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A Letter from Principal Cadotte
Monday, November 12, 2012 9:00 AM


Dear Families,
Every year at Burroughs, our students take part in a community giving project called Penny Pals. Our philosophy has always been to find a way to help other children. This year, we have chosen once again to be Hurricane Helpers. Our students have helped with Hurricane Katrina, the hurricane in Japan, and now Hurricane Sandy. No doubt you have seen the devastating images on television. As we have done for previous natural disasters, our Penny Pals donations will go directly to the Red Cross, an organization that is always quick to be on the scene with food, water, clothing, and shelter. Please look in sofas, drawers, and under furniture for loose change to help. Your children can bring any donations into their classrooms between November 12 and December 14.
It was a wonderful experience to have all of our students participate in Kids Voting Minneapolis. This is a community-based, nonpartisan, civic education organization that supplies teachers with free classroom activities and offers students an authentic voting experience. Burroughs students in grades 3, 4, and 5 went to the polls at Mount Olivet with their classes on November 6 to cast their ballots in their own voting booths. I’d like to thank volunteers Bridget McGinnis and Susie Byers for helping. The hope is that this will instill in our young people the “habit” of exercising their civic right and responsibility to vote.
Burroughs continues to participate in the Minneapolis Public Schools Farm2School program! We have exciting local food taste tests in our cafeteria each month to get students interested in trying fresh, healthy foods. There will be other opportunities to learn about where food comes from, like meeting Minnesota farmers at school. November’s featured local food is sweet, orange butternut squash. Students will have the chance to taste a Butternut Squash Bake in the cafeteria on Thursday, November 15. Butternut squash grows on farms near Minneapolis and is ripe during the late fall. Its thick, brown skin keeps the bright orange flesh inside fresh so you can store butternut squash for a month or more in a cool, dark place. Learn how to find local produce for your family by visiting the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s website. Also check out the MPS school meal menu for a great fall recipe to try: Butternut Squash Chili!
Another opportunity to give to our community: Save Our Schools (SOS) has partnered with Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS) of Minneapolis and the organization’s Next Generation (NexGen) program to host Thanks4Giving Day! Burroughs has been designated as a neighborhood drop-off location for new or gently used items that will help children in need. SOS will be collecting new and gently used school supplies (calculators, backpacks, art supplies, etc.), children’s clothing--especially outerwear, and children’s toys and books. Burroughs families can bring donations and leave them in the bins in the atrium anytime. Or you can bring your items to Burroughs on the community drop-off day: Friday, November 23from 9 am to 3 pm.

About the Thanks4Giving Day hosts: Save Our Schools aims to be a catalyst for change and improvement for Minnesota students by providing grants to underfunded schools and high-quality educational programs. SOS will provide the resources and tools necessary to foster and advance the minds of future generations.JFCS Next Generation Program is a fund, club, and board that encourages philanthropy and community involvement among adults ages 21 to 36. NextGen encourages young philanthropists by offering hands-on giving opportunities, professional experience, and a vibrant social network to build a more cohesive community.