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Principal's Message: 9/6/19

Dear Burr Families,

"All of this is why schools push reading so hard. That’s their job. But it’s not parents’ job. Schools may be the place where children learn to read; home can be the place where they get to read. For parents, the goal isn’t to push and/or to grade and/or to affix a gold star. It’s to help children realize that reading is the reward."

I would invite you to read an opinion piece recently written in the NY Times that speaks about how to raise a lifelong reader. (See link)

In grades 2-5, we ask students to read at least 30 minutes a night. We encourage parents to provide the space, time, resources, and cheerleading to make reading a positive, passionate experience for students. We want them to fall in love with stories, characters, and the world. Happy reading.

Jason Bluestein, Principal



If you haven't already done so, please make sure you set your child's default after school plans. (For many students it is the bus.) We have approximately 100 students who are not currently linked to Dismissal Manager. We have sent follow up e-mails with reminders about how to set your child's default plans. Please note that there is a big safety component for us to have this information. It's how we know - at dismissal - where students are and where they are going. If you have any questions about how to set your child's default, don't hesitate to call the main office. We no longer take notes or e-mails for dismissal changes.


On our website are forms to help you begin the school year. They are accessible through the Parent page under Documents:


In past years, I have invited parents to read a book as a community. Previous choices include Mindset by Carol Dweck and The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley. This year I want to do something a little different. I want to offer a topic (important to parents) that we can discuss at select Principal's Coffee meetings during the year. With that in mind, I have included a link to a survey (a very short survey) that will help me determine topics / short articles that are meaningful to parents. If you could complete it (it should only take a minute), that would be appreciated. Here is the link.


Tuesday, September 10 - PTA Meeting -2:00

Wednesday, September 11 - Open House - Kindergarten Only -6:00

Thursday, September 12 - Ice Cream Social 3:45

Thursday, September 19 - Open House - Grades 1-5 -5:30-8:00 (See schedule below:)

5:30-6:00 - Specialists Open House

6:00-6:45 - Grades 1,2 Classroom Presentations

6:45-7:15 - Principal's Presentation

7:15-8:00 - Grades 3-5 Classroom Presentations (Grade 5 will begin in the library.)

Wednesday, September 25 - Picture Day