Burton Street Buzz

Burton Street News and Information

December 2021

Dear families,

Happy Holiday Season!

This is such a wonderful and exciting time of the year for children. Classrooms are full of creativity and conversation, children are filled with anticipation and families are planning celebrations and continuing traditions.

Traditions are equally important for the Burton Street Community. Although some events have been altered, we continue to prioritize annual traditions such as the Senior Halloween Parade, Jersey Day, Curriculum Night and Open House. The past few weeks, our students have also participated in Winter Market and a different take on Character Education assemblies. As we know, Burton Street is the "Pride of the Lakers' and we are excited to continue our traditions, while embracing new ones!

I hope your family has a joyous and healthy holiday season. May you celebrate traditions, while also finding time to slow down and be present, amidst a whirlwind year!

Happy Holidays!

Kara May

School Spirit Days

For the time being, we will be replacing our school-wide Character Education Assemblies with school-wide School Spirit Days! These days will bring the Burton Street community together, but in a different fashion due to the current procedures.

The Character Education Assemblies and character education traits are such a meaningful component of the Burton Street community and we want to continue the important learning (and fun) traditions.

School Spirit Days will take place on the last Friday of the month and all students and staff are encouraged to participate and wear Caz gear or blue and gold!

On each School Spirit Day, announcements will be live streamed to the classrooms via YouTube link and we will focus upon a Burton Street character trait. In classrooms, teachers will discuss the trait in depth during Hang 10 Time. Classes will also enjoy singing Pride of the Lakers in a fun video from Laker Day 2021 during Hang 10 Time to keep the tradition alive!

A huge thank you to Mrs. Johnson and Ms. Tibbits for their hard work and creativity in planning these monthly events.

Upcoming School Spirit Day:

Friday, December 17- 'Caring'

Winter Market

Thanks to the amazing efforts of the Burton Street PTA the Winter Market will be taking place again this year from December 2-December 10! You will find amazing donated, often homemade, creative gifts for your child to purchase for their loved ones! Items are replenished almost hourly and the students are ecstatic to buy items for their friends and family! This was an ENORMOUS hit last year and the PTA knocked it out of the park with their ability to think outside the box and have the students participate in a yearly tradition, but differently!

The Winter Market visits each classroom once during the cycle, with time available for children who may be absent or unavailable. Your child's teacher has, or will be, sending home information regarding your child's day to shop!

A special shout out to Kelly Hyatt and Carol Pugh for their tireless efforts on this amazing and loved project! They started in January of 2021 to make this happen!

AIMSweb Benchmarking and AIS services

AIMSweb Benchmarking in reading and math will take place the week we return from Holiday Recess, January 4 through January 11.

Academic Intervention Services (AIS) will not occur from January 4-January 14.

Returning qualifying students will begin AIS the week of January 17. New students receiving AIS will be determined thereafter based on criteria and need.

December 2-December 10: Winter Market

December 10: 1/2 Day, 11am dismissal; Teacher Conferences

December 17: School Spirit Day

December 20: Board of Education Meeting, 6:30pm

December 24-January 2: Holiday Recess

January 4- January 10: Reading and Math Benchmarking

January 7: Popcorn Plus Day

January 17: No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 18: PTA meeting, 7pm

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Welcome Officer Joe!

We are excited to welcome Officer Joe Stala to the district as our Special Patrol Officer. Officer Joe will spend the majority of his time at Burton Street helping to keep our students and campus safe, building relationships with students and working with mental health providers and district administrators to support students. Today, December 3, was his first day on the job and the students and staff were eager to get to meet him!

Giving to a Good Cause

Natalia Turnbull, a fourth grader at Burton Street, is spearheading a building-wide donation project for the holiday season. Burton Street will be collecting items and Natalia will be packaging them in bags and delivering them to the Samaritan Center.

The Samaritan Center addresses food insecurity in Central New York. Samaritan Center offers hot meals every day of the year without preconditions or questions, serving more than 124,000 meals annually. It is completely run by community volunteers who prepare and serve meals, collect and distribute toiletries, make and distribute sandwiches and work on volunteer committees.

Natalia has recorded a special message to her Burton Street peers explaining the project and her passion for helping others. This will be reviewed in all classes during Hang Ten time on Tuesday December 7.

Donations will be accepted at the front and rear entrances of the building from December 7 - December 22. Natalia will deliver prepared bags to the center on December 24.

Donations are being accepted for:

  • Socks
  • Small hand sanitizer
  • Bottled water/juice boxes
  • Prepackaged snacks
  • Gallon or quart size plastic bags

Feel free to share the message of caring (November/December character trait) and giving to others with your children!

4th Grade Artists Landscape Painting

Writing Celebration with Mrs. Meagher's Authors

Burton Street Elementary


Debbie Richer

Maggie Marsch


Kara May