Burr alumni in the Music Room. A small donation to defray the cost of the sitters is requested. Refreshments will be provided by our wonderful hospitality team.

Kindergarten Parent Information Night

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Kindergarten Parent Information Night is Monday, February 2nd, 6:30 – 7:30.

If you have an incoming Kindergartener you should have received some information in the mail and scheduled a registration appointment. If not please call Ms. Albano in the office to get your spot on either March 5 or March 12.

Kindergarten Registration information from the City of Newton

2nd Annual Burr Movie Night!

Movie Night
Join your friends for the 2nd Annual Burr Movie Night!

Featuring: MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN

 Friday, February 6th @ 6:15 PM

(Movie start time 7:00 PM)

ADMISSION: $6 per person, includes a drink and popcorn.

 WANT DINNER? Pizza by the slice or whole pizza available for purchase.

 LARGE PIZZAS: $12.00 Cheese   $14.00 Pepperoni

PIZZA BY THE SLICE: $2.00

RSVP/Pizza Order:  Help us plan accordingly! Please RSVP/Order pizza in advance. Complete the SignUpGenius form via the link below:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0D4BA4AC2EA02-20151/

An important message from Ms. Johal

January 28, 2015

Dear Burr Families,

I hope that you have all weathered this storm well and have been able to enjoy some relaxing time at home. The City’s snow removal team has been working hard to get the streets cleaned up. As you can imagine, it is a massive task.  


We will have to be vigilant about safe walking and driving. The snow banks will block visibility, so be sure to warn the children that they need to be extra careful. I would advise walking tomorrow if at all possible, and ask that 
at dismissal, parents pick up their children promptly and not block the walkway by the Blue Zone pick up area. Please gather away from that area as you wait to pick up your child.

Parking around the school will be extremely limited tomorrow and it will continue to be limited for the foreseeable future. With the snowbanks, most of Washburn Ave. and Pine St. are now too narrow for parking, even in legal parking areas, without causing gridlock. The Blue Zones and their adjacent sidewalks are clear of snow.

If you drive, please use the Blue Zone instead of trying to park, and be sure to follow all Blue Zone rules: pull up as far as you can, kids must be ready to get in/out, and drivers do not get out of the car. Please be patient, and only allow children to get in to or out of the car on the curbside of the vehicle; do not ever let children get in/out while waiting in traffic. 

 Thank you for your understanding. Stay safe and warm.

 Mindy Johal, Principal

 Email: mindy_johal@newton.k12.ma.us

Game Night Success!

Thank you Burr Families for Making the GameNight a success.  What a great way to come together as a community and support the fifth grade class. 

If you were not able to attend or you wish you had ordered a game and did not, here is your chance.  Attached is an order form.  Please complete the form and send it in by Wednesday, January 28 with cash or a check made out to Burr PTO.   Mark the envelope Game Fundraiser.  

Click here for a list of what some of the classroom teachers wish for.  if you would like to purchase a gift for your child’s teacher.  

Please email Jody Klein at kleinfamily2@verizon.net if you have any questions.

Sincerely, The Grade 5 Fundraising Team

Upcoming Creative Arts and Sciences

Kindergarten Presentation on Friday January 23rd
The Mass Audubon/Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary will present Winter Survivors to:

 Ms. Frail’s Class 9:00- 9:45

Ms. Rudek’s Class 10:00- 10:45

Ms. Mc Mahon’s Class 11:00- 11:45

In the Music Room

 A Mass Audubon/Drumlin Farm educator will present the Audubon Ark Traveling Wildlife Program to Burr Kindergarteners. The classes will explore how winter is a challenging time for wildlife. Using wild animals, the Audubon teacher will discuss different coping mechanisms animals use and physical and behavioral adaptations that are helpful for survival. Migration, hibernation, and staying alive will be the focus.

The woodchuck and kestrel will be featured in the program. The presenter will substitute another animal if they are not able to bring the woodchuck due to hibernation.

 

5th Grade Creative Arts and Sciences Presentation

On Monday, January 26th at 10am The Museum of Science will present Forces & Work To 5th graders in the Cafetorium

What is work?  Fifth graders will learn how forces create motion, understand what work is, and discover what simple machines have in common and how they help us perform a large amount of work with minimal force. They’ll use mechanical advantage to turn a wheel and axle against a stronger opponent, haul their classmates across the room using pulleys, and find out if they can lift a teacher using a giant lever.

 

Parents are welcome to attend, but no younger siblings

Creative Arts and Science programs are fully funded by the Burr School PTO please. Thank you for your cooperation.

BLOP – Burr Loves Our Planet returns on Wednesday

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Entering its 5th year, BLOP Wednesdays!

Burr Loves Our Planet (BLOP) is a Burr community tradition aimed at reducing the amount of lunch waste we generate, while encouraging kids to think about the environment.

BLOP is led by 5th grade volunteers!

 How can your kids participate?

Wear something green.

Consider walking to school

Pack a waste-free or low-waste snack and lunch.

If you buy lunch, see what you can reuse or recycle.

 Here are a few ideas for those who pack their snack/lunch:

  • Use a lunch box, not a paper or plastic bag
  • Use a refillable drink bottle instead of disposable bottles.
  • Use a Reusable Snack Bag!
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  • Avoid plastic bags, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and prepackaged foods.
  • Sturdy containers prevent “squishing.” (Write your child’s name on it!)
  • Resealable containers make it easy for children to save uneaten food.
  • Use a cloth napkin instead of paper.
  • Pack reusable utensils instead of disposables.
  • Purchase lunch foods in larger containers instead of single-serving pkgs.

    blopgearJust in time for our first BLOP Wednesday, you’ll be glad to hear that Burr Loves Our Planet (BLOP) products will be on sale this week and next on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    T-shirts will be $10 and new water bottles $5 each (see picture). Water bottles will be in by Jan 27th.

    So look for the highly motivated 5th graders selling these Green Goodies before school each day outside Ms. Moran’s room. Buy a T-shirt that promotes eco-friendly practices, a reusable water bottle that cuts down on plastic waste… or both!