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Principal's Corner
December 19, 2014
Mr. Ned Strianese, one of our special educators, is away from school for an extended period of time due to health reasons.  We are keeping him in our thoughts and prayers.  We are pleased that we have Ms. Jessie Olson to fill in for Ned during his absence.  Ms. Olson most recently worked at the Sustainability Academy and came to us highly recommended. 
We hope you enjoyed our Celebrations Around the World performance this week.  Students worked very hard to practice their dances and songs.  We are so thankful to Ms. Chelsea Rood, who is our Music teacher this year.  Ms. Rood devoted many hours—a labor of love—to coordinating rehearsals and making sure everything went as planned.  Bravo to Ms. Rood and all our student performers!  We also thank Mr. Bill Thayer, known as “Wild Bill” on WOKO but as a caring and helpful parent to us. 
As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, we are moving in the direction of preparing paperless copies of our weekly newsletter.  Attached to that newsletter was a form requesting those who wish to continue receiving paper copies of the newsletter to contact the school.  (We will include that form in our January 9th newsletter, in case you may have missed it.)  Otherwise, your email address will be shared with the P.T.O. as part of a subscription list that will include updates from the school, information from the P.T.O., and the weekly newsletter.  If you wish to receive the newsletter and updates from the P.T.O electronically, you need to do nothing.  You will automatically be added to the P.T.O. blog subscription list.  The P.T.O. will not share your email address with any other entity without your permission.    
It’s exciting to again be working with the Very Merry Theater to bring to the stage our annual play, which this year will be “The Hobbit.” Auditions were held this week, and performances will take place on February 12th, 13th, and 14th with many rehearsals in between.   
 Free lunches will be served in our school cafeteria on the Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays of school vacation (that’s December 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, and 31) from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  No need to sign up.  Just show up!  This is for all Burlington children, regardless of whether or not they are enrolled in one of our district schools.  Please also note that any Burlington student may pick up a free “grab and go” dinner from the school kitchen at dismissal time on any school day.   
Thank you for all you are doing—and will do—to make our school community one of safety, respect, and responsibility for all who come through our doors.  May your family have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.  We look forward to seeing students back at school on Monday, January 5th.