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The 9th Annual Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive

Dear Parents,

It’s time for the annual Scholastic Reading Club Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive benefitting Pajama Program, a nonprofit organization that provides new pajamas and books to children in need—especially those living in group homes, shelters, foster care, and orphanages.

Since 2009, caring classrooms across the country have risen to the challenge and donated nearly 400,000 pairs of new pajamas. The Scholastic Reading Club has more than matched those numbers with nearly 700,000 new books donated directly to Pajama Program headquarters, where they are then distributed across the country by Pajama Program.

Our school wants to be part of this drive so that we can help make a better bedtime for these children. Together we can help the Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive reach even more kids with pj’s and books.

If you and your child are able to participate, please have your child bring in a new pair of pajamas to school by___December 7, 2017.

Here are some simple guidelines for the pajamas:

  • Pajamas must be brand-new.
  • Pajamas in all sizes are needed—from newborn to adult.
  • Pajamas must be in complete sets or nightgowns.
  • Pajamas in children’s sizes must be manufactured as pajamas—this ensures that they are flame-retardant and safe.

Thank you for helping us share the gift of a good night’s sleep and a sweet bedtime story.

If you have any questions please contact, Katie Roofe at roofe@bpsk12.org

PS: You can find out more about the drive and the program at: scholastic.com/pjdrive

Cold Weather Clothing Reminder

Just a friendly reminder that we continue to go outside to play in the colder weather. Please be sure to send your child to school wearing appropriate clothing for the cool temperatures. Keep in mind that classrooms go outside throughout the school day. 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 when necessary.

No School November 9th and 10th

Just a reminder that all of the Burlington Public Schools will be closed Thursday, November 9th (professional development) and Friday, November 10th (Veteran’s Day observed).  The BECC will be back in session on Monday, November 13th.  Enjoy your long weekend!

Delayed Opening – Monday, October 30th

There is a two-hour delay today, Monday October 30th, 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 Margaret, 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 Dynamic Dinos, 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.

Flu Shots Provided by the Board of Health

During October, the Burlington Board of Health will be providing influenza vaccinations for children ages 6 months to 18 years by appointment only.
Flu injections are free to all children regardless of insurance status. They must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian.
To schedule an appointment, please call 781-279-1955. As per the CDC, the nasal spray flu vaccine (live, attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV) will not be available this flu season.

Upcoming Events at the BECC

We wanted to remind you about events coming up next week:

-There will be no school on Monday, October 9th as the Burlington Public Schools will be observing Columbus Day.

-Back to School Night* is next week on the following nights:

Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30 PM – Busy Bees, Dynamic Dinos

Wednesday, October 11 at 6:30 PM – Barnyard Buddies, Cub Cadets, Kickstart Kinderstars, Lucky Ducks, Outstanding Owls, Puppy Pals, Spunky Monkeys

*Please remember that Back to School Night is an event for parents only.  We look forward to seeing you all at next week!

End of the School Year

June 21, 2017

Dear Families,

Another school year has come to an end.  I hope that everyone had a fantastic year.  On behalf of the entire BECC staff, I wanted to thank all of you for allowing us to be part of your child’s early education.

For our families transitioning to kindergarten, we wish you all the best at your elementary schools.  We have enjoyed seeing all of our friends grow, and while we are sad to see them moving on, we are excited for them to continue their education in the Burlington Public Schools.

For those families who will be returning in the fall, the first day of school will be Monday, September 11, 2017.  You should receive a letter from your child’s teacher in mid to late August stating which class your child is in as well as the date for orientation.  If you have questions before then, the BECC will be open over the summer from July 10th-August 10th, Monday-Thursday.

Have a wonderful summer!

Kind Regards,

Deborah Clark – Director, BECC

Message from Burlington High School Environmental Club

Title: To be an Idol, you can’t Idle

State Law Mandates No Idling on School Grounds

Global warming. Air Pollution. Smog. These are topics that make the news every single day. But did you know that limiting something you may do daily could have a major effect on reducing the impact we have on our environment? Idling! Idling occurs any time your car is stopped but the engine is running, and it occurs more often than you may think. Whether stopped at a red light, waiting in the drive through, or sitting waiting to pick up your child from school, we spend a significant amount of time idling.  An idling car uses a significant amount of fuel (anywhere between 1⁄5 and 7/10 of a gallon per hour) depending on the car or truck. With gas prices going up, idling costs you money. Contrary to popular belief, a car does not use more gas to restart the engine than to keep in idle. In fact, idling for more than 10 seconds uses more gas than if the engine was shut off. Another popular belief is that the engine needs to warm up before it can be driven. However, that is not the case with modern engines, and the engine actually warms twice as quickly when being driven. There are many obvious economic and environmental benefits from not idling, but there also many health benefits too, particularly for your children. And guess what? IT’S THE LAW!!

A law you ask? Yes! Massachusetts state law (540 CMR) mandates that vehicles not be idling on school grounds or else risk a penalty of $100 for the first offense, possibly escalating to $500 for subsequent offenses. Those fines may hurt the wallet, but idling hurts the body. Idling cars release the same pollutants that moving cars do, and the stationary nature of idling cars leads to the pollutants building up and possibly entering the school building through the ventilation system. The exhaust of cars is linked to adverse health effects such as asthma, allergies, heart disease, increased risk of cancers, and other lung problems (EMA).

So ask yourself…is the minor inconvenience of turning the engine off and on worth the health, economic, and environmental benefits of reducing idling time? We think so. After all, to be an idol, you can’t idle!!

Written By: Jason Biundo and Azam Baig BHS Class Of 2017 and AP Environmental Science

Students Extraordinaire!

Works Cited

Leibrock, Amy “10 Reasons to Turn Off an Idling Car.” Sustainable America . Web. 08 May

2017.

“Attention Drivers! Turn off Your Idling Engines.” Environmental Defense Fund . Web. 08 May

2017.

“Everything You Need To Know About Idling.” EMA . Web. 08 May 2017.

Lawlib. “540 CMR: Registry of Motor Vehicles.” Court System . 07 May 2014. Web. 08 May

2017.

“The Facts about Idling Your Car.” Boston.gov . 17 July 2016. Web. 08 May 2017.

Burlington Schools Briefly Placed on Lockout Following Threats

The following is a press release from the Burlington Police Department:

BURLINGTON — Chief Michael Kent reports that Burlington schools were briefly placed in lockout mode following a report that a woman who made threats to harm people was in town from out of state.

At approximately 1:20 p.m., Burlington Police received a report from the Merrimack New Hampshire Police Department that a woman had made threats over social media to harm people with a firearm.

The Merrimack Police Department informed Burlington that a trace of the woman’s cell phone indicated that she was in Burlington.

Out of an abundance of caution, the schools were placed on lockout mode, meaning no one could go in or out of the building.

Parents were alerted to the matter through ConnectED, however, classes continued as normal and there was no disruption to class.

Lockout mode was lifted at 1:55 p.m., after Burlington Police were notified by Merrimack Police that a second ping of the cell phone indicated that the woman was never in Burlington and was actually in a North Shore community.

Subsequent traces of the woman’s cell phone indicated that she was in Manchester by the Sea, and then the Peabody area.

Chief Kent states that there is no danger to the Burlington community.

Additional media inquiries should be directed to the Manchester by the Sea Police Department, which is coordinating the search.

School Vacation

The Burlington Public Schools will be closed on Friday April 14, 2017 in observance of Good Friday.  We will also be closed the week of April 17-21 for school vacation.  The BECC office will be closed on these day as well.  The BECC will reopen on Monday April 24th.

Enjoy the week!

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