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A Note from Principal Cadotte
Monday, September 24, 2012 7:45 AM

Dear families,
We have had an amazing opening to our new school year with many, many people to thank. Our PTA has been there every moment, helping parents get acclimated to the annual start-up. There are still opportunities to volunteer for a number of PTA committees.
 
Week on Wheels and Beachcombers Week
Hats off to Mr. Hill, Mr. Peterson, and all of the volunteer chaperones! It is a beautiful sight to see a gym full of bikes. This is just the first adventure of many this year from “The Phy. Ed. Guys.”
 
Twin Cities Marathon Family Run
Join the Burroughs runners for a morning of fun and exercise. If you have not yet signed up, get all the details and the form online. Thanks to Eric Woods, who is helping coordinate this year’s event. The Twin Cities Marathon Family Fun Run is Saturday, October 6. Meet the Burroughs runners in front of the State Capitol at 8:30 am near the Burroughs sign.
 
Materials Donation
I have had a few questions about the $25 materials donation. Last year, Burroughs faced a big shortfall in our budget. The Budget Committee worked long and hard to maintain our programming. Unfortunately, after cutting positions, we were still left with a diminished operating budget, which is the fund from which we purchase supplies. I must tell you that it is distressing for me to ask our families for yet another donation. I continue to be grateful for your support. We will accept a supply donation any time during the school year.
 
It’s Not Too Late to Join After-School Band and Orchestra
This is a great way for your child to start experiencing the arts and to lay a foundation for them to continue in middle- and high-school. We are fortunate to partner with the renowned Mount Olivet School of Music. If you would like further information, email Rebecca or Nancy at Mount Olivet.
 
Send a “Green” Lunch to Burroughs
Buy juice pouches (like Capri Sun) rather than juice boxes; pouches can be reused for tote bags. Juice boxes must go in the trash because of the foil liners. Please try to send food to school in containers that can be reused like Tupperware or Rubbermaid. Reusable sandwich wraps or wax paper, which is back in fashion and compostable, are great for sandwiches. A great way to send warm or cold food is in a Thermos. Please buy drinkable yogurt; the containers can be recycled. Check the website for more ideas for litterless lunches, and learn how to prepare juice pouches for recycling.
 
Safety is a Priority
Parents and caregivers, if you pick up your child at the south end of the bus lane, please wait at the “Bus 8” sign or beyond. With such a large crowd, it makes it difficult for teachers if you gather any closer than the “8” sign. Also, if you walk your dog to school at the end of the day, it is safer and more comfortable for students if you wait with your dog up on the grass rather than on the sidewalk.
 
If you park on James Avenue at the end of the day to pick up your child, do not cross between the buses when going to or from your car. This is very dangerous; please go to the corner where we have patrols.
 
Please note some upcoming BIG events at Burroughs:
  • International Bike to School Day is Wednesday, October 3. Bike safely, and wear your helmet.
  • The Burroughs Book Fair, Café & Flu Shot Clinic takes place on Saturday, October 6. Bring the family for books, lunch, and the reading corner. Students will be able to preview books prior to the Book Fair.
  • Fall Campus Clean-up: The campus grounds desperately needs your help. We are looking for volunteers on October 13 from 10 am to 2 pm. If you can help, even for one hour, it would be greatly appreciated.
 
Attend to Achieve: Attendance Matters!
It is our policy that every student attends school every day and arrives on time.
 
Thanks and have a great week,
 
Mr. Cadotte