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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!

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.

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