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Note from the Principal
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 8:30 AM

Click the headline for this week's note from Principal Bartl.

School Announcements
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 8:25 AM

Mindfulness Project
If you have questions about the Mindfulness Project, please email Jen Feriancek.

Arrival Time
Unless students are enrolled in Minneapolis Kids, please do not drop your child(ren) off at school before 8:55 am. School staff are typically in meetings from 8:00-8:55 and are unable to provide supervision before this time.

Celebrate Read-a-Thon Success!
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 8:15 AM

A HUGE thank you to the fifth graders, their parents, and their teachers for the hard work and support they put into the 2017 Read-a-Thon opening and closing ceremonies.  They did an amazing job helping Edward complete his journey—pie and all!

Burroughs students read 2,745,598 minutes and raised $95,027 and now they deserve a celebration! Hobo Hank’s Pizza Party and the Overboard Ice Cream Party will take place this week. Click here for party dates & times, as well as detailed ingredient information on the products that will be served. A big thank you to Davanni's for the discount that makes the Read-a-Thon Party Week possible!

Volunteers Needed
Sign up here to help serve ice cream to our hungry readers on Tuesday & Wednesday, March 21 & 22. Contact Cheryl Hudson if you are interested in volunteering at the pizza and/or principal parties.

Terms are Expiring: PTA Leadership Positions Open
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 8:10 AM

Have you wanted to be more involved at Burroughs? Become a candidate for the executive board of the Burroughs PTA. There are four openings for 2017-2018 school year officers:

  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Co-Treasurer
  • Volunteer Coordinator

All of of these roles are vital to fulfilling the mission of the PTA to support Burroughs students and staff through fundraising and volunteering. Elections will be held at the April PTA meeting. If you would like to learn more about any of the officer positions, feel free to contact Lesley Farmer, current PTA president or Jessica Wood, next year’s PTA president.

Fresh Food and Fundraising
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 8:05 AM

Tangletown Gardens and Wise Acre Eatery are partnering with Burroughs in an effort to support our school. Choose between four options before April 10, and 10 percent of the profits will be donated to Burroughs! Click the headline for details.

March 28 PTA Meeting
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 8:00 AM

Burroughs Parents, we need you! The PTA meets Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 pm to answer these questions and more:

  • How much money does PTA have in its budget and what has it paid for this year? 
  • Who would make great candidates for several open PTA leadership positions in 2017-2018?
  • Why are amendments to the PTA bylaws needed?

Each of these subjects will become PTA action items at the end of the April – the March 28 meeting will help you get a handle on the issues. Free childcare for kids age 3 and up is provided during the meeting.

The meeting agenda is online. Current bylaws can be found on the Burroughs website; the Executive Board’s proposed changes to the bylaws can also be be found online. 

Last Chance to Order Your Yearbook
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 7:55 AM

Yearbook order forms and envelopes from Lifetouch were sent home in backpacks last week. You may order your child's yearbook online using school ID1206817 or via the envelope (make checks payable to Burroughs PTA). A yearbook costs $14. Click the headline for further details.

Fix-It Clinic A Success
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 7:50 AM

Thank you, Burroughs families! The Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic held at the Burroughs cafeteria on Saturday March 11 was a big success. We had 128 people visit, which broke the previous record of 125 people. People brought 181 items, of which 144 were fixed or are on their way to being fixed, for an 80% fix rate. Popular items were lamps, vacuums, and toys. We helped divert 767 pounds from the waste stream! Thank you Burroughs families, the Lynnhurst Environmental Committee, and the whole neighborhood for making it a success.

Burroughs PTA Bylaws are Out of Date
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 7:40 AM

Please Review Proposed Changes 
The Bylaws that govern the Burroughs PTA were last updated 5 years ago. A few changes to those rules are needed to create a more responsive organization to the needs of the Burroughs community. For example, the current Executive Board has proposed:

  1. Adding a new Volunteer Coordinator position to increase communication of volunteer opportunities for parents
  2. Providing greater support to the significant financial management responsibilities that a large and well-funded PTA requires.

See the Burroughs website to review the proposed amendments to the bylaws. If PTA members would like to suggest additional amendments, please contact Lesley Farmer. Discussion of proposed amendments will take place at the March 28 PTA meeting; action to change the bylaws will follow at the April meeting.

Ramsey Plant Sale
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 7:30 AM

If chilly days have you longing for May flowers, start your planning early this year and support Ramsey Middle School at the same time. Plant sale order forms can be found here; a few forms will also be available in the Burroughs office. Please print and fill out the forms, and make sure that you include your name and a contact number. An electronic version of the catalog is available here.

Forms and payment are due in the Burroughs office by Wednesday, March 29. Order pick up is on Monday, May 15 from 12-6 pm. There are NO REFUNDS for plants that are not picked up.

Please contact Paula Huber-Williams or Melissa Waskiewicz with questions.

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