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2-Hour Delay for the Burlington Public Schools, 3/15/17

There is a two-hour delay tomorrow, Wednesday March 15th, for the Burlington Public Schools.  All AM preschool sessions are cancelled.

If your child is in the Cub Cadets with Lisa or the Kinderstars with Erin your child will have school from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

If your child participates in a full day program in the Puppy Pals, Busy Bees, or Leaping Lizards, they will have school starting at 10:30 AM.  If your child is dismissed at 11:30 AM, they do not attend on delayed openings.

The afternoon sessions will run as scheduled from 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

BECC Closing Early – Afternoon Session Cancelled

The BECC will be sending students home at 11:30 AM today, Tuesday February 7, 2017 due to the weather.  There will be no afternoon session today.  If you have any question, please call 781-270-1808.

BECC PATRIOTS DAY!

On Friday, February 3rd, the BECC will be celebrating

New England PATRIOTS FOOTBALL DAY

to wish our New England Patriots good luck in the Superbowl!

Students are invited to wear New England Patriots gear, football-related clothes, red/white/blue clothing, etc. in order to celebrate! (As always, students do not have to participate if they do not wish to.)

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GO PATS!!!

Dr. Conti’s Open Letter to Burlington Students

*This letter was originally posted on Dr. Conti’s blog on January 30, 2017

An Open Letter to Burlington Students:

It is hard not to hear many adult conversations and see news reports around you regarding the recent restrictions on immigration. Many people are struggling with questions of belonging.  Some question if everyone belongs and whether we can be safe. Please be assured that all of you belong in the Burlington Schools. Our commitment to educating all of you has never been more unyielding and important.

In my opinion, adults simply need to look inside our classrooms and learn from you. I see classrooms where everyone is accepted regardless of faith, culture, ability, economic standing, and other differences. You all believe in the best of your classmates and their intentions. What you may not realize is that these lessons have been at the heart of public schools for a long time.

A part of the answer to the question of who belongs in public school can be seen in the Supreme Court’s decision of Plyler v. Doe (1982). In Plyler, the Supreme Court determined that children belong in our public schools no matter how the children came to live in a community. In other words, a child’s immigration status is not relevant. You are all learners first. If you live in Burlington, you are welcome in school. You belong in school. You are safe in school. You are loved in school.

Moreover, nearly 75 years prior to the Plyler decision, John Dewey, a great American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer, said:

“The intermingling in the school of youth of different races, differing religions, and unlike customs creates for all a new and broader environment. Common subject matter accustoms all to a unity of outlook upon a broader horizon than is visible to the members of any group while it is isolated. The assimilative force of the American public school is eloquent testimony to the efficacy of the common and balanced appeal.”

― John Dewey, Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education

Please know that all of you belong, and together in Burlington, we are creating a broader horizon for everyone.

Thank you,

Eric Conti

2-hour Delay Burlington Public Schools, 1/24/17

There is a two-hour delay today for the Burlington Public Schools.  All AM preschool sessions are cancelled.

If your child is in the Cub Cadets with Lisa or the Kinderstars with Erin your child will have school from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

If your child participates in a full day program in the Puppy Pals, Busy Bees, or Leaping Lizards, they will have school starting at 10:30 AM. Only the children that attend for a full day in these classrooms will come in on delayed openings. If your child is dismissed at 11:30 AM, they do not attend on delayed openings.

The afternoon sessions will run as scheduled from 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Open House for 2017-18 School Year

The Burlington Early Childhood Center (BECC) will be hosting an Open House for new students on Friday, January 27, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The BECC is an integrated public preschool for children ages 3-5.  We support children of all abilities in both general education and special education settings.  We also provide support in the areas of speech-language, motor, and social skill development.

Our Open House will provide families with an opportunity to view our programs, meet the teachers, and pick up registration packets to enroll their children for the 2017-2018 school year.  Students must be 3 years old by August 31, 2017 to be considered for enrollment for the fall of 2017.

For more information about registration/Open House, please call 781-270-1808.  For more information about our program, please visit the Burlington Early Childhood Center Website The BECC is located in Burlington High School at 123 Cambridge Street.  Our entrance is at the back of the building between the two playgrounds.

Guidelines for School Delays and Closures

As we have had our first snowfall of the season this week, I thought it would be a good time to share school closure guidelines for the BECC.  If the Burlington Public Schools are closed due to weather, school is cancelled for all grades Preschool-Grade 12.  If a 2-hour delay is called for the Burlington Public Schools, please use the following guidelines:

Whenever there is a two-hour delay all AM preschool sessions are cancelled.

If your child is in the Cub Cadets with Lisa or the Kinderstars with Erin your child will have school from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

If your child participates in a full day program in the Puppy Pals, Busy Bees, or Leaping Lizards, they will have school starting at 10:30 AM. Only the children that attend for a full day in these classrooms will come in on delayed openings. If your child is dismissed at 11:30 AM, they do not attend on delayed openings.

The afternoon sessions will run as scheduled from 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

** If there is a delay on a Friday, no students will attend on that day, except for the Kickstart Kinderstar Students.**

Dressing for Winter Weather

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The cold weather is now upon us. Please remember that we will continue to go outside on a daily basis. Weather permitting we will be outside when the temperature is above 25 degrees. Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather including wearing a winter coat, hat, and mittens to school every day.

Thanksgiving Break

We wanted to remind you that Wednesday, November 23, 2016 is a half-day of school for the entire Burlington School District. All BECC classes will be dismissed at 11:30 AM. There will be no afternoon classes on Wednesday. The BECC will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. If you have any questions, please call us at 781-270-1808.

Practice Lockdown Drill Today at the BECC

Dear Families,

Today (Thursday, November 17, 2016) during our morning preschool session, we had a practice Lockdown drill (this is when we keep the student in their classrooms in case of emergency). It was short and went very well, but we wanted you to be aware of it incase your child wants to talk with you about it.  Each classroom has individually practiced for the lockout drill to prepare for whole school drills like today.  If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or the main office at 781-270-1808.

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