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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

Holiday Baskets for Koinonia

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Middle School students collected the food, and then assembled, wrapped and decorated 24 beautiful holiday baskets to be distributed to the clients of Koinonia on Franconia Road. Each basket is designed to provide the makings of a festive holiday dinner for a family of four. We solicited donations of non-perishable food items and gift cards (or cash to buy them) for perishable foods at the Giant at Alexandria Commons on December 2.

Under direction of "Wrap Master," Cathy Guertin, students sorted the food and made sure that every basket contained the required items, then wrapped the baskets, attached ribbons, decorations and notes, as well as one of the gift cards to each basket.

Completed baskets were designed to look like beautiful hostess gifts rather than as "handouts." Baskets will be brought to Koinonia on Monday morning, December 17 for delivery in time for the holidays!

Festival of Lights: All the Details!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Festival of Lights is Friday, December 21! Burgundy’s annual winter performance involves every class sharing stories about the theme of light from a diverse array of cultural traditions and experiences. This is a popular event and we usually see a large number of families on campus for Festival of Lights and the classroom parties that follow it. Don’t forget that Friday is a noon release, with no afternoon enrichments or bus service.

This year the advancement office is happy to provide coffee and pastries at Norton House 8:15-9:30 a.m., so stop by to stay warm between parking and enjoying the program!

We have again coordinated off-site parking for employees and community members at nearby Clermont Park, on Franconia Road. A shuttle bus will run from Clermont Park to Burgundy beginning at 7 a.m. (for Burgundy staff arriving early) about every 15 minutes with the last return trip picking up from Burgundy at 1 p.m.

We recommend dropping your child off at carpool in the morning, and when you're ready to return to campus, parking at Clermont Park and catching the shuttle. Children are welcome to ride the shuttle back with adults when you're ready to leave. Please avail yourselves of this service to ease traffic on campus and prevent parking tickets in the neighborhood!

We will have a limited number of handicap accessible parking spaces and reserved seats for family members with mobility concerns. Please check in with Burgundy staff for help locating these spaces.

Friday Schedule
7 a.m. Bus begins picking up at Clermont Park, dropping off at Burgundy
8-8:25 a.m. Morning carpool
8:15-9:30 a.m. Coffee and pastries at Norton House
8:30 a.m. Diagonal parking in carpool lane begins
9:30 a.m. Festival of Lights begins, lasts approximately 1 hour
11:30 a.m. Diagonal parking in carpool lane ends
Noon Dismissal
Noon-12:30 p.m. Afternoon carpool
1 p.m. Last bus to Clermont Park off-site parking

Gift Wrapping for Wesley Housing

Monday, December 10, 2018

On Saturday afternoon, a group of Middle Schoolers helped to wrap presents for Wesley Housing's program that provides holiday gifts for clients who live in their housing units.

Wesley Housing chooses some of their clients who are really struggling to make ends meet, and asks them to make a wish list of gifts for all members of their family. Generous donors bought these gifts, some "adopting" entire families, and our students wrapped them beautifully so the gifts can be a welcome and beautiful surprise, especially for the children in these families! 

Ready for the New School Year!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The teachers and Elizabeth, Jared, Pat, and I are back from the annual faculty retreat, which took place at the Cove Monday and Tuesday. We had a wonderful kick-off with teachers, with ice-breakers, great meals, and recreation time, along with a slate of team meetings and great professional conversations on diversity and differentiation, two of our summer reading topics! We are fortunate to have such an incredible mountain campus and academic program there! And, yes, it was hot even there! Big thanks to Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies Director Vini Schoene ’73, David Sicree, and Jennifer Smith for hosting us!

Teachers, administrators, and staff are on campus this week here in Alexandria, in coordinating meetings, setting up classrooms, and generally getting ready for the first day of school, next Wednesday! Tuesday, the day after Labor Day, is the orientation day for new parents and students.

We'll have the long weekend coming up to contemplate our hopes and dreams for the coming year and for teachers to put final touches on their classroom spaces. And then, beginning with the preliminary activities Tuesday, we will be greeting your children with open hearts, minds, and arms. We look forward to seeing you and your students! Don't forget the BPA First Day Coffee on Wednesday and the Burgundy Back to School BBQ on Friday next week!

See you soon!

Faculty at Cove
Faculty recently gathered at the Cove for their annual retreat. Photo by Christen Kinard.


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2018 Auction Fun Continues

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Officially, Burgundy's very successful auction was just one night in March, but the experiences offered as auction items have kept the fun going during the spring and summer! Several students and families have recently benefited from auction parties and events.

There were pool parties where students splashed into summer, a fairy wand-making party to bring a little magic to the end of the year, and handprint parties where JK students left their mark on the Norton House wall. Children and parents dove into the world of Minecraft with a lesson and lunch in the makerspace in The Logan Loft in two sessions in June, and in May a group of adults enjoyed a Jeffersonian-style dinner party with fine dining and meaningful discussion around the table.

We know there’s lots more fun to come from the auction — coordinator Allison Niedbala welcomes photos at

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July Alumni Visits

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Once you’re connected to Burgundy, you’re always a part of our family! We encourage alumni, their families, and former faculty and staff to stay connected. In addition to sharing news back and forth, we’re also happy to host visitors.

Recently we enjoyed two visits in one day! Alumnus Mike Bianco, who attended Burgundy for two years of elementary school in 1946-1948, and his friend Pat stopped by to see the many changes to our Alexandria campus since his student days. Former teacher and alumna Meegan Scott ’88 also visited Norton House with her young son. Meegan taught at Burgundy until 2009.

Mike Bianco


Meegan Scott



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Thank You: 2017-2018 Annual Giving

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who made a donation to Burgundy's Annual Giving Fund for 2017-2018! This year we saw significant increases in two key areas: parent participation and overall giving. For the parents, there was a 30% increase in participation, which is a fantastic achievement. Overall, the Annual Giving Fund saw an increase of 15% in dollars raised, which is another cause for great celebration!

We want to thank all of the volunteers who dedicated themselves to ensure the success of this critical effort, especially class agents and our Annual Giving chairs Mike and Anita Hill. We could not have done it without you!

The Annual Giving Fund starts again with each fiscal year, which is July 1 to June 30 at Burgundy. Help us start the 2018-2019 giving year strong by reviewing ways to give or making a one-time or recurring gift today. Annual Giving contributes a significant portion of our operating revenue. Your contribution helps ensure we preserve the richness of our diverse and exciting programs!

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Volunteer Chairs Returning for Burgundy Events

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

We’re thrilled to announce that both the Fall Fair and Burgundy Auction will be chaired by returning volunteers in the 2018-2019 school year! Alex Rutherford and Darcy Katzin return to chair the Fall Fair on Saturday, October 13, 2018, while Jane Hyatt Thorpe and Betsy Erickson will helm the auction on Saturday, March 2, 2019. We appreciate having an extended commitment from both of these sets of co-chairs.

Please keep in mind that we’re collecting supplies for Kids’ Closet, Used Books, and Games at the Fall Fair. And we’re always looking for new auction offerings — contact Allison Niedbala at if you’d like to discuss an idea for donating an item or experience.

Fall Fair 2017


Auction 2018



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Shop with a Smile on Prime Day

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Prime Day

Amazon shoppers, you may know that Prime Day is coming up July 16-17. Share a smile — and a percentage of your purchase — by shopping at Amazon Smile! Visit, where you will be prompted to choose a charitable organization you'd like to support. Type "Burgundy" into the search tool, select our school, and Burgundy will receive 0.5% of the purchase price of your eligible purchases. These dollars add up, and last year Smile shoppers earned approximately $675 for Burgundy’s Annual Giving fund. Thank you!

Please note that only purchases made after logging on from (not qualify. Be sure to designate Burgundy before any big shopping sprees on Prime Day!

Don’t forget about the other affinity programs Burgundy has with local and national retailers. Sign up your grocery loyalty card (Giant and Harris Teeter) to benefit Burgundy and look for Box Tops on the products you buy. If you shop at Pottery Barn you can give to Burgundy through their affinity program. For more details, visit the Ways to Give page and click the Affinity Programs tab. We appreciate the community's support in these supplemental fundraising opportunities.

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