ANNUAL PTO BUDGET
Every child in every grade benefits
from PTO programs & funds
The breakdown of expenses for the 2017-18 school year is as follows:
Creative Arts & Sciences $17,000
Teacher Supplies $5,680
Principal's Discretionary $3,000
Fifth Grade Grad Events $3,000
Community Building $4,615
Educational Support $2,275
Misc. PTO Admin $1,870
The Burr PTO infuses nearly $48,000 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 Burr Wolf Fund campaign is the 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 other events with community building and/or academic support elements, such as the Book Fair, as well as indirect fundraisers like the Amazon 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. The program 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.
Overview of Major Expenses in 2017-18:
Creative Arts & Sciences: These curriculum-enhancing programs are required by Newton Public Schools and are 100% funded by Burr PTO. This year, we've planned 28 CAS programs at Burr! There will be at least 4 programs at each grade level. Programs include New England Aquarium, Tanglewood Marionettes and more! Parents are encouraged to attend these amazing programs!
Technology: 25 iPads, 10 MacBook Airs, 2 ELMO document cameras, and 2 Shortthrow Interactive Mounted Projectors are being purchased over the 2016-17 and 207-18 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 favorites as Halloween Family Fun Night, World Cultures Day and May Fair.
Principal's Discretionary Fund: This allows Principal Mindy Johal to cover unanticipated expenses that come up throughout the year.