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

CASC – Michael LaFosse’s Origamido Monday, March 30th

origamiMr. LaFosse is widely recognized as one of the top origami masters working today. His works have graced museums worldwide. Michael LaFosse will present an Origami Math and Art enrichment program to 5th graders. Students will learn to make three-dimensional geometric origami designs while discovering the math connection in this amazing art form. 

Michael LaFosse is featured in the Peabody Award-winning film Between the Folds about origami masters, artists and engineers.

Parents are welcome to attend, but no younger siblings please. Thank you for your cooperation.

You can see his work here –


Ms. Cooley’s class 8:50am 

Ms. Moran’s class 9:50am

Ms. Roberts’ class 10:50am

Creative Arts and Science programs are fully funded by the Burr School PTO.


Burr Community Free Skate at Daly Rink


March 29th from 4:00pm – 4:50pm 

At Daly Ice Skating Rink

4 Nonantum Road, Newton

 Who: Everyone is welcome – bring the entire family! Call your Burr

Alumni friends and invite them along!



Bring your own skate or skate rentals available:  $5.00 per


Why: Why not? Just a fun, free community-building event! And did we

mention – it’s FREE!

Questions? Contact Susandra Pasaribu Ma at or call 617-620-4783.

Burr International Potluck Sunday, April 12

International Potluck DinnerAll Families: plan to attend this free event! Burr International Potluck
Sunday, April 12 4:30-6:30 pm

Mark your calendars now to attend this celebration of the diversity at Burr!

Every two years, our Burr families gather together to share tasty entrees and desserts from many different countries, some international crafts and games, a participatory performance and more. (In alternate years, we host the Burr World Cultures Festival in the classrooms at school–this popular “sister” event will be back in March 2016!)


What is an International Potluck Dinner?

“Potluck” is an American expression that means every family brings some food to share. This is a chance for all of us to relax and enjoy ourselves, share a meal, dance and have fun together, and celebrate the unique diversity that makes Burr so incredible!

Notes about sharing your food:

We look forward to tasting your delicious food!  Due to allergies, no peanuts please.  At our last potluck many Burr families were interested in the history of the food and wanted to know more about the food. (Is it for a special holiday? Does it come from a certain region? Does the dish have a special meaning for your family?)

Traditional American dishes welcome, too!  (If you are having a hard time thinking of an item, desserts are always great.)

The Burr International Potluck Dinner will be held at Newton North High School on Sunday, April 12th from 4:30-6:30. Please RSVP and sign up to help:

If you’d like to become more involved, please contact Cherie Bosarge-Dutton at

Summer Camp Auction to benefit the PTO

2015 Burr Elementary School Online Auction – March 13th – 22nd.

Auction items include Summer Camps, Birthday Parties, and more. Preview starting March 6th!

Tell your friends, family, community. Let the bidding begin!

Proceeds go directly to our Burr School PTO!

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Parent Principal Coffee Today 3/13/15

Parent Principal Coffee


The next Burr Parent-Principal Coffee is coming up this week: 

Friday, March 13, 2014

8:30-9:30 AM

Burr School Cafetorium

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Skiing, snowboarding, basketball, swimming, football, cheerleading, bicycling, roller-blading, and even jumping on the bed are among the many activities youth engage in where there is a risk of brain injury.

Concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that can change the way the brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth.

Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. Concussions can occur in any sport or recreation activity. All coaches, parents and students should know the signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs.

Symptoms of a concussion may include:

 Dizziness or balance problems

 Sensitivity to light or noise

 Trouble concentrating or remembering

Parents and caregivers may notice additional concussion symptoms:

 Appears dazed or stunned

 Shows behavior or personality changes

 Is unsure of game, score or opponent

 Can’t recall events before or after hit or fall

When a concussion is suspected, seek medical attention right away. A health care provider will be able to decide how serious the concussion is and when it is safe to return to sports and recreation activities. Children who return to sports and activities too soon risk a greater chance or having a second concussion. Second or later concussions can cause permanent brain damage.

To prevent a concussion, ensure youth follow the rules, whether they’re the rules of the game or the rules of the road. Make sure children wear the right protective equipment for their activity such as helmet, padding, eye and mouth guards or shin guards. Parents should learn the signs and symptoms of a concussion, and shouldn’t hesitate to keep their child out of a sports game or activity after a concussion. Remind children that it’s better to miss a game or two than the whole season.

Concussion recovery takes time, and varies significantly person to person. While some students may be able to return to academic work and physical activity after a short time, it may take others weeks or months. Parents and caregivers of children who have had a concussion can help them recover by taking

Adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

For more information, contact the school nurse.

Important Meeting on Traffic Improvements in Auburndale – Thursday, March 12 at 7pm at City Hall

The City has initiated a project to implement specific transportation and traffic improvements in the Village of Auburndale. Although the primary goal of this project is to upgrade traffic signals at key intersections, it may be necessary to incorporate specific geometric improvements at intersections and driveways in order to improve overall vehicular and pedestrian safety.

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Specific improvements may include traffic signal upgrades at the intersection of Commonwealth Ave and Lexington St, Commonwealth Ave and Melrose Ave, Lexington St and Wolcott St; new traffic signals at the intersection of Lexington St and Auburndale Ave; geometric improvements at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Lexington Street, installation of new granite curb, minor stormwater improvements, driveway and sidewalk reconstruction and other miscellaneous items of work.  You can download a copy of the conceptual plan HERE

The City is eager to engage the community and present the project as part of a public workshop scheduled to be held at City Hall in the Aldermanic Chambers on March 12, 2015 beginning at 7:00pm.

From Ms. Johal’s Desk 3/2/15

From Ms. Johal’s Desk

Dear Families,

I’d like to congratulate the Burr Trivia Team who won the Burr vs. Franklin Trivia Championship on Friday night. Franklin players far outnumbered the Burr players but clearly our team held its own and prevailed! We will proudly display the championship trophy in our school lobby.

It is hard to believe that it’s March! The warm weather can’t be that far away, can it? With so many snow days we have been so busy rescheduling things and making adjustments to ensure that we get to everything that needs to be done.  We rescheduled our kindergarten information night several times and were finally able to have it last Tuesday. This week we begin registration and screening for incoming kindergarteners. Here is some information about some other events that are planned for the next few weeks:  

Talent Show

The Talent Show Planning Team is excited about the March 6th Talent Show. We have been learning along the way as we have planned this event. Our goal was to have a fun event that provided an opportunity for children to share talents that they don’t normally get to highlight during the school day.  We found that so many children were interested in presenting and they were all at such different levels of preparedness. Clearly, we want to ensure that the experience is a positive one, so at times we had to tell children they needed more practice before they were ready to perform. We also felt that most of the younger children would probably be most comfortable performing in front of a smaller audience, so we decided to have a K & 1 Talent Show on April 17 at 9:00 AM. I look forward to seeing you at one or both of these shows.


This year we will have an artist-in-residence at Burr. The artist we have chosen is Bren Bataclan. Bren is a Boston based artist whose cheery artwork puts a smile on everyone’s face. The testimonials provided by schools that he has visited speak highly of the way he interacts with children and nurtures the artist in each one of them.

To see some of Bren’s work and learn more about him, you can visit his website ( and/or join us next Friday, March 6th when he comes to Burr to work with the children. There will be two presentations and parents are welcome to attend:  

Grades K – 2  ~  9:00 AM to 9:45 AM

Grades 3 – 5 ~ 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Bren will return to Burr the week of April 6th for a week-long residency. His visit will culminate with mural that will adorn our main stairwell leading from the cafetorium to the classroom level.  The fifth grade students will work with Bren to design the mural using our new Burr School Core Values as the theme. They are very excited about being a part of something that will enhance the school for years to come and leaving it as their graduation gift to Burr. Funding for the Artist-in-Residence will come from the Talent Show proceeds and some other fifth grade fundraising projects.

PTO Meeting

And lastly, I hope you will be able to join us on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00 PM. We have invited Amy Kelly, District Leader of Social Emotional Learning to share some Responsive Classroom strategies that parents can use at home. Responsive Classroom is an approach to teaching and learning that is centralized on the notion that social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum. Creating a school climate that is kind, safe, respectful, and predictable are critical elements. Providing children with a cohesive experience with common language and practices between home and school will be of great benefit. I am really looking forward to this evening and working closely with families as we support the children at Burr.



Mindy Johal


CASC – A poetry workshop with Lyn Littlefield Hoopes

Creative Arts and Sciences Presents

A poetry workshop with 

Lyn Littlefield Hoopes

For 4th Graders 

Monday, March 2nd & March 9th

in the classrooms

Mr. Glode & Ms. Harrington         9:00am – 10:15am

Ms. Miller                                   10:15pm-11:30am

Ms. Robinson                              12:45pm – 2:15pm

Poet Lyn Littlefield Hoopes has a MFA in Children’s Literature and Poetry and is the author of a number of picture books including The Unbeatable Bread, Wind A Ding, and Freefall.  For more than twenty years she has been visiting schools as a poet in residence and guiding students to find their own voice.

“My goal is to strengthen their natural ability to concentrate deeply on an image in thought and to listen for their writer’s voice.”

Using nature photographs as inspiration, Ms. Hoopes will conduct a poetry workshop for fourth graders over two consecutive Mondays.  


Creative Arts and Science programs are  fully funded by the  Burr School PTO

As this is a workshop, we ask that parents not attend.

Thank you for your cooperation.

1st Annual Burr Talent Show

Burr 1st Annual Talent Show

Volunteers Needed

Burr is holding it’s first ever Talent Show. All the performers have worked their hearts out getting ready to put on a fantastic show. But we need help to make it all happen. 

If you missed out on tickets for the show, consider this a second chance as well. Volunteers do not need tickets for the event. So come help us take tickets, sell concessions, or manage crowd control..Sign up below.

Volunteer Sign Up