Archive for the month “October, 2013”

Harvest Soiree






On Wednesday, October 30, 2013, we would like to celebrate the end of our Harvest Unit by having a Harvest Soiree at school.  In our unit book Possum’s Harvest Moon, the animals celebrated the end of autumn with a party under the harvest moon.  To make connections between our unit book and our classroom, we are going to celebrate just like the animals with a special “soiree”.


Children are invited to dress-up in any fashion they would like to celebrate the end of of unit (perhaps a special shirt, a sparkly tutu, a costume, a wig, a hat, etc).  If you child do not wish to dress-up it is not required.  It is going to be a special day with special activities to celebrate the end of our Harvest unit.  We will begin our new unit of Family Traditions in November.  If you have any questions regarding our soiree, please contact your child’s teacher.


A Message from Our School Nurse

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has requested this information be shared with all preschool families.



The Flu: A Guide for Parents flyer created by the MDPH gives information on the causes and symptoms of the flu, how it is spread, and specifics on the influenza vaccine. It is recommended that all children age 6 months and older get the influenza vaccine annually. You can learn more here:



The bulletin on meningococcal disease discusses the disease, the ways it is spread, and who is most at risk. Children under 5 years of age have a higher rate of the disease than older children, however, attending school or daycare are not considered to increase this risk. Routine vaccination with the meningococcal vaccine is not currently recommended for healthy preschool children. To learn more read the MDHP commonly asked questions here:



Please feel free to contact Jessica Gearin, our school nurse, at 781-273-7622, with any questions or concerns.

Message from BHS about College Admissions

The college admission process is stressful.  It all seems more competitive, more expensive, and more unpredictable than ever before.  Join us for an informative, entertaining, and stress-­‐reducing presentation by a national expert in higher education.



Roadmap to College Admission

With Dr. Mark A. Montgomery

Burlington High School Auditorium Thursday, October 24 6:30 to 8 pm



Choose Your Destination.  Get Prepared.  Set your GPS .

Mark Montgomery, is an independent college consultant serving a national and international clientele from offices in Denver, Colorado, Westfield, New Jersey, and Hong Kong, China. As a former college administrator, admissions officer, professor of international relations, and high school teacher of French, Dr. Montgomery brings a wealth of educational experience and perspective to the process of college selection and admission. He speaks to audiences around the world about how to choose the right colleges —and get in.


For more information about Dr. Montgomery, please visit

The Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive

Many thanks to Katie Roofe  and the Lucky Ducks classroom for organizing this at the BECC!

Dear Parents,

It’s time for the annual Scholastic Reading Club Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive benefiting 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 250,000 pairs of new pajamas. The Scholastic Reading Club has more than matched those numbers with nearly 600,000 new books donated to Pajama Program.


Our class wants to be a 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 12, 2013.   The Lucky Ducks will be collecting the pajamas to be donated.


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.


Katie Roofe

Lucky Ducks

PS: You can find out more about the drive and the program at:

PAC Meeting Announcement

Response to Intervention

Please join the Burlington PAC  for this presentation which will review how Response to Intervention, “RTI” is being implemented in the Burlington school system. The goals include a common elementary instruction and planning time, implementation of universal screening to identify student’s weaknesses, progress monitoring and research based interventions, and data-based decision making to address student’s needs.
This presentation is for all children attending the Burlington Public Schools and not specific to children receiving special education services.
October 21, 2013
School Committee Room
Burlington High School
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for parent networking, 7:00 p.m. presentation begins.

Back to School Night

Dear Parents,


On Thursday, October 17, 2013 the BECC will be holding a Back to School Night.  This is an opportunity for you to learn about your child’s classroom, schedule, and curriculum at the preschool.  Each classroom will have two sessions for parents to attend, one at 6:30 and one at 7:00.  Please refer to the blog from your child’s classroom teacher for specific details regarding each classroom’s schedule.


Teachers will be speaking globally about their classrooms.  If you have specific questions about your child, please set up a time to speak with your child’s teacher in private as many parents will be in the room, and we take confidentiality seriously. If you have any questions, please contact us at 781-270-1808.


We look forward to seeing you then.


-The BECC Staff

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