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From Ms. Johal’s Desk – End of Year Letter

MindyDear Burr Families,

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.

Sincerely,

Mindy

Burr Move-a-Thon and Playground Fundraising Update

Move-a-thon Raises $11,000!

Congratulations to all of the Burr teachers, staff, parent volunteers and especially students who participated in the Burr Move-a-Thon fundraiser. The students surpassed their fundraising goal and raised over $11,000 for the new playground! If you did not have a chance to submit your pledges at school, you can still mail pledges to Burr PTO- Playground P.O. Box 66275 Auburndale, MA 02466. It was a great day of fitness, fundraising, and fun!

Playground Fundraising 

The Burr Playground Project will continue fundraising through the summer to ensure the targeted fall of 2014 installation.  If you thought you missed your chance to make a difference, here are some ways you can still contribute:

  • Do you have expertise or local contacts that could contribute time or materials to the playground installation? Services we need include: landscape design, demolition, removal, excavation, landscape removal, new plantings, concrete, wood timbers for playground perimeter. Let us know - email the Playground Committee at burrptofundraising@gmail.com
  • Give a tax-deductible donation to the playground at BurrPlayground.com or mail a check: (payable to Burr PTO,with Burr Playground in memo/note) to:

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

School Council Election Results

This year there were three candidates for two open School Council positions. The two candidates receiving the most votes were Laura Acosta and Christine Carey, who will join Rachael McCarthy and Barbara Brousal-Glaser on the Burr School Council.  Thank you to all three candidates for stepping up to run.  We also thank our two outgoing School Council members, Lisa Holahan and Sarah Sian, for dedicating their time and energy to our school and our students.

(More information on the Burr School Council.)

Parents/Guardians: Please Vote in the 2014 School Council Elections

VoteBurr parents/guardians are electing two (2) parent representatives to the Burr School Council.  Each elected representative will serve a 2-year term spanning the 2014-2014 and 2015-2016 school years.  You may vote for up to two (2) candidates.  Continue reading

New PTO Board Members Elected, Proposals Approved

At the final PTO Meeting of the year on June 11, five new Board members were elected:

Marlene Gibson (Co-President)
Sloane Goldhagen (Co-President)
Cherie Bosarge-Dutton (Community Building Coordinator)
Susandra Pasaribu Ma (Education Support Coordinator)
Sharon Reilly (Communications Coordinator)

Our new Board members join Jaye Schneider (Co-President), Judy O’Neil (Treasurer) Heidi Bankmann (Secretary) and Greg Thompson (Fundraising). Thank you to outgoing Board members Jason Wong, Beth Tierney,  Bijal Dalal, and Tricia Bombara.

Two proposals were also approved.  First, a change was made to the Burr PTO Operating Policies to allow up to four co-presidents at a time, a model used by many other Newton schools.  Second, a proposal to allocate at least $10,000 and up to $20,000 in funds from PTO reserves to the Playground Project (if needed to ensure we will meet our goal by the end of this school year) was approved.

Burr Playground Fundraising: Plan to Reach Our Target by 6/20/2014

PlaygroundLogoOver the past few weeks, there has been a lot of extra focus on Burr Playground fundraising activities. When combined with all the other school-related activities and communications at this time of year, the Playground Committee recognizes people might be feeling a bit overwhelmed…!  The good news is that we are on track to meet our fundraising target by June 20th, which would enable the new playground to be installed in Fall 2014 (exact date TBD). This is a year earlier than we thought was possible! For this to happen, we just need to reach our conservative goals for the remaining fundraising programs. Here are the goals we have set for these programs:

Buy-a-Brick: Our goal for this program is to sell 125-150 bricks. In an effort to extend beyond the current Burr community, we are actively contacting Burr alumni to see if they might be interested in contributing here. These bricks will be a great way for the extended Burr community to commemorate their role in making the new playground a reality. You can buy a brick online or download an order form and return it to school in your child’s folder.

Move-a-Thon (June 9): Our goal for this program is for each child to raise at least $25 in donations. We are excited about this program, since it will help each student to feel involved with raising money for the new playground, while also encouraging activity and good health.  More info available on The Burr Playground Project website - just click the Get Involved! tab.

Overall, your continued support here is truly appreciated. Hopefully you can help us to make this final push to reach our fundraising goal now, so the new playground can be installed in Fall 2014!

Buy-A-Brick Fundraiser for the New Playground

burr_bricksWant to support the new Burr playground and be a permanent part of it as well? Buy a brick and have it engraved with a custom message to help fund the construction of our much-needed new playground!  All proceeds go directly to the playground project.

Bricks are $100 each and can be ordered online at bricks.burrplayground.com

Interested in buying multiple bricks and getting a discount? Use the flyer that came home in your child’s folder (or download a copy here) to order two bricks for $175 or three or more bricks for $75 per brick. (Multiple brick discount not available online.)

It’s Burr Garden Classroom Time

garden tools

We’re always looking for parents to stop in and assist in their kids’ classes as they plant their gardens.  Please email Dana Hanson at danakhanson@gmail.com  if you think you might like to join us–or just show up on a whim.  Younger siblings are welcome–please come a few moments before your child’s class is scheduled. (see schedule below)

Because the end of the school year is so busy, we try very hard to keep to these scheduled times and generally will only postpone/cancel in the event of a torrential downpour.  (Feel free to text Dana if you’re unsure about the game time call: (617) 515 – 0287.)  Continue reading

Shop for Burr at Artitudes in West Newton May 27 – May 31

We are pleased to announce a new Burr Playground fundraising program at Artitudes in West Newton. If you make a purchase at Artitudes between Tuesday, May 27 and Saturday, May 31 and mention “I’m shopping for Burr”, then 20% of that purchase amount will be donated to the Burr Playground fund. 

Artitudes
1286 Washington Street
West Newton Square

Great gifts for weddings & graduations! 

Wednesday, May 7 is Massachusetts Walk to School Day!

MA WALKTOSCHOOLSo make plans to leave the car at home and walk or bike with friends and neighbors! If you can’t walk with your kids, arrange for them to walk with a friend. (Taking the bus to school also reduces the number of cars on the road, so kids riding the bus are participating too!) Parents and staff will be on hand to welcome walkers and riders and to hand out mementos to participants. Continue reading