September Newsletter

September 2023

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Important Dates


4: No School

13: Immunization Exclusion - last day to get required vaccines

20: No School

26: Open House 4:30-6:00 PM/ Entrenamiento en comó reportar la ausencia de sus estudiantes

Note from Dr. Eicher

Dear John Burroughs Families,

The 2023-2024 school year is underway and off to a great start at John Burroughs Elementary School. Students and teachers have settled into their classes and daily routines. It is so nice to see all the students and staff back in the school ready to engage in an exciting year of learning and personal and professional growth. Here is our new mission and vision for ’23-24.

Mission: We embrace all families as partners in our commitment to developing the whole child in a safe, engaging, and inclusive learning environment.

Vision: Our Burroughs community provides an environment where all children feel loved, respected, and encouraged to develop their full potential.

We have worked to get the year off to a strong start by building community, daily routines and activities, positive behavioral supports, and social emotional learning activities. Each month we focus on a character trait such as respect or responsibility. Students are then rewarded for demonstrating these character traits through daily Bee Bucks tickets, names announced on the morning announcements for recognition, and a trip to our new Bee Bucks store for additional weekly recognition.

We are also partnering again with the Final Third Foundation which provides daily soccer and literacy activities at recess if your child chooses to participate. Students can participate in soccer each week during their recess time. Soccer has been a big win at recess as many of our students look forward to participating every day. We have expanded the soccer opportunities to our kindergartners and first grade students this year in addition to students in grades 2-5. We are also working to provide additional structured play activities during recess such as basketball, four-square, jump rope and even corn hole!

I wanted to also let you know about our fall open house, harvest celebration, and additional opportunities to meet with your child’s teacher. Here are the upcoming dates:

  • Open House – Tuesday September 26, 4:30pm to 6:00pm
  • Fall Conferences – Tuesday October 24 and Thursday November 9, 3:45 to 7:15pm
  • Fall Celebration – Friday October 27 2:00-3:15 pm

We hope to see you at John Burroughs Elementary School at one of our upcoming events.

With Burroughs pride,

Dr. Mike Eicher, Principal

Open House

Tuesday, Sep. 26th, 4:30-6pm

551 South Richardson Avenue

Columbus, OH

Come see your student's classroom and tour the whole school. You can purchase Burroughs T-Shirts from the PTA! It's a great time to also meet with our community partners. We hope to see you there!

Beginning of the Year Details:

Student Handbook

Please take time to review the 2023-2024 Parent/Student Handbook for Burroughs

2023-2024 Welcome Packet

Have questions about how school drop-off or pick-up goes? Wondering when school breakfast is? How you can get involved? Check out our welcome packet for the 2023-2024 school year!

Note from Nurse Kristina

Our school nurse this year is Kristina Gloriosa, BSN, RN. She is available Monday through Friday. Here are some reminders from her:

  • For the 2023-2024 school year, our school will follow state mandated health screenings for students (ORC 3313.69). This typically includes vision and hearing, but may also include blood pressure, a dental screen, and body mass index (BMI).

  • AVOID IMMUNIZATION EXCLUSION September 13th, 2023. Be certain your student is up to date on their immunizations. Please call your physician for details if you are unsure or reach out to Nurse Kristina.

  • · As a reminder to parents, both over-the-counter medications and prescription medications (including asthma inhalers and epi-pens) need a medication authorization form completed by both parent and health care provider. These forms are available online at From there, select Departments > CCS Health Services > Guidelines for Medications at School > Medication Authorization Forms.

  • · Please feel free to call Nurse Kristina at 365-5923 ext. 75874 or email to discuss your child’s specific health needs.

Update Parent Portal

It is INCREDIBLY important that your contact information is up-to-date in Parent Portal. Please make sure you review this for this school year!

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PBIS at Burroughs

PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Intervention Strategies. This is the plan for encouraging helpful behavior at school and how discipline in handled at Burroughs.

At John Burroughs Elementary teachers and staff members use positive reinforcement with students to build relationships and create nurturing environments. Our students earn BEE BUCKS for positive behavior at Burroughs. These BEE BUCKS help classes and grades earn prizes throughout the year. A student's BEE BUCK may randomly get drawn for an individual prize as well.

There are instances where students may cause a disruption to the the classroom or school environment and we have a plan for these instances.

Sometimes the behavior is minor and can be handled by the teacher or staff member within the classroom or the PEAK room (a separate space for students to calm down and work on their behavior).

Minor Behaviors:

Disrespectful Behavior, Minor Insubordination (refusal to complete work, not following directions the first time). Profanity/Inappropriate Language, Dress Code Violation, Student on Student Conflict , Minor Technology Violation (access unauthorized websites), Minor Property Misuse (drawing on desks, ripping items off walls, damaging supplies).

Other times the behavior may be considered major and the student may be referred to the office or principal for consequences.

Major Behaviors:

3 Minor incidences for same behavior, Fighting/Threats, Theft, Vandalism/Property Damage, Repeated Bullying Behaviors, Volatile Acts, Serious Technology Violation (social media threats, etc.).

Please contact your child's teacher or Dr. Eicher with any questions you may have about discipline at Burroughs.

Character Strong: Respect

Every month we focus on a different character trait at Burroughs. In September we are focusing on Respect. As we learn about the character trait, teachers will nominate a student each week that exhibits that character trait at school.

These students will be celebrated on Wednesdays through recognition during the announcements, a certificate and small gift, and by participating in the Bee Kind Squad at dismissal. The Bee Kind Squad will cheer their classmates out of their classes with foam fingers and high-fives! Everyone is encouraged to participate in these Kindness Wednesdays by wearing a kindness shirt or button to spread Kindness at our school! Let's all work together to Bee Kind!

Burroughs Elementary 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:

Family Ambassadors

Our Family Ambassadors at Burroughs are here to help you navigate the district, answer questions and assist your family in any way we can! We put out the school newsletter and help with school events. Please contact us if you need any help or have questions!

Andi Douglass - I have been a Family Ambassador since January 2021 and I lived near Burroughs since 2009. I really enjoy seeing families getting involved at Burroughs. I look forward to meeting new families at our events this year like Breakfast & Books and Science and Literacy Nights! You can email me at

Angie Medina- I'm a new Family Ambassador to Burroughs. I love working with children and their families. I'm Bilingual in Spanish so I am able to assist with the language barriers with our Spanish speaking families. I look forward in working with staff and families at all the great events that Burroughs will have throughout the year. You can email me at

District Announcements

Family Enagement

All Columbus City schools are seeking to have authentic family engagement at our schools. This includes 6 areas of best practices:

  • Welcoming All Families
  • Communicating Effectively
  • Supporting Student Success
  • Speaking Up for Every Child
  • Sharing Power
  • Collaborating With the Community
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Community Resources

Highland Youth Garden

Sign your children up for our FREE Garden Club, a weekly afterschool club for grades K-6 students who attend school and/or live in the Hilltop area or Franklinton. Children who participate get to garden, plant seeds, harvest produce, cook food and snacks, enjoy garden-based activities, and explore the arts.

Fall 2023 Session: Tuesdays or Thursdays, September 5 through early December from 3:30 - 5:30 PM.

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

School Sign-out Procedures

If you need to sign-out a student during the school day, please be aware of the following procedures that keep your student safe at school:


Any students being picked up early must be signed out by a relative / adult that is listed in Infinite Campus. Parent's can list adults allowed to pick-up their student in the Parent Portal. If an unlisted adult needs to pick up a student, the listed Guardian MUST call the school office at 614-365-5923.

Starting April 7, 2023, Ohioans who are 17 years and older can receive an ID card at no cost.


If your student has a doctor’s appointment after 3:00 or you just want to pick them up early, please sign them out BEFORE 3:00pm. This will prevent the interruption of the teaching process. Students are dismissed at 3:15. We appreciate your concern for your students continued and uninterrupted education. We thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

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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) -