We had a fabulous last day of school on Friday. The students and teachers all gathered for our final All School Meeting of the 2013-2014 school year. We recognized and celebrated the growing we have all done this year, and said goodbye to staff members retiring and those moving on. We enjoyed watching a Color Day slide show that Tricia Bombara put together for us. The children loved reliving the fun they had that day. To wrap up our Meeting, the fifth grade class sang “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”, a song from Mary Poppins, the musical they performed this year. Ms. Tenney had taught the song to all of her classes so everyone joined in. It was a special time for us all to be together one last time.
To end the school year and celebrate our graduating class, we had our Fifth Grade Clap Out. The students K-4 lined the halls and cheered and clapped as the fifth graders walked out of the building for the last time as Burr Students. It was quite a moment!
We have had yet another wonderfully successful year at Burr. The Burr staff and I could not have done this alone! I’d like to thank the many parents, relatives and grandparents who have given us so much support, time, and assistance, throughout the school year. Your volunteering in both big and small ways not only moves the school forward, but it gives your children the message that school is an important place and that you and the teachers are working together for their benefit.
And of course, the year must not end without my taking this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to our wonderful PTO Co-Presidents, Jason Wong and Jaye Schneider, for the leadership they have provided this year. Jason is ending his two-year term. I have appreciated his thoughtful counsel and collaboration. I know he leaves us in good hands with Jaye who will be joined by two Co-Presidents next year, Sloane Goldhagen and Marlene Gibson.
As you plan for the summer months, please be sure to include daily reading and writing into your plans. Here is an article with some ideas to avoid ‘the summer slide’ or regression of skills that some children experience: Summer learning: Can parents prevent the slide and the burnout?
We look forward to seeing our returning families and students on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 1:30 – 2:30 PM for the Burr School Open House.
The teachers and I want to wish you all a summer full of rest, relaxation, and fun.