Apr
15

Thank you to all those BURR Families that participated in Family S.T.E.A.M. Day! Here’s what’s happening this week….

Monday, April 15 – Middle School Transition Night

Do you have a student completing his/her final year at BURR? You are invited to Transition night at the Middle School this evening:

Grade 5 to 6 Parent Orientation at 7pm at the Commack Middle School.

6th Grade Special Services Orientation at 6 pm at the Commack Middle School

Tuesday, April 16 – Fun Pack Picture Day

No preparation required! Dress your child in their favorite school clothes for a spring-themed photo op. If you like the pictures that come home in a few weeks, you can purchase them or, if not, send them back with no payment.

Wednesday, April 17 – Spring Registration for After School Clubs

Come by 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. OR 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm to sign up for Spring Session of Clubs. All clubs start the week of April 29. Packets were sent home via mail last week.

Thursday, April 18 – Last Day of School Before Spring Break

Wishing all Commack families a kosher and joyous Passover and a very Happy Easter!

 

Coming UP….

April 25– BURR Family Fun Event at Superior Ice Rink from 10a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

May 1 -Girl Scout Brownie Troop 265 is sponsoring a Bookmobile Swap until May 1 at BURR. Bring a book and pick up a book to read. Here’s the flyer: 

May 4 – I Love My Park Day — BURR families are invited for a morning of community service at Sunken Meadow State Park:

June 5 – PTA Council Blood Drive 1-7 pm at BURR Intermediate

June 22 – Commack Community Long Island Ducks Game

Apr
08

Week of April 8

April showers will bring May flowers! Hope all BURR families are doing well on this cloudy Monday. Here’s what’s in store this week:

Wednesday, April 10

The April PTA Meeting will take place at 9:45 a.m. in Room 107. Please review the March Minutes prior to attending. April 8 marks National Volunteer Week so take a moment to thank your PTA volunteers for all the hard work they have put in over the past year.

School Store will take place during lunch hours on April 10.

Friday, April 12

Wear your BURR Spiritwear for Spirit Day

Poem in Your Pocket Day –– Children are invited to carry a poem in their pocket to share with friends and family. Here’s one to get you started:

Rose are Red, Violets are Blue,

I have poems in my pocket, How about you?

Saturday, April 13

Commack Family STEAM Day. It’s not too late to register for a host of exciting activities taking place from 9 – 1 pm:

REMINDERS:

BURR PTA Family Fun Day

Flyers were distributed for a fun family event at Superior Ice Rink during April break. Everyone can skate with rental for $9 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday April 25. Here’s the flyer – due this FRIDAY, April 12: 

Long Island Ducks

The Commack Community Long Island Ducks Game will take place on Saturday June 22 at 6:35 p.m. Tickets are extremely limited so please send in your ticket forms as soon as possible.

Coming UP….

April 16 – Fun Pack Picture Day — No preparation required! Dress your child in their favorite school clothes for a spring-themed photo op. If you like the pictures that come home in a few weeks, you can purchase them or, if not, send them ask with no payment.

May 4 – I Love My Park Day — BURR families are invited for a morning of community service at Sunken Meadow State Park:

June 5 – PTA Council Blood Drive 1-7 pm at BURR Intermediate

Girl Scout Brownie Troop 265 is sponsoring a Bookmobile Swap until May 1 at BURR. Bring a book and pick up a book to read. Here’s the flyer: 

Check out the new April Commack Courier on the Commack Schools Website:

Apr
01

SCHOOL IS CLOSED! April Fool’s!

No the school is open today but we hope you have a great April Fool’s Day any way! Here’s what is going on this week..

New York State Assessment Information

New York State Assessment Information

Dear Parents and/or Guardians:

This letter serves as a reminder that all third through eighth grade students will be taking the New York State Assessments, according to the following schedule:

  • Grades 3 through 8 ELA will be administered on April 3 & 4
  • Grades 3 through 8 Math will be administered on May 1 & 2
  • Grade 4 Science will be administered on May 30 & 31
  • Grade 8 Science will be administered on May 29 & June 3

As you know, in Commack, we respect the right of parents to choose whether they will allow their child to take the above-mentioned state tests. The decision to not allow participation in these tests is commonly known as “opting-out” of the test. To opt-out of state assessments, parents/guardians must simply notify the school in writing of their decision.

For the convenience of our families, we have provided the following three options for notifying the school of their decision to opt out for any of these assessments:

  • Submit a letter to the school stating the child’s name, grade, teacher, and list the tests for which the child will opt-out. Return this letter to your child’s school.
  • Complete the attached opt-out form and return this form to your child’s school.
  • Complete an online opt-out form, which can be accessed using the Parent Portal (log into the parent portal and click on message and inbox).

Please note that if the school does not receive an opt-out notification in any of the forms mentioned above, your child will be administered the exam. A separate form or letter is required for each child.

Please notify the school of your decision to opt-out as soon as possible. The opt-out form will be available on the Parent Portal until March 20th for ELA and April 12th for Math and Science. You can send this form or letter in at any time, but it would assist the schools in planning for children who opt-out if we had these letters/forms back by March 20, 2019.

Yearbook Forms

Yearbook forms were due March 29. A BURR Yearbook costs $15 and can be ordered online. All 5th graders will receive one complimentary copy of the yearbook courtesy of the PTA as a graduation gift. If you have difficulty ordering online, please wait 24 hours and try again. Here’s the flyer with information about the Yearbook ordering process: 

Join the PTA Board

We are now accepting nominations for the 2019/2020 BURR Intermediate PTA Board. If you are interested in taking on a leadership role and having a significant voice in the Commack community, please send a nomination letter to Nominating Committee Chair Kate Van De Berghe at katev30@gmail.com

Coming UP….

April 10 – PTA Meeting — please review the minutes from last month’s meeting here.

April 13 – Commack Family Steam Day at the Middle School  

June 5 – PTA Council Blood Drive 1-7 pm at BURR Intermediate

June 22 – Commack Community Long Island Ducks Game (flyers were in children’s backpacks last week) 

Mar
25

Spring is here!

A big thank you to all the 3rd graders who performed during Friday’s Talent Show — all of the acts were fabulous! This week at BURR…

March 22 – 29: Gently Used Sports Equipment Drive
Got bats, balls, athletic shoes that could use a little more use? Send them in for BURR’s gently used sports equipment drive. Bins are in the lobby.

Monday March 25

The School District is hosting a session on Raising Resilient Kids at Hubb this evening at 6:30 p.m. . Click here to register

Wednesday March 27

BURR will be hosting an orientation for 2nd grade parents from North Ridge and Indian Hollow

Thursday March 28

Budget hearings. Want a say in how your tax dollars are spent for the coming year? Click here for details

Yearbook Forms

Yearbook forms were distributed last week. A BURR Yearbook costs $15 and can be ordered online. All 5th graders will receive one complimentary copy of the yearbook courtesy of the PTA as a graduation gift. If you have difficulty ordering online, please wait 24 hours and try again. Here’s the flyer that went out last week: 

Join the PTA Board

We are now accepting nominations for the 2019/2020 BURR Intermediate PTA Board. If you are interested in taking on a leadership role and having a significant voice in the Commack community, please send a nomination letter to Nominating Committee Chair Kate Van De Berghe at katev30@gmail.com

Coming UP….

April 13 – Commack Family Steam Day at the Middle School  

June 5 – PTA Council Blood Drive 1-7 pm at BURR Intermediate

June 22 – Commack Community Long Island Ducks Game (flyers were in children’s backpacks last week) 

Mar
18

Disabilities Awareness Week 2019

Students at BURR will be learning about how it’s like to live with a disability this week during Disability Awareness Week. Through our Arts in Education program, 5th graders were exposed to Cathy Russell’s “Hands that See” program focused on living with blindness. This week 4th graders will receive an inspiring presentation on 3/18 from Rohan Murphy and 3rd graders will get a tutorial on American Sign Language from Commack High School students on 3/20. Here’s what else is new at BURR this week:

Report Cards – Tuesday, March 19

Check your child’s backpack for the 2nd Trimester marking scores.

3rd Grade Talent Show Rehearsal – Tuesday, March 19

All participants are expected to attend the FULL dress rehearsal (in costume) from 3:30 – 5:30pm. Bring snacks/water and designated chaperone. NOTE: Advance tickets for the Talent Show are no longer on sale. Tickets for the show as well as raffle tickets will be available for sale at the door on Friday night.

SEPTA Presentation on Audiobooks – Tuesday, March 19

Join the Special Education PTA for an informative seminar on how to access and get the most out of audio books. ALL are welcome to attend at 7 pm at North Ridge Primary School.

2nd Budget Hearing – Thursday, March 21

Want to know what the plans are for your hard-earned tax dollars? The Commack community is invited to attend the 2nd Budget Hearing during which the Commack Board of Education will discuss facilities/staffing allocations for the coming year. The meeting will take place at 8 PM at the Hubbs building on Clay Pitts Road.

Grade 3 Talent Show – Friday, March 22

Come see BURR Talent at 7 pm in the BURR auditorium. Show tickets and raffle tickets for Bluebird Orthodontics, EAP Photography and a free TV will be available at the door. All performers are expected to arrive at 6:30 p.m.

PTA March Minutes

The PTA March meeting Minutes are now available on our website. Please click here to access information about what was discussed.

Join the PTA Board

We are now accepting nominations for the 2019/2020 BURR Intermediate PTA Board. If you are interested in taking on a leadership role and having a significant voice in the Commack community, please send a nomination letter to Nominating Committee Chair Kate Van De Berghe at katev30@gmail.com

Coming UP….

March 22 and 23 – Musical at Commack Middle School (Gr. 5 students will be attending a special performance on Friday March 22)

March 22 – 29 – Play it Forward – Gently Used Sports Equipment Drive at BURR

April 13 – Commack Family Steam Day at the Middle School  

June 5 – PTA Council Blood Drive 1-7 pm at BURR Intermediate

June 22 – Commack Community Long Island Ducks Game (flyers were in children’s backpacks last week) 

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