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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

Sad news from the Burgundy barnyard

Thursday, June 21, 2018

TopazWe regret that we have sad and surprising news for our community. Early the evening of June 21, Topaz, Burgundy's young filly, passed away after a brief illness.

Topaz began showing signs of digestive discomfort on Wednesday evening. The vet visited and began treatment but recommended taking Topaz to a veterinary hospital. Caretaker Ali Shepard '04 took Topaz and her mom Poppy to the the Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg. Poppy was there to be a comforting presence for Topaz. Unfortunately, from last night through the day today, Topaz exhibited several rounds of painful digestive distress. Despite excellent care from a team of doctors, nurses, and veterinary students, her health worsened, and she had to be put down.

The vet confirms that Topaz was suffering from colic, which refers to any form of digestive distress in a horse. Colic in a horse can be very serious and sometimes fatal. Surgery is sometimes a good option but was not in this situation. 

Topaz brought many members of our Burgundy community a lot of joy in only a few months of life. Students or families may be interested in writing sympathy or thank you notes for Ali and/or the wonderful veterinary team who worked to save Topaz's life. These notes can be dropped off at Burgundy's Alexandria campus or sent to Burgundy, c/o Caretaker Ali, 3700 Burgundy Road, Alexandria VA 22303.

Happy Graduation, Happy Summer!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Thursday evening we held our 8th Grade Graduation in the Gym. As always, it was incredible!

Burgundy's graduations feature the graduating 8th graders; a very small portion of the ceremonies are adults speaking! The program for the graduation each year is designed by the graduating 8th graders themselves, with a minimum of facilitative help from their teachers and the ‘bones’ of the traditions carried forward from previous graduations. The graduation typically consists of speeches and musical and artistic performances by the students, along with an opening video, with a skit or song from advisors, comments from the Middle School Head and short remarks from the Head. As a result, each year's graduation manifests the particular character and talents of that class. They typically run, including a lengthy but poignant processional and video, less than 80 minutes and are superbly entertaining and most of all, beautifully reflective of the Burgundy mission and spirit!

Last night, the students expressed their strong connections to Burgundy and sense of Burgundy as a second home, their respect and affection for one another, and their appreciation for their teachers and parents who have helped them become the people they are today. Very moving, and sprinkled among a set of dazzling musical performances.

In my own brief remarks, I spoke about the ‘gift of time’ children receive at Burgundy. It is a gift that is patient and respectful of children’s developmental variety and needs. It is the crux of the student-teacher relationships. And it makes all the difference!

We wish the best to the Class of 2018! We will miss them. But we know they're going to continue to be amazing people in high school and beyond!

This morning, with the now graduated 8th graders on a class outing to King's Dominion, we gathered the rising K-8 students and faculty in the Gym to celebrate the close of another school year. With thunderous cheers we 'installed' the rising 8th graders as the new student leaders of the school, and we honored each class's 'graduation' to the next class. We also offered heartfelt farewells to departing teachers and staff before Assistant Head of School Elizabeth Lener and Cathy Manley led us in song.

Thank you for all of your support this year! And thank you today and always to the Burgundy teachers and staff for the incredible amount of work they have put in and for the love they've afforded our students.

It has been a great last week of school, capping off a great year. Next week, while teachers and administrators wrap up with faculty work week, there will be an exciting Gap Camp. The following week, Elizabeth and many teachers will continue work to plan improvements to our curriculum. Many of our staff will be on campus working much of the summer, please say hello if you're around!

We hope to see many familiar faces at Gap Camp, Summer Day Camp, or BCWS Camp! Regardless of your summer plans, have a wonderful summer!

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Congratulations, Class of 2018!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Class of 2018

On Thursday, June 7, Burgundy celebrates the graduation of the 8th grade Class of 2018. The graduation ceremony is a student-directed event, and each member of the class will play a role.

After their time at Burgundy, these young alumni plan to attend a variety of independent and public high schools:

  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
  • Bishop O'Connell High School
  • Collège du Léman (Switzerland)
  • Edmund Burke School
  • Episcopal High School
  • Flint Hill School
  • Georgetown Day School
  • Gonzaga College High School
  • Justice High School
  • Madeira School
  • Maret School
  • McDonough High School (Maryland)
  • National Cathedral School
  • Ponte Vedra High School (Florida)
  • Rock Ridge High School
  • Sidwell Friends School
  • St. Andrew's School (Delaware)
  • St. George's Independent School (Tennessee)
  • St. Paul's School (New Hampshire)
  • St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School
  • T.C. Williams High School
  • Thomas Edison High School
  • West Potomac High School

Auction Update: 2018 Numbers

Friday, June 1, 2018

Burgundy Soars

We are delighted to announce that this year's auction grossed $143,045 (unaudited). The net proceeds of $121,174 will go directly to student financial aid at Burgundy and help maintain the diversity that benefits all members of the Burgundy community. Thank you to our wonderful auction co-chairs Jane Hyatt Thorpe and Betsy Erickson and to all of the students, parents and friends, faculty and staff, as well as members of the business community, who helped to make our 2018 auction a success.

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Jostens School Store Closing Soon

Friday, June 1, 2018
Jostens merchandise
Merchandise on Burgundy's Jostens school store is customizable, and print on demand.

For the last several months, we have partnered with Jostens to provide an online school store. We are sorry to announce that due to customer service concerns, we plan to end our contract with Jostens early. If you’d like to make any final online purchases, please do so by Friday, June 8. Don’t forget that merchandise is also available at Norton House, including clothing (limited sizes available) and lots of Burgundy gear like folding outdoor chairs, umbrellas, water bottles, hats, and more!

The Advancement office will explore other options over the summer in hopes of establishing a new partnership by the fall.

Shop Online

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Annual Giving's June 30 Deadline Approaching!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Annual Giving

Burgundy’s current fiscal year ends June 30. Please make a gift to the Annual Giving Fund or fulfill your pledge by this date. Annual Giving provides critical support to Burgundy's operating budget for the fiscal year, contributing to the budget for professional development, program and instruction, and financial aid. Donations make a difference for every single student and family at Burgundy. Show your support for our community with a gift today!

Give Now!

Questions about giving? Please contact Michele McCabe, Advancement and Annual Giving Coordinator, at

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Annual Giving Update: Let's Be ALL IN for Burgundy!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Annual Giving ​and fundraising at independent schools including Burgundy​ comprise a vital part of schools' annual operational budgets​. At Burgundy, Annual Giving provides critical monies t​hat directly impact our children's experience, from professional development opportunities for ​teachers ​to the financial aid ​that supports 25% of our student population​!

According to data from the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington, ​the average current parent participation rate in annual giving for area independent schools​ is 73.8%. Right now, we’re at 55%​​ — and we know we have more gifts coming​! As a school community we pride ourselves on being ​so much more than average, so we hope to reach — or even exceed! — this area average. Can we get to 75% participation as a whole? Can your class reach 100% participation? It is within reach! We’ve seen 90% participation in the past.

We hope you will join other families and be ALL IN! ​Remember: all gifts, no matter the size, count toward participation for each of your children’s classes and for our overall participation goal. Now is the time to give, before our fiscal year ends June 30.

Our budgeted financial goal for this year is $250,000. To date, we've raised $178,000 toward this goal. Right now 55% of current families are participating with a gift or pledge to Annual Giving. Specific class participation rates are detailed in the chart below. With 100% parent participation, we’re optimistic that we could eclipse our budgeted goal!

AG Class Participation

*8th grade is also fundraising for their Class of 2018 legacy gift to Burgundy.

Help us be above average for current parent participation for Annual Giving. It's all about ​demonstrating that year-in and year-out, we believe in what Burgundy is and stands for. Annual giving support says “This is our school, we believe in it, and we want it to thrive!” Every gift counts. YOUR gift counts! Thank you!

Give Now!

Questions about giving? Please contact Michele McCabe, Advancement and Annual Giving Coordinator, at

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Parking Reminders

Friday, May 18, 2018


With many on-campus events in the next few weeks, we wanted to share some reminders about parking. Please always be careful and aware of your surroundings when driving on campus.

On campus, parking spaces are delineated to maximize parking efficiency — please respect these lines.

Carpool Lane Parking

  • Outside of morning and afternoon carpool times, briefly parking in the carpool lane is generally allowed (e.g., when picking up a student early or dropping off late).
  • All cars should be moved out of the carpool lane by 2:45 p.m. ahead of afternoon carpool.
  • During special events, please park along the curb at a diagonal angle to allow more cars to park along the carpool lane.

Neighborhood Parking

  • Please be considerate of our neighbors and others in our community when parking along the streets near campus. Do not block or turn around in driveways, and do not compromise safe and clear lines of sight near intersections.
  • During afternoon pick-up our carpool line often extends down the hill (north) on Norton Road, so please do not park on the campus side of the street (west side; to the left, as you exit campus) to facilitate the carpool line staying out of the lane of traffic. As you enter campus, please be aware of the cars trying to enter or exit the driveway at the Norton house Advancement office.
  • Fairfax County ordinance prohibits parking within 10 feet of a driveway. Police can ticket cars parked in these areas if a homeowner calls to complain; we know Burgundy families have received warning tickets in the past.
  • Be aware that Burgundy and Norton Roads are bus routes for county mass transit. Cars that interfere with those routes may draw attention from Fairfax County police.

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Planning for the 2018 Fall Fair

Friday, May 18, 2018
Fall Fair 2017
Fun at the 2017 Fall Fair. More photos on Facebook!

Believe it or not, we’re already beginning to prepare for the Fall Fair! We’re looking forward to it, and we know you are too. Please save the date: Saturday, October 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

We’re pleased to share a defining statement for the Fall Fair:

Burgundy's annual Fall Fair is always a fun day for our community! Fair proceeds support financial aid, but the event's main purpose is as a "friendraiser," not a fundraiser. The Fall Fair is a homecoming event for our alumni and their families, a casual way for neighbors and prospective families to get to know Burgundy, and a celebration of community with current families and friends!

Stuffed animals
We're collecting gently used or new
stuffed animals for a new game this fall.

Do you have plans to clean out closets or straighten up bookshelves over the summer? Start saving supplies for Kids' Closet, Used Books and Games at the Fall Fair! Collection will begin in the fall. Limited storage is available in the basement of the Advancement Office at Norton House (5622 Norton Road).

Here's what we are looking for:

  • Kids' Closet: gently used kids' clothes and toys. (We cannot accept electronics, car seats, helmets, pajamas, bathing suits or underwear.)
  • Used Books: children's books of all types; adult fiction, and adult non-fiction in these categories: cookbooks, travel (2010 to now), art/coffee table books, self-help/parenting. Media, including CDs of audible books or music, and family friendly DVDs. (We cannot accept VHS and cassette tapes, encyclopedias, textbooks and damaged books.)
  • Games: gently used/new stuffed animals for a new game.

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