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News about Burgundy events, including the Fall Fair, annual Auction, and Middle School productions.

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

The Auction is coming!

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Burgundy's Annual Auction is Saturday, March 2. This year we celebrate Burgundy with our theme "Reaching the Stars." The Auction is our school's primary fundraiser--all proceeds benefit financial aid, which helps one in four Burgundy students. This adults-only evening is an elegant and celebratory event that will include a delicious catered dinner, drinks, mingling with friends and of course wonderful items and experiences for bidding during a silent and live auction!

We will be in touch in the next few days with a note from our Auction Co-chairs Jane Hyatt Thorpe and Betsy Erickson on how to get involved.

In the meantime, there is something you can do this weekend to help us get ready. Are you headed to your favorite restaurant for dinner? Or will you pop into a local boutique for a little retail therapy? Our Auction is the perfect opportunity to help your go-to businesses grow. Consider asking the owner or manager for a donation while you're there. (It'll help if you have the donor form printed and ready to give them.) We've already secured a one-month unlimited membership to a local yoga and Pilates studio, two tickets to a Capitol Steps show in D.C., and a Nickelodeon-themed gift bag full of enviable toys! The possibilities are endless! All business donations will be highlighted in the Auction catalog, in marketing materials, and at the event. 

If the thought of doing this makes you uncomfortable or you'd just like a little more guidance, feel free to contact Kira Brooks, mom of Reese Brooks in the Redtails class or Jill Hood, mom of Ava Hood in the K Fox class. They are happy to answer questions and share their own experiences.

We hope you'll join us at the Auction on March 2. You will continue to hear more about how to get involved via upcoming issues of Constant Comment. Contact co-chairs Jane and Betsy as well as Auction Coordinator Allison Niedbala if you have any questions. For additional information, visit the Auction page on our website here.

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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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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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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Dispatch from the Middle Ages

Friday, May 25, 2018

This week in addition to attending the tail-end of the Medieval Festival at 4/5 I had the pleasure of reviewing some of the Medieval Simple Machine write-ups and illustrations in the Gallery of the Logan Loft. An integrated unit, Medieval Studies touches social studies, science, math, reading and writing, and even the arts! The simple machines projects draw on STEAM skills: students design a machine, then write a persuasive letter to potential benefactors (royalty) asking for patronage of their work.

This week, among portraits of other worthy machines, I encountered colorful representations of: the Rat Crusher, the Poop Waste Sanitation Machine, the Wall Destroyer, the Pulley Bridge, the Crush-o-Mortar, the Serfing Safari (cart puller), the Medicine Delivery Machine, the Medieval Windmill Override (ouch?), and the ever-practical (olde) catapult!

If, as I hope, I’ve piqued your interest, alas, my editor cautioned me that the full descriptions of the functions of some of the aforementioned contraptions might not be publishable in a weekly (typically) rated-G parent newsletter. Yet ere you seek remonstrances or worse, a pox, on me, I can entertaine ye with an excerpt frome one letter (to the nobles) from a serf in search of support for his machine, developing the skill of advocating for a good concept…

Dear your most Lovely Queens,

Your most regal and elegant highnesses….I have invented something completely wondrous….As of now when we are making buildings the mortar is uneven and it takes many men and many hours to create the machine will make it easier...You will benefit from the Crush-o-Mortar. Your mortar will be the envy of all and your buildings will be strong….

The Medieval Festival every other year encompasses much more than pool noodle jousting and juggling… Planning and designing simple machines introduces 4th and 5th graders to real-life analytical thinking in a manner that lends itself to 21st century problem-solving skills. Being curious about 12th century engineering challenges translates into an ability to address 21st century problems, something we and the high schools who accept our graduates know that our alumni bring consistently to bear in their lives after Burgundy!

Medieval work
A selection of this year's presentations about simple machines, on display in the gallery.


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Parking and Carpool Reminders

Friday, May 18, 2018


As we prepare for a host of on-campus events, we wanted to share some reminders about parking. Please always be careful and aware of your surroundings when driving on campus. We need your help to maintain a safe environment for all!

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.

Morning and Afternoon Carpool

Carpool Map
Click to view a map of afternoon carpool

DO ...

  • Drive the speed limit and stop at stop signs in our neighborhood.
  • Observe a strict 5 mph speed limit on campus.
  • Keep children’s seat belts on until you have fully stopped at the drop-off station in the morning.
  • Drop off students curbside before you park if you are staying in the morning.
  • Line up for afternoon pick-up on gravel drive and along Norton Road north: from Telegraph Road, continue on East Drive past Burgundy Road, bearing left to join Elmwood Drive. Continue on Elmwood until taking a left turn at Norton Road to join the carpool line waiting to turn right.
  • Pass these reminders to au pairs and other carpool drivers!

DO NOT ...

  • Allow children, even with you, to walk across the carpool line of traffic! Drop them off first.
  • Back a car out of a space or into traffic during carpool. No exceptions, please!
  • Use a hand-held cell phone or any distracting device while moving in your car!
  • Drive past the lower carpool line, unless being waved through by a Burgundy staff person!
  • Drive on the wrong side of the road or drop-off circle.
  • Drive more than 5 mph as you exit campus.
  • Idle. While waiting for afternoon carpool to start, shut the engine off, please.

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