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) 

Mar
11

March Madness continues!

A big thank you to all those who participated in the 4th Grade Talent show on Friday night! Many thanks to show organizer Jenn Levinson and co-emcee Stacy Justich.  Here’s what’s going on at BURR this week.

Basketball Tournaments — 3/12, 3/13, 3/14

We invite 3rd, 4th and 5th graders to attend a fundraiser for ALS this week. Bring in a donation to play basketball from 8 – 9 a.m. Tuesday (Gr. 3), Wednesday (Gr. 4) and Thursday (Gr. 5). Regular school attire is fine. T-shirts will not be given out but a lot of fun is in store!

Gr. 3 Talent Show Rehearsal – 3/12

All those participating in the Grade 3 Talent Show must attend this week’s rehearsal from 3:30 – 5:30 in the auditorium. All acts must be accompanied by a chaperone. Questions? Email burr3rdgradetalentshow2019@gmail.com

School Store – 3/13

Send your child in with money to purchase supplies at the school store during Wednesday’s lunch hour.

Gr. 3 Talent Show Ticket Form:

Tickets are complimentary. If you are interested in purchasing tickets in advance, you can access the form here: 

THINGS TO REMEMBER: 

1) It’s not too late to send in your Let Grow activities. Here’s the letter on the Let Grow program: 

2)  New York State Assessments will be taking place 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

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 by doing ONE of the following: 

  • 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.
  • Click on the PDF link below to access the 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.

IntermediateForm.pdf 

Should you need assistance with your Parent Portal account information, please contact parentportal@commack.k12.ny.us.

Mar
04

March Comes in Like a Lion….

Welcome to the first week of March! A big thank you to all those who participated in the 5th Grade Talent show on Friday night — your talent will be missed! Much appreciation also goes to Cheryl Greenberg and Alex Bennis for organizing Friday night’s event. Here’s what’s going on at BURR this week.

BOOK FAIR – 3/4 – 3/7 — 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 pm

The Scholastic Book Fair is taking place this week. You can come in during your child’s library period (refer to your classroom schedule or contact your child’s teacher) and help him/her purchase a book OR send money in with your child on library day. The Book Fair room will also be open during Science Fair nights — 3/5 and 3/7 — from 6:00 – 7:30 pm

REMINDER: 4th GRADE TALENT SHOW REHEARSAL TODAY (3/4) — 3:30-5:30

All 4th grade talent show participants are required to attend today’s dress rehearsal from 3:30 – 5:30pm in the BURR auditorium. All acts MUST be accompanied by a chaperone. Bring a snack/beverage.

SCIENCE FAIR – 3/5 and 3/7 – 6:30pm to 7:30 pm

Come in and check out what our budding scientists have researched during this year’s Science Fair season. Winning entries in each grade will go on to the Brookhaven Science Labs competition. Please refer to your child’s schedule/teacher messages to find out which day to attend. Don’t forget to drop by the Book Fair on your way out!

BURR PTA MEETING – 3/6 – 9:45 a.m.

We will be holding this month’s PTA meeting in Room 107 at 9:45 on Wednesday. Please review last month’s minutes before attending: 

FAST ATHLETICS

If your child is interested in participating in the next session of FAST ATHLETICS, please fill out the following form and return as soon as possible. 

LET GROW INITIATIVE

Let Grow moments are due by this Friday, March 8! Send in all the exciting things your child has been doing independently. Here is the letter that came home to remind you of this exciting program: 

4TH GRADE TALENT SHOW – 3/8 – 7 – 8:30 pm

If you are attending the 4th grade talent show on Friday night, please ensure your talented offspring arrive by 6:30 p.m. 50/50 and prize raffles will be available for purchase. Here is the ticket form if you’ve misplaced it: 

Feb
25

Welcome Back from February Break

Hope all BURR Families had a wonderful and restful February Break! Thanks to all 4th and 5th Grade Chorus families for participating in performances of the National Anthem at the Stony Brook Women’s and Men’s basketball games last week. Here’s what’s going on at BURR this week:

NUTRITION WEEK: February 25 – March 1 

This week marks Nutrition Week at BURR! As part of our annual activities, we will be bringing back the very popular iGames Arts in Ed program for the kids during gym. Click here to read more about National Nutrition Month and eating right. Here’s some info about our iGames program: 

CLUBS — All clubs are active this week

5th Grade Talent Show Dress Rehearsal – Wednesday February 27

All acts must be accompanied by a chaperone. Rehearsal will take place 3:30 to 5:30. Bring snack/water to the rehearsal. Send a note with your child on Wednesday to allow your child to attend the dress rehearsal. All acts will be required to stay for the duration of the rehearsal. PLEASE NOTE: Tickets to this year’s talent show are complimentary. Please disregard the ticket form request for payment that went out before the holidays. There is a 6 ticket limit per family.

3rd Grade Talent Show Forms DUE – Wednesday February 27

If your child’s got talent, please send in your form for the 3rd Grade Talent Show with accompanying music/logistical requirements by this Wednesday: 

St. Baldrick’s – Friday March 1

Our annual St. Baldrick’s event for pediatric cancer will take place this Friday. Check out this flyer for more information: 

Science Fair Boards DUE – Friday March 1

If your child is participating in the 3rd, 4th or 5th Grade Science Fair, all boards are due on Friday March 1.

5th Grade Talent Show – Friday March 1

All acts should report to Room 107 by 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m. One parent may pick up their child after the show in Room 107.

Talent SHOW TICKET FORMS — All talent show tickets are complimentary this year. Please DISREGARD the request for payment on the 5th Grade ticket form that went out prior to the break.

5th Grade Talent Show Tickets — 

4th Grade Talent Show Tickets — The 4th Grade talent show will take place March 8. Here is the form: 

3rd Gradet Talent Show Tickets — Coming soon….

NEXT WEEK — PTA Meeting 

Please note the February PTA Meeting Minutes and the January 10 Board of Education update are now live on our website. Please click here to access them.

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