Burton Street Buzz

Burton Street News and Information

February 2022

Dear families,

February kicks off another fun month at Burton Street! Classrooms will celebrate Valentine's Day, kick off quarter 3 and begin new content, all while gearing up for Winter Recess!

February is Black History month. As educators, we continue to work towards equity and remain committed to inclusion, building knowledge, modeling compassion and teaching and discussing diverse topics day in and day out, throughout the year. Understanding that Black History is American History, classrooms will continue to learn about black experiences, cultural diversity and notable figures and events. Our library media specialist, Mrs. Katie McGinnis, has provided our teachers with wonderful resources to support these conversations with our students!

This month, the district is welcoming Dr. Kevin Antshel on February 15 to discuss Managing Stress and Anxiety with parents & caregivers, community members, students and staff. This is a wonderful opportunity for all and is very timely!

Have a great February - hopefully it's warmer than January and we can spend more time outside!

Thank you for your continued partnership, Burton Street is a truly wonderful community!

Mrs. Kara May

Report Cards

Burton Street report cards will be sent home on February 11.

February 15: Dr. Antshel community presentation, 6:30

February 18: School Spirit Day & live announcements

February 21-25: Winter Recess, PTA Read-a-Thon

February 28: Board of Education meeting, 6:30pm

March 4: Popcorn Plus Day

March 10: Burton Street science fair

March 11: Superintendent's Conference Day - No School

March 14: PTA meeting, 7pm

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Emergency Drills

In the coming months, the district will be partnering with local law enforcement and emergency response agencies for emergency drills. Drill collaboration with the local police, fire department and emergency responders will greatly benefit our preparation and response should an emergency take place.
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Message from the Bus Garage

As a reminder: please label all of your student's belongings (snow gear, lunch boxes, etc.) as a number of items have been left on buses and cannot find their way home to the owner!

Save the Date!

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PTA Read-A-Thon

The Burton Street PTA is hosting its 3rd Annual Winter Read-A-Thon during the upcoming February Break! For nine days (Feb 19 - 27), we are encouraging your child to read at least 20 minutes a day. Every student that participates will receive a prize, so join in the fun and pick up a book! Prizes will also be awarded for the following categories:

  • Top 2 readers per grade (most minutes)
  • Top class per grade (most minutes)
  • Any class with 100% participation

NEW this year... an exciting BONUS prize will be given to all students who log a total of at least 360 minutes for the week! (This can be achieved by increasing the daily goal to 40 minutes per day.)

The Read-A-Thon is also a fun and rewarding way to raise funds for the many school activities sponsored by the PTA and we greatly appreciate your support! Students can ask family and friends to pledge a "flat amount" or "per minute amount" to encourage their reading efforts. However, please note that student's do not have to receive donations to participate, they can simply log and submit their reading minutes.

Please be on the lookout for additional information, which will be sent home with your child in the upcoming weeks.

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Battle of the Books

3rd and 4th Graders are invited to participate in Battle of the Books 2022!

What is Battle of the Books?

Battle of the Books is Battle of the Books (BOTB/BOB) is a regional competition in which students work in teams to read and study a number of titles based on grade level (this number may vary) over the course of several months. They will then participate in “Jeopardy-style” tournaments to demonstrate their knowledge of the books, first at the building level, followed by finalists moving on to the district and regional levels and finally to the Super Regional Battle.

How do students participate?

All 3rd and 4th Graders are welcome to participate. First, students form a team. Teams are made up of 4 participants. Teams can have up to two additional members. However, extra team members will act as alternates (in school battles, students can swap out between round 1 and 2). Second, students need to find a coach to help them read and study the books. A coach can be a parent or teacher. Please remember that reading the books are student's responsibility. Team meetings are completely optional and up to the coaches discretion. Lastly, students read the books and study them in preparation for the competition. Students must have titles and authors memorized. All questions are answered with a title and author.

Requirements & Information:

Once a team is formed ALL COACHES MUST EMAIL Katie McGinnis at kmcginnis@caz.cnyric.org WITH A TEAM NAME AND TEAM MEMBERS to be officially registered.

Attached are a few documents including a coaches guide, book titles, official rules, and practice questions.


- School Battle: Tentatively Friday, April 1st with a snow date of Tuesday, April 5th

- Virtual Super Regional Battle: April 22 - Grade Bands 3/4 & 5/6

Teams must be officially registered by March 18th. Again, to officially register your team, the coach must email Katie McGinnis at kmcginnis@caz.cnyric.org.

Please reach out to Katie McGinnis with any questions.

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Our kindergarteners are readers!

Kindergarteners are using their early literacy skills and eagerly applying them to decodable books aligned to their abilities. Students and teachers are enjoying our new aligned texts!

Office Joe Reading to the Learners in Mrs. Smith's class

Officer Joe spends his days ensuring the safety of Burton Street students and staff, all while forming meaningful relationships with classrooms and students. He has been a wonderful support for our students and staff and students adore spending time with him. He has spent time in classrooms continuing Hang 10 conversations regarding kindness, respect and following directions!
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Burton Street Elementary


Debbie Richer

Maggie Marsch


Kara May