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January 20 PTO Meeting with Superintendent Dr. Fleishman

January 20 PTO Meeting with Superintendent Dr. Fleishman

Newton’s Superintendent, Dr. Fleishman, will be joining the next PTO meeting at 8:30 am on Friday, January 20, 2017. We expect that a couple of school board members will join Dr. Fleishman and that Dr. Fleishman will update parents on what is happening in NPS and answer parent questions. Please plan to attend and bring your questions!

Don’t Forget to Register for the STEM Fair!

student displays her science fair project clipartstudent shows his science fair project board clipartDon’t Forget to Register for the STEM Fair!

The Burr STEM Fair is coming up on Friday, January 27th!!

Put your science and engineering caps on and register your student this week using this form or e-mail

Teams are welcome, siblings can work together, and this should be a kid-focused family activity. The joy is in the discovery!

Please return your registration form by January 20th.

Burr Night at Fenway Park, Thursday, May 25th

080707_Boston_Red_Sox_logo11Burr Night at Fenway Park, Thursday, May 25th

It is that time of year again: Save the Date for Burr Night at Fenway Park!

Come join the Burr community at Fenway on Thursday, May 25th, at 7:10pm for the Red Sox vs. the Seattle Mariners.  Tickets are $29 per ticket with a portion of ticket proceeds benefiting Burr School. Forms will be sent home in folders at the end of next week.  Use this ticket order form and return it in your child’s folder by Tuesday, February 28th to reserve your seats.

More information and printed order forms to come. E-mail Jenn Reale at with any questions. Go Burr and Go Sox!!

Be an Understanding Our Differences Burr School grade coordinator!

Be an Understanding Our Differences Burr School grade coordinator!

We have four-five openings for grade level coordinators for the 2017-2018 school year.  We need a couple of people per grades 3-5 to organize 2-3 units. The goal of this citywide program is to increase information, understanding, and acceptance of people with disabilities and individual differences in our community. It’s easy and very rewarding!  Contact: Deanna Salemme: or 617-877-7576 for more information.

Also, we’d like to thank the following volunteers who have helped run the first five units of the Understanding Our Differences program so far this year:

Anne Alvarado, Enkela Pance, Amanda Thompson, Rachel McCarthy, Christine Carey, Lisa Parker, Michael Grubb, Valerie Wastcoat, Colleen McIntyre, Valerie Miller, Anestis Pistofidis, Justine Fialkosky, Deborah Hill, Jen Sulewski, Ruchi Bhasin, Gina Quinn, Elise Person, Diana Gomberg and Kim Tulimieri.  We couldn’t have done it without them!

If you haven’t volunteered, don’t fret!  You still have plenty of opportunities.

You can Be An Understanding Our Differences group leader to the Burr School 3rd & 4th Graders for the upcoming programs:

3rd grade (Wednesday 9-11am)
February 1, 2017 — Blindness/Low Vision
March 15, 2017 — Deafness/Hard of Hearing

4th grade (Wednesday 9-11 am)
May 3, 2017 — Chronic Medical Conditions

Volunteers do not need to have children in a specific grade, teaching experience, or a medical background.  We will provide the training and materials.  You provide the fun!

Can you help out? Contact: Deanna Salemme: or 617-877-7576.

The Online Auction is Coming!

We are gearing up for our 4th annual online auction, scheduled to start on March 3 and we have already secured some amazing items:

  • Camps
  • Birthday Parties
  • Hotel Stays
  • Theatre Tickets

To continue in making this one of our biggest fundraisers, we need help. Do you own a business and are you willing to donate a service? Would you be willing to donate a week at your summer house? Do you have friends that are willing to donate an item?

Additionally, areas that we need volunteers for include:

  • Soliciting donations
  • Entering donations into the online bidding system
  • Distributing items to winners
  • Sending thank you letters to people who donated

Some of the above can be done from your home, on your own time. Please contact Laura Sexton at or Justine Fialkosky at if you can help out.

Creative Arts and Sciences Welcomes Mass Audubon Society’s Winter Survival on 1/24/17 (Kindergarten)

Creative Arts and Sciences Welcomes Mass Audubon Society’s Winter Survival on 1/24/17 (Kindergarten)

Brrr! How do wild animals handle our frigid winters? Learn how New England animals hibernate or migrate and how their unique characteristics help them adapt to cold weather. Observe some animal guests up close and see how they prepare for winter!

Tuesday, January 24th
9:00-9:45  Mc Mahon
10:00- 10:45  Russo
11:00- 11:45  Frail

Presentations will take place in the Cafetorium.

Join us! Parents are encouraged to attend, but no younger siblings, please. Thank you for your cooperation.

This program was fully funded by your generous donations to the Burr PTO and the Burr Wolf Fund. To donate, go to Burr and click on “Donate.”

Thank you!

Burr School Lunar New Year Celebration, January 28, 2017

Burr School Lunar New Year Celebration, January 28, 2017

Saturday, January 28th, from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm, there will be a Lunar New Year celebration at Burr, in the cafetorium.

Oftentimes Lunar New Year’s day, which fell on a weekday in the past five years on public school calendars, is under-celebrated. Luckily enough, this coming Lunar New Year’s day is a Saturday. Burr families who have this tradition e.g., Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese families, are planning to have a celebration at the Burr School cafetorium.  All Burr families are welcomed.

This is a registration required event, no walk-ins please. To register please click here

2017 Burr Winter Basketball Clinics

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Burr K-5 Youth Basketball Academy by Professional Coach
Sign up at for 7 professional one-hour training sessions on Tuesday evenings @ Burr Gym!
Varsity coach Vincent Johnson runs this basketball academy.

SESSION II:  January 31, February 7, February 14, February 28, March 7, March 14, March 21 (2017)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Newton Community Celebration

Please join Mayor Setti Warren, the Newton Clergy Association, the Newton School Department and The Foundation For Racial, Ethnic, & Religious Harmony at this special event.

Each year the event brings together elected officials, the business community, volunteer service clubs, health and human service organizations, the Newton schools, religious congregations and other members of the Newton community to voice our support of the philosophy that all people should be treated with dignity and respect.

Newton’s diversity is evidenced by the fact that over sixty different linguistic groups are represented within the City’s School system.  A broad variety of backgrounds and cultures are spread among Newton’s thirteen villages.  The mix of the many races, creeds, and ethnicities in our community is a treasured resource to be nurtured, protected and celebrated.

This past year, with two publicized incidents of racist and anti-Semitic behavior.  Newton’s leadership jumped in quickly to take corrective action with the offenders, and sent us all a reminder of the ideals noted above.

An important part of the Celebration is the initiative of the Newton Rotary Club to answer the call from the Newton Food Pantries by donating toiletry items as noted on the Celebration flyer.

We are reminded of the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., ” Life’s Most Persistent and Urgent Question is, What are We Doing for Others”.  In response to this question, Rotary members will be providing boxes at the event for attendees to drop off their donations.  Drop-offs after the Celebration may be made at the office of The Presti Group Realty, 701 Washington Street in Newton.

January 16th, 9:30 am
Temple Beth Avodah
45 Puddingstone Lane, Newton Centre

Newton PTO Council 2017-01-10 06:51:51

The 2017-18 calendar is now available.