Burr School PTO

171 Pine Street

Auburndale, MA 02466

info@burrpto.org

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Working together for our kids
and for a strong community

We are moms, dads, aunties, litos, babas and more from every part of the world, brought together by a shared commitment to the children in our community. We are fortunate to be able to weave this rich tapestry of cultures, languages and ethnicities to enrich our children's education and experiences at Burr.

Fundraising is a big part of what we do. Through our annual giving program, The Wolf Fund, and various events throughout the year, we raise money to bring cutting-edge technologies and curriculum-aligned programs to Burr School. Every child in every grade benefits from the Burr PTO.

ABOUT OUR PTO

Our Mission

 The mission of the PTO is to strengthen Burr School’s capacity to provide quality education to all our children by:

  • Serving as a communication link between parents, the school and the broader community

  • Raising funds to support the education of our children

  • Providing supplemental educational programs within the school and

  • Building community among Burr families and faculty.

Where does the money go?

The Burr PTO infuses more than $50,000 into our school each year, and these funds help to provide the technology needed in today’s classrooms, as well as the programs, services, and community events that help make Burr the wonderful place that it is.  The Wolf Fund campaign is one of two primary source of funds for the PTO’s annual budget, and every penny raised through Burr Wolf Fund goes directly to the school.  The remainder of the annual budget is raised through our spring online auction, as well as other events with community building and/or academic support elements, such as the Book Fair, as well as indirect fundraisers like Amazon Smile (see home page).

The PTO fully funds the Creative Arts and Sciences program at Burr, an unfunded mandate from Newton Public Schools, which gives Burr students the opportunity to write and illustrate stories and poems with published authors, design and build mini water distribution systems, dance with Chinese ribbon dancers, hold creatures from the depths of the ocean in their hands, and more.  These programs are chosen with the teachers and tie-in with the grade-level curriculum, enhancing and enriching the academic experience.

Meet Our Board

The PTO Board is comprised of Burr parent volunteers, who meet throughout the year to oversee numerous community events and fundraisers, manage the PTO budget and perform other essential PTO functions. 

Jon Spack

Co-President

Bio coming soon!

Jenn Reale

Co-President

Bio Coming Soon!

Kyle & Lindsay Crossley

Co-Secretaries

Bio Coming Soon!

Tamika Olszewski

Community Co-Coordinator

Tamika, who is in her second year on the board, practiced law in Baltimore for several years prior to moving to Newton with her husband and children in 2013. Tamika is the mother of twins, Morgan and Dean, who are currently in second grade at Burr. Tamika is co-founder of Burr FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice) and also sits on the school council. 

Tamika's volunteer commitments have included Creative Arts and Sciences, Halloween Family Fun Night, Burr's International Potluck, being a room parent and volunteering the school library. She is passionate about promoting diversity and inclusivity and will champion these issues both at Burr and across the larger Newton community. 

Leah Schwartz

Educational Support Coordinator

Leah is in her second year on the board and is excited to support such important PTO educational initiatives as Creative Arts & Sciences and the STEM Fair.  She is a proud mom to David Karp, who is a third-grader at Burr and a kindergartener, Ilana. Leah and her family have lived in Newton since 2005 and moved from West Newton to Auburndale last year.  

 

Since joining the Burr community this past fall, Leah has served as room parent to Ms. Field’s class and has also volunteered at the Burr library.   Leah has worked as a marketing and financial analyst for Washington Post, The Boston Globe and Nokia.  Leah is a firm believer in the crucial role of the PTO as a partner to faculty, staff & the parent community to ensure that Burr continues to be a great place for our children to grow and learn.  She also brews a mean cup of coffee!

Spencer Poole

Co-President

Spencer is in his first year as co-president.  He has previously volunteered for many events at Burr as well as being a room parent. Spencer is currently an Instructional Designer at New Balance Athletics and he co-owns a small tourism company called the Mass Brew Bus with his brother.  Prior to that, he worked as a real estate broker in Newton and a pre-school teacher at The Foundation for Children with AIDS.  He is the father of Burr students Morgan (3rd grade), Urban (1st grade) and Atlas a 4 year old who will be entering Burr in the fall of 2019 and husband to Molly Scanlon.  Spencer has traveled the globe extensively and really enjoys being a part of the diverse Burr community.

Leah Schwartz

Treasurer

Leah is in her second year on the board and is excited to support such important PTO educational initiatives as Creative Arts & Sciences and the STEM Fair.  She is a proud mom to David Karp, who is a third-grader at Burr and a kindergartener, Ilana. Leah and her family have lived in Newton since 2005 and moved from West Newton to Auburndale last year.  

Since joining the Burr community this past fall, Leah has served as room parent to Ms. Field’s class and has also volunteered at the Burr library.   Leah has worked as a marketing and financial analyst for Washington Post, The Boston Globe and Nokia.  Leah is a firm believer in the crucial role of the PTO as a partner to faculty, staff & the parent community to ensure that Burr continues to be a great place for our children to grow and learn.  She also brews a mean cup of coffee!

Alyssa Haggerty

Communications Coordinator

Bio coming soon!

Laura Sexton

Fundraising Coordinator

Laura has arguably the most important job on the  Burr PTO board—helping the school raise more than $50,000 for its annual budget. Through her oversight of the Wolf Fund, the Online Auction and various other fundraising initiatives throughout the year, Laura helps the Burr community thrive. This is her third year on the PTO Board. 

Interested in taking on a leadership role on the PTO? Please don't hesitate to reach out!