March Newsletter

March 2023

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Important Dates

  • Mar 2: Breakfast & Books
  • Mar 8: No School
  • Mar 13: Last day to Order Bee Kind Shirts
  • Mar 14: PTA Meeting @ 3:45
  • Mar 25: Summer Opportunities Fair
  • Mar 27-31: School Book Fair
  • Mar 29: No School
  • Mar 31: Elementary School Lottery Closes

Note from Dr. Eicher

Dear John Burroughs Families,

It seems as though spring has already arrived with the warm February temperatures. The official start of spring is coming up in March, and I wanted to make you aware of our March events. We wrap up the 3rd quarter on March 24th and begin the 4th quarter on March 27th. March is shaping up to be another busy and engaging month at John Burroughs Elementary School.

Here are the important dates to add to your calendar:

  • March 2nd Breakfast and Books
  • March 8th No School, Teacher Professional Development Day
  • March 10th 4th Grade trip to All that Jazz Concert
  • March 10th 5th Grade trip to Columbus Museum of Art
  • March 12th Daylight Savings Time changes—Spring Forward!
  • March 24th End of 3rd Quarter CATCO Performance Ohio Canid Center Wolves Assembly
  • March 29th No School, Teacher Records Day
  • March 31st Ohio State Testing Window for ELA opens for grades 3-5
  • We celebrate Kindness every Wednesday at John Burroughs Elementary School.

The Parent Teacher Association is selling Always Bee Kind shirts designed by our very own 4th grader Alan Alavez Lopez! The deadline to order is March 13th. Shirts can be ordered at the following link:

As you can see, March is shaping up to be a fun, exciting and active month at John Burroughs Elementary. I know that I am looking forward to all the activities that we have planned for parents, students, and families at John Burroughs Elementary School. Sincerely,

Michael D. Eicher, Ed.D.


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March 2: Breakfast & Books

!!!! Reserve your Spot Now !!!!

You are invited to come and have breakfast with your student on March 2, 2023. We will have juice, fruit and pastries. We will be celebrating literacy on Dr. Suess' birthday! Each child that comes can select a free book to take home.

Reserve your spot here:

February School Pictures

Free Dinner for Good Attendance

Any student that misses 5 or fewer days between January 23 and March 24 will be invited to a special recognition dinner! The student plus one adult guest can attend a free dinner the evening of April 4th. More information can be found here:

Remember minutes late or leaving school early count against the student's attendance record!

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Support the PTA!

The PTA is selling Always Bee Kind shirts designed by Alan Alavez Lopez in Ms. Pierce's 4th grade class! All proceeds go to supporting the Burroughs PTA. Sizes Youth Small - Adult 5XL available. Shirts will be distributed when they arrive at the school.

$15 a shirt! Deadline to order: 3/13/23

Order Online:

or contact the PTA at:

The next PTA meeting is on Tuesday, March 14th at 3:45pm in the Cafeteria at the school

Character Strong: Cooperation

Every month we focus on a different character trait at Burroughs. In March we are focusing on Cooperation. 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!

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Burroughs is Hiring

Burroughs is looking for two new employees that speak both English and Spanish!

Our ESL team is looking for a full-time Spanish Instructional Assistant. For more information about that position, please contact Ms. Marrell:

Our Family Engagement Office is looking for a part-time Family Ambassador. For more information about that position, please contact Odaliz Freytes:

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.


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 3:30, but teaching continues up until that time. We appreciate your concern for your students continued and uninterrupted education. We thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

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

District Announcements

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2023 Summer Opportunities & Engagement Fair


Columbus City Schools wants to help you find the right summer opportunities for your child.

Join us for the 2023 Summer Opportunity and Engagement Fair on Saturday, March 25, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Branch downtown.

Spotlighting many of the different summer programs, camps, internships, volunteer hours, and employment opportunities for grades PreK-12, special education/adaptive, gifted, and English language learners.

• CCS Summer Experience Details
• Mobile Health & Wellness Clinics
• On-Site Translators
• Giveaways

Columbus City Schools is Now Hiring!

Columbus City Schools has many job openings available. All current openings are posted at:

School Choice - 23/24 School Year

CCS has multiple school choices for students in our district for the next school year.

Elementary Schools

Applications for Elementary school lottery are accepted via the Parent Portal Wednesday, February 1, 2023 through Friday, March 31, 2023.

Community Resources

Summer Camp Opportunities

Summer Camps fill up fast and early! Here's a link to summer camp resources and scholarships around Columbus:

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The Library is turning 150 Years Old

Columbus Metropolitan Library was founded on March 4, 1873 as a single reading room inside the original Columbus City Hall. Over the decades we’ve grown to 23 locations serving Franklin County, so we’re celebrating this milestone birthday with programs and events all year long.

We’re kicking off our sesquicentennial celebration with fun birthday parties at our locations.

• Enjoy activities, refreshments and chances to win fun prizes.

• Enter to win a $150 Target Gift Card!

March 4, 2023

Hilltop Library

511 S Hauge Ave

11 a.m. The Magic of Reading with Mike Hemmelgarn

Join us for a whirlwind of comedy juggling and ventriloquism with a splash of magic and lots of fun!

12 p.m. Build-A-Button Fun

Calling all artists! Design your very own button or pick one to color. Use our button maker to create one to wear or collect.

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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) -