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Principal's Message: 9/20/19

Dear Burr Families,

I wanted to take a moment to share Burr's Behavior Handbook with you. The purpose of this handbook is to explain the behavior expectations at Burr for students. It also contains many suggestions to help adults support our behavior work. At Burr, we don't see this handbook as punitive or disciplinary in nature (although it does offer suggestions on how to deal with specific behavioral issues.) On the contrary, it is really a teaching document - meant to bring clarity to the entire Burr community about what is appropriate and safe behavior at school.

Unlike last year, you do not need to read the entire document with your child at once. Nor do you need to sign a piece of paper saying that you read it with your child. We are going to, however, point you back to the handbook on a monthly basis to focus on a specific part with your child. It will help support the work of our school and create a positive partnership between Burr staff and you. We appreciate your support and help.

Below is a link to the handbook. For the month of September, I would appreciate it if you could 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.

Behavior Handbook 2019-2020

As always, we couldn't do it without you. Thank you in advance for your help and support.

Jason

HALLOWEEN UNICEF FUNDRAISING PROGRAM

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!

MORNING ARRIVAL-DROP OFF CIRCLE

I wanted to share some important reminders about morning drop off in the circle in the front of the building. These are all critical to the safety of students, staff, and parents.

  • Please do not pass cars that are dropping off students in the circle.
  • Please do not drop students off in the parking lot. They must wait until they reach Burr staff in the circle. This will actually make the process go faster.
  • Please do not back up your car or try to turn around. After dropping your child off in the circle, follow the line of cars around the circle in order to exit.

PICTURE DAY SCHOLARSHIPS

Picture Day at Burr is Wednesday, September 25th. The PTA and photography company have generously made available ten scholarships for pictures. If you need a scholarship to pay for pictures, please contact me directly at [email protected]

OPEN HOUSE

The following links take you to my Open House presentations. If you are interested in one of the books I mentioned, here is where you can find them.

Kindergarten Open House Presentation

Grades 1-5 Open House Presentation

NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS

Fairfield is in the process of transitioning to the implementation of national science standards. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are an exciting turn on how we teach science at school. As the writers of the standards express in their position statement: “Science education traditionally focused on large volumes of content, primarily basic facts and vocabulary, while falling short on the deeper understanding of key scientific concepts and application of these concepts to daily life." The goal of these standards is to improve college preparedness, STEM career readiness, and improve the ability of all citizens of our country to make better and more informed decisions. Below is a chart that summarizes what this change will ultimately look like. I invite you to learn more about the standards at the following links.

https://www.nextgenscience.org/

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Science/NGSS_Boards.pdf?la=en

https://www.nextgenscience.org/parentguides

COACH DANA CAVALEA

I am excited to offer a special parent night presentation with Coach Dana Cavalea on Monday night October 7th at 7:00PM at Burr. Coach Cavalea is a strength and life coach who has spent the majority of his career as the Director of Performance for the New York Yankees. In addition to working with high level athletes, coaches, CEOs and Executives, he is an international speaker and consultant. He will be speaking to Burr students on October 8th during the school day. Please join us for this special night.

UPCOMING DATES

Tuesday, September 24 - Early Dismissal at 1:40 (lunch served)

Wednesday, September 25 - Picture Day

Friday, September 27 - Spirit Day and Burr Buddy Day (Please encourage your children to wear their Burr Spirit Wear!)

Monday, September 30 - Rosh Hashanah - No School