Summer 2015

Principal's Video Message

Dear Bulldog Families,

It is hard to believe that the year has come to an end! It has been a truly wonderful year at Burr. We continue to meet with academic success and as always work hard to meet the needs of every Bulldog.

Join the Summer Learning Bandwagon at Burr Elementary.

Summer is here and it is often a time when students who have made academic gains throughout the school year, slowly slip backwards. As your educational partner, we have developed several key items for your child to have as resources to work on over the summer to maintain & even strengthen their skills.

Reading during the summer is ESSENTIAL! Significant losses in reading occur over the summer, if children don’t read. In 2009, Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, described summer learning loss as “devastating.” Researchers have referred to this as the “summer slide.” Don’t let your child suffer from the “summer slide” this year!


We are pleased to share with you the following tools that can be utilized to continue learning throughout the summer:

Burr’s 5th Annual Summer Learning Challenge

I would strongly encourage you and your child to take part in this worthwhile experience. Did you know it is cool to think about school over the summer? I am offering an incentive for all the students at Burr Elementary who complete something academic this summer.

If you choose to participate you need to show proof to Mr. Hardy that you contributed to your learning in one or more of the following activities at this summer:


Complete the Online Summer Math Packet
Our Bulldogs had a busy year learning new math skills and concepts. Mastering all of these skills and concepts is extremely important in order to develop a solid math foundation. The math skills that your child has learned this year must be mastered for your child to be able to understand the new skills that will be taught next year. Each year builds upon the previous year’s math skills and concepts. So any time spent reviewing or reinforcing these skills and concepts will be very beneficial for your child. Summer math packets are aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

Dreambox (online personalized math program)
DreamBox Learning is a K-5 adaptive online math program that is widely used in US elementary schools. Adaptive means that the program captures every decision a student makes while working in the software and adjusts the student’s learning path in real time, maintaining just the right degree of difficulty and no gaps in understanding.

Complete the Summer Writing Journal
At Burr, we have worked toward building a writing community. Children in all grades have participated in Writers Workshop in their classroom. Writers must write to communicate ideas, convey meanings, and express feelings. They must write often to become proficient. Writers improve by writing! Journaling provides an excellent opportunity for writing practice. This summer the Burr website will provide several prompts for your child to choose from to respond in a journal that you provide.
TumbleBookLibrary ( is an online collection of TumbleBooks animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music, and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.

Burr Summer Reading Challenge 2015
This summer, we will offer our exciting 1000+ minute reading challenge. Books are a great source of imagination and enjoyment for all of us. This summer, record the number of minutes you read each day on the calendar then record the total minutes for the months of June, July, August and up until September 8th. Add up how many minutes you read each month for a grand total of minutes read over the summer. Remember, your goal is 1000+ minutes.

Complete the Burr Summer Reading Data/Log Folder (2nd – 5th grade)
Please request a folder from the office

Attend Burr Summer School program
(only qualifying students are invited)

Do your Bulldog Best!
I am only accepting quality work. If you choose to participate, complete the activities, and return them to me in the fall. I will collect the evidence of participation the first week of school. If you have it, you will be invited to an ice cream party by the principal!

On behalf of the staff at Burr Elementary, I want to sincerely thank you for an amazing year. We will certainly continue our efforts to improve our students’ learning in all areas at Burr next year as well.

Finally, enjoy the summer vacation with your amazing children. Stay safe and have a lot of fun together! Thank you for your continued support of Burr’s learning community. We could not do what we do every day without your support!

Remember, when school stops for summer, learning never should

We are already planning for an exciting 2015 - 2016 school year.

Take Care,

Michael P. Hardy
Principal and Lead Learner