Burton Street Buzz

Burton Street News and Information

May 2022

Dear families,

May is such an exciting (and busy) month at Burton Street. It is nutty to think that as of today, there are 32 days of school left! This is a great time of year spent reflecting and celebrating all that our students have accomplished!

This past week we celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week. An enormous thank you to the PTA and supportive parents and guardians for honoring our teachers and staff! There is no doubt that Burton Street educators are truly remarkable. As you are all well aware, the staff here at Burton Street is unbelievably hardworking, passionate, dedicated and innovative!

The month of May will bring a lot of fun to Burton Street, including the start of our 4th grade community walks, 3rd grade field trips, spring Book Fair, Mental Health Awareness Week and Wellness Day, an author visit for all students, Raise Craze closing celebration and of course Memorial Day - the official 'kickoff to summer.'

As we turn the corner towards the end of the school year there is an increase in fun events on and off campus, please be sure to read teacher newsletters/emails regarding classroom and building-wide events.

Thank you for your continued support!

Mrs. Kara May

New Playground Equipment

Burton Street's playground has four new pieces of equipment that were recently installed, thanks to the amazingly generous 2020 donation from the PTA! The equipment is accessible to all students and was chosen with guidance from the building physical therapists, Mrs. Melissa Linck and Mrs. Jackie Frazee. The equipment was intentionally chosen to target different parts of the body for sensory input.

The new equipment is a priceless addition, not only for Burton Street students, but the entire community, as all differently-abled individuals will have the opportunity to experience and enjoy the playground space.

The Burton Street community is committed to installing a safe and accessible pathway for students to enjoy the new equipment, to be named "Hazel's Path." This pathway will be dedicated to the beautiful Burton Street graduate, Hazel Shaw. "Hazel's Path" will be funded via money raised through PTA fundraising, donations, and support from Hazel's Hope. Hazel's Hope is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing "families of children with special needs the adaptive equipment they need." If you are interested in donating money specifically for "Hazel's Path" please reach out to Kara May (kmay@caz.cnyric.org).

May 9-May 13: Mental Health Awareness Week, Book Fair

May 12: Evening event for Book Fair

May 13: Wellness Day, Half Day (11am dismissal)

May 17: BOE meeting, 6:30pm

May 27: School Spirit Day and assembly, Raise Craze closing celebration

June 1: Fine Arts Night

June 3: Burton Street Laker Day, Popcorn Plus Day

Class Placements 22-23

Families will be notified of their child's teacher for the 2022-2023 school year in August. Parents and guardians are welcome to contact me, verbally, or in writing, regarding their child's personality, learning style and the best type of classroom environment to foster their learning. Specific teacher requests, however, will not be honored.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Next week (May 10th-16th) starts off our celebration of Mental Health Awareness Week!

The district Mental Health Team has worked hard to plan wellness events for our students on May 13th and bring a spirit week across the district. We will continue to have ongoing conversations with our students about ways we can practice mental wellness and ways we can keep our minds and bodies happy and healthy! We will be discussing these mindful strategies over the announcements next week and during Hang 10 Time.

We would love for as many students and families to participate as possible!

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The PTA's first annual Raise Craze fundraiser has been nothing shy of a HUGE success! To date, Burton Street students have completed 1,010 acts of kindness and have raised $18,715! Additionally, the students have collected hundreds of food and toiletry items for Caz Cares!

The Cazenovia Republican published a wonderful article on Raise Craze last week. You can read it here.

Because the students raised $10,000, they will be rewarded by having me kiss a (real) pig!

In addition, because the students raised $15,000, they will get to slime district superintendent, Mr. DiFulvio!

Not registered for Raise Craze yet? Get started at my.raisecraze.com/AG75JCJ

Questions? Contact Nikki Skeele and Nicole Maggio at burtonstreetelementarypta@gmail.com

For the latest class results, check the Leaderboard at


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Burton Street Co-President Nicole Maggio donned

a blow up pig costume for the April 29th assembly!

Happy Mother's Day

Our students are very lucky to have such wonderfully supportive people in their lives. While we celebrate 'Mother's Day' on the calendar this weekend, may this special day honor the dedicated caregivers within each different family structure!

Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers, fathers, grandparents, adoptive parents, step-parents, family members and foster parents who are raising our young children!

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Raise Craze Traveling Trophies

Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday two classes are awarded a Raise Craze 'Traveling Trophy.' This super fun honor is given to classes who may have completed the most 'AOK's' (Acts of Kindness), completed a notable act of kindness, had the most participants, etc. The students are SO EXCITED to earn the trophies and be recognized on the morning announcements.
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School Spirit/Character Education Assembly

We gathered outside for our first school-wide assembly in over two years on April 29th. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and the energy was high!
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Burton Street Elementary


Debbie Richer

Maggie Marsch


Kara May