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Principal's Message: 10/25/19

Dear Burr Families,

Literacy Night is coming, and we are so excited! It is open to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. We would love for everyone to come (and dress in their pajamas!) The night will go from 5:30-6:30 and will include three twenty minute stations. All three stations are hands on experiences for you and your children to have fun together. Station 1 is a writing station where you and your child will write a family story together. The second station is a reading station - a fun opportunity for you to channel your acting abilities and read aloud to your child. Station 3 is all about words - but through games. Hard copy invitations went home this week. Please return them to your child's homeroom teacher by Friday, November 1st. Here is a link to the invitation.

Literacy Night Invitation

Please join me for my first Principal's coffee of 2019-2020 on Wednesday, October 30th at 2:30 in the library seminar room. There are two topics:

1) Parenting with a growth mindset and

2) An opportunity to ask any questions or give feedback about our school.

Here is a link to a parenting questionnaire that we will use to begin a discussion.

Parenting with a Growth Mindset - Self Assessment

Have a great weekend!


Principal Message 10252019


I have included a link to our family handbook. It contains practical information about our school as well as links to many district resources.

2019-2020 Family Handbook


Below is a link to our Behavior handbook. For the month of October, please focus on the following pages with your child:

  • Page 1. This is an introduction to the handbook and frames the mindset that we hope you and your child approach behavior at Burr.
  • Page 4. This page (in chart form) defines what our three keys words - understanding, respect, and responsibility - should look and sound like if practiced appropriately throughout school. I would ask that you review this page with your children.
  • Last Page. This page has a list of books that can be used to teach positive behavior. I would encourage you to read multiple books from this list. They have great messages which could lead to great conversations about how to apply these skills in your child's everyday life.

Behavior Handbook 2019-2020


Halloween is on Thursday, October 31st. Our goal is always to strike a balance between preserving the academic day and encouraging students to enjoy the holiday and have some fun. Some quick reminders:

  • All students will have the option to wear their costumes at the Halloween parties that will occur during the afternoon. Students can bring their costumes to school, change just before their class parties, and wear their costumes home if they so choose.
  • If your child does choose to wear a costume, please make sure that they adhere to some basic guidelines. These include no weapons (either real or fake) such as swords, spears, knives, or guns. Students should not bring anything that would make a mess at school including fake blood. Finally, please work with your child to insure that they wear a costume that is age appropriate and doesn’t promote violence or inappropriate activity.
  • Please no food or candy at class parties. This is due to the district's allergy policy.
  • The kindergarten Halloween parade will occur at 1:30. Kindergarten teachers will provide details to their families.
  • Teachers and staff will also be encouraged to dress up throughout the day, and we are looking forward to a fun experience for everyone.

Every year, UNICEF holds a fundraising program called Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, where kids all over the United States go door to door on Halloween collecting not only their candy, but also small donations for UNICEF. The Fairfield Ludlowe UNICEF club is looking forward to implementing this in Fairfield again this year. A few days before Halloween, a small, orange box will be given to each student, which we request they bring with them while trick-or-treating to ask for donation. We then ask that they please bring the boxes back to school to be collected. UNICEF originally started this program during World War II to support kids affected by the conflict, and since 1950 they have raise almost $177 million dollars. UNICEF donations improve the lives of children in 190 countries, helping fund immunizations, education, emergency relief, nutrition, clean water, and much more with your support! 100% of the donations made this Halloween will be given directly to UNICEF. We hope that we will be able to raise a lot of money this year for children all over the world. After all, this amazing program perfectly exemplifies UNICEF’s motto of kids helping kids!


  • Burr's Veteran's Day program is Friday, November 8th at 10:00. Please see the following link for more information about this special assembly.

Veteran's Day Letter


Grades K-5 - 5:30-6:30


Wednesday, October 30 - Principal's Coffee - Parenting with a Growth Mindset - 2:30 in library

Thursday, October 31 - Halloween - Kindergarten Parade at 1:30

Thursday, November 7 - Literacy Night, K-5 - 5:30-6:30

Friday, November 8 - Veteran's Day Program - 10:00 (Breakfast for Veterans and their families at 9:30)