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Piano lessons available

Bachelor of Music in Composition from Berklee College of Music, Master of Music in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory with 30+ years teaching experience. Learn Jazz/Blues/Classical, theory, sightreading. Build a high quality musical foundation with a patient, upbeat, and caring instructor. Beginners especially welcome. Have a positive and successful learning experience. Phone Gloria Jasinski at 617-566-9704 or email:

The week ahead: Feb. 8-12

The Week Ahead: Feb. 8-12

Friday 2/12 – Creative Arts and Sciences welcomes Dan Cripps to the 3rd grade

AND last day before winter break! Have a great Valentine’s Day and week off!!


Please remember to check out all the great Community Notices on our website.

Burr Night at Fenway—deadline for tix 2/12

Calling all Red Sox Fans!!


Friday, February 12th is the deadline to get your tickets for Burr Night at Fenway Park, which will be Friday, April 15th at 7:10pm!

Join Burr families, friends and teachers for a night at Fenway!! Tickets are $33 each and part of the proceeds benefit Burr school. Ticket forms attached, which can be turned in with your child’s folder by Friday the 12th.

E-mail Laura Sexton at with any questions. See you in the Spring at Fenway!

Download the form here: 4.15 Burr

Burr World Cultures Festival: March 20

Burr World Cultures Festival is Sunday, March 20

The first planning meeting is Thursday, February 11 at 7:00 pm in Burr Library

A beloved Burr school tradition that is such an extravaganza that we only hold it once every two years! Please mark your calendars now for the Burr World Cultures Festival on the afternoon of Sunday, March 20, from 2-4pm.  Burr school families will work together to transform our school into a bustling international festival. In past years, we’ve had 25-30 different countries represented at the event. Burr has so much cultural pride and diversity, and we look forward to working with our amazing community again this year to build another memorable festival!

It takes a Burr “global village” to make our festival happen! If you are from another country or your family continues to celebrate a tradition of your ancestors, we’ll look forward to working with you in the upcoming months to make this year’s festival a success! Please be in touch with us via email or attend our upcoming planning meeting if you can participate in this event:

Burr World Cultures Festival Planning Meeting
Thursday, February 11th
7-8:00 pm in the Burr Library
If you cannot make our meeting, but would like to be involved in the planning of this year’s World Cultures Festival, please contact Cherie  Bosarge-Dutton (  I look forward to hearing from you!

~ World Cultures Festival Committee

Creative Arts and Sciences Welcomes Dan Cripps (3rd Grade)

Native American Perspectives

Using a tipi as a classroom, Dan Cripps dresses in clothing of the western plains of the 1800s to present a hands-on learning experience about the land, animals and native people of North America. Through this interactive learning experience, students learn about the different ways Native Americans lived and how their descendants live today.

Friday, February 12image

Cultural Presentation in the Tipi

8:45-9:30  Ms. Collins

9:30-10:15  Ms. Oh

10:15-11:00  Ms. Canning

Fur and Bones Presentation

11:30-12:00  Ms. Collins

12:00-12:30  Ms. Canning

12:30-1:00  Ms. Oh

All presentations will take place in the Music Room.

Creative Arts and Sciences programs are fully funded by the Burr School PTO. Parents are welcome to attend, but no younger siblings, please.

To all current and future Newton North Parents

There will be Q&A with the Newton North principal finalists next week.  All are welcome.

Monday, February 8, 5:30 – 6:15 PM, Newton North Film Lecture Hall

Henry Turner is the principal of Bedford High School. Previously he was a housemaster at Newton South High School. Henry began his career as a history teacher at Lexington High School. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Henry has a master’s degree from Framingham State College, and earned his doctorate from Boston College.

Tuesday, February 9, 5:30 – 6:15 PM, Newton North Film Lecture Hall

Jeffrey Gaglione is a dean and math department head at Cambridge, Rindge and Latin. Earlier he was the math department chair at Lowell High School. Jeff was a math teacher at both Framingham High School, and West Orange High School (NJ). A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), he has two master’s degrees from Boston College.

A Letter from Ms. Johal: Burr School “report card”

January 2016

Dear Parent or Guardian:

We are pleased to enclose a 3-page overview of Burr School’s 2015 “report card”. Report cards answer important questions about a school’s overall performance and contain specific information about student enrollment and teacher qualifications, student achievement, accountability, how a school is performing relative to other schools in the district and the state, and the progress made toward narrowing proficiency gaps for different groups of students.

The 2015 complete school report card for Burr can be accessed here.

In this report, you will find the following important information about our school:

Student enrollment and teacher quality: This section of the report card provides information about the students and teachers in our school as compared to the district and the state.

Assessment results: This section of the report shows how our students are performing on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests and the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests as compared to the district and the state.

School and district accountability information: This section of the report contains three important pieces of information:

  • Accountability and Assistance Levels: Schools and districts are placed into one of five accountability and assistance levels (1-5), with the highest performing in Level 1 and the lowest performing in Level 5. Our school has been placed into Level 1. Although our All Students group did not meet its 2015 target for narrowing proficiency gaps, our accountability level was held harmless for 2015 because we participated in the PARCC assessments.
  • School Percentiles: A school percentile between 1 and 99 is reported for most schools. This number shows the overall performance of our school relative to other schools that serve the same or similar grades. Our school percentile is 85. This means that our school is performing higher than 85 percent of the grades K-5 elementary schools in the state.
  • Progress and Performance Index (PPI): The PPI is a number that indicates our school’s progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, or, in other words, helping all students reach proficiency and be prepared for success after high school. Massachusetts has set a goal of reducing proficiency gaps by half between the years 2011 and 2017. For a group of students to be considered to be making sufficient progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, its cumulative PPI must be 75 or higher.

We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our school. Some of the ways you can become involved are:

  • Encouraging your child’s learning at home
  • Attending parent-teacher meetings and other special meetings
  • Serving as a volunteer in our school or district
  • Encouraging other parents to become involved

Newton’s district overview and complete report card can be accessed online here and here, as well as on the district website. Print copies can be viewed at our school office, the Superintendent’s office, Newton City Hall, or the Newton Main Library.

For more information about our school’s report card, please feel free to contact us at 617-559-9360.


Mindy Johal

Principal, Burr Elementary School

The Week Ahead: Feb. 1-5

The Week Ahead: Feb. 1-5

Monday 2/1 Kindergarten walks to the Post Office

Tuesday 2/2 – Goundhog Day :-)

Wednesday 2/3- Walk to school!
Chinese Ribbon Dance for 2nd Grade from CAS
AND Early release at 12:30pm

Thursday 2/4 – Understanding Our Differences for the 4th grade

Friday 2/5 – 5th Grade Green Team is hosting “Trash Limbo Day”!
                       Kindergarten walks to the Post Office


Please remember to check out all the great Community Notices on our website.

Winter Walk to School: Feb. 3

Join Newton for the First Ever: Winter Walk to School Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wear bright or reflective clothing

If you can’t see the driver, the driver can’t see you. Use the ‘sneak and peak’ method to look around trees, snow banks, etc.

Dress warmly and in layers. Wear a hat and gloves.

Watch out for slippery sections of the road or sidewalk. Approach slowly and with caution.

Savers Donation Drive

Time to start cleaning out those drawers and closets!!!! The Burr School Savers Donation Drive is coming!!! Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 10-2 in the Burr School parking lot. Drop off your bags and help us support our Burr School Green Team and our PTO. Savers is accepting a wider variety of items this year, so clothing, toys, books, CDs, all can be donated. A full list of acceptable items will be sent home in the back packs.

Let’s see if we can beat last year’s total….3959 pounds!!! I know we can!!!!! For more information contact Sherri Sonia, Savers Donation Drive Coordinator