December 2015

Principal's Video Message

Dear Bulldog Families,

As this year comes to a close, I can’t help but look back at all the wonderful happenings at Burr Elementary. I feel so fortunate to be a part of a community that works together as a family to provide enrichment and support to all of our children. Once again, our school families continue to “Strive for Excellence.”

Our Burr PTO is amazing. They are always thinking about “What’s Best for our Bulldogs.” The PTO Santa Shop is the week of December 7 – 11th. This is a great way for your child to shop for the holiday season. The PTO is also having “Cookies with Santa” on Thursday December 10th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

This is a season of giving and our Student Council leaders have three opportunities for us to give back to our community.

December 1–17 Student Council’s Canned Food Drive (The food collected goes to Community Christian Church which provides us with Bulldog Backpacks filled with food for our families in need.)

December 1–23 Student Council’s Hat and Mitten Tree (These items are used at Burr and given to Kiwanis)

December 1–15 Student Council’s Toys 4 Tots Drive (We support Marines and their collection for needy kids)

We also have two holiday concerts in December. Vocal Music Concerts for 3rd Grade is 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. and 5th Grade 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8th. The Preschool/Great Start/ECSE Holiday Concert is December 17 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

In December, I will be hosting a second grade parent/guardian meeting called “Diet Coke with the Principal” to discuss a variety of topics, listen to suggestions, comments, concerns, and to visit classroom to see our second grade Bulldogs in action. The second grade meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 10th

Books continue to be a great gift idea. Please make sure you talk to your child about their likes and dislikes when it comes to their reading. Choice is very important to a motivated reader. Maybe a gift card to Barnes and Noble or a trip to the library would be better.

I feel very passionate about reading. Reading at home with your child is an easy way for parents to help their children with their learning. PLEASE take the time over the holiday break to enjoy your family time, but PLEASE don’t forget to have students read and keep track of their minutes spent reading in their reading logs!

One of the best ways to encourage your child to read is to show them that reading is important to you. One way to show your children that you value reading is to set aside a “family reading time” each night. During family reading time, every member of the family finds something to read. When children read they increase their comprehension and summarizing skills, both of which are needed to be a successful reader.

One of my favorite books of all times is Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. My third grade teacher read to us every afternoon and believe it or not I cried at the end. Below is a brief synopsis of the book. g. This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children's literature that is "just about perfect."

Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's Web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's spider web tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur's life when he was born the runt of his litter.

E. B. White's Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. It contains illustrations by Garth Williams, the acclaimed illustrator of E.B. White's Stuart Little and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series, among many other books.

A child who achieves does so with the help of many people: from mother or father, to the classroom teacher, to grandparents, aunts/uncles, to that “special someone” who encourages and acts as a “coach” in the process. It is important to recognize the worth and merit of everyone involved in the process of educating a child. Indeed, students need to be taught to be responsible learners, but having a support system is extremely important. By working together, students can often achieve results that would be difficult for them to attain alone. As parents, and/or guardians, there are so many ways you can support your child’s learning:

Make school important: Insist on good attendance and punctuality. Your child learns from you, so be an important role model for them. Be positive about education and show you enjoy learning too.

On behalf of the students and staff of Burr Elementary, we wish and your family a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable season. Whatever the activity, give your children the Greatest Gift of All, the Gift of Time.

Take Care,

Michael P. Hardy
Principal and Lead Learner