ANNUAL PTO BUDGET
Every child in every grade benefits
from PTO programs & funds
The breakdown of expenses for the 2020-21 school year is as follows:
Creative Arts & Sciences $17,500
Teacher Supplies $4,000
Principal's Discretionary $3,100
Fifth Grade Grad Events $1,500
Community Building $2,590
Educational Support/Library $4,931
Misc. PTO Admin $2,650
Teacher Appreciation $2,125
During the past two years, Burr PTO infused over $40,000 annually into our school. These funds provide additional educational programs and support, technology for Burr’s classrooms, supplies, and community events, all of which help make the Burr the wonderful place that it is.
The Burr Wolf Fund campaign is the primary source of funds for the PTO’s annual budget, and every dollar raised through Burr Wolf Fund goes directly to the school. The remainder of the annual budget is raised through other fundraising events such as the annual online Auction, Book Fair, Move-a-thon, and indirect fundraisers like the Amazon Smile shopping link.
The PTO fully funds the Creative Arts and Sciences program at Burr, an unfunded mandate from Newton Public Schools, which supplement the curriculum at Burr. This program enhances and enriches students’ academic experience with a variety of in-depth subjects and many interactive learning sessions. In the past, Burr students had the opportunity to write and illustrate stories and poems with published authors, experiment with electromagnetism, 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, and have been very popular amongst students and staff.
Overview of Major Expenses in 2020-2021:
Creative Arts & Sciences: These curriculum-enhancing programs are required by Newton Public Schools and are 100% funded by Burr PTO. While we are still in flux for the upcoming year, in the past we've planned as many as 28 CAS programs at Burr! Typically there are 4 programs at each grade level. Programs include New England Aquarium, Tanglewood Marionettes and more!
Technology: 16 MacBook Airs, 3 ELMO document cameras purchased in July 2019 for the upcoming school years. These purchases replace aging devices
Teacher Supplies: Burr PTO provides each full-time teacher with a $150 gift card, which enables them to purchase classroom supplies. Teachers working less than full-time receive a pro-rated gift card and new teachers receive a larger amount.
Community Events: This line item funds many Burr community events throughout the year, including such the favorite BooFest Halloween event, World Cultures Day and May Fair. Unfortunately, the current CDC guidelines and safety protocols will likely limit our in-person events this upcoming school year but we hope to use budgeted funds to run virtual community events.
Principal's Discretionary Fund: This allows Principal Mindy Johal to cover unanticipated expenses that come up throughout the year.