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See You at an Open House!

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Kindergarten Lunch

We'd be happy to have your family visit campus for an introduction to our community! Burgundy's open houses will take place:

  • Friday, October 6, 9-11 a.m.
  • Friday, November 10, 9-11 a.m.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2-4 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 7, 2-4 p.m.

Reservations are required to help us give you the best experience. Reserve your spot at one of our open houses!

If you're interested in visiting Burgundy another time, contact Director of Admission Lori Adams at 703.329.6968 or

Burgundy's Head Among 133 Decrying Gun Violence

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Post A22Burgundy’s Head of School Jeff Sindler is among 133 independent school heads from the Washington-Baltimore region who have co-signed an open letter decrying gun violence and urging legislative leaders to take action to prevent it. The letter ran as a full-page advertisement in The Baltimore Sun (Wednesday, March 14, 2018) and The Washington Post (Sunday, March 18, 2018).

Jeff explained that the content of the letter and the opportunity to sign it was coordinated through collaborative efforts of the Association of Independent Maryland Schools and the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington (AISGW). Burgundy is a member of AISGW and Jeff currently serves as a trustee on the association’s board. Of the 77 total AISGW schools, 71 are signatories. Jeff discussed the inclusion of his signature with Burgundy’s Board of Trustees executive committee.

Text of the letter:

The horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has led students, teachers, and school leaders to speak out forcefully against gun violence. Students -- children -- who have experienced this trauma and loss first-hand are showing the way. As adults and as educators, it is our time to lead. With those student activists and with their grieving families, we too say, “Never Again!”

For years now, citizens of the United States have endured mass shootings, in public venues, neighborhoods and communities, houses of worship, colleges and universities, and our schools. Children, our most vulnerable citizens and our hope for the future, are dying from gun violence, again and again.

Statistics from countries around the globe show that it is possible to minimize gun deaths through common-sense legislation. Here in the United States, we see that easy access to weapons, particularly those of military-style design, results in significantly higher levels of gun violence.

We urge our President, our Congress, and our state leaders to enact specific, vigorous measures to reduce gun violence in our society, particularly in our schools. We need a robust system of registration and background checks, with a particular eye toward weapons capable of rapidly firing a vast number of deadly shots. We need stronger mental health services and more effective communication among agencies responsible for the well-being of children, adults, and families. What we do not need is to arm our teachers with guns, which is dangerous and antithetical to our profession as educators.

As school leaders, we call upon everyone who cares about the education and the welfare of children to urge our government to act. We need our teachers to be able to teach. We need our students to be able to learn. And we need everyone in every school around the country to feel safe.

Our school communities represent multiple political parties and occupy different positions on the spectrum from liberal to conservative. Our schools are secular and religious, small and large, urban, rural, and suburban. We serve a range of children, from nursery through grade twelve. Our calling is to serve and to educate children, to ensure their safety and well-being, and to help them grow into thoughtful and responsible citizens. Please let us do our work. Please act now with vigor, determination, and urgency, on behalf of our nation’s children.


Review the letter to see all signatories.

Start Smiling Now for Extra Donations!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Amazon Smile

Are you using Amazon Smile? If not, now is a great time to start! Amazon will triple their donation to Burgundy with your first purchase. From March 12 to 31, Amazon will triple the donation rate to 1.5% on your first eligible purchase at All monies donated by Amazon through this program are applied to Burgundy’s Annual Giving Fund.

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Auction Thanks, Congratulations, and More Opportunities

Friday, March 2, 2018

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Crazy wind storm! Power outages! No problem! Burgundy Soared thanks to our amazing community! We are truly humbled and inspired by your generosity. Parents, faculty, staff, and students gave their time, talent, and financial support to make this year’s Auction a grand success. It was an honor to serve as your Burgundy 2018 Auction co-chairs. We are forever grateful!

— Jane Hyatt Thorpe and Betsy Erickson, co-chairs


Raffle Winners

Congratulations to our raffle winners!

Best of the Live Raffle
Sarah Read, who chose Six Bottles of Unique California Reds as her prize from among the live auction offerings.

Burgundy Raffle Winners
Grand Prize, $400 gift card to Del Mar Restaurant: Heidi Parsont
Nationals Baseball for Two and a $100 gift card: Kate Westhoven
Echo Show: Josh Cohen
$250 Neighborhood Restaurant Group gift card: Chuck Weger
$250 Amazon gift card: Kaadze Wright

Early Registration gift card winner
Clay Berry and Bikas Joshi


Pick Ups, Payments and Connections

Please remember to pick up your items from the Advancement Office prior to Spring Break. Unpaid Auction invoices will be emailed after March 15.

To everyone who received a certificate at the auction: please reach out to the donor as soon as you can to make arrangements to redeem your item. Similarly, if you as a donor know who won the item you donated, please reach out to the winning bidder. If you have a question about who won the item you donated, please contact Allison ( or 703.842.0488).


Post-Auction Sale

Because there were so many terrific items available on the night of the auction, a few great ones got lost in the shuffle and did not receive bids. These few items are available now in our after-auction sale. We think you'll agree that these items are worth a second look! Don't forget, all sales benefit financial aid.

Contact Allison Niedbala ( or 703.842.0488) to indicate your interest in purchasing by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13. First come, first served!


Kids' Creations

There's still time to purchase your child's class project if you haven't already done so! Order online through Wednesday, March 14.

For families of K Foxes, K Frogs, 1st Goats, 2/3 Buckeyes, 2/3 Viceroys, 4/5 Coopers, 4/5 Redtails and 6th grade: To pick up your child's project, stop by the Advancement office at Norton House, 5622 Norton Road at the top of the Burgundy driveway. If you haven't yet paid you can do so at that time. We'll be in the office during parent-teacher conference days (March 15-16).

For Junior Kindergarten, 1st Sheep, 7th grade, and 8th grade: Your child's project will be available in the coming weeks. We'll let you know when it's ready.


Thank You, Sponsors and Contributors

We are grateful to this year’s business sponsors and contributors, whose generosity helped offset the cost of the event and allow more money to go directly to financial aid.

Gold Balloon: Bagel Uprising and Forrester Construction
Silver Balloon: R&W Group
Bronze Balloon: C&B Property Specialists, DJ Phillycheze, Taylor’s Handyman Service



Ama and Aaron Adams

Bagel Uprising

Monique Baskin

Alicia Boyce and John Voorhees

Liza Chapman and Steve Memery

Pat Davis and Wes Callender

Audrey and John Dreibelbis

Betsy and Nelson Erickson

Elizabeth Ewing

Cathy and Jim Guertin

Mary Quillian Helms ’85 and Paxton Helms

Hong Kong Bistro

Etibar and Eri Jafarov

Andrea Menaker and Scott Dinwiddie

Rosalind Mowatt and Michael Ingerick

Tracey Murphy and Terry Murphy

Melissa Murrell and Chad Murrell

Preston and Allen O'Neil '92

Leslie Platt and Mark Staniorski

Ann and Steve Ridenhour

Miki Scheidel and Noah Geesaman

Vini Schoene '73

Alexa Stott and Greg Herbold

Megan Thomas and Matt Warren

Jane Hyatt Thorpe and Michael Sramek

Keelin Vaccaro and Alan Warburton

Tina Chindgren Wagner and John Wagner

Kaadze Wright

Sarah Zapolsky and David Williams



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Burgundy in the News: Dogs on Campus

Friday, March 2, 2018

KQED Burgundy is featured in a recent story from MindShift, an educational reporting project from public radio station KQED. The story highlights the shift toward dog-friendly school campuses and employing both official and unofficial “comfort dogs.” For the story, a reporter spoke with Head of School Jeff Sindler, 8th grader Max S., and 1st grade Goats student Maggie H. about Jeff’s dog Cameron and their experience with dogs on campus.

Read the Story

Dogs on Campus at Burgundy

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Board of Trustees and BPA Election Results

Friday, March 2, 2018

Thank you to everyone who voted in the recent Board and BPA elections. Our community’s input in these elections is important for maintaining the strong governance structure at Burgundy.

The Board’s Committee on Trustees is pleased to announce that Tina Chindgren-Wagner, Marc DeCourcey, and Allen O’Neil ’92 have been elected for their first three-year term beginning July 1 on the Board of Trustees. The Committee is also grateful for the continued service of current trustees David Aaron, Jake Brody, and Susan Hepler, who have been elected to serve a second term beginning July 1.

For the BPA, Audrey Dreibelbis and Monique Baskin have been elected to serve as chair and vice-chair, respectively, for the 2018-2019 school year.

Bravo, congratulations, and thank you!

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Mindfulness Session for Parents and Guardians

Friday, March 2, 2018

All parents and guardians are welcome to join us for a mindfulness learning and practice session Tuesday, March 13, 7-8:30 p.m. in the theater/community room of the new Logan Arts & Community Center. This free session is offered by one of the instructors from Minds Incorporated, the organization that has been working with our teachers through the year. Parents and guardians can discover simple, easy-to-practice stress-reduction tools that can be used to handle the difficult emotions that they may face in our fast-paced culture. Mindfulness practices empower adults to feel more calm and balanced with their family and workplace, and allow parents and guardians to bring more empathy and compassion into their home by practicing these skills when interacting with their children.

Topics to be covered in this session include:

  • What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is defined in a way that is practical and easily understood. Parents will learn the two categories of mindfulness practice (“formal practice” and “practical application”), and be introduced to core mindfulness practices and themes in how it applies to the life of a parent.
  • Why practice mindfulness? Parents will learn both the neuroscience of how mindfulness positively affects the brain and body, how adults experience the emotional benefits of mindfulness, and how mindfulness can improve your parent-child dynamic.
  • Experiential practice. Parents will be guided through several core practices of mindfulness for their own use, and will learn several ways to begin practicing mindfulness when navigating the emotions of the family at home. A variety of ways to practice mindfulness will be covered, catering to parent learning styles in order to be as inclusive as possible. Simple techniques are taught to give participants ways to find more calm and ease with difficult emotions such as: stress, anxiety, overwhelm, frustration, self-judgment, and fatigue.

Please RSVP to Kathleen Hennessey ( if you plan to attend. Depending on interest, we may be able to provide childcare (no dinner included) for $5. Please contact Laura Motaweh ( if you’re interested in childcare during this session.

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Ready to Soar? Auction Tomorrow!

Friday, March 2, 2018

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Photo booth
Picture yourself here! Soar away in our
hot air balloon photo booth at the Auction.


See you tomorrow!

As you know, Auction proceeds from live and silent auction items, raffles, and contributions, detailed in our catalog, support financial aid. A big thanks to co-chairs Jane Hyatt Thorpe and Betsy Erickson, who have put in so much time and effort to make the Auction wonderful!

Chuck Weger — alumni parent, longtime volunteer, and husband to 2/3 Viceroys teacher Vicki Hayes — is our featured speaker this year. He is an Auction stalwart and will share his perspective from decades of connection with Burgundy.

Check-in is available 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. tomorrow in the Atrium. If you plan to park on neighborhood streets, please exercise good judgment and allow plenty of room around driveways and intersections.

If inclement weather causes any changes to our schedule, we will post a message on our website and Facebook and contact families and via email and text.

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February 23: A Moment and a Lesson

Friday, February 23, 2018

Jeff Sindler

Earlier this week I ran into one of our teachers who had just had ‘a moment’ in her classroom. But that brief disappointment turned into the kind of learning moment that arises from great teaching. In an assignment that other schools may only approach during Black History Month (February) or Women’s History Month (March), but that our teachers strive to weave into the curriculum at any time, the class was working in small groups to research female scientists and the challenges they’d faced. One student group was reporting about the early 20th century heroine they had researched; but apparently the source where they’d gone for information had offered a rather glamorized, sanitized version of the scientist’s story.

The teacher asked the students about the challenges their scientist had faced, but they reported she hadn’t faced any. The teacher was surprised—she knew better! Women scientists worked as a “junior associates” or otherwise under men and were unable to advance; sometimes they were not paid for their work; oftentimes they did not even get credit for it. But she took a breath and challenged the group to do a bit more digging.

I hope it was a lesson for the entire class, and by sharing it here I hope it’s a reminder for all of us as well. Without a complete and accurate picture, we may find it hard to fully appreciate the challenges along with the accomplishments of others. Without the extra digging, we can imagine that the present generation’s students, including young women and children of color, may innocently take for granted the opportunities they have — forgetting the (s)heroic struggles, and often belated triumphs, of their predecessors. As a nation, it’s important that we devote some time to focus on these truths and teach these histories during Black History Month and Women’s History Month. At Burgundy, I hope we can encourage each other to do so the year round!

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We'll Soar Together in One Week!

Friday, February 23, 2018

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Thanks to everyone who has sent in an RSVP. We need to hear from you, yes or no, so that we know how much food to order, and more! If you haven’t yet done so, RSVP now. Otherwise you will be contacted tomorrow for a response. Register by 11:59 p.m. this Sunday, February 25; we’ll randomly pick a name from those registered and the winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card. If you have problems registering, please contact


Volunteers are also still needed for event setup, especially this Wednesday and Thursday! Please sign up if you can lend a hand.

Here’s what awaits you on Saturday, March 3: you will enter the event through the Middle School Atrium beginning at 5:30 p.m. At the registration tables you will check in and collect your seating information and bidder number. Please note that at 6:15 the registration tables will no longer be staffed by volunteers; you will be responsible for picking up your materials from the table.

Then, you may think you're entering the Gym, but you will be uplifted into the enchanted world of Burgundy Soars – Rising to the Future. Keep your bidder number handy. You'll use your number to bid on items in the silent and live auctions and to enjoy the various games, raffles and festivities. There are many choices, from $25 balloon pops to deluxe Taylor Swift tickets and everything in between, you’ll find auction items in every budget to bid on.

Pick a Balloon: This is an opportunity through which you can purchase gift certificates to some of your favorite local restaurants in $25, $50, and $100 values. At the auction, look for people with paper balloons on clipboards.

Burgundy Raffle and Best of the Live Raffle: You can purchase raffle tickets online via the reservation form, but if you'd like another opportunity to increase your chances of winning one of these great prizes, look for the raffle ticket table immediately upon entering the Gym. Burgundy Raffle tickets are 3 for $25 or 10 for $75. Best of the Live tickets are $50 and the winner will be able to choose the live auction item of his or her choice. You do not have to be present to win; purchasers of Best of the Live tickets must indicate their live auction item of choice before the auction. Peruse our live auction offerings and take your pick!

Cocktail Bar: Delight in specialty cocktail drinks ($10) from parents Nadia Grenier and Amanda Traub.

Fine Wine Bar: Thanks to the generosity of parents Mary and Chris Sexton, you'll be able to purchase fine wine by the bottle. Both reds and whites will be available.

Silent Auction: You'll see a wide range of items donated by students, parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, alumni, and local businesses. Bidding for all silent auction items will close at 7:15 p.m.

This is an elegant, adults-only evening. Put on your cocktail attire, and plan ahead so you can enjoy yourself and know you have a safe way home. Consider establishing a designated driver, or plan to book a ride with a service like Lyft or Uber, Alexandria Yellow Cab (703.549.2500 or, or Drivers Incorporated (will drive both you and your car home, 703.994.3931).

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