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What is the school schedule?
All grades – Kindergarten through Grade 5 – Front and Back Doors open at 8:20 am. All children must be in their classrooms by 8:30 am when the late bell rings. If your child arrives after 8:30 am, he/she must sign in with Ms Albano in the Main Office. All children in grades K-5 are released at 3:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Every Tuesday throughout the year is an early release day on Tuesday at 12:30 for all students. In addition, there are approximately 6 special early release days on Wednesdays or Thursdays at 12:30 pm. Refer to the online School Calendar for these days.
What early morning and after school programs are available?
The Newton Public Schools offer an Early Morning Program for students in Grades K through 5 in each of the elementary schools. The program is designed to provide a needed service by giving parents the opportunity to bring their children to school prior to the beginning of the regularly scheduled school day. This program provides supervised before school care at Burr School from 7:30 a.m. until 8:20 a.m. when the school day begins. For information on this program, click here.
The Burr Community Afterschool Program (BCAP) is a non-profit corporation that was founded and continues to be run by parents. The program is separate from Newton Public Schools, but enjoys a constructive professional relationship with the school system—particularly the administration and teachers at Burr School. The program operates in space rented from the City of Newton in the Burr School building. For more information, please visit the BCAP website.
Who are the room parents in my kid's classroom?
A complete roster of all Burr room parents can be found here.
Click here to find information from Newton Public Schools on how English Language Learners can request translation services.
What is the allergy policy at Burr?
The number of students with life threatening allergies to food is increasing in the general population and here at Burr School. Families should communicate any known food allergies to the school nurse, Diane Best, and the classroom teacher to ensure a safe environment for our children. All parents should encourage their children not to share their food with other students. Newton Public School's complete food allergy policy can be found here.
How do I apply for free or reduced lunch?
What does "live parking" mean?
Live parking means that drivers MUST stay in their cars during the entire drop-off/pick-up process—ready to move forward when the cars in front of you proceed. Cars may only remain in the Blue Zone long enough for a child to enter/exit the car.
PLEASE NOTE: Drivers who violate this rule will be issued a warning. Repeat offenders will be reported to the local police, as this can create a dangerous environment for pedestrians and other drivers when cars attempt to pass. If a car is left unattended in the Blue Zone, a towing company will be contacted immediately. These rules are not created to be difficult—it is the law, and we are simply trying to keep all of our children and their families safe. Thank you for your cooperation!
Who do I contact if I want to volunteer?
There are many ways to volunteer through the Burr PTO. Check out the volunteer section of the site to see what kinds of volunteer opportunities exist and who to contact to get more involved.
What is the Wolf Fund?
The Wolf Fund is the annual giving program of the Burr PTO. The funds we raise through the Wolf Fund support every student in every classroom at Burr School. Find out more about it here.