November Newsletter

November 2022

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Letter from Dr. Eicher

Dear John Burroughs Families,

We had an amazing end to the month of October at John Burroughs Elementary School. This past week Dublin Dance visited with our students in a whole school assembly to celebrate the art of dance. Dublin Dance presented our students with a wide variety of dance styles from classical to modern. The best part of all was when the Dublin Dance students were teaching our students several dance moves as the entire school joined in celebration together. It was also wonderful to see so many of our John Burroughs families come to watch the student harvest parade this past Friday afternoon. Students also celebrated the end of October with a variety of engaging, science-themed experiments earlier that day. What an engaging, exciting, and fun end to October!

It is hard to believe that it is already November, and we are entering our fourth month of school with the second quarter already underway. Thanksgiving is right around the corner. The month of November is shaping up to be another month full of activities and opportunities. As the weather turns cooler, please ensure that your child has a coat and gloves for the playground. Also, a friendly reminder that all students must be picked up each day no later than 3:30 pm and dropped off no earlier than 8:30 am. Picture Day is Thursday, November 17th.

I wanted to let you know that there is no school for students on Tuesday, November 8th due to a district-wide professional development day as well as no school during Wellness Week which is November 21 through 25, 2022. This coming Wednesday, November 2nd I would like to invite you to join us in the cafeteria from 9:15 until 10:00 am for our annual Breakfast with Books celebration which is part of Columbus City Schools literacy initiative.

The month of November also brings a great deal of teaching and learning experiences. During the week of October 31st through November 4, our third-grade students will be taking the Third Grade Ohio State Reading Test. Successful performance on this state assessment is one pathway to the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Our second-grade students will be taking the NNMAT3 (Naglieri Ability Test), and the fifth graders will take the Cognitive Abilities Test which are ways that the district identifies students who may be gifted in reading and/or math. Our fifth graders will be traveling to Ohio Dominican University on November 10th as part of Columbus City Schools initiative to ensure that every fifth grader gets the opportunity to visit a college campus before matriculating to middle school. Our fifth graders will also be traveling to the Scioto Audubon Park on November 16th (Goldman) and 18th (Sparks) to complete a study of habitats. Our students not only study science in the classroom but get to do science in nature.

From the students and staff at John Burroughs Elementary School I would like to wish you a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving as we join with family and friends to celebrate all those things for which we are so very thankful. Happy Thanksgiving!

Dr. Michael D. Eicher, Principal

John Burroughs Elementary School

Important Dates

  • November 2: Breakfast & Books
  • November 8: No School
  • November 10: Fall Conferences Day 2, 3:45 – 7:15pm
  • November 14: PTA Meeting - 4PM
  • November 17: School Picture Day - Details will be sent home with your student
  • November 21-25: No School
  • December 20: 30 Min Early Dismissal
  • December 21-January 3: No School

Breakfast & Books!

Nov 2 at 9:15 AM

Please RSVP to have breakfast with your student

Fall Celebration Pictures

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Our school parade was led by the Burroughs Bee!

Join the PTA!

The PTA hosts school events, raises money for the school and advocates for our kids! Parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors and teachers can all join the PTA. If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, please join here:

or contact the PTA at:

The PTA Meeting and PTA elections are November 14 - 4PM In the Cafeteria.

Classroom News!

Burroughs Student Shout-outs

Teachers will be shouting out our Burroughs students with a Tootle!!

A Tootle is a way to recognize students that are showing positive behaviors! It is the OPPOSITE of a tattle!

When teachers see a student that has shown great leadership they will write them a Tootle that includes the positive behavior they saw! These Tootles will be collected in the school office. Dr. Eicher will pull out some Tootles every Friday and read them over the announcements. The students that are chosen will come to the office to get their Tootle and a small prize. Ask your student about the Tootles that are read!

Reading Buddies!

We are pleased to announce that Burroughs Elementary will be restarting our Reading Buddies Program for the 2022-2023 school year. We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. In order for students to be successful in school, they may need extra support from home, school and the community. Becoming a reading buddy volunteer will help us close some learning gaps, encourage a love for reading, build confidence and definitely brighten the day of many students.

This year, we will be servicing second and third grade students. Reading Buddies will meet on Wednesdays from 11:00-12:30. Each volunteer will be assigned to a specific teacher’s classroom to read with one student for 30 minutes and then read with another students for an additional 30 minutes. No experience necessary. Training will be provided.

If you are interested in volunteering as a reading buddy, please contact our Reading Coach, Ms. Morgan


Pre-k will be learning about:

Our Community including our school, our neighborhood, community helpers and vehicles.

Let's Investigate including the 5 senses, the weather, measure it, and make it move.

Character strong - Gratitude

Letters: I, J, K, L,M,N

Fine motor: scissor cutting - curves, circles, and zig zags

writing our names and individual letters of the week

Birthdays: Carter 11/15

Ethan 11/2

Remember as the weather turns cold, please dress your child with a warm coat, hat, and mittens/gloves, boots as we will go outside on most days to get our exercise and fresh air.


In October our ESL students had a visit from JiJi the mascot for their ST Math Program. ST Math is a visual math program that uses puzzles, and other non-routine problem solving to help kids understand math concepts.

If your student is absent...

If your student is absent, you can email the school to notify us. You can attach and send doctor's notes as well. This will keep your student's attendance as accurate and current as possible. The email is

Please make sure you have updated your account on the parent portal for this year:

District Announcements

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CCS Attendance Program

Columbus City Schools is partnering with EveryDay Labs as part of our attendance improvement strategy for the 2022-23 school year. Starting on October 25, they will be sending mailings and text messages to families of students who are at risk of chronic absenteeism throughout the year to help them keep track of their students’ attendance.
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Ready for Kindergarten Rersources

District Family Engagment

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Community Resources

Community Partners

Burroughs partners with several different groups to support our school!

Faith Community Church - Provides student mentoring and religious instruction to Burroughs Students

Westside Free Store - Shares their free resources with Burroughs Families

Linworth United Methodist - Donates many resources and time to Burroughs

Hilltop Library - Collaborates with Burroughs to increase literacy in the Hilltop

Refinery Church - Supports our school and broader community

School's Out

Youth need opportunities for fun, engaging enrichment experiences when school is out. Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s School’s Out program opens our centers for extended hours during Columbus Public Schools’ spring, fall and winter breaks.

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John Burroughs is a Title I School

  • John Burroughs is a Title I school that receives Federal Title I funding to support academic achievement.
  • Title I funding is spent on supplies, materials, staffing, and programs to support student achievement.
  • As a parent of a student attending a school that is receiving Federal Title I dollars, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the teacher(s) and instructional paraprofessional(s) who instruct your child. Federal law requires every Title I school district to comply and to provide you with the requested information in a timely manner. We are happy to provide this information to you. At any time, you may ask.

Contact Information:

Dr. Michael Eicher (Principal) -

Brenda Tucker (Secretary) -