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  • October 10, 2019

    Posted by Sara Bright on 10/10/2019

    Dear Families,

    We have had a busy, exciting week at Burnet Hill! We kicked off the week with our first school store of the 2019-2020 school year. The students were excited to buy all sorts of things during their lunch period on Monday. The nose pencil sharpers were particularly popular!


    On Tuesday, our Pre-K through Second Grade students received an important Fire Safety talk from our local Fire Department. The students learned about creating a meeting spot outside in case of a fire. It was a bit wet, so our assembly was inside, but some classrooms were able to peek outside and see the fire truck, too! Thank you to our amazing Fire Department for this informative and important presentation!


    The weather has been chilly, but we are still heading outside if it is sunny. Please remember to dress your child appropriately. Many children have been signing out pedometers to track their steps at recess; they are busy preparing for our upcoming Color Run!


    On Tuesday’s HSA Meeting, our District P-6 Math Supervisor, Angelina Rodriguez will be presenting about our new math program (Math in Focus) that Kindergarten and First Grade teachers are using. Please join us at 7:30 for this presentation.


    Please note that conferences are the week of November 4th. The sign up codes for Parent Teacher Conferences will be emailed out tomorrow, Friday, October 11th, at 12pm. You will be able to sign up for a Parent Teacher Conference through the website https://ptcfast.com/. You will need your teacher’s Class Code to sign up. The class codes will be emailed tomorrow. Please log on as soon as possible, especially if you have multiple children and need to coordinate days. Thank you for your patience as we try this new process.





    Upcoming Events:

    -October 14th – No School; PD Day for Staff

    -October 15 – 7:30; HSA Meeting, Math Presentation

    -October 25 – Color Run

    -October 31 -Halloween Parade; 1:15pm

    -November 1 – Pretzel Delivery

    -November 4, 5, 6 – Parent Teacher Conferences; Half Days

    -November 7, 8 – No School



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  • October 1

    Posted by Sara Bright on 10/1/2019

    Dear Families,

    We are ready for another exciting week at Burnet Hill! Please note that tomorrow will be the last day that Color Run forms will be accepted. I have attached an additional copy if you need one. 


    Please note that Picture Day is this Friday, October 4th. Please contact the main office if you need another Picture Day form. 


    We had a fantastic week last week! It was wonderful to see many of you at Back to School Night. I hope you found it informative and helpful. We will have Parent-Teacher Conferences the week of November 4th and you will be able to spend more time with your child's teacher. We will be using an electronic sign-up form, which will be out soon. 


    Last week our first grade classrooms unveiled their classroom libraries. Children had a "Ribbon Cutting Ceremony" to celebrate the opening of the library, which included baskets of "just right books." The children were happy to dig in and sample some fresh new titles! On Friday they enjoyed "Flashlight Friday" and used a small, special flashlight to make reading even more exciting. 


    This week our Walking Track will open at recess. Children can sign out pedometers and walk with friends while counting steps. We want to encourage children to be healthy in a fun and safe way, while also providing more choices at recess. 


    As always, please follow us on Twitter to see the daily happenings at BHE! If you would like to sign your child up for our Winter Musical, Aladdin, please click HERE


    Have a great week,


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  • September 16, 2019

    Posted by Sara Bright on 9/16/2019

    Dear Families:

    We had a fantastic, busy first full week at Burnet Hill. We ended our week with our annual tradition of bringing our book baggies and books back to last year’s teacher. We got to see old friends, visit our previous teacher, and return our “just right books”, since we now have “just right” books in our new classrooms! Students who were new to Burnet Hill met in the Common Area with myself and the school counselor, Ms. Byrne. We talked about what we liked about Burnet Hill and what we missed about our previous school. Kindergarten students visited our fifth grade teachers to hear a story! Everyone had a blast during this well-loved tradition.


    We also started our first Burnet Hill Weekly News Broadcast. Each week I will select a few fifth graders to present “Caught Being Kind”, a Classroom Spotlight, as well as Weekly News. We will film it in front of our newly painted green screen in the Common Area. It will be played for all students each and every Monday. For right now, it will not be distributed via the internet for a variety of privacy reasons. It will be playing at the television in the main entrance, so please enjoy it there!


    I wanted to provide you a few important safety reminders, as well:

    -Please note that no one is permitted to drive on campus at the end of the day (2:30 onward), for the safety of our students

    -There are absolutely no K-turns or double parking allowed on Ridge or Byron, as this also poses a safety risk to our students

    -Please do not prop open doors at any time; please do not let any other adults into the building – each adult must buzz in separately


    This year, instead of a Walk-a-Thon, we are having a Color Run the afternoon of October 25! Letters went home in your child’s backpack today to participate. They can also order t-shirts or Fun Packs. All proceeds to go Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors. You can also volunteer through the HSA to help shower our students with color during the run. Please see their website for more information.


    As always, remember to follow us on Twitter!





    Dates to Remember:

    -9/20: Family Picnic, 5pm

    -9/24: Back to School Night, 6:30pm

    -9/30 & 10/01 – No School

    -10/04 – Picture Day and First Pretzel Delivery

    -10/14 – No School

    -10/15 – HSA Meeting, 7:30pm

    -10/25 – Color Run, 1pm

    -10/31 – Halloween Parade, 1pm




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  • Great Opening Days!

    Posted by Sara Bright on 9/5/2019

    Dear Families,

    We have had two great first openings days of school! I loved seeing many of you on the blacktop yesterday morning. It was a wonderful opportunity to see old friends and greet new friends. On the opening day of school, teachers worked on getting to know their students, helping them get to know one another, and start to build a classroom community. Students learned procedures and routines, and had their first related arts or “special” class.


    Today was another fantastic day. Children felt more comfortable and all of our routines went a bit faster and smoother. In the afternoon, we had our first schoolwide Community Meeting. Each month the entire school community comes together to celebrate all things Burnet Hill. We often learn new strategies for making friends or being kind. Today was no different! We started the Community Meeting with a read aloud – “All Are Welcome” by Alexandra Penfold. We talked about how Burnet Hill School is a safe place and we want all students to feel welcome and cared for. Then we talked about the expectations in the hallway, café, and playground. I asked students what behaviors we needed to practice in order to keep everyone safe, promote learning, and to be kind. They came up with great ideas! I’m going to put their shared ideas on posters to hang around the building so that they can feel invested in creating the expectations for the common areas of the school. Next, we talked about the Winter Musical, Aladdin. You can find more information about it HERE. Students in grades K through 5 can participate. We also watched a video by our favorite little dude, Kid President. It was about how to make a new friend. We talked about how it can be awkward, but making new friends and learning about what makes is different is what makes the world interesting! You can watch the video HERE. Last, we got a visit from our mascot, the Bobcat! Each month students can earn the prestigious “Bobcat Award” for classrooms that exceed expectations in their related arts classes. We can’t wait to see who wins next month!


    Thank you for your support, patience, and flexibility this week. The first few days of school can be difficult to fall into new routines, check backpacks, make lunches, etc. We appreciate all of your support! As always, you can follow us on Twitter HERE to see what we have been up to the past few days!


    Have a great weekend – quick reminder that on Fridays (tomorrow!) we wear our BHE school spirit gear or colors!




    -September 10 - HSA Meeting, 7:30, Media Center

    -September 20 – Family Picnic, 5:00pm, Field

    -September 24  - Back to School Night, 6:30pm

    -September 30 – Oct 1 – No School

    -October 4 – Picture Day



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