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Important Note About Absences and Tardies


Under Massachusetts State Law, absences over seven (7) full days and fourteen (14) half days may be considered ‘chronic.” Also under state law, in order to address chronic absenteeism, the school principal or designee must make an effort to meet with the parent or guardian of a student who has had five (5) unexcused absences in order to develop action steps for student attendance.

An absence, tardy or dismissal is excused by a doctor’s/dentist’s note or a court document. In some instances, there are other extenuating circumstances in which there is an excusal. Please note: a vacation is not excused. If you have doctor’s notes or legal documents excusing absences, days tardy, or dismissals, please send these in as soon as possible. We will then excuse these days in our attendance reporting system.

In order for your child to be successful in school, it is imperative that he/she be in school every day. Research has shown that when a child is not in school on a consistent basis, the child is at a higher risk of performing poorly in school. Even when a child is absent due to valid reasons, the child often has difficulty academically and socially due to missed instruction and opportunities for social interactions with peers at school.


Students are expected to be in the building by 8:50 each morning. Students entering later than 8:50 will be marked tardy to school. First thing each morning, teachers preview the day and help students organize their materials and belongings that came from home. Extra support and/or enrichment opportunities occur each morning from 9:00-9:30.

Please be aware that when there is inclement weather, many more students are dropped off to school in the morning. Therefore, there is sometimes a longer line than usual for drop offs. We encourage you to plan accordingly on these days.

Harvest Big Blast

Thank you to everyone who came out to support this year's HBB Big Blast. It was another huge success and we would also like to thank all the parents and teachers who volunteered their time. Here are a few pictures from the night.
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5th Grade Science

This week I had the great pleasure of watching some of the students in Mrs. Lombardi's and Mrs. Cardarelli's class present their science projects and I was very impressed. The kids have clearly worked hard on their research projects and it's not easy speaking in front of a group, but they all did great!

Important Note Regarding Report Cards

The calendar that was shared out to begin the year regarding the dates Report Cards will be sent home was incorrect. First term report cards will be sent home on December 7th, not November 30th. We apologize for the confusion.

Student Athlete of the Week!

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Paws-itive Office Referrals

Congratulations to all our students who were sent to the office this week for being Burkland's BEST! Great Job!
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Congratulations to all of our Character Word of the Week winners!!

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