The Burruss Blast

A Message from the Principal

Dear Burruss Families,

Happy New Year! What an exciting time to be back in school. We have jumped right back in with engaging instruction, meaningful conversations, and Winter MAP testing. This week, we are wrapping up testing and offering makeup sessions for students who were absent. You can expect to hear from your child's teacher regarding his/her progress and growth. Conference Week is very different this year than in years passed--it's no longer a week; rather, it is two days. Because of the shortened schedule, we will not be able to meet with every single family as we have traditionally done. You will hear from your child's teacher as s/he determines the need to meet. Please reach out to him/her directly if you would like to schedule a conference, even if you are not contacted by the teacher first. We want to support all students and families anytime! Not just during conference week!

At the end of this newsletter is a letter of guidance for when to send your child to school if s/he has been sick. We understand that this is a season of contagious illnesses and ask that you not send children who have been running a fever or throwing up. That said, we want all children here every day if they are well. Attendance notices are going out this month from myself and Mrs. Ethridge if your child has missed more than five days of school. Being at school is the most important first step for learning and growing!

Students and staff are working hard all day every day, learning and growing as readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists, and historians! Just as importantly, they are growing as citizens of our community, learning about being IB learners who are caring, inquiring, risk-takers, knowledgeable, open-minded, thinkers, communicators, reflective, and principled.

Please reach out to me or to my assistant principal, Mrs. Hartley-Lewis, if we can ever be of assistance!

Warm regards,

Dr. Jillian Johnson


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We are enjoying a new dismissal process this year that is safer and more organized than ever before! If you have a dismissal change, please communicate that change with your child's teacher as well as with the front office staff. Teachers will not accept transportation changes during the school day. All midday changes must be made through the front office before 2:30pm.

If your child does not live within walking distance to the school, please plan to pick up your child in the carpool line. We do require you to show your child's QR code, which can be given by the front office and shown either on paper or on your cell phone. Our carpool line is very efficient and we finish the process by 3:25 on most days.

Transportation changes that ask for your child to be a walker toward Lee's Crossing or toward Kimberly Way may not be granted if you do not live in those communities. Student safety is our top priority.

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Family Survey on Burruss Climate

Linked below is a survey from the State of Georgia that is sent to families at all schools. These survey results strongly influence the Climate Star rating given to schools each year. Burruss has celebrated a 5-star rating for the past two years!

Taste of Burruss: International Night

Tuesday, Jan. 29th, 6:30pm

Burruss Cafeteria

Come celebrate our diverse community through food, dance, and cultural exhibits! Cultural attire is encouraged!

PTA Corner

We have an exciting month ahead! We are looking forward to the January PTA Meeting and International Night! Students and families will perform, share food from other cultures, and enjoy a time celebrating our diverse school. We hope you will join us!

"Taste of Burruss" International Night Signup Genius

School Spirit Nights--Burruss gets a portion of proceeds on these nights!

2nd Thursday of the Month: Chick-fil-A on Dallas Hwy (in front of Target)

3rd Thursday of the Month: Freckled & Blue BBQ

4th Thursday of the Month: 3 Amigos

We will also have other spirit nights at area restaurants--look for more information on our social media pages!

Your PTA donations fund student learning experiences! Below are pictures from the Artist in Residence with Ms. Moore. Students are learning all about pottery!

Donate to the PTA here:

Artist in Residence

This week, ALL students are enjoying the wheel pottery experience with our artist-in-residence Diane Quammen. Mrs. Quammen is a professional potter who specializes in functional stoneware. Her studio is in west Cobb County. Her presentation integrates math, science and ELA standards, as well as many visual arts standards! All students are enjoying the opportunity to learn about being a potter AND experience handling the spinning clay! Classes vote on shape, decoration and glaze colors of the piece they collectively make, which will be returned to them as a “class bowl” that they may keep in their room.

Many thanks to everyone who supported our Square 1 Art program and our PTA for partially funding this fun and educational opportunity for all of our students!

IB Corner--Students in Action

Students in 1A, with the support from K Kids, are hosting our annual Pennies for Pups fundraiser! Donations are accepted at the table in the main hallway for the whole month of January.
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SGT Corner

The next SGT meeting is Thursday, January 24 at 3:30. Our agenda is always posted on the school website and outside the front office seven days in advance. After the meeting, our minutes are also posted.

SGT Chair: Barbara Esquijarosa

SGT Co-Chair: Matt Lyons

SGT Parliamentarian: Amy Barnes

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Wondering whether to send your child to school? See below!

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