Burnette Blast

November 2022

Happy Holidays

As we enter the official holiday season, I want to take just a moment to share how thankful we are to be a part of your child's journey. Children are all influenced in some way by the individuals in their life. At Burnette, of course, we are focused on providing your child with high-quality education, but we also take the time to support your child as they navigate the trials and tribulations of growing up. Our mission is for every child to reach their highest potential and to love coming to school every day!

I shared back in September that a vestibule is being constructed in our front lobby. The district is creating an interior vestibule in every school in Gwinnett as an additional security measure. Visitors to the school will be buzzed in with our video system and will then be allowed to enter the vestibule. Your ID will then be checked, and once you are cleared you will be able to enter the building. Right now the wall has been built; we are just waiting for the glass and doors to be installed.

At the beginning of the year, I also shared that we are streamlining our communication process. Since the Burnette Blast is sent quarterly, it is very important that you are connected with Class Dojo. We send information out through text and email; however, we are utilizing Class Dojo more frequently. If you are not yet connected with Class Dojo, please reach out to your child's teacher for more information.

We will also continue to utilize our Social Media Platforms (Facebook and Instagram) to share all the fun and exciting learning that happens at Burnette every day! We are posting fun pictures almost every day!

We are going to have an amazing year together! If there is anything I can do to support you, please don't hesitate to reach out: 678-546-2170, sally.lehmann@gcpsk12.org.

Your Proud Principal,

Dr. Sally Lehmann

Burnette Elementary


Upcoming Events

November, December, January 2022



~ Hat Day *bring $1 to participate

~ 7:30 am All Pro Dad's Breakfast

~ 9:00 am PTA Executive Board Meeting

11/5 ~ Saturday School

11/7 ~ Mock Election for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade

11/8 ~ DLD #2

11/11 ~ PTA Bingo Night 6pm - 8pm

11/14 ~ Peachtree Ridge Cluster Chorus Concert

11/14-11/18 ~ Scholastic Book Fair the in the media center

11/16 &11/17 ~ Thanksgiving Feast *see schedule below

11/17 ~ Saturday School 3:30pm - 5:30pm

11/21-11/25 ~ Thanksgiving Break - no school

11/28 ~ 3rd grade Hearing and Vision screening



~ 7:30 am All Pro Dad's Breakfast

~ 9:00 am PTA Executive Board Meeting

12/8 ~ PTA Meeting/BES Holiday Show @ 6:00 pm

12/12 & 12/13 ~ Classroom Holiday Parties *more information to come

12/19-1/4 ~ Winter Break - no school


1/5 ~ Students return to school

1/9 ~ MLK Holiday - no school


Burnette's Local School Plan for Improvement 2022-2023

Every year, local schools each develop their Local School Plan for Improvement (LSPI) to establish goals and action items to help improve the success of our students. Our plan this year is aligned to Gwinnett County's Blueprint for the Future and focuses on the four strategic priorities of Empathy, Equity, Effectiveness, and Excellence. You can view the details of Burnette's LSPI on our website (https://www.gcpsk12.org/domain/15109).

Please let me know if you would like to talk more about our plan, sally.lehmann@gcpsk12.org.


The Return of Burnette's Thanksgiving Luncheon

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Holiday Assistance

The Counseling Team is requesting your help with our annual Thanksgiving Food Box collection and Angel Tree holiday assistance. We are excited to be able to support some of our families in need during the holiday season. Last year, we were able to provide our families with both Thanksgiving and holiday food boxes. They were SO appreciative!

You will receive specific information concerning the items we are looking to be donated for our Thanksgiving Food Box Collection.

This year, Burnette will continue its tradition to help families in need of extra holiday cheer by placing an “Angel Tree” in the front office with the holiday wishes of some of our very own BES families. If you would like to participate, simply select an angel from the tree, shop for the items listed, and return the wrapped gifts to the counseling team no later than Monday, December 5th, 2022.

Please contact the Counseling Team for any questions or if your family is in need of assistance: holly.rivas@gcpsk12.org and sabrina.rivera@gcpsk12.org


Burnette Holiday Show - Save the Date

Want to add to your Holiday Season? The Burnette Chorus invites you to our Winter Concert on December 8th. We can't wait to share singing, instrument playing, and student composition with you. It's definitely an event you don't want to miss!


Become a Mentor

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Burnette Student-Parent Handbook

Burnette's Student-Parent Handbook has been revised for the 2022-2023 school year. It includes a lot of important information that you might need to refer to throughout the year. It can be found on Burnette's website under the student tab.

This link will take you to the handbook



Media Center Updates

BES Families, we are so proud of our BES Readers! Our kindergarten, first, and second-grade students get a new reading challenge each month. As they complete the different reading activities, they color in the matching part of the picture. All reading challenges are due at the end of the month.

Our third, fourth, and fifth-grade students complete their monthly reading challenges online using Beanstack to log books they finish. Each month we have a new challenge, as well as an ongoing genre challenge for our fourth and fifth-grade students. You can get more information about our reading challenges and using Beanstack by going to the Media page of our website, https://www.gcpsk12.org/domain/4305

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Changemaker Initative

Do you want to help Burnette be the best school in Gwinnett! Consider signing up to be a Changemaker and make a difference in your child's educational experience.

Get started right now:

  1. Text “BURNETTE” to 404-994-3399 to help your student create their fundraising page or click this link - https://app.hellodonor.com/schools/burnette-elementary-school/signup

  2. Make a donation on your student’s fundraising page.

  3. Share your student’s fundraising page with their Top 5 List.




PTA important dates to remember:

Nov 3rd~ please make sure all Bingo Night forms are completed and passed into teachers with cash or check made out to Burnette PTA.

Nov 4th~ PTA meeting at 9am in the PTA room. All are welcome!

Nov 4th~ Hat Day! Bring in $1 and you can wear your favorite hat!! (If you purchased the Year Book bundle you will not need $1)

Nov 11th~ BINGO NIGHT!!! 6-8pm in the BES cafeteria! Make sure to bring small bills to purchase popcorn and raffle tickets!

Nov 15th~ CFA Spirit Night! Please come out to our Suwanee Chick-fila and show your school spirit!!

Dec 2nd~ PTA meeting at 9am in the PTA meeting room. All are welcome!

Dec 2nd~ Stock the break room! Send in your non perishable snacks and drinks for our teachers to enjoy!

BES Spirit Wear!

Just in time for your holiday shopping, check out our new Spirit Wear vendor!

We have new styles and prints for everyone in the family to show their Lion Pride!

You can find the link on the PTA tab on the Burnette website. Please be aware our vendor pulls orders on the 1st and the 15th of the month to be processed.

Happy Shopping!


Burnette Fundraiser Update:

Once again we thank everyone for their participation and contributions to our annual fundraiser event the Pride Run! We raised just under our goal this year but we are so grateful for all your support! We are continuing to add to our school beautification including our new digital sign and a new mural to our halls! Progress on that starting soon! We also look forward to our in school field trips starting again this year for each grade level. More information on that coming soon.

We thank you again for all your support and we welcome you all to please contact us with any questions, suggestions or any help you can provide to help make our school the best place to be not only for our students but our staff and families too.


Your PTA chairs

Laura Pettus

Chris Hakkenberg

Seema Kotadiya

Rachel Wasserman

Madelin Alvarez Pupillo

Jessica McKinney

Bingo Night

Don't forget we have our family BINGO Night coming up Friday, November 11th from 6-8pm in the BES cafeteria!

This is always a HUGE hit with the Students and families!! So much fun so please come out and join us whether it be for 1 game or all the games for the evening! Lots of prizes to be won and a raffle to win some awesome electronics!

You must order your BINGO cards and food in advance with the order form that was sent home or print the attached form. (If you need another printed version of the form please let us know) You can send in cash or check made out to Burnette Elementary PTA to your students teacher. Only 1 form is needed per family.

We are asking you please send in your completed forms by Nov 3rd so we have time to process all of it.

Can't wait to see you all there!!



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