Paw Prints Newsletter

Burnham School - March 2022

A Note from the Principal:

Dear Parents/Guardians,

March is the month when spring officially begins and Daylight Savings takes root! It is a dramatic month that marches in “like a lion, out like a lamb” or so the saying goes. Perhaps it is because Mother Nature is trying to shed her winter coat!

Our year is flying by and it is time once again to receive your child’s report cards. The report cards will be released on Friday, March 11th. This report card signifies that two-thirds of this school year is complete leaving us with one-third remaining. We have much to do and with your support I am confident that all our goals for the year will be met. Report card time is a good time to set specific goals with your child and to recognize their strengths and help them to build areas of weakness. The staff and I are always so proud of our students and recognize how hard they work. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.

Following the report card distribution will be our Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences. They are scheduled for March 17th and 18th. Scheduling information will be sent home within the first week in March and you will receive confirmation of date and time. Your child’s teacher looks forward to meeting with you.

Our Superintendent of Schools, Mrs. Megan Bennett will present the school budget for the 2022-2023 school year on March 7th. There will be a district budget hearing on March 28th followed by the Annual District Meeting held on May 2nd. A referendum will take place the following day on May 3rd. The administration worked hard to put forth a very thoughtful budget that is sensitive to the economic challenges facing us all. It is also a conscious commitment to the vision of Regional School District 12 and represents an effort to support the district goals and objectives.

As a reminder, students in grades 3-5 will take the Smarter Balanced Tests during the first two full weeks of May from May 3rd – May 13th. The students in grades 3-5 will be tested in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics and it will once again be technology based. Grade 5 students will also be tested in the area of science on May 25th and May 26th. As is the Smarter Balanced, the science test will be technology based. Please keep the testing schedules in mind as you plan activities for your family. It is important to have all our students in school during this time.

Specials during the testing cycle may be rearranged to accommodate our testing schedule. Art, music, or physical education, and library will be placed into a schedule to ensure every child has their special classes. During this testing time, the teachers will also continue to instruct in all the areas of the curriculum to maintain students’ academic growth.

Lastly, the school community and I are continuing our celebration of reading this month in honor of Dr. Seuss and his contribution to children’s reading. Throughout the month the staff and I hope children will remember him by reading his many books and other good books of interest. I also hope that through this month’s continued emphasis on reading our students’ love for literature deepens.

Remember to have your child read for our PTO sponsored Read-A-Thon. Our Read-A-Thon is in full swing and will end on March 28th. The poem above expresses particular significance especially in the month of March. Enjoy it and find time to read it with your child.


Cathy Colella


Dates to Remember for March

2/28-3/25 Read-A-Thon

3/2 Read Across America/Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

3/2 Reading/Story Time with Representative Cindy Harrison, K-2

3/2 Grades Close

3/7 Board of Education Meeting-Superintendent's Budget Presentation, 6:30 p.m.

3/11 Report Cards Distributed

3/14 PTO Meeting, 3:30 PM

3/17-18 Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:45 PM Dismissal

3/28 Board of Education Meeting, Budget Hearing, 7:00 PM

4/4 PTO Meeting, 3:30 PM

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3-4-5 Hands On Learning

The 3-4-5 has spent this chilly season becoming more engaged learners who model and represent their learning. Technology and hands-on tasks engage our students to become more self-directed learners. Our students spend their days creating visual representations of their learning and presenting it to their peers. This process helps them develop their learning transfer, accountability, and social skills. From presenting original poetry, to modeling math strategies using clay, our students are guided to be flexible, “minds on” learners. They are immersed in grade specific interactive language, science, and math lessons each day, as well as engaging computer science projects.

Recently they each created a click game in Scratch and enjoyed sharing these with each other. 4-5s designed vehicles to protect eggs in a crash, while third graders harnessed the power of magnetism to open doors and explore invisible forces.

Allowing our students to invent, explore, and create their own meaning is essential. Our students are having fun and learning powerful lessons.

PE with Mr. Morgan--Introducing Mrs. Cantor

Physical Education class has been inside for the winter months. During this time, all students have been introduced to skills/activities in basketball, floor hockey, and scooters and bowling. We still have volleyball (using beach balls) and badminton to complete. We hope to get outside to the fields soon after finishing these units. All grade levels took part in these units, but the games and challenges presented are all scaled according to age and ability. My goal is to help your child succeed and have fun doing so.

There are some days where grade levels are following different plans. The younger students will take part in parachute games as well as an introduction to becoming a circus clown. Spinning plates, balancing peacock feathers, and learning to juggling are all on tap. It's always a fun time for sure. Our older students dig deeper into fitness training and are looking to improve upon their fitness scores from October of this school year. I expect to see some great scores put up when we do this again in May.

Students are currently having Physical Education class with a long term substitute. I am home recovering from a knee replacement. We are fortunate to have Mrs. Vivian Cantor taking over the class. This name may look familiar as she retired from Region 12 a few years back. Mrs. Cantor has generously agreed to share with us her knowledge and expertise in the field of Physical Education. We are lucky to have her. I plan to be back after the April spring break and look forward to actively participating with students once again.

Valentine's for Seniors

Students at Burnham School created beautiful Valentines for our Bridgewater senior citizens. Connecticut State Representative Cindy Harrison visited Burnham on Tuesday, February 8th, to receive and then deliver the special cards to the Bridgewater Senior Center. Cindy was thrilled with the valentines and thanked our students for their kindness and creativity.

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The Burnham School Community is excited to be participating in our annual PTO sponsored Read-A-Thon during throughout the month of March. This is a fundraiser for the PTO and all proceeds will go directly towards activities that support our students and our school.

Collaborative efforts between school staff and PTO has created excitement around reading. Students have been given appropriate grade level nightly reading goals. At the end of each week, students will have a chance to be entered into a raffle for an incentive prize. Each Friday at the end of the day, all students will participate in a fun and exciting activity. Students will also have an opportunity to participate for the grand prize, Principal for the Day!

The Read-A-Thon is sure to be rewarding, fun, and exciting! Our community is looking for 100% participation. Thank you in advance for supporting your child, our school, and your PTO. Let’s all read together and enjoy the adventures stories and books can bring to us all. Happy reading!


Wear Red for Heart Day

On February 14, 2022, Burnham, Booth Free and Washington Primary School staff and students joined thousands of hospitals, small businesses, multinational corporations, and many others to help raise crucial awareness and significant funds in the fight against heart disease and stroke in women. The staff and students participated in “Go Red” by giving a donation and wearing red to school. Most women don’t notice the symptoms of heart disease until it is too late and it is the number one killer of women. For more than a decade The American Heart Association has led the fight to protect women’s hearts through research and education. The more women who are aware the more lives can be saved. Kudos to staff and students for participating in this important fundraiser.

National Nutrition Month®

National Nutrition Month® was initiated in 1973 as National Nutrition Week, and it became a month-long observance in 1980 in response to growing interest in nutrition. Beginning March 1st is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day, an annual celebration of the dedication of RDNs as the leading advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world. This year's theme is World of Flavors.

As part of National Nutrition Month®, the Academy's website will host resources to spread the message of good nutrition and the importance of an overall healthy lifestyle for all. You can follow National Nutrition Month® on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic's social media channels including Facebook and Twitter using #NationalNutritionMonth.

Representing more than 100,000 credentialed nutrition and dietetics practitioners, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy at

Some fun ways to help teach your child(ren) good eating habits are to introduce them to a new food item each week..make a new recipe for a snack or a meal, encourage your child to assist with meal preparation etc...These are all fun ways for your child to begin to value good nutrition.

Contacting School Nurse

If your child is having any sign of illness and/or going to be absent from school, please contact your school nurse by phone or email to relay this information to the nurse directly. This is especially important during this time of pandemic since the nurse can advise you on how to proceed and for the important purpose of tracking illness.

Thank you,

Sandi DiBella, R.N. 860-355-0428 (Booth Free School)

Mary Clarke, R.N. 860-354-9721 (Burnham School)

Terri Truczinskas, R.N. 860- 868-6879 (WPS )

Visit us at our Website!

Our web address is Once you are at the district’s home page you can visit Burnham School’s website. The staff will be adding information regularly. Please use it as an additional resource for information gathering.

Student Council

The Student Council ran a flower sale for Valentine's Day. All the proceeds went toward our Ben's Bells fundraising efforts. We are halfway toward our goal for the Ben's Bell Mural. We are thankful for any donations that will help us achieve our goal. Our members of Student Council are busy planning for the months of March and April. Our annual Spirit Week will return in April. We will keep you posted. Spring is just around the corner!

Burnham School PTO

Parents are our partners in the important job of educating all our children. I urge you to attend and support the PTO and take part in helping your child to grow academically. PTO meetings are held monthly at 3:30 p.m. Our next meeting will be held on March 14th.

BOT! The Secret World of Robots

Students recently participated in a virtual high energy school assembly called BOT! The Secret World of Robots. A three-time Parents’ Choice Award-winning performer David Jack created this STEM/STEAM unique program that was a combination of audience participation, humor and curriculum based information in a fun and interesting way. Students were led on a high-tech adventure through the exciting world of robotics.

This high-energy school assembly was rich in multimedia content and offered live, hands-on demonstrations of real robots currently in everyday use. For example, BOT! The Secret World of Robots took students inside the NASA Curiosity Rover exploration program. The students also explored the world of robot “programming” through human vs. robot competition. What an awesome program!


March Wind

March wind is a jolly fellow;
He likes to joke and play.
He turns umbrellas inside out
And blows men's hats away.

He calls the pussy willows
And whispers in each ear,
"Wake up you lazy little seeds;
Don't you know that spring is here?"

March is National Reading Month- Celebrate Reading and Literacy

This is a month-long celebration of reading! Read Across America Day is Wednesday, March 2nd. The National Education Association (NEA) has shifted the focus of Read Across America to encourage literacy every single day of the year. So, while this year’s official Read Across America Day is still March 2nd, the NEA Read Across America theme for the month of March is: Play with Stories. Hand in hand with this theme, the elementary book of the month is Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston by Alicia Williams. The middle grade book is We Belong by Cookie Hiponia Everman.

As March is also Women’s History Month, both of these book selections are an excellent way to foster discussions about the unique contributions that famous women have made throughout American history, and to celebrate the contributions that women will continue to make in the future.

Town Library Visits

Town library visits have resumed, and the students are THRILLED! Students discovered the many amazing books that the town library has to offer, and they are excited to see what other treasures they can find as we continue our visits for the remainder of the school year. Burnham students are proud to support our town library.

Travel and Parking Safety Tips

Did you know that school buses are the most regulated vehicles on the road. They are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in preventing crashes and injuries and in every state, stop-arm laws exist to protect children from other motorists.

If you are driving, remember these simple rules:

  • Yellow flashing lights on a school bus mean slow down because the bus is preparing to stop. There are likely students waiting to get on the bus or parents waiting nearby to pick up children.

  • Red flashing lights mean stop and wait at least 20 feet behind the bus because children are getting on or off the school bus. Stay stopped until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop-arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving.

  • Even when lights aren’t flashing, watch for children, particularly in the morning or afternoon, around school arrival and dismissal. Be alert as you back out of a driveway or drive through a neighborhood, school zone or bus stop.

Let’s all work together to keep our children safe!

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