News about Burgundy events, including the Fall Fair, annual Auction, and Middle School productions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are delighted to invite all grandparents and special friends to visit Burgundy on Friday, May 3, 2019. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. More details to follow!
Please call 703.842.0466 with any questions.
We can't believe summer is right around the corner! Saturday is our second and likely last Open House of the season for Burgundy Farm Summer Day Camp.
Want to find out what we're about here at Burgundy when school is out? Come and meet some of our summer staff, ask the Camp Director questions, and get a tour of our amazing, 26 acre, outdoor campus! The fun starts at 9AM!
Open House Schedule of Events:
9-9:15 a.m.: Camp Overview with Director
9:15-9:45 a.m.: First round of tours/Q&A session with Director
9:45-10 a.m.: Meet and Greet with Summer Camp Vendors
10-10:15 a.m.: Repeat of Camp Overview with Director
10-10:45 a.m.: Second round of tours/Q&A session with Director
10:45 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Meet and Greet with Summer Camp Vendors
You can't attend the Burgundy Auction this coming Saturday because of a prior commitment or because you live far away. That's definitely a bummer, but not all hope is lost!
In the past, you would have had to send a proxy to the event if you wanted to bid on Auction items. This year, wherever you are, you can participate in the event and help raise funds for Burgundy's financial aid program.
We've included instructions on what to do and how to do it below. Hopefully next year, you'll be able to join us in person!
If you have any trouble with mobile bidding, please contact Christen Kinard at email@example.com.
It's not too late...
It's not too late to register for the Auction. The deadline for registering for the Auction is this coming Monday, February 25 at noon. If you have not registered or purchased your admission tickets yet, there are instructions here on how to do just that. The members of the Advancement Office are also more than happy to help you if you have any trouble. You can reach out to Christen (firstname.lastname@example.org) with technical difficulties and Allison (email@example.com) with other Auction-related questions.
Since our last round of Auction updates, we've had a few exciting things pop up. First, we've added an Oculus Go 64GB virtual reality headset to our Burgundy raffle! The Oculus Go is the latest and greatest in virtual reality technology. Without the need to connect to a phone or computer, the Oculus Go lets you attend live events in VR, like sitting court side at NBA games, front row for live concerts, or watching movies while meeting up with friends!
We've also finalized our Live Auction items and there are some really special contributions this year. Here are just a few highlights:
- Meet Mika Brzezinksi and Joe Scarborough on the set of Morning Joe. A one night, one room hotel stay in New York City is included.
- Win a week at Lake Tahoe in the majestic Martis Valley. Enjoy all that the region offers, from skiing and snowboarding in the winter to hiking, mountain biking, and water sports in the summer.
- You and two others can reach for the stars on a personal tour by air! Fly down the Potomac and take in the scenery on this 60-minute airplane tour of Northern Virginia and Maryland.
The Auction catalog is being finalized and decor has been chosen. We can't believe the Auction is just ten days away!
Can't Make the Auction?
Can't make the Auction but still want to bid remotely? Let Christen (firstname.lastname@example.org) know and we'll be sending out instructions on how and when to do that in a few days.
We hope you are as excited as we are, and we look forward to celebrating Burgundy with you on March 2!
Have you registered for the Auction yet?
One week ago, we sent out an email about purchasing tickets to the Auction coming up on Saturday, March 2. Thank you to those who have already done just that. If you haven't yet, registration is easy!
To register, click here and you will be taken to our mobile bidding platform. Once you've landed on the page, it will ask you to sign in. From there, you will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for admission, enter the raffles, contribute to student financial aid and purchase Class Creations.
Speaking of the Raffle...
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Auction raffles, there are two different ones you can enter. For the main raffle, tickets are one for $15, three for $25 and 10 for $75. Each ticket provides you with an entry to win one of the following three prizes:
Grand Prize: New York Weekend for Two: Enjoy a bite of the Big Apple! One night hotel stay in Manhattan, $300 Ticketmaster gift card to use for a Broadway show of your choosing, dinner, dessert and more!
Nationals Baseball for Four: Four terrific seats for a mutually agreed upon date during the 2019 season. Club level seating in Section 215, Row B, seats 5-8.
Evening at the Anthem and Bluejacket: The Anthem is the latest entertainment venue on the DC waterfront. Look at all the concerts options available and choose a show there with a $250 Live Nation gift card. Also included is a $150 gift card for Neighborhood Restaurant Group. Among their many options is the brewery Bluejacket, with its in-house restaurant The Arsenal, located at the nearby Navy Yard.
Oculus Go 64GB Virtual Reality Headset: Oculus Go is the latest and greatest in Virtual Reality tech. Without the need to connect to a phone or computer, the Oculus Go lets you attend live events in VR, like sitting court side at NBA games, front rows for live Concerts, or watching movies while meeting up with friends! Named the "Best Non-Phone Gadget of 2018" by Forbes Magazine, this device is one of the coolest tech gadgets on the planet!
In addition to this raffle, there is a second drawing for the "Best of the Live" Raffle. These raffle tickets cost $50 each. Here's how it works: Moments before the Live Auction beings, we will draw the winning ticket. The winner may choose any live Auction item, and walk away with it, without bidding, and for no additional fees! That item will no longer be a part of the Live Auction.
Try your luck in one or both of our raffles. The drawings will be at the Auction on March 2. You do not have to be present at the Auction to win!
How do I purchase raffle tickets?
New to everyone this year is our mobile bidding system, and purchasing raffle tickets is a little different. Below we've included instructions and screenshots for both web browsers and mobile devices.
In a web browser: Once you've clicked here then registered or signed in, simply look for the menu in the sidebar on the left-hand side of your screen. Select the raffle purchase you want to make, and complete that transaction. (Note: You will need to purchase the raffle tickets and the Best of Live raffle tickets separately.)
On a mobile device: Click here and register or sign in. Then click on the menu button in the top left-hand corner. Select "Raffle Tickets and Bundles" or "Best of the Live Raffle." Determine which raffle purchase you want to make, and complete that transaction. (Note: You will need to purchase the raffle tickets and the Best of Live raffle tickets separately if you want to participate in both.)
If you have any trouble registering, signing in, or purchasing raffle tickets, please contact Christen Kinard at email@example.com. Thank you for helping us make this year's Auction the best one yet!
You are cordially invited to...
Burgundy's 37th Annual Auction
Saturday, March 2 at 5:30 p.m.
in the Gymnasium
We will celebrate together all of the wonderful and unique stars that make Burgundy shine so brightly. As a community, we will enjoy dinner, drinks, and bidding on exciting silent and live items and experiences to raise funds for financial aid.
All proceeds from the Auction directly support financial aid which is critical to open our classroom doors to more families, strengthening the diversity of our community and enriching our children's lives.
Registration and ticket purchases:
To register, click here and you will be taken to our mobile bidding platform. Once you've landed on the page, it will ask you to sign in. From there, you will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for admission, enter the raffle, contribute to student financial aid and purchase Class Creations. Note that you will receive an emailed receipt for each transaction. The deadline for registration is Thursday, February 28 at noon, and regular admission tickets are $75 apiece.
Faculty, staff, and families who receive financial aid will receive an email shortly with a discount code that can be applied to the purchase of tickets to the Auction.
This year, we are unable to allow purchasers to defer paying until the night of the Auction. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Allison Niedbala,firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Galaxy Admission Ticket Package
The success of the Auction and the reach of Burgundy's financial aid depends upon the generosity of our community. The Galaxy Admission Ticket Package is an easy and enjoyable way to help further support our financial aid program. For $300, you'll receive 2 admission tickets and 2 drink tickets redeemable at the cocktail bar. A portion of this ticket package is tax deductible.
Can't make the event? You will be missed, but it doesn't mean you can't get in on the Auction fun! Click the registration button below and create an account with our new mobile bidding platform. You don't need to purchase a ticket but you can bid on Silent Auction items, purchase raffle tickets, and help raise money for financial aid!
Class Creations are individual projects that students make in their classrooms. Guided by parent class designers, the projects often reflect a memory for the year or focus on a topic of study.
Class Creations are available only to current parents and guardians. Prices vary and they may be offered at rate of one per family or multiples available.
Try your luck in one or both of our raffles. The drawings will be at the Auction on March 2. You do not have to be present at the Auction to win!
This year's Burgundy Raffle has three wonderful offerings.
- New York Getaway for 2
- Concert at The Anthem and Dinner at Bluejacket for 2
- Nationals Tickets for 4
For full descriptions of our raffle items, please visit: burgundyfarm.org/auction
Or pick your prize with the Best of the Live raffle. Each ticket is $50, and only a limited number of tickets are available. If you're the winner, you'll get your choice of one of our live Auction items! It's yours--no bidding, no extra charge. Burgundy staff will contact you in advance of the Auction to note your selection.
This program will take place on Thursday, February 14th from school dismissal until the end of the 7th Grade performance at 6:00pm. Students will be checked in immediately after school is over for the day, have a pizza party and opportunity to play on the playground, and then be escorted to and supervised during the 7th Grade Play performance. Parents will pick their student(s) up at the end of the show (6:00pm) at the Theater/Community Room in the Logan Loft. The fee for this program is $15.
This promises to be an amazing show, read on to learn more about Burgundy's 7th Grade presentation of Tuck Everlasting!
Burgundy is honored to perform the famous story of Tuck Everlasting, based on the novel by Natalie Babbitt. This story tells the tale of a family, the Tucks, who live day to day in a simple way because they will in fact live forever. They meet a young girl who is seeking adventure that is different from her daily, formal routine. She is given a chance to make the most important choice of her young life. The 7th grade has been hard at work to learn more about the playwriting process by devising/ adapting the story of the town of Treegap, where the play takes place. The student written scenes called, The Tales of Treegap, will show this fictional town through four time periods and they will tell the tale of the Tuck family throughout. Come on out and support the 7th grade class of 2020, Thursday, February 14th at 4:30pm.
What is time? Time is everything! It's time for the 7th grade play! The 7th Grade Play Performance Party is a great way for your student to enjoy this amazing show with all of their friends!
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!
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.
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!